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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228395/brain-stem-cavernous-malformations-operative-nuances-of-a-less-invasive-resection-technique
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Harminder Singh, Turki Elarjani, Harley Brito da Silva, Rakshith Shetty, Louis Kim, Laligam N Sekhar
BACKGROUND: Different operative techniques are reported for the resection of brainstem cavernous malformations (BSCMs). The senior author has previously reported on a less-invasive technique of entering the brain stem with piecemeal removal of BSCMs, especially the deep-seated ones. OBJECTIVE: To present a larger series of these lesions, emphasizing the approach to the brain stem via case selection. We discuss the nuances of the less-invasive operative technique through case illustrations and intraoperative videos...
December 8, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226552/spontaneously-regressing-brain-lesions-in-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome
#2
An N Dang Do, Eva H Baker, Katherine E Warren, Simona E Bianconi, Forbes D Porter
Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) is a metabolic disorder caused by an inborn error of cholesterol synthesis that affects the development of many organ systems. Malformations in the central nervous system typically involve midline structures and reflect abnormal growth and differentiation of neurons and supporting cells. Despite these defects in central nervous system development, brain tumor formation has only rarely been reported in association with SLOS. We present three individuals with SLOS and lesions in the basal ganglia or brainstem detected by MRI that were concerning for tumor formation...
December 11, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226021/holmes-tremor-secondary-to-a-stabbing-lesion-in-the-midbrain
#3
Rubens Gisbert Cury, Egberto Reis Barbosa, Christian Freitas, Luis Filipe de Souza Godoy, Wellingson Silva Paiva
Background: The development of Holmes tremor (HT) after a direct lesion of the midbrain has rarely been reported in the literature, although several etiologies have been linked with HT, such as stroke, brainstem tumors, multiple sclerosis, head trauma, or infections. Phenomenology Shown: A 31-year-old male, having been stabbed in the right eye, presented with a rest and action tremor in the left upper limb associated with left hemiparesis with corresponding post-contrast volumetric magnetic resonance imaging T1 with sagittal oblique reformation showing the knife trajectory reaching the right midbrain...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218504/temporal-spatial-profiling-of-pedunculopontine-galanin-cholinergic-neurons-in-the-lactacystin-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#4
Joanna L Elson, Rafael Kochaj, Richard Reynolds, Ilse S Pienaar
Parkinson's disease (PD) is conventionally seen as resulting from single-system neurodegeneration affecting nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. However, accumulating evidence indicates multi-system degeneration and neurotransmitter deficiencies, including cholinergic neurons which degenerate in a brainstem nucleus, the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN), resulting in motor and cognitive impairments. The neuropeptide galanin can inhibit cholinergic transmission, while being upregulated in degenerating brain regions associated with cognitive decline...
December 7, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209479/a-brief-psychotic-episode-with-depressive-symptoms-in-silent-right-frontal-lobe-infarct
#5
Salziyan Badrin, Noraini Mohamad, Nor Akma Yunus, Maryam Mohd Zulkifli
Psychiatric symptoms may be related to a silent cerebral infarct, a phenomenon that has been described previously in literature. Acute psychosis or other neuropsychiatric symptoms including depression may present in stroke patients and patients with lesions either within the prefrontal or occipital cortices, or in subcortical areas such as the basal ganglia, thalamus, mid-brain, and brainstem. Psychosis in clinical stroke or in silent cerebral infarction is uncommon and not well documented in the literature...
November 2017: Korean Journal of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208342/pediatric-stroke-related-to-lyme-neuroborreliosis-data-from-the-swiss-neuropaediatric-stroke-registry-and-literature-review
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O Monteventi, M Steinlin, M Regényi, E Roulet-Perez, P Weber, J Fluss
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular complications of Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB) are poorly documented in the paediatric population. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis from prospectively registered cases of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) from the Swiss NeuroPaediatric Stroke Registry (SNPSR) from 2000 to 2015. Only cases with serologically confirmed LNB were included. In addition, a literature review on paediatric stroke cases secondary to Lyme neuroborreliosis in the same time frame was performed...
November 24, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206077/radiosurgery-and-stereotactic-radiotherapy-with-cyberknife-system-for-meningioma-treatment
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Rossella Di Franco, Valentina Borzillo, Vincenzo Ravo, Sara Falivene, Francesco Jacopo Romano, Matteo Muto, Fabrizio Cammarota, Giuseppe Totaro, Gianluca Ametrano, Sabrina Rossetti, Carla Cavaliere, Carmine D' Aniello, Gelsomina Iovane, Maria Assunta Porricelli, Massimiliano Berretta, Gerardo Botti, Luigi Starace, Enrico La Salvia, Gaetano Facchini, Paolo Muto
Objective The aim of this work was to evaluate the impact of stereotactic radiosurgery/fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy with the Cyberknife system on local disease control, clinical outcome and toxicity in patients with meningioma, according to the site and histological grade of lesion. From January 2013 to April 2017, 52 patients with intracranial meningiomas were treated with the Cyberknife system. Twenty-four patients had undergone previous surgery: 38% gross total resection, 10% subtotal resection; 27 patients underwent no surgery; 22 patients had a recurrence of meningioma...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204962/adult-leukoencephalopathies-with-prominent-infratentorial-involvement-can-be-caused-by-erdheim-chester-disease
#8
Luisa Chiapparini, Giulio Cavalli, Tiziana Langella, Anna Venerando, Giacomo De Luca, Sergio Raspante, Giorgio Marotta, Bianca Pollo, Giuseppe Lauria, Maria Giulia Cangi, Simonetta Gerevini, Andrea Botturi, Davide Pareyson, Lorenzo Dagna, Ettore Salsano
BACKGROUND: Leukoencephalopathies with prominent involvement of cerebellum and brainstem, henceforward called prominent infratentorial leukoencephalopathies (PILs), encompass a variety of inherited and acquired white matter diseases. Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is a rare non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis likely under-diagnosed as cause of adult PIL. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical and laboratory information of ten consecutive sporadic adult patients with PIL of unknown origin, who were investigated for ECD...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204199/clinicopathological-study-of-pediatric-posterior-fossa-tumors
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Kadali Satya Vara Prasad, D Ravi, Vijay Pallikonda, Bhavana Venkata Satya Raman
Context: Brain tumor is one of the most devastating forms of human illness, especially when occurring in the posterior fossa and involving the brainstem. Tumors in the posterior fossa are considered some of the most critical brain lesions. This is primarily due to the limited space within the posterior fossa, as well as the potential involvement of the vital brainstem nuclei. Aims: The aim of this study is to analyze the incidence, clinical features, surgical outcome, complications, and prognosis in a series of 37 pediatric patients with posterior fossa tumors who underwent surgery between September 2012 and January 2015 from the Department of Neurosurgery, King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam (both prospective and retrospective study)...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197651/yawning-its-anatomy-chemistry-role-and-pathological-considerations
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REVIEW
Heinz Krestel, Claudio L Bassetti, Olivier Walusinski
Yawning is a clinical sign of the activity of various supra- and infratentorial brain regions including the putative brainstem motor pattern, hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus, probably the insula and limbic structures that are interconnected via a fiber network. This interaction can be seen in analogy to other cerebral functions arising from a network or zone such as language. Within this network, yawning fulfills its function in a stereotype, reflex-like manner; a phylogenetically old function, preserved across species barriers, with the purpose of arousal, communication, and maybe other functions including respiration...
November 29, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191060/endoscopic-endonasal-resection-of-a-medullary-cavernoma-a-novel-case
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Puya Alikhani, Sananthan Sivakanthan, Ramsey Ashour, Mark Tabor, Harry van Loveren, Siviero Agazzi
Brainstem cavernomas can present very challenging operative problems. Endoscopic endonasal approaches to these lesions in the mesencephalon and pons have been described. In this article the authors present the first case of a medullary cavernoma resected by an endoscopic transclival approach. A 26 year-old woman with a 1.5 cm medullary cavernoma presented with imbalance, swallowing difficulty, and right hemibody weakness. She was taken to the operating room for endoscopic endonasal transclival resection. Her pre-existing neurologic deficits worsened initially after surgery, but at three-month follow-up she had made a full neurologic recovery...
November 30, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189299/global-orientation-in-space-and-the-lateralization-of-brain-functions
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Marianne Dieterich, Thomas Brandt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The functional role of the vestibular system for multisensory orientation and sensorimotor control is reviewed with a special focus on hemispherical lateralization and its consequences for neurological disorders of higher cortical function. RECENT FINDINGS: The peripheral and central vestibular systems are bilaterally organized with ipsilateral and contralateral ascending pathways and two multisensory cortical networks in the right and left hemisphere...
November 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168586/regional-oligodendrocytopathy-and-astrocytopathy-precede-myelin-loss-and-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-in-a-murine-model-of-osmotic-demyelination-syndrome
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Joanna Bouchat, Bruno Couturier, Catherine Marneffe, Fabrice Gankam-Kengne, Benoît Balau, Kathleen De Swert, Jean-Pierre Brion, Luc Poncelet, Jacques Gilloteaux, Charles Nicaise
The osmotic demyelination syndrome (ODS) is a non-primary inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system myelin that is often associated with a precipitous rise of serum sodium concentration. To investigate the physiopathology of ODS in vivo, we generated a novel murine model based on the abrupt correction of chronic hyponatremia. Accordingly, ODS mice developed impairments in brainstem auditory evoked potentials and in grip strength. At 24 hr post-correction, oligodendrocyte markers (APC and Cx47) were downregulated, prior to any detectable demyelination...
November 23, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156226/frequency-of-brain-mri-abnormalities-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-at-presentation-a-cohort-of-latin-american-patients
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Edgar Carnero Contentti, Vanessa Daccach Marques, Ibis Soto de Castillo, Veronica Tkachuk, Amilton Antunes Barreira, Elizabeth Armas, Edson Chiganer, Camila de Aquino Cruz, José Luis Di Pace, Javier Pablo Hryb, Carolina Lavigne Moreira, Carmen Lessa, Omaira Molina, Monica Perassolo, Arnoldo Soto, Alejandro Caride
BACKGROUND: Brain magnetic resonance imaging (BMRI) lesions were classically not reported in neuromyelitis optica (NMO). However, BMRI lesions are not uncommon in NMO spectrum disorder (NMOSD) patients. OBJECTIVE: To report BMRI characteristic abnormalities (location and configuration) in NMOSD patients at presentation. METHODS: Medical records and BMRI characteristics of 79 patients with NMOSD (during the first documented attack) in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela were reviewed retrospectively...
November 8, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150979/anterior-thalamic-nuclei-lesions-have-a-greater-impact-than-mammillothalamic-tract-lesions-on-the-extended-hippocampal-system
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Brook A L Perry, Stephanie A Mercer, Sophie C Barnett, Jungah Lee, John C Dalrymple-Alford
The anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN), mammillary bodies and their interconnecting fiber tract, the mammillothalamic tract (MTT), are important components of an extended hippocampal circuit for episodic memory. In humans, damage to the MTT or ATN in many disorders is associated with severe anterograde amnesia and it is assumed that their influence on memory is functionally equivalent. The relative influence of these two structures on memory has not, however, been assessed explicitly. Here, a direct comparison found that only ATN lesions impaired spatial reference memory in rats...
November 18, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148902/microsurgical-anatomy-and-approaches-around-the-lateral-recess-with-special-reference-to-entry-into-the-pons
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Osamu Akiyama, Ken Matsushima, Maximiliano Nunez, Satoshi Matsuo, Akihide Kondo, Hajime Arai, Albert L Rhoton, Toshio Matsushima
OBJECTIVE The lateral recess is a unique structure communicating between the ventricle and cistern, which is exposed when treating lesions involving the fourth ventricle and the brainstem with surgical approaches such as the transcerebellomedullary fissure approach. In this study, the authors examined the microsurgical anatomy around the lateral recess, including the fiber tracts, and analyzed their findings with respect to surgical exposure of the lateral recess and entry into the lower pons. METHODS Ten cadaveric heads were examined with microsurgical techniques, and 2 heads were examined with fiber dissection to clarify the anatomy between the lateral recess and adjacent structures...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148317/brainstem-glioma-prediction-of-histopathologic-grade-based-on-conventional-mr-imaging
#17
Yashar Moharamzad, Morteza Sanei Taheri, Farhad Niaghi, Elham Shobeiri
Objective The objective of this article is to investigate the association between specific MR imaging findings and histopathologic grading (low-grade vs. high-grade) of brainstem gliomas (BSGs). Methods Sixty-two males and 34 females (mean (standard deviation, SD) age of 24.61 (17.20) years, range = 3 to 70 years) with histologically diagnosed BSG underwent conventional 1.5 T MR imaging, which included T1-weighted (T1W), T2W, and post-contrast T1W sequences. There were 39 children (mean age of 9.38 years) and 57 adults (mean age of 35 years)...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141829/cerebral-cortical-encephalitis-followed-by-recurrent-cns-demyelination-in-a-patient-with-concomitant-anti-mog-and-anti-nmda-receptor-antibodies
#18
Lei Zhou, Jingzi ZhangBao, Haiqing Li, Xiaoyang Li, Yongheng Huang, Min Wang, Chongbo Zhao, Jiahong Lu, Chuanzhen Lu, Yuxin Li, Chao Quan
We report the case of a patient who initially presented with fever, headache and seizure. MRI revealed a fluid attenuation inversion recovery (FLAIR) high-intensity lesion involving the right temporal, parietal and occipital cortex. Afterwards, the patient developed three recurrent episodes, manifested as brainstem encephalitis, optic neuritis and ADEM-like illness successively, indicating demyelination. Both of his serum anti-MOG and CSF anti-NMDAR antibodies were proved positive by transfected cell based assays...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138746/a-novel-encephalopathy-in-a-thiamine-deficient-dog-resembling-human-wernicke-s-disease-with-atypical-mri-pattern
#19
Floriana Gernone, Mario Ricciardi
Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin, which participates in several vital metabolic pathways involved in energy metabolism and neurotransmitter synthesis of mammals. In companion animals thiamine deficiency is classically associated with signs of diffuse encephalopathy and lesions on brainstem nuclei and mesencephalic colliculi evident on magnetic resonance imaging. This paper describes a novel clinical presentation in a thiamine-deficient dog showing multifocal, central and peripheral nervous and cardiovascular system alterations...
2017: Open Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137102/lateral-medullary-infarction-with-similar-features-of-brown-sequard-syndrome-caused-by-vertebrobasilar-dysplasia-and-klippel-feil-syndrome-a-case-report
#20
Jingzhe Han, Duanhua Cao, Guomei Ma, Tingting Wang, Ye Ji, Zhilei Kang
RATIONALE: Patients with Klippel-Feil syndrome (KFS) are always anomaly associated with vertebrobasilar dysplasia. That may present commonly as infarction of brainstem, medulla, and cerebellum. In this article, we reported a rare case of lateral medullary infarction (LMI) with similar features of Brown Sequard syndrome caused by vertebrobasilar dysplasia and KFS, and the 2 rare conditions that are causally related. The case is being reported because of its unusual and rare presentation...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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