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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919188/clinical-analysis-of-neuromyelitis-optica-presenting-as-intractable-nausea-vomiting-and-hiccups
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Xuehong Jin, Shaofang Pei, Yi Liu, Xia Li
Vomiting and hiccups can be the manifestations of numerous systemic and neurological illnesses.Intractable nausea,vomiting,and hiccups (INH) are reported as possible initial manifestations of neuromyelitis optica (NMO),but not correctly identified.Awareness of these atypical presentations is conducive to NMO early diagnosis and proper treatment to prevent further disability.In this paper,12 NMO were reported,whom intractable vomiting and hiccups were the sole manifestations of the first attack and other attacks involving spinal cord and optic nerves developed later...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917700/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-following-elevated-mean-arterial-pressures-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#2
Jeffrey H Zimering, Addisu Mesfin
BACKGROUND: Increasing the mean arterial pressure (MAP) is an accepted treatment modality to minimize the risk for irreversible neurologic damage secondary to spinal cord ischemia. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare complication occurring after transplantation surgery, in persons having an autoimmune disorder or after abrupt increases in blood pressure of various etiologies. STUDY DESIGN: Case report. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of medical records...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917370/multiple-myeloma-like-spinal-mri-findings-in-skeletal-fluorosis-an-unusual-presentation-of-fluoride-toxicity-in-human
#3
Javed Ahsan Quadri, Mohd Meraj Alam, Saba Sarwar, Ashraf Ghanai, A Shariff, Taposh K Das
Endemic fluorosis is a worldwide environmental problem due to excessive fluoride, commonly due to increased drinking water fluoride levels but sometimes due to other sources such as food with high fluoride content. In India, 21 of the 35 states are known to have health problems associated with fluoride toxicity. The present report is a case of a 50-year-old female who was seen with progressive spinal complications and a MRI of the spine suggestive of multiple myeloma. The MRI of the lumbosacral spine showed a diffuse and heterogeneous marrow signal of the lower dorsal and lumbosacral vertebrae...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917333/extensive-calcification-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-causing-cervical-myelopathy-in-a-caucasian-woman
#4
Milaine Roet, Jochem K H Spoor, M de Waal, Max J Kros, Sanjay B Harhangi, Ruben Dammers
Calcification of the ligamentum flavum (CLF) can cause myelopathy due to spinal cord compression. Only several cases in Caucasian patients have been described. Neurological deterioration can only be stopped by surgical decompression. We report a 63-year-old Caucasian woman presenting with progressive pins-and-needles sensations in both hands, worsened by painful paresthesia in both lower extremities. MRI showed a dorsal compressive mass extending from C2 to Th3 vertebrae with myelopathy at the level of C6. A laminectomy was performed, which improved clinical symptoms...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916758/-hydrocephalus-mimicking-idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-as-the-first-manifestation-of-neurosarcoidosis
#5
Atsuhiko Sugiyama, Makoto Kobayashi, Kumiko Agatsuma, Takeshi Bo, Toshiaki Shiojiri, Hidetoshi Mochida, Yoshio Suzuki, Takashi Matsunaga, Satoshi Kuwabara
A 61-year-old woman presented with a 10-month history of gait disturbance and a 7-month history of urinary incontinence. The Hasegawa dementia scale-revised score indicated cognitive impairment. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) indicated hydrocephalus with disproportionately enlarged subarachnoid space. This is usually considered a characteristic finding in idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH). Ventriculo-peritoneal shunting improved the patient's symptoms. Neurosarcoidosis was suspected as a cause of the hydrocephalus because of the abnormalities in the cerebrospinal fluid and the abnormal enhancement of the cauda equina, the leptomeninges of the brainstem, and the spinal cord, as seen on MRI with gadolinium enhancement...
December 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915062/rosette-forming-glioneuronal-tumor-originating-from-the-spinal-cord-report-of-two-cases-and-literature-review
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Lian Duan, Yunkun Zhang, Weilun Fu, Sumin Geng
Rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor (RGNT) is a recently recognized and rarely encountered tumor occurring in the fourth ventricle. Histologically, it is composed by two distinct features: a glial component, resembling pilocytic astrocytoma, and a neurocytic component forming neurocytic rosettes and/or perivascular rosettes. The authors describe two extremely rare cases of RGNT arising from the spinal cord, which were misdiagnosed as ependymoma and astrocytoma preoperatively. Symptoms included dissociated sensory disturbance, episodic pain and fatigue, as well as motor disturbance, had been presented for two years and two months, respectively...
November 30, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914152/pediatric-multiple-sclerosis-in-portugal-a-multicentre-study
#7
Ana Sofia Correia, Luís Augusto, Joana Meireles, Joana Pinto, Ana Paula Sousa
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis is most often diagnosed among young adults but less frequently it may present during childhood or adolescence. In Portugal, there has been only one previous single-center, pediatric multiple sclerosis study. The main objective was the evaluation of the demographic, clinical, laboratorial and neuroradiological characteristics of patients with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis in Portugal. The secondary objectives were to compare the characteristics of childhood-onset multiple sclerosis and adolescent-onset multiple sclerosis and to characterize the treatments prescribed...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913626/ring-enhancing-spinal-cord-lesions-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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Nicholas L Zalewski, Padraig P Morris, Brian G Weinshenker, Claudia F Lucchinetti, Yong Guo, Sean J Pittock, Karl N Krecke, Timothy J Kaufmann, Dean M Wingerchuk, Neeraj Kumar, Eoin P Flanagan
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the frequency and characteristics of ring-enhancing spinal cord lesions in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) myelitis and myelitis of other cause. METHODS: We reviewed spinal cord MRIs for ring-enhancing lesions from 284 aquaporin-4 (AQP4)-IgG seropositive patients at Mayo Clinic from 1996 to 2014. Inclusion criteria were as follows: (1) AQP4-IgG seropositivity, (2) myelitis attack and (3) MRI spinal cord demonstrating ring-enhancement...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909801/increasing-the-sensitivity-of-mri-for-the-detection-of-multiple-sclerosis-lesions-by-long-axial-coverage-of-the-spinal-cord-a-prospective-study-in-119-patients
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Michael O Breckwoldt, Johann Gradl, Stefan Hähnel, Thomas Hielscher, Brigitte Wildemann, Ricarda Diem, Michael Platten, Wolfgang Wick, Sabine Heiland, Martin Bendszus
Diagnostic imaging criteria of multiple sclerosis (MS) include the spatial and temporal dissemination of cerebral and/or spinal cord lesions. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the method of choice for initial diagnosis and follow-up disease monitoring. Current guidelines for spinal MRI recommend sagittal imaging of the spinal cord and lesion confirmation on axial planes if lesions are detected. Sagittal imaging is, however, hampered by technical (e.g. partial volume effects, motion artifacts) and anatomical (e...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909651/hybrid-decompression-and-fixation-technique-for-the-treatment-of-multisegmental-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
#10
Barón Zárate-Kalfopulos, Walter Araos-Silva, Alejandro Reyes-Sánchez, Luis Miguel Rosales-Olivarez, Armando Alpizar-Aguirre, Francisco Lopez Melendez
BACKGROUND: Cervical spondilotic myelopathy (CSM) is defined as the compromise of the spinal cord due to degenerative changes of the cervical spine. It is the most common cause of spinal cord dysfunction in patients over 55 years. An early surgical management it is paramount to achieve better neurological outcome. There is still controversy regarding the appropriate surgical treatment for multisegmental CSM involving three or more levels. The hybrid decompression and fixation technique combines one or two level corpectomy and a single level discectomy in order to obtain optimum decompression and fixation in patients with multilevel cervical myelopathy...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909638/four-rod-instrumentation-for-treatment-of-charcot-spinal-arthropathy-causing-autonomic-dysreflexia-case-report-and-literature-review
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Stephanie Zyck, Gentian Toshkezi, John Pizzuti, Satya Marawar
Late complications of spinal cord injury can include Charcot arthropathy, in which spinal instability occurs as a result of repetitive trauma in the insensate spine. In rare cases, this can present as autonomic dysreflexia. We present the case of a 60-year-old man with longstanding C6 quadriplegia who presented with six months of hypertension, diaphoresis and dizziness. After an extensive workup, the patient's symptoms were attributed to autonomic dysreflexia in the setting of spinal instability from Charcot spinal arthropathy...
October 27, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907094/continuous-descending-modulation-of-the-spinal-cord-revealed-by-functional-mri
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Patrick W Stroman, Rachael L Bosma, Andreea I Cotoi, Roxanne H Leung, Jennifer Kornelsen, Jane M Lawrence-Dewar, Caroline F Pukall, Roland Staud
Spontaneous variations in spinal cord activity may arise from regulation of any of a number of functions including sensory, motor, and autonomic control. Here, we use functional MRI (fMRI) of healthy participants to identify properties of blood oxygenation-level dependent (BOLD) variations in the spinal cord in response to knowledge that either a noxious stimulus is impending, or that no stimulus is to be expected. Expectation of a noxious stimulus, or no stimulus, is shown to have a significant effect on wide-spread BOLD signal variations in the spinal cord over the entire time period of the fMRI acquisition...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904755/paraplegia-caused-by-cerebral-contusions-in-the-bilateral-precentral-gyri
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Hideaki Matsumura, Hiroyuki Fujimori, Naoaki Sato, Akira Matsumura
BACKGROUND: Paraplegia is mainly caused by spinal cord disease and rarely occurs due to head trauma. In this report, we describe a case of paraplegia caused by cerebral contusions in the bilateral precentral gyri. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 72-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with mildly impaired consciousness and severe pure motor paralysis in both legs. He was healthy until the morning of the day, but his wife found him injured in front of his house upon returning home...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890761/the-coexistence-of-extradural-arteriovenous-fistula-and-soft-tissue-arteriovenous-malformation-within-the-same-metamere
#14
Nobuhiko Arai, Takenori Akiyama, Kazunari Yoshida
BACKGROUND: -Spinal arteriovenous shunts are a common spinal vascular disorder. However, they can have a misleading clinical presentation and poor prognosis. They are classified into 4 types according to shunt points and drainage route, among which extradural arteriovenous fistula (eAVF) is the most rare, comprising only 1% of all spinal arteriovenous shunts. Here, we report an extremely rare case of coexistent eAVF at the craniocervical junction and soft tissue arteriovenous malformation (AVM) within the same metamere...
November 24, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889817/paediatric-spinal-cord-infarction-a-review-of-the-literature-and-two-case-reports
#15
Asim Sheikh, Daniel Warren, Anne-Marie Childs, John Russell, Mark Liddington, Velupandian Guruswamy, Paul Chumas
Ischemic spinal cord infarction is rare in the paediatric population, and when it does occur, it is usually associated with traumatic injury. Other potential causes include congenital cardiovascular malformations, cerebellar herniation, thromboembolic disease and infection. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings can be subtle in the early evaluation of such patients. The outcome is variable and depends on the level and extent of the spinal cord infarct and subsequent rehabilitation. Here, we present two cases of ischemic spinal cord infarction in children...
November 26, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886871/update-on-new-imaging-techniques-for-trauma
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Lubdha M Shah, Adam E Flanders
Computed tomography (CT) and MRI are complementary imaging modalities for the evaluation of the traumatic spine. Osseous delineation is best assessed with CT, whereas MRI gives superb soft tissue description. Awareness of the strengths and pitfalls of each modality is critical in the accurate interpretation of images. Advances in MR imaging of the spine, particularly of the spinal cord, provide glimpses into to the pathobiological mechanism of spinal cord injury. Innovative techniques relay microstructural information about the integrity of the axons and myelin sheaths...
January 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884934/chronic-neuropathic-pain-severity-is-determined-by-lesion-level-in-aquaporin-4-antibody-positive-myelitis
#17
George Tackley, Domizia Vecchio, Shahd Hamid, Maciej Jurynczyk, Yazhuo Kong, Rosie Gore, Kerry Mutch, Mark Woodhall, Patrick Waters, Angela Vincent, Maria Isabel Leite, Irene Tracey, Anu Jacob, Jacqueline Palace
IMPORTANCE: Chronic, intractable neuropathic pain is a common and debilitating consequence of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) myelitis, with no satisfactory treatment; few studies have yet to explore its aetiology. OBJECTIVE: To establish if myelitis-associated chronic pain in NMOSD is related to the craniocaudal location of spinal cord lesions. METHOD: (1) Retrospective cohort of 76 aquaporin 4-antibody (AQP4-Ab)-positive patients from Oxford and Liverpool's national NMOSD clinics, assessing current pain and craniocaudal location of cord lesion contemporary to pain onset...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880967/early-prenatal-mri-of-cervical-abortive-myelocystocele-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Giacomo Talenti, Carlo Giussani, Cecilia Parazzini, Giana Izzo, Francesco Canonico, Patrizia Vergani, Andrea Righini
Cervical abortive myelocistocele is a very rare congenital malformation. In this case report, we describe the prenatal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of such entity in a 20-week gestational age fetus, whose imaging features showed to be different from the only other previous prenatal report. We underscored the value of fetal MR for counseling and prognosis, especially when assessing the integrity of the spinal cord.
November 23, 2016: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875411/comparing-the-effectiveness-of-sagittal-balance-foraminal-stenosis-and-preoperative-cord-rotation-in-predicting-postoperative-c5-palsy
#19
Arunit J S Chugh, Douglas S Weinberg, Fernando Alonso, Jason D Eubanks
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort review. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether preoperative cord rotation is independently correlated with C5 palsy when analyzed alongside measures of sagittal balance and foraminal stenosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Postoperative C5 palsy is a well-documented complication of cervical procedures with a prevalence of 4%-8%. Recent studies have shown a correlation with preoperative spinal cord rotation. There have been few studies, however, that have examined the role of sagittal balance and foraminal stenosis in the development of C5 palsy...
November 21, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872724/are-magnetic-resonance-imaging-or-radiographic-findings-correlated-with-clinical-prognosis-in-spinal-cord-neuropathy
#20
Fatemeh Neshat Halati, Alireza Vajhi, Mohammad Molazem, Mohammad Mehdi Dehghan, Fereshteh Ansari
Dogs presented to the Small Animal Hospital of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran were included in the present study if spinal or intervertebral disc involvement was suspected. Clinical signs were recorded as well as general information of the patient such as age, breed and sex. Sixty dogs were examined radiographically and two standard orthogonal lateral and ventrodorsal projections were taken from the suspected region. Then magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed for all patients. Agreement between MRI and radiographic findings, comparison of sex and breed with diagnostic imaging grades, comparison between diagnostic imaging grades and mean age, recovery rate after surgery or medical treatment, effects of diagnostic imaging severity grades on surgical or medical referrals were evaluated statistically...
2016: Veterinary Research Forum
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