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Louise Dunphy, Prashanth Shetty, Rabinder Randhawa, Kharil Amir Rani, Yaw Duodu
A 39-year-old man, born in India but resident in the UK for 10 years, was travelling in America when he became feverish with an altered mentation. He reported a 10-day history of fever, photophobia, headache and fatigue. His medical history included hypothyroidism and migraine. He was a non-smoker, did not consume alcohol and denied a history of drug use. He was transferred to the emergency department. Laboratory investigations confirmed hyponatraemia (sodium 128 mmol/L). A chest radiograph confirmed no focal consolidation...
October 7, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
Yohannes W Woldeamanuel, Meabh O'Hare, Danielle D DeSouza, Robert P Cowan
Transient headache exacerbation during IV dihydroergotamine (DHE) therapy of migraine may prompt clinicians to prematurely discontinue DHE therapy, potentially depriving patients of the full benefit of DHE infusion. In a recent Neurology® article, Eller et al. evaluated whether or not worsening headache during DHE infusion was associated with suboptimal medium-term headache outcomes.
October 18, 2016: Neurology
Jason J Rose, Ling Wang, Qinzi Xu, Charles F McTiernan, Sruti Shiva, Jesus Tejero, Mark T Gladwin
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning affects 50,000 people a year in the United States. The clinical presentation runs a spectrum, ranging from headache and dizziness to coma and death, with a mortality rate ranging from 1-3%. A significant number of patients who survive CO poisoning suffer from long term neurologic and affective sequelae. The neurologic deficits do not necessarily correlate with blood CO levels, but likely result from the pleiotropic effects of CO on cellular mitochondrial respiration, cellular energy utilization, inflammation and free radical generation, especially in the brain and heart...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Zhen Zeng, Tijiang Zhang, Yihua Zhou, Xiaoxi Chen
Meningiomas are the most common primary nonneuroglial extra-axial neoplasms, which commonly present as spherical or oval masses with a dural attachment. Meningiomas without dural attachment are rare and, according to their locations, are classified into 5 varieties, including intraventricular, deep Sylvain fissure, pineal region, intraparenchymal, or subcortical meningiomas. To the best of our knowledge, intraparenchymal meningioma with cerebriform pattern has never been reported. In this paper, we report a 34-year-old Chinese male patient who presented with paroxysmal headaches and progressive loss of vision for 10 months and blindness for 2 weeks...
2016: Case Reports in Radiology
Joachim Alexandre, Xavier Humbert, Marion Sassier, Paul Milliez, Antoine Coquerel, Sophie Fedrizzi
Cluster headache (CH) is a primary headache disorder with relatively effective treatments. Although few sufficiently controlled trials are available, verapamil is recommended as the first-line prophylactic drug for CH by the French Headache Society (with a low level of evidence, level B) and by the EFNS (European Federation of Neurological Societies, level A). Daily doses of more than 480 mg (and up to 1200 mg daily) are frequently used off-label, while 360 mg daily is the only dosage to have demonstrated its effectiveness in a double-blind trial against placebo, and the usual label posology used by cardiologists is 240 mg daily in hypertension...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Amy M DeLaroche, Lalitha Sivaswamy, Ahmad Farooqi, Nirupama Kannikeswaran
BACKGROUND: Identified barriers to the diagnosis of pediatric stroke include delays in provider recognition and definitive neuroimaging (magnetic resonance imaging). Clinical pathways are recommended to address these barriers; yet few studies have evaluated their impact. Our aim is to describe the effect of a pediatric stroke clinical pathway on the diagnosis of stroke in patients presenting with focal neurological dysfunction to a pediatric emergency department. METHODS: The pediatric stroke clinical pathway was implemented in our level 1 pediatric emergency department in June 2014 for children aged one month to 18 years...
September 13, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Andrea G Edlow, Brian L Edlow, Jonathan A Edlow
Acute neurologic symptoms in pregnant and postpartum women may be caused by exacerbation of a preexisting neurologic condition, the initial presentation of a non-pregnancy-related problem, or a new neurologic problem. Pregnant and postpartum patients with headache and neurologic symptoms are often diagnosed with preeclampsia or eclampsia; however, other etiologies must also be considered. A team approach with close communication between emergency physicians, neurologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and radiologists is the key to obtaining best outcomes...
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Michael K Abraham, Wan-Tsu Wendy Chang
Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a neurological emergency with high risk of neurological decline and death. Although the presentation of a thunderclap headache or the worst headache of a patient's life easily triggers the evaluation for SAH, subtle presentations are still missed. The gold standard for diagnostic evaluation of SAH remains noncontrast head computed tomography (CT) followed by lumbar puncture if the CT is negative for SAH. Management of patients with SAH follows standard resuscitation of critically ill patients with the emphasis on reducing risks of rebleeding and avoiding secondary brain injuries...
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Christina L Szperka, Amy A Gelfand, Andrew D Hershey
OBJECTIVE: To describe current patterns of use of nerve blocks and trigger point injections for treatment of pediatric headache. BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve blocks are often used to treat headaches in adults and children, but the available studies and practice data from adult headache specialists have shown wide variability in diagnostic indications, sites injected, and medication(s) used. The purpose of this study was to describe current practice patterns in the use of nerve blocks and trigger point injections for pediatric headache disorders...
October 12, 2016: Headache
David Daewhan Kim, Nabil Sibai
INTRODUCTION: Greater occipital nerve blocks (GONB) have been used for headache but their benefit may be short. Ready et al performed intrathecal injections on rabbits and reported neurologic/histologic changes that required concentrations of at least 8%. Our study tests the hypothesis that the neurolytic effects of GONB with 10% lidocaine can prolong relief. METHODS: After an approval from Henry Ford Hospital Institutional Review Board, a chart review was performed for patients who had GONB with 10% lidocaine...
2016: Journal of Pain Research
Shusuke Yamamoto, Hideo Hamada, Shoichi Nagai, Satoshi Kuroda
We present a very rare case of suprasellar germinoma that spontaneously regressed before endoscopic biopsy. An 8-year-old boy was admitted to our hospital due to headache, polydipsia, and polyuria. Neurological examination performed on admission revealed bitemporal hemianopia. Enhanced MRI demonstrated a homogeneously enhanced tumor mass in the suprasellar region obstructing the foramen of Monro. Tests for all serum tumor markers were negative. Plain X-ray and CT scan were performed once and twice, respectively, for seven days between admission and endoscopic biopsy...
October 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
Zhiliang Hu, Yongfeng Yang, Jian Cheng, Cong Cheng, Yun Chi, Hongxia Wei
Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a common opportunistic infection with a high mortality rate in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients. It is unclear whether mannitol could be used to manage neurological symptoms in HIV-associated CM. Here, we retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 33 patients with HIV-associated symptomatic CM at our hospital where mannitol was used to relieve neurologic symptoms. With the empirical mannitol therapy, patients had a median of 2 episodes (range, 1-6 episodes) of headaches the day at the starting of anti-cryptococcal therapy...
October 11, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
A Fasano, M Tinazzi
Functional movement disorders (FMDs) affecting the eyelids, tongue, and other facial muscles are often underrecognized because their phenomenology has not been fully characterized. Nevertheless, these disorders are more common than previously thought. In this chapter we will discuss the phenomenology as well as the clinical and instrumental diagnosis of facial FMDs. Facial FMDs should be considered when a patient exhibits any combination of the following features: (1) fixed unilateral facial contractions, especially with lower lip, with or without ipsilateral jaw involvement, of maximal severity at onset; (2) inconsistent features such as changes in side and pattern during or between examination; (3) associated somatoform or nonphysiologic sensory or motor findings; (4) reduction or abolition of facial spasm with distraction; (5) response to suggestion or psychotherapy; (6) rapid onset and/or spontaneous remissions; and (7) normal neurologic examination...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Gustaw Wojcik
Arachnoid cysts are intracranial pathologies in the space between the pia mater and the dura mater of the brain and cerebellum. Arachnoid cysts are derived from the arachnoidea mater, which while yielding to germination or splitting creates a space filled with liquid with a composition similar to cerebrospinal fluid. The aim of the study is to present possible clinical symptoms and radiological presentation of intracranial arachnoid cysts. The symptoms of intracranial arachnoid cysts are dependent on its size and location...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Anna Lis-Święty, Ligia Brzezińska-Wcisło, Hubert Arasiewicz
INTRODUCTION: Localized scleroderma (LoS) of the face and head is often associated with neurologic manifestations and/or imaging abnormalities in the central nervous system (CNS). CASE SERIES: We present an analysis of 20 cases of LoS affecting the face and head. The CNS symptoms and/or abnormalities in high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were observed in 12 patients (60%). In addition to the mild and unspecific disorders (e...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Neuroscience
Ang Dawson, Geoffrey C Cloud, Anthony C Pereira, Barry J Moynihan
Stroke services have been centralised in several countries in recent years. Diagnosing acute stroke is challenging and a high proportion of patients admitted to stroke units are diagnosed as a non-stroke condition (stroke mimics). This study aims to describe the stroke mimic patient group, including their impact on stroke services. We analysed routine clinical data from 2,305 consecutive admissions to a stroke unit at St George's Hospital, London. Mimic groupings were derived from 335 individual codes into 17 groupings...
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Eric C Landsness, Leo H Wang, Robert C Bucelli
Migraine headache is among the most prevalent neurologic disorders. Status migrainosus often leads to hospitalization, and multiple medications are sometimes required for symptomatic relief. In 2008, neurologists at our institution started using the atypical antipsychotic ziprasidone as an abortive medication for status migrainosus. The Clinical Investigation Data Exploration Repository was used to search for patients admitted to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital inpatient neurology service with diagnoses of "headache" or "migraine...
October 2016: Neurohospitalist
Pooja Gupta, Rajeev Ranjan, C S Agrawal, K Muralikrishnan, Nikhil Dave, Davinder Singh Rana
Meningitis caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV) is quite rare among young immunocompetent adults though immunocompromised patients are often seen to be affected by reactivation of VZV presenting with primary clinical features of dermatomal rashes and neurological sequelae. Here, we report the clinical scenario of a young, healthy male who had presented with fever, headache, and onset of dermatomal rashes later than the fever and was eventually diagnosed to be a case of VZV meningitis. We would like to highlight the fact that even young immunocompetent patients though rarely, might contract VZV meningitis and clinicians should have a high index of suspicion and keen eyes to catch the more obvious features of VZV infection on complete physical examination and must not harbor any reservations in ordering polymerase chain reaction for VZV DNA or initiating aggressive antiviral therapy...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Samira Yadegari, Askar Ghorbani, S Roohollah Miri, Mohammad Abdollahi, Mohsen Rostami
INTRODUCTION: Despite increasing the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) has remained an under-diagnosed condition. In this study, characteristics and frequency of various risk factors of CVST patients in a tertiary referral hospital were closely assessed. METHODS: Patients with an unequivocal diagnosis of CVST confirmed by MRI and magnetic resonance venography during 6 years of the study were included. All data from the onset of symptoms regarding clinical signs and symptoms, hospital admission, seasonal distribution, medical and drug history, thrombophilic profile, D-dimer, neuroimaging, cerebrospinal fluid findings, mortality, and outcome were collected and closely analyzed...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
K Rammohan, Shyma M Mundayadan, Robert Mathew
CONTEXT: Nummular headache (NH) is a primary disorder characterized by head pain exclusively felt in a small-rounded area typically 2-6 cm in diameter. AIMS: The aim of this review is to study the clinical and epidemiological features of NH in a patient population of South India and to compare this with that of described in the international literature. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A prospective, observational study conducted in a tertiary care center...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
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