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Intracranial stenosis

Kathryn F Kirchoff-Torres, Ekaterina Bakradze
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome (CHS) is a rare but significant complication after carotid revascularization and is increasingly recognized after acute stroke treatments. In this review, we discuss the epidemiology and pathophysiology of CHS, clinical presentation including ipsilateral headache, seizures, and focal neurological deficits, and radiographic presentation. We propose preventive therapies with emphasis on acute stroke post-thrombectomy hyperperfusion. RECENT FINDINGS: CHS was first described after carotid revascularization but is now also reported in patients with acute ischemic stroke...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
W S Lesley, R Rangaswamy
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The only Food and Drug Administration-approved implant for managing intracranial stenosis is the Wingspan stent. Modification of the standard Wingspan stent delivery procedure has not been previously reported. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective, single-patient, technical report. RESULTS: Following uneventful balloon angioplasty, a symptomatic intracranial vertebral artery stenosis was inaccessible to Wingspan stent delivery using standard procedural protocol because of poor proximal guide catheter purchase...
April 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Ximeng Yang, Jun Lu, Junjie Wang, Lijun Wang, Peng Qi, Shen Hu, Kunpeng Chen, Daming Wang
Carotid stenosis (CS) and intracranial aneurysms (IAs) may concur in one person. We studied the prevalence of IAs in CS patients in our retrospectively collected database and systematically reviewed this issue. Five hundred and fifty-seven CS (≥50%) patients confirmed by DSA in our hospital from 2010-06 to 2015-06 were screened for coexistent IAs. After searching the related literatures from English and Chinese journal literature databases, a meta-analysis was performed to pool the prevalence of CS with coexistent IAs...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Jun Zhang, Xiao Zhang, Jin-Ping Zhang, Ju Han
The optimal treatment for patients with chronic symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA) total occlusion is not well established. In addition to medical therapy, vessel recanalisation with stenting has shown much promise, especially for patients with recurrent ischemic symptoms. Nevertheless, the incidence of symptomatic in-stent restenosis (ISR) is high, and is associated with an unfavorable prognosis. Drug coated balloons (DCBs) have been proven to be effective in treating and preventing ISR. However, the feasibility of DCBs for de novo intracranial atherothrombotic stenosis has not been previously described, especially for total occlusion lesions...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Furkan Diren, Serra Sencer, Tayfun Hakan
Objective: Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is the most common form of intracranial vascular malformations in adults. Intracranial pediatric AVMs are rare. AVM located in the vicinity of the brain stem in children are even more rare. Case report: This study reports a rare case of acute obstructive hydrocephalus following aqueductal stenosis caused by an unruptured grade IV perimesencephalic arteriovenous malformation. An 11-year-old boy admitted to the hospital with progressive headache, nausea and vomiting throughout a month...
2018: Open Neuroimaging Journal
Charlotte Zerna, Amy Y X Yu, Jayesh Modi, Shiel K Patel, Jonathan I Coulter, Eric E Smith, Shelagh B Coutts
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: White matter lesions (WML) are associated with cognitive decline, increased stroke risk, and disability in old age. We hypothesized that superimposed acute cerebrovascular occlusion on chronic preexisting injury (leukoaraiosis) leads to worse outcome after minor cerebrovascular event, both using quantitative (volumetric) and qualitative (Fazekas scale) assessment, as well as relative total brain volume. METHODS: WML volume assessment was performed in 425 patients with high-risk transient ischemic attack (TIA; motor/speech deficits >5 minutes) or minor strokes from the CATCH study (CT and MRI in the Triage of TIA and Minor Cerebrovascular Events to Identify High Risk Patients)...
March 14, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Toshihiro Ueda, Tatsuro Takada, Shinji Nogoshi, Tomohide Yoshie, Satoshi Takaishi, Takayuki Fukano
PURPOSE: A recent randomized controlled trial demonstrated that aggressive medical management was superior to angioplasty with stenting for intracranial stenosis. The purpose of this study was to assess initial and long-term outcomes of balloon angioplasty without stenting for symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA) stenosis. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 72 patients (mean age, 58.9 years old) with 84 balloon angioplasties without stenting for high-grade (>70%) atherosclerotic stenosis of the main trunk of the MCA...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Bing Yang, Huili Zhu, Yusheng Zhang, Anding Xu
Intracranial branch atheromatous disease is an atheromatous pathophysiological process associated with occlusion or stenosis at the orifice of a deep penetrating artery. However, apart from autopsy, atherosclerosis in the penetrating artery has not been confirmed in vivo. In this case, we confirmed that the ostium was located in the parent artery plaque and demonstrated the atherosclerosis of the proximal penetrating artery by using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging. HR-MRI can be used to identify the pathological changes in penetrating arteries and provides more reliable basic information for the clinical subclassification and optimal medical treatment of penetrating artery infarction...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
M Fareed K Suri, Jincheng Zhou, Ye Qiao, Haitao Chu, Adnan I Qureshi, Tom Mosley, Rebecca F Gottesman, Lisa Wruck, A Richey Sharrett, Alvaro Alonso, Bruce A Wasserman
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between asymptomatic intracranial atherosclerosis and cognitive impairment in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) cohort. METHODS: ARIC participants underwent high-resolution 3T magnetic resonance angiography and a neuropsychology battery and neurologic examination adjudicated by an expert panel to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. We adjusted for demographic and vascular risk factors in weighted logistic regression analysis, accounting for stratified sampling design and attrition, to determine the association of intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis (ICAS) with cognitive impairment...
March 9, 2018: Neurology
H Y Zhao, Z C Jia, D S Fan
Objective: To analyze the incidence of intracranial unruptured aneurysms in patients with internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis (≥30%), the characteristics of aneurysms and risk factors in patients with ICA stenosis and intracranial aneurysm. Methods: Clinical data of patients receiving digital subtraction angiography (DSA) at Peking University Third Hospital between January 2012 and June 2015 were retrospectively reviewed to identify patients with ICA stenosis and unruptured intracranial aneurysm. Results: Among 247 patients with ICA stenosis, 16 patients (6...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
Tomohiro Tsunekawa, Motoshi Sawada, Takayoshi Kato, Yusuke Motoji, Tatsuomi Kinoshita, Akihiro Hirakawa, Yasuhide Okawa, Shinji TomitaMD
OBJECTIVES: Intracranial cerebral atherosclerosis is a significant predictor of stroke after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, there is limited information on intracranial occlusive lesions in patients undergoing CABG. The purpose of the study was to elucidate the precise prevalence and distribution of occlusive lesions of the extracranial and intracranial arteries in patients undergoing CABG. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2016, 205 patients underwent preoperative magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and elective CABG...
March 5, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Runqi Wangqin, Xianwei Wang, Yilong Wang, Ying Xian, Xingquan Zhao, Liping Liu, Hao Li, Xia Meng, Yongjun Wang
Objective: Many patients receiving dual antiplatelet therapy still had recurrent strokes. We aimed to identify factors associated with recurrent stroke at 90 days in patients receiving dual antiplatelet therapy in Clopidogrel in High-risk patients with Acute Non-disabling Cerebrovascular Events trial. Methods: Patients with transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke receiving clopidogrel and aspirin in the trial were analysed in the study. The primary outcome was recurrent stroke within 90 days after the index event...
December 2017: Stroke and Vascular Neurology
Jie Yang, Yang Hua, Xiang Li, Mingjie Gao, Qiuping Li, Beibei Liu, Liqun Jiao
This study aimed to determine the optimal criteria for evaluating basilar artery stenosis (BAS) by transcranial color-coded sonography (TCCS). A total of 403 cases with both TCCS and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) were enrolled. Peak systolic velocity (PSV), end diastolic velocity (EDV) and mean flow velocity (MFV) of the basilar artery (BA), intracranial vertebral artery (IVA) and posterior cerebral artery (PCA) were measured. The ratios PSVBA /PSVIVA and PSVBA /PSVPCA were calculated. With DSA as the reference, the optimal criteria for grading BAS were determined by receiver operating characteristic analysis...
March 1, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Daniel C Sacchetti, Shawna M Cutting, Ryan A McTaggart, Andrew D Chang, Morgan Hemendinger, Brian Mac Grory, Matthew S Siket, Tina Burton, Bradford Thompson, Sara K Rostanski, Shyam Prabhakaran, Joshua Z Willey, Randolph S Marshall, Mitchell Sv Elkind, Pooja Khatri, Karen L Furie, Mahesh V Jayaraman, Shadi Yaghi
Background Large vessel disease stroke subtype carries the highest risk of early recurrent stroke. In this study we aim to look at the association between impaired perfusion and early stroke recurrence in patients with intracranial atherosclerotic disease or total cervical carotid occlusion. Methods This is a retrospective study from a comprehensive stroke center where we included consecutive patients 18 years or older with intracranial atherosclerotic disease or total cervical carotid occlusion admitted with a diagnosis of ischemic stroke within 24 h from symptom onset with National Institute Health Stroke Scale < 15, between 1 December 2016 and 30 June 2017...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Wing Tung Esther Yeung, Ikuko Mizuta, Akiko Watanabe-Hosomi, Akiyoshi Yokote, Takashi Koizumi, Mao Mukai, Masako Kinoshita, Tomoyuki Ohara, Toshiki Mizuno
Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL), caused by NOTCH3, primarily affects small cerebral arteries; however, stenosis of major intracranial arteries has occasionally been reported. Recent studies identified a close association between the c.14576G>A (p.R4859K, rs112735431) variant of the ring finger protein 213 (RNF213) gene and sporadic intracranial arterial stenosis (ICAS). To determine whether RNF213 is associated with ICAS in CADASIL, we genotyped rs112735431 for 124 patients with CADASIL...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Cameron M McDougall, Vin Shen Ban, Jeffrey Beecher, Lee Pride, Babu G Welch
OBJECTIVE The role of venous sinus stenting (VSS) for idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is not well understood. The aim of this systematic review is to attempt to identify subsets of patients with IIH who will benefit from VSS based on the pressure gradients of their venous sinus stenosis. METHODS MEDLINE/PubMed was searched for studies reporting venous pressure gradients across the stenotic segment of the venous sinus, pre- and post-stent pressure gradients, and clinical outcomes after VSS. Findings are reported according to the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) guidelines...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Y H Pu, X Y Zou, Y L Wang, Y S Pan, X L Xiang, A X Soo, H K Leung, X Q Zhao, C X Wang, J X Wong, Y J Wang, L P Liu
Objective: To explore the differences of one year death and stroke recurrence between ischemic stroke patients with intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis or occlusion of anterior circulation and those of posterior circulation. Methods: All the patients were from the Chinese Intracranial Atherosclerosis Study (CICAS), between October 2007 and June 2009; patients with extracranial stenosis or occlusion, patients without acute infarction by diffusion weighted image, and patients with intracranial atherosclerosis of both anterior and posterior circulation were excluded...
February 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Zhengsheng Zhang, Xiang-Yan Chen, Larry Baum, Ho Keung Ng, Vincent Mok, Ka Sing Wong
OBJECTIVES: Stenosis of the intracranial large arteries, especially the middle cerebral artery (MCA), is common in the Chinese population. We conducted a case-control study to investigate clinical and apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene polymorphism of MCA atherosclerosis in the Chinese population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Polymerase chain reaction-based protocols were used to identify the genotypes of polymorphisms in ApoE genes. Clinical parameters and the genotypes of polymorphisms in the ApoE genes were compared in patients with and without MCA stenosis...
March 2018: Neurologist
Doris Leithner, Julian L Wichmann, Scherwin Mahmoudi, Simon S Martin, Moritz H Albrecht, Thomas J Vogl, Jan-Erik Scholtz
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of low-tube-voltage 90-kVp acquisition combined with advanced modeled iterative reconstruction algorithm (Admire) on radiation exposure, image quality, artifacts, and assessment of stenosis in carotid and intracranial CT-angiography (CTA). METHODS: Dual-energy CTA studies of 43 patients performed on a third-generation 192-slice dual-source CT were retrospectively evaluated. Intraindividual comparison of 90-kVp and linearly-blended 120-kVp equivalent image series (M_0...
March 1, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
Murat Şakir Ekşi, Ahmet Öğrenci, Osman Ersegun Batçık, Orkun Koban
De novo obstructive hydrocephalus is a rare event during pregnancy. There are only case reports presented in literature. We aimed to discuss the pathophysiological basis and management options with an exemplary case presentation and review of the current literature. A 28-year-old G2P1 patient presented to our clinic with headache, vomiting, and deteriorated vision at the 8th week of gestation. She had no history of central nervous system infection or trauma. A brain magnetic resonance imaging was obtained. There was hydrocephalus due to cerebral aqueduct stenosis (Evan's index of 58%)...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
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