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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640860/the-path-to-specialist-multidisciplinary-care-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-population-based-study-of-consultations-interventions-and-costs
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Miriam Galvin, Padhraig Ryan, Sinead Maguire, Mark Heverin, Caoifa Madden, Alice Vajda, Charles Normand, Orla Hardiman
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurological condition that requires coordinated, multidisciplinary clinical management. ALS is prone to misdiagnosis as its signs and symptoms may be non-specific, which may prolong patients' journey to multidisciplinary ALS care. METHODS: Using chart review and national register data, we have detailed the journey of a national cohort of ALS patients (n = 155) from the time of first symptom to presentation at a multidisciplinary clinic (MDC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613097/dynamic-muscle-ultrasound-identifies-upper-motor-neuron-involvement-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Yu-Ichi Noto, Neil Simon, Kazumoto Shibuya, José M Matamala, Thanuja Dharmadasa, Matthew C Kiernan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to elucidate the pattern of change in bulbar muscles using ultrasound in patients diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: Changes in the mylohyoid and geniohyoid muscle complex (mylohyoid-geniohyoid-muscle-complex) thickness were recorded while swallowing 5 ml of water using M-mode ultrasound in 30 ALS patients compared to 20 healthy controls. The ratio of mylohyoid-geniohyoid-muscle-complex thickness as determined by the maximum thickness of mylohyoid-geniohyoid-muscle-complex during swallowing divided by thickness at rest, was compared between ALS patients and controls, with the correlation between thickness ratio, echogenicity and clinical parameters assessed...
February 10, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608303/assessment-of-the-factorial-validity-and-reliability-of-the-alsfrs-r-a-revision-of-its-measurement-model
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Leonhard A Bakker, Carin D Schröder, Michael A van Es, Paul Westers, Johanna M A Visser-Meily, Leonard H van den Berg
The amyotrophic lateral sclerosis functional rating scale-revised (ALSFRS-R) is a widely used primary outcome measure in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) clinical practice and clinical trials. ALSFRS-R items cannot, however, validly be summed to obtain a total score, but constitute domain scores reflecting a profile of disease severity. Currently, there are different measurement models for estimating domain scores. The objective of the present study is, therefore, to derive the measurement model that best fits the data for a valid and uniform estimation of ALSFRS-R domain scores...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602631/clinical-electrodiagnostic-and-outcome-correlation-in-als-patients-in-thailand
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Kongkiat Kulkantrakorn, Dararat Suksasunee
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) requires both clinical and electrodiagnostic (EDx) data. The correlation between the two may aid in outcome prognostication. METHODS: Retrospective review of patients with ALS in tow tertiary hospitals in Thailand. RESULTS: Data from 25 ALS patients out of 38 patients with motor neuron disease was reviewed. Male was predominant with mean age of onset of 60.1±10.7years old...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588549/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-myasthenia-gravis-overlap-syndrome-a-review-of-two-cases-and-the-associated-literature
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Hongfei Tai, Liying Cui, Yuzhou Guan, Mingsheng Liu, Xiaoguang Li, Yan Huang, Jing Yuan, Dongchao Shen, Dawei Li, Feifei Zhai
OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and myasthenia gravis (MG) overlap syndrome and explore the relationship between the two diseases. METHODS: We conducted a search of medical records at Peking Union Medical University Hospital from 1983 to 2015 for coexistence of ALS and MG and searched the PubMed database for all literature describing ALS and MG overlap syndrome published through December 2016. We analyzed the clinical and neurophysiological characteristics of patients by groups according to strict diagnostic criteria...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575122/multimodal-assessment-of-white-matter-tracts-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Florian Borsodi, Valeriu Culea, Christian Langkammer, Michael Khalil, Lukas Pirpamer, Stefan Quasthoff, Christian Enzinger, Reinhold Schmidt, Franz Fazekas, Stefan Ropele
Several quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques have been proposed to investigate microstructural tissue changes in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetization transfer imaging, and R2* mapping. Here, in this study, we compared these techniques with regard to their capability for detecting ALS related white matter (WM) changes in the brain and their association with clinical findings. We examined 27 ALS patients and 35 age-matched healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572273/laughter-crying-and-sadness-in-als
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Nimish J Thakore, Erik P Pioro
BACKGROUND: Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is prevalent in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but there is limited information on its associations and course. OBJECTIVES: Explore prevalence, associations, course and manifestations of PBA in outpatient cohort of patients with ALS and examine its relationship to depression. METHODS: Self-reported measures of PBA and depression (Center for Neurologic Study-Lability Scale (CNS-LS) and Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), respectively) were obtained from consecutive patients with ALS using tablet devices in waiting rooms (Knowledge Program)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550440/csf-concentrations-of-adipsin-and-adiponectin-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Héctor R Martínez, César E Escamilla-Ocañas, Carlos R Camara-Lemarroy, María T González-Garza, Juan M Tenorio-Pedraza, Martín Hernández-Torre
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is described as a neurodegenerative disorder. However, neuroinflammation and chemokine expression are prominent pathological finding at sites of injury. Adipsin and adiponectin are molecules that are implicated in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative and neuroimmune disorders. Adipsin and adiponectin concentrations were determined in the CSF of ALS patients and controls and the relationship of these chemokines with clinical severity and disease duration in ALS was determined...
May 26, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533943/etiology-and-treatment-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Hernando Rafael, Juan Oscar David, Antonio Santiago Vilca
BACKGROUND: To date all researchers conclude that the etiology of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not known. On the contrary, since August 2009, we believe that disease is of ischemic origin in the anterior surface of the medulla oblongata. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We present our surgical experience into 45 patients with ALS (bulbar form in 36 cases and spinal form in 9). Preoperative MRI scans revealed microinfarcts in the medulla oblongata and/or cervical cord...
2017: American Journal of Neurodegenerative Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528293/spatiotemporal-movement-variability-in-als-speaking-rate-effects-on-tongue-lower-lip-and-jaw-motor-control
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Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale, Antje Mefferd
PURPOSE: Although it is frequently presumed that bulbar muscle degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is associated with progressive loss of speech motor control, empirical evidence is limited. Furthermore, because speaking rate slows with disease progression and rate manipulations are used to improve intelligibility in ALS, this study sought to (i) determine between and within-group differences in articulatory motor control as a result of speaking rate changes and (ii) identify the strength of association between articulatory motor control and speech impairment severity...
May 2017: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522837/age-related-penetrance-of-the-c9orf72-repeat-expansion
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Natalie A Murphy, Karissa C Arthur, Pentti J Tienari, Henry Houlden, Adriano Chiò, Bryan J Traynor
A pathogenic hexanucleotide repeat expansion within the C9orf72 gene has been identified as the major cause of two neurodegenerative syndromes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). This mutation is known to have incomplete penetrance, with some patients developing disease in their twenties and a small portion of carriers surviving to their ninth decade without developing symptoms. Describing penetrance by age among C9orf72 carriers and identifying parameters that alter onset age are essential to better understanding this locus and to enhance predictive counseling...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461025/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-or-not-keys-for-the-diagnosis
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T Lenglet, J-P Camdessanché
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative motor neuron disease (MND) which prognosis is poor. Early diagnosis permit to set up immediately adapted treatment and cares. Available diagnostic criteria are based on the detection of both central and peripheral motor neuron injury in bulbar, cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. Electrodiagnostic (EDX) tests are the key tools to identify peripheral motor neuron involvement. Needle examination records abnormal activities at rest, and looks for neurogenic pattern during muscle contraction...
April 28, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455693/therapeutic-strategies-under-development-targeting-inflammatory-mechanisms-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Sebastiano Giuseppe Crisafulli, Simona Brajkovic, Maria Sara Cipolat Mis, Valeria Parente, Stefania Corti
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disease characterized by the progressive loss of cortical, bulbar, and spinal motor neurons (MNs). The cardinal manifestation of ALS is a progressive paralysis which leads to death within a time span of 3 to 5 years after disease onset. Despite similar final output of neuronal death, the underlying pathogenic causes are various and no common cause of neuronal damage has been identified to date. Inflammation-mediated neuronal injury is increasingly recognized as a major factor that promotes disease progression and amplifies the MN death-inducing processes...
April 28, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449881/genetics-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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REVIEW
P Corcia, P Couratier, H Blasco, C R Andres, S Beltran, V Meininger, P Vourc'h
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal motor neuron disease characterized by upper and lower motor neuron damage in the bulbar and spinal territories. Although the pathophysiology of ALS is still unknown, the involvement of genetic factors is no longer a subject of debate. Familial ALS (fALS) accounts for 10-20% of cases. Since the identification of the SOD1 gene, more than 20 genes have been described, of which four can explain >50% of familial cases. This review is an update focused on major aspects of the field of ALS genetics concerning both causative and susceptibility factors...
May 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444446/comparison-of-the-clinical-and-cognitive-features-of-genetically-positive-als-patients-from-the-largest-tertiary-center-in-serbia
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Ivan V Marjanović, Biljana Selak-Djokić, Stojan Perić, Milena Janković, Vladimir Arsenijević, Ivana Basta, Dragana Lavrnić, Elka Stefanova, Zorica Stević
Discovering novel mutations in C9orf72, FUS, ANG, and TDP-43 genes in ALS patients arises necessities for better clinical characterizations of these subjects. The aim is to determine clinical and cognitive profile of genetically positive Serbian ALS patients. 241 ALS patients were included in the study (17 familiar and 224 apparently sporadic). The following genes were analyzed: SOD1, C9orf72, ANG, FUS, and TDP-43. An extensive battery of classic neuropsychological tests was used in 27 ALS patients (22 SOD1 positive and 5 SOD1 negative) and 82 healthy controls (HCs)...
June 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429524/the-investigation-of-genetic-and-clinical-features-in-chinese-patients-with-juvenile-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Z-J Liu, H-X Lin, G-L Liu, Q-Q Tao, W Ni, B-G Xiao, Z-Y Wu
Juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (JALS) occurs at an age of onset below 25 years with a heterogeneous disease onset location, variable progression and survival time. To investigate whether an ALS gene profile could resolve any aspects of clinical symptom heterogeneity, we have used targeted sequencing technology in a cohort of 12 JALS patients of Chinese descent. We detected 5 likely pathogenic mutations, 2 in familial probands and 3 in sporadic patients. One was a known TARDBP mutation (p.G348V) and 4 were FUS frameshift mutations including a known p...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425762/the-evaluation-of-bulbar-dysfunction-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-survey-of-clinical-practice-patterns-in-the-united-states
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Emily K Plowman, Lauren C Tabor, James Wymer, Gary Pattee
OBJECTIVE: Speech and swallowing impairments are highly prevalent in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and contribute to reduced quality of life, malnutrition, aspiration, pneumonia and death. Established practice parameters for bulbar dysfunction in ALS do not currently exist. The aim of this study was to identify current practice patterns for the evaluation of speech and swallowing function within participating Northeast ALS clinics in the United States. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 15-item survey was emailed to all registered NEALS centres...
April 20, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424896/maximum-tongue-pressure-is-associated-with-swallowing-dysfunction-in-als-patients
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Aya Hiraoka, Mineka Yoshikawa, Masahiro Nakamori, Naohisa Hosomi, Toshikazu Nagasaki, Takahiro Mori, Masaya Oda, Hirofumi Maruyama, Mitsuyoshi Yoshida, Yuishin Izumi, Masayasu Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Tsuga
Maximum tongue pressure (MTP) measurement is a convenient, less invasive assessment that has been developed to quantify tongue strength; however, it is unclear whether MTP is useful for the detection of swallowing disorders in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. The purpose of this study was to clarify the relationship between MTP and the characteristics of swallowing disorders on videofluorography and to determine the usefulness of tongue pressure measurement for the assessment of swallowing function in ALS patients...
April 19, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402699/inhibition-of-retrograde-transport-modulates-misfolded-protein-accumulation-and-clearance-in-motoneuron-diseases
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Riccardo Cristofani, Valeria Crippa, Paola Rusmini, Maria Elena Cicardi, Marco Meroni, Nausicaa V Licata, Gessica Sala, Elisa Giorgetti, Christopher Grunseich, Mariarita Galbiati, Margherita Piccolella, Elio Messi, Carlo Ferrarese, Serena Carra, Angelo Poletti
Motoneuron diseases, like spinal bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are associated with proteins that because of gene mutation or peculiar structures, acquire aberrant (misfolded) conformations toxic to cells. To prevent misfolded protein toxicity, cells activate a protein quality control (PQC) system composed of chaperones and degradative pathways (proteasome and autophagy). Inefficient activation of the PQC system results in misfolded protein accumulation that ultimately leads to neuronal cell death, while efficient macroautophagy/autophagy-mediated degradation of aggregating proteins is beneficial...
April 12, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377742/dysphagia-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-impact-on-patient-behavior-diet-adaptation-and-riluzole-management
#20
Emanuela Onesti, Ilenia Schettino, Maria Cristina Gori, Vittorio Frasca, Marco Ceccanti, Chiara Cambieri, Giovanni Ruoppolo, Maurizio Inghilleri
This retrospective study aimed to investigate the clinical features associated with deteriorated swallow in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients with spinal and bulbar onset, describe the modification of diet and liquid intake, and assess the impact of dysphagia on the use of riluzole. One hundred forty-five patients were observed periodically every 3-6 months. They underwent routinely fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and spirometry; dysphagia severity was classified according to the Penetration Aspiration Scale and the Pooling score (P-score) integrated with other parameters such as sensation, collaboration, and age (P-SCA score)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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