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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651292/acute-onset-neurological-disorders-during-pregnancy-a-literature-review
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Zita Ferraz, Joana Parra, Ana Luísa Areia, Elsa Vasco, Paulo Moura
Objectives To characterize the most common peripheral and central neurological disorders during pregnancy. Methods Original research and review of the literature on neurological complications during pregnancy. We searched for keywords related to the topic on different databases. Results Pregnancy involves physiological changes that can trigger peripheral neurological and/or central nervous system pathologies, which can sometimes be associated with hypertensive disorders. A definitive diagnosis of neurological disorders can be made according to the trimester of pregnancy and the clinical findings...
June 26, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651124/a-review-of-people-who-did-not-attend-an-epilepsy-clinic-and-their-clinical-outcomes
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I Minshall, A Neligan
PURPOSE: To review the clinical outcomes of people who failed to attend or failed subsequent follow up in a Primary Care based specialist epilepsy service. METHOD: The case notes of 200 people who had failed to initially attend the service or subsequent follow up from 2005 to 2013 were reviewed. RESULTS: Clinical outcomes were determined for 152 people, with the remaining 48 having left the area. For those not attending at all, 64% had no further recorded events, a further 22% came under alternative specialist care and were managed appropriately, 6% were already in remission at the time of referral or at follow up and stayed seizure free...
June 17, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651086/age-at-first-febrile-seizure-correlates-with-perinatal-maternal-emotional-symptoms
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Fanny Thébault-Dagher, Catherine M Herba, Jean R Séguin, Gina Muckle, Sonia J Lupien, Lionel Carmant, Marie-Noëlle Simard, Gabriel D Shapiro, William D Fraser, Sarah Lippé
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal exposure to stress and fever are factors lowering seizure threshold in animal models. The fever effect on seizure threshold is well documented in human infants, however the associations between maternal perinatal stress and infants' susceptibility to seizures is unknown. This is the first study in humans to investigate longitudinally, whether in humans, the effect of maternal perinatal emotional symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression that may trigger a biological stress response on age at first seizure occurrence...
June 10, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650065/review-of-the-novelties-from-the-32nd-ectrims-congress-2016-presented-at-the-9th-post-ectrims-meeting-i
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REVIEW
O Fernandez, A Oterino, C Oreja-Guevara, J M Prieto, M M Mendibe-Bilbao, J A Garcia-Merino, Ll Ramio-Torrenta, R Ginestal, J E Meca-Lallana, L Romero-Pinel, D Munoz, P Oliva-Nacarino, M C Calles-Hernandez, G Izquierdo, M L Martinez-Gines, A Saiz, M Comabella, B Casanova-Estruch, Ll Brieva, R Arroyo, A Rodriguez-Antiguedad
For the ninth year in a row the Post-ECTRIMS Meeting has been held in Madrid (Spain) with the aim of presenting and discussing the hottest issues debated at the ECTRIMS Congress by renowned specialists in multiple sclerosis in our country. One outcome of this scientific activity, endorsed by the Spanish Neurology Society, is this review article, which is published in two parts. This first part addresses family planning, pregnancy management and the role of breastfeeding in women with multiple sclerosis. Attention is drawn to the paediatric population, to magnetic resonance imaging features and to the genetic-environmental risk factors for developing the disease in children, without neglecting the risk factors for development in adults...
July 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649563/symptomatic-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-children-of-seropositive-women
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Ines Mack, Marie-Anne Burckhardt, Ulrich Heininger, Friederike Prüfer, Sven Schulzke, Sven Wellmann
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most frequent congenital virus infection worldwide. The risk of congenital CMV (cCMV) transmission is highest in seronegative women who acquire primary CMV infection during pregnancy. A growing body of evidence indicates that secondary CMV infections in pregnant women with preconceptual immunity (either through reactivation of latent virus or re-infection with a new strain of CMV) contribute to a much greater proportion of symptomatic cCMV than was previously thought. Here, we describe a case of symptomatic cCMV infection in the newborn of a woman with proven immunity prior to pregnancy...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648573/personalized-treatment-with-immunoadsorption-and-intravenous-immunoglobulin-in-a-case-of-severe-rh-alloimmunization-during-pregnancy-unresponsive-to-plasma-exchange
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Anna Colpo, Tiziana Tison, Maria Teresa Gervasi, Cinzia Vio, Maria Vicarioto, Giustina De Silvestro, Piero Marson
INTRODUCTION: Despite prophylaxis, a small proportion of RhD-negative women may develop anti-D antibodies after a sensitizing event occurring during pregnancy or delivery of a D-positive baby. Intrauterine transfusion (IUT) is the treatment of choice in case of fetal anemia, but it cannot be performed early during pregnancy. Combined treatment with therapeutic plasma-exchange (TPE) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) can avoid or delay IUT. Immunoadsorption (IA) could represent a more effective treatment in selected cases...
June 6, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648141/anesthetic-management-of-spontaneous-cervical-epidural-hematoma-during-pregnancy-a-case-report
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Mehdi Samali, Abdelghafour Elkoundi, Achraf Tahri, Mustapha Bensghir, Charki Haimeur
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma during pregnancy is a quite rare event requiring emergent decompressive surgery in the majority of cases to prevent permanent neurological damage. Therefore, there is little data in the literature regarding anesthetic management of cervical localization during pregnancy. The potential for difficult airway management with the patient under general anesthesia is one of the major concerns that needs to be addressed to prevent further cord compression...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646558/neurology-concepts-young-women-and-ischemic-stroke-evaluation-and-management-in-the-emergency-department
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Bernard P Chang, Charles Wira, Joseph Miller, Murtaza Akhter, Bradley E Barth, Joshua Willey, Lauren Nentwich, Tracy Madsen
OBJECTIVE: Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. While the incidence of ischemic stroke is highest in older populations, incidence of ischemic stroke in adults has been rising particularly rapidly among young (e.g. premenopausal) women. The evaluation and timely diagnosis of ischemic stroke in young women presents a challenging situation in the emergency department, due to a range of sex-specific risk factors and to broad differentials. The goals of this concepts paper are to summarize existing knowledge regarding the evaluation and management of young women with ischemic stroke in the acute setting...
June 24, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646257/effect-of-epilepsy-in-pregnancy-on-fetal-growth-restriction-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Daijuan Chen, Lisha Hou, Xia Duan, Hongling Peng, Bing Peng
PURPOSE: Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases during pregnancy. However, the influence of epilepsy on fetal growth is not understood. Thus, this study conducted a meta-analysis to determine the influence of epilepsy during pregnancy on fetal growth restriction (FGR). METHODS: BIOSIS, Medline, Embase, and PubMed databases were searched between January 2000 and January 2016. Without imposing language or regional restrictions, referenced articles were selected...
June 23, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642069/chronic-choline-supplementation-improves-cognitive-and-motor-performance-via-modulating-oxidative-and-neurochemical-status-in-rats
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Saiqa Tabassum, Saida Haider, Saara Ahmad, Syeda Madiha, Tahira Parveen
Choline, an essential nutrient, accounts for multiple functions in the body and brain. While its beneficial effects on healthy adults are not clear, choline supplementation is important during pregnancy for brain development, in elderly patients for support of cognitive performance and in patients with neurological disorders to reduce memory deficits. Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate whether choline administration in healthy adult rats beneficially impacts cognitive and locomotor performance, and associated oxidative and neurochemical outcomes...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641304/hyperemesis-gravidarum-a-review-of-recent-literature
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Viktoriya London, Stephanie Grube, David M Sherer, Ovadia Abulafia
BACKGROUND: In the United States, hyperemesis gravidarum is the most common cause of hospitalization during the first half of pregnancy and is second only to preterm labor for hospitalizations in pregnancy overall. In approximately 0.3-3% of pregnancies, hyperemesis gravidarum is prevalent and this percentage varies on account of different diagnostic criteria and ethnic variation in study populations. Despite extensive research in this field, the mechanism of the disease is largely unknown...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626420/restless-legs-syndrome-from-pathophysiology-to-clinical-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Shiyi Guo, Jinsha Huang, Haiyang Jiang, Chao Han, Jie Li, Xiaoyun Xu, Guoxin Zhang, Zhicheng Lin, Nian Xiong, Tao Wang
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), a common neurological sensorimotor disorder in western countries, has gained more and more attention in Asian countries. The prevalence of RLS is higher in older people and females. RLS is most commonly related to iron deficiency, pregnancy and uremia. The RLS symptoms show a significant circadian rhythm and a close relationship to periodic limb movements (PLMs) in clinical observations, while the pathophysiological pathways are still unknown. The diagnostic criteria have been revised in 2012 to improve the validity of RLS diagnosis...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622418/severe-apparently-isolated-fetal-ventriculomegaly-and-neurodevelopmental-outcome
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Mathilde Letouzey, Alexandra Chadie, Marie Brasseur-Daudruy, François Proust, Eric Verspyck, Pascal Boileau, Stéphane Marret
OBJECTIVE: To assess the neurodevelopmental outcome of children with a prenatal diagnosis of apparently isolated severe ventriculomegaly (SVM). METHOD: Retrospective cohort study from 1994 to 2011. We included fetuses with unilateral or bilateral ventriculomegaly equal to or greater than 15 mm at prenatal ultrasound and confirmed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging, whose parents chose continuation of pregnancy past 22 weeks, and with no associated findings at diagnosis (i...
June 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613398/fetal-and-umbilical-doppler-ultrasound-in-high-risk-pregnancies
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REVIEW
Zarko Alfirevic, Tamara Stampalija, Therese Dowswell
BACKGROUND: Abnormal blood flow patterns in fetal circulation detected by Doppler ultrasound may indicate poor fetal prognosis. It is also possible that false positive Doppler ultrasound findings could lead to adverse outcomes from unnecessary interventions, including preterm delivery. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to assess the effects of Doppler ultrasound used to assess fetal well-being in high-risk pregnancies on obstetric care and fetal outcomes...
June 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611164/fulminant-tumefactive-multiple-sclerosis-in-pregnancy
#15
Shabnam Pakneshan, Evanthia Bernitsas
A 35-year-old pregnant woman was admitted with acute onset of paresthesias and word finding difficulty. Initial MRI scan of the brain was suggestive of ischaemic event. During hospitalisation, she had a rapid course with worsening of her neurological deficit that prompted additional testing. Further investigations were consistent with tumefactive multiple sclerosis. After a poor initial response to intravenous steroids and plasma exchange, and discussion of all available therapeutic options, the patient decided to proceed with elective termination...
June 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610933/herbal-laxatives-and-antiemetics-in-pregnancy
#16
Reza Samavati, Eszter Ducza, Judit Hajagos-Tóth, Robert Gaspar
Constipation appears in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy, while nausea is the strongest in the 1st trimester. This review summarizes the applicability of herbal laxatives and antiemetics in pregnancy. A human study has shown that flax oil as laxative is safe from 2nd trimester. Human data is not available about the rhubarb, but animal studies reveal that its emodin content induces fetal abnormalities. Fenugreek induces teratogenic malformation both in human and animals. Senna seed is proved as a safe laxative in pregnancy...
June 10, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608631/a-descriptive-single-centre-experience-of-the-management-and-outcome-of-maternal-alloantibodies-in-pregnancy
#17
V Chatziantoniou, N Heeney, T Maggs, C Rozette, C Fountain, T Watts, C Harrison, D Pasupathy, S Sankaran, P Kyle, S Robinson
BACKGROUND: Haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) occurs when maternal IgG alloantibodies to fetal red blood cell antigens cross the placenta, causing haemolysis in the fetus and/or neonate. After delivery, the main concern is hyperbilirubinaemia, which can cause neurological damage. OBJECTIVES: To summarise our current management and outcome data to inform health-care professionals counselling women whose pregnancies are at risk of HDFN and to compare these data with relevant studies...
June 13, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607066/socioeconomic-disadvantage-gestational-immune-activity-and-neurodevelopment-in-early-childhood
#18
Stephen E Gilman, Mady Hornig, Akhgar Ghassabian, Jill Hahn, Sara Cherkerzian, Paul S Albert, Stephen L Buka, Jill M Goldstein
Children raised in economically disadvantaged households face increased risks of poor health in adulthood, suggesting that inequalities in health have early origins. From the child's perspective, exposure to economic hardship may begin as early as conception, potentially via maternal neuroendocrine-immune responses to prenatal stressors, which adversely impact neurodevelopment. Here we investigate whether socioeconomic disadvantage is associated with gestational immune activity and whether such activity is associated with abnormalities among offspring during infancy...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602444/abducens-nerve-palsy-in-gestational-hypertension-a-case-report-and-review-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-literature
#19
Albaro J Nieto-Calvache, Sara Loaiza-Osorio, José Casallas-Carrillo, María F Escobar-Vidarte
BACKGROUND: Headache, blurring of vision, and confusion are common neurologic symptoms of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, whereas abducens nerve palsy during pregnancy is an extremely rare condition. CASE: A 28-year-old woman with gestational hypertension presented isolated sixth cranial nerve palsy after delivery. Neither simple resonance nor angioresonance showed alterations. No other specific pathology was found. Symptoms of abducens nerve palsy resolved spontaneously...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600054/prenatal-treatment-of-severe-fetal-hemolytic-disease-due-to-anti-m-alloimmunization-by-serial-intrauterine-transfusions
#20
Lin Li, Linhuan Huang, Guangping Luo, Yanmin Luo, Qun Fang
OBJECTIVE: Fetal hemolytic disease is a common cause of fetal hydrops and fetal morbidity and mortality. Despite its relatively low frequency, the anti-M IgG antibody is one of the causes of severe fetal anemia and intrauterine death; only a few cases have been reported. CASE REPORT: This is a case of a pregnant woman with a history of three intrauterine deaths. A diagnosis of severe fetal anemia attributed to anti-M alloimmunization was confirmed in her fifth pregnancy...
June 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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