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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145292/recurrent-spinal-primitive-neuroectodermal-tumor-with-brain-and-bone-metastases-a-case-report
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Frank Chen, Shyh-Shin Chiou, Sheng-Fung Lin, Ann-Shung Lieu, Yi-Ting Chen, Chih-Jen Huang
RATIONALE: Primary spinal primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) is relatively rare in all age groups, and the prognosis in most cases of spinal PNETs appears to be poor, with a median patient survival of 1 to 2 years. We present a case with recurrent spinal PNET with brain and bone metastases that was successfully treated by multimodality treatment. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 14-year-old teenage girl had suffered from progressive left upper back pain with bilateral lower legs weakness and numbness for 1 year...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125427/the-surgical-treatment-of-metastatic-spine-tumors-within-the-intramedullary-compartment
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Ben A Strickland, Ian E McCutcheon, Indro Chakrabarti, Laurence D Rhines, Jeffrey S Weinberg
OBJECTIVE Metastasis to the spinal cord is rare, and optimal management of this disease is unclear. The authors investigated this issue by analyzing the results of surgical treatment of spinal intramedullary metastasis (IM) at a major cancer center. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 13 patients who underwent surgery for IM. Patients had renal cell carcinoma (n = 4), breast carcinoma (n = 3), melanoma (n = 2), non-small cell lung cancer (n = 1), sarcoma (n = 1), adenoid cystic carcinoma (n = 1), and cervical cancer (n = 1)...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120154/predisposing-factors-responsible-for-the-occurrence-of-bacterial-purulent-meningoencephalitis
#3
Brankica Dupanović, Olgica Gajović, Dragica Terzić, Bogdanka Andrić, Zoran Todorović, Branko Jakovljević, Danko Živković
Bacterial purulent meningoencephalitis (BPME) is a life-threatening infectious disease caused by various pyogenic bacteria. The disease is defined as the inflammatory process of leptomeninges (visceral layer, pia mater and arachnoid membrane) and brain parenchyma with exudates in the subarachnoid space and surrounding brain structures. The aim of the study was to define the predisposing factors responsible for the occurrence of BPME, as well as the possible correlation between the presence of predisposing factors and patient demographic characteristics, etiology and outcome of the disease...
March 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077579/acquisition-of-somatic-nras-mutations-in-central-nervous-system-melanocytes-a-predisposing-risk-factor-to-primary-melanoma-of-the-central-nervous-system-a-frequently-forgotten-pitfall-in-congenital-nevi
#4
Maria C Garrido, Lidia Maroñas-Jiménez, Carlos Morales-Raya, Yolanda Ruano, Jose L Rodriguez-Peralto
Congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) are benign melanocytic proliferations that are usually present at birth. A somatic mosaicism for an NRAS point mutation is responsible for the several phenotypic abnormalities that may be associated with congenital nevi. We report the case of a 7-year-old boy with a proliferative nodule (PN) arising in a Giant CMN completely excised and with several visceral and intraspinal melanoma metastases with no evidence of primary cutaneous melanoma. The careful analysis of the clinical, morphologic, and molecular features allowed the distinction of between the benign PN (BPN) and the melanoma...
October 17, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071274/bilateral-central-retinal-artery-occlusion-associated-with-bilateral-lymphoproliferative-infiltrative-optic-neuropathy
#5
Philip J DeSouza, Claudia G Hooten, Christopher M Lack, Vishak J John, Timothy J Martin
BACKGROUND: Leukemic infiltration of the optic nerve is relatively rare. While previously described in acute leukemia, the infiltration in our case represents central nervous system (CNS) metastasis of Burkitt-type lymphoma that developed as a complication of solid-organ transplantation, resulting in a bilateral infiltrative optic neuropathy with sequential, bilateral central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) and devastating vision loss. METHODS: The medical record, serial ophthalmic examination findings, clinical course, and imaging including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fundus photographs, and fluorescein angiography of a single patient were retrospectively reviewed...
September 2017: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070999/treatment-of-leptomeningeal-metastases-in-a-patient-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-harboring-egfr-t790m-mutation
#6
Hardy Niu, Junle Zhou, Harvinder Maan, Maurie Markman, Jiaxin Niu
BACKGROUND: Leptomeningeal metastasis (LM) is an uncommon complication in patients with solid tumors, associated with poor survival. However, LM appears to be more frequent in lung cancer patients with EGFR mutations, posing a unique clinical challenge to treating physicians. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 68-year-old Asian man with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma harboring an EGFR L858R mutation, which was initially treated with gefitinib. He developed disease progression 1 year later...
September 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069871/leptomeningeal-disease-current-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-strategies
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Gautam Nayar, Tiffany Ejikeme, Pakawat Chongsathidkiet, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Kimberly L Blackwell, Jeffrey M Clarke, Shivanand P Lad, Peter E Fecci
Leptomeningeal disease has become increasingly prevalent as novel therapeutic interventions extend the survival of cancer patients. Although a majority of leptomeningeal spread occurs secondary to breast cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma, a wide variety of malignancies have been reported as primary sources. Symptoms on presentation are equally diverse, often involving a combination of neurological deficits with the possibility of obstructive hydrocephalus. Diagnosis is definitively made via cerebrospinal fluid cytology for malignant cells, but neuro-imaging with high quality T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging can aid diagnosis and localization...
September 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062809/parenchymal-infiltration-in-primary-diffuse-leptomeningeal-gliomatosis-dynamic-changes-in-brain-mri
#8
Yun Jiang, Juan Chen, Jing He, Ao Pei, Jinsong Zhang, Yinhong Liu
Primary diffuse leptomeningeal gliomatosis (PDLG) is a rare and fatal disease with no special clinical manifestations. Here, we report the dynamic brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changes in a 30-year-old female PDLG patient over a 10-month period. MRI showed aggressive dilation of the subarachnoid space and the ventricular system, numerous encapsulated cysts in the subarachnoid space and the dilated cerebral sulci, diffuse reticulated or focal nodular enhancement in the subarachnoid space, as well as overall enhancement in the cystic walls...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061641/regional-delivery-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-engineered-t-cells-effectively-targets-her2-breast-cancer-metastasis-to-the-brain
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Saul J Priceman, Dileshni Tilakawardane, Brook Jeang, John P Murad, Anthony K Park, Wen-Chung Chang, Julie R Ostberg, Josh Neman, Rahul Jandial, Jana Portnow, Stephen J Forman, Christine E Brown
PURPOSE: Metastasis to the brain from breast cancer remains a significant clinical challenge, and may be targeted with CAR-based immunotherapy. CAR design optimization for solid tumors is crucial due to the absence of truly restricted antigen expression and potential safety concerns with "on-target off-tumor" activity. Here, we have optimized HER2-CAR T cells for the treatment of breast to brain metastases, and determined optimal second generation CAR design and route of administration for xenograft mouse models of breast metastatic brain tumors, including multifocal and leptomeningeal disease...
October 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047416/lessons-learned-about-f-18-av-1451-off-target-binding-from-an-autopsy-confirmed-parkinson-s-case
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Marta Marquié, Eline E Verwer, Avery C Meltzer, Sally Ji Who Kim, Cinthya Agüero, Jose Gonzalez, Sara J Makaretz, Michael Siao Tick Chong, Prianca Ramanan, Ana C Amaral, Marc D Normandin, Charles R Vanderburg, Stephen N Gomperts, Keith A Johnson, Matthew P Frosch, Teresa Gómez-Isla
[F-18]-AV-1451 is a novel positron emission tomography (PET) tracer with high affinity to neurofibrillary tau pathology in Alzheimer's disease (AD). PET studies have shown increased tracer retention in patients clinically diagnosed with dementia of AD type and mild cognitive impairment in regions that are known to contain tau lesions. In vivo uptake has also consistently been observed in midbrain, basal ganglia and choroid plexus in elderly individuals regardless of their clinical diagnosis, including clinically normal whose brains are not expected to harbor tau pathology in those areas...
October 19, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040778/multimodality-management-of-recurrent-skull-base-chordomas-factors-impacting-tumor-control-and-disease-specific-survival
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Shaan M Raza, Diana Bell, Jacob L Freeman, David R Grosshans, Gregory N Fuller, Franco DeMonte
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist to guide the management of recurrent chordomas arising in the skull base. OBJECTIVE: To determine factors affecting tumor control rates and disease-specific survival (DSS) in recurrent disease. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of 29 patients with 55 recurrences treated at our institution. Tumor and treatment factors were assessed for impact on freedom from progression (FFP; primary outcome) and DSS (secondary outcome)...
October 10, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039591/dabrafenib-in-patients-with-recurrent-braf-v600e-mutated-malignant-glioma-and-leptomeningeal-disease
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Michael C Burger, Michael W Ronellenfitsch, Nadja I Lorenz, Marlies Wagner, Martin Voss, David Capper, Theophilos Tzaridis, Ulrich Herrlinger, Joachim P Steinbach, Gabriele Stoffels, Karl-Josef Langen, Christian Brandts, Christian Senft, Patrick N Harter, Oliver Bähr
BRAF V600E mutations occur frequently in malignant melanoma, but are rare in most malignant glioma subtypes. Besides, more benign brain tumors such as ganglioglioma, dysembryoblastic neuroepithelial tumours and supratentorial pilocytic astrocytomas, only pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas (50-78%) and epitheloid glioblastoma (50%) regularly exhibit BRAF mutations. In the present study, we report on three patients with recurrent malignant gliomas harbouring a BRAF V600E mutation. All patients presented with markedly disseminated leptomeningeal disease at recurrence and had progressed after radiotherapy and alkylating chemotherapy...
October 2, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037261/distinct-deposition-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-species-in-brains-with-alzheimer-s-disease-pathology-visualized-with-maldi-imaging-mass-spectrometry
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Nobuto Kakuda, Tomohiro Miyasaka, Noriyuki Iwasaki, Takashi Nirasawa, Satoko Wada-Kakuda, Junko Takahashi-Fujigasaki, Shigeo Murayama, Yasuo Ihara, Masaya Ikegawa
Amyloid β (Aβ) deposition in the brain is an early and invariable feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The Aβ peptides are composed of about 40 amino acids and are generated from amyloid precursor proteins (APP), by β- and γ-secretases. The distribution of individual Aβ peptides in the brains of aged people, and those suffering from AD and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), is not fully characterized. We employed the matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-imaging mass spectrometry (MALDI-IMS) to illustrate the spatial distribution of a broad range of Aβ species in human autopsied brains...
October 16, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028423/2016-updates-to-the-who-brain-tumor-classification-system-what-the-radiologist-needs-to-know
#14
Derek R Johnson, Julie B Guerin, Caterina Giannini, Jonathan M Morris, Lawrence J Eckel, Timothy J Kaufmann
Radiologists play a key role in brain tumor diagnosis and management and must stay abreast of developments in the field to advance patient care and communicate with other health care providers. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) released an update to its brain tumor classification system that included numerous significant changes. Several previously recognized brain tumor diagnoses, such as oligoastrocytoma, primitive neuroectodermal tumor, and gliomatosis cerebri, were redefined or eliminated altogether...
November 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026617/cerebral-vasculitis-and-intracranial-multiple-aneurysms-in-a-child-with-lyme-neuroborreliosis
#15
Elisa Kortela, Jukka Hytönen, Jussi Numminen, Margit Overmyer, Harri Saxen, Jarmo Oksi
Introduction. Lyme borreliosis is a multisystem tick-borne disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. Neurological manifestations are reported in up to 15 % of adult patients with Lyme disease, while the frequency among children is higher. The most common manifestations are painful radiculopathy, facial nerve paresis and lymphocytic meningitis. Epileptic seizures and cerebral vasculitis with stroke or aneurysms are very rare complications. Case presentation. We describe a paediatric patient with sensorineural auditory dysfunction, headache, fatigue and epileptic seizures as sequelae of meningoencephalitis/Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB) caused by B...
April 2017: JMM Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986666/primary-central-nervous-system-malignant-melanoma-with-leptomeningeal-melanomatosis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Kentaro Fujimori, Keiichi Sakai, Fumiko Higashiyama, Fusakazu Oya, Toshitaka Maejima, Tomomi Miyake
Leptomeningeal melanomatosis is an extremely rare variant of primary central nervous system (CNS) melanoma and has a poor prognosis and no standard treatment. Primary CNS melanoma is derived from the melanocytes of the leptomeninges. Here, we describe a case of a 37-year-old male who visited our hospital due to worsening headaches. Characteristic imaging findings of this tumor type include hyper-dense lesions that are enhanced by contrast medium on computed tomography and hyper-intensity on T1-weighted magnetic resonance images and iso- to hypo-intensity on T2-weighted magnetic resonance images...
October 6, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974415/hypofractionated-stereotactic-radiation-therapy-to-the-resection-bed-for-intracranial-metastases
#17
Audrey Keller, Mélanie Doré, Hélène Cebula, François Thillays, François Proust, Ioana Darié, Stéphane-André Martin, Gregory Delpon, François Lefebvre, Georges Noël, Delphine Antoni
PURPOSE: To retrospectively report the outcomes of a large multicenter cohort of patients treated with surgery and hypofractionated stereotactic radiation therapy (HFSRT) to the resection cavities of brain metastases (BMs). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between March 2008 and February 2015, 181 patients with no prior whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) were treated by HFSRT to the surgical bed of BM at the dose of 33 Gy (3 × 11 Gy). The primary endpoint was local control...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971065/preclinical-modeling-and-therapeutic-avenues-for-cancer-metastasis-to-the-central-nervous-system
#18
REVIEW
Mohini Singh, David Bakhshinyan, Chitra Venugopal, Sheila K Singh
Metastasis is the dissemination of cells from the primary tumor to other locations within the body, and continues to be the predominant cause of death among cancer patients. Metastatic progression within the adult central nervous system is 10 times more frequent than primary brain tumors. Metastases affecting the brain parenchyma and leptomeninges are associated with grave prognosis, and even after successful control of the primary tumor the median survival is a dismal 2-3 months with treatment options typically limited to palliative care...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969373/glymphatic-mri-in-idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus
#19
Geir Ringstad, Svein Are Sirirud Vatnehol, Per Kristian Eide
The glymphatic system has in previous studies been shown as fundamental to clearance of waste metabolites from the brain interstitial space, and is proposed to be instrumental in normal ageing and brain pathology such as Alzheimer's disease and brain trauma. Assessment of glymphatic function using magnetic resonance imaging with intrathecal contrast agent as a cerebrospinal fluid tracer has so far been limited to rodents. We aimed to image cerebrospinal fluid flow characteristics and glymphatic function in humans, and applied the methodology in a prospective study of 15 idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus patients (mean age 71...
October 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968585/treatment-and-prognosis-of-leptomeningeal-disease-secondary-to-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-single-centre-experience
#20
Belinda Kingston, Hamzeh Kayhanian, Chloe Brooks, Nicola Cox, Narda Chaabouni, Stefania Redana, Eleftheria Kalaitzaki, Ian Smith, Mary O'Brien, Stephen Johnston, Marina Parton, Jill Noble, Susie Stanway, Alistair Ring, Nicholas Turner, Alicia Okines
PURPOSE: Leptomeningeal disease (LMD) is an uncommon complication of advanced breast cancer. The prognosis is poor, and although radiotherapy (RT), systemic and intra-thecal (IT) chemotherapy are accepted treatment modalities, efficacy data are limited. This study was designed to evaluate potential predictors of survival in this patient group. METHODS: Breast cancer patients with LMD diagnosed by MRI in a 10-year period (2004-2014) were identified from electronic patient records...
December 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
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