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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202889/treatment-of-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-with-tafamidis-a-case-report
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Yoshimichi Miyazaki
INTRODUCTION: Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is a rare hereditary disorder caused by mutations in the transthyretin (TTR) gene. Tafamidis is a TTR stabilizer able to prevent TTR tetramer dissociation, and several studies have demonstrated its safety and efficacy at slowing the progression of neuropathy in FAP caused by the TTR Val30Met mutation. However, nerve conduction study (NCS) and electromyography (EMG) results have yet to be reported in relation to FAP progression during tafamidis therapy...
2017: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187075/investigating-the-association-between-lower-extremity-and-low-back-symptoms-among-saskatchewan-farmers-using-the-standardized-nordic-questionnaire
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Samuel Kwaku Essien, Catherine Trask, James Dosman, Brenna Bath
STUDY DESIGN: Cross sectional survey OBJECTIVE.: To investigated the association between self-reported low back symptoms and symptoms in the hip, knee, and ankle in a high-risk occupational group SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: Low back pain, with or without lower extremity referral, poses a major challenge to occupational productivity, especially in farming. Although low back symptoms can occur independent of lower extremity symptoms, anatomical positioning of nerves supplying the lower limbs means structural and physiological changes in the spine can lead to referred pain in the lower limbs, but the magnitude of the association between low back and lower extremity symptoms is unclear...
February 9, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129784/vitamin-b12-deficiency-neuropathy-a-rare-diagnosis-in-young-adults-a-case-report
#3
Cyril Jabea Ekabe, Jules Kehbila, Martin Hongieh Abanda, Benjamin Momo Kadia, Carlson-Babila Sama, Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso
BACKGROUND: Vitamin B12 deficiency is a metabolic disorder with many causes. It often presents with megaloblastic anaemia and neurological disorders which entail prompt treatment. The diagnosis of Vitamin B12 deficiency is challenging in resource limited-settings due to limited access to diagnostic tools and unfamiliarity with the disease, owing to its rarity especially in young people. CASE PRESENTATION: A 28 year old female Cameroonian presented with progressive burning painful sensations on the upper trunk, paraesthesia and numbness of the upper and lower limbs for a period of 5 years...
January 28, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112783/quadrilateral-space-syndrome-with-involvement-of-the-tendon-of-the-latissimus-dorsi
#4
Ryuji Koga, Kozo Furushima, Hiroshi Kusano, Junichiro Hamada, Yoshiyasu Itoh
Quadrilateral space syndrome (QSS) is the term used to describe axillary nerve palsy due to compression of the axillary nerve and posterior circumflex artery in the quadrilateral space. The precise pathophysiology of QSS is still unclear; hence, a consensus of diagnosis and treatment for QSS has not yet been achieved. The authors present the case of a 17-year-old male baseball player with symptoms of QSS, including right elbow and shoulder joint pain and upper limb numbness while throwing. The symptoms had worsened during baseball...
January 20, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102815/assessment-of-the-characteristics-and-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-uremic-peripheral-neuropathy%C3%A2
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Xiu-Zhi Yu, Shi Lu, Wei Gou, Wei Wang, Shui-Hong Zou, Yin-Xia Han, Wei-Wei Wang, Jin-Yuan Zhang
OBJECTIVES: This study seeks to examine the characteristics and health-related quality of life (HRQL) of patients with uremic peripheral neuropathy. METHODS: Uremic patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) at our hospital were enrolled in this study. Data collection began in January 2011 and ended in June 2011. The patients were divided into two groups, the lesion group (110 cases) and the non-lesion group (168 cases), based on the presence or absence of peripheral neuropathy...
January 19, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072475/safety-of-sulfur-hexafluoride-microbubbles-in-sonography-of-abdominal-and-superficial-organs-retrospective-analysis-of-30-222-cases
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Chunlin Tang, Kejing Fang, Yanli Guo, Rui Li, Xiaozhou Fan, Ping Chen, Zhaohui Chen, Qiangwei Liu, Ye Zou
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety of the sulfur hexafluoride microbubble contrast agent SonoVue (Bracco SpA, Milan, Italy) and to implement precautions with the intent of further improving the safety of this contrast agent. METHODS: A total of 30,222 patients undergoing contrast-enhanced sonography of abdominal and superficial organs in our hospital from January 2005 to December 2014 were retrospectively investigated. SonoVue was used as the ultrasound contrast agent...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068976/il-1%C3%AE-induced-modulation-of-gene-expression-profile-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts-the-effects-of-thai-herbal-sahatsatara-formula-piperine-and-gallic-acid-possessing-antioxidant-properties
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Onusa Thamsermsang, Pravit Akarasereenont, Tawee Laohapand, Uraiwan Panich
BACKGROUND: Pain is the main symptom of most musculoskeletal disorders and can be caused by inflammation in association with oxidative stress. Thai herbal Sahatsatara formula (STF), a polyherbal formula, has been traditionally used for relieving muscle pain and limb numbness. This study aimed to investigate biologically active compounds of STF and its pharmacological effects related to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. METHODS: The identification of possibly active compounds of STF was performed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
January 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064303/popliteal-artery-pseudoaneurysm-successfully-treated-with-amplatzer-vascular-plug
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K W Liew, B D K Leong
Popliteal artery pseudoaneurysm is uncommon. They usually result from penetrating or blunt trauma, arterial reconstructive surgery, invasive diagnostic or surgical orthopedic procedures. They can cause arterial thrombosis and limb ischeamia. We report a 53 year old Chinese gentleman with popliteal artery pseudoaneurysm who presented with right lower limb numbness and paralysis in toes extension. He gave a history of acupuncture treatment around the popliteal fossa of the affected limb. Clinical examination revealed a pulsatile mass in the popliteal fossa...
October 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050380/coincidental-finding-of-beta-thalassaemia-minor-in-a-patient-of-lacquer-thinner-poisoning-presenting-as-methaemoglobinemia
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Charu Agarwal, Anisha Mohanpuria, Gurdeep Buxi, Vijay Kumar
Lacquer thinner, commonly used for removing household paints, is known to contain various aromatic hydrocarbons and naphtha; if ingested, may cause methaemoglobinemia. We report a case of 13-year-old girl who presented with episodes of vomiting, abdominal pain and numbness of limbs. Peripheral blood smear showed few fragmented erythrocytes and 10-12 nucleated red blood cells /100 white blood cells. Reticulocyte count was 15% with presence of Heinz bodies. There was a history of accidental ingestion of lacquer paint thinner...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035466/a-rare-postoperative-complication-of-anterior-lower-thoracic-instrumentation-diaphragmatic-laceration-with-hemothorax
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Yat Wa Wong, Jason Pui Yin Cheung, Keith Dip Kei Luk, Kenneth Man Chee Cheung
PURPOSE: To highlight the importance of preventing visceral injury due to prominent anterior implants at the spinal column. METHODS: A 52-year-old man with cord compression was treated with a T9/10 discectomy and instrumented fusion via a right thoracotomy and trans-pleural approach. Postoperatively, he had improved lower limb numbness. However, after a bout of coughing, there was sudden increase in chest drain output, hemodynamic instability and massive fluid collection in the right chest cavity...
December 29, 2016: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031502/four-level-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-for-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Shan-Jin Wang, Bin Ma, Yu-Feng Huang, Fu-Min Pan, Wei-Dong Zhao, De-Sheng Wu
PURPOSE: To review the outcome of 32 consecutive patients who underwent 4-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with cages and plates and were followed up for at least 5 years. METHODS: Records of 19 men and 13 women aged 48 to 69 years who underwent 4-level ACDF with cages and plates for myelopathy (n=11) or myeloradiculopathy (n=21) at C3 to C7 by a single surgeon and were followed up for a minimum of 5 years were reviewed. Clinical outcome was assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS), Neck Disability Index (NDI), and modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score for pain or myelopathic symptoms...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002315/a-case-report-and-literature-review-of-churg-strauss-syndrome-presenting-with-myocarditis
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REVIEW
Lu Qiao, Dengfeng Gao
BACKGROUND: Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) is a multisystem disorder characterized by asthma, prominent peripheral blood eosinophilia, and vasculitis signs. CASE SUMMARY: Here we report a case of CSS presenting with acute myocarditis and heart failure and review the literature on CSS with cardiac involvement. A 59-year-old man with general fatigue, numbness of limbs, and a 2-year history of asthma was admitted to the department of orthopedics. Eosinophilia, history of asthma, lung infiltrates, peripheral neurological damage, and myocarditis suggested the diagnosis of CSS...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974938/spontaneous-vertebral-artery-dissection-with-multiple-supratentorial-and-infratentorial-acute-infarcts-in-the-posterior-circulation-case-report
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Cristea I, Popa C
The article represents a case of a young patient with atypical clinical and paraclinical presentation of vertebral artery dissection by multiple cerebral infarcts, localized at the supratentorial and infratentorial levels in the posterior circulation. A case of a 21-year-old man, without a history of trauma in the cervical area or at the cranial level, without recent chiropractic maneuvers or practicing a sport, which required rapid, extreme, rotational movements of the neck, was examined. He presented to the emergency room with nausea, numbness of the left limbs, dysarthria, and incoordination of walking, with multiple objective signs at the neurological examination, which revealed right vertebral artery subacute dissection after the paraclinical investigations...
July 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932751/-a-case-of-subacute-combined-degeneration-caused-by-vitamin-b-sub-12-sub-deficiency-in-a-cervical-spondylosis-surgery-referral
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Kunio Yokoyama, Masahiro Kawanishi, Akira Sugie, Makoto Yamada, Hidekazu Tanaka, Yutaka Ito, Toshihiko Kuroiwa
A 62-year-old man with a 1-year history of numbness of the extremities, clumsiness, and gait disorder was diagnosed with cervical spondylotic myelopathy at a neighboring clinic and referred to our institution for surgery. The patient had undergone a total gastrectomy 6 years previously. Flattening of the cervical cord, associated with diffuse cervical spondylosis and intramedullary intensity change, was observed on magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine. Neurological examination revealed decreased vibratory and position sense in all limbs, with posterior funiculus-based neurological symptoms...
December 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913565/a-24-year-old-male-with-a-painful-and-cold-lower-extremity
#15
Eric A Robinson, Zain I Khalpey, Rajesh Janardhanan
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 24-year-old male presented to the emergency department with intense pain in his right lower extremity. He has a medical history significant for systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome. He also had four prior episodes of deep venous thromboses on rivaroxaban. The patient stated that early in the morning, he started to feel intense pain that started from his knee and progressed to his calf, with associated numbness and paraesthesia. On physical examination, the limb felt cold with absent right popliteal and dorsalis pedis pulses...
December 2, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896531/primary-intramedullary-hydatid-cyst-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
Zhenhai Zhang, Juan Fan, Yuanyuan Dang, Ruxiang Xu, Chunsen Shen
Intramedullary hydatid cyst is extremely rare. We present a case of pathologically confirmed primary intramedullary hydatid cyst in an otherwise healthy patient. A 17-year-old boy presented with lumbar pain, weakness, and numbness in both lower limbs, and urinate difficulty interrupted for 2 years. The patient had no other signs of systemic hydatid cyst disease. An intramedullary cystic lesion was identified with magnetic resonance imaging and was shown to be a hydatid cyst by histopathologic examination after the surgical removal...
November 28, 2016: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852384/-clinical-analysis-of-fourteen-cases-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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Q X Zhang, Y Huang, Y Y Shi, M L Zhang, D Y Zhao, J W Zhang
Objective: To analysis the clinical manifestation, radiological data, laboratory findings of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) to help physicians have a deeper understanding of the disease. Methods: The clinical manifestations, radiological data, laboratory findings of NMOSD patients from People's Hospital of Zhengzhou University between June 2015 and June 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. Results: Fourteen patients with NMOSD were enrolled, consisting of 3 males and 11 females. The onset age ranged from 15 to 62 years, in average 39...
November 8, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814755/atypical-mri-features-in-familial-adult-onset-alexander-disease-case-report
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Yonghong Liu, Heng Zhou, Huabing Wang, Xiaoqing Gong, Anna Zhou, Lin Zhao, Xindi Li, Xinghu Zhang
BACKGROUND: Alexander disease (AxD) is a rare neurological disease, especially in adults. It shows variable clinical and radiological features. CASE PRESENTATION: We diagnosed a female with AxD presenting with paroxysmal numbness of the limbs at the onset age of 28-year-old, progressing gradually to spastic paraparesis at age 30. One year later, she had ataxia, bulbar paralysis, bowel and bladder urgency. Her mother had a similar neurological symptoms and died within 2 years after onset (at the age of 47), and her maternal aunt also had similar but mild symptoms at the onset age of 54-year-old...
November 4, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784877/an-autopsy-case-of-leptomeningeal-amyloidosis-associated-with-transthyretin-gly47arg-mutation
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Takuya Uehara, Keita Kakuda, Hisae Sumi-Akamaru, Amane Yamauchi, Hideki Mochizuki, Takashi Naka
We report the case of a 47-year-old woman with a 4-year history of progressive numbness in the distal portions of both her lower limbs, diarrhea alternating with periods of constipation, and orthostatic syncope. She demonstrated sensory dominant neuropathy and dysautonomia including orthostatic hypotension, paralytic ileus, and urinary retention. A systemic mutation analysis revealed a G47R mutation in transthyretin (TTR). Her general condition was so poor that we could not perform active treatment. Her consciousness had been impaired for a few months...
November 29, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777161/oblique-lumbar-interbody-fusion-technical-aspects-operative-outcomes-and-complications
#20
Julian Li, Kevin Phan, Ralph Mobbs
OBJECTIVE: Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) and lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) are commonly used approaches for lumbar spine fusion surgery, each with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. ALIF requires mobilization of the great vessels and peritoneum, while dissection of the psoas muscle in the LLIF technique is associated with post-operative neurological complications in the proximal lower limb. The anterior-to-psoas (ATP) or oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) technique is the proposed solution to accessing the L1-L5 levels without the issues encountered with ALIF and LLIF...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
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