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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231979/otitis-media-with-effusion-in-the-boxer-a-report-of-seven-cases
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S Paterson
The aim of this study was to describe otitis media with effusion in seven boxers. All dogs presented with a range of clinical signs, which included head shaking, neurological dysfunction, pain on opening of the mouth and reduction in hearing ability. Otitis media was confirmed under general anaesthesia in each case by video-otoscopic identification of a bulging pars tensa and subsequent myringotomy, which revealed a tenacious mucus plug within the middle ear. Brainstem auditory evoked response thresholds were elevated in all affected ears...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208727/an-unusual-case-of-abdominal-pain-and-hyponatremia-in-a-16-year-old-girl-with-disordered-eating
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Grace Hunter, Rebecca Blankenburg, Jennifer Andrews, Terrell Stevenson
A previously healthy 16-year-old girl presented to the emergency department with 1 week of severe, diffuse abdominal pain and constipation, as well as several episodes of nonbloody, nonbilious emesis. Her symptoms began several days after she decreased her caloric intake in an attempt to lose weight. She had been drinking 48 to 60 oz of water per day for several days before admission in an attempt to ameliorate her constipation. She also admits to drinking alcohol the night before her pain began. She had visited several other emergency departments before her presentation to our hospital, and she had been sent home on a bowel regimen without amelioration of her symptoms...
December 5, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183417/neurological-soft-signs-significantly-differentiate-schizophrenia-patients-from-healthy-controls
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Konstantinos N Fountoulakis, Panagiotis Panagiotidis, Xenia Gonda, Vasilios Kimiskidis, Ioannis Nimatoudis
OBJECTIVE: Neurological soft signs (NSS) are a group of minor non-localisable neurological abnormalities found more often in patients with schizophrenia. The aim of the current study was to test for the effect of gender, age, parental age, age at onset and clinical symptomatology on NSS. Material and methods The study sample included 133 patients suffering from schizophrenia according to DSM-IV-TR (77 males and 56 females; aged 33.55±11.22 years old) and 122 normal controls (66 males and 56 females; aged 32...
November 29, 2017: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175504/neurological-soft-signs-dissociation-and-alexithymia-in-patients-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-and-healthy-subjects
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Zafer Tapancı, Abdullah Yıldırım, Murat Boysan
A body of evidence has supported that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have increased rates of various neurological soft signs (NSS) compared to controls. Various lines of research has documented robust relationships between OCD and dissociative symptomatology. The study aimed to examine the associations between obsessive-compulsive symptoms, dissociative experiences alexithymia, and NSS. The study included thirty OCD patients and thirty healthy controls, matched for age, marital status, education, and income...
November 21, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101988/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-penetrating-neck%C3%A2-injury
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Jason W Schroeder, Thomas Ptak, Amanda S Corey, Osmanuddin Ahmed, Walter L Biffl, Joseph A Brennan, Ankur Chandra, Michael Ginsburg, Michael Hanley, Christopher H Hunt, Michele M Johnson, Tabassum A Kennedy, Nandini D Patel, Bruno Policeni, Charles Reitman, Michael L Steigner, Shirley I Stiver, Richard Strax, Matthew T Whitehead, Karin E Dill
In patients with penetrating neck injuries with clinical soft injury signs, and patients with hard signs of injury who do not require immediate surgery, CT angiography of the neck is the preferred imaging procedure to evaluate extent of injury. Other modalities, such as radiography and fluoroscopy, catheter-based angiography, ultrasound, and MR angiography have their place in the evaluation of the patient, depending on the specific clinical situation and question at hand. The ACR Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed annually by a multidisciplinary expert panel...
November 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097000/motor-abnormalities-and-cognitive-impairment-in-first-episode-psychosis-patients-their-unaffected-siblings-and-healthy-controls
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Manuel J Cuesta, Lucia Moreno-Izco, María Ribeiro, Jose M López-Ilundain, Pablo Lecumberri, Teresa Cabada, Ruth Lorente-Omeñaca, Ana M Sánchez-Torres, M Sol Gómez, Victor Peralta
Motor abnormalities (MAs) may be already evidenced long before the beginning of illness and are highly prevalent in psychosis. However, the extent to which the whole range of MAs are related to cognitive impairment in psychosis remains understudied. This study aimed to examine comparatively the relationships between the whole range of motor abnormalities and cognitive impairments in the first-episode of psychosis (FEP), their unaffected siblings and healthy control subjects. Fifty FEP patients, 21 of their healthy siblings and 24 age- and sex matched healthy controls were included...
October 30, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986227/anterior-cervical-discectomy-with-instrumented-allograft-fusion-lordosis-restoration-and-comparison-of-functional-outcomes-among-patients-of-different-age-groups
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Dario Muzevic, Bruno Splavski, Frederick A Boop, Kenan I Arnautovic
OBJECTIVE: To investigate clinical parameters of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) treatment and outcomes using osseous allograft in different age groups, study postoperative results of restoring of lordosis, and evaluate the utility of bone allografts for ACDF, including graft subsidence. METHODS: We reviewed data from 154 patients having clinical symptoms and radiological signs of disc herniation and/or cervical spondylosis. Decompression was achieved through discectomy, osteophyte ablation, endplate drilling, and foraminotomy...
October 3, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911050/motor-abnormalities-from-neurodevelopmental-to-neurodegenerative-through-functional-neuro-psychiatric-disorders
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Victor Peralta, Manuel J Cuesta
Background: Motor abnormalities (MAs) of severe mental disorders have been traditionally neglected both in clinical practice and research, although they are an increasing focus of attention because of their clinical and neurobiological relevance. For historical reasons, most of the literature on MAs has been focused to a great extent on schizophrenia, and as a consequence their prevalence and featural properties in other psychiatric or neuropsychiatric disorders are poorly known. In this article, we evaluated the extent to which catatonic, extrapyramidal and neurological soft signs, and their associated clinical features, are present transdiagnostically...
September 1, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890132/motor-abnormalities-in-first-episode-psychosis-patients-and-long-term-psychosocial-functioning
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Manuel J Cuesta, Elena García de Jalón, M Sol Campos, Lucía Moreno-Izco, Ruth Lorente-Omeñaca, Ana M Sánchez-Torres, Víctor Peralta
Motor abnormalities (MAs) are highly prevalent in patients with first-episode psychosis both before any exposure and after treatment with antipsychotic drugs. However, the extent to which these abnormalities have predictive value for long-term psychosocial functioning is unknown. One hundred antipsychotic-naive first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients underwent extensive motor evaluation including catatonic, parkinsonism, dyskinesia, akathisia and neurological soft signs. Patients were assessed at naïve state and 6months later...
September 7, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887181/treatment-resistant-schizophrenia-and-neurological-soft-signs-may-converge-on-the-same-pathology-evidence-from-explanatory-analysis-on-clinical-psychopathological-and-cognitive-variables
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Andrea de Bartolomeis, Emiliano Prinzivalli, Gemma Callovini, Luigi D'Ambrosio, Benedetta Altavilla, Camilla Avagliano, Felice Iasevoli
Here, we investigated neurological soft signs (NSSs) in treatment resistant schizophrenia (TRS) vs treatment responder schizophrenia (SZ) patients. TRS is a severe condition, affecting approximately one-third of schizophrenia patients and representing a relevant clinical challenge. NSSs are neurological abnormalities reportedly described in schizophrenia patients and linked to dysregulated network connections. We explored the possibility that NSSs may be: i) more severe in TRS patients; ii) differentially associated to clinical/cognitive variables in TRS vs SZ; iii) predictive of having TRS...
September 5, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835861/vertebral-artery-caught-in-the-fracture-gap-after-traumatic-c2-3-spondylolisthesis
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Ralf Henkelmann, Christoph Josten, Stefan Glasmacher, Christoph-Eckhard Heyde, Ulrich Josef Albert Spiegl
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Patient with a C2 fracture and entrapment of the right vertebral artery in the fracture gap. PURPOSE: Presentation of a case with follow-up until end of treatment. STUDY DESIGN: Case report. METHODS: A 25-year-old woman was brought into our emergency room after falling while riding a horse. She complained of pain in the cervical spine. Clinical examinations showed local tenderness at the upper cervical spine and painful impairment of the mobility of the neck, with no signs of neurological impairment...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807062/neuropsychiatric-characteristics-of-antiterrorist-operation-combatants-in-the-donbass-ukraine
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Konstantin N Loganovsky, Natalia A Zdanevich, Marina V Gresko, Donatella Marazziti, Tatiana K Loganovskaja
OBJECTIVE: The present paper aimed to explore the neuropsychiatric characteristics of the antiterrorism (ATO) combatants in the Donets Basin (Donbass) and to propose therapeutic strategies for managing their mental healthcare. METHODS: A total of 54 ATO combatants were included in our study and compared with four groups of subjects exposed to other emergencies, including the Chernobyl disaster and the war in Afghanistan. The neuropsychiatric features were assessed through psychopathological assessments, neurological examinations, and quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG)...
August 15, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781913/nursing-review-section-of-surgical-neurology-international-evaluation-of-cervical-disc-disease-and-when-surgery-is-warranted
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Nancy E Epstein, Renee D Hollingsworth
BACKGROUND: Patients with cervical disc disease may present with radiculopathy (root compression), myelopathy (cord compression), or myeloradiculopathy. These complaints must be correlated with x-ray, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and computed tomographic (CT) scans. Although most patients can be managed nonsurgically, those with significant neurological deficits and larger disc herniations may require surgery. METHODS: The symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include pain radiating down one or both arms, while myelopathy may result in more diffuse numbness tingling or weakness in the upper and/or lower extremities...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764274/comparison-of-neurological-soft-signs-between-psychotic-and-non-psychotic-patients
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Abdollah Farhadi Nasab, Bahare Sabbagh Abrishami, Behnaz Ghavami, Seyed Mostafa Hosseini-Zijoud
INTRODUCTION: Neurological Soft Signs (NSS) are a group of non-specific signs manifested in some psychiatric patients. Till date, most studies have focused on NSS in schizophrenic patients. AIM: In the current study, the mean NSS score was compared between psychotic and non psychotic patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This descriptive analytical study was conducted on 96 hospitalized patients having psychotic disorders. The patients were first examined by a psychiatrist and their axis I diagnoses (according to DSM-IV-TR) were made...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761988/neurological-soft-signs-precede-the-onset-of-schizophrenia-a-study-of-individuals-with-schizotypy-ultra-high-risk-individuals-and-first-onset-schizophrenia
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Raymond C K Chan, Hui-Ru Cui, Min-Yi Chu, Tian-Hong Zhang, Ya Wang, Yi Wang, Zhi Li, Simon S Y Lui, Ji-Jun Wang, Eric F C Cheung
Neurological soft signs (NSS) are one of the biomarkers for schizophrenia spectrum disorders. However, a few studies have examined the prevalence of NSS across the schizophrenia spectrum. The present study adopted a quasi-longitudinal study design and examined the prevalence of NSS and their associations with clinical and behavioural manifestations in participants in different stages of the illness. The abridged version of the Cambridge Neurological Inventory was administered to 39 patients with the first-episode schizophrenia, 39 individuals with ultra-high risk (UHR) for psychosis, 39 individuals with schizotypy, and 39 healthy controls...
July 31, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759882/oculomotricity-and-neurological-soft-signs-can-we-refine-the-endophenotype-a-study-in-subjects-belonging-to-the-spectrum-of-schizophrenia
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Simona Caldani, Isabelle Amado, Narjes Bendjemaa, François Vialatte, Célia Mam-Lam-Fook, Raphael Gaillard, Marie-Odile Krebs, Maria Pia Bucci
Alterations in eye tracking and motor impairments as well as Neurological Soft Signs (NSS) are frequently reported in patients with schizophrenia as well as in their relatives, and are proposed as endophenotype of the disease. This study investigated smooth pursuit eye movement and fixation task with distractors with a gap condition, two markers of inhibitory control mechanism, in 49 patients with schizophrenia, 24 ultra-high risk subjects, 41 full biological clinical siblings of patients and 48 controls. NSS were assessed as a marker of abnormal neurodevelopment...
June 8, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740822/neurological-soft-signs-effects-of-trait-schizotypy-psychological-distress-and-auditory-hallucination-predisposition
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Saskia de Leede-Smith, Steven Roodenrys, Lauren Horsley, Shannen Matrini, Erin Mison, Emma Barkus
Schizotypy is regarded as a trait vulnerability for psychotic disorders, yet alone is insufficient for development of a diagnosable disorder. Additional symptoms and psychological distress are necessary for help seeking and transition from an at risk mental state to a clinical diagnosis. The present study investigated the interaction between trait schizotypy, state auditory verbal hallucination (AVH) predisposition, distress and handedness for the expression of neurological soft signs (NSS), a neurodevelopmental vulnerability factor for psychosis...
March 2017: Schizophrenia Research. Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740470/manual-dexterity-in-schizophrenia-a-neglected-clinical-marker
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Maxime Térémetz, Loïc Carment, Lindsay Brénugat-Herne, Marta Croca, Jean-Pierre Bleton, Marie-Odile Krebs, Marc A Maier, Isabelle Amado, Påvel G Lindberg
Impaired manual dexterity is commonly observed in schizophrenia. However, a quantitative description of key sensorimotor components contributing to impaired dexterity is lacking. Whether the key components of dexterity are differentially affected and how they relate to clinical characteristics also remains unclear. We quantified the degree of dexterity in 35 stabilized patients with schizophrenia and in 20 age-matched control subjects using four visuomotor tasks: (i) force tracking to quantify visuomotor precision, (ii) sequential finger tapping to measure motor sequence recall, (iii) single-finger tapping to assess temporal regularity, and (iv) multi-finger tapping to measure independence of finger movements...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717382/neurological-soft-signs-in-tunisian-patients-with-first-episode-psychosis-and-relation-with-cannabis-use
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Ahmed Mhalla, Bochra Ben Mohamed, Christoph U Correll, Badii Amamou, Anouar Mechri, Lotfi Gaha
BACKGROUND: Neurological soft signs (NSS) are minor non-localizing neurological abnormalities that are conceptualized as neurodevelopmental markers that mediate the biological risk for psychosis. We aimed to explore the relationship between NSS and cannabis use, an environmental risk factor of psychosis. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study in consecutively admitted patients hospitalized for first-episode psychosis. NSS were assessed by the NSS scale (23 items exploring motor coordination, motor integrative function, sensory integration, involuntary movements or posture, quality of lateralization)...
2017: Annals of General Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711662/the-clinical-and-prognostic-value-of-motor-abnormalities-in-psychosis-and-the-importance-of-instrumental-assessment
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Peter N van Harten, Sebastian Walther, Jerillyn S Kent, Scott R Sponheim, Vijay A Mittal
Motor abnormalities comprise several clinical signs intrinsic to psychosis. Critically, these features are of prognostic value in individuals at-risk for psychosis, and for those in early stages of psychotic disorders. Motor abnormalities such as tremor, rigidity, and neurological soft signs often go unrecognized. Currently, advances in this area are limited by a paucity of theoretical conceptions categorizing or linking these behaviours to underlying neurobiology affected in psychosis. However, emerging technological advances have significantly improved the ability to detect and assess motor abnormalities with objective instruments in a timely and reliable manner...
July 13, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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