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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810087/multiple-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-an-unusual-cause-of-shortness-of-breath-and-recurrent-strokes
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Kalyan C Potu, Shenjing Li, Shawn C Kelly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Scott Pham
OBJECTIVE: To discuss an uncommon case of a patient with multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) presenting with dyspnea on exertion and recurrent strokes. BACKGROUND: A 79-year-old woman with recent onset recurrent cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) was referred to cardiology for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion. Clinical examination was unrevealing. METHODS: A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with agitated saline was suggestive of an extra-cardiac shunt...
February 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792587/electromyographic-bridge-for-promoting-the-recovery-of-hand-movements-in-subacute-stroke-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Yu-Xuan Zhou, Yang Xia, Jia Huang, Hai-Peng Wang, Xue-Liang Bao, Zheng-Yang Bi, Xiao-Bing Chen, Yu-Jie Gao, Xiao-Ying Lü, Zhi-Gong Wang
OBJECTIVE: The electromyographic bridge (EMGB) detects surface electromyographic signals from a non-paretic limb. It then generates electric pulse trains according to the electromyographic time domain features, which can be used to stimulate a paralysed or paretic limb in real time. This strategy can be used for the contralateral control of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to improve motor function after stroke. The aim of this study was to compare the treat-ment effects of EMGB vs cyclic NMES on wrist and finger impairments in subacute stroke patients...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777392/long-term-follow-up-of-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices-complications-and-predisposing-risk-factors
#3
Tolulope A Adesiyun, Rhondalyn C McLean, Ryan J Tedford, Glenn J R Whitman, Chris M Sciortino, John V Conte, Ashish S Shah, Stuart D Russell
PURPOSE: To assess LVAD complications and their overall effect on mortality and determine factors associated with development of early and long-term complications. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent continuous flow LVAD placement between January 1, 2000 and November 30, 2013 was performed. The incidence of complications (sepsis or bacteremia, driveline infections, gastrointestinal bleeding, pump thrombosis, cerebrovascular accidents and anemia requiring transfusion) was collected and logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards analyses were performed...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777266/ataxia-and-headache-in-a-child-a-case-of-acute-cerebellar-infarction
#4
Kathryn M Hewett, Brett Lorenzetti, Benjamin F Jackson
A 4-year-old female patient presents to the pediatric emergency department with acute onset of ataxia and occipital headache. Initial investigation, including computed tomography imaging, failed to demonstrate any focal neurologic lesion. Subsequent studies, however, reveal an acute thrombosis of the superior cerebellar artery. Further work up identified the likely causative factor to be a heterozygous mutation at the methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase gene. In this case report, we will discuss the work-up of pediatric ataxia, the evaluation and management of cerebrovascular accidents in children, and the association between stroke and mutation of the methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase gene...
August 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774437/new-approach-to-detect-and-classify-stroke-in-skull-ct-images-via-analysis-of-brain-tissue-densities
#5
Pedro P Rebouças Filho, Róger Moura Sarmento, Gabriel Bandeira Holanda, Daniel de Alencar Lima
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cerebral vascular accident (CVA), also known as stroke, is an important health problem worldwide and it affects 16 million people worldwide every year. About 30% of those that have a stroke die and 40% remain with serious physical limitations. However, recovery in the damaged region is possible if treatment is performed immediately. In the case of a stroke, Computed Tomography (CT) is the most appropriate technique to confirm the occurrence and to investigate its extent and severity...
September 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758968/middle-cerebral-artery-stroke-as-amusement-park-injury-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
Abby Baumgartle, Laura Wolfe, Vinay Puri, Karen Moeller, Salvatore Bertolone, Ashok Raj
Strokes as amusement park injuries are rare, but have been reported in the literature. Only about 20 cases of cerebrovascular accidents after amusement park visits have been described. We report a healthy 12-year-old boy who presented with facial droop, slurred speech, and inability to use his right arm after riding roller coasters at a local amusement park. He was evaluated and found to have a left middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction. The patient was treated with anticoagulants and has recovered with no major residual symptoms...
July 31, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756578/design-and-application-of-a-medication-assessment-tool-for-secondary-prevention-of-stroke
#7
Marise Gauci, Francesca Wirth, Liberato Camilleri, Lilian M Azzopardi, Anthony Serracino-Inglott
Background Optimisation of drug therapy is essential in the care of older persons and may be facilitated by application of medication assessment tools (MATs). Objective To design, psychometrically evaluate and apply an innovative MAT for secondary prevention of ischaemic stroke with particular relevance to older persons. Method Review criteria were selected from clinical practice guidelines and MAT-CVA was developed, validated and tested for reliability and feasibility. MAT-CVA was applied to 150 patients with a diagnosis of ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack admitted to a rehabilitation hospital...
July 29, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744062/effects-of-aquatic-walking-exercise-using-a-walker-in-a-chronic-stroke-patient
#8
Tadashi Matsuda, Yoshiteru Akezaki
[Purpose] The aim of this study was to examine the usefulness of aquatic walking exercise using a walker for chronic stroke patients. We also examined the psychological effects on the study subject and the primary caregiver before and after aquatic walking exercise. [Subject and Methods] The subject was a 60-year-old male with bilateral paralysis after a cerebrovascular accident. The Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA) total score was 116 on the right and 115 on the left. The intervention combined aquatic and land walking exercise...
July 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737070/%C3%AE-blockers-on-discharge-from-acute-atrial-fibrillation-are-associated-with-decreased-mortality-and-lower-cerebrovascular-accidents-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
#9
Charbel Abi Khalil, Mohammad Zubaid, Nidal Asaad, Wafa A Rashed, Adel Khalifa Hamad, Rajvir Singh, Jassim Al Suwaidi
The benefits of β-blockers in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are controversial. The Gulf Survey of Atrial Fibrillation Events was a prospective, multinational, observational registry of consecutive patients with AF recruited from the emergency department (ED). We studied the incidence of 6- and 12-month mortality, hospitalization for HF or AF, and stroke/transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) in patients with HFrEF, in relation to β-blockers on discharge from the ED or the subsequent hospital stay...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730452/transcranial-color-doppler-in-stroke-free-adult-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease
#10
G Graziadei, F M Casoni, F Annoni, I Cortinovis, P Ridolfi, I Gandolfi, A Marcon, E Di Pierro, M D Cappellini
The threshold velocity ≥200 cm/s at transcranial Doppler (TCD) evaluation is a useful cut-off for preventing the stroke (STOP trial) in pediatric patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), term including different types of sickle genotypes. Scanty data are available for adult SCD patients. We compared intracranial blood flow velocities between adult SCD patients and controls using transcranial color Doppler (TCCD), measuring the peak of systolic velocity (PSV) with the insonation angle correction and the pulsatility index (PI), an indicator of endothelial elasticity...
September 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726053/the-effect-of-different-ankle-and-knee-supports-on-balance-in-early-ambulation-of-post-stroke-hemiplegic-patients
#11
Burcu Talu, Zilan Bazancir
The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of different ankle and knee supports on balance in early ambulation of post-stroke hemiplegic patients. This is a randomized experimental study. The study sample included 20 hemiplegic patients who were able to stand with support and who had been diagnosed with a cerebrovascular accident within the last month. A knee immobilization brace (KIB) was first placed on each individual (first application), followed by placement of knee immobilizer brace and Foot Lifter Orthosis ® (FLO) (second application), and lastly, placement of KIB and rigid taping (RT) (third application)...
July 19, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711910/combined-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-blockade-and-statin-therapy-effectively-reduces-the-risk-of-cerebrovascular-accident-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#12
Pei-Hsun Sung, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Mel S Lee, John Y Chiang, Hon-Kan Yip, Yao-Hsu Yang
Fairly limited data reported the incidence and risk of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Additionally, little is known regarding the therapeutic impact of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) blockade and statin on reducing the occurrence of CVA in ADPKD. We utilized the data from Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) to perform a population-based cohort study (1997-2013). A total of 2,647 patients with ADPKD were selected from 1,000,000 general population after excluding patients with age<18, renal replacement therapy and concomitant diagnosis of CVA...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702118/comparison-of-nutech-functional-score-with-european-stroke-scale-for-patients-with-cerebrovascular-accident-treated-with-human-embryonic-stem-cells-nfs-for-cva-patients-treated-with-hescs
#13
Geeta Shroff
PURPOSE: Stem cell therapy is a promising modality for treatment of patients with chronic cerebrovascular accident (CVA) in whom treatment other than physiotherapy or occupational therapy does not address the repair or recovery of the lost function. In this study, the author aimed at evaluating CVA patients treated with human embryonic stem cell (hESC) therapy and comparing their study outcomes with globally accepted European Stroke Scale (ESS) to that with novel scoring system, Nutech functional score (NFS), a 21-point positional and directional scoring system for assessing patients with CVA...
June 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698086/stroke-burden-in-rwanda-a-multicenter-study-on-stroke-management-and-outcome
#14
Agabe Emmy Nkusi, Severien Muneza, Steven Nshuti, David Hakizimana, Paulin Munyemana, Menelas Nkeshimana, Emmanuel Rudakemwa, Etienne Amendezo
BACKGROUND: Cerebro-vascular accidents (CVA) or Stroke constitute the second leading cause of mortality worldwide. Low and middle income countries bear most of stroke burden worldwide. The main objective of this study is to determine the burden of stroke in Rwanda. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study done in 2 parts; 6 months baseline data collection and outcome assessment sessions at 1 year. RESULTS: 96 patients were enrolled in our series...
July 8, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684097/an-update-on-anticoagulation-in-atrial-fibrillation
#15
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John Amerena, Daryl Ridley
Cerebrovascular accidents related to atrial fibrillation (AF) are potentially preventable with anticoagulation. Until recently, warfarin was the only proven anticoagulant to be effective in stroke prevention, however the novel, direct acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are now available, triggering a paradigm shift in treatment philosophy. Today, physicians need to consider in which patients anticoagulation should not be used rather than, as in the past, deciding in which patients it should be used. Although warfarin will continue to have a place in managing some patients with AF, in the future, the DOACs should be the predominant therapy for stroke prevention in patients with non-valvular AF...
September 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675629/long-term-follow-up-after-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-comparison-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-vs-computed-tomography-to-guide-medical-therapy-and-data-about-post-closure-cardioversion
#16
Benjamin Berte, Christine Attenhofer Jost, Dominik Maurer, Anja Fäh-Gunz, Xavier Pillois, Barbara Naegeli, Monica Pfyffer, Gabor Sütsch, Christoph Scharf
AIMS: The use of left atrial appendage (LAA)-occluders in atrial fibrillation is increasing. There are few data on the comparison between transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and computed tomography (MDCT) assessing peridevice-flow and outcome of electrical cardioversion (ECV) in these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Single-center prospective registry from 2009 to 2015 including all LAA-occluders to analyze success and complications during implantation and follow-up...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658042/coagulation-profile-as-a-risk-factor-for-30-day-morbidity-following-cervical-laminectomy-and-fusion
#17
Rachel S Bronheim, Eric K Oermann, Samuel K Cho, John M Caridi
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: To determine the ability of abnormal coagulation profile to predict adverse events following Posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion (PCLF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: PCLF is an increasingly common procedure used to treat a variety of traumatic and degenerative spinal conditions. Abnormal coagulation profile is associated with postoperative adverse events, including blood transfusion...
June 27, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638293/septic-embolic-stroke-resulting-from-staphylococcus-lugdunensis-endocarditis
#18
Htoo Kyaw, Atif Z Shaikh, Gokul Yaratha, Misra Deepika
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus lugdunensis, a member of the coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS), has been recognized as a causal organism for infective endocarditis since the 1980s. Although most CoNS have an insidious and chronic nature, they are involved in a variety of systemic infections. S lugdunensis infective endocarditis is a rare entity but is as catastrophic as Staphylococcus aureus infective endocarditis and requires aggressive antibiotic therapy and, typically, valve replacement...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625637/a-randomized-phase-2-evaluation-of-the-chk1-inhibitor-ly2603618-administered-in-combination-with-pemetrexed-and-cisplatin-in-patients-with-advanced-nonsquamous-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#19
Thomas Wehler, Michael Thomas, Christian Schumann, Joaquim Bosch-Barrera, Nuria Viñolas Segarra, Nicolas J Dickgreber, Klaus Dalhoff, Martin Sebastian, Jesus Corral Jaime, Miriam Alonso, Scott M Hynes, Ji Lin, Karla Hurt, Aimee Bence Lin, Emiliano Calvo, Luis Paz-Ares
This phase 2 portion of a phase 1/2 study examined the efficacy and safety of LY2603618, a selective checkpoint kinase 1 inhibitor, combined with pemetrexed and cisplatin (LY+Pem+Cis) in patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This multicenter, randomized, controlled, open-label study (NCT01139775) enrolled patients with stage IV nonsquamous NSCLC and an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status ≤1. Patients were randomized (2:1) to LY+Pem+Cis or pemetrexed and cisplatin (Pem+Cis)...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605654/the-impact-of-installing-an-mr-scanner-in-the-emergency-department-for-patients-presenting-with-acute-stroke-like-symptoms
#20
Stephanie E Honig, Lukasz S Babiarz, Evan L Honig, Saeedeh Mirbagheri, Victor Urrutia, David M Yousem
PURPOSE: We examined the impact of an MR scanner in the emergency department (ED) on ED length of stay (LOS), hospital (H) LOS, hospital admission rate, hospitalization costs, and ED re-presentation rate of patients presenting with stroke-like symptoms (SLS). We hypothesized that the ED MR would increase efficiency of patient care. METHODS: The number of MRIs performed in the ED vs. inpatient setting, EDLOS, HLOS, hospitalization charges, admission rate, discharge diagnoses, and 30-60-day ED re-presentation rates were determined for ED patients with SLS six months before (2011) and after (2012) ED MR installation...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Imaging
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