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Cerebral circulation

Saurabh Rajpal, Laith Alshawabkeh, Nureddin Almaddah, Caroline M Joyce, Keri Shafer, Michelle Gurvitz, Sushrut S Waikar, Finnian R Mc Causland, Michael J Landzberg, Alexander R Opotowsky
Importance: Albuminuria is associated with adverse outcomes in diverse groups of patients, but the importance of albuminuria in the emerging population of increasingly complex adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) remains unknown. Objective: To assess the prevalence, risk factors, and prognostic implications of albuminuria in ACHD. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective study assessed a cohort of ambulatory patients aged 18 years and older who were examined at an ACHD referral center and enrolled in the Boston ACHD Biobank between May 17, 2012, to August 5, 2016...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Mardjono Tjahjadi, Joseph Serrone, Juha Hernesniemi
Background: Basilar apex aneurysms constitute 5-8% of all intracranial aneurysms, and their treatment remains challenging for both microsurgical and endovascular approaches. The perceived drawback of the microsurgical approach is its invasiveness leading to increased surgical morbidity. However, many high-volume centers have shown excellent clinical results with better occlusion rates compared to endovascular treatment. With endovascular therapy taking a larger role in the management of cerebral aneurysms, the future role of microsurgery for basilar apex aneurysm treatment is unclear...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Mauro Mancuso, Nele Demeyere, Laura Abbruzzese, Alessio Damora, Valentina Varalta, Fabio Pirrotta, Gabriella Antonucci, Alessandro Matano, Marina Caputo, Maria Giovanna Caruso, Giovanna Teresa Pontiggia, Michela Coccia, Irene Ciancarelli, Pierluigi Zoccolotti
Background: The Oxford Cognitive Screen (OCS) was recently developed with the aim of describing the cognitive deficits after stroke. The scale consists of 10 tasks encompassing five cognitive domains: attention and executive function, language, memory, number processing, and praxis. OCS was devised to be inclusive and un-confounded by aphasia and neglect. As such, it may have a greater potential to be informative on stroke cognitive deficits of widely used instruments, such as the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) or the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which were originally devised for demented patients...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Marius Georg Kaschner, Julian Caspers, Christian Rubbert, Raul Lande, Bastian Kraus, John-Ih Lee, Michael Gliem, Sebastian Jander, Bernd Turowski
Introduction While effectiveness of mechanical thrombectomy (MTE) in M1 segment occlusion is approved for patients with severe impairment, there is a lack of evidence for a potential benefit of MTE in patients with minor to moderate symptoms. The purpose of this study was to evaluate neurological outcome and occurrence of periprocedural complications after MTE in patients with low National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores. Materials and methods A retrospective analysis of 1081 consecutive patients with anterior circulation ischemic stroke due to M1 occlusion detected by computed tomography angiography and treated with MTE at our hospital between February 2012 and November 2017 was performed...
January 1, 2018: Interventional Neuroradiology
Midas Meijs, Frank-Erik de Leeuw, Hieronymus D Boogaarts, Rashindra Manniesing, Frederick Jan Anton Meijer
BACKGROUND: In case of carotid artery occlusion, the risk and extent of ischemic cerebral damage is highly dependent on the pathways of collateral flow, including the anatomy of the circle of Willis. In this report, cases are presented to illustrate that 4D-CTA can be considered as a non-invasive alternative to DSA for the evaluation of circle of Willis collateral flow. CASE DESCRIPTION: Five patients with unilateral internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusion underwent 4D-CTA for the evaluation of intracranial hemodynamics...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Arkadiusz Szarmach, Mariusz Kaszubowski, Agnieszka Sabisz, Andrzej F Frydrychowski, Grzegorz Halena, Maciej Piskunowicz, Jarosław Dzierzanowski, Michał Studniarek, Edyta Szurowska, Pawel J Winklewski
The aim of this study was to assess regional perfusion at baseline and regional cerebrovascular resistance (CVR) to delayed acetazolamide challenge in subjects with chronic carotid artery stenosis. Sixteen patients (ten males) aged 70.94±7.71 with carotid artery stenosis ≥ 90% on the ipsilateral side and ≤ 50% on the contralateral side were enrolled into the study. In all patients, two computed tomography perfusion examinations were carried out; the first was performed before acetazolamide administration and the second 60 minutes after injection...
March 12, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Isabel Fragata, Nuno Canto-Moreira, Patrícia Canhão
PURPOSE: Perimesencephalic hemorrhage (PMH) is a benign subtype of nonaneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). We aimed to investigate if cerebral perfusion in PMH is less affected than in aneurysmal SAH (aSAH). METHODS: From a prospective cohort of 80 patients with spontaneous SAH, we included PMH patients (n = 15) and selected aSAH patients (n = 39) with similar clinical grade at admission (World Federation of Neurosurgeons Scale-WFNS I/II). Computed tomography (CT) perfusion was performed at < 72 h and/or at 8-10 days...
March 9, 2018: Neuroradiology
Ivo G H Jansen, Maxim J H L Mulder, Robert-Jan B Goldhoorn
OBJECTIVE: To determine outcomes and safety of endovascular treatment for acute ischaemic stroke, due to proximal intracranial vessel occlusion in the anterior circulation, in routine clinical practice. DESIGN: Ongoing, prospective, observational cohort study. SETTING: 16 centres that perform endovascular treatment in the Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS: 1488 patients included in the Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial of Endovascular Treatment for Acute Ischaemic Stroke in the Netherlands (MR CLEAN) Registry who had received endovascular treatment, including stent retriever thrombectomy, aspiration, and all alternative methods for acute ischaemic stroke within 6...
March 9, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Ewelina K Wardzinski, Alina Kistenmacher, Uwe H Melchert, Kamila Jauch-Chara, Kerstin M Oltmanns
BACKGROUND: There is evidence that the brain's energy status is lowered in obesity despite of chronic hypercaloric nutrition. The underlying mechanisms are unknown. We hypothesized that the brain of obese people does not appropriately generate energy in response to a hypercaloric supply. METHODS: Glucose was intravenously infused in 17 normal weights and 13 obese participants until blood glucose concentrations reached the postprandial levels of 7 mmol/L and 10 mmol/L...
March 6, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Michael A Silva, Rodolfo E Alcedo Guardia, Mohammad Ali Aziz-Sultan, Nirav J Patel
High flow extracranial-intracranial (EC-IC) bypass with a saphenous vein graft (SVG) has been used for more than 40 years in patients with giant aneurysms of the posterior circulation refractory to medical management, and has demonstrated high long term patency rates. We report the case of a patient treated with external carotid artery (ECA)-posterior cerebral artery SVG bypass in 1989 who presented 27 years later with paresthesias and confusion, and was found to have partial occlusion of her SVG bypass graft and a basilar occlusion...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Tao Zhang, Lei Xiang
BACKGROUND: Relationship between peripheral circulation concentration of haptoglobin (Hp) and risk of cerebrovascular disease has not been well investigated so far. The aim of the study was to reveal the prognostic significance of Hp on acute cerebral infarction. METHODS: A total of 200 patients with acute cerebral infarction and 200 controls were included. Research data were collected from their medical records. Blood samples were obtained on admission. Hp phenotyping was performed using a native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis...
March 8, 2018: European Neurology
Rong Liu, Xiaoxing Liao, Xin Li, Hongyan Wei, Qing Liang, Zuopeng Zhang, Meixian Yin, Xiaoyun Zeng, Zijing Liang, Chunlin Hu
To investigate long noncoding (lnc)-RNA and mRNA expression profiles in post‑cardiac arrest (CA) brains, an external transthoracic electrical current was applied for 8 min to induce CA (the CA group). A total of 4 rats received sham-operations and served as the blank control (BC) group. Upon return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), lncRNA and mRNA expression in the rat cerebral cortex was assayed with high‑throughput Agilent lncRNA and mRNA microarrays. In total, 37 lncRNAs were upregulated and 21 lncRNAs were downregulated in the CA group, and 258 mRNA transcripts were differentially expressed with 177 mRNAs upregulated and 81 mRNAs downregulated in the CA group...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hanxiang Liu, Gavin P Reynolds, Wenmin Wang, Xianwen Wei
Uric acid has neuroprotective properties in experimental and clinical studies of neurodegenerative disease. It is, however, associated with increased risk of stroke, yet, despite some inconsistent findings, increasing evidence suggests it may also be related to improved stroke outcomes. We have determined whether there is an effect of plasma uric acid on the short-term outcome of stroke patients in a general hospital setting using the modified Rankin Scale (mRS). We also investigated the relationship of uric acid with other clinical correlates...
March 6, 2018: Neurological Sciences
Jai Ho Choi, Sang Hyuk Im, Ki Jeong Lee, Ja Seong Koo, Bum Soo Kim, Yong Sam Shin
BACKGROUND: Whether intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) prior to mechanical thrombectomy (MT) provides additional benefits remains controversial. We aimed to compare clinical and radiologic outcomes between IVT+MT and MT alone groups. METHODS: The clinical and radiological features of anterior circulation stroke patients due to large vessel occlusion (LVO) treated with MT within 8 hours from symptom onset were retrospectively reviewed from the prospectively collected database...
March 3, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Zareen Amtul, Jun Yang, Simona Nikolova, Ting-Yim Lee, Robert Bartha, David F Cechetto
Defect in brain microperfusion is increasingly recognized as an antecedent event to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and ischemia. Nevertheless, studies on the role of impaired microperfusion as a pathological trigger to neuroinflammation, Aβ deposition as well as blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, and the etiological link between AD and ischemia are lacking. In this study, we employ in vivo sequential magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) imaging in a co-morbid rat model of β-amyloid toxicity (Aβ) and ischemia (ET1) with subsequent histopathology of striatal lesion core and penumbra at 1, 7, and 28 days post injury...
March 5, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Chengli Ling, Jianming Liang, Chun Zhang, Ruixiang Li, Qianqian Mou, Jin Qin, Xiaofang Li, Jianxin Wang
Ischemic stroke (IS) is characterized by the sudden loss of blood circulation to an area of the brain, resulting in a corresponding loss of neurologic function. It has been a worldwide critical disease threatening to the health and life of human beings. Despite significant progresses achieved, effective treatment still remains a formidable challenge due to the complexity of the disease. Salvianolic acid B (Sal-B) and Puerarin (Pue) are two active neuroprotectants isolated from traditional Chinese herbs, Salvia miltiorrhiza and Kudzu root respectively, which have been used for the prevention and treatment of IS for thousands of years in China...
March 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yutaka Igarashi, Takahiro Kanaya, Shoji Yokobori, Takeshi Tsukamoto, Hiroyuki Yokota
PURPOSE: Cerebrovascular ischaemia is a rare but serious complication of damage to the carotid or vertebral arteries in the neck caused by blunt injury to the neck. Screening for blunt cerebrovascular injury should be performed in patients with certain signs or symptoms and risk factors. We described a case of traumatic bilateral vertebral artery injury (VAI) including unilateral vertebral arterial occlusion that resolved 3 months post-injury with antiplatelet and direct oral anticoagulant therapy...
March 1, 2018: European Spine Journal
Cihan Inan, N Cenk Sayin, Zehra N Dolgun, Selen G Erzincan, Isil Uzun, Havva Sutcu, Necdet Sut, Fusun G Varol
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the possible effects of prenatal steroid administration on Doppler parameters of the umbilical artery, uterine artery, middle cerebral artery, and ductus venosus, the cerebroplacental ratio, and the amniotic fluid index in preterm fetuses. METHODS: The present prospective observational study was performed at the Perinatology Department of Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey, between June 1, 2015, and September 1, 2016. It included patients with healthy singleton pregnancies who had received betamethasone at 24-34 weeks of pregnancy...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Zofia Czosnyka, Dong-Joo Kim, Olivier Balédent, Eric A Schmidt, Peter Smielewski, Marek Czosnyka
OBJECTIVE: The phase-contrast MRI technique permits the non-invasive assessment of CSF movements in cerebrospinal fluid cavities of the central nervous system. Of particular interest is pulsatile cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow through the aqueduct cerebri. It is allegedly increased in hydrocephalus, having potential diagnostic value, although not all scientific reports contain unequivocally positive conclusions. METHODS: For the mathematical simulation of CSF flow, we used a computational model of cerebrospinal blood/fluid circulation designed by a former student as his PhD project...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Antonella Antonelli, Severina Pacifico, Carla Sfara, Marialuisa Tamma, Mauro Magnani
AIM: The encapsulation of superparamagnetic iron oxide contrast agents in red blood cells (RBCs) could overcome their rapid removal by reticulo-endothelial system improving their stability in blood circulation. MATERIALS & METHODS: Murine ferucarbotran-loaded RBCs were tested in vivo as new contrasting agents in MRI application. RESULTS: A superior visualization of organs and cerebral vessels was evidenced in ferucarbotran-loaded RBCs-treated mice compared with the controls...
February 28, 2018: Nanomedicine
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