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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549936/deficit-in-feature-based-attention-following-a-left-thalamic-lesion
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Sofia Finsterwalder, Nele Demeyere, Celine R Gillebert
Selective attention enables us to prioritise the processing of relevant over irrelevant information. The model of priority maps with stored attention weights provides a conceptual framework that accounts for the visual prioritisation mechanism of selective attention. According to this model, high attention weights can be assigned to spatial locations, features, or objects. Converging evidence from neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies propose the involvement of thalamic and frontoparietal areas in selective attention...
May 23, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549087/thalamic-alterations-remote-to-infarct-appear-as-focal-iron-accumulation-and-impact-clinical-outcome
#2
Grégory Kuchcinski, Fanny Munsch, Renaud Lopes, Antoine Bigourdan, Jason Su, Sharmila Sagnier, Pauline Renou, Jean-Pierre Pruvo, Brian K Rutt, Vincent Dousset, Igor Sibon, Thomas Tourdias
Thalamic alterations have been observed in infarcts initially sparing the thalamus but interrupting thalamo-cortical or cortico-thalamic projections. We aimed at extending this knowledge by demonstrating with in vivo imaging sensitive to iron accumulation, one marker of neurodegeneration, that (i) secondary thalamic alterations are focally located in specific thalamic nuclei depending on the initial infarct location; and (ii) such secondary alterations can contribute independently to the long-term outcome. To tackle this issue, 172 patients with an infarct initially sparing the thalamus were prospectively evaluated clinically and with magnetic resonance imaging to quantify iron through R2* map at 24-72 h and at 1-year follow-up...
May 25, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546252/acute-basilar-artery-occlusion-differences-in-characteristics-and-outcomes-after-endovascular-therapy-between-patients-with-and-without-underlying-severe-atherosclerotic-stenosis
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Y Y Lee, W Yoon, S K Kim, B H Baek, G S Kim, J T Kim, M S Park
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prediction of underlying intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis before endovascular therapy might be helpful for appropriate therapeutic planning in patients with acute ischemic stroke. This study aimed to compare the characteristics and treatment outcomes in patients with acute basilar artery occlusion relative to the existence or nonexistence of underlying intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-two patients with acute basilar artery occlusion underwent multimodal endovascular therapy...
May 25, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542605/voxelwise-distribution-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-lesions-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation-trigger-of-arrhythmia-or-only-target-of-embolism
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Timolaos Rizos, Andreas J Bartsch, Timothy D Johnson, Felix Dittgen, Thomas E Nichols, Uwe Malzahn, Roland Veltkamp
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is frequently detected after ischemic stroke for the first time, and brain regions involved in autonomic control have been suspected to trigger AF. We examined whether specific brain regions are associated with newly detected AF after ischemic stroke. METHODS: Patients with acute cerebral infarctions on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging were included in this lesion mapping study. Lesions were mapped and modeled voxelwise using Bayesian Spatial Generalised Linear Mixed Modeling to determine differences in infarct locations between stroke patients with new AF, without AF and with AF already known before the stroke...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532917/novel-anatomical-classification-of-spontaneous-thalamic-hemorrhage-classified-by-vascular-territory-of-thalamus
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Shinichiro Teramoto, Takuji Yamamoto, Yasuaki Nakao, Mitsuya Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous thalamic hemorrhage has increased in incidence in recent years. The characteristics of thalamic hemorrhage were analyzed based on the vascular territories of the thalamus. METHODS: Retrospective analysis included 303 consecutive patients with spontaneous thalamic hemorrhage. Thalamic hemorrhage was classified into four types: anterior type (supplied mainly by the tuberothalamic artery), medial (mainly paramedian thalamic-subthalamic artery), lateral (mainly thalamogeniculate artery), and posterior (mainly posterior choroidal artery)...
May 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497930/mirror-therapy-for-involuntary-movement-due-to-chronic-thalamic-hemorrhage-a-case-report
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Seiji Miura, Makoto Ueno, Ryuji Miyata, Eriko Maniwa, Seiji Etoh, Megumi Shimodozono
BACKGROUND: Some stroke survivors suffer from involuntary movement, which often disturbs upper-limb function, but there are few effective modality options. CASE REPORT: A 70-year-old man presented with persisting right-upper-limb hemiballism due to left thalamic hemorrhage 10 years before. We provided inpatient rehabilitation, including repetitive-facilitative exercise and task-related training, and prescribed clonazepam from day 5 after admission. However, the affected upper limb showed no significant change and remained nonfunctional...
May 12, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497441/-cryptogenic-stroke-in-a-young-patient-with-heart-disease-and-kidney-failure
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B Oyanguren, R Segoviano, E Alegria, E Besada, M Gonzalez-Salaices, M Eimil-Ortiz, C Lopez de Silanes
INTRODUCTION: Fabry's disease is an infrequent metabolic pathology linked to the X chromosome which causes a wide variety of signs and symptoms. CASE REPORT: A 39-year-old male who was admitted to our stroke unit with right-side hemiparesis (1 + 0) and dysarthria (1). The score on the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale was 2. The patient presented angiokeratomas in both thighs. A computerised axial tomography scan of the head showed left thalamic acute infarction...
May 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495601/structural-connectivity-subserving-verbal-fluency-revealed-by-lesion-behavior-mapping-in-stroke-patients
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Mingyang Li, Yumei Zhang, Luping Song, Ruiwang Huang, Junhua Ding, Yuxing Fang, Yangwen Xu, Zaizhu Han
Tests of verbal fluency have been widely used to assess the cognitive functioning of persons, and are typically classified into two categories (semantic and phonological fluency). While widely-distributed divergent and convergent brain regions have been found to be involved in semantic and phonological fluency, the anatomical connectivity underlying the fluency is not well understood. The present study aims to construct a comprehensive white-matter network associated with semantic and phonological fluency by investigating the relationship between the integrity of 22 major tracts in the whole brain and semantic fluency (measured by 3 cues) and phonological fluency (measured by 2 cues) in a group of 51 stroke patients...
May 8, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494691/central-poststroke-pain-a-systematic-review
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Jonathan Singer, Alyssa Conigliaro, Elizabeth Spina, Susan W Law, Steven R Levine
Background Physical, psychological, and/or social impairment can result after a stroke and can be exacerbated by pain. One type of pain after stroke, central poststroke pain, is believed to be due to primary central nervous system mechanisms. Estimated prevalence of central poststroke pain ranges widely from 8% to 55% of stroke patients, suggesting a difficulty in reliably, accurately, and consistently identifying central poststroke pain. This may be due to the absence of a generally accepted definition. Aim We aimed to clarify the role of thalamic strokes and damage to the spinothalamic pathway in central poststroke pain patients...
June 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483068/factors-associated-with-multidimensional-aspect-of-post-stroke-fatigue-in-acute-stroke-period
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Hitoshi Mutai, Tomomi Furukawa, Ayumi Houri, Akihito Suzuki, Tokiji Hanihara
BACKGROUND: Post-stroke fatigue (PSF) is a frequent and distressing consequence of stroke, and can be both acute and long lasting. We aimed to investigate multidimensional aspects of acute PSF and to determine the clinical factors relevant to acute PSF. METHODS: We collected data of 101 patients admitted to the hospital for acute stroke. PSF was assessed using the Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory within 2 weeks of stroke. Measures included Mini-Mental State Examination, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and Functional Independence Measure...
April 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430885/lesion-mapping-of-stroke-related-erectile-dysfunction
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Klemens Winder, Frank Seifert, Martin Köhrmann, Carl Crodel, Stephan Kloska, Arnd Dörfler, Katharina M Hösl, Stefan Schwab, Max J Hilz
Acute ischaemic stroke in brain areas contributing to male sexual function may impair erectile function depending on the lesion site. This study intended to determine associations between stroke-related erectile dysfunction and cerebral ischaemic lesion sites using voxel-based lesion mapping. In 52 males (mean age 60.5 ± 10.5 years) with first-ever ischaemic strokes, we assessed erectile function after and retrospectively 3 months prior to the stroke using scores of the 5-item International Index of Erectile Function-5 questionnaire...
June 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429607/thalamic-hemorrhagic-stroke-in-the-term-newborn-a-specific-neonatal-syndrome-with-non-uniform-outcome
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Laura Merlini, Sylviane Hanquinet, Joel Fluss
BACKGROUND: Neonatal thalamic hemorrhagic stroke is related to cerebral sinus venous thrombosis and associated with neurological sequelae. Predicting factors are however lacking. METHODS: Clinical and radiological findings at onset and on follow-up of 5 neonates with thalamic hemorrhage stroke are described. RESULTS: All neonates presented with abrupt lethargy, ophistotonos, irritability and/or seizures. The thalamic hemorrhagic stroke was most often unilateral (4/5), involving the posterior/entire thalamus in 3 cases and the anterior thalamus in 2...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394853/targeting-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-the-medial-thalamus-for-the-treatment-of-central-poststroke-pain-in-a-rodent-model
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Hsi-Chien Shih, Yung-Hui Kuan, Bai-Chung Shyu
Approximately 7% to 10% of patients develop a chronic pain syndrome after stroke. This chronic pain condition is called central poststroke pain (CPSP). Recent studies have observed an abnormal increase in the secretion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in spinal cord tissue after spinal cord injury. An animal model of CPSP was established by an intrathalamus injection of collagenase. Mechanical and thermal allodynia was induced after lesions of the thalamic ventral basal complex in rats. Four weeks after the injection, the number of neurons decreased, the number of astrocytes, microglia, and P2X4 receptors increased, and BDNF mRNA expression increased in the brain lesion area...
May 10, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323685/ipsilateral-tremor-like-grasp-reaction-in-a-patient-with-ischemic-stroke
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Yuichiro Inatomi, Makoto Nakajima, Toshiro Yonehara, Yukio Ando
Reports of involuntary ipsilateral movements after a stroke are rare, and none have described a patient with both an instinctive grasp reaction and tremor-like movement ipsilateral to the acute stroke lesion. We here report such a patient. A 76-year-old right-handed woman with a past history of left thalamic hemorrhage developed left hemiparesis, an instinctive grasp reaction, and a peculiar involuntary movement of her right arm. This involuntary movement was stereotyped and sometimes rhythmical, with a groping or picking-like action...
March 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251587/clinical-features-of-thalamic-stroke
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REVIEW
Xiang Yan Chen, Qiaoshu Wang, Xin Wang, Ka Sing Wong
The thalamus plays an important role in different brain functions including memory, emotions, sleep-wake cycle, executive functions, mediating general cortical alerting responses, processing of sensory (including taste, somatosensory, visual, and auditory) information and relaying it to the cortex, and sensorimotor control. Thalamic stroke, both in isolation and in combination with infarcts involving other structures, are not rare. The functional complexity of the thalami nuclei and the not uncommon normal variations of arteries supply the thalamus induce wide variations in presentation of thalami infarcts...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243999/physiological-effects-of-early-incremental-mobilization-of-a-patient-with-acute-intracerebral-and-intraventricular-hemorrhage-requiring-dual-external-ventricular-drainage
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Sowmya Kumble, Elizabeth K Zink, Mackenzie Burch, Sandra Deluzio, Robert D Stevens, Mona N Bahouth
BACKGROUND: Recent trials have challenged the notion that very early mobility benefits patients with acute stroke. It is unclear how cerebral autoregulatory impairments, prevalent in this population, could be affected by mobilization. The safety of mobilizing patients who have external ventricular drainage (EVD) devices for cerebrospinal fluid diversion and intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is another concern due to risk of device dislodgment and potential elevation in ICP. We report hemodynamic and ICP responses during progressive, device-assisted mobility interventions performed in a critically ill patient with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) requiring two EVDs...
February 27, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235422/crying-spells-triggered-by-thumb-index-rubbing-after-thalamic-stroke-a-case-report
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R Bassani, C Rosazza, L Ghirardin, V Caldiera, E Banco, C Casati, L Tesio
BACKGROUND: Pathologic crying, devoid of any emotional counterpart, is known to occur as a consequence of various brain stem, cortical hemispheric and cerebellar lesions or, quite exceptionally, of "dacrystic" epilepsy. The case reported here suggests that thalamic lesions may also cause crying spells, under the special circumstances described below. CASE PRESENTATION: After a mild left thalamic stroke a caucasian 77 years old man presented with crying spells with no emotional counterpart, triggered by thumb-index rubbing of his right hand...
February 24, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208139/mri-based-neuroanatomical-predictors-of-dysphagia-dysarthria-and-aphasia-in-patients-with-first-acute-ischemic-stroke%C3%A2
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Heather L Flowers, Mohammed A AlHarbi, David Mikulis, Frank L Silver, Elizabeth Rochon, David Streiner, Rosemary Martino
BACKGROUND: Due to the high post-stroke frequency of dysphagia, dysarthria, and aphasia, we developed comprehensive neuroanatomical, clinical, and demographic models to predict their presence after acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: The sample included 160 randomly selected first-ever stroke patients with confirmed infarction on magnetic resonance imaging from 1 tertiary stroke center. We documented acute lesions within 12 neuroanatomical regions and their associated volumes...
February 16, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202067/acupuncture-for-acute-moderate-thalamic-hemorrhage-randomized-controlled-trial-study-protocol
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Chengwei Wang, Chao You, Lu Ma, Mengyue Liu, Meng Tian, Ning Li
BACKGROUND: Thalamic hemorrhage (TH) is a neurological insult with a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Moderate TH (10-30 ml) accounts for more than half of all TH. Treatment remains controversial. The role of acupuncture in patients with moderate TH is not clear. METHODS: We will conduct a single-center, randomized, parallel group, and assessor-blinded clinical trial. A total of 488 patients with moderate TH will be randomly assigned to one of eight groups: 10-15 cc left sided TH study group (N = 61) and a corresponding control group (N = 61), 10-15 cc right sided TH study group (N = 61) and a corresponding control group, 15-30 cc left sided TH study group (N = 61) and a corresponding control group (N = 61), and 15-30 cc right sided TH study group (N = 61) and a corresponding control group...
February 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167284/isolated-pseudoabducens-palsy-in-acute-thalamic-stroke
#20
Mehdi Ghasemi, Nazish Riaz, Anna Bjornsdottir, David Paydarfar
Oculomotor abnormalities are rarely noted in thalamic strokes. We describe isolated right pseudoabducens palsy in a young patient with acute left thalamic infarction revealed by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. The patient's horizontal diplopia and oculomotor palsy resolved within 3days. This case supports the hypothesis that a lesion can cause isolated esotropia by interrupting descending inhibitory convergence pathways that traverse the paramedian thalamus and decussate in the subthalamic region to innervate the contralateral third oculomotor nucleus...
May 2017: Clinical Imaging
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