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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895359/awake-craniotomy-for-brain-tumours-in-pakistan-an-initial-case-series-from-a-developing-country
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Saad Akhtar Khan, Karim Rizwan Nathani, Badar Uddin Ujjan, Muhammad Danish Barakzai, Syed Ather Enam, Faraz Shafiq
Awake craniotomy offers safe resection of brain tumours in eloquent area. Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, recently started the programme in Pakistan, and the current study was planned to assess our experience of the first 16 procedures. The retrospective study comprised all such procedures done from November 2015 to May 2016. Pre-operative and post-operative variables were analysed. Of the 16 patients, 11(68.75%) were males and 5(31.25%) were females. The overall median age was 37 years (interquartile range[IQR]: 23-62 years)...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887978/mild-encephalitis-encephalopathy-with-reversible-splenial-lesion-mers-due-to-dengue-virus
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Choong Yi Fong, Mi Mi Ko Khine, Alan Basil Peter, Wei Kang Lim, Faizatul Izza Rozalli, Kartini Rahmat
A 14-year-old girl presented with encephalopathy, delirium and ophthalmoplegia following a 3day history of high-grade fever. Brain MRI on day 6 of illness showed diffusion restricted ovoid lesion in the splenium of corpus callosum. Dengue virus encephalitis was diagnosed with positive PCR for dengue virus type-2 in both serum and cerebrospinal fluid. She made a complete recovery from day 10 of illness. Repeat brain MRI on day 12 of illness showed resolution of the splenial lesion. Serial diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) showed normal fractional anisotropy values on resolution of splenial lesion indicating that MERS was likely due to transient interstitial oedema with preservation of white matter tracts...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885275/tdb-protects-vascular-endothelial-cells-against-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-reperfusion-induced-injury-by-targeting-mir-34a-to-increase-bcl-2-expression
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Li-Xi Liao, Ming-Bo Zhao, Xin Dong, Yong Jiang, Ke-Wu Zeng, Peng-Fei Tu
Prolonged ischemia can result in apoptotic death of vascular endothelial cells and lead to ischemic vascular diseases including vascular dementia, arteriosclerosis and brain oedema. Finding protective strategies to prevent this is therefore an urgent mission. Recent studies have shown that dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) can lead to imbalance of Bcl-2 family proteins and mitochondrial dysfunction, leading to further damage of vascular cells under ischemic conditions. However, whether miRNAs can be used as a drug target for treating vascular diseases is not fully understood...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878561/pseudotumoral-brain-lesions-mri-review
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Dimitri Renard, Giovanni Castelnovo, Anne Le Floch, Jean-Sebastien Guillamo, Eric Thouvenot
Single or multiple space-occupying lesions on brain MRI, with or without contrast enhancement and/or perilesional oedema, evoke a neoplastic origin. However, a multitude of non-neoplastic disorders can simulate cerebral neoplasia. In this review, we will discuss the MRI characteristics of non-neoplastic disorders that can mimic cerebral neoplasia. Distinguishing MRI characteristics are discussed for each of these non-neoplastic disorders.
November 22, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876102/structural-functional-brain-changes-in-depressed-patients-during-and-after-electroconvulsive-therapy
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Antoine Yrondi, Patrice Péran, Anne Sauvaget, Laurent Schmitt, Christophe Arbus
OBJECTIVES: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a non-pharmacological treatment that is effective in treating severe and treatment-resistant depression. Although the efficacy of ECT has been demonstrated to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), the brain mechanisms underlying this process remain unclear. Structural-functional changes occur with the use of ECT as a treatment for depression based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For this reason, we have tried to identify the changes that were identified by MRI to try to clarify some operating mechanisms of ECT...
November 23, 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873213/is-management-of-hyperglycaemia-in-acute-phase-stroke-still-a-dilemma
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C Savopoulos, G Kaiafa, I Kanellos, A Fountouki, D Theofanidis, A I Hatzitolios
INTRODUCTION: Close monitoring of blood glucose levels during the immediate post-acute stroke phase is of great clinical value, as there is evidence that the risk of neurological deterioration is associated with both hyper- and hypoglycaemia. The aim of this review paper is to summarise the evidence on post-stroke blood glucose management and its impact on clinical outcomes, during the early post-acute stage. FINDINGS: Post-stroke hyperglycaemia has been associated with increased cerebral oedema, haemorrhagic transformation, lower likelihood of recanalisation and deteriorating neurological state...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862464/randomized-assessment-of-imatinib-in-patients-with-acute-ischaemic-stroke-treated-with-intravenous-thrombolysis
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N Wahlgren, M Thorén, B Höjeberg, T-B Käll, A-C Laska, C Sjöstrand, J Höijer, H Almqvist, S Holmin, A Lilja, L Fredriksson, D Lawrence, U Eriksson, N Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Imatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has been shown to restore blood-brain barrier integrity and reduce infarct size, haemorrhagic transformation and cerebral oedema in stroke models treated with tissue plasminogen activator. We evaluated the safety of imatinib, based on clinical and neuroradiological data, and its potential influence on neurological and functional outcomes. METHODS: A phase II randomized trial was performed in patients with acute ischaemic stroke treated with intravenous thrombolysis...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843625/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-the-prame-cancer-immunotherapeutic-in-metastatic-melanoma-results-of-a-phase-i-dose-escalation-study
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R Gutzmer, L Rivoltini, E Levchenko, A Testori, J Utikal, P A Ascierto, L Demidov, J J Grob, R Ridolfi, D Schadendorf, P Queirolo, A Santoro, C Loquai, B Dreno, A Hauschild, E Schultz, T P Lesimple, N Vanhoutte, B Salaun, M Gillet, S Jarnjak, P M De Sousa Alves, J Louahed, V G Brichard, F F Lehmann
PURPOSE: The PRAME tumour antigen is expressed in several tumour types but in few normal adult tissues. A dose-escalation phase I/II study (NCT01149343) assessed the safety, immunogenicity and clinical activity of the PRAME immunotherapeutic (recombinant PRAME protein (recPRAME) with the AS15 immunostimulant) in patients with advanced melanoma. Here, we report the phase I dose-escalation study segment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with stage IV PRAME-positive melanoma were enrolled to 3 consecutive cohorts to receive up to 24 intramuscular injections of the PRAME immunotherapeutic...
2016: ESMO Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770229/whole-brain-analysis-of-postmortem-density-changes-of-grey-and-white-matter-on-computed-tomography-by-statistical-parametric-mapping
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Yuichi Nishiyama, Hidekazu Kanayama, Hiroshi Mori, Keiji Tada, Yasushi Yamamoto, Takashi Katsube, Haruo Takeshita, Kazunori Kawakami, Hajime Kitagaki
OBJECTIVES: This study examined the usefulness of statistical parametric mapping (SPM) for investigating postmortem changes on brain computed tomography (CT). METHODS: This retrospective study included 128 patients (23 - 100 years old) without cerebral abnormalities who underwent unenhanced brain CT before and after death. The antemortem CT (AMCT) scans and postmortem CT (PMCT) scans were spatially normalized using our original brain CT template, and postmortem changes of CT values (in Hounsfield units; HU) were analysed by the SPM technique...
October 21, 2016: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746369/methylprednisolone-sodium-succinate-reduces-bbb-disruption-and-inflammation-in-a-model-mouse-of-intracranial-haemorrhage
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Shiqi Cheng, WeiWei Gao, Xin Xu, Hengyi Fan, Yingang Wu, Fei Li, Jianning Zhang, Xingen Zhu, Yan Zhang
Inflammation and disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) cause oedema and secondary brain injury after intracranial haemorrhage (ICH), which is closely related to patient prognosis. Methylprednisolone sodium succinate (MPSS), a well-known immunosuppressive agent, is widely applied in many diseases to inhibit inflammation. In this study, we investigated the effect of MPSS on inflammation and disruption of the BBB in a model mouse of ICH. ICH was induced by injecting collagenase into the right striatum of male C57/BL mice...
October 13, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733124/hypertonic-saline-alleviates-experimentally-induced-cerebral-oedema-through-suppression-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-and-its-receptor-vegfr2-expression-in-astrocytes
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Linqiang Huang, Wei Cao, Yiyu Deng, Gaofeng Zhu, Yongli Han, Hongke Zeng
BACKGROUND: Cerebral oedema is closely related to the permeability of blood-brain barrier, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptor vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) all of which are important blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability regulatory factors. Zonula occludens 1 (ZO-1) and claudin-5 are also the key components of BBB. Hypertonic saline is widely used to alleviate cerebral oedema. This study aimed to explore the possible mechanisms underlying hypertonic saline that ameliorates cerebral oedema effectively...
October 13, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717037/early-detection-of-human-glioma-sphere-xenografts-in-mouse-brain-using-diffusion-mri-at-14-1%C3%A2-t
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P Porcari, M E Hegi, H Lei, M-F Hamou, I Vassallo, S Capuani, R Gruetter, V Mlynarik
Glioma models have provided important insights into human brain cancers. Among the investigative tools, MRI has allowed their characterization and diagnosis. In this study, we investigated whether diffusion MRI might be a useful technique for early detection and characterization of slow-growing and diffuse infiltrative gliomas, such as the proposed new models, LN-2669GS and LN-2540GS glioma sphere xenografts. Tumours grown in these models are not visible in conventional T2 -weighted or contrast-enhanced T1 -weighted MRI at 14...
September 15, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696270/new-technologies-new-insights-into-the-pathogenesis-of-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Luisa Baker, Bernard Lanz, Fausto Andreola, Javier Ampuero, Anisha Wijeyesekera, Elaine Holmes, Nicolaas Deutz
Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a neuropsychiatric syndrome which frequently accompanies acute or chronic liver disease. It is characterized by a variety of symptoms of different severity such as cognitive deficits and impaired motor functions. Currently, HE is seen as a consequence of a low grade cerebral oedema associated with the formation of cerebral oxidative stress and deranged cerebral oscillatory networks. However, the pathogenesis of HE is still incompletely understood as liver dysfunction triggers exceptionally complex metabolic derangements in the body which need to be investigated by appropriate technologies...
September 30, 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695548/a-cost-effectiveness-based-safety-and-efficacy-study-of-resterilized-intra-parenchymal-catheter-based-intracranial-pressure-monitoring-in-developing-world
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Deepak Kumar Gupta, Ajay Bisht, Priyam Batra, Purva Mathur, Ashok Kumar Mahapatra
BACKGROUND: The management of traumatic brain injury (TBI) aims to maintain the normal cerebral perfusion in spite of the mass lesions that may occur (haematoma, contusion, and oedema). The monitoring of the intracranial pressure (ICP) is a step in that direction. The intra-parenchymal catheters have the lowest incidence of infection compared to intra-ventricular/subdural catheters with reliable and accurate pressure recordings. The major disadvantage of the intra-parenchymal catheters is the cost, especially in developing nations...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676780/predictors-of-functional-and-professional-outcomes-in-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Soumaya Boudokhane, Hichem Ben Brahim, Aymen Haj Salah, Houda Migaou, Anis Jellad, Zohra Ben Salah Frih
OBJECTIVE: To determine factors influencing long-term functional and professional outcomes in patients post severe traumatic brain injury (STBI). MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: A descriptive analytical transversal and cross-sectional study involving patients with STBI dated more than 1 year and managed in rehabilitation department on an outpatient basis. Described parameters were: coma duration, post-traumatic amnesia duration (PTA), duration of hospitalization in intensive care unit, rehabilitation delay management, brain imaging findings, motor impairment, neuropsychological impairment assessed with Neurobehavioral Rating Scale-Revised (NRS-R), functional outcomes assessed with Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and disability assessed with Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS)...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671990/investigating-intracranial-tumour-growth-patterns-with-multiparametric-mri-incorporating-gd-dtpa-and-uspio-enhanced-imaging
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Jessica K R Boult, Marco Borri, Alexa Jury, Sergey Popov, Gary Box, Lara Perryman, Suzanne A Eccles, Chris Jones, Simon P Robinson
High grade and metastatic brain tumours exhibit considerable spatial variations in proliferation, angiogenesis, invasion, necrosis and oedema. Vascular heterogeneity arising from vascular co-option in regions of invasive growth (in which the blood-brain barrier remains intact) and neoangiogenesis is a major challenge faced in the assessment of brain tumours by conventional MRI. A multiparametric MRI approach, incorporating native measurements and both Gd-DTPA (Magnevist) and ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (P904)-enhanced imaging, was used in combination with histogram and unsupervised cluster analysis using a k-means algorithm to examine the spatial distribution of vascular parameters, water diffusion characteristics and invasion in intracranially propagated rat RG2 gliomas and human MDA-MB-231 LM2-4 breast adenocarcinomas in mice...
September 27, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27670365/severe-malaria-what-s-new-on-the-pathogenesis-front
#17
Samuel Crocodile Wassmer, Georges Emile Raymond Grau
Plasmodium falciparum causes the most severe and fatal form of malaria in humans with over half a million deaths each year. Cerebral malaria, a complex neurological syndrome of severe falciparum malaria, is often fatal and represents a major public health burden. Despite vigorous efforts, the pathophysiology of cerebral malaria remains to be elucidated, thereby hindering the development of adjunctive therapies. In recent years, multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches have led to groundbreaking progress both in the laboratory and in the field...
September 23, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651330/automated-brain-tumour-detection-and-segmentation-using-superpixel-based-extremely-randomized-trees-in-flair-mri
#18
Mohammadreza Soltaninejad, Guang Yang, Tryphon Lambrou, Nigel Allinson, Timothy L Jones, Thomas R Barrick, Franklyn A Howe, Xujiong Ye
PURPOSE: We propose a fully automated method for detection and segmentation of the abnormal tissue associated with brain tumour (tumour core and oedema) from Fluid- Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). METHODS: The method is based on superpixel technique and classification of each superpixel. A number of novel image features including intensity-based, Gabor textons, fractal analysis and curvatures are calculated from each superpixel within the entire brain area in FLAIR MRI to ensure a robust classification...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651281/combined-early-treatment-in-hemiplegic-attacks-related-to-cacna1a-encephalopathy-with-brain-oedema-blocking-the-cascade
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Francesca Camia, Livia Pisciotta, Giovanni Morana, Maria Cristina Schiaffino, Salvatore Renna, Paola Carrera, Maurizio Ferrari, Maria Giuseppina Baglietto, Edvige Veneselli, Laura Siri, Maria Margherita Mancardi
INTRODUCTION: Variants in the CACNA1A gene on chromosome 19p13 result in a spectrum of neurological phenotypes ranging from familial or sporadic hemiplegic migraine to congenital or progressive encephalopathies. Patients with CACNA1A variants often show acute attacks with ataxia or hemiplegia till coma, sometimes related to unilateral brain oedema. No guidelines for the medical management of these attacks are available since treatment is empiric, and many cases do not respond to common antimigraine drugs...
September 19, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27567243/safety-and-efficacy-of-intravenous-glyburide-on-brain-swelling-after-large-hemispheric-infarction-games-rp-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-2-trial
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Kevin N Sheth, Jordan J Elm, Bradley J Molyneaux, Holly Hinson, Lauren A Beslow, Gordon K Sze, Ann-Christin Ostwaldt, Gregory J Del Zoppo, J Marc Simard, Sven Jacobson, W Taylor Kimberly
BACKGROUND: Preclinical models of stroke have shown that intravenous glyburide reduces brain swelling and improves survival. We assessed whether intravenous glyburide (RP-1127; glibenclamide) would safely reduce brain swelling, decrease the need for decompressive craniectomy, and improve clinical outcomes in patients presenting with a large hemispheric infarction. METHODS: For this double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial, we enrolled patients (aged 18-80 years) with a clinical diagnosis of large anterior circulation hemispheric infarction for less than 10 h and baseline diffusion-weighted MRI image lesion volume of 82-300 cm(3) on MRI at 18 hospitals in the USA...
October 2016: Lancet Neurology
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