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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346599/magnetic-resonance-imaging-guided-laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-hypothalamic-hamartomas-a-retrospective-review
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David S Xu, Tsinsue Chen, Randall J Hlubek, Ruth E Bristol, Kris A Smith, Francisco A Ponce, John F Kerrigan, Peter Nakaji
BACKGROUND: Hypothalamic hamartomas (HH) are rare lesions associated with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Open surgery results in modest seizure control (about 50%) but has a significant associated morbidity. Radiosurgery is limited to a subset of patients due to latent therapeutic effects. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) offers a novel minimally invasive option. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a single center's outcomes for the LITT treatment of HH...
January 13, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340125/rare-presentation-of-refractory-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-jejunal-stricture
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Prabath K Abeysundara, Inoshi Athukorala, K P C Dalpatadu, Karthiha Balendran, M D S A Dilrukshi, Gmo Fernando
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is a rare thrombotic disease characterized by episodes of thrombocytopenia and microangiopathic hemolytic anemia due to disseminated microvascular thrombosis. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura was first described in 1924 by Moschowitz as a disease presenting with a pentad of signs and symptoms (anemia, thrombocytopenia, fever, hemiparesis and hematuria). Previous studies have described atypical manifestations of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura such as hemolysis, anemia and thrombosis...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Hematology-oncology and Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336648/rhythmic-arm-swing-integrated-into-treadmill-training-in-patients-with-chronic-stroke-a-single-subject-experimental-study
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Tae-Woo Kang, Duck-Won Oh, Ji-Hyun Lee, Heon-Seok Cynn
Normal walking includes coordinated and controlled movement of the legs and arms. However, patients following stroke often present with inappropriate motor control which limits coordinated movement patterns of the affected limbs. This study aimed to compare the effects of rhythmic arm swing and arm fixation during treadmill walking in patients with poststroke hemiparesis. We used an alternating study design with multiple baselines across subjects. Three patients with chronic stroke participated in this study...
January 16, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334856/stroke-after-minor-head-trauma-in-infants-and-young-children-with-basal-ganglia-calcification-a-lenticulostriate-vasculopathy
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Jatinder Singh Goraya, Shivankshi Berry, Kavita Saggar, Archana Ahluwalia
The authors retrospectively reviewed charts of the children with basal ganglia stroke who either had preceding minor head injury or showed basal ganglia calcification on computed tomography (CT) scan. Twenty children, 14 boys and 6 girls were identified. Eighteen were aged between 7 months to 17 months. Presentation was with hemiparesis in 17 and seizures in 3. Preceding minor head trauma was noted in 18. Family history was positive in 1 case. Bilateral basal ganglia calcification on CT scan was noted in 18...
February 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333801/efficacy-of-the-regent-suit-based-rehabilitation-on-gait-emg-patterns-in-hemiparetic-subjects-a-pilot-study
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Luigi Iuppariello, Giovanni D'Addio, Maria Romano, Paolo Bifulco, Nicola Pappone, Bernardo Lanzillo, Mario Cesarelli
BACKGROUND: The recovery of the functional limb mobility of patients with cerebral damages can take great benefit of the role offered by proprioceptive rehabilitation. Recently have been developed a special Regent Suit (RS) for rehabilitative applications. Actually, there are preliminary studies which describes the effects of RS on gait recovery of stroke patients in acute stage, but none in chronic stage. Moreover, it is known that motor recovery does not always reflect improvements of the muscle activity and coactivity...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331207/cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-related-inflammation-a-case-report-presenting-diagnostic-difficulties
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Cecylia Rajczewska-Oleszkiewicz, Agnieszka Cyganek, Anna Stadnik, Dorota Dziewulska
We describe an 86-year-old woman with a history of hypertension who presented sudden disturbances of consciousness and left hemiparesis. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed diffused hyperintensive changes on T2-weighted images localized subcortically in the white matter of both cerebral hemispheres, corresponding to acute vasogenic edema, causing moderate mass effect. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome was initially diagnosed. After implementation of anti-edema intravenous steroid treatment and hypotensive therapy the symptoms began to retire, till the total regression...
January 6, 2018: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330629/giant-left-atrial-myxoma-causing-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-a-child
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Hayato Ise, Natsuya Ishikawa, Sentaro Nakanishi, Hiroyuki Kamiya
Ischemic stroke is uncommon in pediatric populations and is sometimes caused by cardiac myxoma. In such cases, neurological deficits initially present in ischemic stroke due to emboli or thrombi of the myxoma. Echocardiography is helpful to diagnose myxoma in a timely manner and allows urgent surgical resection of the myxoma. We report a successful case of myxoma in a 7-year-old boy who initially presented with left-sided hemiparesis.
January 12, 2018: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330571/impact-of-motor-task-execution-on-an-individual-s-ability-to-mirror-forearm-positions
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Netta Gurari, Justin M Drogos, Shawn Lopez, Julius P A Dewald
This work is motivated by our goal of determining why individuals with stroke are impaired when locating their arms in space. We assessed the ability of individuals without neurological impairments to mirror their forearms during various motor tasks so that we could identify baseline performance in an unimpaired population. Nine right-hand dominant participants without neurological impairments mirrored forearm positions bi-directionally (i.e., right forearm mirrors left forearm, vice versa) for three motor tasks (i...
January 12, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326535/very-rare-presentation-of-cerebrovascular-accident-in-20-year-old-man-with-familial-mediterranean-fever-case-report
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Miramir Aghdashi, Seyed-Mostafa Seidmardani, Sara Vossoughian, Seyed Arman Seyed Mokhtari
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is characterized by recurrent episodes of fever accompanied by serosal, synovial, or cutaneous inflammation. The central nervous system (CNS) is rarely involved in FMF. The CNS involvement includes demyelinating lesions, posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, pseudotumor cerebri, optic neuritis, and cerebral vasculitis. Here, we present a 20-year-old man, a known case of FMF with abrupt left-sided hemiparesis. Brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed right periventricular infarction...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325920/twenty-four-syndrome-an-untold-presentation-of-pontine-hemorrhage
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Ummer Karadan, Ramesh N Supreeth, Robin George Manappallil, Chellenton Jayakrishnan
Pontine hemorrhages are relatively uncommon. Various atypical manifestations of pontine stroke like eight-and-a-half syndrome, fifteen-and-a-half syndrome, and sixteen syndrome have been described in the past. We came across a case of pontine bleed that presented with bilateral facial palsy, bilateral horizontal gaze palsy, and contralateral sensorineural hearing loss accounting to the hitherto not described "twenty-four syndrome" with Horner's syndrome and left hemiparesis.
January 8, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325901/dynamic-structure-of-lower-limb-joint-angles-during-walking-post-stroke
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Kelley Kempski, Louis N Awad, Thomas S Buchanan, Jill S Higginson, Brian A Knarr
BACKGROUND: Variability in joint kinematics is necessary for adaptability and response to everyday perturbations; however, intrinsic neuromotor changes secondary to stroke often cause abnormal movement patterns. How these abnormal movement patterns relate to joint kinematic variability and its influence on post-stroke walking impairments is not well understood. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the movement variability at the individual joint level in the paretic and non-paretic limbs of individuals post-stroke...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322871/are-extremely-low-gestational-age-newborns-born-to-obese-women-at-increased-risk-of-cerebral-palsy-at-2-years
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Jelske W van der Burg, T Michael O'Shea, Karl Kuban, Elizabeth N Allred, Nigel Paneth, Olaf Dammann, Alan Leviton
The authors hypothesized that the risk of cerebral palsy at 2 years in children born extremely preterm to overweight and obese women is increased relative to the risk among children born to neither overweight nor obese women. In a multicenter prospective cohort study, the authors created multinomial logistic regression models of the risk of diparetic, quadriparetic, and hemiparetic cerebral palsy that included the prepregnancy body mass index of mothers of 1014 children born extremely preterm, cerebral palsy diagnoses of children at 2 years, as well as information about potential confounders...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322603/the-nerve-supply-of-zygomaticus-major-variability-and-distinguishing-zygomatic-from-buccal-facial-nerve-branches
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A Kehrer, S Engelmann, R Bauer, C Taeger, S Grechenig, M Kehrer, L Prantl, E Tamm, Rlaw Bleys, V Mandlik
INTRODUCTION The zygomaticus major (ZM) is important for the human smile. There are conflicting data about whether the zygomatic or buccal branches of the facial nerve are responsible for its motor innervation. The literature provides no precise distinction of the transition zone between these two branch systems. In this study, a definition to distinguish the facial nerve branches at the level of the body of the zygoma is proposed. In the light of this definition, we conducted an anatomical study to determine how the source of innervation of the ZM was distributed...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321467/importance-of-regular-and-maintenance-therapy-adherence-in-neuromyelitis-optica-nmo-lessons-from-a-repeating-relapse-case
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Jing Miao, Doreen E Aboagye, Boris Chulpayev, Lin Liu, Gary Ishkanian, Bangaruraju Kolanuvada, Dariush Alaie, Richard L Petrillo
BACKGROUND Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a rare demyelinating disease of the central nervous system; NMO predominantly affects the spinal cord and optic nerves. The diagnosis is based on history, clinical presentation, seropositive NMO-IgG antibody, and notably, exclusion of other diseases. Despite the absence of definitive therapeutic strategies for NMO, methylprednisolone pulse therapy and plasma exchange are used for acute phase treatment, while immunosuppressive agent(s) are recommended to prevent relapses and improve prognosis...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321336/neuroimaging-identifies-patients-most-likely-to-respond-to-a-restorative-stroke-therapy
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Jessica M Cassidy, George Tran, Erin B Quinlan, Steven C Cramer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patient heterogeneity reduces statistical power in clinical trials of restorative therapies. Valid predictors of treatment responsiveness are needed, and several have been studied with a focus on corticospinal tract (CST) injury. We studied performance of 4 such measures for predicting behavioral gains in response to motor training therapy. METHODS: Patients with subacute-chronic hemiparetic stroke (n=47) received standardized arm motor therapy, and change in arm Fugl-Meyer score was calculated from baseline to 1 month post-therapy...
January 10, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319242/clinical-diversity-of-cns-cryptococcosis
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J M Koshy, S Mohan, D Deodhar, M John, A Oberoi, A Pannu
Background: Though cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is recognized as a disease of the immunocompromised, studies have implicated that it also affect immunocompetent patients. Methodology: This was a cross sectional study conducted in the Department of Medicine of a tertiary teaching institution in North India. All the patients diagnosed with CM on the basis of detection of cryptococcal antigen or the presence of capsulated budding yeast cells on India ink preparation, from April 2009 to March2015 were included in the study...
October 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317414/innovative-stroke-interactive-virtual-therapy-strive-online-platform-for-community-dwelling-stroke-survivors-a-randomised-controlled-trial-protocol
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Liam Johnson, Marie-Louise Bird, Makii Muthalib, Wei-Peng Teo
INTRODUCTION: The STRoke Interactive Virtual thErapy (STRIVE) intervention provides community-dwelling stroke survivors access to individualised, remotely supervised progressive exercise training via an online platform. This trial aims to determine the clinical efficacy of the STRIVE intervention and its effect on brain activity in community-dwelling stroke survivors. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: In a multisite, assessor-blinded randomised controlled trial, 60 stroke survivors >3 months poststroke with mild-to-moderate upper extremity impairment will be recruited and equally randomised by location (Melbourne, Victoria or Launceston, Tasmania) to receive 8 weeks of virtual therapy (VT) at a local exercise training facility or usual care...
January 9, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316547/o-arm-guided-percutaneous-radiofrequency-cordotomy
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Ido Strauss, Assaf Berger, Michal Arad, Uri Hochberg, Rotem Tellem
BACKGROUND: Pain is often one of the most debilitating symptoms in patients with advanced oncological disease. Patients with localized pain due to malignancy refractory to medical treatment can benefit from selective percutaneous cordotomy that disconnects the ascending pain fibers in the spinothalamic tract. OBJECTIVES: Over the past year, we have been performing percutaneous radiofrequency cordotomy with the use of the O-Arm intraoperative imaging system that allows both 2D fluoroscopy and 3D reconstructed computerized tomography imaging...
January 10, 2018: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310957/revascularization-for-aplastic-or-twiglike-middle-cerebral-artery-a-case-report
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Yuki Matsunaga, Tsuyoshi Izumo, Yoichi Morofuji, Nobutaka Horie, Kentaro Hayashi, Takayuki Matsuo
An aplastic or twiglike middle cerebral artery (Ap/T-MCA) is a congenital anomaly related to interference of normal embryonic development of the middle cerebral artery (MCA). This condition may cause ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes as a result of hypoperfusion, vulnerable collateral circulation, and associated aneurysms. We reported a case of Ap/T-MCA with transient ischemic attack, which was successfully treated with revascularization. A 19-year-old woman with a history of transient left upper limb hemiparesis, dysesthesia, and headache visited our hospital...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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
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