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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634003/spasticity-video-challenge-a-look-at-methods-for-addressing-difficult-cases
#1
Katharine E Alter, Mark Gormley, Atul T Patel
As seen in this CME online activity (available at http://courses.elseviercme.com/spasticity/662e), treatment of patients with spasticity due to upper motor neuron syndromes, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and cerebral palsy, is multifaceted, involving chemodenervation, systemic medications, surgical therapy, rehabilitation efforts, and home care. Optimal care begins with the recognition that each patient's impairments are unique and must be assessed carefully to determine the impact of muscle overactivity, loss of dexterity, and weakness on passive and active function in the context of the patients' goals...
June 19, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623120/association-between-ischemic-stroke-and-erdheim-chester-disease-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#2
Guillaume Fargeot, Sabrina Stefanizzi, Sebastien Depuydt, Frederic Klapczynski, Alain Ameri
Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is a rare form of non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis characterized by a xanthogranulomatous infiltration of tissues by spumous histiocytes. Neurological involvement is frequent, but ischemic strokes have been exceptionally described. We report the case of a 68-year-old woman who presented with an acute ischemic stroke associated with a multisystemic disorder including insipidus diabetes, infiltration of the aorta and the carotid arteries, perirenal infiltration, aortitis, and lytic bone lesions...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620564/moyamoya-syndrome-in-a-child-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-magnetic-resonance-imaging-as-a-tool-for-clinical-decision-making
#3
Jonathan Mayl, Hanisha Patel, Tushar Chandra
Moyamoya syndrome is a rare cerebrovasculopathy of unknown etiology which is associated with multiple risk factors. Moyamoya was first discovered in Japan and is reported to have an increased prevalence in the Japanese population. The term "Moyamoya" translates into "puff of smoke" and is named after the finding of the collateral cerebral vasculature that develops secondary to occlusion of an internal carotid artery at the entrance into the circle of Willis. This collateral vasculature characterizes the disease...
May 9, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611641/a-case-of-anoxic-brain-injury-presenting-with-agraphia-of-kanji-in-the-foreground
#4
Yasutaka Kobayashi, Risa Yamauchi
A 63-year-old woman was hospitalized for rehabilitation from the aftereffects of an anoxic brain injury. In addition to a general cognitive decline, agraphia of kana and kanji was noted at the time of admission, which had advanced to agraphia which is dominant in kanji at the time of hospital discharge. Brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed no stroke lesions, and brain perfusion scintigraphy found a decreased blood flow in the bilateral parietal lobes. We hereby report on this case because case reports on agraphia caused by anoxic brain injury are extremely rare...
January 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611097/epidemiology-endovascular-treatment-and-prognosis-of-cerebral-venous-thrombosis-us-center-study-of-152-patients
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Kristin Salottolo, Jeffrey Wagner, Donald F Frei, David Loy, Richard J Bellon, Kathryn McCarthy, Judd Jensen, Christopher Fanale, David Bar-Or
BACKGROUND: Cerebral venous thrombosis is a rare cause of stroke that poses diagnostic, therapeutic, and prognostic challenges. Mainstay treatment is systemic anticoagulation, but endovascular treatment is increasingly advocated. Our objectives were to describe the epidemiology, treatment, and prognosis of 152 patients with cerebral venous thrombosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a retrospective study of consecutive cerebral venous thrombosis cases from 2006 to 2013 at a comprehensive stroke center through hospital discharge...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605423/source-3-1-year-outcomes-post-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-using-the-latest-generation-of-the-balloon-expandable-transcatheter-heart-valve
#6
Olaf Wendler, Gerhard Schymik, Hendrik Treede, Helmut Baumgartner, Nicolas Dumonteil, Franz-Josef Neumann, Giuseppe Tarantini, José Luis Zamorano, Alec Vahanian
Aims: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has developed from a procedure for patients with aortic stenosis inoperable or high risk for surgery, into a treatment option even for intermediate risk elderly patients. This development has been facilitated by the clinical learning curve and constant improvements of transcatheter heart valves used. We present total 1-year results of SOURCE 3, the European post-approval multicentre registry of the latest generation balloon expandable SAPIEN 3TM (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA)...
June 12, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584000/ischemic-amnesia-causes-and-outcome
#7
Patrik Michel, Valérie Beaud, Ashraf Eskandari, Philippe Maeder, Jean-François Demonet, Elissavet Eskioglou
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to describe the frequency and characteristics of acute ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attacks presenting predominantly with amnesia (ischemic amnesia) and to identify clinical clues for differentiating them from transient global amnesia (TGA). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed and described all patients presenting with diffusion-weighted imaging magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed acute ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attacks with antero- and retrograde amnesia as the main symptom over a 13...
June 5, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580530/endovascular-treatment-in-patients-with-carotid-artery-dissection-and-intracranial-occlusion-a-systematic-review
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Jan W Hoving, Henk A Marquering, Charles B L M Majoie
PURPOSE: Recently, multiple randomised controlled trials showed efficacy of endovascular treatment over traditional care in patients with acute ischemic stroke due to an intracranial anterior circulation occlusion. Internal carotid artery (ICA) dissection with a concomitant intracranial occlusion is a rare but important cause of severe acute ischemic stroke. Although this subtype of acute ischemic stroke is mostly treated with endovascular treatment, treatment outcomes are still sparsely studied...
June 3, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576125/dissection-of-the-internal-carotid-artery-and-stroke-after-mandibular-fractures-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
Ingrid Aune Tveita, Martin Ragnar Skjerve Madsen, Erik Waage Nielsen
BACKGROUND: We present a report of a patient with blunt trauma and mandibular fractures who developed a significant cerebral infarction due to an initially unrecognized injury of her left internal carotid artery. We believe that increased knowledge of this association will facilitate early recognition and hence prevention of a devastating outcome. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old ethnic Norwegian woman presented to our Emergency Room after a bicycle accident that had caused a direct blow to her chin...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549916/utility-of-carotid-ultrasonography-in-management-of-an-atypical-high-vascular-risk-patient-with-recurrent-calcified-cerebral-embolic-stroke
#10
John W Liang, Jesse Weinberger, Aaron Tansy
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of recurrent calcified cerebral emboli (CCE)-related acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and the diagnostic utility of plaque morphology characterization on carotid ultrasound. BACKGROUND: CCE are a rare cause of AIS. CCE-related AIS has been previously reported only in high vascular-risk patients such as those with severe carotid stenosis, widespread atheromatous disease, or cardiac valvular disease. CCE-related AIS from a carotid origin has not been reported in patients without carotid stenosis...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538402/dissection-extending-from-extra-to-intracranial-arteries-a-case-report-of-progressive-ischemic-stroke
#11
Fu-Liang Zhang, Zhen-Ni Guo, Yang Liu, Yun Luo, Yi Yang
RATIONALE: Cervicocephalic artery dissections, once considered a rare disease, have become increasingly recognized as a cause of stroke in young and middle-aged individuals. Early diagnosis is mandatory because anticoagulation or antithrombotic therapy can help prevent primary or secondary ischemic events. However, the diagnosis is still a crucial challenge for radiologists and neurologists. PATIENT CONCERNS: We reported a rare case of 33-year-old patient with progressive ischemic stroke due to dissection from an intimal tear in the right proximal internal carotid artery to distal middle cerebral artery...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530160/eagle-syndrome-a-case-report-of-stylocarotid-syndrome-with-internal-carotid-artery-dissection
#12
Travis W Smoot, Ammar Taha, Nicholas Tarlov, Blake Riebe
Eagle syndrome is defined by an elongated styloid process or a calcified stylohyoid ligament that impinges on surrounding structures and causes a variety of symptoms. Classically, Eagle syndrome presents as neck, throat, or ear pain. The vascular variant, stylocarotid syndrome, can present as headache, transient ischemic attack, or stroke. Carotid artery dissection is a rare complication of stylocarotid syndrome. We report a case of stylocarotid syndrome in a 60-year-old man who presented with a right internal carotid artery (ICA) dissection and focal neurological deficits...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526085/papillary-fibroelastoma-unusual-cause-of-stroke-in-a-young-man-a-case-report
#13
Elisabetta Grolla, Michele Dalla Vestra, Giampaolo Zoffoli, Riccardo D'Ascoli, Adriana Critelli, Rocco Quatrale, Domenico Mangino, Fausto Rigo
BACKGROUND: Papillary fibroelastoma is the third most common primary benign tumor with an incidence of up to 0.33% in autopsy series; it accounts for approximately 75% of all cardiac valvular tumors. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a rare case of a 28-Year-old man that while playing football, had a sudden onset of neurological deficit: aphasia, right hemiparesis and right facial numbness. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed a 10x10 mm mass attached to the anterior mitral valve leaflet...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513255/successful-mechanical-thrombectomy-in-a-comatose-patient-with-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-a-case-report
#14
Merel Jj Verhagen, Adriaan Cgm van Es, Geert J Lycklama À Nijeholt, Korné Jellema, Jonathan Coutinho, Ido R van den Wijngaard
Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a rare cause of stroke, which is routinely treated with systemic heparin. Unfavourable outcome is often seen in severe cases. Therefore alternative treatment methods should be explored in these patients. Due to the risk of haemorrhagic complications, treatment without administration of thrombolytics is of particular interest. This report presents a case of successful mechanical thrombectomy, without the use of thrombolytics, in a comatose patient with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500274/combined-hmg-coa-reductase-and-prenylation-inhibition-in-treatment-of-ccm
#15
Sayoko Nishimura, Ketu Mishra-Gorur, JinSeok Park, Yulia V Surovtseva, Said M Sebti, Andre Levchenko, Angeliki Louvi, Murat Gunel
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are common vascular anomalies that develop in the central nervous system and, more rarely, the retina. The lesions can cause headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits, and hemorrhagic stroke. Symptomatic lesions are treated according to their presentation; however, targeted pharmacological therapies that improve the outcome of CCM disease are currently lacking. We performed a high-throughput screen to identify Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs or other bioactive compounds that could effectively suppress hyperproliferation of mouse brain primary astrocytes deficient for CCM3...
May 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489279/dipeptidyl-peptidase-dpp-4-inhibitors-and-glucagon-like-peptide-glp-1-analogues-for-prevention-or-delay-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-its-associated-complications-in-people-at-increased-risk-for-the-development-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#16
REVIEW
Bianca Hemmingsen, David P Sonne, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, Bernd Richter
BACKGROUND: The projected rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) could develop into a substantial health problem worldwide. Whether dipeptidyl-peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitors or glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 analogues are able to prevent or delay T2DM and its associated complications in people at risk for the development of T2DM is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of DPP-4 inhibitors and GLP-1 analogues on the prevention or delay of T2DM and its associated complications in people with impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting blood glucose, moderately elevated glycosylated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) or any combination of these...
May 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489124/retroauricular-pain-caused-by-eagle-syndrome-a-rare-presentation-due-to-compression-by-styloid-process-elongation
#17
Aline Lariessy Campos Paiva, João Luiz Vitorino Araujo, Renan Maximilian Lovato, Joel Augusto Ribeiro Teixeira, Flávio Key Miura, Vinicius Monteiro de Paula Guirado, José Carlos Esteves Veiga
Eagle syndrome is a rare condition presenting with retroauricular pain (usually as main symptom) associated with dysphagia, headache, neck pain on rotation and, much rarelier, stroke. This occurs due to styloid process elongation. Sometimes, there is also styloid ligament calcification, which can cause compression of nerves and arteries and the symptoms above. Treatment can be conservative with pain modulators (e.g. pregabalin) or infiltrations (steroids or anesthetics drugs). In refractory cases, surgical approach aiming to reduce the size of the styloid process can be performed...
March 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487744/atorvastatin-diltiazem-combination-induced-rhabdomyolysis-leading-to-diagnosis-of-hypothyroidism
#18
N D B Ehelepola, S M B Y Sathkumara, H M P A G S Bandara, K L R Kalupahana
Statins and hypothyroidism, independently, can rarely cause rhabdomyolysis. The combination of them especially with concurrent intake of drugs such as diltiazem increases the risk of rhabdomyolysis. Hashimoto's encephalopathy is a rare condition associated with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and some patients with that can present with a stroke like picture. An elderly male who has been on atorvastatin for three years and on diltiazem for a week presented with sudden onset inability to walk and confusion. On examination muscle tenderness was noticed and creatine kinase levels indicated rhabdomyolysis which we attributed to atorvastatin...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486967/pseudoxanthoma-elasticum
#19
REVIEW
Dominique P Germain
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a genetic metabolic disease with autosomal recessive inheritance caused by mutations in the ABCC6 gene. The lack of functional ABCC6 protein leads to ectopic mineralization that is most apparent in the elastic tissues of the skin, eyes and blood vessels. The clinical prevalence of PXE has been estimated at between 1 per 100,000 and 1 per 25,000, with slight female predominance. The first clinical sign of PXE is almost always small yellow papules on the nape and sides of the neck and in flexural areas...
May 10, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479449/symptomatic-carotid-bulb-atypical-fibromuscular-dysplasia
#20
Dorian Verscheure, Dominique Fabre, Didier Smadja, Elie Fadel
Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is known as rare cause ischemic stroke and usually involves the internal carotid or vertebral arteries in middle age women. A poorly known type of FMD located at the carotid bulb is called atypical fibromuscular dysplasia. We present the case of 3 young black patients suffering from recurrent ischemic strokes in the same middle cerebral artery territory. Computed tomographic angiography and arteriography showed a moderate diaphragmatic stenosis of the carotid bulb. After surgical removal of the dysplasia, postoperative course was uneventful without any recurrence...
May 4, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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