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Acute ataxia

Jorge C Kattah
Background: Previous series of bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) identified numerous etiologies, but surprisingly, a cause in a significant number of cases remains unknown. In an effort to understand possible etiology and management strategies, a global effort is currently in progress. Here, I contribute my 10-year experience with both acute and chronic BVL during the 2007-2017 decade. Methods: This is a retrospective review of the charts and EMR of patients diagnosed with BVL in the last 10 years...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Cahit Kural, Mehmet Ilker Ozer, Mehmet Can Ezgu, Royal Mehtiyev, Soner Yasar, Ahmet Murat Kutlay, Mehmet Kadri Daneyemez, Onder Onguru, Ersin Erdogan, Yusuf Izci
Intracranial aspergillosis is a rare infectious disease of the central nervous system with high mortality rates. Our aim is to present 3 cases of intracranial aspergillosis who were surgically treated with intracavitary amphotericin B administration. First case was a 21-year-old male patient. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation treatment was performed because of aplastic anemia and vocal cord paralysis developed 10 days after treatment. Multiple aspergillosis abscesses were observed in the cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Fiona J Rowe, Kerry Hanna, Jennifer R Evans, Carmel P Noonan, Marta Garcia-Finana, Caroline S Dodridge, Claire Howard, Kathryn A Jarvis, Sonia L MacDiarmid, Tallat Maan, Lorraine North, Helen Rodgers
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury can cause eye movement disorders which may include: strabismus, gaze deficits and nystagmus, causing visual symptoms of double, blurred or 'juddery' vision and reading difficulties. A wide range of interventions exist that have potential to alleviate or ameliorate these symptoms. There is a need to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions and the timing of their implementation. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the effectiveness of any intervention and determine the effect of timing of intervention in the treatment of strabismus, gaze deficits and nystagmus due to acquired brain injury...
March 5, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Mohamed Almuqbil, Michael J Rivkin, Masanori Takeoka, Edward Yang, Lance H Rodan
GLUT1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1DS) is a well described neurometabolic disorder that results from impaired glucose transport into the central nervous system. GLUT1DS classically presents with infantile-onset epilepsy, progressive microcephaly, developmental delay, ataxia, dystonia, and spasticity, but a minority of patients may manifest with paroxysmal non-epileptic phenomena including hemiparesis (Wang et al., 2002). We report for the first time cerebral perfusion changes during an acute episode of hemiparesis in a 9 year old child with GLUT1DS...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Svetlana O Sharapova, Alena V Valochnik, Irina E Guryanova, Inga S Sakovich, Olga V Aleinikova
Ataxia-telangiectasia (AT) is a rare neurodegenerative disease characterized by an early onset ataxia, oculocutaneous telangiectasia, immunodeficiency, recurrent infections, radio-sensitivity, and a predisposition to malignancy. We present the case of a child with coexistent AT and trisomy X (47,XXX). We used fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to confirm that this person had 47,XXX karyotype in blood cells, bone marrow, fibroblasts, and buccal smear. Standard cytogenetic studies (not banded) were conducted on blood cells...
February 28, 2018: Immunogenetics
Tatsuya Ueno, Ryoya Kimura, Tomoya Kon, Rie Haga, Haruo Nishijima, Jin-Ichi Nunomura, Masahiko Tomiyama
Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in mild cases where some of the standard triad of symptoms (external ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, and loss of deep tendon reflex) are absent. We herein report a case of the incomplete form of MFS diagnosed in a 54-year-old Japanese man who presented only with ataxia symptoms and was positive for the anti-GQ1b antibody. However, the patient also suffered from dysgeusia, a significant impairment of taste perception. We propose that dysgeusia in acute-onset ataxia cases may constitute an important clinical feature to aid in the diagnosis of the incomplete form of MFS...
February 28, 2018: Internal Medicine
Eleftheria Alexopoulou, Theodora Katsila, Maria Tolia, Nikolaos Tsoukalas, Michael Leontsinidis, George Kyrgias, Vasilios Kouloulias, George P Patrinos, Despoina Spyropoulou, Dimitrios Kardamakis
BACKGROUND/AIM: Radiation dermatitis is observed in 95% of breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy. The aim of this study was to explore the correlation between protein expression in tumor cells and the risk of developing radiation dermatitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Breast cancer patients receiving postoperative radiotherapy were included in this study. Tumor specimens from 122 patients were examined by immunohistochemistry for the expression of Ki67, ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase, hypoxia-inducible factor-1-alpha (HIF-1a), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and a-glucosidase (aGluc)...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Cláudia S Baptista, Carla Monteiro, Hélder Fernandes, Ana Canadas, Luísa Guardão, Joana C Santos
BACKGROUND: In birds there are reports of intracranial lesions but not of the clinical, computed tomographic and histopathologic features of acute intraparenchymal cerebral haemorrhage in Iberian golden eagle. CASE PRESENTATION: The following report describes a case of a 30-year-old Iberian golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos homeyeri) with no history of trauma, presented with acute opisthotonus, left head tilt and circling, anisocoria, positional nystagmus, and ataxia...
February 27, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Michael R Pranzatelli, Tyler J Allison, Nathan R McGee, Elizabeth D Tate
Studies of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) γδ T cells in children are limited, especially due to the lack of control data. In adults, gamma/delta T cells (TCR-γδ) residing in the intrathecal space are sometimes involved in neuroinflammation. To evaluate the possible role of γδ T cells in pediatric neuroinflammation, we immunophenotyped CSF and blood lymphocytes using flow cytometry in a case-control study of 100 children with non-inflammatory neurologic disorders (NIND), 312 with opsoclonus-myoclonus (OMS), and 23 with other inflammatory neurologic disorders (OIND)...
February 27, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Alexandre F Cunha, Igor S A Felippe, Nilson C Ferreira-Junior, Leonardo B M Resstel, Daniela A M Guimarães, Vanessa Beijamini, Julian F R Paton, Karla N Sampaio
Although it is well-established that severe poisoning by organophosphorus (OP) compounds strongly affects the cardiorespiratory system, the effects of sub-lethal exposure to these compounds on the neural control of cardiovascular function are poorly explored. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of acute sub-lethal exposure to chlorpyrifos (CPF), a commonly used OP insecticide, on three basic reflex mechanisms involved in blood pressure regulation, the peripheral chemoreflex, the baroreflex and the Bezold-Jarisch reflex...
February 19, 2018: Toxicology
Mercè Izquierdo-Serra, Antonio F Martínez-Monseny, Laura López, Julia Carrillo-García, Albert Edo, Juan Darío Ortigoza-Escobar, Óscar García, Ramón Cancho-Candela, M Llanos Carrasco-Marina, Luis G Gutiérrez-Solana, Daniel Cuadras, Jordi Muchart, Raquel Montero, Rafael Artuch, Celia Pérez-Cerdá, Belén Pérez, Belén Pérez-Dueñas, Alfons Macaya, José M Fernández-Fernández, Mercedes Serrano
Stroke-like episodes (SLE) occur in phosphomannomutase deficiency (PMM2-CDG), and may complicate the course of channelopathies related to Familial Hemiplegic Migraine (FHM) caused by mutations in CACNA1A (encoding CaV 2.1 channel). The underlying pathomechanisms are unknown. We analyze clinical variables to detect risk factors for SLE in a series of 43 PMM2-CDG patients. We explore the hypothesis of abnormal CaV 2.1 function due to aberrant N -glycosylation as a potential novel pathomechanism of SLE and ataxia in PMM2-CDG by using whole-cell patch-clamp, N -glycosylation blockade and mutagenesis...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Christopher M Wilson, Christina L Mitchell, Katherine M Hebert
Cerebellar stroke increases the risk of extensive physical disability and long-term institutionalization. The purpose of this case report is to describe the 14-month longitudinal rehabilitation management and outcomes from the intensive care unit, inpatient rehabilitation unit and outpatient care of a patient after cerebellar stroke. A goal of this case report is to provide rehabilitation clinicians with a long-term perspective and understanding of the course of recovery for a patient after cerebellar cerebrovascular accident or related injury...
December 14, 2017: Curēus
Choong Yi Fong, Hnin Wint Wint Aung, Arie Khairani, Chin Seng Gan, Nortina Shahrizaila, Khean Jin Goh
Bickerstaff's brainstem encephalitis (BBE) is a rare immune-mediated disorder characterized by ophthalmoplegia, ataxia and disturbance of consciousness, which may overlap with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) if there is additional limb weakness. We report a 7-month-old boy presented with ophthalmoplegia followed by a rapidly ascending paralysis of all four limbs and disturbance of consciousness. The initial impression was BBE with overlapping GBS. This was supported by sequential nerve conduction study (NCS) findings compatible with an acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP)...
February 16, 2018: Brain & Development
Amy Louise Ross Russell, Martin Prevett, Paul Cook, Charles Simon Barker, Ashwin Arnold Pinto
Magnesium is the second most abundant intracellular cation. Deficiency can cause several neurological complications, including cerebellar syndromes, with various MRI findings. These include cerebellar oedema, presumably through a similar mechanism to that in posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES). People particularly vulnerable to deficiency include those with high alcohol consumption, excessive loss due to gastrointestinal pathology and those taking certain medications, including proton pump inhibitors...
February 15, 2018: Practical Neurology
Dominic Lenz, Patricia McClean, Aydan Kansu, Penelope E Bonnen, Giusy Ranucci, Christian Thiel, Beate K Straub, Inga Harting, Bader Alhaddad, Bianca Dimitrov, Urania Kotzaeridou, Daniel Wenning, Raffaele Iorio, Ryan W Himes, Zarife Kuloğlu, Emma L Blakely, Robert W Taylor, Thomas Meitinger, Stefan Kölker, Holger Prokisch, Georg F Hoffmann, Tobias B Haack, Christian Staufner
PurposeBiallelic mutations in SCYL1 were recently identified as causing a syndromal disorder characterized by peripheral neuropathy, cerebellar atrophy, ataxia, and recurrent episodes of liver failure. The occurrence of SCYL1 deficiency among patients with previously undetermined infantile cholestasis or acute liver failure has not been studied; furthermore, little is known regarding the hepatic phenotype.MethodsWe aimed to identify patients with SCYL1 variants within an exome-sequencing study of individuals with infantile cholestasis or acute liver failure of unknown etiology...
February 8, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Itamar Aroch, Gad Baneth, Harold Salant, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Asaf Berkowitz, Merav Shamir, Orit Chai
An 8-year-old mixed-breed dog was presented for acute, progressive weakness and ataxia, inappetence, and weight loss. The patient was mentally normal, but nonambulatory, with a right head tilt, right positional ventral strabismus, and slight head tremors. A neurologic lesion was localized to the cerebellum and right brainstem. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis showed a markedly increased protein concentration and mixed pleocytosis, with eosinophil predominance (44%), intracytoplasmic inclusions within eosinophils, consistent with Ehrlichia canis (E canis) morulae, and Toxoplasma gondii (T gondii) or Neospora caninum (N caninum) tachyzoites within eosinophils and monocytes...
February 6, 2018: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Elizabeth D Waring, Truman J Milling, Steven Warach
Acute thrombolysis has a proven benefit for adults presenting with acute ischemic stroke, but data within the pediatric population are extremely limited. We report the case of a 14-year-old girl who presented with right-sided weakness and ataxia, loss of sensation, and altered mental status. Magnetic resonance imaging with diffusion-weighted imaging showed an acute lesion in the distribution of the left posterior cerebral artery, and magnetic resonance angiogram demonstrated occlusion of the third branch of the left posterior cerebral artery...
February 5, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Xin He, Lei Zhu, Shu Li, Zhigang Chen, Xiaoying Zhao
Loperamide, an antidiarrheal agent, is frequently used to treat patients with leukemia with symptoms of diarrhea during treatment. However, the effect of loperamide on leukemia cells is unknown. The MTT assay was used to explore the cytotoxic effect of loperamide on leukemia cells. Morphological analysis and flow cytometry were performed to determine the level of apoptosis in leukemia cells following loperamide treatment. Western blotting was conducted to test the activation of the apoptotic pathway. The comet assay was used to determine the DNA damage induced by loperamide...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Benjamin N Nevitt, Michael J Adkesson, Gwen Jankowski, Paula West, Jennifer N Langan
CASE DESCRIPTION A 17-year-old sexually intact male aardvark (Orycteropus afer) was evaluated because of hind limb proprioception deficits and ataxia. CLINICAL FINDINGS Results of examination and CT suggested a diagnosis of intervertebral disk disease and diskospondylitis at the L2-3 intervertebral space. Magnetic resonance imaging of the vertebral column also indicated intervertebral disk rupture with spinal cord compression and inflammation of the adjacent epaxial musculature TREATMENT AND OUTCOME Hemilaminectomy was performed according to the technique described for dogs...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Jingzhe Han, Ye Ji, Duanhua Cao, Zhilei Kang, Jianguo Zhu
RATIONALE: There were no reports of Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) with acute angle-closure glaucoma as the first manifestation. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 78-year-old female patient was admitted to our hospital with pain in her left eye, blurred vision along with nausea, and vomiting for 2 days. It was extremely rare that ophthalmoplegia, loss of tendon reflexes, and ataxia, did not occur in the early stages of MFS, and initial presentation was only dilated pupis and an increase in intraocular pressure...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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