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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792540/cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-diagnosis-and-potential-therapies
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Stewart A Weber, Ranish K Patel, Helmi L Lutsep
Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is characterized by the pathologic deposition of amyloid-beta within cortical and leptomeningeal arteries, arterioles, capillaries and, in rare cases, the venules of the brain. It is often associated with the development of lobar intracerebral hemorrhages but may cause other neurologic symptoms or be asymptomatic. Magnetic resonance imaging characteristics, such as lobar microbleeds, support a diagnosis of CAA and assist with hemorrhage risk assessments. Immunosuppressants are used to treat rarer inflammatory forms of CAA...
May 24, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792393/outcomes-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-compared-with-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-in-geriatric-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Linda Shavit, Shuli Silberman, Rachel Tauber, Ofer Merin, Daniel Bitran, Daniel Fink
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a less invasive treatment modality for patients with severe aortic valve stenosis (AS) who are at a higher risk if they have surgery. Preoperative chronic kidney disease (CKD) influences outcomes of cardiac surgery and is associated with a higher mortality and more complicated hospital course. The aims of our study were to evaluate the comparative outcomes of TAVI versus surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in geriatric patients with preoperative CKD...
May 24, 2018: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791951/nervous-system-infections-and-the-global-traveler
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Savina Reid, Haley Thompson, Kiran T Thakur
Neurological complications of infectious diseases are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. It is imperative that neurologists be up-to-date on current developments including typical and atypical presentations of neurological infections in travelers, diagnostic and treatment recommendations, and emerging pathogen resistance patterns to avoid fatal outcomes and long-term sequelae. This article will address concepts of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, and will provide updates on the neurological manifestations of select emerging and reemerging infections, including Ebola virus, bacterial meningitis, enterovirus 71, Zika virus, cerebral malaria, and Japanese encephalitis...
April 2018: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791706/use-of-a-noblestitch%C3%A2-el-device-for-pfo-closure
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Emanuela de Cillis, Tommaso Acquaviva, Pasquale D'Alessandro, Alessandro Santo Bortone
Cryptogenic stroke is the final diagnosis in almost 40% of ischemic acute cerebrovascular events. There is currently no definitive clinical evidence that percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) can prevent the recurrence of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Identification of the causes of neurologic ischemic syndromes is essential for any strategy intended to prevent the catastrophic consequences of cerebral infarction. Since the initial reports of an unexpectedly high prevalence of PFO in younger patients with cryptogenic stroke in 1988, there has been growing interest and experience in diagnosing and treating these patients, both medically and/or with percutaneous closure, in particular for the potential to eliminate paradoxical embolism via PFO, which is a likely mechanism for stroke in these patients...
June 1, 2018: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791451/exploring-adverse-parent-child-relationships-from-the-perspective-of-convicted-child-murderers-a-south-african-qualitative-study
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Bianca Dekel, Naeemah Abrahams, Michelle Andipatin
Child homicide is the most extreme form of violence against children. Within South Africa, children face the highest risk of homicide by parents/caregivers. It is suggested that prolonged exposure to adverse relationships with one's own parents may be linked to committing child homicide as it may lead to psychological damage and disturb neurological functioning. This paper explores the adverse parent-child relationships of 22 men and women incarcerated for the murder of either a biological child, a stepchild or a child in their care and draws on 49 in-depth interviews with these participants...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790202/incidence-and-cost-of-medication-harm-in-older-adults-following-hospital-discharge-a-multicentre-prospective-study-in-the-uk
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Nikesh Parekh, Khalid Ali, Jennifer M Stevenson, J Graham Davies, Rebekah Schiff, Tischa Van der Cammen, Jatinder Harchowal, James Raftery, Chakravarthi Rajkumar
AIMS: Polypharmacy is increasingly common in older adults, placing them at risk of medication-related harm (MRH). Patients are particularly vulnerable to problems with their medications in the period following hospital discharge due to medication changes, and poor information transfer between hospital and primary care. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence, severity, preventability and cost of medication-related harm (MRH) in older adults in England post-discharge. METHODS: An observational multicentre prospective cohort study recruited 1280 older adults (median age 82 years) from five teaching hospitals in Southern England, UK...
May 22, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789395/blood-pressure-attained-analysis-of-atach-2-trial
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Adnan I Qureshi, Yuko Y Palesch, Lydia D Foster, William G Barsan, Joshua N Goldstein, Daniel F Hanley, Chung Y Hsu, Claudia S Moy, Mushtaq H Qureshi, Robert Silbergleit, Jose I Suarez, Kazunori Toyoda, Haruko Yamamoto
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We compared the rates of death or disability, defined by modified Rankin Scale score of 4 to 6, at 3 months in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage according to post-treatment systolic blood pressure (SBP)-attained status. METHODS: We divided 1000 subjects with SBP ≥180 mm Hg who were randomized within 4.5 hours of symptom onset as follows: SBP <140 mm Hg achieved or not achieved within 2 hours; subjects in whom SBP <140 mm Hg was achieved within 2 hours were further divided: SBP <140 mm Hg for 21 to 22 hours (reduced and maintained) or SBP was ≥140 mm Hg for at least 2 hours during the period between 2 and 24 hours (reduced but not maintained)...
May 22, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789371/identification-of-new-risk-factors-for-rolandic-epilepsy-cnv-at-xp22-31-and-alterations-at-cholinergic-synapses
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Laura Addis, William Sproviero, Sanjeev V Thomas, Roberto H Caraballo, Stephen J Newhouse, Kumudini Gomez, Elaine Hughes, Maria Kinali, David McCormick, Siobhan Hannan, Silvia Cossu, Jacqueline Taylor, Cigdem I Akman, Steven M Wolf, David E Mandelbaum, Rajesh Gupta, Rick A van der Spek, Dario Pruna, Deb K Pal
BACKGROUND: Rolandic epilepsy (RE) is the most common genetic childhood epilepsy, consisting of focal, nocturnal seizures and frequent neurodevelopmental impairments in speech, language, literacy and attention. A complex genetic aetiology is presumed in most, with monogenic mutations in GRIN2A accounting for >5% of cases. OBJECTIVE: To identify rare, causal CNV in patients with RE. METHODS: We used high-density SNP arrays to analyse the presence of rare CNVs in 186 patients with RE from the UK, the USA, Sardinia, Argentina and Kerala, India...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789216/the-clinical-presentation-and-collateral-pathway-development-of-congenital-absence-of-the-internal-carotid-artery
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Peng Zhang, Zheng Wang, Feng-Xia Yu, Han Lv, Xue-Huan Liu, Wei-Hua Feng, Jun Ma, Zheng-Han Yang, Zhen-Chang Wang
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical presentation, risks, and collateral pathway development of the congenital absence of the internal carotid artery (ICA). METHODS: Sixty-four patients (10 new patients and 54 patients from the relevant literature) were studied. Data on demographic, clinical, and radiologic features were collected, followed by an analysis of the risks associated with ICA agenesis. RESULTS: There were 31 male and 33 female patients whose ages ranged from 5 months to 75 years, with a mean age of 31...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788836/intracranial-hemorrhage-in-adults-on-ecmo
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Yiorgos Alexandros Cavayas, Lorenzo Del Sorbo, Eddy Fan
RATIONALE: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) use has exploded over the last decade. However, it remains invasive and associated with significant complications, including tamponade, infection, thrombosis, gas embolism and bleeding. The most dreaded complication is intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). In this article, we review the literature on the incidence, diagnosis, risk factors, pathophysiology, prognosis, prevention and management of ICH in adults on ECMO. MAIN FINDINGS: We found a high incidence of ICH in the literature with a poor prognosis...
May 2018: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788831/lumbosacral-transitional-vertebrae-in-cats-and-its-relationship-to-lumbosacral-vertebral-canal-stenosis
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Georgina Harris, Jessica Ball, Steven De Decker
Objectives Although a clear relationship has been demonstrated between the presence of lumbosacral transitional vertebrae and the development of lumbosacral stenosis in dogs, this relationship has not been evaluated in cats. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the presence of lumbosacral transitional vertebrae and lumbosacral stenosis in cats. Methods The medical records and diagnostic imaging studies of 13 cats diagnosed with lumbosacral stenosis were retrospectively reviewed for lumbosacral abnormalities and compared with findings of 405 cats that underwent CT for reasons unrelated to spinal disease...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788799/management-of-the-left-subclavian-artery-during-tevar-complications-and-mid-term-follow-up
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Akram Youssef, Tamer Ghazy, Stephan Kersting, Jennifer Lynne Leip, Ralf-Thorsten Hoffmann, Utz Kappert, Klaus Matschke, Norbert Weiss, Adrian Mahlmann
BACKGROUND: Numerous conditions that affect the boundary between the aortic arch and descending aorta are treated with thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). In 40 % of cases, coverage of the left subclavian artery (LSA) cannot be prevented. Subsequently, neurological complications such as stroke or ischemia of the left upper extremity may develop. However, the actual risk of these complications is subject to considerable controversy. The optimal treatment approach, specifically the question whether primary revascularization of the LSA should be performed in all cases, is unclear...
May 23, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788779/elevated-serum-lipid-peroxidation-and-reduced-vitamin-c-and-trace-element-concentrations-are-correlated-with-epilepsy
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Abhijit Das, Md Shahid Sarwar, Md Shohel Hossain, Palash Karmakar, Mohammad Safiqul Islam, Mohammad Enayet Hussain, Sujan Banik
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is one of the chronic and heterogeneous epidemic neurological disorders leading to substantial mortality. The aim of the present study was to investigate the serum levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), vitamin C, and trace elements namely zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), and manganese (Mn) in epileptic patients of Bangladesh and to establish if there are any pathophysiological correlations. METHODS: This was a case-control study with 40 generalized epileptic patients and 40 healthy subjects as controls...
May 1, 2018: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787891/development-of-postural-control-in-infancy-in-cerebral-palsy-and-cystic-periventricular-leukomalacia
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Anke G Boxum, Linze-Jaap Dijkstra, Sacha la Bastide-van Gemert, Elisa G Hamer, Tjitske Hielkema, Heleen A Reinders-Messelink, Mijna Hadders-Algra
BACKGROUND: Development of postural problems in Cerebral Palsy (CP) is largely unknown. Postural muscle activity is organized into two levels: 1) direction-specificity; 2) fine-tuning of direction-specific activity. AIM: To study development of postural control until 21 months corrected age in subgroups of infants at very high-risk (VHR) of CP: a) with and without CP at 21 months; b) with and without cystic periventricular leukomalacia (cPVL), the brain lesion with highest risk of CP...
May 19, 2018: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785705/association-of-gabaa-receptor-gene-with-epilepsy-syndromes
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Musadiq Ahmad Bhat, Sameer Ahmad Guru, Rashid Mir, Ajaz Ahmad Waza, Mariyam Zuberi, Mamta Pervin Sumi, Shaam Bodeliwala, Vinod Puri, Alpana Saxena
GABA has always been an inviting target in the etiology and treatment of epilepsy. The GABRA1, GABRG2, and GABRD genes provide instructions for making α1, ϒ2, and δ subunits of GABAA receptor protein respectively. GABAA is considered as one of the most important proteins and has found to play an important role in many neurological disorders. We explored the association of GABAA receptor gene mutation/SNPs in JME and LGS patients in Indian population. A total of 100 epilepsy syndrome patients (50 JME and 50 LGS) and 100 healthy control subjects were recruited and analyzed by AS-PCR and RFLP-PCR techniques...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785673/the-impact-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs-on-bipolar-depression-mania-and-euthymia-a-systematic-review-of-preliminary-data
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Clément Dondé, Nicholas H Neufeld, Pierre A Geoffroy
The neurobiological basis of bipolar disorders (BD) has received increased attention and several brain regions and brain circuits have been correlated with clinical symptoms. These brain regions and circuits may represent targets for neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). We systematically reviewed the literature to explore the risks and benefits of tDCS in BD and examined all mood states. Following the PRISMA guidelines, a systematic literature search using several databases was performed from April 2002 to June 2017...
May 21, 2018: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784718/opinion-and-special-articles-stress-when-performing-the-first-lumbar-puncture-may-compromise-patient-safety
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Mikael Johannes Vuokko Henriksen, Troels Wienecke, Jesper Kristiansen, Yoon Soo Park, Charlotte Ringsted, Lars Konge
OBJECTIVE: To quantify physician stress levels when performing lumbar puncture (LP) and explore operator stress effect on patient outcomes. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, multicenter study. Novices, intermediates, and experts in performing LP were recruited from 4 departments of neurology and emergency medicine. Stress was measured before and during performance of the LP using cognitive appraisal (CA), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-Short (STAI-S) questionnaire, and the heart rate variability measure low frequency/high frequency index (LF/HF ratio)...
May 22, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784284/routine-surveillance-imaging-following-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-with-intracranial-hemorrhage-may-not-be-necessary
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Smruti K Patel, Yair M Gozal, Bryan M Krueger, James C Bayley, Suzanne Moody, Norberto Andaluz, Richard A Falcone, Karin S Bierbrauer
BACKGROUND: Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) comprises the majority of pediatric traumatic brain injury. Children with mTBI even with traumatic intracranial hemorrhage (tICH) rarely experience a clinically significant neurologic decline (CSND). The utility of routine surveillance imaging in the pediatric population also remains controversial, especially owing to concerns about the risks of radiation exposure at a young age. This study aims to identify demographic or injury-related characteristics that may facilitate recognition of children at risk of progression with mTBI...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783991/admission-eeg-findings-in-diverse-paediatric-cerebral-malaria-populations-predict-outcomes
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Douglas G Postels, Xiaoting Wu, Chenxi Li, Peter W Kaplan, Karl B Seydel, Terrie E Taylor, Youssef A Kousa, Richard Idro, Robert Opoka, Chandy C John, Gretchen L Birbeck
BACKGROUND: Electroencephalography at hospital presentation may offer important insights regarding prognosis that can inform understanding of cerebral malaria (CM) pathophysiology and potentially guide patient selection and risk stratification for future clinical trials. Electroencephalogram (EEG) findings in children with CM in Uganda and Malawi were compared and associations between admission EEG findings and outcome across this diverse population were assessed. Demographic, clinical and admission EEG data from Ugandan and Malawian children admitted from 2009 to 2012 with CM were gathered, and survivors assessed for neurological abnormalities at discharge...
May 22, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782625/use-of-rituximab-and-risk-of-re-hospitalization-for-children-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
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Sabrina Gmuca, Rui Xiao, Pamela F Weiss, Amy T Waldman, Jeffrey S Gerber
Background: Treatment algorithms for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) vary, and sparse data exist regarding the impact of initial treatments on disease course. We aimed to determine whether administration of rituximab during first hospitalization reduces 1-year readmission rates. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of subjects with NMOSD using the Pediatric Health Information System database from 2005-2015. Subjects were ages 1 to 21 years who received glucocorticoids and an ICD-9-CM code indicating neuromyelitis optica (NMO) during first hospitalization...
April 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and Demyelinating Disorders
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