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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196983/genomic-profiling-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-ataxia-telangiectasia-patients-reveals-tight-link-between-atm-mutations-and-chromothripsis
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M Ratnaparkhe, M Hlevnjak, T Kolb, A Jauch, K K Maass, F Devens, A Rode, V Hovestadt, A Korshunov, A Pastorczak, W Mlynarski, S Sungalee, J Korbel, J Hoell, U Fischer, T Milde, C Kramm, M Nathrath, K Chrzanowska, E Tausch, M Takagi, T Taga, S Constantini, J Loeffen, J Meijerink, S Zielen, G Gohring, B Schlegelberger, E Maass, R Siebert, J Kunz, A E Kulozik, B Worst, D T Jones, S M Pfister, M Zapatka, P Lichter, A Ernst
Recent developments in sequencing technologies led to the discovery of a novel form of genomic instability, termed chromothripsis. This catastrophic genomic event, involved in tumorigenesis, is characterized by tens to hundreds of simultaneously acquired locally clustered rearrangements on one chromosome. We hypothesized that leukemias developing in individuals with Ataxia Telangiectasia, who are born with two mutated copies of the ATM gene, an essential guardian of genome stability, would show a higher prevalence of chromothripsis due to the associated defect in DNA double-strand break repair...
February 15, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193238/transient-ikk2-activation-in-astrocytes-initiates-selective-non-cell-autonomous-neurodegeneration
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Michael Lattke, Stephanie N Reichel, Alexander Magnutzki, Alireza Abaei, Volker Rasche, Paul Walther, Dinis P Calado, Boris Ferger, Thomas Wirth, Bernd Baumann
BACKGROUND: Neuroinflammation is associated with a wide range of neurodegenerative disorders, however the specific contribution to individual disease pathogenesis and selective neuronal cell death is not well understood. Inflammatory cerebellar ataxias are neurodegenerative diseases occurring in various autoimmune/inflammatory conditions, e.g. paraneoplastic syndromes. However, how inflammatory insults can cause selective cerebellar neurodegeneration in the context of these diseases remains open, and appropriate animal models are lacking...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166857/palliative-care-discussions-in-multiple-system-atrophy-a-retrospective-review
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Anita M Dayal, Mary E Jenkins, Mandar S Jog, Kurt Kimpinski, Penny MacDonald, Teneille E Gofton
OBJECTIVE: Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is an incurable neurodegenerative illness in which progressive symptoms, including stridor and acute laryngeal obstruction, occur. Advanced care planning and palliative care discussions in people living with MSA are not well defined. The aim of the present study is to evaluate advanced care planning and current practices in palliative care in MSA to identify opportunities for improving quality of care. METHODS: The study is a retrospective chart review assessing the focus and timing of palliative care discussions in people living with MSA...
February 7, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143879/acute-high-altitude-sickness
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Andrew M Luks, Erik R Swenson, Peter Bärtsch
At any point 1-5 days following ascent to altitudes ≥2500 m, individuals are at risk of developing one of three forms of acute altitude illness: acute mountain sickness, a syndrome of nonspecific symptoms including headache, lassitude, dizziness and nausea; high-altitude cerebral oedema, a potentially fatal illness characterised by ataxia, decreased consciousness and characteristic changes on magnetic resonance imaging; and high-altitude pulmonary oedema, a noncardiogenic form of pulmonary oedema resulting from excessive hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction which can be fatal if not recognised and treated promptly...
January 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129950/eeg-findings-during-paroxysmal-hemiplegia-in-a-patient-with-glut1-deficiency
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S Pellegrin, G Cantalupo, R Opri, B Dalla Bernardina, F Darra
BACKGROUND: A growing number of studies have disclosed the myriad of features that can suggest the diagnosis of a Glucose-transporter-1 deficiency (GLUT1D). The occurrence of paroxysmal movement disorders such as exercise-induced dystonia and non-kinesigenic dyskinesia, received considerable emphasis, while limited attention has been paid to other paroxysmal phenomena, as transitory neurological disorders. These paroxysmal events are roughly and variably described as limb weakness, hemiparesis or ataxia...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123174/new-diagnosis-of-atypical-ataxia-telangiectasia-in-a-17-year-old-boy-with-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-and-a-novel-atm-mutation
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Jasmin Roohi, Jennifer Crowe, Denis Loredan, Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, Mahesh M Mansukhani, Lenore Omesi, Jennifer Levine, Anya Revah Politi, Shan Zha
Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is an autosomal recessive chromosome breakage disorder caused by mutations in the ATM gene. Typically, it presents in early childhood with progressive cerebellar dysfunction along with immunodeficiency and oculocutaneous telangiectasia. An increased risk of malignancy is also associated with the syndrome and, rarely, may be the presenting feature in small children. We describe a 17-year-old boy with slurred speech, mild motor delays and learning disability diagnosed with atypical A-T in the setting of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116411/meningoencephalitis-caused-by-pathogenic-sarcocystis-species-in-a-naturally-infected-sheep-in-turkey
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Aylin Alasonyalilar-Demirer, M Mufit Kahraman, Ahmet Akkoç, S Pelin Erturkuner, E Elif Guzel, Oguz Kul, Volkan Ipek
A 3-year-old sheep was examined after an acute onset of hind limb paralysis and ataxia. At necropsy, central nervous system, pulmonary and intestinal hyperaemia and ecchymoses in the aortic arch were observed. Main microscopic lesions were confined to the heart, cerebrum and cerebellum. There were a multifocal mild myocarditis and nonsuppurative meningoencephalitis together with protozoal cysts in the heart and the brain. Protozoal cystic structures were observed within many of the myocardial fibers as well as in the cerebrum and cerebellum...
February 9, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101805/ketogenic-diet-in-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-complex-deficiency-short-and-long-term-outcomes
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Kalliopi Sofou, Maria Dahlin, Tove Hallböök, Marie Lindefeldt, Gerd Viggedal, Niklas Darin
OBJECTIVES: Our aime was to study the short- and long-term effects of ketogenic diet on the disease course and disease-related outcomes in patients with pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency, the metabolic factors implicated in treatment outcomes, and potential safety and compliance issues. METHODS: Pediatric patients diagnosed with pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency in Sweden and treated with ketogenic diet were evaluated. Study assessments at specific time points included developmental and neurocognitive testing, patient log books, and investigator and parental questionnaires...
March 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090073/a-case-of-miller-fisher-syndrome-thromboembolic-disease-and-angioedema-association-or-coincidence
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Nooshin Salehi, Eric D Choi, Roger C Garrison
BACKGROUND Miller Fisher Syndrome is characterized by the clinical triad of ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, and areflexia, and is considered to be a variant of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Miller Fisher Syndrome is observed in approximately 1-5% of all Guillain-Barre cases in Western countries. Patients with Miller Fisher Syndrome usually have good recovery without residual deficits. Venous thromboembolism is a common complication of Guillain-Barre Syndrome and has also been reported in Miller Fisher Syndrome, but it has generally been reported in the presence of at least one prothrombotic risk factor such as immobility...
January 16, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072960/-novel-compound-heterozygous-tbc1d24-mutations-in-a-boy-with-infantile-focal-myoclonic-epilepsy-and-literature-review
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W H Li, S Z Zhou, L M Zhang, X H Wang, Y J Zhang, B B Wu, H J Wang, H W Yang
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and genetic characteristics of patients with TBC1D24 gene mutations. Method: The clinical data of a patient with novel TBC1D24 compound heterozygous mutations from Children's Hospital of Fudan University were collected, the related literature was searched from China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data Knowledge Service Platform, National Center from Biotechnology Information and Pubmed (up to April 2016) by using search terms "TBC1D24" "epilepsy" ...
January 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006860/paraneoplastic-cerebellar-degeneration-and-lambert-eaton-myasthenia-in-a-patient-with-merkel-cell-carcinoma-and-voltage-gated-calcium-channel-antibodies
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Lucia Pavolucci, Giulia Giannini, Maria Pia Giannoccaro, Maria Pia Foschini, Bethan Lang, Patrizia Avoni, Paolo Tinuper, Angela Vincent, Rocco Liguori
INTRODUCTION: Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare cutaneous, aggressive tumor. Although it shares many neuroendocrine features with small cell lung carcinoma, it has only occasionally been reported with paraneoplastic neurological syndromes. METHODS: A healthy 67 year-old man developed acute ataxia, vertigo, and nausea. Subsequently he also developed dysarthria, diplopia, xerostomia, fatigability and progressive anorexia. He underwent a full diagnostic workup and was found to have a high titer of voltage-gated calcium channel antibodies in serum and cerebrospinal fluid, neurophysiological findings compatible with Lambert-Eaton myasthenia and neurological signs compatible with cerebellar degeneration...
December 22, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000909/-language-disorders-in-acute-cerebellitis-beyond-dysarthria
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D Barragan-Martinez, N Nunez-Enamorado, M Berenguer-Potenciano, N Villora-Morcillo, A Martinez de Aragon, A Camacho-Salas
INTRODUCTION: Acute cerebellitis is one of the main causes of cerebellar syndrome in infancy. Among the wide range of manifestations, headache and ataxia being the most predominant, we can find other less frequent, although nonetheless interesting, ones, such as language disorders, which go beyond the well-known cerebellar dysarthria. The different combinations in which the symptoms can appear, especially when not accompanied by ataxia, make the condition a real challenge for the clinician...
January 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988455/delayed-diagnosis-of-wernicke-encephalopathy-with-irreversible-neural-damage-after-subtotal-gastrectomy-for-gastric-cancer-a-case-of-medical-liability
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Pamela Tozzo, Luciana Caenazzo, Daniele Rodriguez, Matteo Bolcato
INTRODUCTION: Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) is a neurological syndrome caused by thiamine deficiency, and clinically characterized by ophthalmoplegia, ataxia and acute confusion. In developed countries, most cases of WE have been seen in alcohol misusers. Other reported causes are gastrointestinal tract surgery, hyperemesis gravidarum, chronic malnutrition, prolonged total parenteral nutrition without thiamine supplementation, and increased nutrient requirements as in trauma or septic shock...
2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984128/dna-damage-response-in-nephrotoxic-and-ischemic-kidney-injury
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REVIEW
Mingjuan Yan, Chengyuan Tang, Zhengwei Ma, Shuang Huang, Zheng Dong
DNA damage activates specific cell signaling cascades for DNA repair, cell cycle arrest, senescence, and/or cell death. Recent studies have demonstrated DNA damage response (DDR) in experimental models of acute kidney injury (AKI). In cisplatin-induced AKI or nephrotoxicity, the DDR pathway of ATR/Chk2/p53 is activated and contributes to renal tubular cell apoptosis. In ischemic AKI, DDR seems more complex and involves at least the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM), a member of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-related kinase (PIKK) family, and p53; however, while ATM may promote DNA repair, p53 may trigger cell death...
October 27, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957508/neurochondrin-is-a-neuronal-target-antigen-in-autoimmune-cerebellar-degeneration
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Ramona Miske, Catharina C Gross, Madeleine Scharf, Kristin S Golombeck, Marvin Hartwig, Urvashi Bhatia, Andreas Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Kathrin Bönte, Christine Strippel, Ludger Schöls, Matthis Synofzik, Hubertus Lohmann, Inga Madeleine Dettmann, Michael Deppe, Swantje Mindorf, Tobias Warnecke, Yvonne Denno, Bianca Teegen, Christian Probst, Stefanie Brakopp, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Heinz Wiendl, Winfried Stöcker, Sven G Meuth, Lars Komorowski, Nico Melzer
OBJECTIVE: To report on a novel neuronal target antigen in 3 patients with autoimmune cerebellar degeneration. METHODS: Three patients with subacute to chronic cerebellar ataxia and controls underwent detailed clinical and neuropsychological assessment together with quantitative high-resolution structural MRI. Sera and CSF were subjected to comprehensive autoantibody screening by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and immunoblot. Immunoprecipitation with lysates of hippocampus and cerebellum combined with mass spectrometric analysis was used to identify the autoantigen, which was verified by recombinant expression in HEK293 cells and use in several immunoassays...
January 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955629/cerebellar-ataxia-due-to-leptospirosis-a-case-report
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Rajveer Singh, Dheeraj Khurana, Sahil Mehta, Aditya Choudhary, Gayathri Petluri, Vivek Lal
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis involves nervous system in around 10-15% of the cases, the commonest presentation being aseptic meningitis. Most of the clinical features of neuroleptospirosis are due to capillary endothelial damage and vasculitis. Ataxia is an extremely uncommon manifestation of Leptospirosis occuring in <5% of cases. CASE PRESENTATION: A 28 year old female from North India presented with a short febrile illness followed by an acute onset cerebellar ataxia, anemia, thrombocytopenia and transaminitis...
December 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932510/embolization-of-intracranial-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas-using-phil-liquid-embolic-agent-in-26-patients-a-multicenter-study
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S Lamin, H S Chew, S Chavda, A Thomas, M Piano, L Quilici, G Pero, M Holtmannspolter, M E Cronqvist, A Casasco, L Guimaraens, L Paul, A Gil Garcia, A Aleu, R Chapot
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The introduction of liquid embolic agents has revolutionized endovascular approach to cranial vascular malformations. The aim of the study was to retrospectively assess the efficacy and safety of Precipitating Hydrophobic Injectable Liquid (PHIL), a new nonadhesive liquid embolic agent, in the treatment of patients with cranial dural arteriovenous fistulas. The primary end point was the rate of complete occlusion of dural arteriovenous fistulas. Secondary end points included the incidence of adverse events and clinical status at 3-month follow-up...
December 8, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928389/oculomotor-nerve-palsy-presented-with-isolated-unilateral-ptosis-and-minimal-upgaze-palsy
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Canan Togay Işıkay, Busra S Polat
This case with unilateral complete blepharoptosis and slight limitation of upgaze as ocular findings due to midbrain infarction represents an unusual form of intra-axial oculomotor nerve involvement. A 65-year-old man was admitted with acute unilateral ptosis of the left eyelid and gait ataxia. He had chronic hypertension in the medical history. The neurologic examination revealed that he had a complete ptosis of the left eyelid, slight limitation of elevation in the left eye, bilateral dysmetria, and gait ataxia...
April 2016: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894792/pyruvate-dehydrogenase-e1%C3%AE-deficiency-presenting-as-recurrent-acute-proximal-muscle-weakness-of-upper-and-lower-extremities-in-an-8-year-old-boy
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Bülent Kara, Hülya Maraş Genç, Emek Uyur-Yalçın, Ayfer Sakarya-Güneş, Uğur Topçu, Serap Mülayim, Serdar Ceylaner
The mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase enzyme complex (PDHC) plays an important role in aerobic energy metabolism and acid-base equilibrium. PDHC contains of 5 enzymes, 3 catalytic (E1, E2, E3) and 2 regulatory, as well as 3 cofactors and an additional protein (E3-binding protein) encoded by nuclear genes. The clinical presentation of PDHC deficiency ranges from fatal neonatal lactic acidosis to chronic neurologic dysfunction without lactic acidosis. Paroxysmal neurologic problems such as intermittent ataxia, episodic weakness, exercise-induced dystonia and recurrent demyelination may also be seen although they are rare...
January 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876395/massive-lamotrigine-poisoning-a-case-report
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Salvatore Grosso, Silvia Ferranti, Carla Gaggiano, Elisabetta Grande, Barbara Loi, Rosanna Di Bartolo
Lamotrigine (LTG) represents the most commonly prescribed of the so-called new generation antiepileptic drugs. We describe a child who was admitted to the emergency room because of generalized tonic-clonic status epilepticus followed by a complex neurological picture with hyperkinesia and acute ataxia as a result of a LTG intoxication. The experience on acute LTG intoxication is very limited in pediatrics. The present case provides information on the clinical picture related to LTG overdose and confirms that drug intoxications should be considered in the differential diagnosis strategy when severe and polymorphic neurological symptoms occur acutely...
November 19, 2016: Brain & Development
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