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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732342/scope-mtl-a-non-invasive-tool-for-identifying-and-lateralizing-mesial-temporal-lobe-seizures-prior-to-scalp-eeg-ictal-onset
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Alice D Lam, Douglas Maus, Sahar F Zafar, Andrew J Cole, Sydney S Cash
OBJECTIVE: In mesial temporal lobe (mTL) epilepsy, seizure onset can precede the appearance of a scalp EEG ictal pattern by many seconds. The ability to identify this early, occult mTL seizure activity could improve lateralization and localization of mTL seizures on scalp EEG. METHODS: Using scalp EEG spectral features and machine learning approaches on a dataset of combined scalp EEG and foramen ovale electrode recordings in patients with mTL epilepsy, we developed an algorithm, SCOPE-mTL, to detect and lateralize early, occult mTL seizure activity, prior to the appearance of a scalp EEG ictal pattern...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726346/imaging-characteristics-and-treatment-of-a-penetrating-brain-injury-caused-by-an-oropharyngeal-foreign-body-in-a-dog
#2
Jennifer McKenzie, Megan Cooper Murphy, Cameron Broome, Hamaseh Tayari, Rodrigo Gutierrez-Quintana
A 4-year-old Border collie was presented with one episode of collapse, altered mentation, and a suspected pharyngeal stick injury. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography showed a linear foreign body penetrating the right oropharynx, through the foramen ovale and the brain parenchyma. The foreign body was surgically removed and medical treatment initiated. Complete resolution of clinical signs was noted at recheck 8 weeks later. Repeat MRI showed chronic secondary changes in the brain parenchyma...
July 20, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721223/atrial-fibrillation-in-a-preterm-newborn-with-structurally-normal-heart
#3
Pier Paolo Bassareo, Andrea Raffaele Marras, Mariangela Marras, Silvia Marras, Giuseppe Mercuro
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a really uncommon arrhythmia in newborns. Here, we report the case of a 1-day-old infant who was recovered in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a twin-to-twin transfusion. The appearance of an unexpected AF was registered at his continuous electrocardiographic monitoring. Both chest X-ray and echocardiographic examination revealed the anomalous insertion of the tip of a central venous catheter (CVC) into the heart ('umbilical artery → inferior vena cava → right atrium → patent foramen ovale → left atrium')...
March 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721209/recent-advances-in-preventing-stroke-recurrence
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REVIEW
J David Spence
Recent advances in secondary stroke prevention include new evidence in hypertension, nutrition, anticoagulation, antiplatelet therapy, intracranial stenosis, percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale, and lipid-lowering therapy. Individualized therapy for hypertension based on phenotyping with plasma renin and aldosterone markedly improves blood pressure control in patients with resistant hypertension. A Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of stroke by nearly half. The diagnosis and treatment of metabolic vitamin B12 deficiency, and B vitamins to lower homocysteine, can reduce the risk of stroke by approximately 30%...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709812/patent-foramen-ovale-and-cryptogenic-stroke
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REVIEW
Koki Nakanishi, Minoru Yoshiyama, Shunichi Homma
The presence of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) has been found to be associated with an increased risk of cryptogenic stroke in many case-control studies. This paper reviews the current understanding of the pathophysiology and diagnosis of PFO, and therapeutic options of patients with PFO and cryptogenic stroke.
July 4, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705105/clinical-outcomes-of-secondary-prevention-strategies-for-young-patients-with-cryptogenic-stroke-and-patent-foramen-ovale
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Alessandra Danese, Chiara Stegagno, Giampaolo Tomelleri, Anna Piccoli, Giulia Turri, Monica Carletti, Andrea Variola, Maurizio Anselmi, Sara Mazzucco, Angela Ferrara, Paolo Bovi, Nicola Micheletti, Manuel Cappellari, Salvatore Monaco, Corrado Vassanelli, Flavio Ribichini
Background The aim of this study was to compare the immediate and long-term clinical outcomes of medical therapy and percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure as secondary prevention strategies in patients younger than 55 years of age presenting with cryptogenic stroke and PFO. Methods Between January 2006 and April 2015, all patients with the diagnosis of cryptogenic stroke and PFO were analysed and prospectively followed. Stroke was confirmed in 159 out of 309 patients (51%). In the remaining cases, other neurological conditions were found and therefore excluded from further analysis...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698422/-atrial-septal-hematoma-after-repair-of-ventricular-septal-defect-report-of-a-case
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Akihisa Furuta, Takahiko Sakamoto, Mitsugi Nagashima, Goki Matsumura, Toshihide Nishimori, Jin Ikarashi, Yuuichi Matsuzaki, Syou Akiyama, Kenji Yamazaki
A 3-month-old female with ventricular septal defect underwent definitive repair. In the operation, a venting tube was inserted through the incised patent foramen ovale. The ventricular septal defect was closed using a patch and the incised patent foramen ovale was directly closed. A transesophageal echography showed no abnormal findings in the operating room. On 1st postoperative day, the patient's heart rate and pressure of the superior vena cava increased while blood pressure decreased. A transthoracic echocardiography revealed an atrial septal hematoma...
July 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696881/persistent-left-superior-vena-cava-incidence-and-management-in-patients-undergoing-repair-of-partial-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection
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Nicholas S Clarke, Raghav A Murthy, Kristine J Guleserian
INTRODUCTION: A association between partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection (PAPVC) and systemic venous anomalies has been described in the literature, but the true incidence is yet to be elucidated. At our institution, we sought to find the incidence of a persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) in patients undergoing an operation for PAPVC. METHODS: A retrospective review of all pediatric and adult patients with PAPVC who underwent surgical repair from February 2006 to February 2016...
July 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694247/a-case-of-unprovoked-precarious-patent-foramen-ovale-protuberance
#9
H Z R McConkey, M Ghosh-Dastidar, S R Redwood, V Bapat
This is a case of a precarious thrombotic mass straddling a patent foramen ovale which had already embolised to the pulmonary circulation. The diagnosis was initially deceptive and management challenging.
July 10, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684051/patent-foramen-ovale-closure-to-prevent-secondary-neurologic-events
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REVIEW
Rosie Jasper, James C Blankenship
In October of 2016 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved the Amplatzer Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) occluder device for use in patients with cryptogenic stroke, to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke. This event followed 15years of off-label use of atrial septal occluder devices, 3 randomized trials, and enormous controversy over the efficacy of this procedure. While none of the trials reached the primary endpoint needed to prove the efficacy of PFO closure in preventing recurrent stroke, meta-analyses and 5-year follow-up of 1 trial suggest that PFO closure decreases the risk of recurrent stroke, especially in sub-groups with large shunts and atrial septal aneurysms, and especially when the Amplatzer device (rather than other devices) is used...
July 3, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677480/preoperative-venovenous-ecmo-in-an-infant-with-late-diagnosis-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Lena K Eschenbach, Jelena Kasnar-Samprec, Kilian Ackermann, Christian Schreiber, Rudiger Lange, Julie Cleuziou
Late diagnosis and late referral for the Norwood stage 1 procedure in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome is rare and associated with a higher mortality. We present a case of a cyanotic almost five-week-old infant with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, highly restrictive foramen ovale, and patent ductus arteriosus, who was bridged with venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to the Norwood stage 1 procedure.
January 1, 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673417/neurologic-injuries-in-noncontact-sports
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REVIEW
Robert J Marquardt, Andrew Blake Buletko, Andrew Neil Russman
Noncontact sports are associated with a variety of neurologic injuries. Concussion, vascular injury (arterial dissection), and spinal cord trauma may be less common in noncontact sports, but require special attention from the sports neurologist. Complex regional pain disorders, muscle injury from repetitive use, dystonia, heat exposure, and vascular disorders (patent foramen ovale), occur with similar frequency in noncontact and contact sports. Management of athletes with these conditions requires an understanding of the neurologic consequences of these disorders, the risk of injury with return to play, and consideration for the benefits of exercise in health restoration and disease prevention...
August 2017: Neurologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671864/a-case-report-on-pulmonary-arteriovenous-fistula-with-recurrent-cerebral-infarction
#13
Lu He, Ge-Sheng Cheng, Ya-Juan Du, Yu-Shun Zhang
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and pulmonary arteriovenous fistula (PAVF) have been both proposed as a mechanism for cerebral infarction. However, there are only a few reports on how to distinguish the role of the two factors in cerebral infarction.
June 20, 2017: Heart Surgery Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656350/frequency-of-decompression-illness-among-recent-and-extinct-mammals-and-reptiles-a-review
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REVIEW
Agnete Weinreich Carlsen
The frequency of decompression illness was high among the extinct marine "reptiles" and very low among the marine mammals. Signs of decompression illness are still found among turtles but whales and seals are unaffected. In humans, the risk of decompression illness is five times increased in individuals with Patent Foramen Ovale; this condition allows blood shunting from the venous circuit to the systemic circuit. This right-left shunt is characteristic of the "reptile" heart, and it is suggested that this could contribute to the high frequency of decompression illness in the extinct reptiles...
August 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652058/repeated-paradoxical-brain-infarctions-in-a-patient-on-self-managed-home-hemodialysis-using-a-long-term-indwelling-catheter
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Takuya Kiyohara, Tadataka Mizoguchi, Junya Kuroda, Yoshinobu Wakisaka, Aya Irie, Chie Kitaoka, Kiichiro Fujisaki, Udai Nakamura, Kazuhiko Tsuruya, Takanari Kitazono, Tetsuro Ago
We describe the case of a 51-year-old Japanese man with an end-stage kidney disease caused by a 30-year history of type 1 diabetes mellitus. The patient had suffered repeated bilateral multiple brain infarctions within a short period of time after the initiation of a self-managed daily home hemodialysis regimen using a long-term indwelling catheter inserted into the right atrium. Despite extensive examinations, we could not find any embolic causes except for the catheter and a patent foramen ovale (PFO). The patient had experienced repeated brain infarctions under antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapies, but suffered no further brain infarctions after the removal of the catheter and the alteration of vascular access from the catheter to an arteriovenous fistula in the forearm...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649486/constrictive-pericarditis-induced-shunting-through-a-pfo-persistence-despite-pericardiectomy
#16
Emily Schuiteman, Thomas Verrill, Nader Mina, Bhavinkumar Dalal
A patent foramen ovale (PFO) is found in around 25-30% of patients. The discovery is often made only on autopsy, as most PFOs are clinically silent and any inter-atrial blood exchange typically shunts from the left to right heart [1]. Thus, when a patient presents with hypoxic respiratory failure, concern for presence of a PFO is rarely at the top of the differential. However, in the setting of elevated right heart pressures, PFOs can become of great hemodynamic importance and can lead to deadly complications, including right to left shunting and refractory hypoxic respiratory failure...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648024/-comparison-on-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-different-occlusion-devices-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-patent-foramen-ovale
#17
W J Liu, Y S Zhang, G S Cheng, Y J Du, L He, X Y Wang, X M He
Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of Cardi-O-fix patent foramen ovale (PFO) occluder and Amplatzer PFO occluder for the treatment of patients with PFO. Methods: A total of 246 consecutive patients (105 males and 141 females) with PFO were prospectively enrolled from May 30, 2013 to March 30, 2015 in our hospital. PFO interventional closure was applied according to the anatomical structure of the disease and patients' wishes.Cardi-O-fix PFO occluder was used in 180 cases (COF group), Amplatzer PFO occluder was used in the remaining 66 cases (Amp group)...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645902/the-cause-of-the-stroke-a-diagnostic-uncertainty
#18
Abhishek Dattani, Ava Jackson
A 39-year-old man with a history of sickle cell disease (SCD) presented with left leg weakness. He had a normal CT head and CT angiogram, but MRI head showed multiple acute bilateral cortical infarcts including in the right precentral gyrus. The MRI findings were more in keeping with an embolic source rather than stroke related to SCD, although it could not be ruled out. He also had an echocardiogram which revealed a patent foramen ovale. He was treated with antiplatelet therapy and also had red blood cell exchange transfusion...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645128/-headache-news
#19
Hans-Christoph Diener, Charly Gaul, Dagny Holle-Lee, Lazaros Lazaridis, Steffen Nägel, Mark Obermann
A review of the latest and most relevant information on different disorders of head and facial pain is presented. News from epidemiologic studies regarding the relationship between migraine and patent foramen ovale, the cardiovascular risk in migraine, and migraine behavior during menopause, and the development of white matter lesions or migraine genetics are presented. Regarding pathophysiology there are very recent insights regarding the role of the hypothalamus during prodromal phase and the interplay of brain-stem and hypothalamus during the attack...
June 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631766/-postural-effect-in-patients-with-patent-foramen-ovale-evaluation-of-right-to-left-shunt-with-transcranial-doppler-and-transthoracic-echocardiography-and-correlation-with-arterial-oxygen-saturation
#20
Stefano Lucreziotti, Chiara Debenedetti, Laura Massironi, Antonio Mantero, Fabiano Di Marco, Massimo Chessa, Stefano Carugo
BACKGROUND: Transcranial Doppler echocardiography and transthoracic echocardiography may detect with high accuracy right-to-left shunt (RLS) due to patent foramen ovale (PFO). However, a standardized diagnostic protocol has never been established. It has been suggested that standing or sitting positions may improve sensitivity of transcranial Doppler due to increased LRS in such positions. We aimed to test efficacy of the sitting position in addition to the supine position in the grading of RLS in patients with PFO...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
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