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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107237/evaluating-a-posterior-approach-for-surgical-treatment-of-thoracolumbar-pseudarthrosis-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Ting Wang, Dechun Wang, Yanan Cong, Chuqiang Yin, Shuzhong Li, Xiaoliang Chen
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study of a posterior approach for surgical treatment of thoracolumbar pseudarthrosis in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to report the surgical results of symptomatic thoracolumbar pseudarthrosis in AS through a posterior approach. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal pseudarthrosis is a well-known complication in AS. The condition may complicate with mechanical back pain, spinal deformity, and sometimes neurological deficits...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106525/open-and-endovascular-treatment-of-spinal-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas-a-10-year-experience
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Matthew J Koch, Christopher J Stapleton, Pankaj K Agarwalla, Collin Torok, John H Shin, Jean-Valery Coumans, Lawrence F Borges, Christopher S Ogilvy, James D Rabinov, Aman B Patel
OBJECTIVE Vascular malformations of the spine represent rare clinical entities with profound neurological implications. Previously reported studies on management strategies for spinal dural arteriovenous fistulas (sDAVFs) appeared before the advent of modern liquid embolic agents. Authors of the present study review their institutional experience with endovascularly and surgically treated sDAVFs. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective, observational, single-center case series on sDAVFs treated with endovascular embolization, microsurgical occlusion, or both between 2004 and 2013...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105556/chikungunya-infection-presenting-as-mild-encephalitis-with-a-reversible-lesion-in-the-splenium-a-case-report
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Kadam Nagpal, Puneet Agarwal, Amit Kumar, Rajashekhar Reddi
Chikungunya fever is an Aedes mosquito-transmitted infection caused by chikungunya virus, an RNA virus in the family Togaviridae. The disease is characteristically manifested as fever, arthralgia, and/or rash. Various neurological manifestations like meningoencephalitis, myelitis, and myeloneuropathy have been mentioned in various reports. We present a rare case of chikungunya fever presenting with mild encephalitis with a reversible lesion of the splenium (MERS), which showed complete clinical and radiological recovery...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104944/restricted-diffusion-in-the-corpus-callosum-a-neuroradiological-marker-in-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
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Alok Kale, Priscilla Joshi, A B Kelkar
BACKGROUND: Restricted diffusion within the splenium of the corpus callosum has been described by other authors in various conditions, however, restricted diffusion in the entire corpus callosum or isolated involvement of the splenium, genu, or body has been infrequently reported on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. We report a series of cases showing different patterns of involvement. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Perinatal imaging with MRI including diffusion-weighted imaging was performed in 40 neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, including 11 premature neonates...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103924/combination-therapy-in-a-patient-with-chronic-neuronopathic-gaucher-disease-a-case-report
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Ferdinando Ceravolo, Michele Grisolia, Simona Sestito, Francesca Falvo, Maria Teresa Moricca, Daniela Concolino
BACKGROUND: The variants of neuronopathic Gaucher disease may be viewed as a clinical phenotypic continuum divided into acute and chronic forms. The chronic neuronopathic form of Gaucher disease is characterized by a later onset of neurological symptoms and protracted neurological and visceral involvement. The first-choice treatment for nonneuronopathic Gaucher disease is enzyme replacement therapy with recombinant analogues of the deficient human enzyme glucocerebrosidase. Enzyme replacement therapy has been shown to improve hematological and bone manifestations associated with Gaucher disease, but, as with most proteins, recombinant enzymes cannot cross the blood-brain barrier, which prevents effects on neurological manifestations...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103199/diagnostic-criteria-for-susac-syndrome
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Ilka Kleffner, Jan Dörr, Marius Ringelstein, Catharina C Gross, Yvonne Böckenfeld, Wolfram Schwindt, Benedikt Sundermann, Hubertus Lohmann, Heike Wersching, Julia Promesberger, Natascha von Königsmarck, Anne Alex, Rainer Guthoff, Catharina J M Frijns, L Jaap Kappelle, Sven Jarius, Brigitte Wildemann, Orhan Aktas, Friedemann Paul, Heinz Wiendl, Thomas Duning
BACKGROUND: Susac syndrome is characterised by the triad of encephalopathy with or without focal neurological signs, branch retinal artery occlusions and hearing loss. Establishment of the diagnosis is often delayed because the triad is complete only in a minority of patients at disease onset. This leads to a critical delay in the initiation of appropriate treatment. Our objective was to establish criteria for diagnosis of either definite or probable Susac syndrome. METHOD: The establishment of diagnostic criteria was based on the following three steps: (1) Definition of a reference group of 32 patients with an unambiguous diagnosis of Susac syndrome as assessed by all interdisciplinary experts of the European Susac Consortium (EuSaC) team (EuSaC cohort); (2) selection of diagnostic criteria, based on common clinical and paraclinical findings in the EuSaC cohort and on a review of the literature; and (3) validation of the proposed criteria in the previously published cohort of all Susac cases reported until 2012...
December 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102623/ischemic-stroke-in-kawasaki-disease
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Wasana Prangwatanagul, Alisa Limsuwan
Pediatric stroke is considered to be rare. Stroke resulting from cerebral vasculitis is also uncommon in young children. With the increasing prevalence of Kawasaki disease (KD) diagnosis, this acquired vasculitis has been reported with various clinical presentations including neurological symptoms. Herein we describe the case of a KD patient presenting with stroke. A 15-month-old boy was referred due to stroke that occurred on the fifth day of febrile illness. He was initially admitted to another hospital due to fever and diarrhea...
January 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100097/spina-bifida-and-lower-limb-amputation-in-northern-ireland-a-retrospective-study-of-demographics-and-outcome
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Lorraine Graham
BACKGROUND: Spina bifida is an uncommon cause for lower limb amputation. The causes and level of amputation and mobility outcome for these patients have not been reported previously. CASE DESCRIPTION: To identify the causes and level of amputation and the mobility outcome for amputee patients with spina bifida. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Chart review of patients identified by computer as having an amputation secondary to neurological or congenital cause...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095665/a-case-of-cerebral-cysticercosis-in-thailand
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Samasuk Thammachantha, Ratana Kunnatiranont, Pongwat Polpong
Cysticercosis and sparganosis are not uncommon parasitic infections in the developing world. Central nervous system infection by both cestodes can present with neurological signs and symptoms, such as seizure and mass effect, including brain hernia. Early detection and accurate diagnosis can prevent a fatal outcome. Histological examinations of brain tissues can confirm the diagnosis of cerebral cysticercosis, which differs from sparganosis by the presence of a cavitated body. We report here a case of cerebral cysticercosis which has the similar clinical and imaging findings as sparganosis...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092914/paraneoplastic-cerebellar-degeneration-associated-with-pelvic-liposarcoma-a-rare-case-report
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Liang Zhou, Xin Wei, Nian-Wei Wu, Han-Mei Zhang, Bang-Hua Liao, Shu-Lian Chen, Hong Li, Yu-Chun Zhu, Kun-Jie Wang
Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD) is one of the most common paraneoplastic neurological syndromes characterized by the rapid development of severe cerebellar ataxia. In this report, a 23-year-old female with noticeable dizziness and gait instability was described. The enhanced CT scanning suggested the presence of a pelvic tumor. Then, PCD was established. Postoperative pathological result defined it as a liposarcoma (LS) with dedifferentiation. Interestingly, clinical symptoms disappeared after the surgical removal of the pelvic tumor...
January 17, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089323/neurophysiological-monitoring-of-lumbar-spinal-nerve-roots-a-case-report-of-postoperative-deficit-and-literature-review
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Yuguang Chen, Baoqing P Wang, Junlin Yang, Yaolong Deng
INTRODUCTION: Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) has proven to help reduce the probability of postoperative neurological deficit for spinal deformity correctional surgeries. However, in rare cases new deficits may still happen. We report a surgical case in which the patient had postoperative paralysis. We would like to call for more case reports with postoperative neurological deficits as they present difficult clinical cases. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 61-year-old male patient with severe thoracolumbar kyphoscoliosis underwent posterior spinal correction and fusion with segmental T10-L5 pedicle screws and rods instrumentation with IONM...
November 19, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088217/surgical-treatment-of-upper-cervical-spine-metastases-a-retrospective-study-of-39-cases
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Jian Yang, Qi Jia, Dongyu Peng, Wei Wan, Nanzhe Zhong, Yan Lou, Xiaopan Cai, Zhipeng Wu, Chenglong Zhao, Xinghai Yang, Jianru Xiao
BACKGROUND: The surgical treatment of upper cervical spine metastases are controversial up to now. By summarizing and analyzing the clinical data of the upper cervical spine involved metastases treated surgically in our center, we mainly aimed to investigate the surgical decisions and outcomes so as to provide more references for the clinical treatment of this special and complex spine metastasis. METHODS: We evaluated the patients' pre- and post-operative neck pain and neurologic function with paired t test, followed by the statistics of the selection of surgical approaches, ways of reconstruction, and related complications...
January 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087184/clinical-characteristics-of-ruptured-distal-middle-cerebral-artery-aneurysms-review-of-the-literature
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Keiji Tsutsumi, Tetsuyoshi Horiuchi, Alhusain Nagm, Yasuyuki Toba, Kazuhiro Hongo
Middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysms usually arise at the primary MCA bifurcation or trifurcation. Distal MCA aneurysms are rarely considered as sources of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). It has been reported that ruptured distal MCA aneurysms are associated with head trauma, neoplastic emboli, arterial dissection, or bacterial infection. We experienced five cases of ruptured distal MCA aneurysms and evaluated their clinical characteristics. Retrospective analysis of aneurysmal SAH at Kobayashi Neurosurgical Neurological Hospital was performed from January, 2004 to December, 2014...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086988/computed-tomographic-findings-and-treatment-of-a-bull-with-pituitary-gland-abscess
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Ueli Braun, Alexandra Malbon, Manon Kochan, Barbara Riond, Fredi Janett, Cornelia Iten, Matthias Dennler
BACKGROUND: In cattle, the prognosis of brain abscess is unfavourable and treatment is therefore not recommended. To the knowledge of the authors, there has been no report of successful treatment of a brain abscess in cattle.This report describes the clinical, computed tomographic and postmortem findings in a Holstein-Friesian bull with a hypophyseal abscess. CASE REPORT: The main clinical findings were generalised ataxia, ptyalism, prolapse of the tongue, dropped jaw, dysphagia, head tilt and unilateral ptosis...
January 13, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079960/successful-medical-management-of-a-domestic-longhair-cat-with-subdural-intracranial-empyema-and-multifocal-pneumonia
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Thomas J A Cardy, Richard Lam, Laureen M Peters, Philippa J McLaren, Màrian Matas Riera, Steven De Decker
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of successful medical management of subdural intracranial empyema and multifocal pneumonia in a domestic longhaired cat. CASE SUMMARY: A 7-year-and-8-month-old male neutered domestic longhair cat presented with tachypnea, respiratory compromise, vestibular ataxia, obtundation, left-sided head tilt, and multiple cranial nerve deficits. Neuroanatomical localization was multifocal with central vestibular involvement. Magnetic resonance imaging of the head indicated diffuse subdural empyema, mainly affecting the middle cranial fossa and the right cerebrum...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078865/parasympathetic-nervous-system-involvement-in-food-allergy-description-of-a-paediatric-case
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G Vitaliti, P Pavone, G R Giugno, M Vecchio, S Cocuzza, A Serra, L Maiolino, P Di Mauro, R Lubrano, R Falsaperla
The latest research data emphasize the interaction between the nervous and the immune systems. It has been demonstrated that the central nervous system (CNS) can be involved secondarily due to blood brain barrier (BBB) disruption via pro-inflammatory cytokines released in allergy. More recently it was demonstrated that the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) could also be equally involved in models of peripheral inflammation such as food allergy; although this last clinical presentation has rarely been described...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078864/human-herpesviruses-6-and-7-encephalitis-in-immunocompetent-infants-are-they-really-so-uncommon
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L Marseglia, S Manti, G D Angelo, G Stroscio, D Impollonia, S Arena, C Salpietro, E Gitto
Human herpesviruses-6 and -7 (HHV-6 and 7) are considered uncommon causes of central nervous system infection and may occasionally cause encephalitis in young infants, however, the clinical syndrome and incidence are not well defined. In immunosuppressed hosts, reactivation is associated with a worse outcome such as encephalitis, hepatitis, or graft rejection. In immunocompetent hosts, this persistent infection is generally of no consequence. We report 4 cases of immunocompetent critically ill children, affected by HHV-6 and -7 encephalitis, admitted to our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078473/traumatic-atlantoaxial-rotatory-fixation-in-an-adult-patient
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María A García-Pallero, Cristina V Torres, Juan Delgado-Fernández, R G Sola
INTRODUCTION: Atlantoaxial rotational fixation (AARF) is a rare entity in adults, with only a few cases reported in the English literature and often associated with a traumatic mechanism. It is an underdiagnosed condition that must be taken into account in the initial assessment of all craniocervical trauma. Both diagnostic and therapeutic delay may be a potential cause of severe neurological damage or even death of the patient. The therapeutic management is controversial given the difficulty of achieving optimum stability and permanent reduction...
January 11, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077839/atypical-trigeminal-neuralgia-a-rare-neurological-manifestation-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Viki Kumar, Jaspinder Kaur, Pallavi Pothuri, Sahiba Bandagi
BACKGROUND Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disorder of unknown etiology which can present at any age with symptoms of mucocutaneous, musculoskeletal, renal, central nervous system, and nonspecific clinical pictures making the disease a "master of mimicry". CASE REPORT A 53-year-old female, who was recently diagnosed with SLE, presented with right-sided sharp and electric shock-like facial pain starting at the side of her right nostril and traveling down the naso-labial fold and then back to the angle of the jaw, mostly in the region of V2-V3 distribution with no radiation beyond trigeminal distribution...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073734/acute-parasitic-and-other-infectious-myelopathies-in-the-tropics-26-cases-at-the-university-hospital-in-conakry
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F A Cisse, W A E Ekué, L Barry, S D Barry, M L Touré, A Cissé
In tropical countries, laboratory-confirmed diagnostic certainty of parasitic and other infectious causes of acute myelopathy is difficult because of a shortage of medical professionals and consulting delays. We performed a retrospective study of 168 patients hospitalized for spinal disorders between 2007 and 2013 and identified 26 diagnosed with acute non-compressive myelopathy of presumed sudden onset. An parasitic or other infectious cause was established for all. A preliminary clinical infection preceding the development of neurologic signs was reported for 22 patients (84...
November 1, 2016: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
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