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Vertigo AND stroke

Priyanka Bose, Andrew Wilson, Amit Mistri
INTRODUCTION Many patients who suffer a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) present to their general practitioner (GP). Early identification and treatment reduces the risk of subsequent stroke, disability and mortality. AIM To review the accuracy of TIA diagnosis in primary care, immediate management and interventions to assist GPs with the condition. METHODS This study included the search of Medline, Embase, Web of Science and Scopus databases (1995-2015). Relevant titles and abstracts were obtained using structured criteria (diagnosis, immediate management or intervention of TIAs in primary care), with full review and data extraction for eligible publications...
June 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Szu-Ju Chen, Li-Kai Tsai, Sung-Chun Tang, Jiann-Shing Jeng
PURPOSE: Isolated basilar artery dissection (BAD) is a rare cause of ischemic stroke. Since the clinical presentations and imaging findings could be non-specific and subtle, the diagnosis may be difficult. Here, we presented four cases of isolated BAD with acute ischemic stroke. CASE REPORT: Four patients (age, 22 to 57 years) experienced acute onset of hemiparesis and/or vertigo with half of them having initial headache. Acute infarct was noted at pons or thalamus...
September 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
Ali S Saber Tehrani, Jorge C Kattah, Kevin A Kerber, Daniel R Gold, David S Zee, Victor C Urrutia, David E Newman-Toker
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March 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Xuan Wu, Aiyu Lin, Jiting Zhu, Bin Cai
Basilar artery fenestration is an uncommon congenital dysplasia and may be associated with ischaemic stroke. We present a case of a previously healthy 36-year-old man who presented with vertigo and vomiting. MRI showed posterior circulation territory infarction. High-resolution magnetic resonance angiography revealed a slit-like fenestration in the basilar artery. This patient had no traditional vascular risk factors or aetiology of cryptogenic stroke. The patient recovered from his neurological deficit after antiplatelet therapy and was given prophylactic aspirin therapy...
February 12, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Jonathan A Edlow, Kiersten L Gurley, David E Newman-Toker
BACKGROUND: Dizziness, a common chief complaint, has an extensive differential diagnosis that includes both benign and serious conditions. Emergency physicians must distinguish the majority of patients with self-limiting conditions from those with serious illnesses that require acute treatment. OBJECTIVE OF THE REVIEW: This article presents a new approach to diagnosis of the acutely dizzy patient that emphasizes different aspects of the history to guide a focused physical examination with the goal of differentiating benign peripheral vestibular conditions from dangerous posterior circulation strokes in the emergency department...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Elin Andersson, Linda Bohlin, Johan Herlitz, Annelie J Sundler, Zoltán Fekete, Magnus Andersson Hagiwara
Introduction the early phase of stroke, minutes are critical. Since the majority of patients with stroke are transported by the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), the early handling and decision making by the EMS clinician is important. Problem The study aim was to evaluate the frequency of a documented suspicion of stroke by the EMS nurse, and to investigate differences in the clinical signs of stroke and clinical assessment in the prehospital setting among patients with regard to if there was a documented suspicion of stroke on EMS arrival or not, in patients with a final hospital diagnosis of stroke...
January 10, 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Rainer Spiegel, Heiko Rust, Thomas Baumann, Hergen Friedrich, Raoul Sutter, Martina Göldlin, Christiane Rosin, René Müri, Georgios Mantokoudis, Roland Bingisser, Michael Strupp, Roger Kalla
This review provides an update on interdisciplinary treatment for dizziness. Dizziness can have various causes and the treatment offered should depend on the cause. After reading this article, the clinician will have an overview of current treatment recommendations. Recommendations are made for the most prevalent causes of dizziness including acute and chronic vestibular syndromes, vestibular neuritis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, endolymphatic hydrops and Menière’s disease, vestibular paroxysmia and vestibular migraine, cardiac causes, transient ischaemic attacks and strokes, episodic ataxia type 2, persistent postural-perceptual dizziness, bilateral vestibulopathy, degenerative, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases, upbeat- and downbeat nystagmus...
December 28, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
Peiman Nazerian, Sofia Bigiarini, Rudi Pecci, Lucia Taurino, Marco Moretti, Andrea Pavellini, Elisa Capretti, Stefano Grifoni, Simone Vanni
We evaluated the role of vertebral artery extracranial color-coded duplex sonography (VAECCS) in predicting vertebrobasilar stroke in consecutive patients presenting to the emergency department with vertigo of suspected ischemic origin. The final diagnosis was established by a panel of experts consisting of an emergency physician, a neurologist, and an otoneurologist. Vertebrobasilar stroke was diagnosed when an acute brain ischemic lesion congruent with symptoms was detected by neuroimaging during the index visit or a stroke was diagnosed within a 3-mo period after emergency department presentation...
March 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
T László Tamás, Tibor Garai, István Király, Andrea Mike, Csaba Nagy, Ágnes Paukovics, Péter Schmidt, Ferenc Szatmári, Tamás Tompos, Árpád Vadvári, Ágnes Szirmai
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: To diagnose acute vestibular syndrome (AVS) in a prospective study by a new bedside test (providing 1A evidence) based on oculomotor analysis and assessment of hearing loss. To assess the frequency of central and peripheral causes of acute vestibular syndrome in the emergency room. To establish the diagnostic accuracy of acute cranial computed tomography as compared to oculomotor analysis done by video oculography goggles and audiometry. METHOD: Between 1st March 2016 and 1st March 2017 we documented 125 patients (62 women, 63 men, average age 53 years) in the emergency room of the Petz Aladár County Teaching Hospital using the above bedside and instrumental testing...
December 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
F Thömke
A significant number of patients who seek medical treatment in an emergency department because of vertigo or dizziness, suffer from acute vestibular syndrome. This is characterized by sustained vertigo, horizontal or horizontal rotatory jerk nystagmus, and unsteady stance and gait. In the acute situation it is crucial to differentiate patients with a peripheral vestibular disorder from those with a central disease. A number of recent studies have shown that a structured clinical examination enables a reliable differential diagnosis of central or peripheral disorders...
December 12, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
Shaofang Li, Manhua Huang, Zhuopeng Lin, Xinze Chen, Dongna Lin, Peng Lu, Qu Lu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical effect differences between infraoccipital needle-knife and massage for cervical vertigo. METHODS: A total of 366 patients with cervical vertigo were randomly assigned into a needle-knife group (186 cases) and a massage group (180 cases). With cases dropping excluded, 183 cases in the needle-knife group and 176 cases in the massage group were included. Needle-knife was used at Fengchi (GB 20), infraoccipital ashi point, etc. in the needle-knife group...
March 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Sean Lance, Stuart Scott Mossman
The acute vestibular syndrome is common and usually has a benign cause. Sometimes, however, even experienced neurologists can find it difficult to determine the cause clinically. Furthermore, neuroimaging is known to be insensitive.We describe two cases of acute vestibular syndrome where conflicting clinical findings contributed to a delay in making the correct diagnosis. The first patient with symptomatic vertigo had signs consistent with horizontal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo but also had an abnormal horizontal head impulse test, superficially suggesting acute vestibular neuritis but later accounted for by the finding of a vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma)...
December 5, 2017: Practical Neurology
Simone Vanni, Rudi Pecci, Jonathan A Edlow, Peiman Nazerian, Rossana Santimone, Giuseppe Pepe, Marco Moretti, Andrea Pavellini, Cosimo Caviglioli, Claudia Casula, Sofia Bigiarini, Paolo Vannucchi, Stefano Grifoni
Objective: We investigated the reliability and accuracy of a bedside diagnostic algorithm for patients presenting with vertigo/unsteadiness to the emergency department. Methods: We enrolled consecutive adult patients presenting with vertigo/unsteadiness at a tertiary hospital. STANDING, the acronym for the four-step algorithm we have previously described, based on nystagmus observation and well-known diagnostic maneuvers includes (1) the discrimination between S pon TA neous and positional nystagmus, (2) the evaluation of the N ystagmus D irection, (3) the head I mpulse test, and (4) the evaluation of equilibrium (sta N din G )...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
Sung-Hee Kim, Ji-Soo Kim
The middle cerebellar peduncle (MCP) is a major conduit for cortico-ponto-cerebellar fibers that convey information related to eye movements. This study aims to elucidate eye movement abnormalities that arise from lesions confined to the MCP. In 23 patients with acute strokes restricted to unilateral MCPs, we investigated the clinical features and ocular motor findings including spontaneous nystagmus, saccades, smooth pursuit, ocular tilt reaction, and head impulse tests. Bithermal caloric tests and audiometry were also performed...
November 11, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Tzu-Pu Chang, Zheyu Wang, Ariel A Winnick, Hsun-Yang Chuang, Victor C Urrutia, John P Carey, David E Newman-Toker
BACKGROUND: Because it is unknown whether sudden hearing loss (SHL) in acute vertigo is a "benign" sign (reflecting ear disease) or a "dangerous" sign (reflecting stroke), we sought to compare long-term stroke risk among patients with (1) "SHL with vertigo," (2) "SHL alone," and (3) "vertigo alone" using a large national health-care database. METHODS: Patients with first-incident SHL (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] 388...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Hella Vuong Chaney, Dominique Rohmer, Anne Charpiot
The interrogation and the clinical examination are critical in the research of vertigo etiology. In the context of vertigo, the vital emergencies are of neurological and vascular origins. It is therefore necessary to be able to identify them quickly and simply. Vertigo is a symptom to relieve and the cause is to be diagnosed. Careful questioning combined with neurological examination, nystagmus study, Halmagyi test and skew deviation search are more reliable than imaging in the first 48hours to detect a stroke...
November 2017: La Presse Médicale
Jeong-Yoon Choi, Seung-Han Lee, Ji-Soo Kim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review considers recent advances in central vertigo in terms of clinical and laboratory features and pathophysiology. RECENT FINDINGS: Strokes presenting dizziness-vertigo are more likely to be associated with a misdiagnosis in the emergency setting. The risk of future strokes after discharge is higher in patients diagnosed with peripheral vertigo than in control patients. Strokes and transient ischemic attacks account for one-quarter of acute transient vestibular syndrome...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
Hou-Zhen Tuo, Ze-Long Tian, Yi-Nong Cui, Xiao-Yang Ma, Chun-Ling Xu, Hong-Yan Bi, Li-Yan Zhang, Yong-Bo Zhang, Wei-Dong Le, William Ondo
OBJECTIVE: Pontine infarction is a common type of stroke in the cerebral deep structures, resulting from occlusion of small penetrating arteries, may manifest as hemi-paralysis, hemi-sensory deficit, ataxia, vertigo, and bulbar dysfunction, but patients presenting with restless legs syndrome (RLS) are extremely rare. Herein, we reported five cases with RLS as a major manifestation of pontine infarction. METHODS: Five cases of pontine infarction related RLS were collected from July 2013 to February 2016...
September 2017: Chronic Diseases and Translational Medicine
Ken Möhwald, Stanislavs Bardins, Hans-Helge Müller, Klaus Jahn, Andreas Zwergal
INTRODUCTION: Identifying stroke as a cause of acute vertigo, dizziness and imbalance in the emergency room is still a clinical challenge. Many patients are admitted to stroke units, but only a minority will have strokes. This imposes a heavy financial burden on the healthcare system. The aim of this study is to develop a diagnostic index test to identify patients with a high risk of having a stroke as the cause of acute vertigo and imbalance. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Patients with acute onset of vertigo, dizziness, postural imbalance or double vision within the last 24 hours lasting for at least 10 min are eligible to be included in the study...
October 10, 2017: BMJ Open
Naoto Nagino, Hiraku Funakoshi, Takashi Shiga, Kuniyasu Saigusa
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous subclavian artery dissection is a rare etiology. Spontaneous artery dissection causing brain ischemia is rare in all ischemic strokes. However, in young to middle-aged patients with brain ischemia, spontaneous carotid or vertebral artery dissection causing ischemic stroke accounts for 10-25%. CASE REPORT: A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension presented to the Emergency Department with a sudden onset of left-arm paresthesia and numbness followed by symptoms of vertigo and vomiting...
November 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
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