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Brain swelling treatment

Nobuo Yamashiro, Takamura Nagasaka, Naoki Ooishi, Mai Tsuchiya, Ryusuke Takaki, Fumikazu Kobayashi, Kazumasa Shindo, Yoshihisa Takiyama
We report here the clinical presentation and subsequent autopsy of a 90-year-old man who developed small papules with pain and swelling in his right ear. On admission, he exhibited right facial nerve paralysis, neck stiffness and Kernig's sign. The cell count was elevated and the varicella-zoster virus-PCR was positive in the CSF. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed hyperintense lesions in the left pons and left temporal lobe, in FLAIR images. We diagnosed the patient with Ramsay Hunt syndrome and meningoencephalitis due to varicella-zoster virus...
March 2018: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Dan Li, Qing-Ling Li, Qiang Ma, Na-Na Liu, Jia-Hui Yang, Yong-Lei Zeng, Ling He, Hui Tan, Xue-Zhao Jia, Jing Wang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of moxibustion on cardiac function and the expression of B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2 associated X (Bax), Fas, Fas ligand (FasL) in cardiomyocytes of chronic heart failure (CHF) rats, so as to explore its underlying mechanisms in preventing and treating CHF. METHODS: SD rats were randomly divided into normal control, model, moxibustion, Captopril and moxibustion + Captopril (M+C) groups ( n =12 rats/group). The CHF model was established by intraperitoneal injection of Adriamycin (ADR, from 1 to 4 mg/kg, once every other day for 15 days)...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Diego Milani, Megan C Bakeberg, Jane L Cross, Vince W Clark, Ryan S Anderton, David J Blacker, Neville W Knuckey, Bruno P Meloni
We have previously demonstrated that arginine-rich and poly-arginine peptides possess potent neuroprotective properties, with poly-arginine peptide R18 identified as being highly effective at reducing infarct volume following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in the Sprague Dawley rat. Since peptides synthesised using D-isoform amino acids have greater stability than L-isoform peptides due to increased resistance to proteolytic degradation, they represent potentially more effective peptide therapeutics...
2018: PloS One
Shih-Huang Tai, Wei-Ting Lee, Ai-Chiang Lee, Yu-Wen Lin, Hsin-Yi Hung, Sheng-Yang Huang, Tian-Shung Wu, E-Jian Lee
3-(5'-Hydroxymethyl-2'-furyl)-1-benzylindazole (YC-1), has been demonstrated to inhibit platelet aggregation, vascular contraction and hypoxia‑inducible factor 1 activity in vitro and in vivo. The present study investigated the neuroprotective efficacy of YC‑1 in cultured neurons exposed to glutamate‑induced excitotoxicity and in an animal model of stroke. In a cortical neuronal culture model, YC‑1 demonstrated neurotoxicity at a concentration >100 µM, and YC‑1 (10‑30 µM) achieved potent cytoprotection against glutamate‑induced neuronal damage...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Jakob M Townsend, Brian T Andrews, Yi Feng, Jinxi Wang, Randolph J Nudo, Erik Van Kampen, Stevin H Gehrke, Cory J Berkland, Michael S Detamore
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a life-threatening condition defined by internal brain herniation. Severe TBI is commonly treated by a two-stage surgical intervention, where decompressive craniectomy is first conducted to remove a large portion of calvarial bone and allow unimpeded brain swelling. In the second surgery, spaced weeks to months after the first, cranioplasty is performed to restore the cranial bone. Hydrogels with paste-like precursor solutions for surgical placement may potentially revolutionize TBI treatment by permitting a single-stage surgical intervention, capable of being implanted with the initial surgery, remaining pliable during brain swelling, and tuned to regenerate calvarial bone after brain swelling has subsided...
February 26, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Kaibin Huang, Ziyue Wang, Yong Gu, Zhong Ji, Zhenzhou Lin, Shengnan Wang, Suyue Pan, Yongming Wu
BACKGROUND: Glibenclamide (GBC) improves neurological outcome after cardiac arrest (CA) in rats. In this study, we sought to elucidate the mechanism responsible for the neuroprotective effects of GBC by using a high-field MRI system. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to 10-min asphyxial CA followed by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) as well as conventional T2-weighted imaging was conducted prior to CA and at 24, 48, and 72 h after resuscitation...
February 28, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Jaspreet Jain, Vimal Narayanan, Shivam Chaturvedi, Somnath Pai, Sujatha Sunil
Chikungunya viral fever results in extreme morbidity and arthralgia in affected individuals. Currently, modern medicines providing symptomatic relief for the acute febrile phase and the chronic arthritic phase are only options available. Traditional Indian medical system, however, uses specific formulations for treatment of this infection; one such polyherbal formulation used to treat the postpyretic phase of chikungunya is amukkara choornam. The current study was undertaken to study the efficacy of amukkara choornam in the treatment of chikungunya in C57BL/6J mice...
January 2018: J Evid Based Integr Med
Xue Cheng, Haiping Zhao, Feng Yan, Zhen Tao, Rongliang Wang, Ziping Han, Guangwen Li, Yumin Luo, Xunming Ji
Maladaptive alterations of astrocytic plasticity may cause brain edema in the acute stage of stroke and glial scar formation in the recovery stage. The present study was designed to investigate the potential regulation of limb remote ischemic post-conditioning (RIPC) on astrocytic plasticity in experimental cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury. Cerebral ischemia was induced by transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) for 1 h in C57BL/6 mice, who were treated with RIPC immediately after reperfusion...
February 17, 2018: Brain Research
Won Joo Jeong, Jae Seung Bang, Kyu Sun Yum, Sangkil Lee, Inyoung Chung, O-Ki Kwon, Chang Wan Oh, Beom Joon Kim, Hee-Joon Bae, Moon-Ku Han
Brain herniation is most often the result of severe brain swelling and can rapidly lead to death or brain death. We retrospectively identified radiologic indicators to evaluate the effects of targeted temperature management (TTM) on the extent of cerebral edema and determine the cutoff values that best predict TTM outcomes in patients with large hemispheric infarction. We retrospectively reviewed brain computed tomography (CT) scans of 21 patients with large hemispheric infarctions, who were treated with TTM...
February 15, 2018: Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
Makoto Katsuno, Akira Matsuno
Background: Although vertebral artery (VA) dissecting aneurysms are treated by direct or endovascular surgery, some disadvantages are associated with each surgery. Therefore, the type of surgery should be selected based on the condition of the aneurysm. We performed aneurysm trapping by endovascular surgery via the contralateral VA after proximal direct ligation with bypass to prevent complications as well as achieve complete treatment. Case Description: We attempted to insert a distal clip to achieve complete trapping of the ruptured VA dissecting aneurysm after proximal ligation with occipital artery-posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) anastomosis; however, the operative field was limited by the existence of lower cranial nerves, brain swelling, and tortuosity of VA...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Jakob M Townsend, Taylor A Zabel, Yi Feng, Jinxi Wang, Brian T Andrews, Randy Nudo, Cory Berkland, Michael S Detamore
In the treatment of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), decompressive craniectomy is commonly used to remove a large portion of calvarial bone to allow unimpeded brain swelling. Hydrogels have the potential to revolutionize TBI treatment by permitting a single-surgical intervention, remaining pliable during brain swelling, and tuned to regenerate bone after swelling has subsided. With this motivation, our goal is to present a pliable material capable of regenerating calvarial bone across a critical size defect...
February 7, 2018: Biomedical Materials
Youngchul Kim, Young Seo Kim, Hyun Young Kim, Min-Young Noh, Ji Young Kim, Young-Jun Lee, Jeongmin Kim, Jiseon Park, Seung Hyun Kim
In patients with stroke and neurodegenerative diseases, overactivation of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) causes harmful effects by inducing apoptosis, necrosis, neuroinflammation, and immune dysregulation. The current study investigated the neuroprotective effect of a novel PARP-1 inhibitor, JPI-289, in an animal model of ischemic stroke. A transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO, 2 h) model was used to determine the therapeutic effect and the most effective dose and time window of administration of JPI-289...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Song Yang, Wanzhong Tang, Yuchao He, Linbao Wen, Bin Sun, Shengli Li
The objective of this study was to identify the protective effect of melatonin (MT) against early brain injury (EBI) following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and explore the underlying molecular mechanism. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and luciferase assay were utilized to detect the effect of MT on H19 expression level, computation analysis and luciferase assay were conducted to the underlying mechanism of let-7a and miR-675. Real-time PCR, western blot analysis, immunohistochemistry, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, and flow cytometry analysis were performed to detect the effect of MT on H19, miR-675, let-7a, TP53, neural growth factor (NGF) levels, cell viability, and apoptosis status...
January 24, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
John E Lawrence, Danish Saeed, Jonathan Bartlett, Andrew D Carrothers
We report the case of a 55-year-old woman who presented to the emergency department having woken from sleep with right sided thigh swelling. Pelvic radiographs revealed bilateral atypical subtrochanteric femoral fractures (ASFFs). In the two years leading up to this admission, the patient had experienced gradually increasing pain and weakness in her legs which had resulted in a decrease in her mobility from fully mobile to bed-bound. During this time a neurologist had organised a magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain and spine which was normal...
September 2017: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
Satoshi Suehiro, Takanori Ohnishi, Daisuke Yamashita, Shohei Kohno, Akihiro Inoue, Masahiro Nishikawa, Shiro Ohue, Junya Tanaka, Takeharu Kunieda
OBJECTIVE High invasiveness of malignant gliomas frequently causes early local recurrence of the tumor, resulting in extremely poor outcome. To control such recurrence, novel therapies targeted toward infiltrating glioma cells around the tumor border are required. Here, the authors investigated the antitumor activity of sonodynamic therapy (SDT) combined with a sonosensitizer, 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), on malignant gliomas to explore the possibility for clinical use of 5-ALA-mediated SDT (5-ALA-SDT). METHODS In vitro cytotoxicity of 5-ALA-SDT was evaluated in U87 and U251 glioma cells and in U251Oct-3/4 glioma stemlike cells...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Fabrice Gankam Kengne, Guy Decaux
Hyponatremia is defined by low serum sodium concentration and is the most common electrolyte disorder encountered in clinical practice. Serum sodium is the main determinant of plasma osmolality, which, in turn, affects cell volume. In the presence of low extracellular osmolality, cells will swell if the adaptation mechanisms involved in the cell volume maintenance are inadequate. The most dramatic effects of hyponatremia on the brain are seen when serum sodium concentration decreases in a short period, allowing little or no adaptation...
January 2018: KI Reports
Hui-Yuan Zhu, Yu-Long Bie, Jiang Wang, Jing Gao, Bing-Yue Yang, Hai-Tong Wan
Objective To study the protective effect of agrimony extracts from different extracting methods on cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats, in order to optimize the extraction scheme of agrimony. Methods Male rats were randomly assigned into seven groups: 1. Sham-operated group, 2. Untreated MCAO group (MCAO), 3. Petroleum ether extract of Agrimonia pilosa treated MCAO group (PEA), 4. Ethyl acetate extract of Agrimonia pilosa treated MCAO group (EAEA), 5. Ethanol extract of Agrimonia pilosa treated MCAO group (EEA), 6...
December 30, 2017: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
Eunhee Kim, Jiwon Yang, Keun Woo Park, Sunghee Cho
In light of repeated translational failures with preclinical neuroprotection-based strategies, this preclinical study reevaluates brain swelling as an important pathological event in diabetic stroke and investigates underlying mechanism of the comorbidity-enhanced brain edema formation. Type 2 (mild), type 1 (moderate), and mixed type 1/2 (severe) diabetic mice were subjected to transient focal ischemia. Infarct volume, brain swelling, and IgG extravasation were assessed at 3 days post-stroke. Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A, endothelial-specific molecule-1 (Esm1), and the VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2) was determined in the ischemic brain...
December 30, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
Jonghyuk Park, Takahiro Masaki, Yoshihiro Mezaki, Hiroshi Yokoyama, Mariko Nakamura, Haruka Maehashi, Takahiko J Fujimi, Sabine S Gouraud, Keisuke Nagatsuma, Madoka Nakagomi, Naofumi Kimura, Tomokazu Matsuura
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We developed a bio-artificial liver (BAL) using a radial-flow bioreactor and rescued mini-pig models with lethal acute liver failure (ALF). The point of the rescue is the recovery from hepatic encephalopathy (HE). HE on ALF has sometimes resulted in brain death following brain edema with astrocyte swelling. Several factors, including ammonia and glutamine, have been reported to induce astrocyte swelling and injury. However, many clinicians believe that there are any other factors involved in the development of HE...
2017: PloS One
Katherine Plewes, Gareth D H Turner, Arjen M Dondorp
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cerebral impairment and acute kidney injury (AKI) are independent predictors of mortality in both adults and children with severe falciparum malaria. In this review, we present recent advances in understanding the pathophysiology, clinical features, and management of these complications of severe malaria, and discuss future areas of research. RECENT FINDINGS: Cerebral malaria and AKI are serious and well recognized complications of severe malaria...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
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