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Adam J Stark, Christopher T Smith, Kalen J Petersen, Paula Trujillo, Nelleke C van Wouwe, Manus J Donahue, Robert M Kessler, Ariel Y Deutch, David H Zald, Daniel O Claassen
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by widespread degeneration of monoaminergic (especially dopaminergic) networks, manifesting with a number of both motor and non-motor symptoms. Regional alterations to dopamine D2/3 receptors in PD patients are documented in striatal and some extrastriatal areas, and medications that target D2/3 receptors can improve motor and non-motor symptoms. However, data regarding the combined pattern of D2/3 receptor binding in both striatal and extrastriatal regions in PD are limited...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Anand Rughani, Jason M Schwalb, Christos Sidiropoulos, Julie Pilitsis, Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, Jennifer A Sweet, Sandeep Mittal, Alberto J Espay, Jorge Gonzalez Martinez, Aviva Abosch, Emad Eskandar, Robert Gross, Ron Alterman, Clement Hamani
QUESTION 1: Is bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) more, less, or as effective as bilateral globus pallidus internus deep brain stimulation (GPi DBS) in treating motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, as measured by improvements in Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale, part III (UPDRS-III) scores? RECOMMENDATION: Given that bilateral STN DBS is at least as effective as bilateral GPi DBS in treating motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (as measured by improvements in UPDRS-III scores), consideration can be given to the selection of either target in patients undergoing surgery to treat motor symptoms...
March 12, 2018: Neurosurgery
Ahmed M Elkady, Dana Cobzas, Hongfu Sun, Gregg Blevins, Alan H Wilman
BACKGROUND: Combined R2* and quantitative susceptibility (QS) has been previously used in cross-sectional multiple sclerosis (MS) studies to distinguish deep gray matter (DGM) iron accumulation and demyelination. PURPOSE: We propose and apply discriminative analysis of regional evolution (DARE) to define specific changes in MS and healthy DGM. STUDY TYPE: Longitudinal (baseline and 2-year follow-up) retrospective study. SUBJECTS: Twenty-seven relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), 17 progressive MS (PMS), and corresponding age-matched healthy subjects...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
H F Fuchs, D T Müller, F Berlth, M K Maus, C Fuchs, M Dübbers, W Schröder, C J Bruns, J M Leers
24-hour esophageal pH-metry is not designed to detect laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). The new laryngopharyngeal pH-monitoring system (Restech) may detect LPR better. There is no established correlation between these two techniques as only small case series exist. The aim of this study is to examine the correlation between the two techniques with a large patient cohort. All patients received a complete diagnostic workup for gastroesophageal reflux including symptom evaluation, endoscopy, 24-hour pH-metry, high resolution manometry, and Restech...
March 8, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Richard Pullicino, Mark Radon, Shubhabrata Biswas, Maneesh Bhojak, Kumar Das
Over the past 3 years, gadolinium-based contrast agents have been linked to MRI signal changes in the brain, which have been found to be secondary to gadolinium deposition in the brain, particularly in the dentate nuclei and globus pallidus even in patients having an intact blood-brain barrier and a normal renal function. This tends to occur more in linear agents than with macrocyclic agents. Nonetheless, there has been no significant evidence that this has any clinical consequence. We reviewed the current evidence related to this new phenomenon and the precautionary approach taken by regulatory agencies...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Neuroradiology
D L Marinus Oterdoom, Martje E van Egmond, Luisa Cassini Ascencao, J Marc C van Dijk, Assel Saryyeva, Martijn Beudel, Joachim Runge, Tom J de Koning, Mahmoud Abdallat, Hendriekje Eggink, Marina A J Tijssen, Joachim K Krauss
Background: DYT6 dystonia can have an unpredictable clinical course and the result of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the internal part of the globus pallidus (GPi) is known to be less robust than in other forms of autosomal dominant dystonia. Patients who had previous stereotactic surgery with insufficient clinical benefit form a particular challenge with very limited other treatment options available. Case Report: A pediatric DYT6 patient unexpectedly deteriorated to status dystonicus 1 year after GPi DBS implantation with good initial clinical response...
2018: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
Nao Takahashi, Kaori Mori, Hironori Baba, Takanobu Sasaki, Masaaki Ohno, Fumio Ikarashi, Naotaka Aizawa, Kunihiro Sato, Akio Tsuchiya, Hideyuki Hanazawa, Masahiko Tomita, Yamato Kubota, Yuka Morita, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Arata Horii
OBJECTIVE: Globus sensation, a feeling of lump or something stuck in the throat, could be caused by structural, functional, and psychogenic diseases. Due to a possible multifactorial nature of the disease, neither diagnosing test battery nor standard treatment for globus sensation has been established. Therefore, a questionnaire to accurately identify globus patients and evaluate the severity of the disease is desired. Glasgow Edinburgh Throat Scale (GETS) is a 10-item questionnaire about the throat symptoms consisting of three subscales relating to dysphagia, globus sensation, and pain/swelling in the throat...
March 6, 2018: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Jacob D Bolzenius, Benjamin S C Wade, Carmen S Velez, Ann Marie Drennon, Douglas B Cooper, Jan E Kennedy, Matthew W Reid, Amy O Bowles, Paul M Thompson, Boris Gutman, Jeffrey D Lewis, John L Ritter, Gerald E York, Erin D Bigler, David F Tate
OBJECTIVE: To assess interactions of subcortical structure with subjective symptom reporting associated with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), using advanced shape analysis derived from volumetric MRI. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-six cognitively symptomatic individuals with mTBI and 59 service members sustaining only orthopedic injury. DESIGN: Descriptive cross-sectional study. MAIN MEASURES: Self-report symptom measures included the PTSD Checklist-Military, Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory, and Symptom Checklist-90-Revised...
March 2018: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Hideyuki Matsumoto, Hideji Hashida, Yukitoshi Takahashi
This report describes a rare case presenting with dystonic seizures due to anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor encephalitis. The patient was an 18-year-old woman with repeated right-dominant dystonic seizures even under sedation. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) showed intense hyperperfusion of the caudate nuclei, putamen, globus pallidus, thalamus, and insula on the left side, suggesting encephalitis. Antibodies against NMDA receptors were detected in the sera and cerebrospinal fluids...
September 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
Egbert Clevers, William E Whitehead, Olafur S Palsson, Ami D Sperber, Hans Törnblom, Lukas Van Oudenhove, Jan Tack, Magnus Simrén
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Rome IV criteria define functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders by specific combinations of symptoms. It is possible to empirically evaluate these symptom combinations by factor analysis (a statistical procedure that groups variables that correlate). However, this analysis has not been performed for the Rome IV criteria, and factor analyses based on the previous versions of the Rome criteria did not use population-based data. We therefore investigated symptom grouping by the Rome IV questionnaire using factor analysis of a population-based sample...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Rong-Jun Ni, Zhao-Huan Huang, Yu-Mian Shu, Yu Wang, Tao Li, Jiang-Ning Zhou
The striatum and globus pallidus are principal nuclei of the basal ganglia. Nissl- and acetylcholinesterase-stained sections of the tree shrew brain showed the neuroanatomical features of the caudate nucleus (Cd), internal capsule (ic), putamen (Pu), accumbens, internal globus pallidus, and external globus pallidus. The ic separated the dorsal striatum into the Cd and Pu in the tree shrew, but not in rats and mice. In addition, computer-based 3D images allowed a better understanding of the position and orientation of these structures...
March 5, 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
Julien Volle, Tatiana Bregman, Brian Scott, Mustansir Diwan, Roger Raymond, Paul J Fletcher, José N Nobrega, Clement Hamani
Both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) deep brain stimulation (DBS) modulate serotonergic activity. We compared the acute (1 day) and long-term (12 days) effects of vmPFC stimulation and fluoxetine on serotonin (5-HT) release and receptor expression in rats. Samples to measure serotonin levels were collected from the hippocampus using microdialysis. Serotonin transporter (SERT), 5-HT1A and 5-HT1B mRNA were measured using in situ hybridization. [3 H]8-OH-DPAT and [125 I]cyanopindolol autoradiography were used to measure 5-HT1A and 5-HT1B binding...
March 2, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Milind Sankhe, Omkar Churi
An analysis of the existing literature on lesioning for movement disorders was undertaken to review lesion therapy and its advances. Advances in imaging technology and electrophysiological techniques used for localization of brain structures and its functions, such as microelectrode recordings and macrostimulation, have greatly improved the ability to accurately identify the target nuclei such as the ventrointermediate nucleus (Vim), globus pallidus interna (GPi) and subthalamic nucleus (STN). Many important changes are happening in the understanding of lesion making...
March 2018: Neurology India
Nitish Kamble, Pramod Kumar Pal
Among the involuntary movement disorders, tremor is a common phenomenology seen in clinical practice. The important factors that need to be determined while assessing a patient with tremor include the phenomenology of tremor, presence or absence of other neurologic signs, and the effect of medications or alcohol. Tremor can broadly be classified based on the circumstances under which it occurs, i.e., rest or action. The basal ganglia-cerebello-thalamic and dentate-olivary circuits are involved in the generation of tremor...
March 2018: Neurology India
Jee-Young Lee, Nicholas P Lao-Kaim, Jacopo Pasquini, Günther Deuschl, Nicola Pavese, Paola Piccini
BACKGROUND: s: Over recent years there have been some conflicting reports upon the role of pallidal dopaminergic denervation in rest tremor in Parkinson's disease. OBJECTIVES: To clarify this issue we analyzed the clinical and 123I-FP-CIT SPECT data of a large cohort of early Parkinson's disease patients enrolled in the PPMI study. METHODS: Pallidal and striatal dopamine transporter uptake ratios were calculated in 382 patients (120 no-tremor, 60 tremor-dominant, and 202 indeterminate) and 150 controls...
February 24, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Safa Bouabid, Fu-Ming Zhou
The indirect pathway striatal medium spiny projection neurons (iMSNs) are critical to motor and cognitive brain functions. These neurons express a high level of cAMP-increasing adenosine A2a receptors (A2aRs). However, the potential effects of cAMP production on iMSN spiking activity have not been established, and recording identified iMSNs in freely moving animals is challenging. Here we show that in the transgenic mice expressing cAMP-producing G protein Gs -coupled designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drug (Gs-DREADD) in iMSNs, the baseline spike firing in MSNs is normal, indicating DREADD expression does not affect the normal physiology of these neurons...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Monica Juneja, Uzma Shamim, Aditi Joshi, Aradhna, Bharathram Uppili, Smitha Sairam, Sakshi Ambawat, Rashmi Dixit, Mohammed Faruq
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in SLC39A14 have recently been known to cause a recessive disorder of manganese metabolism that manifest as childhood onset progressive neurodegeneration characterized by parkinsonism and dystonia. AIM: To genetically investigate a case of hypermanganesemia. RESULTS: We describe a family where an affected child with history of progressive neurodegeneration showed symptoms of dystonia with increased levels of blood manganese and altered signal intensities in globus pallidus and dentate nucleus...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Gene Medicine
Lorenzo Nanetti, Valeria Elisa Contarino, Anna Castaldo, Lidia Sarro, Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Levi, Maria Giavazzi, Serena Frittoli, Andrea Ciammola, Elena Rizzo, Cinzia Gellera, Maria Grazia Bruzzone, Franco Taroni, Marina Grisoli, Caterina Mariotti
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder most commonly manifesting in adulthood. Identification of biomarkers tracking neurodegeneration before the onset of motor symptoms is important for future interventional studies. Our study aimed to contribute in the phenotypic characterization of the premanifest HD phase. METHODS: 28 premanifest subjects (preHD), 25 age-matched controls, and 12 manifest HD patients were enrolled for the study...
February 23, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Régis Augusto Reis Trindade, Betina Wainstein, Lillian Gonçalves Campos, Juliano Adams Pérez, Marino Muxfeldt Bianchin, Leonardo Modesti Vedolin, Juliana Ávila Duarte
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February 2018: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Lei Pei, Jingjing Xu, Minming Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlation between the number of previous gadolinium-based contrast agent administrations and high signal intensity (SI) in the cerebrum nucleus on unenhanced T1 -weighted magnetic resonance images. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients who previously underwent at least three contrast-enhanced brain MRI examinations were enrolled in the study. The right globus pallidus, right thalamus, right dentate nucleus, pons and white matter of right frontal lobe were selected as region of interests (ROI)...
May 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
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