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Vascular headache

Lin Shi
According to the seventh report of Joint National Committee (JNC 7), hypertensive emergency (HE), a kind of hypertensive crisis, is defined as a sudden and abrupt elevation in blood pressure so as to cause acute target organ dysfunctions, including central nervous system, cardiovascular system or kidneys. Patients with HE require immediate reduction in markedly elevated blood pressure. Currently, there are no international guidelines for children HE, so the JNC definition is commonly used. Hypertensive emergency in children is rare but a life-threatening emergency...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Aneesh Mohimen, Santhosh Kumar, E R Jayadevan
PURPOSE: To describe a rare clinical entity of intra-osseous skull base arterio-venous fistula managed with transvenous fistula embolization. CASE DETAILS: 57 year old lady presented with complaints of headache and episodic tinnitus with progressive left sided visual deterioration. Cross sectional imaging of the head revealed multiple vascular channels in the sphenoid bone and in bilateral masticator spaces. Catheter angiography showed presence of a large osseous arterio-venous fistula (AVF) epicentered in the body of sphenoid and left pterygoid plates with arterial feeders from bilateral external carotid arteries and venous drainage...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Serhat Güler, Burak Tatlı
Sinus pericranii (SP) is an uncommon vascular pathology that is characterized by a nodular structure emerging from the scalp. It is generally asymptomatic. Typically, it is aclose to soft, compressive, fluctuant swelling, intracranial sinus. The swelling increases during the Valsalva maneuver, jugular vein compression, coughing, or crying attacks. The diagnosis was confirmed by CT, MRI, and MR angiography. Here, we conclude that SP is a rare cause of headache and that the asymptomatic lesion become symptomatic as a result of association with pseudotumor cerebri...
November 2015: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
Nobumasa Ohara, Yasuyuki Uemura, Naomi Mezaki, Keita Kimura, Masanori Kaneko, Hirohiko Kuwano, Katsuya Ebe, Toshio Fujita, Takeshi Komeyama, Hiroyuki Usuda, Yuto Yamazaki, Takashi Maekawa, Hironobu Sasano, Kenzo Kaneko, Kyuzi Kamoi
BACKGROUND: Pheochromocytomas are rare catecholamine-producing neuroendocrine tumors. Hypertension secondary to pheochromocytoma is often paroxysmal, and patients occasionally present with sudden attacks of alternating hypertension and hypotension. Spontaneous, extensive necrosis within the tumor that is associated with catecholamine crisis is an infrequent complication of adrenal pheochromocytoma, but its pathogenesis remains unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: A 69-year-old Japanese man developed acute-onset episodic headaches, palpitations, and chest pains...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Elisabeth B Marsh, Wendy C Ziai, Rafael H Llinas
INTRODUCTION: Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) typically affects young patients and left untreated can result in hemorrhage or ischemic stroke. Though the disorder has been well characterized in the literature, the most appropriate way to diagnose, treat, and evaluate therapeutic response remains unclear. In previous studies, transcranial Doppler ultrasound (TCD) has shown elevated velocities indicative of vasospasm. This imaging modality is noninvasive and inexpensive; an attractive option for diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring if it is sensitive enough to detect changes in the acute setting given that RCVS often affects the distal vessels early in the course of disease...
May 2016: Case Reports in Neurology
Grace J Wang, Adam W Beck, Randall R DeMartino, Philip P Goodney, Caron B Rockman, Ronald M Fairman
BACKGROUND: Cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome (CHS), characterized by severe ipsilateral headache, seizures, and intracranial hemorrhage, is a rare, poorly understood complication that can be fatal following carotid endarterectomy (CEA). The purpose of the study was to determine the factors associated with CHS as captured in the Vascular Quality Initiative. METHODS: Analysis was conducted on 51,001 procedures captured from the CEA module of the Vascular Quality Initiative from 2003 to 2015...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Yu-Chen Ji, Yan Li, Jing-Xia Hu, Hong-Bo Zhang, Peng-Xiang Yan, Huan-Cong Zuo
Hemangioblastomas (HBMs) are highly vascular tumors of the central nervous system. Sporadic HBMs are nearly always solitary, and solitary HBMs are similar to intracranial arteriovenous malformations due to their highly vascular characteristics. However, to the best of our knowledge, cases of HBM in the cerebellum mimicking an aneurysm have never been reported in the literature. The present study reports a case of an HBM on the right cerebellar hemisphere mimicking an aneurysm, which originated from the right posterior inferior cerebellar artery, as determined using magnetic resonance angiography and digital subtraction angiography...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Karol Jaroch, Maciej Karolak, Przemysław Górski, Alina Jaroch, Adrian Krajewski, Aleksandra Ilnicka, Anna Sloderbach, Tomasz Stefański, Stanisław Sobiak
For the first time combretastatins were isolated from African willow tree Combretum Caffrum. Subsequent studies have shown the impact of combretastatin A4 phosphate, a water-soluble prodrug, on endothelial cells in tumor vascular system. The same effect was not observed in the vascular system. This selectivity is associated with combretastatins mechanism of action: binding to colchicine domain of microtubules, which affects the cytoskeleton functionality of immature endothelial cells. At the same time, combretastatins directly induce cell death via apoptosis and/or mitotic catastrophe pathways...
August 24, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
L A Salah, O Ljungberg, Å Svensson
A 6 years old boy was referred to the multidisciplinary Center for Vascular Anomalies in Malmö, Sweden due to a red plaque on his left shoulder since birth. A preliminary diagnosis of hemangioma was previously given to the family but the lesion has not shown any signs of progression or involution. Furthermore, there was no history of a significant change in size or shape. The main complaint, apart from the cosmetic appearance, was itching once in a while. There were no aggravating or relieving factors. There was also no other family member with history of a similar lesion...
September 29, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Jose V Lafuente, G Bermudez, L Camargo-Arce, S Bulnes
Cerebral syndromes related to high altitude exposure are becoming more frequent as the number of trips to high altitudes has increased in the last decade. The commonest symptom is headache, followed by acute mountain sickness (AMS) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which can be fatal. The pathophysiology of these syndromes is not fully comprehended. The classical "tight-fit hypothesis" defends the fact that there are some anatomical variations that would obstruct the sinovenous outflow and worsen the vasogenic edema and intracranial hypertension reactive to hypoxia...
September 20, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Lin Shi
According to the seventh report of Joint National Committee (JNC 7), hypertensive emergency (HE), a kind of hypertensive crisis, is defined as a sudden and abrupt elevation in blood pressure so as to cause acute target organ dysfunctions, including central nervous system, cardiovascular system or kidneys. Patients with HE require immediate reduction in markedly elevated blood pressure. Currently, there are no international guidelines for children HE, so the JNC definition is commonly used. Hypertensive emergency in children is rare but a life-threatening emergency...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Saverio Francesco Retta, Angela J Glading
Cerebral Cavernous Malformation (CCM) is a vascular disease of proven genetic origin, which may arise sporadically or is inherited as an autosomal dominant condition with incomplete penetrance and highly variable expressivity. CCM lesions exhibit a range of different phenotypes, including wide inter-individual differences in lesion number, size, and susceptibility to intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Lesions may remain asymptomatic or result in pathological conditions of various type and severity at any age, with symptoms ranging from recurrent headaches to severe neurological deficits, seizures, and stroke...
September 14, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
M Trolliet, A Sevely, J-F Albucher, N Nasr, C Hachon Lecamus, K Deiva, E Cheuret
Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is characterized by thunderclap headaches with diffuse segmental constriction of cerebral arteries that resolves spontaneously within 3 months. We report on a case of a 13-year-old boy presenting with acute severe headaches, triggered by physical exertion. His past medical history was uneventful. Moderate headache persisted between exacerbations for 4 weeks. He secondarily presented with signs of intracranial hypertension. Brain magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) revealed multifocal narrowing of the cerebral arteries...
September 14, 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
J M Espinosa-Sanchez, J A Lopez-Escamez
Menière's disease (MD) is a chronic multifactorial disorder of the inner ear characterized by episodic vestibular symptoms associated with sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus, and aural pressure. Epidemiologic and genomic evidence supports a genetic susceptibility with multiple biochemical pathways involved, including the endocrine system, innate immune response, and autonomic nervous system. Allergens, infectious agents, vascular events, or genetic factors could modify inner-ear homeostasis and trigger MD...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Alessandro Bertuccio, Chiara Robba, Giannantonio Spena, Pietro Primo Versari
INTRODUCTION: Dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) is a challenging condition in vascular neurosurgery. Development of new endovascular techniques has progressively modified treatment strategies; however, surgery is still considered a valid option of treatment of this pathology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From a retrospective analysis of our database, we selected 107 patients who underwent surgical treatment for DAVFs. Patients were grouped into five categories according to the Borden and Cognard classifications...
2016: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Eva Cernuda-Morollón, Nuria Riesco, Pablo Martínez-Camblor, Esther Serrano-Pertierra, Carmen García-Cabo, Julio Pascual
OBJECTIVE: To determine total pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) in peripheral blood as a potential marker of the activation of the parasympathetic arm of the trigemino-vascular system in chronic migraine (CM) in a case-control study. METHODS: Women older than 17 and diagnosed as CM were recruited. Healthy women with no headache history and women with episodic migraine (EM) served as control groups. Total PACAP and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) levels were determined in blood samples obtained from the right antecubital vein by ELISA outside a migraine attack and having taken no symptomatic medication the day before...
October 2016: Headache
Nitin Agarwal, Giulio Zuccoli, Geoffrey Murdoch, Brian T Jankowitz, Stephanie Greene
INTRODUCTION: Developmental venous anomalies (DVAs) are cited as the most common cerebral vascular malformations. Still, intracerebral hematomas are rarely thought to be caused by DVAs. In this report, the authors present a unique case of a DVA that hemorrhaged spontaneously, rather than hemorrhaging into a venous infarction following DVA thrombosis as has been more commonly reported. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 22-year-old previously healthy male presented to the emergency department with a severe headache, confusion, and progressive hemiparesis...
September 9, 2016: Neuroradiology Journal
Mathew Nelson, Kirk Szustkiewicz, Brendon Stankard
BACKGROUND: Emergency bedside point-of-care ultrasound provides an extremely fast and cost-effective diagnostic modality for the diagnosis of vascular abnormalities, such as pseudoaneurysms. The cost-benefit and timing advantages of ultrasound are increasingly apparent when compared to more conventional diagnostic tests, such as computed tomography angiography and magnetic resonance angiography scans. CASE REPORT: A 33-year-old man with no medical history presented to our emergency department complaining of a constant, throbbing, left-sided headache over his temple with an associated mass...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Marine M Tanashyan, Polina I Kuznetsova, Alla A Shabalina, Anton A Raskurazhev, Olga V Lagoda, Irina N Subortseva, Anait L Melikyan
BACKGROUND: Disturbances of microcirculation play a significant role in the development and progression of both acute and chronic cerebrovascular diseases (CVD) and may be associated with different hemogram abnormalities. One of the reasons of the prothrombogenic state of the endothelium is the increase in the number of blood corpuscles leading to (non-Ph) myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) including essential thrombocythemia (ET), polycythemia vera (PV), and primary myelofibrosis (PM)...
September 7, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Ha Son Nguyen, Ninh Doan, Saman Shabani, Michael Gelsomino, Osama Zaidat
BACKGROUND: Pure subdural hematoma (without subarachnoid, intraventricular, or intraparenchymal hemorrhage) due to a ruptured intracranial aneurysm is rare. Most reported cases involve an aneurysm along the internal carotid artery, posterior communicating artery, or middle cerebral artery. No reports have described an aneurysm along the transmastoid branches of the occipital artery. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 70-year-old female presented with sudden-onset, excruciating headaches, associated with dizziness, nausea, and emesis...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
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