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Sanjay Tewari, George Renney, John Brewin, Kate Gardner, Fenella Kirkham, Baba Inusa, James E Barrett, Stephan Menzel, Swee Lay Thein, Malcolm Ward, David C Rees
Silent cerebral infarction is the commonest neurological abnormality in children with sickle cell anemia, affecting 30-40% 14 year olds. There are no known biomarkers to identify children with silent cerebral infarcts and the pathological basis is also unknown. We used an unbiased proteomic discovery approach to identify plasma proteins differing in concentration between children with and without silent cerebral infarcts. Clinical parameters and plasma samples were analysed from 51 children (mean age 11.8 years, range 6-18) with sickle cell anemia (HbSS)...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Hui Zhu, Zhixing Li, Jinglei Lv, Renliang Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD) describes a syndrome of neuroimaging, pathological, and associated clinical features caused by small intracranial vascular lesions, which commonly coexists with large artery atherosclerosis (LAA) and has been identified as a major cause of motor impairment over time. In this review, we aim to summarize the relationship between CSVD and LAA, and discuss the effects of CSVD on the clinical outcome of patients with ischemic stroke caused by LAA...
March 15, 2018: Neurological Research
Melissa C Caughey, Ye Qiao, B Gwen Windham, Rebecca F Gottesman, Thomas H Mosley, Bruce A Wasserman
Background: Both hypertensive and atherosclerotic processes contribute to common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT). Elevated CCA-IMT may be indicative of subclinical cerebrovascular disease; however, its role in the absence of concomitant carotid artery plaque is uncertain, and few studies have examined associations in black populations. Materials and Methods: At cohort visit 3 (1993-1995) a subset of stroke-free participants (641 blacks and 702 whites, mean age 63) from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study was imaged by brain MRI and carotid ultrasound...
February 7, 2018: American Journal of Hypertension
Ki-Woong Nam, Chi Kyung Kim, Tae Jung Kim, Kyungmi Oh, Moon-Ku Han, Sang-Bae Ko, Byung-Woo Yoon
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) vascular hyperintensity (FVH) and early ischemic lesion recurrence (follow-up diffusion-weighted imaging [FU-DWI] [+]) in patients with lesion-negative TIA. METHODS: We recruited consecutive patients with lesion-negative TIA within 24 hours of symptom onset, who underwent follow-up MRI during the acute period. FVH was defined as a focal or serpentine high signal intensity on FLAIR images...
February 27, 2018: Neurology
Hee Young Choi, Kyung Mi Lee, Hyug-Gi Kim, Eui Jong Kim, Woo Suk Choi, Bum Joon Kim, Sung Hyuk Heo, Dae-Il Chang
Purpose: The hyperintense acute reperfusion marker (HARM) is a delayed enhancement of the subarachnoid or subpial space observed on post-contrast fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) images and is associated with permeability changes to the blood-brain barrier in acute stroke. We investigated the relationship between HARM and stroke etiology based on the Trial of ORG 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment (TOAST) classification. In addition, we evaluated the relationship between HARM and stroke locations with respect to vascular territories and anatomic compartments...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
Cheng Xia, Hui-Sheng Chen, Shi-Wen Wu, Wei-Hai Xu
BACKGROUND: In this retrospective study, we investigated the main pathogenesis of the two types of isolated pontine infarction: paramedian pontine infarcts (PPIs) and small deep pontine infarcts (SDPIs). METHODS: Acute ischemic stroke patients, comprising 117 PPI patients and 40 SDPI patients, were enrolled. High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HR-MRI) and routine MRI sequences were performed for each patient, and clinical data were collected. The following brain small vessel disease (SVD) features of the MRI scans were each rated (0 or 1) separately: asymptomatic lacunar infarcts, white matter lesions (WMLs), deep and infratentorial cerebral microbleeds (CMBs), and enlarged perivascular spaces in the basal ganglia...
December 12, 2017: BMC Neurology
Galit Weinstein, Shira Zelber-Sagi, Sarah R Preis, Alexa S Beiser, Charles DeCarli, Elizabeth K Speliotes, Claudia L Satizabal, Ramachandran S Vasan, Sudha Seshadri
Importance: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition that is most often asymptomatic. It is associated with metabolic syndrome, incident diabetes, carotid atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction, conditions that in turn are strongly linked with brain damage and cognitive impairment. However, it is not known whether NAFLD is associated with structural brain measures in humans. Objective: To assess the association between prevalent NAFLD and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures...
November 20, 2017: JAMA Neurology
Marija Glisic, Blerim Mujaj, Oscar L Rueda-Ochoa, Eralda Asllanaj, Joop S Laven, Maryam Kavousi, M Kamran Ikram, Meike W Vernooij, M Arfan Ikram, Oscar H Franco, Daniel Bos, Taulant Muka
Rationale: Sex steroids may play a role in plaque composition and in stroke incidence. Objective: To study the associations of endogenous estradiol and testosterone with carotid plaque composition in elderly men and postmenopausal women with carotid atherosclerosis, as well as with risk of stroke in this population. Methods and Results: Data of 1023 postmenopausal women and 1124 men (≥45 years) with carotid atherosclerosis, from prospective population-based Rotterdam Study, were available. At baseline, total estradiol (TE) and total testosterone (TT) were measured...
November 2, 2017: Circulation Research
Chun Chien, Feng-Chi Chang, Hui-Chi Huang, Jui-Yao Tsai, Chih-Ping Chung
BACKGROUND: With the popularity of MRI use, vertebrobasilar artery dissection (VBD) has been found more frequently in patients with posterior circulation ischemic stroke (PCS). The relationship between VBD and atherosclerosis is unknown. The present study aimed to prove the hypothesis that PCS with pure VBD (p-VBD) and with VBD and accompanied cervical or cerebral artery atherosclerosis (a-VBD) have distinct manifestations. METHODS: Patients with VBD-related PCS who were prospectively enrolled in the Taipei Veterans General Hospital Stroke Registry between January 1, 2010 and August 31, 2014 were recruited for the present study...
October 17, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Masatomo Miura, Makoto Nakajima, Akiko Fujimoto, Yasuyuki Kaku, Takayuki Kawano, Masaki Watanabe, Jun-Ichi Kuratsu, Yukio Ando
Accelerated atherosclerosis of intra- or extracranial large arteries is a major cause of radiation-induced strokes. Recent development of MRI techniques has enabled detection of another important vasculopathy: microinfarcts or microbleeds after cranial irradiation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the incidence and characteristics of small vessel disease after cranial irradiation. MR images and clinical records of 102 outpatients who had undergone cranial irradiation to brain tumors were retrospectively reviewed...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Xihai Zhao, Rui Li, Daniel S Hippe, Thomas S Hatsukami, Chun Yuan
BACKGROUND: Carotid atherosclerotic plaque is identified as one of the main sources of ischaemic stroke. However, the prevalence of carotid high-risk atherosclerotic plaque in Chinese patients with ischaemic cerebrovascular events has been inconsistently reported and needs to be investigated in a large population. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of CARE II study was to determine the prevalence and characteristics of high-risk features of atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid arteries in Chinese patients with recent ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemia attack (TIA)...
March 2017: Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Csaba Oláh, Zsófia Kardos, Mariann Sepsi, Attila Sas, László Kostyál, Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Katalin Hodosi, György Kerekes, László Tamási, Attila Valikovics, Dániel Bereczki, Zoltán Szekanecz
BACKGROUND: Stroke has been associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We assessed patients with RA and healthy control subjects by transcranial Doppler (TCD), carotid ultrasonography and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Altogether, 41 female patients with RA undergoing methotrexate (MTX) or biologic treatment and 60 age-matched control subjects underwent TCD assessment of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) and basilar artery. Pulsatility index (PI), resistivity (resistance) index (RI) and circulatory reserve capacity (CRC) were determined at rest (r) and after apnoea (a) and hyperventilation (h)...
September 26, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Adam de Havenon, Mahmud Mossa-Basha, Lubdha Shah, Seong-Eun Kim, Min Park, Dennis Parker, J Scott McNally
High-resolution vessel wall MRI (vwMRI) of the intracranial arteries is an emerging diagnostic imaging technique with the goal of evaluating vascular pathology. vwMRI sequences have high spatial resolution and directly image the vessel wall by suppressing blood signal. With vwMRI, it is possible to identify distinct morphologic and enhancement patterns of atherosclerosis that can provide important information about stroke etiology and recurrence risk. We present a review of vwMRI research in relation to intracranial atherosclerosis, with a focus on the relationship between ischemic stroke and atherosclerotic plaque T1 post-contrast enhancement or plaque/vessel wall morphology...
December 2017: Neuroradiology
Mohamed Mahmoud Fouad, Sherien Mohamed Farag, Mohamed I Hegazy, Mohamed Abd Elalem Aziz
Introduction Determining the prognosis of ischemic stroke is important for neurologists and patients. The aim is to study the predictors of three months clinical outcome in ischemic stroke patients. Materials and methods A total of 397 patients were classified according to three months modified Rankin Scale score (mRS score) into two groups, favorable and unfavorable outcome. Favorable outcome was assumed if the score was zero or one, or unchanged if the score was ≥ 1 before the onset of the most recent event...
June 26, 2017: Curēus
Akihiro Tokushige, Masaaki Miyata, Takeshi Sonoda, Ippei Kosedo, Daisuke Kanda, Takuro Takumi, Yuichi Kumagae, Yoshihiko Fukukura, Mitsuru Ohishi
AIM: Previous studies have reported a 10.2%-22% rate of silent cerebral infarction and a 0.1%-1% rate of symptomatic cerebral infarction after coronary angiography (CAG). However, the risk factors of cerebral infarction after CAG have not been fully elucidated. For this reason, we investigated the incidence and risk factors of CVD complications within 48 h after CAG using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (Diffusion-weighted MRI) at Kagoshima University Hospital. METHODS: From September 2013 to April 2015, we examined the incidence and risk factors, including procedural data and patients characteristics, of cerebrovascular disease after CAG in consecutive 61 patients who underwent CAG and MRI in our hospital...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Hugo J Aparicio, Rodica E Petrea, Joseph M Massaro, Warren J Manning, Noriko Oyama-Manabe, Alexa S Beiser, Carlos S Kase, Ralph B D'Agostino, Philip A Wolf, Ramachandran S Vasan, Charles DeCarli, Christopher J O'Donnell, Sudha Seshadri
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Aortic atherosclerosis is an aggregate marker of vascular risk factor exposure and has been associated with intracranial atherosclerosis and stroke. We hypothesized that atherosclerosis of the descending aorta (DAo) could be a risk marker for brain aging and injury. METHODS: We evaluated 1527 participants (mean age 59.9 years, 53.5% women) in the Framingham Offspring cohort who underwent both aortic and brain MRI. Participants were free of clinical stroke, dementia, or other neurological illness at the time of axial MRI of the thoracic and abdominal DAo and subsequent brain MRI...
October 2017: Atherosclerosis
Joyce M S Chan, Claudia Monaco, Marzena Wylezinska-Arridge, Jordi L Tremoleda, Jennifer E Cole, Michael Goddard, Maggie S H Cheung, Kishore K Bhakoo, Richard G J Gibbs
OBJECTIVE: Identification of patients with high-risk asymptomatic carotid plaques remains an elusive but essential step in stroke prevention. Inflammation is a key process in plaque destabilization and a prelude to clinical sequelae. There are currently no clinical imaging tools to assess the inflammatory activity within plaques. This study characterized inflammation in atherosclerosis using dual-targeted microparticles of iron oxide (DT-MPIO) as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probe...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Adam de Havenon, David Tirschwell, Jennifer J Majersik, Scott McNally, Gregory Stoddard, Anne Moore, Mahmud Mossa-Basha
Background Carotid intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH) seen on vessel wall MRI is associated with an increased risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack, as are microembolic signals (MES) detected by transcranial Doppler (TCD). We sought to examine the association between IPH and MES in acute stroke patients with symptomatic carotid atherosclerosis. Methods Through a retrospective chart review, we included patients from 2011 to 2013 with acute ischemic stroke due to carotid atherosclerosis of varying stenosis who had both 3D volumetric MRI of the neck and TCD emboli monitoring...
October 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
A A Moroz, N Yu Abramycheva, M S Stepanova, R N Konovalov, S L Timerbaeva, S N Illarioshkin
Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarctions and leucoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an inherited CNS disease, which is caused by mutations in the NOTCH3 gene. Selective disorders of small vessels underlie the disease pathogenesis. Clinically CADASIL is characterized by headaches, multiple stroke-like disorders (in most cases transient ischemic attacks and lacunar strokes), and different focal neurological symptoms and dementia. There are specific MRI signs of the disease: multiple lacunar infarctions located in the basal ganglia, brain steam and cerebellum, focal lesions of temporal poles, capsula externa, periventricular and subcortical areas; diffuse white matter changes and leukoaraiosis can be observed as well...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
I González-Suárez, J J Ríos-Blanco, J Arpa
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction and stroke, is a major cause of mortality in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although AAV affects small vessels, an accelerated atherosclerosis not explained by traditional cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) has been demonstrated. We aimed to investigate the association of atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and cerebral small vessel disease in AAV-patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: Twenty-three AAV-patients in complete remission were recruited...
June 12, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
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