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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146095/a-two-year-study-using-cerebral-gray-matter-volume-to-assess-the-response-to-fingolimod-therapy-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Fawad Yousuf, Sheena L Dupuy, Shahamat Tauhid, Renxin Chu, Gloria Kim, Subhash Tummala, Fariha Khalid, Howard L Weiner, Tanuja Chitnis, Brian C Healy, Rohit Bakshi
BACKGROUND: Cerebral gray matter (GM) atrophy has clinical relevance in multiple sclerosis (MS). Fingolimod has known efficacy on clinical and conventional MRI findings in MS; the effect on GM is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To explore fingolimod's treatment effect on cerebral GM atrophy over two years in patients with relapsing forms of MS. DESIGN/METHODS: Patients starting fingolimod [n=24, age (mean±SD) 41.2±11.6years, Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score 1...
October 16, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141793/information-processing-deficits-as-a-driving-force-for-memory-impairment-in-ms-a-cross-sectional-study-of-memory-functions-and-mri-in-early-and-late-stage-ms
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Wolfgang Köhler, Martin Fischer, Peter Bublak, Jürgen H Faiss, Frank Hoffmann, Annett Kunkel, Michael Sailer, Matthias Schwab, Erhard Stadler, Uwe K Zettl, Iris-Katharina Penner
BACKGROUND: Memory impairment (MI) is a common symptom of MS. Previous studies were conflicting in respect to the possible existence of early MI and the role of hippocampal atrophy. The objective of this study was to investigate MI and structural MRI correlates in homogenous groups of early and late MS, controlling for a potential information-processing speed (IPS) deficit, and utilizing multiple memory test paradigms. METHODS: 152 individually matched subjects were recruited: early MS (EMS, N = 25, disease duration 1...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135814/neuro-ophthalmology-at-a-tertiary-eye-care-centre-in-india
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Rebika Dhiman, Digvijay Singh, Shiva P Gantayala, Vaitheeswaran L Ganesan, Pradeep Sharma, Rohit Saxena
BACKGROUND: Neuro-ophthalmology as a specialty is underdeveloped in India. The aim of our study was to determine the spectrum and profile of patients presenting to a tertiary eye care center with neuro-ophthalmic disorders. METHODS: A retrospective hospital-based study was conducted, and records of all patients seen at the neuro-ophthalmology clinic of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, over a 1-year period were retrieved and evaluated...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134725/reproducibility-of-brain-mri-segmentation-algorithms-empirical-comparison-of-local-map-pstaple-freesurfer-and-fsl-first
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Clemente Velasco-Annis, Alireza Akhondi-Asl, Aymeric Stamm, Simon K Warfield
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Segmentation of human brain structures is crucial for the volumetric quantification of brain disease. Advances in algorithmic approaches have led to automated techniques that save time compared to interactive methods. Recently, the utility and accuracy of template library fusion algorithms, such as Local MAP PSTAPLE (PSTAPLE), have been demonstrated but there is little guidance regarding its reproducibility compared to single template-based algorithms such as FreeSurfer and FSL-FIRST...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132765/cortical-thinning-correlates-of-changes-in-visuospatial-and-visuoperceptual-performance-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-4-year-follow-up
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A I Garcia-Diaz, B Segura, H C Baggio, C Uribe, A Campabadal, A Abos, M J Marti, F Valldeoriola, Y Compta, N Bargallo, C Junque
BACKGROUND: Growing evidence highlights the relevance of posterior cortically-based cognitive deficits in Parkinson's disease (PD) as possible biomarkers of the evolution to dementia. Cross-sectional correlational studies have established a relationship between the degree of atrophy in posterior brain regions and visuospatial and visuoperceptual (VS/VP) impairment. The aim of this study is to address the progressive cortical thinning correlates of VS/VP performance in PD. METHODS: Forty-four PD patients and 20 matched healthy subjects were included in this study and followed for 4 years...
November 7, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131982/multimodal-mri-quantification-of-the-common-neurostructural-bases-within-the-ftd-als-continuum
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Chiara Crespi, Alessandra Dodich, Stefano F Cappa, Nicola Canessa, Sandro Iannaccone, Massimo Corbo, Christian Lunetta, Andrea Falini, Chiara Cerami
The continuum hypothesis linking the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is supported by clinical, pathological, genetic, and neuroimaging evidence. In the present multimodal magnetic resonance study, we characterized the site and extent of shared neurostructural changes in gray and white matter in 20 bvFTD and 19 ALS patients without dementia. We found an overlap of macrostructural and microstructural damage in both patient groups compared with healthy controls, involving the right orbital and the bilateral anterior cingulate cortices, the corticospinal tract and corpus callosum...
September 28, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130824/longitudinal-structural-and-functional-differences-between-proportional-and-poor-motor-recovery-after-stroke
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Adrian G Guggisberg, Pierre Nicolo, Leonardo G Cohen, Armin Schnider, Ethan R Buch
BACKGROUND: Evolution of motor function during the first months after stroke is stereotypically bifurcated, consisting of either recovery to about 70% of maximum possible improvement ("proportional recovery, PROP") or in little to no improvement ("poor recovery, POOR"). There is currently no evidence that any rehabilitation treatment will prevent POOR and favor PROP. OBJECTIVE: To perform a longitudinal and multimodal assessment of functional and structural changes in brain organization associated with PROP...
November 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125019/the-loss-of-macular-ganglion-cells-begins-from-the-early-stages-of-disease-and-correlates-with-brain-atrophy-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Anna M Pietroboni, Laura Dell'Arti, Michela Caprioli, Marta Scarioni, Tiziana Carandini, Andrea Arighi, Laura Ghezzi, Giorgio G Fumagalli, Milena A De Riz, Paola Basilico, Annalisa Colombi, Eleonora Benatti, Fabio Triulzi, Elio Scarpini, Francesco Viola, Daniela Galimberti
BACKGROUND: The importance of neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis (MS) is increasingly well recognized. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate retinal pathology using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and to investigate possible associations between retinal layers' thickness and specific patterns of gray matter volume in patients with a new diagnosis of MS. METHODS: A total of 31 patients underwent OCT scans and brain magnetic resonance imaging. In total, 30 controls underwent the same OCT procedure...
November 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121544/brain-volumetric-analysis-and-cortical-thickness-in-adults-with-saccadic-intrusions-ocular-flutter-or-opsoclonus-myoclonus-syndrome
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María-José Ibáñez-Juliá, Evangelia Pappa, Bertrand Gaymard, Delphine Leclercq, Charlotte Hautefort, Caroline Tilikete, Jean-Yves Delattre, Khê Hoang-Xuan, Dimitri Psimaras, Agusti Alentorn
OBJECTIVES: Ocular flutter (OF) and opsoclonus are considered a continuum with a similar pathogenesis. Due to the rarity of this disease in the adult population, little is known about the brain morphological changes in the chronic phase of the disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Six magnetic resonance imaging from adults with previous history of OF/Opsoclonus and 12 healthy patients (paired by age and sex) were analyzed in order to identify the long term cortical thickness pattern in this rare disease by using Freesurfer...
October 31, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120920/the-growing-clinical-spectrum-of-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy
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Marieke J H Wermer, Steven M Greenberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is diagnosed primarily as a cause of lobar intracerebral hemorrhages (ICH) in elderly patients. With improving MRI techniques, however, the role of CAA in causing other symptoms has become clear. Recognizing the full clinical spectrum of CAA is important for diagnosis and treatment. In this review we summarize recent insights in clinical CAA features, MRI biomarkers, and management. RECENT FINDINGS: The rate of ICH recurrence in CAA is among the highest of all stroke subtypes...
November 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120254/novel-compound-heterozygous-mutations-causing-kufs-disease-type-b
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Cui Wang, Hongliang Xu, Yun Yuan, Yajun Lian, Nanchang Xie, Liang Ming
Kufs disease (KD) type B (also termed CLN13), an adult-onset form of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), is genetically heterogeneous and challenging to diagnose. Recently, mutations in cathepsin-F (CTSF) have been identified as the causative gene for autosomal recessive KD type B. Here, we report a sporadic case of KD type B with novel compound heterozygous mutations, a novel missense mutation c.977G>T (p.C326F) and a novel nonsense mutation c.416C>A (p.S139X), in the CTSF gene. The magnetic resonance imaging findings were consistent with those demonstrated in adult NCL: diffuse cortical atrophy, mild hyperintensity and reduction of the deep white matter on T2-weighted images...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113357/brain-gray-matter-abnormalities-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-revisited
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PingLei Pan, Yi Liu, Yang Zhang, Hui Zhao, Xing Ye, Yun Xu
Whole-brain voxel-based morphometry (VBM) studies of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) have demonstrated heterogeneous findings regarding gray matter (GM) abnormalities. Here, we used Seed-based d Mapping, a coordinate-based meta-analytic approach to identify consistent regions of GM anomalies across studies of PSP. Totally, 18 original VBM studies, comprising 284 patients with PSP and 367 healthy controls were included. As compared to healthy controls, patients with PSP demonstrated significant GM reductions in both cortical and subcortical regions, including the frontal motor cortices, medial (including anterior cingulate cortex) and lateral frontal cortices, insula, superior temporal gyrus, striatum (putamen and caudate nucleus), thalamus, midbrain, and anterior cerebellum...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110052/contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-for-assessment-of-tubular-atrophy-interstitial-fibrosis-in-immunoglobulin-a-nephropathy-a-preliminary-clinical-study
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Wenqi Yang, Shan Mou, Yao Xu, Jing Du, Li Xu, Fenghua Li, Hongli Li
PURPOSE: To investigate the potential of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) for evaluating the severity of tubular atrophy/interstitial fibrosis (TA/IF) in immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 80 patients with IgAN and 33 healthy adults were investigated. Patients were divided into three groups according to the TA/IF (T) grade of the Oxford classification: T0 (n = 28), T1 (n = 35), and T2 (n = 17). Patients and control subjects underwent conventional ultrasound (US) and CEUS...
November 6, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106593/long-term-outcome-in-145-patients-with-assumed-benign-immunoglobulin-a-nephropathy
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Thomas Knoop, Bjørn Egil Vikse, Angela Mwakimonga, Sabine Leh, Rune Bjørneklett
Background: Patients with immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) who present with mild to moderate proteinuria and normal renal function are assumed to have excellent short-term renal prognosis, but the long-term prognosis is uncertain. Methods: Patients were selected from the Norwegian Kidney Biopsy Registry based on the following criteria: diagnostic renal biopsy performed in the period 1988-99, with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥60 mL/min/1.73 m2 and proteinuria <1 g/24 h at the time of biopsy...
November 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105977/tau-pet-imaging-predicts-cognition-in-atypical-variants-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jeffrey S Phillips, Sandhitsu R Das, Corey T McMillan, David J Irwin, Emily E Roll, Fulvio Da Re, Ilya M Nasrallah, David A Wolk, Murray Grossman
Accumulation of paired helical filament tau contributes to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). (18) F-flortaucipir is a positron emission tomography (PET) radioligand sensitive to tau in AD, but its clinical utility will depend in part on its ability to predict cognitive symptoms in diverse dementia phenotypes associated with selective, regional uptake. We examined associations between (18) F-flortaucipir and cognition in 14 mildly-impaired patients (12 with cerebrospinal fluid analytes consistent with AD pathology) who had amnestic (n = 5) and non-amnestic AD syndromes, including posterior cortical atrophy (PCA, n = 5) and logopenic-variant primary progressive aphasia (lvPPA, n = 4)...
November 6, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105852/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-due-to-p301l-tau-mutation-showing-apathy-and-severe-frontal-atrophy-but-lacking-other-behavioral-changes-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Tomoko Miki, Osamu Yokota, Shintaro Takenoshita, Yoko Mori, Kiyohiro Yamazaki, Yuki Ozaki, Shu-Ichi Ueno, Takashi Haraguchi, Hideki Ishizu, Shigetoshi Kuroda, Seishi Terada, Norihito Yamada
The clinical features in cases that have mutations in the microtubule-associated protein tau gene but lack prominent behavioral changes remain unclear. Here, we describe detailed clinical and pathological features of a case carrying the P301L tau mutation that showed only apathy until the middle stage of the course. The mother of this case was suspected to have mild cognitive decline at age 46. However, before she was fully examined, she had a subarachnoid hemorrhage at age 49 and died at age 53. An autopsy was not done...
November 6, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103037/circulating-progenitor-cells-correlate-with-memory-posterior-cortical-thickness-and-hippocampal-perfusion
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Daniel A Nation, Alick Tan, Shubir Dutt, Elissa C McIntosh, Belinda Yew, Jean K Ho, Anna E Blanken, Jung Yun Jang, Kathleen E Rodgers, Aimée Gaubert
BACKGROUND: Bone marrow-derived progenitor cells survey the vasculature and home to sites of tissue injury where they can promote repair and regeneration. It has been hypothesized that these cells may play a protective role neurodegenerative and vascular cognitive impairment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate progenitor cell levels in older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and to relate circulating levels to memory, brain volume, white matter lesion volume, and cerebral perfusion...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099708/neuroimaging-characteristics-and-post-stroke-fatigue-within-the-first-6-months-after-ischemic-strokes
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M Delva, I Delva
Aim - identify neuroimaging characteristics associated with different post-stroke fatigue (PSF) domains within first 6 months after ischemic strokes. There were enrolled in the study 107 patients with acute ischemic strokes. General PSF and certain PSF domains (global, physical, mental, motivational, activity-related) were measured by multidimensional fatigue inventory-20 (MFI-20) scale at hospital stay, in 1, 3 and 6 months after stroke occurrence. Brain MRI studies included cerebral infarct localization, planimetric measurements of infarct volumes, measurement of brain atrophy indexes (bifrontal, bicaudate, cortical atrophy indexes, width of third ventricle) and evaluation of leukoaraiosis severity, according to Fazekas scale...
October 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099351/corticospinal-tract-atrophy-and-motor-fmri-predict-motor-preservation-after-functional-cerebral-hemispherectomy
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Anthony C Wang, George M Ibrahim, Andrew V Poliakov, Page I Wang, Aria Fallah, Gary W Mathern, Robert T Buckley, Kelly Collins, Alexander G Weil, Hillary A Shurtleff, Molly H Warner, Francisco A Perez, Dennis W Shaw, Jason N Wright, Russell P Saneto, Edward J Novotny, Amy Lee, Samuel R Browd, Jeffrey G Ojemann
OBJECTIVE The potential loss of motor function after cerebral hemispherectomy is a common cause of anguish for patients, their families, and their physicians. The deficits these patients face are individually unique, but as a whole they provide a framework to understand the mechanisms underlying cortical reorganization of motor function. This study investigated whether preoperative functional MRI (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) could predict the postoperative preservation of hand motor function. METHODS Thirteen independent reviewers analyzed sensorimotor fMRI and colored fractional anisotropy (CoFA)-DTI maps in 25 patients undergoing functional hemispherectomy for treatment of intractable seizures...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095898/brain-gray-matter-structural-network-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Atsuhiko Sugiyama, Daichi Sone, Noriko Sato, Yukio Kimura, Miho Ota, Norihide Maikusa, Tomoko Maekawa, Mikako Enokizono, Madoka Mori-Yoshimura, Yasushi Ohya, Satoshi Kuwabara, Hiroshi Matsuda
This study aimed to investigate abnormalities in structural covariance network constructed from gray matter volume in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) patients by using graph theoretical analysis for further clarification of the underlying mechanisms of central nervous system involvement. Twenty-eight DM1 patients (4 childhood onset, 10 juvenile onset, 14 adult onset), excluding three cases from 31 consecutive patients who underwent magnetic resonance imaging in a certain period, and 28 age- and sex- matched healthy control subjects were included in this study...
2017: PloS One
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