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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727681/notes-from-the-field-cluster-of-acute-flaccid-myelitis-in-five-pediatric-patients-maricopa-county-arizona-2016
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Sally A Iverson, Scott Ostdiek, Siru Prasai, David M Engelthaler, Melissa Kretschmer, Nicole Fowle, Harlori K Tokhie, Janell Routh, James Sejvar, Tracy Ayers, Jolene Bowers, Shane Brady, Shannon Rogers, W Allan Nix, Ken Komatsu, Rebecca Sunenshine
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 21, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724464/refractory-longitudinally-extensive-transverse-myelitis-responsive-to-cyclophosphamide
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Laura J Baxter, Shuo Chen, Philippe Couillard, James N Scott, Christopher J Doig, Fiona Costello, Louis P Girard, John Klassen, Jodie M Burton
Severe longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) can cause quadriplegia, marked sensory dysfunction, and respiratory failure. Some patients are unresponsive to conventional immune therapy. We report two cases of severe immune-mediated LETM requiring intensive care admission that failed to respond to high-dose corticosteroids, plasma exchange, intravenous immunoglobulin, and rituximab. Disease cessation and significant recovery was achieved after cyclophosphamide induction. In patients with severe acute immune-mediated LETM who fail to respond to corticosteroids and plasma exchange, cyclophosphamide induction should be considered...
July 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694045/myelitis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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REVIEW
Xiang-Yang Li, Hai-Bing Xiao, Pearl Pai
SLE-associated acute transverse myelitis (ATM) is a rare, but potentially severe complication of Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and may lead to significant motor, sensory and autonomic dysfunctions in the central nervous system resulting in marked neurological deficits. It is important to recognize its clinical feature to allow timely diagnosis and management of this condition. In this review, we aimed to provide the reader with the understanding of its clinical presentation and classification, the underlying pathological, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) appearance, and current status of management, with an emphasis on recent discoveries and advancements...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678221/pediatric-acute-transverse-myelitis
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Bashaer Albulushi, Brahim Tabarki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670343/differential-diagnosis-of-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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REVIEW
Sung-Min Kim, Seong-Joon Kim, Haeng Jin Lee, Hiroshi Kuroda, Jacqueline Palace, Kazuo Fujihara
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is an inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system (CNS) mostly manifesting as optic neuritis and/or myelitis, which are frequently recurrent/bilateral or longitudinally extensive, respectively. As the autoantibody to aquaporin-4 (AQP4-Ab) can mediate the pathogenesis of NMOSD, testing for the AQP4-Ab in serum of patients can play a crucial role in diagnosing NMOSD. Nevertheless, the differential diagnosis of NMOSD in clinical practice is often challenging despite the phenotypical and serological characteristics of the disease because: (1) diverse diseases with autoimmune, vascular, infectious, or neoplastic etiologies can mimic these phenotypes of NMOSD; (2) patients with NMOSD may only have limited clinical manifestations, especially in their early disease stages; (3) test results for AQP4-Ab can be affected by several factors such as assay methods, serologic status, disease stages, or types of treatment; (4) some patients with NMOSD do not have AQP4-Ab; and (5) test results for the AQP4-Ab may not be readily available for the acute management of patients...
July 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667382/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-clinical-features-in-acute-and-subacute-myelopathies
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REVIEW
Stefan Weidauer, Marlies Wagner, Michael Nichtweiß
Differential diagnosis of acute and subacute transverse myelopathy includes inflammatory, infectious, vascular, metabolic and paraneoplastic etiologies. Information on the diagnostic approach to transverse myelopathy with regard to daily clinical practice is provided. The differentiation between five lesion patterns on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in myelitis may be helpful: (1) longitudinal extensive transverse myelitis, (2) short segment ovoid or peripherally located, (3) "polio-like", (4) granulomatous and (5) segmental with rash...
June 30, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661963/first-cases-of-severe-flaccid-paralysis-associated-with-enterovirus-d68-infection-in-spain-2015-2016
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María Cabrerizo, Juan Pablo García-Iñiguez, Francina Munell, Alfonso Amado, Paula Madurga-Revilla, Carlos Rodrigo, Sonia Pérez, Ana Martínez-Sapiña, Andrés Antón, Gerardo Suárez, Nuria Rabella, Víctor Del Campo, Almudena Otero, Josefa Masa-Calles
Enterovirus D68 was known to be the cause of mild to severe respiratory infections, but in the last few years it has also been associated with myelitis and paralysis. This report describes the first EV-D68 detections in acute flaccid paralysis cases occurring between December 2015 and March 2016 in Spain.
June 28, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639937/a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-of-intravenous-immunoglobulin-compared-with-standard-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-transverse-myelitis-in-adults-and-children-strive
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Michael Absoud, Peter Brex, Olga Ciccarelli, Onyinye Diribe, Gavin Giovannoni, Jennifer Hellier, Rosemary Howe, Rachel Holland, Joanna Kelly, Paul McCrone, Caroline Murphy, Jackie Palace, Andrew Pickles, Michael Pike, Neil Robertson, Anu Jacob, Ming Lim
BACKGROUND: Transverse myelitis (TM) is an immune-mediated disorder of the spinal cord that affects adults and children and that causes motor, sensory and autonomic dysfunction. There is a prolonged recovery phase, which may continue for many years. Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an uncommon relapsing inflammatory central nervous system condition in which TM can be the first presenting symptom. As TM and NMO affect many patients in the prime of their working life, the disorder can impose a significant demand on health resources...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639345/acute-flaccid-myelitis-in-childhood-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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E W Andersen, A J Kornberg, J L Freeman, R J Leventer, M M Ryan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clusters of acute limb weakness in paediatric patients have been linked to outbreaks of non-polio enteroviruses, termed acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Outside these clusters, in countries where polio is not endemic, this poliomyelitic-like illness is rare in childhood and its natural history is not well defined. We describe presenting features, investigation findings and long-term outcome of a series of children with AFM. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study...
August 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638259/global-alert-zika-virus-an-emerging-arbovirus
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REVIEW
Zulal Ozkurt, Esra Cinar Tanriverdi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus of the Flavivirus genus, and it has an envelope and a single RNA molecule. In early 2016, the World Health Organization declared ZIKV infection to be an emerging global health threat. The major transmission route of the virus to humans is Aedes mosquitoes. ZIKV can be transmitted between humans by transplacental, perinatal, and sexual routes and via blood and body fluids. ZIKV infection usually results in a mild and self-limiting disease with low-grade fever, conjunctivitis, and periorbital edema...
June 2017: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637379/neuropsychological-outcomes-of-pediatric-demyelinating-diseases-a-review
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Alexander Tan, Cole Hague, Benjamin M Greenberg, Lana Harder
Immune-mediated central nervous system (CNS) demyelinating diseases impact various areas of the brain, optic nerves, and/or spinal cord and can result in a wide range of neurologic symptoms including adverse cognitive outcomes. Neuropsychological outcomes in adult multiple sclerosis (MS) are well documented, while literature on such outcomes in pediatric cohorts is more limited. Furthermore, literature on neuropsychological outcomes in pediatric acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), neuromyelitis optica (NMO), and transverse myelitis (TM) is even more limited...
June 21, 2017: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617719/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-and-zika-virus-outbreaks
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Osvaldo J M Nascimento, Ivan R F da Silva
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Arboviruses have been associated with central and peripheral nervous system injuries, in special the flaviviruses. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), transverse myelitis, meningoencephalitis, ophthalmological manifestations, and other neurological complications have been recently associated to Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. In this review, we aim to analyze the epidemiological aspects, possible pathophysiology, and what we have learned about the clinical and laboratory findings, as well as treatment of patients with ZIKV-associated neurological complications...
June 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615427/acute-flaccid-myelitis-and-enterovirus-d68-d%C3%A3-j%C3%A3-vu-all-over-again
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EDITORIAL
Max Wiznitzer, Avindra Nath
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615421/outcomes-of-colorado-children-with-acute-flaccid-myelitis-at-1-year
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Jan A Martin, Kevin Messacar, Michele L Yang, John A Maloney, Jennifer Lindwall, Terri Carry, Patricia Kenyon, Stefan H Sillau, Joyce Oleszek, Kenneth L Tyler, Samuel R Dominguez, Teri L Schreiner
OBJECTIVE: We describe long-term functional, neurodiagnostic, and psychosocial outcomes of a cohort of 12 children from Colorado diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2014. METHODS: Children were assessed every 3 months for 1 year or until clinical resolution. Assessments included neurologic examination, MRI, EMG/nerve conduction studies (NCS), functional measures (Assisting Hand Assessment, Hammersmith Functional Motor Scale), and Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System questionnaires...
July 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584662/a-rare-case-of-acute-transverse-myelitis-associated-with-staphylococcusaureus-bacteremia-and-osteomyelitis
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Stamatis Karakonstantis, Despoina Galani, Sevasti Maragou, Asimina Koulouridi, Dimitra Kalemaki, Charalampos Lydakis
INTRODUCTION: Direct intramedullary infections are considered very rare. Only few reports of Staphylococcus aureus myelitis have been published. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient, a 79-year-old male, presented with a 2-day history of high-grade fever and high inflammatory markers and progressively developed tetraplegia during hospitalization. Lumbar puncture revealed cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis and a spinal cord MRI revealed transverse myelitis at the level of C3-C5 and possible osteomyelitis of C5-T1...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580873/aquaporin-4-igg-positive-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-with-recurrent-short-partial-transverse-myelitis-and-favorable-prognosis-two-new-cases
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Jinhua Zhang, Fang Liu, Yiqi Wang, Ying Yang, Yuehong Huang, Hongchen Zhao, Yong Bi, Tianming Shi, Shunyuan Guo, Meiping Wang
Understanding the characteristics of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) with recurrent short partial transverse myelitis (SPTM), which is very rare, contributes to the differential diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). We present two Chinese aquaporin-4 immunoglobulin G (AQP4-IgG)-seropositive NMOSD cases who had at least twice SPTM during 4 and 6 years of follow-up, respectively. Their SPTMs have been mild and responded well to corticosteroids just like in the case of MS. The findings highlight the need of searching for serum AQP4-IgG (cell-based assay strongly recommended) in patients with recurrent SPTM and suggest that those patients may have a mild acute attack phase and favorable long-term prognosis...
April 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577289/immunoglobulin-responsive-chikungunya-encephalitis-two-case-reports
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Stephanie Suzanne de O Scott, Pedro Braga-Neto, Lícia Pacheco Pereira, Paulo Ribeiro Nóbrega, Francisco de Assis Aquino Gondim, Manoel Alves Sobreira-Neto, Claudia Carvalho Mendes Schiavon
Chikungunya virus is an alphavirus transmitted by the mosquito Aedes, mainly Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, that can cause acute illness, mostly self-limited, characterized by fever, maculopapular rash, and disabling polyarthritis/arthralgia, with an incubation period of 1 to 12 days. Chikungunya was largely regarded as a non-fatal and self-limited disease, but recently, serious cases have been reported including some with severe involvement of the nervous system, such as meningoencephalitis, myelitis, polyradiculitis, and polyradiculoneuropathy...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551037/a-child-with-acute-transverse-myelitis-requiring-permanent-pacemaker-implantation
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Masataka Fukuoka, Ichiro Kuki, Asako Horino, Kiyohiro Kim, Yuka Hattori, Hitomi Tsuji, Megumi Nukui, Shin Okazaki, Hisashi Kawawaki, Yoko Yoshida, Jyunichi Ishikawa, Hiroshi Rinka
We diagnosed a 3-year-old girl with acute transverse myelitis (ATM). She presented with weakness of the limbs and developed urination difficulty and respiratory disturbance. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a symmetric area of high signal intensity on T2-weighted images involving the lower end of the medulla oblongata to the level of the fourth thoracic vertebra. Anti-aquaporin-4 antibody was negative. She was treated with intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy, immunoglobulin therapy, and plasmapheresis; however, her clinical symptoms did not change...
May 24, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546874/acute-paraparesis-and-sensory-loss-following-intravenous-corticosteroid-administration-in-a-case-of-longitudinally-extensive-transverse-myelitis-caused-by-spinal-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Michael A DiSano, Russell Cerejo, MaryAnn Mays
INTRODUCTION: The underlying causes of longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) are broad and include inflammatory processes, compression and spinal dural arteriovenous fistula (SDAVF). Presenting symptoms of SDAVF are nonspecific and often go misdiagnosed. Acute clinical deterioration from SDAVF has been described following exertion or valsalva. However, deterioration has been recently recognized following steroid administration and may contribute to increased morbidity. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a 63-year-old woman with a 2-year history of intermittent lower extremity numbness and back pain, lumbar stenosis, who presented with subacute worsening of symptoms following a course of oral steroids for an upper respiratory infection...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539913/herpes-simplex-virus-type-2-myelitis-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Raffaele Nardone, Viviana Versace, Francesco Brigo, Frediano Tezzon, Giulio Zuccoli, Slaven Pikija, Larissa Hauer, Johann Sellner
Non-traumatic myelopathies can result from a wide spectrum of conditions including inflammatory, ischemic, and metabolic disorders. Here, we describe the case of a 60-year old immunocompetent woman who developed acute back pain followed by rapidly ascending flaccid tetraparesis, a C6 sensory level, and sphincter dysfunction within 8 h. Acyclovir and steroids were started on day 2 and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction in cerebrospinal fluid. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a bilateral anterior horn tractopathy expanding from C2 to T2 and cervicothoracic cord swelling...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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