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neuropsychiatric signs

E M Peter-Ross
The pathobiological causes, the shared cellular and molecular pathways in catatonia and in catatonic presentation in neuropsychiatric disorders are yet to be determined. The hypotheses in this paper have been deduced from the latest scientific research findings and clinical observations of patients with genetic disorders, behavioral phenotypes and other family members suffering mental disorders. The first hypothesis postulates that catatonia and the heterogeneity of catatonic signs and symptoms involve nucleolar dysfunction arising from abnormalities of the brain-specific, non-coding micro-RNA, SNORD115 genes (either duplications or deletions) which result in pathobiological dysfunction of various combinations in the downstream pathways (possibly along with other genes in these shared pathways)...
April 2018: Medical Hypotheses
R Niessen, T Sottiaux, J F Adam, A Schillaci, F Lejeune
Since many years a correlation between neuropsychiatric disorders and eating disorders resulting in obesity is well established. According to different studies, 1.2 - 4 % of patients scheduled for bariatric surgery are taking lithium as a mood stabilizer treatment for bipolar disorder. We are presenting a case of lithium toxicity after vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery in a 40 years-old female. The patient developed severe neurological and renal signs needing an intensive care unit admission and continuous veno-venous hemodiafiltration...
February 2018: Revue Médicale de Liège
Yan Li, Galen Missig, Beate C Finger, Samantha M Landino, Abigail J Alexander, Emery Mokler, James Robbins, Yunona Manasian, Woori Kim, Kwang-Soo Kim, Christopher J McDougle, William A Carlezon, Vadim Y Bolshakov
Inflammatory processes may be involved in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric illnesses including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Evidence from studies in rodents indicates that immune activation during early development can produce core features of ASD (social interaction deficits, dysregulation of communication, increases in stereotyped behaviors and anxiety), although the neural mechanisms of these effects are not thoroughly understood. We treated timed-pregnant mice with polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid (Poly I:C), which simulates a viral infection, or vehicle on gestational day 12...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Iris Zahirovic, Gustav Torisson, Carina Wattmo, Elisabet Londos
BACKGROUND: Elderly persons with a dementia diagnosis often suffer from different neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) such as delusions, hallucinations, depression, anxiety, irritability and agitation. Currently, the medical treatment for NPS consists mostly of psychotropic medication such as hypnotics/sedatives, anxiolytics and antipsychotics. In elderly persons with dementia, usage of antipsychotics is less appropriate because of the risk of side effects such as parkinsonism, rapid cognitive decline, cerebrovascular events and finally mortality...
February 17, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Shuang Liu, Yuqi Cheng, Yueyin Zhao, Hongjun Yu, Aiyun Lai, Zhaoping Lv, Xiufeng Xu, Chunrong Luo, Baoci Shan, Lin Xu, Jian Xu
The aim of the study was to find structural brain changes in systemic lupus erythematosus patients without major neuropsychiatric manifestations [non-neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (non-NPSLE)] using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and possible associations with clinical characteristics. 89 non-NPSLE patients with normal conventional MRI and 84 healthy controls (HCs) were recruited. The whole brain gray matter volume (GMV) and white matter volume (WMV) were calculated for each individual...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Milad Hosseinialhashemi, Babak Daneshfard, Atefe Hashemi
Hallervorden-Spatz syndrome is a rare neurodegenerative disorder with hereditary properties. It usually occurs in young adolescents with extrapyramidal symptoms besides disturbed mental function. In this study, we present a 23-year-old neuropsychiatric patient who primarily misdiagnosed to have conversion disorder. She had 5-year history of progressive dysarthria and generalized abnormal movements. After detecting the pathognomonic sign of "eye of the tiger" diagnosis was confirmed. The patient was discharged...
January 2018: Acta Medica Iranica
Dorothee Kübler, Friederike Borngräber, Katja Lohmann, Andrea A Kühn
We present a case of myoclonus-dystonia syndrome illustrated by three videos in which we found a novel SGCE mutation. As the patient described here was suffering from predominant psychiatric comorbidities it took more than 40 years from the first manifestation of the disease until the diagnosis. Having detected the genetically proven cause for his motor and non-motor symptoms was an enormous relief to our patient. We want to share this instructive case in order to prompt neurologists and psychiatrists to look closely at both movement disorders and neuropsychiatric signs in order to diagnose and treat patients to the latest standard...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Hong Pan, Bárbara Oliveira, Gesine Saher, Ekrem Dere, Daniel Tapken, Marina Mitjans, Jan Seidel, Janina Wesolowski, Debia Wakhloo, Christina Klein-Schmidt, Anja Ronnenberg, Kerstin Schwabe, Ralf Trippe, Kerstin Mätz-Rensing, Stefan Berghoff, Yazeed Al-Krinawe, Henrik Martens, Martin Begemann, Winfried Stöcker, Franz-Josef Kaup, Reinhard Mischke, Susann Boretius, Klaus-Armin Nave, Joachim K Krauss, Michael Hollmann, Fred Lühder, Hannelore Ehrenreich
Autoantibodies of the IgG class against N-methyl-D-aspartate-receptor subunit-NR1 (NMDAR1-AB) were considered pathognomonic for anti-NMDAR encephalitis. This view has been challenged by the age-dependent seroprevalence (up to >20%) of functional NMDAR1-AB of all immunoglobulin classes found in >5000 individuals, healthy or affected by different diseases. These findings question a merely encephalitogenic role of NMDAR1-AB. Here, we show that NMDAR1-AB belong to the normal autoimmune repertoire of dogs, cats, rats, mice, baboons, and rhesus macaques, and are functional in the NMDAR1 internalization assay based on human IPSC-derived cortical neurons...
February 9, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Monika Słowińska, Sergiusz Jóźwiak, Angela Peron, Julita Borkowska, Dariusz Chmielewski, Krzysztof Sadowski, Elżbieta Jurkiewicz, Aglaia Vignoli, Francesca La Briola, Maria Paola Canevini, Katarzyna Kotulska-Jóźwiak
BACKGROUND: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder with an incidence of 1:6000 live births and associated with the development of benign tumors in several organs. It is also characterized by high rates of neurological and neuropsychiatric abnormalities, including epilepsy affecting 70-90% of patients and being one of the major risk factors of intellectual disability. The first seizures in TSC patients appear usually between the 4th and the 6th months of life. Recent studies have shown the beneficial role of preventative antiepileptic treatment in TSC patients, with the possibility for improvement of cognitive outcome...
January 29, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Martin Sarter, Kyra B Phillips
Cognitive-motivational styles describe predominant patterns of processing or biases that broadly influence human cognition and performance. Here we focus on the impact of cognitive-motivational styles on the response to cues predicting the availability of food or addictive drugs. An individual may preferably conduct an analysis of the motivational significance of reward cues, with the result that such cues per se are perceived as rewarding and worth approaching and working for. Alternatively, a propensity for a "cold" analysis of the behavioral utility of a reward cue may yield search behavior for food or drugs but not involve cue approach...
January 22, 2018: Behavioral Neuroscience
Tareq Al Sagheer, Shafika Assaad, Georges Haddad, Dory Hachem, Chadia Haddad, Souheil Hallit
Neuropsychiatric disorders are associated with neurological soft signs (NSS), including motor, sensory, and inhibitory dysfunction. The present study aims at determining the prevalence of NSS and explore the association of sociodemographic characteristics with the occurrence of NSS in patients with bipolar disorder and unipolar depression compared to healthy controls. A case-control study included a sample of 50 bipolar and unipolar patients and 50 healthy controls. NSS subscales of the Neurological Evaluation Scale (NES) were administered to each participant...
January 4, 2018: Psychiatry Research
Jordan W Smoller, Ole A Andreassen, Howard J Edenberg, Stephen V Faraone, Stephen J Glatt, Kenneth S Kendler
For over a century, psychiatric disorders have been defined by expert opinion and clinical observation. The modern DSM has relied on a consensus of experts to define categorical syndromes based on clusters of symptoms and signs, and, to some extent, external validators, such as longitudinal course and response to treatment. In the absence of an established etiology, psychiatry has struggled to validate these descriptive syndromes, and to define the boundaries between disorders and between normal and pathologic variation...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Eric S Mull, Vivian Aranez, Drew Pierce, Ilene L Rothman, Rabheh Abdul-Aziz
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may present with involvement of multiple organ systems, usually with a constellation of nonspecific constitutional symptoms and signs. Seizures and thrombosis are uncommon at presentation. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 17-year-old boy of African descent with an 11-year history of persistent lymphadenopathy with negative outpatient workup for lymphoma and immunodeficiency who was admitted to our tertiary care hospital for new-onset seizure activity...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Hideki Onishi, Mayumi Ishida, Iori Tanahashi, Takao Takahashi, Yoshitada Taji, Kenji Ikebuchi, Daisuke Furuya, Tatsuo Akechi
OBJECTIVE: Thiamine is an essential coenzyme for oxidative metabolisms; however, it is not synthesized in the human body, and the average thiamine storage capacity is approximately 18 days. Therefore, thiamine deficiency (TD) can occur in any condition of unbalanced nutrition. If TD is left untreated, it causes the neuropsychiatric disorder Wernicke encephalopathy (WE). Although WE is a medical emergency, it is sometimes overlooked because most patients with WE do not exhibit all of the typical symptoms, including delirium, ataxia, and ophthalmoplegia...
December 26, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
Malin Kvarnung, Ann Nordgren
Rare disorders constitute a large and heterogeneous group of diagnoses of which many cause chronic disabilities with significant impact on the lives of affected individuals and their families as well as on the health-care system. Each individual disorder is rare, but when considered as a group, rare disorders are common with a total prevalence of approximately 6-8%. The clinical presentation of these disorders includes a broad diversity of symptoms and signs, often involving the nervous system and resulting in symptoms such as intellectual disability, neuropsychiatric disorders, epilepsy and motor dysfunction...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Mohmadshakil Kathawala, Gideon M Hirschfield
Wilson's disease is a rare, inherited autosomal recessive disease of copper metabolism, in which the causative gene, ATP7B , results in absent or reduced function of the ATP7B transporter important for biliary excretion of copper and incorporation of copper into caeruloplasmin. Affected patients accumulate excessive copper within the liver, brain and other tissues. A disease mainly of children, adolescents and young adults; clinical features vary from the asymptomatic state to chronic liver disease, acute liver failure, and neuropsychiatric manifestations...
November 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
A Chagraoui, L Boukhzar, F Thibaut, Y Anouar, D Maltête
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive degenerative disorder that leads to disabling motor symptoms and a wide variety of neuropsychiatric symptoms. Apathy is the most common psychiatric disorder in the early stages of untreated PD and can be defined as a hypodopaminergic syndrome, which also includes anxiety and depression. Apathy is also considered the core feature of the parkinsonian triad (apathy, anxiety and depression) of behavioural non-motor signs, including a motivational deficit. Moreover, apathy is recognised as a distinct chronic neuropsychiatric behavioural disorder based on specific diagnostic criteria...
February 2, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Abhishek Lenka, Naveen Thota, Albert Stezin, Pramod Kumar Pal, Ravi Yadav
BACKGROUND: Involvement of the central nervous system in patients with syphilis (neurosyphilis) may result in several neuropsychiatric symptoms. Rarely, patients with neurosyphillis may develop movement disorders with different phenomenology. Subtle orofacial dyskinesias have been reported in patients with neurosyphilis, known as the candy sign. CASE REPORT: We describe a patient with neurosyphilis who presented with severe orofacial involuntary movements. DISCUSSION: Our patient had orofacial movements at presentation and severity of the movements was much higher than the candy sign that has been reported in patients with neurosyphilis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
Krista L Lanctôt, Joan Amatniek, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Steven E Arnold, Clive Ballard, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Zahinoor Ismail, Constantine Lyketsos, David S Miller, Erik Musiek, Ricardo S Osorio, Paul B Rosenberg, Andrew Satlin, David Steffens, Pierre Tariot, Lisa J Bain, Maria C Carrillo, James A Hendrix, Heidi Jurgens, Brendon Boot
Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPSs) are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), causing substantial distress for both people with dementia and their caregivers, and contributing to early institutionalization. They are among the earliest signs and symptoms of neurocognitive disorders and incipient cognitive decline, yet are under-recognized and often challenging to treat. With this in mind, the Alzheimer's Association convened a Research Roundtable in May 2016, bringing together experts from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies to discuss the latest understanding of NPSs and review the development of therapeutics and biomarkers of NPSs in AD...
September 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
Celina A Reis Paula, Camille Reategui, Bruna Karen de Sousa Costa, Caio Queiroz da Fonseca, Luana da Silva, Edgard Morya, Fabricio Lima Brasil
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by the impairment in the social reciprocity, interaction/language, and behavior, with stereotypes and signs of sensory function deficits. Electroencephalography (EEG) is a well-established and noninvasive tool for neurophysiological characterization and monitoring of the brain electrical activity, able to identify abnormalities related to frequency range, connectivity, and lateralization of brain functions. This research aims to evidence quantitative differences in the frequency spectrum pattern between EEG signals of children with and without ASD during visualization of human faces in three different expressions: neutral, happy, and angry...
2017: BioMed Research International
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