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Transcranial sonography

Joana Jesus-Ribeiro, António Freire, João Sargento-Freitas, Mário Sousa, Fernando Silva, Fradique Moreira, Maria João Cunha, Uwe Walter, Cristina Januário
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) can sometimes be a challenge in the early stages of the disease. Both transcranial sonography (TCS) and DaTSCAN are recommended as auxiliary examinations for the differential diagnosis of PD; however, only few data exist regarding their diagnostic accuracy in the early stage of PD and essential tremor (ET). METHODS: We evaluated patients with clinically suspected diagnosis of PD at early stages (Hoehn and Yahr ≤2) or ET...
October 18, 2016: European Neurology
Georgios Tsivgoulis, Andrei V Alexandrov
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Low cost, avoidance of irradiation, and high temporal resolution are inherent advantages of ultrasound imaging that translate into multiple clinical uses in many domains of neurology. This article presents clinical uses of ultrasound examination in cerebrovascular, neurodegenerative, and peripheral nervous system diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: Modern treatment and prevention of ischemic stroke rely on prompt diagnosis. Ultrasonography has found a place as a noninvasive screening test and bedside technique that provides estimates of the degree of stenosis as well as hemodynamic and structural information about intracranial and extracranial vessels in real time...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
M Svetel, A Tomić, M Mijajlović, V Dobričić, I Novaković, T Pekmezović, L Brajković, V S Kostić
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Mutations in the GCH1 gene, encoding GTP cyclohydrolase 1, the enzyme critically important for dopamine production in nigrostriatal neurons, are the most common cause of dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD), characterized predominantly by limb dystonia, although parkinsonian features may also be present. It has been suggested that DRD is a neurochemical rather than neurodegenerative disorder. METHODS: Transcranial brain sonography, which might be a risk marker for nigral injury, was obtained from 141 subjects divided into four groups: (i) 11 patients with genetically confirmed DRD; (ii) 55 consecutive patients with Parkinson's disease (PD); (iii) 30 patients diagnosed as isolated adult-onset focal dystonia; and (iv) 45 healthy controls (HCs)...
October 12, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
P Sobrino-Garcia, A Garcia-Pastor, A Garcia-Arratibel, R Dominguez-Rubio, P M Rodriguez-Cruz, A M Iglesias-Mohedano, F Diaz-Otero, P Vazquez-Alen, Y Fernandez-Bullido, J A Villanueva-Osorio, A Gil-Nunez
AIM: To describe the information provided by transcranial color-coded duplex (TCCD) sonography for therapeutic decision-making in patients with acute ischemic stroke and to analyze the relationship between TCCD findings and the severity and prognosis of stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: TCCD performed within the six first hours after an acute ischemic stroke were analyzed in our institution. The presence of an arterial occlusion and its location were collected using TIBI (Thrombolysis in Brain Ischemia) and COGIF (Consensus on Grading Intracranial Flow Obstruction) criteria...
October 16, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
Carlos A Zamora, Alexander Oshmyansky, Melania Bembea, Ivor Berkowitz, Eman Alqahtani, Shen Liu, James McGree, Steven Stern, Thierry A G M Huisman, Aylin Tekes
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine the value of resistive index (RI) variability in predicting cerebrovascular complications during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). METHODS: This retrospective study included 36 infants treated by ECMO. The RI was measured on daily transfontanellar duplex sonography, obtained first without fontanel compression and then after gentle compression with the transducer. The age at ECMO cannulation, sex, gestational age at birth, method of delivery, indication, and type and duration of ECMO were recorded...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
P E Frid, S J Schreiber, O Pade, F Doepp, J Valdueza
PURPOSE: To differentiate PCA segments and cortical branches by means of transcranial color-coded duplex sonography (TCCD) and to measure flow parameters at rest and during visual stimulation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 60 healthy subjects with a good acoustic temporal bone window were examined. The main stem of the PCA (P1, P2 and P3) and 4 main cortical branches - the anterior temporal artery (ATA), the occipital temporal artery (OTA), the parietooccipital artery (POA) and the calcarine artery (CA) - were assessed using an axial transtemporal approach...
November 2015: Ultrasound Int Open
Thomas Sauvigny, Katja Brückner, Lasse Dührsen, Oliver Heese, Manfred Westphal, Stefan R G Stodieck, Tobias Martens
OBJECTIVE: Selective amygdalohippocampectomy (sAHE) is a well-established treatment for temporal lobe epilepsy, commonly with favorable neuropsychological outcome. Yet, it is still unknown if subsequent resection of the anteromesial temporal lobe (AMTLR), when necessary, deteriorates neuropsychological performance in this selected group of patients. Thus, we evaluated the clinical and neuropsychological data of patients who, due to insufficient seizure control after sAHE, received a subsequent ipsilateral AMTLR and compared these findings with patients who did not receive a second resection (control group)...
September 28, 2016: Epilepsia
Daniel Schuepbach, Stephan T Egger, Heinz Boeker, Stefan Duschek, Stefan Vetter, Erich Seifritz, Sabine C Herpertz
Patients with schizophrenia show deficits in cognitive functioning, and studies on cerebral hemodynamics have revealed aberrant patterns of mean cerebral blood flow velocity (MFV), an equivalent of cerebral blood flow (CBF). Therefore, we carried out a controlled study that assessed MFV in schizophrenia during a well-known neuropsychological task, the Trail Making Test (TMT). We measured MFV in the middle cerebral arteries using functional transcranial Doppler sonography in 15 schizophrenia patients and 15 healthy subjects...
September 17, 2016: Brain and Cognition
P Puz, A Lasek-Bal, P Radecka
BACKGROUND: Transcranial sonography may be applied to assess the basal ganglia nuclei and brain atrophy by the measurement of the width of the third ventricle. The aim of this study was to assess usefulness of transcranial sonography (TCS) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) by examining the echogenicity of subcortical structures and the width of the third ventricle. METHOD: Transcranial sonography evaluation of substantia nigra, brain stem raphe nuclei, diameter of the third ventricle, width of the anterior horn of the lateral ventricle, thalamus, lenticular nucleus, and head of the caudate nucleus in 41 patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), 23 with secondary progressive MS (SPMS), and 20 healthy controls was compared...
September 18, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
U Walter, S J Schreiber, M Kaps
Extra- and transcranial sonography of brain-supplying arteries is accepted worldwide in brain death protocols as a valid "ancillary" method of proving brain circulatory arrest. Color-coded duplex sonography and CT angiography have been newly incorporated in the fourth update of the German Medical Association's guidelines for the determination of the irreversible cessation of brain function ("brain death"), effective July 2015. The updated guidelines address in more detail the diagnostic procedures and the required qualifications of the examiners...
August 31, 2016: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Hirokazu Sadahiro, Satoshi Shirao, Hiroshi Yoneda, Hideyuki Ishihara, Takayuki Oku, Akinori Inamura, Akiko Yamane, Kazutaka Sugimoto, Yuichi Fujiyama, Michiyasu Suzuki
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Despite intensive therapy, vasospasm remains a major cause of delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) in worsening patient outcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). Transcranial Doppler (TCD) and transcranial color-coded duplex sonography (TCCS) are noninvasive modalities that can be used to assess vasospasm. However, high flow velocity does not always reflect DCI. The purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of TCD/TCCS in decreasing permanent neurological deficits...
October 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Andreas Oldag, Jens Neumann, Michael Goertler, Hermann Hinrichs, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Andreas Kupsch, Catherine M Sweeney-Reed, Klaus Kopitzki
The measurement of autoregulatory delay by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has been proposed as an alternative technique to assess cerebral autoregulation, which is routinely assessed via transcranial Doppler sonography (TCD) in most centers. Comparitive studies of NIRS and TCD, however, are largely missing. We investigated whether cerebrovascular reserve (CVR), as assessed via TCD, correlates with the delay of the autoregulatory response to changes in arterial blood pressure (ABP) as assessed by NIRS, i...
November 2016: Journal of Neurology
Gordian Hamerla, Peter Kropp, Bianca Meyer, Alessandro Rocco, Tim P Jürgens, Uwe Walter
INTRODUCTION: The involvement of the serotonergic system of the brainstem raphe in the pathogenesis of migraine is discussed. Here we studied brainstem alterations in migraineurs using transcranial sonography and examined their relation to clinical features and self-medication. METHODS: We investigated 51 migraineurs (11 men, 40 women, mean age 29.7 ± 11.9 years) and 32 healthy individuals without history of headache or depressive disorder (eight men, 24 women, mean age 34...
August 17, 2016: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Manuel Gómez-Choco, Max Nedelmann, José M Valdueza
Duplication of the middle cerebral artery is an unusual anatomic variant. Stenosis of one of its branches can be an exceptional cause of stroke and is very difficult to diagnose with transcranial duplex sonography. We report 2 patients with duplication of the middle cerebral artery in whom stenosis of one of its branches led to ischemic stroke and describe the sonographic findings in comparison to other neuroimaging modalities. These cases highlight the utility of adding a coronal insonation plane on top of the traditional axial plane to avoid identification pitfalls in patients with anatomic variants...
September 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
D Školoudík, P Bártová, J Mašková, P Dušek, J Blahuta, K Langová, U Walter, R Herzig
Purpose: Transcranial B-mode sonography (TCS) of brain parenchyma is increasingly used as a diagnostic tool for movement disorders. Accordingly, experimental B-Mode Assist software was developed to enable digitized analysis of the echogenicity of predefined brain regions. The aim of the study was to assess the reproducibility of digitized TCS image analysis of the insula. Materials and Methods: A total of 130 patients with an indication for neurosonological examination were screened for participation in the study...
August 3, 2016: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Dixon Yang, Digna Cabral, Emmanuel N Gaspard, Richard B Lipton, Tatjana Rundek, Carol A Derby
OBJECTIVES: We sought to describe the relationship between age, sex, and race/ethnicity with transcranial Doppler hemodynamic characteristics from major intracerebral arterial segments in a large elderly population with varying demographics. METHODS: We analyzed 369 stroke-free participants aged 70 years and older from the Einstein Aging Study. Single-gate, nonimaging transcranial Doppler sonography, a noninvasive sonographic technique that assesses real-time cerebrovascular hemodynamics, was used to interrogate 9 cerebral arterial segments...
September 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Keon-Joo Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Chan-Young Park, Jeong-Min Kim, Soon-Tae Lee, Kon Chu, Manho Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Jae-Kyu Roh
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the association of clinical, laboratory, sonographic and imaging parameters, in the progression of single subcortical infarctions. METHODS: Consecutive 169 patients with lacunar (n = 89) and striatocapsular infarctions (n = 80) in the middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory with nonstenotic MCAs were recruited and examined for stroke progression. The pulsatility index (PI) was measured by transcranial Doppler from ipsilateral M1...
July 8, 2016: European Radiology
Claudio Baracchini, Gian Paolo Anzola, Silvia Cenciarelli, Marina Diomedi, Rita Bella, Agnese Tonon, Massimiliano Braga, Maria Luisa Zedde, Carla Zanferrari, Massimo Del Sette, Pietro Caliandro, Carlo Gandolfo, Stefano Ricci, Giorgio Meneghetti
There are currently no data available on the prevalence of symptomatic intracranial atherosclerosis (ICAS) in Italy. The aim of this prospective, multicenter, hospital-based, transcranial ultrasound study was to establish the prevalence of ICAS among patients hospitalized with acute ischemic stroke. At 11 stroke centers across Italy, patients consecutively admitted for their first ever acute ischemic stroke were assessed prospectively over a 24-month period either with transcranial color-coded Doppler sonography (TCCS) or transcranial Doppler (TCD) according to validated criteria...
October 2016: Neurological Sciences
Casandra I Montoro, Stefan Duschek, Cristina Muñóz Ladrón de Guevara, Gustavo A Reyes Del Paso
OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the temporal dynamics of cerebral blood flow (CBF) modulations, during painful stimulation in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), using functional transcranial Doppler sonography. METHOD: Blood flow velocities were recorded bilaterally in the anterior (ACA) and middle (MCA) cerebral arteries of 24 FMS patients and 20 healthy individuals during exposure to painful pressure stimulation. Participants were presented with two stimulation blocks: a) fixed pressure (2...
May 31, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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