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Simon Faissner, Carsten Lukas, Anke Reinacher-Schick, Andrea Tannapfel, Ralf Gold, Ingo Kleiter
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December 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Edgar Carnero Contentti, Mariana De Virgiliis, Javier Pablo Hryb, Felisa Leguizamon, Julia Celso, José Luis Di Pace, Mónica Perassolo
BACKGROUND: Antibodies against aquaporin-4 (AQP4-ab) have diagnostic and prognostic value. However, little is known to date about their utility in the first event of optic neuritis (ON). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of systematic AQP4-ab determination in a retrospective cohort of patients with a first onset of ON. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients (n = 42) were tested for AQP4-ab in the following context: typical ON (TON) and atypical ON (AON)...
October 13, 2016: European Neurology
Jacqueline R Rivas, Sara J Ireland, Rati Chkheidze, William H Rounds, Joseph Lim, Jordan Johnson, Denise M O Ramirez, Ann J Ligocki, Ding Chen, Alyssa A Guzman, Mark Woodhall, Patrick C Wilson, Eric Meffre, Charles White, Benjamin M Greenberg, Patrick Waters, Lindsay G Cowell, Ann M Stowe, Nancy L Monson
Plasmablasts are a highly differentiated, antibody secreting B cell subset whose prevalence correlates with disease activity in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). For most patients experiencing partial transverse myelitis (PTM), plasmablasts are elevated in the blood at the first clinical presentation of disease (known as a clinically isolated syndrome or CIS). In this study we found that many of these peripheral plasmablasts are autoreactive and recognize primarily gray matter targets in brain tissue. These plasmablasts express antibodies that over-utilize immunoglobulin heavy chain V-region subgroup 4 (VH4) genes, and the highly mutated VH4+ plasmablast antibodies recognize intracellular antigens of neurons and astrocytes...
October 11, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
Hussein Algahtani, Bader Shirah, Raafat Ahmad, Hind Abobaker, Mohammed Hmoud
CONTEXT: Methanol is the simplest member of alcohol family. However, it is an extremely toxic substance to humans upon exposure with severe and detrimental effects that range from visual loss to death. Spinal cord involvement in methanol intoxication is a rare occurrence. FINDINGS: In this article, we are reporting a case of methanol intoxication with extensive spinal cord involvement possibly due to necrosis. A literature review yielded only two cases of spinal cord involvement due to methanol intoxication...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Zhiming Mo, Yaxian Dong, Xiaolian Chen, Huiyan Yao, Bin Zhang
Acute transverse myelitis is a rare manifestation of dengue infection. To the best of our knowledge, only 6 cases of acute transverse myelitis as a manifestation of dengue infection have been reported thus far. The present study described a case of acute transverse myelitis complicated with subacute thyroiditis 6 days after the onset of dengue viral infection. In addition, the available literature was searched to identify similar previous cases. Treatment with intravenous pulse methylprednisolone immunoglobulin plasmapheresis and physiotherapy resulted in partial recovery at 3 months post-infection...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Masataka Fukuoka, Ichiro Kuki, Hisashi Kawawaki, Kiyohiro Kim, Yuka Hattori, Hitomi Tsuji, Asako Horino, Megumi Nukui, Shin Okazaki
An 11-year-old boy presented with progressive leg hypesthesia but no history of trauma. Dysuria and constipation appeared subsequent to gait difficulty. He was admitted 8days after onset. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed longitudinal hyperintensity with cord swelling and hypointensity on T2-weighted images, suggesting severe inflammation and microbleeding change, respectively. Gadolinium contrast-enhanced MRI demonstrated mild enhancement in the lesions. Platelet count and coagulation findings were normal, and cerebrospinal fluid analysis showed no pleocytosis...
September 26, 2016: Brain & Development
Puja Sahai, Bidhu Kalyan Mohanti, Atul Sharma, Alok Thakar, Suman Bhasker, Aanchal Kakkar, Mehar Chand Sharma, Ashish Datt Upadhyay
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the outcome and treatment-related morbidity in pediatric patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treated with chemoradiotherapy. METHODS: We did a retrospective review of 41 pediatric patients diagnosed with NPC between 2000 and 2013. The majority of the patients were treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by concurrent chemoradiation with the dose of 70 Gy in 35 fractions. Eight patients were treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy, while the remaining with three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy or two-dimensional simulation technique...
September 29, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
José-Luis Barnay, Andre Cabie, Sylvie Abel, Emilie Javelle, Odile Troisgros, Patrick René-Corail
Arboviruses cause very recurrent epidemics, the oldest Dengue, known especially outside the flu-like syndrome with high fever mainly impacting vulnerable populations, may be responsible for severe hemorrhagic fevers, but also a few cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome. In 2014, the French Antilles occurred an outbreak of Chikungunya, following that of the Reunion's outbreak. During this period have been described, the articular and musculo-squellettic lesions, responsible for loss of autonomy in populations already carriers of chronic inflammatory joint damage or mechanical, but also a heavy impact on the autonomy of elderly and frail people...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Laila Mahir, Soumia Meftah, Siham Zahi, Herman Azanmasso, Fatima Lmidmani, Abdellatif El Fatimi
OBJECTIVE: Tuberculosis of the central nervous system is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Myelitis is the most common manifestation of spinal tuberculosis. OBJECTIVE: we report the epidemiological characteristics, clinical and functional aspects in a group of 14 patients with tuberculous myelitis after functional rehabilitation. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Over a period of 4 years, 14 cases of tuberculous myelitis were admitted for functional rehabilitation...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jaclyn Barcikowski, Mark P Fitzgerald, Ashlee M Jaffe, Deborah Mowery
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Mezgebe D Abegaz, Padma K Srigiriraju
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Armen Derian, Seema Khurana, Kimberly Ross
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Brandon Trivax, Alexandra Paraskos, Dena Abuelroos, Aishwarya Navalpakam
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September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Andrew A Fanous, Nathan P Olszewski, Lindsay J Lipinski, Jingxin Qiu, Andrew J Fabiano
The differential diagnoses for spinal cord lesions include spinal tumors and inflammatory processes. The distinction between these pathologies can be difficult if solely based on imaging. We report for the first time to our knowledge a case of idiopathic transverse myelitis (ITM) mimicking a discrete cervical spinal lesion in a 66-year-old man who presented with gait instability and neck pain. The patient's symptoms failed to resolve after an initial course of steroid therapy. Surgical biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of ITM...
2016: Case Reports in Pathology
Kyung Min Kim, Ungsoo Samuel Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate the prevalence of aquaporin 4 antibody (AQP4-Ab) in new-onset optic neuritis patients and investigate the characteristics of seropositive patients. METHODS: Thirty-six women and six men with new-onset isolated optic neuritis were included in this study between January 2013 and December 2014. AQP4-Ab was detected and all blood samples were obtained prior to treatment and within one week from attack. The patients were sub-grouped into either a seropositive group or a seronegative group according to AQP4-Ab...
September 26, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Allan Lieberman, Luke Curtis
We report the case of a 57 year-old woman who developed myelitis and acute HSV-2 reactivation following influenza vaccination. Over the next 5 years, she experienced a fluctuating course of improvement and regression for both myelitis and herpes.
September 26, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Marjolein Knoester, Elisabeth H Schölvinck, Randy Poelman, Sylvia Smit, Clementien L Vermont, Hubert G M Niesters, Coretta C Van Leer-Buter
In June and July 2016, we identified 8 adults and 17 children with respiratory enterovirus D68 infections. Thirteen children required intensive care unit admission because of respiratory insufficiency, and 1 had concomitant acute flaccid myelitis. Phylogenetic analysis showed that all of 20 sequences obtained belong to the recently described clade B3.
January 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Md Asiful Islam, Fahmida Alam, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Kah Keng Wong, Teguh Haryo Sasongko, Siew Hua Gan
Neurological manifestations or disorders associated with central nervous system (CNS) are one of the most common as well as important clinical characteristics of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Although in the last updated (2006) classification criteria of APS its neurological manifestations encompassed only transient ischemic attack (TIA) and stroke, diverse 'non-criteria' neurological disorders or manifestations (headache, migraine, bipolar disorder, transverse myelitis, dementia, chorea, epileptic seizures, multiple sclerosis, psychosis, cognitive impairment, Tourette's syndrome, parkinsonism, dystonia, transient global amnesia, obsessive compulsive disorder and leukoencephalopathy) have been observed in APS patients...
September 20, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Pérola de Oliveira, Daniel Rocha de Carvalho, Ivar Viana Brandi, Riccardo Pratesi
PURPOSE: Comorbidity of celiac disease with demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system has been reported since the 1960s. The objective of this study was to determine the serological prevalence of celiac disease in the largest series of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, or myelitis. METHODS: A prevalence study was conducted with patients evaluated at Sarah Network of Rehabilitation Hospitals between March 2012 and September 2013...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
I Kister, E Johnson, E Raz, J Babb, J Loh, T M Shepherd
BACKGROUND: There is substantial overlap between MRI of acute spinal cord lesions from neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and spinal cord infarct (SCI) in clinical practice. However, early differentiation is important since management approaches to minimize morbidity from NMO or SCI differ significantly. OBJECTIVE: To identify MRI features at initial presentation that may help to differentiate NMO acute myelitis from SCI. METHODS: 2 board-certified neuroradiologists, blinded to final diagnosis, retrospectively characterized MRI features at symptom onset for subjects with serologically-proven NMO (N=13) or SCI (N=11) from a single institution...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
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