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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667382/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-clinical-features-in-acute-and-subacute-myelopathies
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REVIEW
Stefan Weidauer, Marlies Wagner, Michael Nichtweiß
Differential diagnosis of acute and subacute transverse myelopathy includes inflammatory, infectious, vascular, metabolic and paraneoplastic etiologies. Information on the diagnostic approach to transverse myelopathy with regard to daily clinical practice is provided. The differentiation between five lesion patterns on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in myelitis may be helpful: (1) longitudinal extensive transverse myelitis, (2) short segment ovoid or peripherally located, (3) "polio-like", (4) granulomatous and (5) segmental with rash...
June 30, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659010/copper-deficiency-myelopathy-after-upper-gastrointestinal-surgery
#2
Dominic King, Keith Siau, Latha Senthil, Katherine F Kane, Sheldon C Cooper
A well-functioning alimentary canal is required for adequate nutrient absorption. Disruption to the upper gastrointestinal tract through surgery can lead to micronutrient malnourishment. Copper deficiency has been noted in up to 10% of those undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, but sequalae are not frequently reported. The resultant deficiency states can have profound and long-term consequences if not realized early and managed appropriately. Here we present a case of copper deficiency myelopathy, a condition indistinguishable from subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord, following upper gastrointestinal bypass surgery for gastric ulceration, further complicated by inadequate nutrition...
June 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294987/sensory-neuronopathy-revealing-severe-vitamin-b12-deficiency-in-a-patient-with-anorexia-nervosa-an-often-forgotten-reversible-cause
#3
Jérôme Franques, Laurent Chiche, Stéphane Mathis
Vitamin B12 (B12) deficiency is known to be associated with various neurological manifestations. Although central manifestations such as dementia or subacute combined degeneration are the most classic, neurological manifestations also include sensory neuropathies. However, B12 deficiency is still rarely integrated as a potential cause of sensory neuronopathy. Moreover, as many medical conditions can falsely normalize serum B12 levels even in the context of a real B12 deficiency, some cases may easily remain underdiagnosed...
March 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166085/when-the-laughing-stops-subacute-combined-spinal-cord-degeneration-caused-by-laughing-gas-use
#4
Annemiek Buizert, Ruby Sharma, Hille Koppen
: Here we describe a case of subacute combined spinal cord degeneration caused by nitrous oxide (N2O, laughing gas) use. Because of its euphoric effects, the use of N2O has become increasingly popular in recent years. Unfortunately, the use of N2O leads to inactivation of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 plays an essential role in the synthesis and maintenance of myelin, a fatty substance that surrounds nerve cells and is crucial for their functioning. Deficiency of vitamin B12 could typically result in degeneration of posterior and lateral columns of the spinal cord...
May 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057043/rapid-healing-of-a-patient-with-dramatic-subacute-combined-degeneration-of-spinal-cord-a-case-report
#5
Florian C Roessler, Stephanie Wolff
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of cobalamin deficiency is high especially in older patients and an immediate therapy start is necessary to prevent irreversible neurological damages. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of cobalamin deficiency is difficult and at present, there is no consensus for diagnosis of this deficiency. Therefore, we aim to elucidate a meaningful diagnostic pathway by a case report with an initially misleading medical history. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57 year-old Caucasian man suffering from dramatic myelosis of the cervical posterior columns...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959349/an-unusual-cause-of-falls-in-a-young-woman
#6
I Sleeman, L Wiblin, D Burn
Nitrous oxide is commonly used as an analgesic and anaesthetic agent. Nitrous oxide is also in use in industry as an aerosol propellant and is now recognised as a recreational drug whose use is growing, especially among the young. Nitrous oxide from whipped cream canisters is inhaled to produce a dissociative, intoxicated state. Nitrous oxide is known to inactivate vitamin B12 via oxidation, which can precipitate a demyelinating myelopathy akin to the classical B12 deficiency syndrome, subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord...
September 2016: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957508/neurochondrin-is-a-neuronal-target-antigen-in-autoimmune-cerebellar-degeneration
#7
Ramona Miske, Catharina C Gross, Madeleine Scharf, Kristin S Golombeck, Marvin Hartwig, Urvashi Bhatia, Andreas Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Kathrin Bönte, Christine Strippel, Ludger Schöls, Matthis Synofzik, Hubertus Lohmann, Inga Madeleine Dettmann, Michael Deppe, Swantje Mindorf, Tobias Warnecke, Yvonne Denno, Bianca Teegen, Christian Probst, Stefanie Brakopp, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Heinz Wiendl, Winfried Stöcker, Sven G Meuth, Lars Komorowski, Nico Melzer
OBJECTIVE: To report on a novel neuronal target antigen in 3 patients with autoimmune cerebellar degeneration. METHODS: Three patients with subacute to chronic cerebellar ataxia and controls underwent detailed clinical and neuropsychological assessment together with quantitative high-resolution structural MRI. Sera and CSF were subjected to comprehensive autoantibody screening by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and immunoblot. Immunoprecipitation with lysates of hippocampus and cerebellum combined with mass spectrometric analysis was used to identify the autoantigen, which was verified by recombinant expression in HEK293 cells and use in several immunoassays...
January 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932751/-a-case-of-subacute-combined-degeneration-caused-by-vitamin-b-sub-12-sub-deficiency-in-a-cervical-spondylosis-surgery-referral
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Kunio Yokoyama, Masahiro Kawanishi, Akira Sugie, Makoto Yamada, Hidekazu Tanaka, Yutaka Ito, Toshihiko Kuroiwa
A 62-year-old man with a 1-year history of numbness of the extremities, clumsiness, and gait disorder was diagnosed with cervical spondylotic myelopathy at a neighboring clinic and referred to our institution for surgery. The patient had undergone a total gastrectomy 6 years previously. Flattening of the cervical cord, associated with diffuse cervical spondylosis and intramedullary intensity change, was observed on magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine. Neurological examination revealed decreased vibratory and position sense in all limbs, with posterior funiculus-based neurological symptoms...
December 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905001/guidelines-for-diagnosis-and-management-of-the-cobalamin-related-remethylation-disorders-cblc-cbld-cble-cblf-cblg-cblj-and-mthfr-deficiency
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Martina Huemer, Daria Diodato, Bernd Schwahn, Manuel Schiff, Anabela Bandeira, Jean-Francois Benoist, Alberto Burlina, Roberto Cerone, Maria L Couce, Angeles Garcia-Cazorla, Giancarlo la Marca, Elisabetta Pasquini, Laura Vilarinho, James D Weisfeld-Adams, Viktor Kožich, Henk Blom, Matthias R Baumgartner, Carlo Dionisi-Vici
BACKGROUND: Remethylation defects are rare inherited disorders in which impaired remethylation of homocysteine to methionine leads to accumulation of homocysteine and perturbation of numerous methylation reactions. OBJECTIVE: To summarise clinical and biochemical characteristics of these severe disorders and to provide guidelines on diagnosis and management. DATA SOURCES: Review, evaluation and discussion of the medical literature (Medline, Cochrane databases) by a panel of experts on these rare diseases following the GRADE approach...
January 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854092/nitrous-oxide-induced-subacute-combined-degeneration-presenting-with-dystonia-and-pseudoathetosis-a-case-report
#10
Hung-Ju Chen, Chih-Shan Huang
PURPOSE: Nitrous oxide (N2O) is neurotoxic by interfering with vitamin B12 bioavailability. The clinical picture is indistinguishable to that of subacute combined degeneration (SCD). A movement disorder might occur though it is not a characteristic feature. We report a patient with N2O-induced SCD, exhibiting a combination of different involuntary movements. CASE REPORT: A 20-year-old woman presented with one month of progressive unsteady gait, involuntary movements and tingling sensation in a stocking-glove distribution...
June 15, 2016: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27645757/copper-deficiency-myelopathy-probably-caused-by-long-lasting-daily-excessive-intake-of-zink
#11
Rieko Motooka, Shinji Yamamoto
We report a 39-year-old woman with slowly progressive spastic gait and paresthesia in the lower extremities. Cervical spinal MRI revealed high intensity in the dorsal column from vertebrae C2 to C7. Laboratory findings showed normal vitamin B12 and low serum copper level. By lifestyle history taking, we noticed her extreme unbalanced diet of having 15-20 oysters everyday over 5 years. Then we considered that zinc excess caused copper deficiency myelopathy. We needed to pay attention to copper and zinc level if the patient has a symptom resembling subacute combined degeneration of spinal cord with normal serum vitamin B12...
October 28, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27526974/etiological-clinical-and-radiological-features-of-longitudinally-extensive-myelopathy-in-chinese-patients
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Weihe Zhang, Yujuan Jiao, Lei Cui, Lei Liu, Linwei Zhang, Jinsong Jiao
Longitudinally extensive myelopathy (LEM) is a rare spinal syndrome, and was mostly assessed in western populations. In order to investigate the etiological, clinical, and radiological features of LEM in Chinese patients, we retrospectively analyzed eighty-nine (40 men and 49 women, median age 45.9±15.7years) patients with LEM hospitalized in China-Japan Friendship Hospital. LEM comprised autoimmune inflammatory myelitis (n=53), metabolic and compressive disorders (n=13), vascular diseases (n=10), neoplastic diseases (n=7), infectious diseases (n=4), and syringomyelia (n=2)...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27473652/vitamin-b12-deficiency-presenting-with-neurological-dysfunction-in-an-adolescent
#13
Coral M Stredny, Olivia Frosch, Samata Singhi, Elissa Furutani, Adam D Durbin, Rachael F Grace, Nicole J Ullrich
BACKGROUND: Vitamin B12 deficiency is classically encountered in the adult Caucasian population and manifests as a subacute combined degeneration in the presence or absence of macrocytic anemia. However, B12 deficiency is extremely rare in children in developed countries, and pernicious anemia is even rarer etiology of this deficiency. The clinical presentation of B12 deficiency in children is not as easily recognizable or well-characterized and may result in missed or delayed diagnosis...
September 2016: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27348743/longitudinally-extensive-transverse-myelitis-a-retrospective-analysis-of-sixty-four-patients-at-tertiary-care-center-of-north-west-india
#14
Rajendra Singh Jain, Sunil Kumar, Tarun Mathur, Shankar Tejwani
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the demographic profile, clinical presentations, laboratory parameters and etiologies of longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) patients in Indian population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: LETM is characterized by contiguous inflammatory lesions of spinal cord extending to three or more vertebral segments. Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is the most common cause of LETM. In clinical practice, both LETM and NMO are thought to be synonymous with each other because of their very frequent association...
September 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27293327/approach-to-a-case-of-myeloneuropathy
#15
Ravindra Kumar Garg, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Neeraj Kumar
Myeloneuropathy is a frequently encountered condition and often poses a diagnostic challenge. A variety of nutritional, toxic, metabolic, infective, inflammatory, and paraneoplastic disorders can present with myeloneuropathy. Deficiencies of vitamin B12, folic acid, copper, and vitamin E may lead to myeloneuropathy with a clinical picture of subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord. Among infective causes, chikungunya virus has been shown to produce a syndrome similar to myeloneuropathy. Vacuolar myelopathy seen in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is clinically very similar to subacute combined degeneration...
April 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27056859/-treatable-dementia-due-to-vitamin-b12-and-folate-deficiency
#16
REVIEW
Toshihiro Yoshizawa
Vitamin deficiency is one of the major causes of treatable dementia. Specifically, patients suffering from dementia frequentry display low serum levels of vitamin B(12). There is a close metabolic interaction between folate and vitamin B(12). Folate deficiency causes various neuropsychiatric symptoms, which resemble those observed in vitamin B(12) deficiency. This review summarizes, the basic pathophysiology of vitamin B(12) and folate deficiency, its clinical diagnosis, associated neuropsychiatric symptoms such as subacute combined degeneration and dementia, and epidemiological studies of cognitive decline and brain atrophy...
April 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27037733/neurologic-psychiatric-and-other-medical-manifestations-of-nitrous-oxide-abuse-a-systematic-review-of-the-case-literature
#17
REVIEW
Amir Garakani, Robert J Jaffe, Dipal Savla, Alison K Welch, Caroline A Protin, Ethan O Bryson, David M McDowell
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Nitrous oxide (N2 O) is known to have abuse potential, although debate regarding the toxic effects of such abuse continues. Our objective was to review the case literature and present the neurologic, psychiatric and medical consequences of N2 O abuse. METHODS: A systematic literature review was completed for case reports using keywords "nitrous oxide" with "abuse/abusing" or "misuse/misusing" or "overuse/overusing" or "addiction." Non-English-language cases and cases not involving direct toxic effects of N2 O were excluded as were commentaries or personal essays...
August 2016: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27009308/the-difficulties-with-vitamin-b12
#18
Ruth Dobson, Debie Alvares
A 22-year-old woman presented with progressive sensory ataxia and optic neuropathy. Previous investigation by her general practitioner had found a low serum vitamin B12, which had been corrected with oral supplementation. Neurological investigations showed raised plasma homocysteine and methylmalonic acid towards the upper limit of normal with a low serum vitamin B12 MRI showed an extensive cord lesion in keeping with subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord. We treated her with high dose parenteral vitamin B12 and she has made a partial recovery...
August 2016: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26982994/clinical-and-epidemiological-profiles-of-non-traumatic-myelopathies
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Wladimir Bocca Vieira de Rezende Pinto, Paulo Victor Sgobbi de Souza, Marcus Vinícius Cristino de Albuquerque, Lívia Almeida Dutra, José Luiz Pedroso, Orlando Graziani Povoas Barsottini
Non-traumatic myelopathies represent a heterogeneous group of neurological conditions. Few studies report clinical and epidemiological profiles regarding the experience of referral services. Objective To describe clinical characteristics of a non-traumatic myelopathy cohort. Method Epidemiological, clinical, and radiological variables from 166 charts of patients assisted between 2001 and 2012 were compiled. Results The most prevalent diagnosis was subacute combined degeneration (11.4%), followed by cervical spondylotic myelopathy (9...
February 2016: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26965759/conventional-mri-for-diagnosis-of-subacute-combined-degeneration-scd-of-the-spinal-cord-due-to-vitamin-b-12-deficiency
#20
Cui-Ping Xiao, Cui-Ping Ren, Jing-Liang Cheng, Yong Zhang, Ying Li, Bei-bei Li, Yi-Zhe Fan
Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord (SCD) is often found in vitamin B-12 deficiency and typically shows hyperintensity on T2-weighted images of the lateral and posterior columns. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the use of conventional magnetic resonance examination in diagnosing SCD. Thirty-six patients were clinically confirmed and retrospectively analyzed; conventional spine MRIs were available for all patients and eight of them had contrast enhancement MRIs. 19 out of 36 patients showed abnormal signal intensity on T2 weighted images with a sensitivity of 52...
2016: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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