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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334037/improvement-in-the-prognosis-of-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-over-a-22-year-period
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Dustin Anderson, Julie Kromm, Thomas Jeerakathil
BACKGROUND: Cerebral venous thrombosis is a rare cause of stroke, with a number of well-defined risk factors. However, there exist few studies that describe trends in the prognosis of this disease over time. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on patients diagnosed with cerebral venous thrombosis at the University of Alberta Hospital during two time periods: 1988-1998 (21 patients) and 1999-2009 (40 patients). Signs and symptoms, risk factors, imaging findings, etiologies, treatment modalities, and status at discharge were examined...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326371/mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection-presenting-as-stroke-and-meningoencephalitis-with-aortic-and-subclavian-aneurysms-without-pulmonary-involvement
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Pournamy Sarathchandran, Abubaker Al Madani, Ayman M Alboudi, Jihad Inshasi
A 39-year-old Philipino man presented with acute onset fever and headache. Neurological examination was normal except for neck stiffness. There was no history of chest pain, cough or breathlessness. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) showed a mild increase in protein with normal sugar and lymphocytic pleocytosis. CSF PCR for herpes simplex and varicella zoster virus was negative. He developed acute right haemiplegia a week after hospitalisation. MRI showed acute infarct in the left centrum semiovale. His angiogram showed aneurysm in the left subclavian artery and aortic arch...
January 11, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323665/arterial-tortuosity-syndrome-40-new-families-and-literature-review
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Aude Beyens, Juliette Albuisson, Annekatrien Boel, Mazen Al-Essa, Waheed Al-Manea, Damien Bonnet, Ozlem Bostan, Odile Boute, Tiffany Busa, Nathalie Canham, Ergun Cil, Paul J Coucke, Margot A Cousin, Majed Dasouki, Julie De Backer, Anne De Paepe, Sofie De Schepper, Deepthi De Silva, Koenraad Devriendt, Inge De Wandele, David R Deyle, Harry Dietz, Sophie Dupuis-Girod, Eudice Fontenot, Björn Fischer-Zirnsak, Alper Gezdirici, Jamal Ghoumid, Fabienne Giuliano, Neus Baena Diéz, Mohammed Z Haider, Joshua S Hardin, Xavier Jeunemaitre, Eric W Klee, Uwe Kornak, Manuel F Landecho, Anne Legrand, Bart Loeys, Stanislas Lyonnet, Helen Michael, Pamela Moceri, Shehla Mohammed, Laura Muiño-Mosquera, Sheela Nampoothiri, Karin Pichler, Katrina Prescott, Anna Rajeb, Maria Ramos-Arroyo, Massimiliano Rossi, Mustafa Salih, Mohammed Z Seidahmed, Elise Schaefer, Elisabeth Steichen-Gersdorf, Sehime Temel, Fahrettin Uysal, Marine Vanhomwegen, Lut Van Laer, Lionel Van Maldergem, David Warner, Andy Willaert, Tom R Collins, Andrea Taylor, Elaine C Davis, Yuri Zarate, Bert Callewaert
PurposeWe delineate the clinical spectrum and describe the histology in arterial tortuosity syndrome (ATS), a rare connective tissue disorder characterized by tortuosity of the large and medium-sized arteries, caused by mutations in SLC2A10.MethodsWe retrospectively characterized 40 novel ATS families (50 patients) and reviewed the 52 previously reported patients. We performed histology and electron microscopy (EM) on skin and vascular biopsies and evaluated TGF-β signaling with immunohistochemistry for pSMAD2 and CTGF...
January 11, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307027/does-restricted-diffusion-in-the-splenium-indicate-an-acute-infarct
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Zeynep Ezgi Balcik, Songül Senadim, Aslı Keskek, Ayşe Ozudogru, Ayhan Koksal, Aysun Soysal, Dilek Atakli
OBJECTIVE: Although splenial lesions are rare, they are frequently associated with ischemic infarcts, antiepileptic drug toxicity or abrupt discontinuation, viral encephalitis, and metabolic disturbances. In this study, we evaluated clinical and imaging findings and aetiology in 16 patients with splenium lesions. METHODS: Between 2013 and 2017, patients with splenium lesions were examined. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed using a 1.5-T unit with fluid attenuation inversion recovery sequences...
January 6, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298116/somatic-activating-kras-mutations-in-arteriovenous-malformations-of-the-brain
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Sergey I Nikolaev, Sandra Vetiska, Ximena Bonilla, Emilie Boudreau, Suvi Jauhiainen, Behnam Rezai Jahromi, Nadiya Khyzha, Peter V DiStefano, Santeri Suutarinen, Tim-Rasmus Kiehl, Vitor Mendes Pereira, Alexander M Herman, Timo Krings, Hugo Andrade-Barazarte, Takyee Tung, Taufik Valiante, Gelareh Zadeh, Mike Tymianski, Tuomas Rauramaa, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Joshua D Wythe, Stylianos E Antonarakis, Juhana Frösen, Jason E Fish, Ivan Radovanovic
Background Sporadic arteriovenous malformations of the brain, which are morphologically abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the brain vasculature, are a leading cause of hemorrhagic stroke in young adults and children. The genetic cause of this rare focal disorder is unknown. Methods We analyzed tissue and blood samples from patients with arteriovenous malformations of the brain to detect somatic mutations. We performed exome DNA sequencing of tissue samples of arteriovenous malformations of the brain from 26 patients in the main study group and of paired blood samples from 17 of those patients...
January 3, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277587/the-use-of-flow-diverter-in-ruptured-dissecting-intracranial-aneurysms-of-the-posterior-circulation
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Volker Maus, Anastasios Mpotsaris, Franziska Dorn, Markus Möhlenbruch, Jan Borggrefe, Pantelis Stavrinou, Nuran Abdullayev, Utako Birgit Barnikol, Thomas Liebig, Christoph Kabbasch
OBJECTIVE: Acute dissecting aneurysms of the posterior circulation are a rare cause of SAH. Established endovascular treatment options include PAO and stent-assisted coiling, but appear to be associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke. Vessel reconstruction with flow-diverters is an alternative treatment option, however, its safety and efficacy in the acute stage remains unclear. METHODS: Multi-centric retrospective analysis of 15 consecutive acutely ruptured dissecting posterior circulation aneurysms treated with flow-diverters...
December 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259148/successful-recovery-from-spontaneous-spinal-epidural-hematoma-in-a-patient-undergoing-hemodialysis
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Arata Hibi, Takahisa Kasugai, Keisuke Kamiya, Keisuke Kamiya, Satoru Kominato, Chiharu Ito, Toshiyuki Miura, Katsushi Koyama
BACKGROUND Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) occurs in the spinal epidural space in the absence of traumatic or iatrogenic causes, and is considered to be a neurological emergency, as spinal cord compression may lead to neurological deficit. Prompt diagnosis of SSEH can be difficult due to the variety of presenting symptoms, which may resemble those of stroke. Patients who undergo hemodialysis (HD) are at risk of bleeding due to anticoagulation during dialysis and uremia. However, SSEH in HD patients undergoing HD has rarely been reported...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209887/the-relationship-between-hematological-parameters-and-prognosis-of-children-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Ebru Yilmaz, Ayse Bayram Kacar, Adil Bozpolat, Gokmen Zararsiz, Burcu S Gorkem, Musa Karakukcu, Turkan Patiroglu, Hakan Gumus, Mehmet Akif Ozdemir, Alper Ozcan, Huseyin Per, Ekrem Unal
BACKGROUND: Stroke is rarely seen in children, but it is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Therefore, there is a need for inexpensive and noninvasive diagnostic methods for estimating the prognosis. Although the prognostic importance of hematological parameters in acute ischemic stroke were reported in adult studies, there is a lack in pediatric ages. The aim of the study is to investigate the relationship between hematological parameters and prognosis of acute ischemic stroke in children...
December 5, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203280/reduced-post-stroke-glial-scarring-in-the-infant-primate-brain-reflects-age-related-differences-in-the-regulation-of-astrogliosis
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Leon Teo, Anthony G Boghdadi, Mitchell de Souza, James A Bourne
Ischemic stroke remains a leading cause of disability worldwide. Surviving patients often suffer permanent neurological impairments, and spontaneous recovery rarely occurs. However, observations that early-life brain injuries, including strokes, elicit less severe long-term functional impairments, compared to adults, continue to intrigue. While much research has focussed on neuronal changes and plasticity, less is known regarding the regulation of astrogliosis and glial scar formation after a stroke at different stages of life...
December 1, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202555/drug-induced-by-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-presenting-as-recurrent-pericardial-effusion-after-mitral-valve-repair
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Aghigh Haydari, Feridoun Sabzi, Samsam Dabiri, Alireza Poormotaabed
We report a patient presented with recurrent pericardial effusion caused by drug-induced systemic lupus Erythematosus (SLE) following mitral valve repair. The surgery was complicated by hemiparesis and convulsion in early postoperative period. The patient had been received carbamazepine for a paroxysmal seizure that occurred following mitral valve repair. The post operative computed tomography showed embolic stroke and its sequel (seizure) that treated with carbamazepine. In the 3rd month of follow-up, however, hemiparesis recovered by physiotherapy but carbamazepine was not discontinued as by request of neurologist...
September 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194662/quantitative-predictive-models-for-the-degree-of-disability-after-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Hyeong-Seok Lim, Seung Min Kim, Dong-Wha Kang
Although stroke is a leading cause of disability, the quantitative relationship between baseline clinical and imaging characteristics and long-term disability outcomes has rarely been studied. Prospectively collected clinical data from 405 patients with acute ischemic stroke including brain magnetic resonance images (MRIs) and disability outcomes assessed using the modified Rankin Scale (mRS) 3 month after the onset of disease were analyzed using a proportional odds cumulative logit model implemented in NONMEM...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190634/focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-associated-with-chronic-progressive-external-ophthalmoplegia-and-mitochondrial-dna-a3243g-mutation
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Kaori Narumi, Eikan Mishima, Yukako Akiyama, Tetsuro Matsuhashi, Takashi Nakamichi, Kiyomi Kisu, Shuhei Nishiyama, Hajime Ikenouchi, Akio Kikuchi, Rumiko Izumi, Mariko Miyazaki, Takaaki Abe, Hiroshi Sato, Sadayoshi Ito
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is caused by various etiologies, with mitochondrial dysfunction being one of the causes. FSGS is known to be associated with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (MELAS), which is a subclass of mitochondrial disease. However, it has rarely been reported in other mitochondrial disease subclasses. Here, we reported a 20-year-old man diagnosed with FSGS associated with chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO) due to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) 3243A>G mutation...
November 30, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187935/-haemorrhagic-stroke-of-the-brainstem-secondary-to-postpartum-eclampsia-about-a-case-and-literature-review
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Khadija Ennaqui, Assia Makayssi, Houssine Boufettal, Naima Samouh
Strokes are rare but severe accidents during pregnancy and post-partum period. They are responsible for high mortality and morbidity rates. Pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, and strokes are significantly related. Endothelial dysfunction, alteration of brain self-regulation and severe hypertension are, probably, the cause of many strokes in pregnant women and during postpartum period. We report a case of hemorrhagic stroke of the brainstem in a nonmonitored 21-year old patient at 38 weeks pregnant admitted with severe preeclampsia complicated by eclampsia and then by haemorrhagic stroke of the brainstem on the second post-operative day after cesarean section performed due to suspicion of retroplacental haematoma arisen since her admission...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179528/ischemic-stroke-in-patients-with-poems-syndrome-a-case-report-and-comprehensive-analysis-of-literature
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Fang-Wang Fu, Jie Rao, Yuan-Yuan Zheng, Hui-Lin Wang, Jian-Guang Yang, Guo-Qing Zheng
Background: POEMS syndrome is a rare multi-systemic disease characterized by polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, and skin changes. Arterial or venous thrombosis is a less-common complication of POEMS syndrome. Ischemic stroke has also been reported sporadically. However, the association between POEMS syndrome and ischemic stroke has not been entirely understood. Methods: A case of ischemic stroke caused by cerebral vasculitis in a patient with POEMS syndrome was presented...
October 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163061/cyclodextrins-and-iatrogenic-hearing-loss-new-drugs-with-significant-risk
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REVIEW
Mark A Crumling, Kelly A King, R Keith Duncan
Cyclodextrins are a family of cyclic oligosaccharides with widespread usage in medicine, industry and basic sciences owing to their ability to solubilize and stabilize guest compounds. In medicine, cyclodextrins primarily act as a complexing vehicle and consequently serve as powerful drug delivery agents. Recently, uncomplexed cyclodextrins have emerged as potent therapeutic compounds in their own right, based on their ability to sequester and mobilize cellular lipids. In particular, 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) has garnered attention because of its cholesterol chelating properties, which appear to treat a rare neurodegenerative disorder and to promote atherosclerosis regression related to stroke and heart disease...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161898/delta-brush-pattern-is-not-unique-to-nmdar-encephalitis-evaluation-of-two-independent-long-term-eeg-cohorts
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Betul Baykan, Ozlem Gungor Tuncer, Ebru Nur Vanli-Yavuz, Leyla Baysal Kirac, Gokcen Gundogdu, Nerses Bebek, Candan Gurses, Ebru Altindag, Erdem Tuzun
PURPOSE: Although its specificity has not previously been investigated in other cohorts, delta brush pattern (DBP) is increasingly reported in the EEGs of patients with anti- N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis. METHODS: We aimed to investigate the DBP in the EEGs of 2 cohorts; patients with change in consciousness for various causes monitored in the intensive care unit (ICU) (n = 106) and patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) with or without antineuronal antibodies (n = 76)...
February 1, 2017: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158884/a-mitochondrial-disorder-in-a-middle-age-iranian-patient-report-of-a-rare-case
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Mostafa Almasi, Mohammad Reza Motamed, Masoud Mehrpour, Bahram Haghi-Ashtiani, Fahimeh Haji Akhondi, Yalda Nilipour, Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad
Introduction: Mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) can involve multiple systems and cause stroke-like episodes and status epilepticus. Case Presentation: A 48-year-old female with history of early fatigability, migraine-type headaches, and bilateral sensory-neural hearing loss presented 3 episodes of serial seizures. On admission she was affected by Wernicke aphasia and, then, right hemiparesis. Investigations showed elevated arterial lactate and ragged red fibers on muscle biopsy...
July 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157937/pure-word-deafness-following-left-temporal-damage-behavioral-and-neuroanatomical-evidence-from-a-new-case
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Chiara Maffei, Rita Capasso, Giulia Cazzolli, Cesare Colosimo, Flavio Dell'Acqua, Francesca Piludu, Marco Catani, Gabriele Miceli
Pure Word Deafness (PWD) is a rare disorder, characterized by selective loss of speech input processing. Its most common cause is temporal damage to the primary auditory cortex of both hemispheres, but it has been reported also following unilateral lesions. In unilateral cases, PWD has been attributed to the disconnection of Wernicke's area from both right and left primary auditory cortex. Here we report behavioral and neuroimaging evidence from a new case of left unilateral PWD with both cortical and white matter damage due to a relatively small stroke lesion in the left temporal gyrus...
December 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156466/-retinal-artery-occlusions
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Gabriele E Lang, Stefan J Lang
Retinal artery occlusions are acute vascular diseases. Very often they are caused by an embolisation. Rarely a thrombosis is caused by an arteriitis. In the acute phase diagnosis in most of the cases can be made by ophthalmoscopy due to the whitish retinal edema and in central retinal artery occlusion the cherry red spot. Difficulties in making the diagnosis can occur in the chronic stage, especially after reperfusion of the retinal vessels, when the fundus colour returned to normal again. Several diagnostic procedures help to make the diagnosis...
November 20, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153916/a-case-with-cmtx1-disease-showing-transient-ischemic-attack-like-episodes
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Zehra Aktan, Nihan Hande Akcakaya, Pinar Tekturk, Engin Deniz, Bahar Koyuncu, Zuhal Yapici
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a hereditary neurologic disease which affects the sensorial and motor fibers of the peripheral nerves. CMTX1 is an X-linked dominantly inherited subtype of CMT and is caused by mutations in gap junction beta 1 gene (GJB1). A small proportion of GJB1 mutations are associated with recurrent central nervous system findings. We describe a 15-year-old male patient with CMTX1 who had stroke-like findings along with foot deformities and peripheral neuropathy. Strokes and stroke-like attacks are rarely seen in children and adolescents...
November 9, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
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