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Pediatric demyelinating disease

Sherif M Hamdy, Maged Abdel-Naseer, Nevin M Shalaby, Alaa Elmazny, Marian Girgis, Mona A Nada, Amr Hassan, Husam S Mourad, Mohamed I Hegazy, Ahmed Abdelalim, Nirmeen A Kishk, Noha T Abokrysha, Shaimaa A Genedy, Ehab A Essawy, Hatem S Shehata
Introduction: Although the frequency of pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis (POMS) has increased in recent decades, it is still highly uncommon, which creates a need for the involvement of more registries from various clinical centers. Objective: To characterize the demographic, clinical, and paraclinical features of Egyptian patients with POMS. Patients and methods: A retrospective chart review study was undertaken on 237 Egyptian patients with demyelinating events which started before the age of 18 years who attended one of five tertiary referral centers in Cairo, Egypt...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Matthias Baumann, Astrid Grams, Tanja Djurdjevic, Eva-Maria Wendel, Christian Lechner, Bettina Behring, Astrid Blaschek, Katharina Diepold, Astrid Eisenkölbl, Joel Fluss, Michael Karenfort, Johannes Koch, Bahadir Konuşkan, Steffen Leiz, Andreas Merkenschlager, Daniela Pohl, Mareike Schimmel, Charlotte Thiels, Barbara Kornek, Kathrin Schanda, Markus Reindl, Kevin Rostásy
Antibodies against the myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG-Ab) can be detected in various pediatric acquired demyelinating syndromes (ADS). Here, we analyze the spectrum of neuroradiologic findings in children with MOG-Ab and a first demyelinating event. The cerebral and spinal MRI of 69 children with different ADS was assessed in regard to the distribution and characteristics of lesions. Children with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (n = 36) or neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (n = 5) presented an imaging pattern characterized predominantly by poorly demarcated lesions with a wide supra- and infratentorial distribution...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Esther Ganelin-Cohen, Sizilia Golderman, Regina Yeskaraev, Ayal Rozenberg, Avi Livneh, Batia Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Identifying new biomarkers is needed to overcome the diagnostic difficulties of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS). Recently, we developed a new technique including CSF analysis of free light chain (FLC) monomers and dimers, which can improve diagnosis of adult MS. The present study has been designed to evaluate the utility of our technique for MS diagnosis in children. METHODS: Patients with MS (n=21) and non-MS demyelinating or inflammatory neurological disorders (n=35) participated in the study...
February 6, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Amy M Lavery, Bradley N Collins, Amy T Waldman, Chantelle N Hart, Amit Bar-Or, Ruth Ann Marrie, Douglas Arnold, Julia O'Mahony, Brenda Banwell
BACKGROUND: Pediatric acquired demyelinating syndromes (ADSs) are monophasic (mono-ADS) in 70% of cases and represent the first attack of multiple sclerosis (MS) in 30%. Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure has been implicated as a risk factor for adult-onset MS. Little is known about whether SHS presents an additive risk beyond genetic factors and other environmental exposures associated with pediatric MS. METHODS: This study examined SHS exposure in 216 children with mono-ADS and 81 children with MS...
January 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Rinze Neuteboom, Colin Wilbur, Danielle Van Pelt, Moses Rodriguez, Ann Yeh
Acquired demyelinating syndromes in childhood comprise a spectrum of monophasic and recurrent inflammatory conditions of the central nervous system. Examples of monophasic conditions include, clinically isolated syndromes such as optic neuritis and transverse myelitis, as well as acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, whereas recurrent disorders include entities such as multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. Knowledge about these disorders has expanded due to rigorously evaluated diagnostic criteria, magnetic resonance imaging features, outcomes, and serum biomarkers in these disorders...
August 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
Tanyel Zubarioglu, Ertugrul Kiykim, Gozde Yesil, Duhan Demircioglu, Mehmet Serif Cansever, Cengiz Yalcinkaya, Cigdem Aktuglu-Zeybek
Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a lipid storage disorder caused by defective sterol 27-hydroxylase activity. In spite of subtle clinical signs beginning from childhood, CTX is generally diagnosed lately. The aim of this study is to evaluate clinical, neuroradiological findings and therapy responses of pediatric CTX patients and raise awareness to early features of disease. Patients who were molecularly diagnosed as CTX before 18 years of age were included in study. Clinical, epidemiological, radiological and genotypic features of patients and chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) therapy responses were reviewed retrospectively...
October 22, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Mariella M Self, Aaron Fobian, Katherine Cutitta, Arianne Wallace, Timothy E Lotze
Decreased health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in pediatric patients with multiple sclerosis is established, but little research has examined HRQOL in the broader pediatric demyelinating disease population, and predictors of reduced HRQOL are largely unexplored. We sought to (1) compare generic HRQOL and fatigue of pediatric patients with relapsing (i.e., multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica) versus monophasic demyelinating diseases (i.e., acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, clinically isolated syndrome) and (2) examine the extent to which disability, relapsing disease, and fatigue predict HRQOL...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
Rajendra Singh Jain, Ibraheem Khan, Kapil Kandelwal, Tushar Desai
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosis of tumefactive demyelination lesions (TDLs) is challenging to neurophysician, neuroradiologist or neurosurgeon. Our objective in this study was to analyze clinicoradiological features of TDLs. PATIENTS AND METHOD: A retrospective analysis with prospective follow-up of 11 cases of TDLs was performed. Study was conducted in the neurology department of a tertiary care centre of North-West India from August 2014 to March 2017. MRI of brain and cervical spine with contrast, visual evoked potential, oligoclonal bands, serum anti-AQP4 antibody and MRS performed in most of the patients...
November 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Maria Gogou, Efimia Papadopoulou-Alataki, Martha Spilioti, Sofia Alataki, Athanasios Evangeliou
BACKGROUND: While there are guidelines for the use of intravenous immunoglobulins in children with Guillain-Barre syndrome and myasthenia gravis based on high-level evidence studies, data are scarce for the majority of neurologic disorders in this age group. Neuronal antibodies are detected in children with seizures of autoimmune etiology. Intravenous immunoglobulins with their broad immunomodulatory mechanism of action could be ideally effective in different forms of immunedysregulated intractable epilepsies such as autoimmune epilepsy and autoimmune Rasmussen encephalitis...
November 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Voitenkov Vladislav Voitenkov, Klimkin Andrey, Skripchenko Natalia, Aksenova Anastasia
CONTEXT: The diagnosis of polyneuropathy may be challenging at the early stages of the disease. Despite electromyography (EMG) efficacy in the establishment of polyneuropathy diagnosis, in some cases, results are dubious and neurophysiologists may implement additional techniques to ensure that conduction is affected. AIMS: The aim of the study was to evaluate motor-evoked potential (MEP) characteristics in children with acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP)...
April 2017: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
Eliza Gordon-Lipkin, Brenda Banwell
Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system, is increasingly being recognized in children and adolescents. Pediatric MS follows a relapsing-remitting course at onset, with a risk for early cognitive impairment. Areas covered: In this review, we discuss the clinical features of acute demyelinating syndromes in children and risk factors that increase the likelihood of a diagnosis of MS. We also address the application of diagnostic criteria for MS in children, immunological features, therapeutic options and psychosocial considerations for children and adolescents with MS...
October 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Julia Pakpoor, Raph Goldacre, Klaus Schmierer, Gavin Giovannoni, Emmanuelle Waubant, Michael J Goldacre
INTRODUCTION: The profile of psychiatric disorders associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) may differ in children. We aimed to assess the risk of psychiatric disorders in children with MS and other demyelinating diseases, and vice versa. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed linked English Hospital Episode Statistics, and mortality data, 1999-2011. Cohorts were constructed of children admitted with MS and other central nervous system (CNS) demyelinating diseases. We searched for any subsequent episode of care with psychiatric disorders in these cohorts and compared to a reference cohort...
July 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
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
Umberto Raucci, Pasquale Parisi, Nicola Vanacore, Francesco La Penna, Valentina Ferro, Lucia Calistri, Claudia Bondone, Fabio Midulla, Agnese Suppiej, Raffaele Falsaperla, Duccio Maria Cordelli, Antonella Palmieri, Alberto Verrotti, Sabrina Becciani, Sonia Aguzzi, Mario Mastrangelo, Federica Pelizza, Filippo Greco, Giulia Carbonari, Ramona Tallone, Gabriella Bottone, Italo Trenta, Stefano Masi, Maria Pia Villa, Antonino Reale
BACKGROUND: Acute diplopia (AD) is an uncommon and distressing symptom of numerous ocular and neurological conditions, with potentially serious sequelaes. No data are present in pediatrics on the presentation and management of AD. AIM: This study investigated characteristics, etiology and health care utilization of the pediatric population with AD accessed to pediatric Emergency Departments (ED), trying to identify "red flags" associated with potentially life-threatening (LT) conditions...
June 3, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Ana Luiza M Amorim, Nadia C Cabral, Fabiane M Osaku, Claudio A Len, Enedina M L Oliveira, Maria Teresa Terreri
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO) are demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. Autoimmunity in patients with demyelinating disease and in their families has been broadly investigated and discussed. Recent studies show a higher incidence of rheumatic autoimmune diseases among adult patients with MS or NMO and their families, but there are no studies in the pediatric population. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate an association of MS and NMO with autoimmune rheumatic diseases in pediatric patients...
May 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Patrick Peschl, Monika Bradl, Romana Höftberger, Thomas Berger, Markus Reindl
Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG), a member of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily, is a myelin protein solely expressed at the outermost surface of myelin sheaths and oligodendrocyte membranes. This makes MOG a potential target of cellular and humoral immune responses in inflammatory demyelinating diseases. Due to its late postnatal developmental expression, MOG is an important marker for oligodendrocyte maturation. Discovered about 30 years ago, it is one of the best-studied autoantigens for experimental autoimmune models for multiple sclerosis (MS)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Yoshitsugu Nakamura, Hideto Nakajima, Hiroki Tani, Takafumi Hosokawa, Shimon Ishida, Fumiharu Kimura, Kimihiko Kaneko, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Ichiro Nakashima
BACKGROUND: Anti-Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) antibodies are detected in various demyelinating diseases, such as pediatric acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), recurrent optic neuritis, and aquaporin-4 antibody-seronegative neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. We present a patient who developed anti-MOG antibody-positive ADEM following infectious mononucleosis (IM) due to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. CASE PRESENTATION: A 36-year-old healthy man developed paresthesia of bilateral lower extremities and urinary retention 8 days after the onset of IM due to primary EBV infection...
April 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
Bérengère Aubert-Broche, Katrin Weier, Giulia Longoni, Vladimir S Fonov, Amit Bar-Or, Ruth Ann Marrie, E Ann Yeh, Sridar Narayanan, Douglas L Arnold, Leonard H Verhey, Brenda Banwell, D Louis Collins
OBJECTIVE: To investigate how monophasic acquired demyelinating syndromes (ADS) affect age-expected brain growth over time. METHODS: We analyzed 83 pediatric patients imaged serially from initial demyelinating attack: 18 with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) and 65 with other monophasic ADS presentations (monoADS). We further subdivided the monoADS group by the presence (n = 33; monoADSlesion) or absence (n = 32; monoADSnolesion) of T2 lesions involving the brain at onset...
May 2, 2017: Neurology
Giulia Longoni, Robert A Brown, Parya MomayyezSiahkal, Colm Elliott, Sridar Narayanan, Amit Bar-Or, Ruth Ann Marrie, E Ann Yeh, Massimo Filippi, Brenda Banwell, Douglas L Arnold
See Hacohen et al. (doi:10.1093/awx075) for a scientific commentary on this article. Most children who experience an acquired demyelinating syndrome of the central nervous system will have a monophasic disease course, with no further clinical or radiological symptoms. A subset will be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a life-long disorder. Using linear mixed effects models we examined longitudinal diffusion properties of normal-appearing white matter in 505 serial scans of 132 paediatric participants with acquired demyelinating syndromes followed for a median of 4...
May 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Anusha K Yeshokumar, Sona Narula, Brenda Banwell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the epidemiologic factors involved in the pathogenesis of pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS), which have been the focus of numerous studies in the last several years. We also review the clinical features (including diagnostic evaluation and differential diagnosis) of, treatment approach to, and prognosis of pediatric MS. RECENT FINDINGS: Up to 10% of patients with MS have their initial demyelinating before the age of 18 years...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
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