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echocardiography + cerebral embolism

Frantisek Nehaj, Juraj Sokol, Michal Mokan, Veronika Jankovicova, Frantisek Kovar, Marianna Kubaskova, Stanislav Mizera, Marian Mokan
The patient database at the First Department of Internal Medicine in Martin, the Central Slovak Institute for Cardiac and Vascular Diseases in Banska Bystrica, and the National Slovak Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bratislava was searched to identify patients with benign tumors of the heart seen during the 5-year period between 2011 and 2016. Forty-one patients with primary cardiac myxomas were identified and their medical records were reviewed for details pertaining to presenting symptoms, staging modalities, treatment approaches, and outcomes...
2018: BioMed Research International
Darius Adomavicius, Mark Bock, Christian-Friedrich Vahl, Ekkehard Siegel
Background. Aerococcus urinae is a rare causative pathogen of infective endocarditis that results in a high risk of embolic events. The mortality rate for A urinae endocarditis is high. Old age and underlying urologic conditions are the best-known risk factors for infection. Case Description. We report the clinical course of the disease in a 49-year-old man who presented symptoms of a urinary tract infection. A few days later, transthoracic echocardiography showed a conspicuous mitral valve with myxomatous alterations...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Kota Maekawa, Masunari Shibata, Masaru Seguchi, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yutaka Naito, Fumitaka Miya
A 51-year-old man was diagnosed with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis 6 years ago due to asthma, sinusitis, hypereosinophilia, and peripheral neuropathy based on the diagnostic criteria of American College of Rheumatology, and corticosteroid therapy achieved a remission. One year ago, he was hospitalized due to deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, and rivaroxaban was administrated. He was admitted to our hospital for acute onset of diplopia and right hemiparesis. Peripheral blood examinations disclosed leukocytosis with hypereosinophilia...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Xu-Dong Zhang, Ying-Xian Liu, Xiao-Wei Yan, Li-Gang Fang, Quan Fang, Da-Chun Zhao, Yi-Ning Wang
Cardiac amyloidosis (CA) describes a group of heterogeneous diseases that are characterized by the extracellular fibril deposition of amyloid protein in the myocardium. The abnormal protein is usually derived from light-chain amyloidosis, mutant transthyretin amyloidosis and wild-type transthyretin. Patients with ischemic strokes and amyloidosis have been sporadically reported, however, they are not well summarized. In the present study, a case of cerebral ischemic stroke, secondary to CA was described. This patient presented with dyspnea on exertion, without any evidence of atrial fibrillation...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Kizhakkaniyakath Abdu Salam, Mohammed Rafeeque, Hisham Hashim, Neena Mampilly, Mohan Leslie Noone
A 25-year-old woman presented with acute onset of right hemiplegia and global aphasia with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score of 19. Computed tomography angiography demonstrated occlusion of the left proximal middle cerebral artery. She was thrombolysed with intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (0.6 mg/kg) within 3 hours of onset of symptoms and was taken up for mechanical thrombectomy. The retrieved specimen appeared pale white and soft; histopathologic examination revealed a papillary neoplasm composed of papillae with hyalinized cores lined by endothelium, consistent with papillary fibroelastoma of cardiac origin...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Yukihiro Fukuda, Mitsunori Okamoto, Shunsuke Tomomori, Hiroya Matsumura, Takehito Tokuyama, Yukiko Nakano, Yasuki Kihara
Objective The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is an inflammation marker that can be used to detect atrial inflammatory changes, which may contribute to a reduced left atrial (LA) function and thrombosis. Our study aimed to determine whether or not the association of NLR with the LA appendage (LAA) function in relation to thrombogenesis differs from the association with the LA body function in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) patients. Methods A total of 183 PAF patients were studied. The LA volume index, mitral flow velocity (A), and mitral annular motion velocity (A') were examined using transthoracic echocardiography...
November 20, 2017: Internal Medicine
Fatemeh Ghani-Dehkordi, Rostam Esfandiyari-Bakhtiyari, Firoozeh Alirezaee-Shahraki
BACKGROUND: The finding of a floating mass in the aortic arch is rare and the management remains controversial. CASE REPORT: We describe a 42-year-old woman with an embolic infarction in whom transesophageal echocardiography revealed a mobile mass in the aortic arch that was characterized as atherothrombi with an evidence of embolic infarction in the territory of the middle cerebral artery. Treatment with antiplatelet and anticoagulants failed to resolve the mass and is surgically resected...
July 2017: ARYA Atherosclerosis
Jong-Won Chung, Woo-Keun Seo, Gyeong-Moon Kim, Chin-Sang Chung, Kwang Ho Lee, Oh Young Bang
GOALS: This study aimed to determine whether the plasma levels of free fatty acid (FFA) are associated with ischemic lesion characteristics in nonarterial-origin embolic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively recruited 254 patients with acute cerebral infarction caused by cardioembolic stroke (CES, n=121) or with embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS, n=133). Plasma levels of FFA were measured during the acute stage (median of 2days after stroke onset)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Byungseok Kim, Seong-Hoon Kim, Taewon Kim
We report a case of multiple embolic cerebral infarcts associated with nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis (NBTE) in a patient with adenomyosis. The patient presented with dysarthria, left perioral sensory change, and left-hand weakness. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed multiple vascular territory infarctions involving the bilateral cerebellum and the right precentral gyrus. Magnetic resonance angiography was normal. d-Dimer, carbohydrate antigen (CA) 19-9, and CA125 levels were elevated. Abdominal and pelvic computed tomography with iodine contrast enhancement revealed a huge adenomyosis with left ovarian cyst...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Yuko Ohashi, Kazuhiro Ohkura, Ayano Yamada
A 71-year-old woman was diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) upon her cardiogenic cerebral embolism and underwent pacemaker implantation. Active fixation leads were positioned at the right atrial appendage and ventricular septum. Twenty-one days later at her routine checkup, she was asymptomatic and there were no signs of cardiac tamponade or pacing failure. But echocardiography and computed tomography revealed a large amount of pericardial effusion due to the lead perforation. We performed open drainage because her anticoagulant could not be stopped for her history of cerebral infarction...
November 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Norman Mangner, David Holzhey, Martin Misfeld, Axel Linke
Valve-in-valve implantation is an alternative to reoperation for patients with degenerated bioprostheses. This case report presents a 75-year-old woman presenting with worsening dyspnoea according New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III after she had received a Sorin Perceval® S sutureless valve due to severe aortic valve stenosis 5 years ago. Echocardiography revealed a degenerated Perceval valve with severe valvular aortic regurgitation and stenosis. After exclusion of acute infective endocarditis, an Edwards SAPIEN 3 was implanted leading to an immediate haemodynamic improvement...
October 10, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
David Vindiš, Martin Hutyra, Daniel Šaňák, Michal Král, Eva Čecháková, Simona Littnerová, Tomáš Adam, Jan Přeček, Štěpán Hudec, Markéta Ječmenová, Miloš Táborský
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with a risk of consecutive paradoxical embolism with brain infarction through a patent foramen ovale (PFO). The aims of this study were to assess the rate of new ischemic brain lesions (IBLs) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during a 12-month follow-up period with anticoagulation and to evaluate the potential relationship with the presence of PFO on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Seventy-eight patients with acute PE underwent baseline contrast TEE with brain MRI...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Konstantinos Lampropoulos, Evangelos Giannoulis, George Bazoukis, Gary Tse, Epameinondas Triantafyllou, Athanasios Triantafyllou
BACKGROUND: Acute cerebral incidents have been correlated with cardiac manifestations. Specifically, subarachnoid hemorrhage has been correlated with a syndrome described as neurogenic stress cardiomyopathy and mimics acute coronary syndrome. CASE REPORT: A 55-year-old woman presented at the Emergency Department of our hospital complaining of vomiting and headache of sudden onset. Computed tomography angiography revealed a ruptured aneurysm at the tip of the basilar artery and the patient underwent a successful complete embolism of the sac of the aneurysm...
December 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Seung-Jae Lee
Isolated hand paresis is a rare presentation of stroke, which mostly results from a lesion in the cortical hand motor area, a knob-like area within the precentral gyrus. I report the case of a patient who experienced recurrent ischemic stroke alternately involving bilateral hand knob areas, causing isolated hand paresis. There was no abnormal finding on brain and neck magnetic resonance angiography, transthoracic echocardiography, and 48-h Holter monitoring, and there were no abnormal immunologic and coagulation laboratory findings...
May 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
Masafumi Arakawa, Takashi Shimoyama, Noriko Matsumoto, Satoshi Suda, Jiro Kurita, Kazumi Kimura
A 67-year-old woman developed weakness of the entire left side of the body and disturbance of consciousness, and was admitted to our hospital. She had atrial fibrillation (AF) on arrival at the hospital. Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging showed high intensity area in the right basal ganglia, and magnetic resonance angiography showed occlusion of the right internal carotid artery (ICA). Thrombolytic therapy with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) was administered 225 minutes after onset, and endovascular procedure also performed...
October 27, 2017: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Keisuke Tokunaga, Masahiro Yasaka, Takahiro Kuwashiro, Seiji Gotoh, Asako Nakamura, Go Takaguchi, Tetsuro Ago, Masahiro Kamouchi, Takanari Kitazono, Yasushi Okada
Background and purpose Previous studies have suggested that atrial septal aneurysm is a potential risk factor for cerebral embolism. However, the association between the level of atrial septal protrusion and cerebral embolism is still unclear. The purpose of the present study was to assess the association between the maximal distance of atrial septal protrusion and cryptogenic stroke. Methods A total of 588 consecutive acute ischemic stroke patients (70 ± 11 (mean ± SD) years, 401 men) who underwent transesophageal echocardiography were enrolled...
December 20, 2016: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Dae-Won Kim, Jung Sun Cho, Jae Yeong Cho, Kye Hun Kim, Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Hyeong Park
Background Retrograde embolism from the descending thoracic aorta is one possible cause of undetermined ischemic stroke. Significant aortic regurgitation can increase the amount of reversed flow in the thoracic aorta and thus is associated with an increased incidence of stroke. Aims This study aimed to examine the association between significant aortic regurgitation and undetermined embolic infarction with aortic complex plaques. Methods This study included 380 patients with undetermined embolic stroke who did not have abnormal flow such as atrial septal defect, patent foramen ovale determined by agitated saline bubble test, intracardiac thrombi on transesophageal echocardiography, atrial fibrillation, or small vessel stroke, cerebral artery, and carotid stenosis on the brain magnetic resonance imaging...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Jimmy Yee, Vishesh Kumar, Alex Pham, Kashif Shaikh, Muhammad Omar, Adam Stys, Marian Petrasko
Paradoxical embolism is a known complication with intra-cardiac shunts. It should be considered in the differential as the pathophysiologic mechanism of simultaneous thromboembolism in the venous and systemic vasculature. We present a case of simultaneous deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and myocardial infarction in the presence of a confirmed patent foramen ovale on echocardiography. Thrombolytic therapy was administered. Subsequent concerns of intracranial hemorrhage on imaging of the brain complicated the management and added to the challenge of co-managing the clot burden in our patient...
June 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
Hans-Christoph Diener, Richard Bernstein, Robert Hart
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to review the literature on cryptogenic stroke and embolic stroke of undetermined stroke (ESUS). Cryptogenic stroke according to TOAST criteria is a stroke which is not due to cardiogenic embolism, small vessel disease with lacunes or large vessel disease of brain supplying arteries. In the context of secondary stroke prevention studies, cryptogenic stroke is not operationally defined. RECENT FINDINGS: The new concept of "embolic stroke of undetermined source" (ESUS) provides an operational definition...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Toshiyasu Kawahara, Masahiro Hagiwara, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Mariko Tanaka, Koji Imai, Jun Sawada, Takayuki Kunisawa, Hiroyuki Furukawa
BACKGROUND Carbon dioxide (CO2) is believed to be the safest gas for laparoscopic surgery, which is a standard procedure. We experienced severe cerebral infarction caused by paradoxical CO2 embolism during laparoscopic liver resection with injury of the hepatic vessels despite the absence of a right-to-left systemic shunt. CASE REPORT A 60-year-old man was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma in the right hepatic lobe secondary to alcoholic liver disease. We planned the laparoscopy-assisted liver resection...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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