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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747523/-18-f-flortaucipir-pet-mri-correlations-in-non-amnestic-and-amnestic-variants-of-alzheimer-disease
#1
Ilya M Nasrallah, Yin Jie Chen, Meng-Kang Hsieh, Jeffrey S Philips, Kylie Ternes, Grace Stockbower, Yvette Sheline, Corey T McMillan, Murray Grossman, David A Wolk
Non-amnestic Alzheimer disease (AD) variants, including posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) and logopenic variant of primary progressive aphasia (lvPPA), differ in distributions of tau aggregates and neurodegeneration compared to amnestic AD. We evaluated whether (18)F-flortaucipir (also called (18)F-AV-1451) Positron Emission Tomography (PET), targeting tau aggregates, detects these differences and compared this to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures of gray matter (GM) atrophy. Methods: 5 PCA, 4 lvPPA, 6 age-matched AD, and 6 control subjects underwent (18)F-flortaucipir PET and MRI...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733335/motor-speech-signature-of-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-refining-the-phenotype
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Adam P Vogel, Matthew L Poole, Hugh Pemberton, Marja W J Caverlé, Frederique M C Boonstra, Essie Low, David Darby, Amy Brodtmann
OBJECTIVE: To provide a comprehensive description of motor speech function in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD). METHODS: Forty-eight individuals (24 bvFTD and 24 age- and sex-matched healthy controls) provided speech samples. These varied in complexity and thus cognitive demand. Their language was assessed using the Progressive Aphasia Language Scale and verbal fluency tasks. Speech was analyzed perceptually to describe the nature of deficits and acoustically to quantify differences between patients with bvFTD and healthy controls...
July 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718269/non-atherosclerotic-obliteration-of-bilateral-supraclinoid-internal-carotid-arteries-a-classic-case-of-moyamoya-disease
#3
Saad Ullah, Anas Ahmed Siddiqui, Waseem Zaid Alkilani, Noman Ahmed Jang Khan, Hafiz Umair Siddiqui
Moyamoya disease is an idiopathic progressive vasculopathy of distal internal carotid artery and circle of Willis which leads to the development of characteristic smoky appearance of the vascular collateral network on angiography. With the highest reported incidence among Japanese population, it has been under recognized as a cause of cerebrovascular accidents in Western countries. Here we report a case of a young 20-year-old Caucasian woman who presented to the emergency department with expressive aphasia, right arm weakness and numbness for three days...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713256/baseline-performance-predicts-tdcs-mediated-improvements-in-language-symptoms-in-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Eric M McConathey, Nicole C White, Felix Gervits, Sherry Ash, H Branch Coslett, Murray Grossman, Roy H Hamilton
Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by insidious irreversible loss of language abilities. Prior studies suggest that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) directed toward language areas of the brain may help to ameliorate symptoms of PPA. In the present sham-controlled study, we examined whether tDCS could be used to enhance language abilities (e.g., picture naming) in individuals with PPA variants primarily characterized by difficulties with speech production (non-fluent and logopenic)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707717/an-autopsied-case-of-corticobasal-degeneration-presenting-with-frontotemporal-dementia-followed-by-myoclonus
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Yasushi Iwasaki, Keiko Mori, Masumi Ito, Maya Mimuro, Mari Yoshida
A Japanese woman developed frontotemporal dementia (FTD)-like symptoms of abnormal behavior, such as stereotyped behavior and disinhibition. The patient developed these symptoms at the age of 59 years, although aphasia symptoms were not apparent at early disease stages. Progressive parkinsonism was dominant on the left side, and conspicuous myoclonus was recognized in the late disease stage. MRI indicated severe, right side-dominant frontotemporal lobe atrophy with white matter degeneration. Brainstem and cerebellar atrophy were also observed...
July 14, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681346/rehabilitation-and-the-neural-network-after-stroke
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REVIEW
Norihito Shimamura, Takeshi Katagai, Kiyohide Kakuta, Naoya Matsuda, Kosuke Katayama, Nozomi Fujiwara, Yuuka Watanabe, Masato Naraoka, Hiroki Ohkuma
Stroke remains a major cause of disability throughout the world: paralysis, cognitive impairment, aphasia, and so on. Surgical or medical intervention is curative in only a small number of cases. Nearly all stroke cases require rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation generally improves patient outcome, but it sometimes has no effect or even a mal-influence. The aim of this review is the clarification of the mechanisms of neurorehabilitation. We systematically reviewed recently published articles on neural network remodeling, especially from 2014 to 2016...
July 5, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675901/visual-ratings-of-medial-temporal-lobe-atrophy-correlate-with-csf-tau-indices-in-clinical-variants-of-early-onset-alzheimer-disease
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Elias Granadillo, Pongsatorn Paholpak, Mario F Mendez, Edmond Teng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Prior studies of late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) have reported that cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tau levels correlate with hippocampal/medial temporal lobe atrophy. These findings suggest that CSF tau indices in AD may reflect tau-related neurodegeneration in the medial temporal lobe. However, it remains uncertain whether elevated CSF tau levels in the clinically heterogeneous subtypes of early-onset AD (EOAD; amnestic, posterior cortical atrophy [PCA], and logopenic progressive aphasia [LPA]) are attributable to similar underlying mechanisms...
July 5, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662598/comparing-the-effects-of-clinician-and-caregiver-administered-lexical-retrieval-training-for-progressive-anomia
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Stephanie M Grasso, Kaleigh M Shuster, Maya L Henry
There is a growing body of literature indicating that lexical retrieval training can result in improved naming ability in individuals with neurodegenerative disease. Traditionally, treatment is administered by a speech-language pathologist, with little involvement of caregivers or carry-over of practice into the home. This study examined the effects of a lexical retrieval training programme that was implemented first by a clinician and, subsequently, by a trained caregiver. Two dyads, each consisting of one individual with anomia caused by neurodegenerative disease (one with mild cognitive impairment and one with logopenic primary progressive aphasia) and their caregiver, participated in the study...
June 30, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659753/neural-correlates-of-verbal-episodic-memory-and-lexical-retrieval-in-logopenic-variant-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Khaing T Win, John Pluta, Paul Yushkevich, David J Irwin, Corey T McMillan, Katya Rascovsky, David Wolk, Murray Grossman
Objective: Logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia (lvPPA) is commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. But lvPPA patients display different cognitive and anatomical profile from the common clinical AD patients, whose verbal episodic memory is primarily affected. Reports of verbal episodic memory difficulty in lvPPA are inconsistent, and we hypothesized that their lexical retrieval impairment contributes to verbal episodic memory performance and is associated with left middle temporal gyrus atrophy...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645277/dignity-in-people-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-similar-disorders-a-qualitative-study-of-the-perspective-of-family-caregivers
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Mette Sagbakken, Dagfinn Nåden, Ingun Ulstein, Kari Kvaal, Birgitta Langhammer, May-Karin Rognstad
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) constitutes on average 10-15% of dementia in younger persons (≤65 years old), but can also affect older people. These patients demonstrate a decline in social conduct, and/or language aphasias, apathy, and loss of insight that is gradual and progressive. Preservation of dignity seems to be highly relevant both before and after admission to different types of institutionalized care, but the research is scant. From the perspective of close relatives, this study aims to develop knowledge related to dignified or undignified care of patients with FTD and similar conditions...
June 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626543/cerebral-stroke-in-a-teenage-girl-with-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria
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Francesco Gervasi, Lucia D'Amelio, Antonino Trizzino, Fabrizia Ferraro, Delia Russo, Giuseppe Santangelo, Francesca Cardella, Angela Trizzino, Floriana Di Marco, Piero Farruggia
We report a case of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) in a 14 year-old girl presenting a cerebral arterial thrombosis. The initial diagnosis was carential anemia due to menarche following identification of slight macrocytic anemia, leucopenia and mild thrombocytopenia at routine blood analysis. The child was eventually referred to a children's hospital after the onset of progressive fatigue, anorexia and paleness. Severe anemia (hemoglobin 6 g/dL) with negative Coombs test, mild leucopenia (white blood cells 4...
June 1, 2017: Hematology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625346/the-role-of-the-motor-system-in-action-naming-in-patients-with-neurodegenerative-extrapyramidal-syndromes
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REVIEW
Maria Cotelli, Rosa Manenti, Michela Brambilla, Barbara Borroni
Previous studies of patients with brain damage have suggested a close relationship between aphasia and movement disorders. Neurodegenerative extrapyramidal syndromes associated with cognitive impairment provide an interesting model for studying the neural substrates of cognitive and motor symptoms. In this review, we focused on studies investigating language production abilities in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), Corticobasal Syndrome (CBS) and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). According to some reports, these patients exhibit a reduction in performance in both action and object naming or verb production compared to healthy individuals...
May 26, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624827/qualitative-assessment-of-verbal-fluency-performance-in-frontotemporal-dementia
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Esther van den Berg, Lize C Jiskoot, Mariëlle J H Grosveld, John C van Swieten, Janne M Papma
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Verbal fluency is impaired in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA). This study explored qualitative differences in verbal fluency (clustering of words, switching between strategies) between FTD and PPA variants. METHODS: Twenty-nine patients with behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD) and 50 with PPA (13 nonfluent/agrammatic, 14 semantic, and 23 logopenic) performed a semantic and letter fluency task. Clustering (number of multiword strings) and switching (number of transitions between clustered and nonclustered words) were recorded by two independent raters...
June 17, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611820/white-matter-disruption-and-connected-speech-in-non-fluent-and-semantic-variants-of-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Karine Marcotte, Naida L Graham, Kathleen C Fraser, Jed A Meltzer, David F Tang-Wai, Tiffany W Chow, Morris Freedman, Carol Leonard, Sandra E Black, Elizabeth Rochon
Differential patterns of white matter disruption have recently been reported in the non-fluent (nfvPPA) and semantic (svPPA) variants of primary progressive aphasia (PPA). No single measure is sufficient to distinguish between the PPA variants, but connected speech allows for the quantification of multiple measures. The aim of the present study was to further investigate the white matter correlates associated with connected speech features in PPA. We examined the relationship between white matter metrics and connected speech deficits using an automated analysis of transcriptions of connected speech and diffusion tensor imaging in language-related tracts...
January 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598840/neuropsychological-symptoms-in-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-patients-in-germany
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Anna Krasnianski, Geeske T Bohling, Uta Heinemann, Daniela Varges, Bettina Meissner, Walter J Schulz-Schaeffer, Andreas Reif, Inga Zerr
BACKGROUND: The polymorphism at codon 129 of the prion protein gene (PRNP) and the PrPSc types 1 and 2 belong to a molecular classification of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) that correlates well with the clinical and neuropathological phenotype of sCJD. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to perform the first detailed evaluation of neuropsychological deficits in a large group of definite sCJD patients with known molecular subtype. METHODS: We analyzed neuropsychological symptoms in a cohort of 248 sCJD patients with known M129 V polymorphism of PRNP and prion protein type...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594853/the-unexpected-co-occurrence-of-grn-and-mapt-p-a152t-in-basque-families-clinical-and-pathological-characteristics
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Fermin Moreno, Begoña Indakoetxea, Myriam Barandiaran, María Cristina Caballero, Ana Gorostidi, Francesc Calafell, Alazne Gabilondo, Mikel Tainta, Miren Zulaica, José F Martí Massó, Adolfo López de Munain, Pascual Sánchez-Juan, Suzee E Lee
BACKGROUND: The co-occurrence of the c.709-1G>A GRN mutation and the p.A152T MAPT variant has been identified in 18 Basque families affected by frontotemporal dementia (FTD). We aimed to investigate the influence of the p.A152T MAPT variant on the clinical and neuropathological features of these Basque GRN families. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We compared clinical characteristics of 14 patients who carried the c.709-1G>A GRN mutation (GRN+/A152T-) with 21 patients who carried both the c...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593829/communication-behaviors-associated-with-successful-conversation-in-semantic-variant-primary-progressive-aphasia
#17
Cathleen Taylor-Rubin, Karen Croot, Emma Power, Sharon A Savage, John R Hodges, Leanne Togher
BACKGROUND: Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) affects a range of language and cognitive domains that impact on conversation. Little is known about conversation breakdown in the semantic variant of PPA (svPPA, also known as semantic dementia). This study investigates conversation of people with svPPA. METHODS: Dyadic conversations about everyday activities between seven individuals with svPPA and their partners, and seven control pairs were video recorded and transcribed...
June 8, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592456/csf-sapp%C3%AE-ykl-40-and-neurofilament-light-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
#18
Daniel Alcolea, Eduard Vilaplana, Marc Suárez-Calvet, Ignacio Illán-Gala, Rafael Blesa, Jordi Clarimón, Albert Lladó, Raquel Sánchez-Valle, José L Molinuevo, Guillermo García-Ribas, Yaroslau Compta, María José Martí, Gerard Piñol-Ripoll, Guillermo Amer-Ferrer, Aina Noguera, Ana García-Martín, Juan Fortea, Alberto Lleó
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical utility of 3 CSF biomarkers and their structural imaging correlates in a large cohort of patients with different dementia and parkinsonian syndromes within the spectrum of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). METHODS: We analyzed 3 CSF biomarkers (YKL-40, soluble β fragment of amyloid precursor protein [sAPPβ], neurofilament light [NfL]) and core Alzheimer disease (AD) biomarkers (β-amyloid1-42, total tau, phosphorylated tau) in patients with FTLD-related clinical syndromes (n = 159): behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (n = 68), nonfluent (n = 23) and semantic (n = 19) variants of primary progressive aphasia, progressive supranuclear palsy (n = 28), and corticobasal syndrome (n = 21)...
July 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579951/communicative-pragmatic-assessment-is-sensitive-and-time-effective-in-measuring-the-outcome-of-aphasia-therapy
#19
Benjamin Stahl, Bettina Mohr, Felix R Dreyer, Guglielmo Lucchese, Friedemann Pulvermüller
A range of methods in clinical research aim to assess treatment-induced progress in aphasia therapy. Here, we used a crossover randomized controlled design to compare the suitability of utterance-centered and dialogue-sensitive outcome measures in speech-language testing. Fourteen individuals with post-stroke chronic non-fluent aphasia each received two types of intensive training in counterbalanced order: conventional confrontation naming, and communicative-pragmatic speech-language therapy (Intensive Language-Action Therapy, an expanded version of Constraint-Induced Aphasia Therapy)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579383/clinical-and-biological-phenotypes-of-frontotemporal-dementia-perspectives-for-disease-modifying-therapies
#20
S Gazzina, M A Manes, A Padovani, B Borroni
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition which encompasses a group of clinically, neuropathologically and genetically heterogeneous disorders characterized by selective involvement of the frontal and temporal lobes. FTD is characterized by changes in behaviour and personality, frontal executive deficits and language dysfunction. Different phenotypes have been defined on the basis of presenting clinical symptoms, behavioural variants of FTD (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA), which includes nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA (avPPA) and semantic variant PPA (svPPA)...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
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