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Jéssica Elias Vicentini, Marina Weiler, Sara Regina Meira Almeida, Brunno Machado de Campos, Lenise Valler, Li Min Li
Depression and anxiety symptoms are common after stroke and associated to reduction in quality of life and poor physical and social outcomes. The Default Mode Network (DMN) plays an important role in the emotional processing. We investigated whether these symptoms are associated to a disruption of DMN functional connectivity in the first month after stroke. Thirty-four subacute ischemic stroke patients were submitted to: 1) behavioral assessment through Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and Structured Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders; 2) neuropsychological assessment using Mini Mental State Examination and Montreal Cognitive Assessment; 3) resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging acquisition using a 3 T scanner (Philips Achieva)...
October 14, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Kyle B Walsh, Daniel Woo, Padmini Sekar, Jennifer Osborne, Charles J Moomaw, Carl D Langefeld, Opeolu Adeoye
BACKGROUND: -Hypertension is a significant risk factor for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). While ethnic/racial disparities related to hypertension and ICH have been reported, these previous studies were limited by a lack of Hispanics and inadequate power to analyze by ICH location. In the current study, while overcoming these prior limitations, we investigated whether there was variation by ethnicity/race of treated and untreated hypertension as risk factors for ICH. METHODS: -The Ethnic/Racial Variations of ICH (ERICH) study is a prospective, multicenter, case-control study of ICH among whites, blacks, and Hispanics...
October 13, 2016: Circulation
Robert Y Shih, James G Smirniotopoulos
In adults, the most common expansile "mass" lesion in the posterior fossa is a subacute stroke, whereas the most common neoplastic lesion in the posterior fossa is cerebellar metastasis (intra-axial) or vestibular schwannoma (extra-axial). Those diseases fall outside the scope of this article, which focuses on primary intra-axial tumors of the posterior fossa in adults. This category of tumors is uncommon and more frequently encountered in children. This article reviews tumors of the cerebellum, brainstem, and fourth ventricle that are seen in adult patients, following categories from the 2007 World Health Organization classification of central nervous system tumors...
November 2016: Neuroimaging Clinics of North America
Giancarlo Nicosia, Domenico Cicala, Giuseppe Mirone, Pietro Spennato, Vincenzo Trischitta, Claudio Ruggiero, Gianluigi Guarneri, Mario Muto, Giuseppe Cinalli
INTRODUCTION: Acute basilar artery occlusion (ABAO) is an infrequent but potentially fatal cause of strokes in both adults and children, and it is usually due to vertebral artery dissection (VAD). VAD has been found to be usually a consequence of traumatic vertebral artery injury. ABAO usually presents with symptoms of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) of the posterior circulation or transient ischemic attack (TIA). It may lead to death or long-term disability if not promptly recanalized. Basilar artery recanalization in children can be achieved safely and with excellent clinical outcome using endovascular thrombectomy with the new generation self-expanding and retrievable stents...
October 4, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Daniel L Moellentin, Dale Stewart, James Barbour
A 39-year-old man presented with new onset right hemiparesis and aphasia within an hour of using approximately 120 mL lidocaine 4% topical solution intranasally. Lidocaine had been prescribed over a 3-week period for pain due to multiple debridements of the nasal septum. A total of 650 mL of 4% lidocaine (26 g) had been dispensed to the patient during this time. The patient had a significant history of drug abuse, including snorting crushed tablets. Otherwise he was a healthy man with no chronic diseases or conditions...
September 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Lars P Pallesen, Andrei Khomenko, Imanuel Dzialowski, Jessica Barlinn, Kristian Barlinn, Charlotte Zerna, Erik Jrj van der Hoeven, Ale Algra, L Jaap Kapelle, Patrik Michel, Ulf Bodechtel, Andrew M Demchuk, Wouter Schonewille, Volker Puetz
BACKGROUND: Coma is associated with poor outcome in patients with basilar artery occlusion. AIMS: We sought to assess whether the posterior circulation Acute Stroke Prognosis Early CT Score and the Pons-Midbrain Index applied to CT angiography source images predict the outcome of comatose patients in the Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study. METHODS: Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study was a prospective, observational registry of patients with acute basilar artery occlusion with 48 recruiting centers worldwide...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Aurelien Hugues, Julie Di Marco, Perrine Janiaud, Isabelle Bonan, Francois Gueyffier, Gilles Rode
OBJECTIVE: Balance disorders are frequently seen after stroke resulting in limited physical activities. The effects of current physical rehabilitations aiming at reducing postural imbalance are varied with low levels of evidence. OBJECTIVES: i) to determine the efficiency of physical rehabilitation methods on the recovery of postural imbalance in patients after stroke; ii) to assess which method is more effective when compared with one another. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Search strategy: we searched Medline, Embase, Pedro, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Pascal and Francis from inception to October 2015...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Dominic Pérennou, Céline Piscicelli
OBJECTIVE: Visual vertical (VV) measurements are being increasingly used for routine clinical assessment of spatial cognition, to investigate otolithic vestibular function and identify altered verticality perception as a possible cause of postural disorders after stroke. The objective of this paper was to synthesize knowledge of assessment methods for testing VV after stroke. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: This systematic review, following the PRISMA statement, involved a search for articles in Medline via PubMed published up to November 2015 by using the search terms "visual vertical", "verticality perception" and "stroke"...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Stefan Kliesch, Christian Bauknecht, Georg Bohner, Thomas Liebig, Eberhard Siebert
We report a rare case of entrapment of the basilar artery into the sphenoid bone caused by a longitudinal fracture of the clivus. Using high resolution three-dimensional flat panel angiography, we show preservation of the basilar artery perforators in spite of severe stenosis of the entrapped segment of the basilar artery. There were no obvious signs and symptoms of posterior fossa stroke clinically or radiographically as far as could be assessed under given clinical circumstances.
September 23, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Christine Bollwein, Annika Plate, Wieland H Sommer, Kolja M Thierfelder, Hendrik Janssen, Maximilian F Reiser, Andreas Straube, Louisa von Baumgarten
INTRODUCTION: Although the diagnostic performance of whole-brain computed tomographic perfusion (WB-CTP) in the detection of supratentorial infarctions is well established, its value in the detection of infratentorial strokes remains less well defined. We examined its diagnostic accuracy in the detection of infratentorial infarctions and compared it to nonenhanced computed tomography (NECT), aiming to identify factors influencing its detection rate. METHODS: Out of a cohort of 1380 patients who underwent WB-CTP due to suspected stroke, we retrospectively included all patients with MRI-confirmed infratentorial strokes and compared it to control patients without infratentorial strokes...
September 20, 2016: Neuroradiology
Stefan Kliesch, Christian Bauknecht, Georg Bohner, Thomas Liebig, Eberhard Siebert
We report a rare case of entrapment of the basilar artery into the sphenoid bone caused by a longitudinal fracture of the clivus. Using high resolution three-dimensional flat panel angiography, we show preservation of the basilar artery perforators in spite of severe stenosis of the entrapped segment of the basilar artery. There were no obvious signs and symptoms of posterior fossa stroke clinically or radiographically as far as could be assessed under given clinical circumstances.
2016: BMJ Case Reports
K-D Choi, H Lee, J-S Kim
Dizziness/vertigo and imbalance are the most common symptoms of vertebrobasilar ischemia. Even though dizziness/vertigo usually accompanies other neurologic symptoms and signs in cerebrovascular disorders, a diagnosis of isolated vascular vertigo is increasing markedly by virtue of recent developments in clinical neurotology and neuroimaging. It is important to differentiate isolated vertigo of a vascular cause from more benign disorders involving the inner ear, since therapeutic strategies and prognosis differ between these two conditions...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Asaf Honig, Ruth Eliahou, Roni Eichel, Ari Aharon Shemesh, Tamir Ben-Hur, Eitan Auriel
Bilateral thalamic infarction (BTI) typically presents as a sleep-like coma (SLC) without localizing signs, posing a diagnostic challenge that may lead the treating physician to search for toxic or metabolic causes and delay treatment. We review our experience with BTI of different etiologies, and emphasize the critical role of timely imaging, diagnosis, and management in a series of 12 patients with a presentation of SLC and acute BTI who were managed in our Medical Centers from 2006-2015. In 11/12, urgent head CT scans showed normal brain tissue, while diffusion-weighted (DWI) MRI revealed symmetric bilateral thalamic hyperintense lesions with variable degrees of brainstem involvement...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
A Riccio, F Pichiorri, F Schettini, J Toppi, M Risetti, R Formisano, M Molinari, L Astolfi, F Cincotti, D Mattia
Communication and control of the external environment can be provided via brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to replace a lost function in persons with severe diseases and little or no chance of recovery of motor abilities (ie, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, brainstem stroke). BCIs allow to intentionally modulate brain activity, to train specific brain functions, and to control prosthetic devices, and thus, this technology can also improve the outcome of rehabilitation programs in persons who have suffered from a central nervous system injury (ie, stroke leading to motor or cognitive impairment)...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
Carlos A Cañas
We report case of a 48 years old woman bitten on her right foot by a Bothrops atrox viper. As a result, she developed a severe coagulopathy which improved with application of polyvalent antivenom. Four days after bite she suffered a devastating brainstem ischemic stroke. Possible pathogenetic mechanisms are discussed.
September 15, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Pyoungsik Hwang, Min Kyun Sohn, Sungju Jee, Hyunkeun Lee
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between motor evoked potentials (MEPs) in lower limbs and ambulatory outcomes of hemiplegic stroke patients. METHODS: Medical records of hemiplegic patients with the first ever stroke who received inpatient rehabilitation from January 2013 to May 2014 were reviewed. Patient who had diabetes, quadriplegia, bilateral lesion, brainstem lesion, severe musculoskeletal problem, and old age over 80 years were excluded. MEPs in lower limbs were measured when they were transferred to the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine...
June 2016: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
N Drezner, K K Hardy, E Wells, G Vezina, C Y Ho, R J Packer, E I Hwang
Cerebral radiation necrosis (CRN) is a toxicity of radiation therapy that can result in significant, potentially life-threatening neurologic deficits. Treatment for CRN has included surgical resection, corticosteroids, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), and bevacizumab, but no consensus approach has been identified. We reviewed the available literature to evaluate efficacy of treatment approaches. Using methods specified in the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines when possible, we conducted searches of Ovid MEDLINE, Embase and Pubmed to identify studies reporting on outcomes for children (≤21 years old) with CRN...
July 20, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Brendan P Lovasik, D Jay McCracken, Courtney E McCracken, Margaret E McDougal, Jason M Frerich, Owen B Samuels, Gustavo Pradilla
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) commonly presents with intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and remains a highly disabling form of stroke. External ventricular drains (EVDs) are associated with decreased short-term mortality, but indications for use and outcomes benefit are controversial. METHODS: A multi-institutional, retrospective analysis of 563 patients with spontaneous ICH from 2010 to 2014 was performed with multivariate regression modeling...
October 2016: World Neurosurgery
David E Newman-Toker, Charles C Della Santina, Ari M Blitz
Symptoms referable to disorders affecting the inner ear and vestibulocochlear nerve (eighth cranial nerve) include dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss, in various combinations. Similar symptoms may occur with involvement of the central nervous system, principally the brainstem and cerebellum, to which the vestibular and auditory systems are connected. Imaging choices should be tailored to patient symptoms and the clinical context. Computed tomography (CT) should be used primarily to assess bony structures...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
N Vilardell, L Rofes, W V Nascimento, D Muriana, E Palomeras, P Clavé
BACKGROUND: Cough and swallowing impairments in post-stroke patients (PSP) have been associated with increased risk for respiratory complications. AIMS: To assess the prevalence of alterations in protective cough responses in subacute PSP and its association with oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD), clinical, and neurotopographic stroke factors and clinical outcomes. METHODS: Three months after stroke, the cough reflex test (CRT) was performed by nebulizing incremental citric acid concentrations (7...
July 18, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
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