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Acute stroke

Masaki Naganuma, Yuichiro Inatomi, Makoto Nakajima, Toshiro Yonehara, Yukio Ando
BACKGROUND: Uric acid (UA), an antioxidant with neuroprotective effects, favorably affects stroke outcome. However, the effect has not been examined in patients treated with edaravone, a frequently used free radical scavenger. We investigated whether the use of edaravone affected the relationship between UA levels and outcome in acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 1,114 consecutive ischemic stroke patients with premorbid modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores <2 admitted within 24 h of onset (mean, 74 years; median UA levels, 333 μmol/L)...
March 20, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Hyun Goo Kang, Bum Joon Kim, Sang Hun Lee, Dong-Wha Kang, Sun U Kwon, Jong S Kim
BACKGROUND: Lateral medullary infarction (LMI) is not an uncommon disease. Although lesions are usually restricted to the lateral medullary area, some patients have additional infarcts in other parts of the brain. The clinical features and prognosis of isolated LMI (pure LMI, LMIpr) have been investigated. However, it remains unclear whether clinical characteristics, prognosis and factors associated with prognosis differ between patients with LMIpr and those with additional lesions (LMI plus, LMIpl)...
March 20, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Stefano Grazioli, Maurizio Paciaroni, Giancarlo Agnelli, Monica Acciarresi, Andrea Alberti, Cataldo D'Amore, Valeria Caso, Michele Venti, Luigina Guasti, Walter Ageno, Alessandro Squizzato
BACKGROUND: The association between stroke and cancer is well-known but insufficiently investigated. Aim of this multicentre retrospective cohort study was to estimate the prevalence of cancer-associated ischemic stroke, describe clinical outcomes in patients with cancer-associated ischemic stroke and investigate independent factors associated with active cancer. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients admitted for acute ischemic stroke were included. Included patients were admitted in the Stroke Unit of the Hospital of Perugia, Italy, from March 2005 to March 2015, and in a medical unit of the Hospital of Varese, Italy, from January 2010 till December 2011...
March 15, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Jianzhong Yin, Haizhen Sun, Zhiyun Wang, Hongyan Ni, Wen Shen, Phillip Zhe Sun
Purpose To determine the relationship between diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in patients with acute stroke at admission and the tissue outcome 1 month after onset of stroke. Materials and Methods Patients with stroke underwent DWI (b values = 0, 1000 sec/mm2 along three directions) and DKI (b values = 0, 1000, 2000 sec/mm2 along 20 directions) within 24 hours after symptom onset and 1 month after symptom onset. For large lesions (diameter ≥ 1 cm), acute lesion volumes at DWI and DKI were compared with those at follow-up T2-weighted imaging by using Spearman correlation analysis...
March 20, 2018: Radiology
Wenjing Lu, Yang Wang, Yu Zhang, Huaibin Liang, Xuanqiang Tu, Jirong He, Guoyuan Yang, Lili Zeng
OBJECTIVE: To explore the function of blood microRNA-15a (miR-15a) in the pathogenesis of acute cerebral ischemia. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients within 72 h after onset and normal control healthy. A model of ischemia in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) was established by oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD). MiR-15a in patients and in cells was measured by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)...
March 19, 2018: Current Neurovascular Research
Song Luo, Lijuan Yang, Yanfei Luo
Susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) is a non-invasive technique that can reveal venous structures and iron in the brain. This retrospective study evaluated SWI, relative to other imaging techniques, for determining cerebral infarct size and early-stage clinical prognosis in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Within 3 days after onset, 22 patients with acute ischemic stroke underwent SWI, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), perfusion-weighted imaging (PWI), fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR), and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)...
March 20, 2018: Neurological Sciences
Uros Marusic, Sidney Grosprêtre
Normal and pathological ageing are associated with several motor impairments that reduce quality of life and represent a general challenge for public healthcare systems. Consequently, over the past decades, many scientists and physiotherapists dedicated their research to the development and improvement of safe and costless methods to counteract the progressive decline of motor functions with age. The urgency of finding new and easy to implement methods is even more paramount in case of acute pathologies (e...
March 20, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
Rhys D Pockett, Phil McEwan, Joshua Ray, Irwin Tran, Simon Shutler, Steven Martin, Zaheer Yousef, Ameet Bakhai
OBJECTIVES: The effects of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) events on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and the time dependency of these effects are unknown. This study aimed to characterise health utilities in ACS patients to aid development of future economic models estimating the cost per quality-adjusted life-year impact of ACS events and potential treatments. METHODS: Multicentre, non-interventional, longitudinal evaluation of health utility in patients experiencing ACS or stroke events...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
Zusen Ye, Hao Zhang, Lingli Sun, Huan Cai, Yonggang Hao, Zongliang Xu, Zhizhong Zhang, Xinfeng Liu
Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels increase the risk of poor functional disability in patients with ischemic stroke (IS). This study aimed to investigate the association between CRP gene polymorphisms and 3-month functional disability of large artery atherosclerotic (LAA) stroke in Han Chinese. Patients with first-ever LAA IS were prospectively enrolled in Nanjing Stroke Registry Program between August 2013 and October 2015. Five single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs876537, rs2794520, rs3093059, rs7553007 and rs11265260) in CRP gene related to CRP levels in Asian by genome-wide association study were genotyped...
March 19, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
Jan Pawel Bembenek, Michal Adam Karlinski, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzebska, Anna Czlonkowska
We aimed to provide a descriptive analysis of embolic stroke of undetermined etiology (ESUS) population based on a long-term prospective stroke registry. We retrospectively analyzed data collected in a detailed registry regarding consecutive patients admitted for first-ever ischemic stroke (IS) between January 2001 and December 2015. We used Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment classification supplemented with ESUS criteria proposed by the Cryptogenic Stroke/ESUS International Working Group. Within the ESUS group, we additionally compared patients ≤ 60 and > 60 years of age...
March 19, 2018: Neurological Sciences
Kathryn F Kirchoff-Torres, Ekaterina Bakradze
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome (CHS) is a rare but significant complication after carotid revascularization and is increasingly recognized after acute stroke treatments. In this review, we discuss the epidemiology and pathophysiology of CHS, clinical presentation including ipsilateral headache, seizures, and focal neurological deficits, and radiographic presentation. We propose preventive therapies with emphasis on acute stroke post-thrombectomy hyperperfusion. RECENT FINDINGS: CHS was first described after carotid revascularization but is now also reported in patients with acute ischemic stroke...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Won Jang, Hyo Sung Kwak, Gyung Ho Chung, Seung Bae Hwang
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the utility of three-dimensional (3D), black-blood (BB), contrast-enhanced, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the detection of intraluminal thrombi in acute stroke patients. METHODS: Forty-seven patients with acute stroke involving the anterior circulation underwent MRI examination within 6 h of clinical onset. Cerebral angiography was used as the reference standard. In a blinded manner, two neuroradiologists interpreted the following three data sets: (1) diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) + 3D BB contrast-enhanced MRI; (2) DWI + susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI); (3) DWI + 3D BB contrast-enhanced MRI + SWI...
March 19, 2018: European Radiology
A Wufuer, P Mijiti, R Abudusalamu, H Dengfeng, C Jian, M Jianhua, Z Xiaoning
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of different blood pressure (BP) parameters on the collateral circulation in a retrospective cohort of patients with acute ischemic stroke and ipsilateral internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusion. METHODS: The degree of intracranial collaterals was graded according to the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology/Society of Interventional Radiology (ASITN/SIR) Collateral Flow Grading System...
March 20, 2018: Herz
Graeme A Deuchar, David Brennan, William M Holmes, Martin Shaw, I Mhairi Macrae, Celestine Santosh
The ability to identify metabolically active and potentially salvageable ischaemic penumbra is crucial for improving treatment decisions in acute stroke patients. Our solution involves two complementary novel MRI techniques (Glasgow Oxygen Level Dependant (GOLD) Metabolic Imaging), which when combined with a perfluorocarbon (PFC) based oxygen carrier and hyperoxia can identify penumbra due to dynamic changes related to continued metabolism within this tissue compartment. Our aims were (i) to investigate whether PFC offers similar enhancement of the second technique (Lactate Change) as previously demonstrated for the T2 *OC technique (ii) to demonstrate both GOLD metabolic imaging techniques working concurrently to identify penumbra, following administration of Oxycyte® (O-PFC) with hyperoxia...
2018: Theranostics
Kemal Ugur Tufekci, Ufuk Vurgun, Onur Yigitaslan, Pembe Keskinoglu, Erdem Yaka, Kursad Kutluk, Sermin Genc
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), which is TNF receptor superfamily member, contributes to several diseases pathogenesis. The aim of this research was to investigate the relevance of serum TRAIL protein levels and mRNA expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of patients with stroke through 6 months follow-up. We enrolled patients with first-ever acute ischemic stroke ( n  = 95) and healthy controls ( n  = 95) in this study. Follow-up blood samples were collected from patients at day 7, 28, and 180 after the onset...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Ling Guan, Jean-Paul Collet, Garey Mazowita, Victoria E Claydon
Transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke have high risks of recurrence and deterioration into severe ischemic strokes. Risk stratification of TIA and minor stroke is essential for early effective treatment. Traditional tools have only moderate predictive value, likely due to their inclusion of the limited number of stroke risk factors. Our review follows Hans Selye's fundamental work on stress theory and the progressive shift of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) from adaptation to disease when stress becomes chronic...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Il-Doo Kim, Hahnbie Lee, Seung-Woo Kim, Hye-Kyung Lee, Juli Choi, Pyung-Lim Han, Ja-Kyeong Lee
Post-stroke infection (PSI) is known to worsen functional outcomes of stroke patients and accounts to one-third of stroke-related deaths in hospital. In our previous reports, we demonstrated that massive release of high-mobility group box protein 1 (HMGB1), an endogenous danger signal molecule, is promoted by N-methyl-D-aspartic acid-induced acute damage in the postischemic brain, exacerbating neuronal damage by triggering delayed inflammatory processes. Moreover, augmentation of proinflammatory function of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) by HMGB1 via direct interaction has been reported...
March 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Dylan N Wolman, Michael Iv, Max Wintermark, Gregory Zaharchuk, Michael P Marks, Huy M Do, Robert L Dodd, Gregory W Albers, Maarten G Lansberg, Jeremy J Heit
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients who benefit from endovascular treatment have a large vessel occlusion (LVO), small core infarction, and salvageable brain. We determined if diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and perfusion-weighted imaging (PWI) alone can correctly identify and localize anterior circulation LVO and accurately triage patients to endovascular thrombectomy (ET). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included patients undergoing MRI for the evaluation of AIS symptoms...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Tsuyoshi Ohta, Kenji Okada, Maki Fukuda, Noritaka Masahira, Toshiki Matsuoka, Takaya Tsuno, Mitsuhiro Takemura
OBJECT: The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of intravenous low-dose alteplase for acute ischemic stroke patients with relative contraindications. METHODS: The consecutive series of patients admitted within 4.5 hours of ischemic stroke onset between September 2012 and April 2017 were retrospectively evaluated. A good outcome at 90 days and symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage were evaluated to determine the association with intravenous low-dose alteplase, especially in the presence of relative contraindications...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Yuichiro Ohya, Noriko Makihara, Kayo Wakisaka, Takao Morita, Tetsuro Ago, Takanari Kitazono, Hitonori Takaba
Whether idarucizumab, an antidote of dabigatran, can be used effectively and safely before thrombolytic therapy with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) in patients with stroke undergoing treatment with dabigatran remains unknown. We herein describe a 57-year-old man who developed severe cardioembolic stroke with a National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score of 22 in the left middle cerebral artery territory while undergoing treatment with dabigatran for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and who was treated with rt-PA after the reversal of dabigatran with idarucizumab...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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