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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725554/successful-surgical-management-of-new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus-norse-presenting-with-gelastic-seizures-in-a-3%C3%A2-year-old-girl
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Ahmad Marashly, Sean Lew, Jennifer Koop
Gelastic seizures (GS) are typically associated with hypothalamic hamartomas and present during childhood. However it is now known that GS can be found in focal epilepsies arising from other regions in the brain, including mesial and neocortical frontal, temporal and parietal regions. GS have rarely been described as the presenting manifestation of New Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE). In this article we describe a previously healthy 3-year-old who presented with an explosive onset of GS that were refractory to multiple anti-seizure medications...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721216/switch-to-restoration-therapy-in-a-testosterone-treated-central-hypogonadism-with-erythrocytosis
#2
B Cangiano, C Cacciatore, L Persani, M Bonomi
We describe a case of severe erythrocytosis caused by testosterone replacement therapy in a 66-year-old man affected with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) determining osteoporosis, resolved by switching to restoration therapy with clomiphene citrate. The patient complained fatigue, loss of libido and defective erections and a spontaneous vertebral fracture despite bisphosphonate therapy and vitamin D supplementation. The examinations proved isolated HH and he was therefore treated with testosterone gel with regression of specific manifestations but elevated hemoglobin and hematocrit values...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699085/laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy-for-epilepsy
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Eric Prince, Shahin Hakimian, Andrew L Ko, Jeffrey G Ojemann, Michelle S Kim, John W Miller
MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MgLiTT) uses a narrow diameter cannula to stereotactically target and heat deeper cerebral structures. This technique produces a precise lesion in the brain with great reliability because the localized tissue temperature change is monitored in real time. Because MgLiTT minimizes injury to surrounding brain, it appears to have a lower risk of affecting normal neurological function, and because it is done through a burr hole, there is less operative risk, less discomfort, and shorter hospitalizations...
September 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630253/cold-induced-thermogenesis-and-inflammation-associated-cold-seeking-behavior-are-represented-by-different-dorsomedial-hypothalamic-sites-a-three-dimensional-functional-topography-study-in-conscious-rats
#4
Samuel P Wanner, M Camila Almeida, Yury P Shimansky, Daniela L Oliveira, Justin R Eales, Cândido C Coimbra, Andrej A Romanovsky
In the past, we showed that large electrolytic lesions of the dorsomedial hypothalamus (DMH) promoted hypothermia in cold-exposed restrained rats, but attenuated hypothermia in rats challenged with a high dose of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in a thermogradient apparatus. The goal of this study was to identify the thermoeffector mechanisms and DMH representation of the two phenomena and thus to understand how the same lesion could produce two opposite effects on body temperature. We found that the permissive effect of large electrolytic DMH lesions on cold-induced hypothermia was due to suppressed thermogenesis...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625907/long-standing-isolated-autoimmune-hypothalamitis-diagnosed-with-endoscopic-transventricular-biopsy-a-case-report
#5
Lorenzo Bertulli, Giulio Andrea Bertani, Umberto Gianelli, Giovanna Mantovani, Paolo Maria Rampini, Marco Locatelli
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune hypothalamitis, which is among the causes of acquired central diabetes insipidus, has been described very rarely in the literature. This condition is probably provoked by the production of anti-vasopressin secreting cells antibodies and anti-hypothalamus antibodies, and is often associated with pituitary or polyendocrine autoimmunity. Correct diagnosis and immediate treatment are essential in order to avoid the progression of the pathological process. CASE DESCRIPTION: A woman diagnosed with central diabetes insipidus 12 year ago, suffering from panhypopituitarism and mild memory deficit came to our attention...
June 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614713/acute-lesioning-and-rapid-repair-of-hypothalamic-neurons-outside-the-blood-brain-barrier
#6
Ernie Yulyaningsih, Ivan A Rudenko, Martin Valdearcos, Emma Dahlén, Eirini Vagena, Alvin Chan, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, Christian Vaisse, Suneil K Koliwad, Allison W Xu
Neurons expressing agouti-related protein (AgRP) are essential for feeding. The majority of these neurons are located outside the blood-brain barrier (BBB), allowing them to directly sense circulating metabolic factors. Here, we show that, in adult mice, AgRP neurons outside the BBB (AgRP(OBBB)) were rapidly ablated by peripheral administration of monosodium glutamate (MSG), whereas AgRP neurons inside the BBB and most proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons were spared. MSG treatment induced proliferation of tanycytes, the putative hypothalamic neural progenitor cells, but the newly proliferated tanycytes did not become neurons...
June 13, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596011/emmenagogue-properties-of-milicia-excelsa-welw-c-c-berg-moraceae-based-at-least-in-part-on-its-ability-to-correlate-the-activity-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-axis-to-that-of-the-ovaries
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Marie Alfrede Mvondo, Aude Jaelle Touomo Sakock, Sylvin Benjamin Ateba, Charline Florence Awounfack, Telesphore Nanbo Gueyo, Dieudonné Njamen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Milicia excelsa (Welw.) C.C. Berg (Moraceae) is a medicinal plant recommended over tropical Africa as a cure for several ailments including amenorrhea. This is the hallmark of an ovarian lesion or a dysfunction of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis which may lead to infertility, osteoporosis or endometrial cancer. However, regardless these traditional claims, no scientific report dealing with emmenagogue properties has been reported yet. AIM OF THE STUDY: To bring scientific evidence to the curative action of the plant, we proposed evaluating the effects of a root aqueous extract of Milicia excelsa on female Wistar rat sexual maturation...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591482/hypothalamic-hamartoma-epileptogenesis-beyond-the-lesion
#8
REVIEW
Julia Scholly, Anke Maren Staack, Philippe Kahane, Didier Scavarda, Jean Régis, Edouard Hirsch, Fabrice Bartolomei
The discovery of intrinsic epileptogenicity of the hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) marked a new area in understanding the associated clinical syndrome, often manifesting as progressive epileptic encephalopathy. However, therapeutic procedures targeting the HH proved to be inefficient to cure seizures in up to 50% of cases, whereas in cases with partial improvement, the electroclinical patterns of persisting seizures suggest an involvement of distant cortical regions. The concept of kindling-like secondary epileptogenesis has been suggested as a possible underlying mechanism...
June 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591480/laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy-a-first-line-treatment-for-seizures-due-to-hypothalamic-hamartoma
#9
REVIEW
Victor X Du, Shashank V Gandhi, Harold L Rekate, Ashesh D Mehta
Successful treatment of hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) can result in the resolution of its sequelae including epilepsy and rage attacks. Risks and morbidity of open surgical management of this lesion have motivated the development of laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) as a less invasive treatment approach to the disease. Although overall morbidity and risk would appear to be lower, complications related to LITT therapy have been reported, and the longer-term follow-up that is now possible after initial experience helps address the question of whether LITT provides equivalent efficacy compared to other treatment options...
June 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588355/gene-expression-analysis-in-rat-pancreas-observed-with-whole-transcript-exon-array-after-ventromedial-hypothalamic-lesions
#10
Takayoshi Kiba
BACKGROUND: It was reported previously that using Affymetrix Rat Genome 230 2.0, one of a class of standard 3' based arrays, ventromedial hypothalamic (VMH) lesions affected the expressions of cell proliferation-related genes, neuron-related genes, and metabolism-related genes. The released Affymetrix Rat Gene 1.0 ST array has 2 major differences compared with standard 3' based arrays, including Rat Genome 230 2.0: it interrogates the entire mRNA transcript and uses DNA targets. PURPOSE: This study is aimed at assessing the impact of these differences on the array performance...
May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574307/korsakoff-syndrome-from-retrochiasmatic-suprasellar-lesions-rapid-reversal-after-relief-of-cerebral-compression-in-4-cases
#11
Luis E Savastano, Todd C Hollon, Ariel L Barkan, Stephen E Sullivan
Korsakoff syndrome is a chronic memory disorder caused by a severe deficiency of thiamine that is most commonly observed in alcoholics. However, some have proposed that focal structural lesions disrupting memory circuits-in particular, the mammillary bodies, the mammillothalamic tract, and the anterior thalamus-can give rise to this amnestic syndrome. Here, the authors present 4 patients with reversible Korsakoff syndromes caused by suprasellar retrochiasmatic lesions compressing the mammillary bodies and adjacent caudal hypothalamic structures...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553212/evidence-for-ancestral-programming-of-resilience-in-a-two-hit-stress-model
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Jamshid Faraji, Nabiollah Soltanpour, Mirela Ambeskovic, Fabiola C R Zucchi, Pierre Beaumier, Igor Kovalchuk, Gerlinde A S Metz
In a continuously stressful environment, the effects of recurrent prenatal stress (PS) may accumulate across generations and alter stress vulnerability and resilience. Here, we report in female rats that a family history of recurrent ancestral PS facilitates certain aspects of movement performance, and that these benefits are abolished by the experience of a second hit, induced by a silent ischemia during adulthood. Female F4-generation rats with and without a family history of cumulative multigenerational PS (MPS) were tested for skilled motor function before and after the induction of a minor ischemic insult by endothelin-1 infusion into the primary motor cortex...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535974/role-of-the-area-postrema-in-the-hypophagic-effects-of-oleoylethanolamide
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Adele Romano, Cristina Anna Gallelli, Justyna Barbara Koczwara, Fiona E Braegger, Annabella Vitalone, Mario Falchi, Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura, Carlo Cifani, Tommaso Cassano, Thomas A Lutz, Silvana Gaetani
The satiety-promoting action of oleoylethanolamide (OEA) has been associated to the indirect activation of selected brain areas, such as the nucleus of the solitary tract (NST) in the brainstem and the tuberomammillary (TMN) and paraventricular (PVN) nuclei in the hypothalamus, where noradrenergic, histaminergic and oxytocinergic neurons play a necessary role. Visceral ascending fibers were hypothesized to mediate such effects. However, our previous findings demonstrated that the hypophagic action of peripherally administered OEA does not require intact vagal afferents and is associated to a strong activation of the area postrema (AP)...
May 20, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490159/neuroendoscopy-current-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Kyu Won Shim, Eun Kyung Park, Dong-Seok Kim, Joong-Uhn Choi
Neuroendoscopic surgery is performed because it causes minimal damage to normal structures, carries a lower rate of complications, and achieves excellent outcomes. Surgeons using an endoscope and related instruments can perform complex operations through very small incisions, which is especially useful for minimally invasive procedures for the brain and spine. Neuroendoscopic surgery is now performed in cases of obstructive hydrocephalus, various intraventricular lesions, hypothalamic hamartomas, craniosynostosis, skull base tumors, and spinal lesions...
May 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490155/endoscopic-treatment-of-hypothalamic-hamartomas
#15
REVIEW
Kyu Won Shim, Eun Kyung Park, Dong-Seok Kim
Hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) is a benign indolent lesion despite the presentation of refractory epilepsy. Behavioral disturbances and endocrine problems are additional critical symptoms that arise along with HHs. Due to its nature of generating epileptiform discharge and spreading to cortical region, various management strategies have been proposed and combined. Surgical approaches with open craniotomy or endoscopy, stereotactic approaches with radiosurgery and gamma knife surgery or radiofrequency thermos-coagulation, and laser ablation have been introduced...
May 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488608/epilepsy-surgery-in-children
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REVIEW
Sita Jayalakshmi, Sudhindra Vooturi, Swapan Gupta, Manas Panigrahi
Approximately 60% of all patients with epilepsy suffer from focal epilepsy syndromes. In approximately 15% of these patients, the seizures are not adequately controlled with anticonvulsive drugs, and such patients are potential candidates for surgical treatment and majority are children. Epilepsy surgery in children, who have been carefully chosen, can result in either seizure freedom or a marked (>90%) reduction in seizures in approximately two-third of children with intractable seizures. In the multimodality presurgical evaluation approach, sufficient concordance should be established among various independent investigations, thus identifying the location and extent of the epileptogenic zone with a high degree of confidence...
May 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474562/stress-neuropeptides-and-gastric-mucosa
#17
Klara Gyires, Ágnes Fehér
Exposure of the organism to a hostile stimulus results in a series of coordinated reactions that aim to avoid the aversive effect and maintain or restore homeostasis of the organism. In response to noxious stimuli corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), the primary mediator of stress responses is released from the paraventricular nucleus resulting in activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis and coordination of the endocrine, autonomic, behavioral and immune responses to stress. Several other neuropeptides, released in a coordinated way are also involved in the regulation of the stress response...
November 18, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469924/anorexia-cachexia-syndrome-like-hypothalamic-neuroendocrine-dysfunction-in-a-patient-with-a-papillary-craniopharyngioma
#18
Lourdes Balcázar-Hernández, Guadalupe Vargas-Ortega, Yelitza Valverde-García, Victoria Mendoza-Zubieta, Baldomero González-Virla
The craniopharyngiomas are solid cystic suprasellar tumors that can present extension to adjacent structures, conditioning pituitary and hypothalamic dysfunction. Within hypothalamic neuroendocrine dysfunction, we can find obesity, behavioral changes, disturbed circadian rhythm and sleep irregularities, imbalances in the regulation of body temperature, thirst, heart rate and/or blood pressure and alterations in dietary intake (like anorexia). We present a rare case of anorexia-cachexia syndrome like a manifestation of neuroendocrine dysfunction in a patient with a papillary craniopharyngioma...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432042/syndrome-of-inappropriate-antidiuretic-hormone-accompanied-by-bilateral-hypothalamic-and-anterior-thalamic-lesions-with-serum-antiaquaporin-4-antibody
#19
Kosuke Inoue, Takahiro Nakayama, Aya Kamisawa, Jun Saito
We described a rare case of the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH) and severe unconsciousness accompanied by bilateral hypothalamic and anterior thalamic lesions with positive serum antiaquaporin 4 (AQP4) antibody. A 29-year-old man was admitted to our hospital due to the subacute progression of an unconscious state. He was observed to be hyponatraemic secondary to SIADH. Brain MRI showed bilateral hypothalamic and anterior thalamic lesions. Anti-AQP4 antibody was detected in his serum...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429635/congenital-hypothalamic-hamartoblastoma-versus-hamartoma
#20
C Dunham, D McFadden, L Dahlgren, B Butler, S Hamilton, M McKinnon
Pallister Hall syndrome (PHS) is a rare malformative disorder that is due to truncating functional repressor mutations in GLI3. Since the seminal publication in 1980, hypothalamic tumors have been recognized to be a cardinal feature of PHS. In their original description of the neuropathologic features of PHS, Clarren et al. coined the term "hamartoblastoma" to characterize what they deemed to be a dual malformative and neoplastic mass of the hypothalamus. In subsequent published cases/series of PHS, the term "hamartoma" was often substituted for hamartoblastoma given what appeared to be a benign natural history of this lesion...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
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