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  1. Immunocompetent young man with cerebral abscess and cortical venous infarction mimicking cerebritis caused by Gemella morbillorum

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    Milnik, Annette; Gazis, Angelos; Tammer, Ina; Bartels, Claudius

    2013-01-01

    Gemella morbillorum is an anaerobic gram-positive diplococcus and in most cases a harmless commensal, which occasionally causes infections in the central nervous system. We report on an immunocompetent young man with focal neurological symptoms and cephalgia caused by a cerebral abscess. Although successful treatment was done with neurosurgical intervention and antibiotic therapy, he suffered from a venous infarction 5 weeks after first diagnosis, which mimicked cerebritis as an early stage of relapsing abscess. Imaging and investigation of cerebrospinal fluid was necessary for sufficient differential diagnosis and antibiotic therapy could be stopped after altogether 8 weeks of treatment. In summary, G morbillorum causes not only biphasic infections, but also can be accompanied by infarction in the central nervous system despite sufficient antibiotic therapy. PMID:23355562

  2. Immunocompetent young man with cerebral abscess and cortical venous infarction mimicking cerebritis caused by Gemella morbillorum.

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    Milnik, Annette; Gazis, Angelos; Tammer, Ina; Bartels, Claudius

    2013-01-25

    Gemella morbillorum is an anaerobic gram-positive diplococcus and in most cases a harmless commensal, which occasionally causes infections in the central nervous system. We report on an immunocompetent young man with focal neurological symptoms and cephalgia caused by a cerebral abscess. Although successful treatment was done with neurosurgical intervention and antibiotic therapy, he suffered from a venous infarction 5 weeks after first diagnosis, which mimicked cerebritis as an early stage of relapsing abscess. Imaging and investigation of cerebrospinal fluid was necessary for sufficient differential diagnosis and antibiotic therapy could be stopped after altogether 8 weeks of treatment. In summary, G morbillorum causes not only biphasic infections, but also can be accompanied by infarction in the central nervous system despite sufficient antibiotic therapy.

  3. A large left atrial myxoma causing multiple cerebral infarcts.

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    Kebede, Saba; Edmunds, Eiry; Raybould, Adrian

    2013-11-27

    A 52-year-old man presented with a history of sudden onset diplopia. On neurological examination, the only abnormality was a right-sided oculomotor (third nerve) palsy. A brain CT was performed and reported as showing no abnormality. He was discharged to be investigated as an outpatient. He presented 1 month later with a new expressive dysphasia and confusional state. MRI was performed which revealed multiple cerebral infarcts. He was discharged on secondary stroke prevention medication. Six months elapsed, before a transthoracic echocardiogram was performed. This showed a large left atrial myxoma. The patient underwent an emergency resection and made a good postoperative recovery. This case report showed the importance of considering a cardiogenic source of emboli in patients who present with cerebral infarcts. Performing echocardiography early will help to detect treatable conditions such as atrial myxoma, and prevent further complications.

  4. A large left atrial myxoma causing multiple cerebral infarcts

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    Kebede, Saba; Edmunds, Eiry; Raybould, Adrian

    2013-01-01

    A 52-year-old man presented with a history of sudden onset diplopia. On neurological examination, the only abnormality was a right-sided oculomotor (third nerve) palsy. A brain CT was performed and reported as showing no abnormality. He was discharged to be investigated as an outpatient. He presented 1 month later with a new expressive dysphasia and confusional state. MRI was performed which revealed multiple cerebral infarcts. He was discharged on secondary stroke prevention medication. Six months elapsed, before a transthoracic echocardiogram was performed. This showed a large left atrial myxoma. The patient underwent an emergency resection and made a good postoperative recovery. This case report showed the importance of considering a cardiogenic source of emboli in patients who present with cerebral infarcts. Performing echocardiography early will help to detect treatable conditions such as atrial myxoma, and prevent further complications. PMID:24285802

  5. Ipsilateral hemiparesis and contralateral lower limb paresis caused by anterior cerebral artery territory infarct.

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    Xu, Yongfeng; Liu, Lan

    2016-07-01

    Ipsilateral hemiparesis is rare after a supratentorial stroke, and the role of reorganization in the motor areas of unaffected hemisphere is important for the rehabilitation of the stroke patients. In this study, we present a patient who had a subclinical remote infarct in the right pons developed ipsilateral hemiparesis and contralateral lower limb paresis caused by a new infarct in the left anterior cerebral artery territory. Our case suggests that the motor areas of the unaffected hemisphere might be reorganized after stroke, which is important for the rehabilitation of stroke patients.

  6. Ipsilateral hemiparesis and contralateral lower limb paresis caused by anterior cerebral artery territory infarct

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    Xu, Yongfeng; Liu, Lan

    2016-01-01

    Ipsilateral hemiparesis is rare after a supratentorial stroke, and the role of reorganization in the motor areas of unaffected hemisphere is important for the rehabilitation of the stroke patients. In this study, we present a patient who had a subclinical remote infarct in the right pons developed ipsilateral hemiparesis and contralateral lower limb paresis caused by a new infarct in the left anterior cerebral artery territory. Our case suggests that the motor areas of the unaffected hemisphere might be reorganized after stroke, which is important for the rehabilitation of stroke patients. PMID:27356659

  7. Juvenile Cerebral Infarction Caused by Bow Hunter’s Syndrome during Sport: Two Case Reports

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    KAGEYAMA, Hiroto; YOSHIMURA, Shinichi; IIDA, Tomoko; SHIRAKAWA, Manabu; UCHIDA, Kazutaka; TOMOGANE, Yusuke; MIYAJI, Yuki

    2016-01-01

    We report two cases of juvenile cerebral infarction caused by bow hunter’s syndrome (BHS) during sport. Case 1 was a 17-year-old male who developed a partial visual field defect after playing basketball. BHS was diagnosed because cervical ultrasonography demonstrated occlusion of the vertebral artery when the neck was rotated. After C1–2 posterior fixation was performed, his symptoms resolved. Case 2 was an 18-year-old male with recurrent visual disturbance after playing handball. Cerebral infarction occurred repeatedly despite antiplatelet therapy. After 3 years, vertebral artery dissection was diagnosed and stenting was performed, but his symptoms did not resolve. BHS was diagnosed when he was examined at our department. C1–2 posterior fixation was performed and his symptoms resolved. In these two cases, BHS was caused by sporting activity. For accurate diagnosis and treatment of BHS, neuroimaging with cervical rotation is mandatory. PMID:27053329

  8. Partial eNOS deficiency causes spontaneous thrombotic cerebral infarction, amyloid angiopathy and cognitive impairment.

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    Tan, Xing-Lin; Xue, Yue-Qiang; Ma, Tao; Wang, Xiaofang; Li, Jing Jing; Lan, Lubin; Malik, Kafait U; McDonald, Michael P; Dopico, Alejandro M; Liao, Francesca-Fang

    2015-06-24

    Cerebral infarction due to thrombosis leads to the most common type of stroke and a likely cause of age-related cognitive decline and dementia. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) generates NO, which plays a crucial role in maintaining vascular function and exerting an antithrombotic action. Reduced eNOS expression and eNOS polymorphisms have been associated with stroke and Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common type of dementia associated with neurovascular dysfunction. However, direct proof of such association is lacking. Since there are no reports of complete eNOS deficiency in humans, we used heterozygous eNOS(+/-) mice to mimic partial deficiency of eNOS, and determine its impact on cerebrovascular pathology and perfusion of cerebral vessels. Combining cerebral angiography with immunohistochemistry, we found thrombotic cerebral infarctions in eNOS(+/-) mice as early as 3-6 months of age but not in eNOS(+/+) mice at any age. Remarkably, vascular occlusions in eNOS(+/-) mice were found almost exclusively in three areas: temporoparietal and retrosplenial granular cortexes, and hippocampus this distribution precisely matching the hypoperfused areas identified in preclinical AD patients. Moreover, progressive cerebral amyloid angiopaphy (CAA), blood brain barrier (BBB) breakdown, and cognitive impairment were also detected in aged eNOS(+/-) mice. These data provide for the first time the evidence that partial eNOS deficiency results in spontaneous thrombotic cerebral infarctions that increase with age, leading to progressive CAA and cognitive impairments. We thus conclude that eNOS(+/-) mouse may represent an ideal model of ischemic stroke to address early and progressive damage in spontaneously-evolving chronic cerebral ischemia and thus, study vascular mechanisms contributing to vascular dementia and AD.

  9. Middle cerebral artery dissection causing subarachnoid hemorrhage and cerebral infarction: Trapping with high-flow bypass preserving the lenticulostriate artery.

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    Ono, Hideaki; Inoue, Tomohiro; Suematsu, Shinya; Tanishima, Takeo; Tamura, Akira; Saito, Isamu; Saito, Nobuhito

    2017-01-01

    Spontaneous intracranial arterial dissection (IAD) is an increasingly important cause of stroke, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and hemodynamic or thromboembolic cerebral ischemia. IAD usually occurs in the posterior circulation, and is relatively rare in the anterior circulation including the middle cerebral artery (MCA). Various surgical and endovascular methods to reduce blood flow in the dissected lesion have been proposed, but no optimum treatment has been established. An 80-year-old woman with dissection in the M1 portion of the MCA manifesting as SAH presented with repeated hemorrhage and cerebral infarction in the area of the inferior trunk of the MCA. High-flow bypass to the MCA was performed and the dissecting lesion was trapped. Prevention of repeated hemorrhage was achieved, and blood flow was preserved to the lenticulostriate artery as well as the MCA area distal to the lesion. Treatment strategy for IAD of the MCA should be planned for each patient and condition, and surgery should be performed promptly to prevent critical rebleeding given the high recurrence rate. In addition, preventing re-rupture of the IAD, and preserving important perforators around the lesion and blood flow distal to the dissection should be targeted by the treatment strategy.

  10. ["Malignant" middle cerebral artery territory infarction].

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    Mendel, Tadeusz

    2005-01-01

    The pathology, clinical course, outcome, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of dramatic malignant middle cerebral artery territory infarction were presented. About 10% of stroke patients suffer from malignant middle cerebral artery territory infarction, mainly due to brain edema and herniation. This syndrome causes high mortality. The newest conservative and surgical treatment was presented.

  11. Cerebral infarction pattern in tuberculous meningitis

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    Tai, Mei-Ling Sharon; Viswanathan, Shanthi; Rahmat, Kartini; Nor, Hazman Mohd; Kadir, Khairul Azmi Abdul; Goh, Khean Jin; Ramli, Norlisah; Bakar, Fatimah Kamila Abu; Zain, Norzaini Rose Mohd; Yap, Jun Fai; Ong, Beng Hooi; Rafia, Mohd Hanip; Tan, Chong Tin

    2016-01-01

    Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) causes significant morbidity and mortality. The primary objective was to re-examine the concept of “TB zone” and “ischaemic zone” in cerebral infarction in patients with tuberculous meningitis. The secondary objective was to evaluate cerebral infarction, vasculitis and vasospasm in tuberculous meningitis infections. Between 2009 and 2014, TBM patients were recruited. Neuroimaging was performed and findings of cerebral infarction, vasculitis and vasospasm were recorded. Infarcts were classified based on arterial supply and Hsieh’s classification. Fifty-one TBM patients were recruited of whom 34 patients (67%) had cerebral infarction. Based on Hsieh’s classification, 20 patients (59%) had infarcts in both “TB zone” and “ischaemic zones”. 12 patients (35%) had infarcts in “ischaemic zone” and two (6%) patients had infarcts in “TB zone”. In terms of vascular supply, almost all patients (35/36) had infarcts involving perforators and cortical branches. 25 patients (73%) and 14 patients (41%) had infarcts supplied by lateral lenticulostriate and medial lenticulostriate arteries respectively. 15 patients (37%) had vasculitis. Vasospasm was present in six patients (15%). 29 patients (85%) with cerebral infarction also had leptomeningeal enhancement (p = 0.002). In summary, infarcts involved mainly perforators and cortical branches, rather than “TB zone” versus “ischaemic zone”. PMID:27958312

  12. Hypertensive encephalopathy and cerebral infarction.

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    Edvardsson, Bengt

    2014-01-01

    Hypertensive encephalopathy is one cause of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome. Hypertensive encephalopathy and cerebral infarction have only been reported in a few individual case reports. A 51-year-old woman presented with hypertensive encephalopathy. T2-weighted images from magnetic resonance imaging showed hyperintense lesions in both occipital and parietal lobes. Diffusion-weighted imaging showed that this represented cytotoxic oedema and perfusion magnetic resonance imaging revealed reduced blood volume and flow. The magnetic resonance imaging was repeated 5 months later and subtotal regression of theT2-hyperintensity had occurred. However, small bilateral infarcts were seen on T1-weighted images. Perfusion magnetic resonance imaging presented reduced blood volume and flow on the right side. The patient in this report had posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome caused by hypertensive encephalopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed bilateral cytotoxic oedema that partially resolved and resulted in small infarcts. The imaging findings are compatible with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome with subtotal resolution and infarct evolution. The case report suggests that the presence of hypertensive encephalopathy and posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome should alert clinicians and lead to prompt treatment in order to prevent cerebral damage.

  13. Managing Malignant Cerebral Infarction

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    Sahuquillo, Juan; Sheth, Kevin N.; Kahle, Kristopher T.; Walcott, Brian P.

    2011-01-01

    Opinion statement Managing patients with malignant cerebral infarction remains one of the foremost challenges in medicine. These patients are at high risk for progressive neurologic deterioration and death due to malignant cerebral edema, and they are best cared for in the intensive care unit of a comprehensive stroke center. Careful initial assessment of neurologic function and of findings on MRI, coupled with frequent reassessment of clinical and radiologic findings using CT or MRI are mandatory to promote the prompt initiation of treatments that will ensure the best outcome in these patients. Significant deterioration in either neurologic function or radiologic findings or both demand timely treatment using the best medical management, which may include osmotherapy (mannitol or hypertonic saline), endotracheal intubation, and mechanical ventilation. Under appropriate circumstances, decompressive craniectomy may be warranted to improve outcome or to prevent death. PMID:21190097

  14. Cerebral infarction associated with acute subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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    Schmidt, J Michael; Rincon, Fred; Fernandez, Andres; Resor, Charles; Kowalski, Robert G; Claassen, Jan; Connolly, E Sander; Fitzsimmons, Brian-Fred M; Mayer, Stephan A

    2007-01-01

    Cerebral infarction is a common complication of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), but usually occurs several days after onset as a complication of vasospasm or aneurysm repair. The frequency, causes, and clinical impact of acute infarction associated with the primary hemorrhage are poorly understood. We evaluated the presence of cerebral infarction on admission CT in 487 patients admitted within 3 days of SAH onset to our center between July 1996 and September 2002. Infarctions due to angiography or treatment complications were rigorously excluded. Outcome at 3 months was assessed with the modified Rankin Scale. A total of 17 patients (3%) had acute infarction on admission CT; eight had solitary and nine had multiple infarcts. Solitary infarcts usually appeared in the vascular territory distal to the ruptured aneurysm, whereas multiple infarcts tended to be territorial and symmetric. Global cerebral edema (P < 0.001), coma on presentation (P = 0.001), intraventricular hemorrhage (P = 0.002), elevated APACHE-II physiological subscores (P = 0.026) and loss of consciousness at onset (P = 0.029) were associated with early cerebral infarction. Mortality (P = 0.003) and death or moderate-to-severe disability (mRS 4-6, P = 0.01) occurred more frequently in the early cerebral infarction group. Early cerebral infarction on CT is a rare but devastating complication of acute SAH. The observed associations with coma, global cerebral edema, intraventricular hemorrhage, and loss of consciousness at onset suggest that intracranial circulatory arrest may play a role in the pathogenesis of this disorder.

  15. Confusional state and cerebral infarcts.

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    García-Albea, E.

    1989-01-01

    Thirteen patients with confusional state and cerebral infarction were studied. Seven patients had optic pathway alterations. On computed tomographic scan, 2 patients had multiple infarctions and 10 had single infarctions, predominantly located in the temporo-occipital associative cortex. One patient had a normal scan. Reduction of 'selective attention', 'release' hallucinations, amnesic syndrome and secondary individual adjustment could explain the confusional state. PMID:2608563

  16. Dysphagia, dysphonia and sore throat following cerebral infarction: an unexpected cause.

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    Slade, Peter Michael Edward; Larsen, Matthew Peter

    2015-07-06

    A 75-year-old woman presented with left-sided weakness. There was no speech disturbance or reported swallowing difficulties. CT of the head revealed infarction in the territory of the right middle cerebral artery. The patient was transferred to the acute stroke unit and a nasogastric tube was placed following a failed swallow screening test. The following day, on assessment, there was considerable pain on swallowing. The tone and quality of the patient's voice had deteriorated and there was significant dysphagia. Seven days later a plastic item, later identified as the patient's denture, was expectorated. Following this, the dysphagia, dysphonia and sore throat rapidly resolved. The case highlights the importance of considering foreign body in the differential, and oral cavity examination in the assessment of a patient with dysphagia and sore throat is essential. 2015 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.

  17. Harm Avoidance and Cerebral Infarction

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    Wilson, Robert S.; Boyle, Patricia A.; Levine, Steven R.; Yu, Lei; Hoganson, George M.; Buchman, Aron S.; Schneider, Julie A.; Bennett, David A.

    2014-01-01

    Objective Harm avoidance, a trait indicative of behavioral inhibition, is associated with disability and dementia in old age, but the basis of these associations is uncertain. We test the hypothesis that higher level of harm avoidance is associated with increased likelihood of cerebral infarction. Methods Older persons without dementia completed a standard measure of harm avoidance. During a mean of 3.5 years of follow-up, 257 (of 1,082) individuals died of whom 206 (80%) underwent brain autopsy. Number of chronic cerebral infarcts (microscopic plus gross; expressed as 0,1, or >1) was assessed on neuropathologic examination, completed in 192 individuals at the time of analyses. Results On postmortem examination, chronic cerebral infarcts were found in 89 (42 with 1, 47 with >1). Higher harm avoidance was associated with higher likelihood of infarcts (odds ratio = 1.083, 95% confidence interval 1.040–1.128). A moderately high level of the trait (score=17, 75th percentile) was associated with a 2.4-fold increase in the likelihood of infarction compared to a moderately low level of the trait (score = 6, 25th percentile). These associations persisted in models that controlled for other cardiovascular risk factors. Conclusion Higher level of the harm avoidance trait may be a risk factor for cerebral infarction. PMID:24364391

  18. [Cerebral infarction in systemic lupus erythematosus].

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    Overbeck, S; Wermuth, L

    1989-02-13

    The case-history of a man aged 31 years with systemic lupus erythematosus and cerebral infarction is presented. Although patients with active disease are young, cerebral infarcts are strikingly frequent among them.

  19. Neuroimaging diagnosis for cerebral infarction

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    Du, Yan; Yang, Xiaoxia; Song, Hong; Chen, Bo; Li, Lin; Pan, Yue; Wu, Qiong; Li, Jia

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To identify global research trends in neuroimaging diagnosis for cerebral infarction using a bibliometric analysis of the Web of Science. Data Retrieval: We performed a bibliometric analysis of data retrieval for neuroimaging diagnosis for cerebral infarction containing the key words “CT, magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, transcranial Doppler, transvaginal color Doppler, digital subtraction angiography, and cerebral infarction” using the Web of Science. Selection Criteria: Inclusion criteria were: (a) peer-reviewed articles on neuroimaging diagnosis for cerebral infarction which were published and indexed in the Web of Science; (b) original research articles and reviews; and (c) publication between 2004–2011. Exclusion criteria were: (a) articles that required manual searching or telephone access; and (b) corrected papers or book chapters. Main Outcome Measures: (1) Annual publication output; (2) distribution according to country; (3) distribution according to institution; (4) top cited publications; (5) distribution according to journals; and (6) comparison of study results on neuroimaging diagnosis for cerebral infarction. Results: Imaging has become the predominant method used in diagnosing cerebral infarction. The most frequently used clinical imaging methods were digital subtraction angiography, CT, MRI, and transcranial color Doppler examination. Digital subtraction angiography is used as the gold standard. However, it is a costly and time-consuming invasive diagnosis that requires some radiation exposure, and is poorly accepted by patients. As such, it is mostly adopted in interventional therapy in the clinic. CT is now accepted as a rapid, simple, and reliable non-invasive method for use in diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease and preoperative appraisal. Ultrasonic Doppler can be used to reflect the hardness of the vascular wall and the nature of the plaque more clearly than CT and MRI. Conclusion: At present, there is no unified standard of

  20. Comparing patients with spinal cord infarction and cerebral infarction: clinical characteristics, and short-term outcome

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    Naess, Halvor; Romi, Fredrik

    2011-01-01

    Background: To compare the clinical characteristics, and short-term outcome of spinal cord infarction and cerebral infarction. Methods: Risk factors, concomitant diseases, neurological deficits on admission, and short-term outcome were registered among 28 patients with spinal cord infarction and 1075 patients with cerebral infarction admitted to the Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway. Multivariate analyses were performed with location of stroke (cord or brain), neurological deficits on admission, and short-term outcome (both Barthel Index [BI] 1 week after symptom onset and discharge home or to other institution) as dependent variables. Results: Multivariate analysis showed that patients with spinal cord infarction were younger, more often female, and less afflicted by hypertension and cardiac disease than patients with cerebral infarction. Functional score (BI) was lower among patients with spinal cord infarctions 1 week after onset of symptoms (P < 0.001). Odds ratio for being discharged home was 5.5 for patients with spinal cord infarction compared to cerebral infarction after adjusting for BI scored 1 week after onset (P = 0.019). Conclusion: Patients with spinal cord infarction have a risk factor profile that differs significantly from that of patients with cerebral infarction, although there are some parallels to cerebral infarction caused by atherosclerosis. Patients with spinal cord infarction were more likely to be discharged home when adjusting for early functional level on multivariate analysis. PMID:21915166

  1. Comparing patients with spinal cord infarction and cerebral infarction: clinical characteristics, and short-term outcome.

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    Naess, Halvor; Romi, Fredrik

    2011-01-01

    To compare the clinical characteristics, and short-term outcome of spinal cord infarction and cerebral infarction. Risk factors, concomitant diseases, neurological deficits on admission, and short-term outcome were registered among 28 patients with spinal cord infarction and 1075 patients with cerebral infarction admitted to the Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway. Multivariate analyses were performed with location of stroke (cord or brain), neurological deficits on admission, and short-term outcome (both Barthel Index [BI] 1 week after symptom onset and discharge home or to other institution) as dependent variables. Multivariate analysis showed that patients with spinal cord infarction were younger, more often female, and less afflicted by hypertension and cardiac disease than patients with cerebral infarction. Functional score (BI) was lower among patients with spinal cord infarctions 1 week after onset of symptoms (P < 0.001). Odds ratio for being discharged home was 5.5 for patients with spinal cord infarction compared to cerebral infarction after adjusting for BI scored 1 week after onset (P = 0.019). Patients with spinal cord infarction have a risk factor profile that differs significantly from that of patients with cerebral infarction, although there are some parallels to cerebral infarction caused by atherosclerosis. Patients with spinal cord infarction were more likely to be discharged home when adjusting for early functional level on multivariate analysis.

  2. Unilateral neonatal cerebral infarction in full term infants

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    Estan, J.; Hope, P.

    1997-01-01

    AIMS—To determine the prevalence of unilateral neonatal cerebral infarction in infants born at 32 weeks gestation and above; to describe the clinical course, imaging results, and outcome of neonatal cerebral infarction; and to investigate possible aetiology.
METHODS—Twelve cases of unilateral neonatal cerebral infarction were identified from neonatal unit records for the years 1987-93. Each case was matched with two controls.
RESULTS—All cases of neonatal cerebral infarction occurred in full term infants. The prevalence was around 1 in 4000, and neonatal cerebral infarction was found in 12% of infants presenting with neonatal seizures. Cerebral ultrasound scans failed to demonstrate lesions seen by computed tomography in nine of 12 cases. Cases were more likely than controls to require assisted ventilation for resuscitation at birth (OR 7.0, 95% confidence interval 1.04-53.5), but Apgar scores at 5 minutes were no different. One infant with neonatal cerebral infarction developed a hemiparesis, the other 11 had normal motor development when assessed at 11-60 (median 33) months. None had overt cognitive deficits or persisting seizure disorder.
CONCLUSIONS—Neonatal cerebral infarction is a relatively common cause of neonatal seizures, but the aetiology remains unclear. Parents need to be made aware of possible neurological sequelae, but most cases in this series had a normal outcome.

 Keywords: cerebral infarction; seizures; neurodevelopmental outcome; stroke; hemiplegia. PMID:9135286

  3. Cerebral hemorrhagic infarction after radiation for pituitary adenoma.

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    Ogaki, Satoko; Suzuki, Seiji; Suzuki, Hiroaki; Suzuki, Masatsune; Shimano, Hitoshi; Toyoshima, Hideo; Sone, Hirohito; Okuda, Yukichi; Yamada, Nobuhiro

    2002-10-01

    We report a case of cerebral hemorrhagic infarction after radiation for pituitary adenoma. A 55-year-old woman was hospitalized to check for aldosteronism, post-operative pituitary function, and recurrence of thyroid cancer. She had short-term memory disturbance beginning two months prior to admission. Brain MRI showed a T1 and T2 high intensity lesion of her left anterolateral thalamus. Brain MRA revealed a narrowing in her left middle cerebral artery. The abnormal brain lesion was diagnosed as cerebral hemorrhagic infarction. She had received radiation therapy for pituitary adenoma 20 years earlier. It was considered that her cerebral hemorrhagic infarction was caused by radiation therapy.

  4. Uncommon Causes of Cerebral Microbleeds.

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    Noorbakhsh-Sabet, Nariman; Pulakanti, Varun Chandi; Zand, Ramin

    2017-10-01

    Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are small and round perivascular hemosiderin depositions detectable by gradient echo sequences or susceptibility-weighted imaging. Cerebral microbleeds are common among patients with hypertension, cerebral ischemia, or cerebral amyloid angiopathy. In this article, we describe uncommon causes of CMBs. We searched Pubmed with the keyword CMBs for relevant studies and looked for different uncommon causes of CMBs. CMBs have several uncommon etiologies including posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, infective endocarditis, brain radiation therapy, cocaine abuse, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, traumatic brain injury, intravascular lymphomatosis or proliferating angio-endotheliomatosis, moyamoya disease, sickle cell anemia/β-thalassemia, cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy subcortical infarcts, and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL), genetic syndromes, or obstructive sleep apnea. Understanding the uncommon causes of CMBs is not only helpful in diagnosis and prognosis of some of these rare diseases, but can also help in better understanding different pathophysiology involved in the development of CMBs. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Anabolic androgenic steroids, an easily forgotten cause of polycythaemia and cerebral infarction.

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    Low, M S Y; Vilcassim, S; Fedele, P; Grigoriadis, G

    2016-04-01

    Excessive anabolic androgenic steroids (both exogenous and endogenous) are known causes of polycythaemia and ischaemic cardiovascular events. Despite this, they are commonly forgotten in the workup of patients. We report a case of exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid-induced polycythaemia and stroke and explore possible pitfalls for clinicians. © 2016 Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

  6. Recurrent Patent Foramen Ovale-Related Cerebral Infarcts Alternately Causing Bilateral Hand Paresis.

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    Lee, Seung-Jae

    2017-01-01

    Isolated hand paresis is a rare presentation of stroke, which mostly results from a lesion in the cortical hand motor area, a knob-like area within the precentral gyrus. I report the case of a patient who experienced recurrent ischemic stroke alternately involving bilateral hand knob areas, causing isolated hand paresis. There was no abnormal finding on brain and neck magnetic resonance angiography, transthoracic echocardiography, and 48-h Holter monitoring, and there were no abnormal immunologic and coagulation laboratory findings. The only embolic source was found to be a patent foramen ovale, which was proven on transesophageal echocardiography. The patient underwent percutaneous device closure of patent foramen ovale after alternately repeated paresis of both hands despite antiplatelet treatment. This case suggests that ischemic stroke affecting the cortical knob area, albeit extremely rare, may recur due to a patent foramen ovale, and it necessitates complete investigation, including transesophageal echocardiography, to identify possible embolic sources.

  7. Double infarction in one cerebral hemisphere.

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    Bogousslavsky, J

    1991-07-01

    Thirty-two patients whose first stroke was due to double infarct in one cerebral hemisphere were identified among 1,911 consecutive patients from the Lausanne Stroke Registry. The double infarct involved territories of the superficial middle cerebral artery, superficial posterior cerebral artery, lenticulostriate, anterior choroidal artery, or borderzone. The most common combination involved territories of the anterior middle cerebral artery plus the posterior middle cerebral artery. In the patients with the double infarct, the prevalence of potential cardiac sources of embolism (19%) was similar to that found in the registry in general, but the double infarct was closely associated with tight (greater than or equal to 90% of the lumen diameter) stenosis or occlusion (75%) of the internal carotid artery. The most common neurological picture mimicked large infarction in the middle cerebral artery territory, but nearly half of the patients with double infarct in one cerebral hemisphere had a specific clinical syndrome, which was not found in the 1,879 remaining patients from the registry, including hemianopia-hemiplegia (in 6), acute conduction aphasia-hemiparesis (in 2), and acute transcortical mixed aphasia (in 6), in relation to characteristic combinations of infarcts. These unique clinical and etiological correlates warrant the recognition of double infarct in one cerebral hemisphere from other acute ischemic strokes.

  8. [Tomographic analysis of CBF in cerebral infarction].

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    Segawa, H; Kimura, K; Ueda, Y; Nagai, M; Yoshimasu, N; Nakagomi, T; Tamura, A; Sano, K; Takakura, K

    1983-06-01

    Cerebral perfusion was examined in various types of occlusive disease by computed tomographic CBF method. The method utilized has several advantages over conventional studies using isotope, providing high resolution images in a direct relation to CT anatomy. Ten representative cases were presented from 25 consecutive cases of occlusive disease studied by this method. The method included inhalation of 40 to 60% xenon with serial CT scanning for 25 min. K (build-up rate), lambda (partition coefficient) and CBF values were calculated from HU for each pixel and Xe in expired air, based on Fick's principle, and displayed on CRT as K-, lambda- and CBF-map separately. CBF for gray matter of normal control was 82 +/- 11 ml/100 gm/min and that for white matter was 24 +/- 5 ml/100 gm/min. The ischemic threshold for gray matter appeared to be approximately 20 ml/100 gm/min, as blood flow in focus of complete infarction was below this level. Blood flow between 20-30 ml/100 gm/min caused some change on CT, such as localized atrophy, cortical thinning, loss of distinction between gray and white matter and decreased or increased density, which were considered to be compatible with pathological changes of laminar necrosis or gliosis with neuronal loss. In a case with occlusion of middle cerebral artery with subsequent recanalization, causing hemorrhagic infarct, hyperemia was observed in the infarcted cortex that was enhanced by iodine. Periventricular lucency observed in two cases, where blood flow was decreased below threshold, could be classified as "watershed infarction" mainly involving white matter. In moyamoya disease, blood flow in the anterior circulation was decreased near ischemic level, whereas that in basal ganglia and territory of posterior cerebral artery was fairly preserved, which was compatible with general angiographic finding of this disease.

  9. Paradoxical embolism as a cause of silent brain infarctions in healthy subjects: the ICONS study (Identification of the Cause of Silent Cerebral Infarction in Healthy Subjects).

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    Kim, S J; Shin, H Y; Ha, Y S; Kim, J W; Kang, K W; Na, D L; Bang, O Y

    2013-02-01

    In healthy elderly people, silent brain infarctions (SBIs) have been recognized as common lesions. In this study, we evaluated the association between SBI located outside the perforating artery territory (PAT) and paradoxical embolism detected by agitated saline transcranial Doppler (TCD) monitoring in healthy subjects. This was a prospective observational study undertaken by a university health promotion center for healthy subjects and by a university stroke center for acute stroke patients. We defined SBI as evidence on fluid-attenuation inversion recovery (FLAIR) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of one or more infarcts, without history of corresponding stroke or transient ischaemic attack. We also evaluated in all subjects the neuroimaging indicator of microangiopathy leukoaraiosis (LA). This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01429948. Amongst 1103 consecutive healthy adults who underwent MRI, 347 (31%) had one or more SBIs located outside the PAT, suggesting embolism. Amongst them, 253 subjects underwent agitated saline TCD monitoring and 128 (51%) had right-to-left shunts (RLS). The prevalence of RLS was similar to cryptogenic embolic stroke (62.0%, P = 0.056), but higher than in patients with other stroke subtypes (36.2%, P = 0.021). Amongst subjects with SBI, absence of LA was the only factor associated with RLS (OR 1.78; 95% CI 1.01-3.14; P = 0.046). Our results suggest that paradoxical embolism may play an important role in the development of SBI outside the PAT in apparently healthy adults. © 2012 The Author(s) European Journal of Neurology © 2012 EFNS.

  10. Silent cerebral infarcts: a review on a prevalent and progressive cause of neurologic injury in sickle cell anemia.

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    DeBaun, Michael R; Armstrong, F Daniel; McKinstry, Robert C; Ware, Russell E; Vichinsky, Elliot; Kirkham, Fenella J

    2012-05-17

    Silent cerebral infarct (SCI) is the most common form of neurologic disease in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA). SCI is defined as abnormal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain in the setting of a normal neurologic examination without a history or physical findings associated with an overt stroke. SCI occurs in 27% of this population before their sixth, and 37% by their 14th birthdays. In adults with SCA, the clinical history of SCI is poorly defined, although recent evidence suggests that they too may have ongoing risk of progressive injury. Risk factors for SCI include male sex, lower baseline hemoglobin concentration, higher baseline systolic blood pressure, and previous seizures. Specific morbidity associated with SCI includes a decrement in general intellectual abilities, poor academic achievement, progression to overt stroke, and progressive SCI. In addition, children with previous stroke continue to have both overt strokes and new SCI despite receiving regular blood transfusion therapy for secondary stroke prevention. Studies that only include overt stroke as a measure of CNS injury significantly underestimate the total cerebral injury burden in this population. In this review, we describe the epidemiology, natural history, morbidity, medical management, and potential therapeutic options for SCI in SCA.

  11. Silent cerebral infarcts: a review on a prevalent and progressive cause of neurologic injury in sickle cell anemia

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    Armstrong, F. Daniel; McKinstry, Robert C.; Ware, Russell E.; Vichinsky, Elliot; Kirkham, Fenella J.

    2012-01-01

    Silent cerebral infarct (SCI) is the most common form of neurologic disease in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA). SCI is defined as abnormal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain in the setting of a normal neurologic examination without a history or physical findings associated with an overt stroke. SCI occurs in 27% of this population before their sixth, and 37% by their 14th birthdays. In adults with SCA, the clinical history of SCI is poorly defined, although recent evidence suggests that they too may have ongoing risk of progressive injury. Risk factors for SCI include male sex, lower baseline hemoglobin concentration, higher baseline systolic blood pressure, and previous seizures. Specific morbidity associated with SCI includes a decrement in general intellectual abilities, poor academic achievement, progression to overt stroke, and progressive SCI. In addition, children with previous stroke continue to have both overt strokes and new SCI despite receiving regular blood transfusion therapy for secondary stroke prevention. Studies that only include overt stroke as a measure of CNS injury significantly underestimate the total cerebral injury burden in this population. In this review, we describe the epidemiology, natural history, morbidity, medical management, and potential therapeutic options for SCI in SCA. PMID:22354000

  12. Major depressive disorder in chronic heart failure patients: Does silent cerebral infarction cause major depressive disorder in this patient population?

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    Kozdağ, Güliz; Yaluğ, İrem; İnan, Nagihan; Ertaş, Gökhan; Selekler, Macit; Kutlu, Hüseyin; Kutlu, Ayşe; Emre, Ender; Çetin, Metin; Ural, Dilek

    2015-09-01

    Depression frequently occurs in patients with heart failure as similar pathophysiological mechanisms present in both these diseases. Patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) have a high incidence of clinically asymptomatic silent cerebral infarction (SCI). This study aimed to evaluate the relation between SCI and major depressive disorder (MDD), and between MDD and clinical and biochemical parameters in DCM patients. Patients with ischemic and non-ischemic DCM who had chronic heart failure (CHF) (39 male, 10 female, age 60±10 years) were included in the study. Mean patient ejection fraction (EF) was 34±10%. Patients had no localized neurological symptoms or stroke history. The etiology of DCM was ischemic in 40 and non-ischemic in 9 patients. Twenty-five age-matched healthy volunteers served as a control group for comparison of SCI and MDD prevalence. Patients had mild to severe CHF symptoms. Prevalence of SCI and MDD was significantly higher in patients with DCM than in the control group; 63% vs 8%; p<0.001, and 52% vs 20%; p<0.001 respectively. Patients with SCI had a higher prevalence of MDD than patients without SCI in DCM (61% vs 27%, p=0.02). CHF patients have an increased prevalence of SCI and MDD. Patients with SCI have a higher prevalence of MDD compared to patients without SCI in CHF.

  13. Fulminant cerebral infarction of anterior and posterior cerebral circulation after ascending type of facial necrotizing fasciitis.

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    Lee, Jun Ho; Choi, Hui-Chul; Kim, Chulho; Sohn, Jong Hee; Kim, Heung Cheol

    2014-01-01

    Necrotizing fasciitis is a soft tissue infection that is characterized by extensive necrosis of the subcutaneous fat, neurovascular structures, and fascia. Cerebral infarction after facial necrotizing fasciitis has been rarely reported. A 61-year-old woman with diabetes was admitted with painful swelling of her right cheek. One day later, she was stuporous and quadriplegic. A computed tomographic scan of her face revealed right facial infection in the periorbital soft tissue, parotid, buccal muscle, and maxillary sinusitis. A computed tomographic scan of the brain revealed cerebral infarction in the right hemisphere, left frontal area, and both cerebellum. Four days later, she died from cerebral edema and septic shock. Involvement of the cerebral vasculature, such as the carotid or vertebral artery by necrotizing fasciitis, can cause cerebral infarction. Facial necrotizing fasciitis should be treated early with surgical treatment and the appropriate antibiotic therapy.

  14. [Value of MRI in the etiologic diagnosis of cerebral infarction].

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    Gauvrit, J Y; Leclerc, X; Pernodet, M; Oppenheim, C; Leys, D; Pruvo, J P

    2005-09-01

    The causes of ischaemic brain damage are numerous. Four main groups are described: atherosclerotic disease of the cervical and intracranial arteries represents 50% of the causes, small vessel disease with lacunar infarcts 25%, cardio-embolic disease 20% and non-atheromatous arterial disease and blood dyscrasias 10%. In 10% of cases, no etiology is identified. MRI has a dominating place in the etiologic assessment of cerebral infarction, by distinguishing the various types of infarction, detecting associated abnormalities like leukoencephalopathy and haemorrhage and by analyzing the lumen and wall of vessels.

  15. Dynamic analysis of blood pressure changes in progressive cerebral infarction.

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    Zhao, Manli; Zhang, Lunzhong; Wang, Zeying; Wang, Xianglei; Wang, Yuyong; Wei, Hongyu; Li, Ruihua; Du, Yifeng

    2015-07-01

    Progressive cerebral infarction is one of the leading causes of high disability and lethality for stroke patients. However, the association between progression of BP changes and cerebral infarction is not currently well understood. We analyzed the dynamic changes in the BP of patients with acute ischemic stroke and explored the correlation between BP change and cerebral infarction progression. 30.9% (30/97) of the patients investigated developed to progressive cerebral infarction 17-141 h after admission. The percentage of patients with a long history of hypertension was significantly higher in the progressive group than in the non-progressive group. The mean systolic BP of the patients 16 h to 5 d after admission was also much higher in the progressive group. A greater abnormality of circadian blood pressure was also observed among patients in the progressive group. Hypertension history of more than 5 years is an important risk factor for progressive cerebral infarction. Both the elevation of systolic blood pressure 16 h to 5 d after admission and abnormal circadian blood pressure are associated with the disease progression. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  16. Cerebral amyloid angiopathy increases susceptibility to infarction after focal cerebral ischemia in Tg2576 mice.

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    Milner, Eric; Zhou, Meng-Liang; Johnson, Andrew W; Vellimana, Ananth K; Greenberg, Jacob K; Holtzman, David M; Han, Byung Hee; Zipfel, Gregory J

    2014-10-01

    We and others have shown that soluble amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) cause significant cerebrovascular dysfunction in mutant amyloid precursor protein (APP) mice, and that these deficits are greater in aged APP mice having CAA compared with young APP mice lacking CAA. Amyloid β-peptide in young APP mice also increases infarction after focal cerebral ischemia, but the impact of CAA on ischemic brain injury is unknown. To determine this, we assessed cerebrovascular reactivity, cerebral blood flow (CBF), and extent of infarction and neurological deficits after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion in aged APP mice having extensive CAA versus young APP mice lacking CAA (and aged-matched littermate controls). We found that aged APP mice have more severe cerebrovascular dysfunction that is CAA dependent, have greater CBF compromise during and immediately after middle cerebral artery occlusion, and develop larger infarctions after middle cerebral artery occlusion. These data indicate CAA induces a more severe form of cerebrovascular dysfunction than amyloid β-peptide alone, leading to intra- and postischemic CBF deficits that ultimately exacerbate cerebral infarction. Our results shed mechanistic light on human studies identifying CAA as an independent risk factor for ischemic brain injury. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  17. Case of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis with Unusual Venous Infarcts

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    Kamaraju, Susheel Kumar; Pasupaleti, Bhimeswarao; Juluri, Naganarasimharaju

    2015-01-01

    Cerebral venous thrombosis is a relatively rare condition when compared with vascular accidents of arterial origin representing 0.5-1% of all strokes. Unlike arterial infarcts parenchymal changes are seldom present and when present most of the times are reversible. We present a case report of 28-year-old female with thrombosis of internal cerebral veins and straight sinus and hemorrhagic infarcts in bilateral basal ganglia and bilateral thalami .The findings of bilateral symmetrical hyper intensities in basal ganglia and thalami on MRI may be due to various causes of diverse etiology and cerebral venous thrombosis remains an important cause. Early recognition and prompt anticoagulation therapy helps to reduce the mortality to a great extent. The MRI imaging features of straight sinus thrombosis and other imaging differentials are discussed. PMID:26023623

  18. Patent Foramen Ovale in Patients with Cerebral Infarction: A Transesophageal Echocradigraphy Study

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    Petty, George W.; Khandheria, Bijoy K.; Chu, Chu-Pin; Sicks, JoRean D.; Whisnant, Jack P.

    1997-01-01

    Patent foramen ovale was detected in 37 patients (32%). Mean age was similar in those with (60 years) and those without (64 years) PFO. Patent foramen ovale was more frequent among men (39%) than women (20%, P=.03). Patients with PFO had a lower frequency of atrial fibrillation, diabetes me!litus, hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease compared with those without PFO. There was no difference in frequency of the following characteristics in patients with PFO compared with those without PFO: pulmonary embolus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension, peripheral embolism, prior cerebral infarction, nosocomial cerebral infarction, Valsalva maneuver at the time of cerebral infarction, recent surgery, or hemorrhagic transformation of cerebral infarction. Patent foramen ovale was found in 22 (40%) of 55 patients with infarcts of uncertain cause and in 15 (25%) of 61 with infarcts of known cause (cardioembolic, 21%; large vessel atherostenosis, 25%; lacune, 40%) (P=.08). When the analysis was restricted to patients who underwent Valsalva maneuver, PFO with right to left or bidirectional shunt was found in 19 (50%) of 38 patients with infarcts of uncertain cause and in 6 (20%) of 30 with infarcts of known cause (P=.Ol). Conclusion: Although PFO was over-represented in patients with infarcts of uncertain cause in our and other studies, it has a high frequency among patients with cerebral infarction of all types. The relation between PFO and stroke requires further study.

  19. Edaravone, a free radical scavenger, attenuates cerebral infarction and hemorrhagic infarction in rats with hyperglycemia.

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    Okamura, Koichi; Tsubokawa, Tamiji; Johshita, Hiroo; Miyazaki, Hiroshi; Shiokawa, Yoshiaki

    2014-01-01

    Thrombolysis due to acute ischemic stroke is associated with the risk of hemorrhagic infarction, especially after reperfusion. Recent experimental studies suggest that the main mechanism contributing to hemorrhagic infarction is oxidative stress caused by disruption of the blood-brain barrier. Edaravone, a free radical scavenger, decreases oxidative stress, thereby preventing hemorrhagic infarction during ischemia and reperfusion. In this study, we investigated the effects of edaravone on hemorrhagic infarction in a rat model of hemorrhagic transformation. We used a previously established hemorrhagic transformation model of rats with hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia was induced by intraperitoneal injection of glucose to all rats (n  =  20). The rats with hyperglycemia showed a high incidence of hemorrhagic infarction. Middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) for 1.5 hours followed by reperfusion for 24 hours was performed in edaravone-treated rats (n  =  10) and control rats (n  =  10). Upon completion of reperfusion, both groups were evaluated for infarct size and hemorrhage volume and the results obtained were compared. Edaravone significantly decreased infarct volume, with the average infarct volume in the edaravone-treated rats (227.6 mm(3)) being significantly lower than that in the control rats (264.0 mm(3)). Edaravone treatment also decreased the postischemic hemorrhage volumes (53.4 mm(3) in edaravone-treated rats vs 176.4 mm(3) in controls). In addition, the ratio of hemorrhage volume to infarct volume was lower in the edaravone-treated rats (23.5%) than in the untreated rats (63.2%). Edaravone attenuates cerebral infarction and hemorrhagic infarction in rats with hyperglycemia.

  20. [Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL)].

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    Chen, Yun-Chung; Hsiao, Cheng-Tsung; Soong, Bing-Wen; Lee, Yi-Chung

    2014-06-01

    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is the most prevalent monogenic cerebral small vessel diseases caused by a mutation in the NOTCH3 gene. The clinical manifestations of CADASIL range from single or multiple lacunar infarcts, transient ischemic attacks, dementia, migraine with aura to psychiatric disorders. The features of brain MRI of CADASIL include multiple lacunar infarcts and diffuse leukoencephalopathy, which frequently involves external capsules and anterior temporal regions. Almost all patients with CADASIL harbor cysteine-involving mutations in NOTCH3. In Taiwan, two thirds of CADASIL patients carry NOTCH3 p.R544C mutations, and only approximately 56% of patients with CADASIL have leukoencephalopathy with anterior temporal regions involvement.

  1. [Cerebral infarction in human immunodeficiency virus infection].

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    Blanche, P; Toulon, P; de La Blanchardière, A; Sicard, D

    1995-06-03

    Patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) appear to have a high risk of ischaemic cerebral events. We observed two cases of cerebral infarction in patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). In the first case, a 38-year-old homosexual with no cardiovascular risk other than smoking presented with rapidly progressive hemiparesia. Brain CT-scan visualized two infarcts in the territory of the right sylvian artery and the arteriography an occlusion of the internal carotid artery. In the second, a 37-year-old homosexual, hospitalization was required for a left-sided pure sensitive epilepsy seizure. There was no cardiovascular risk other than smoking. Magnetic resonance imaging showed parietal ischaemia and thrombus in the left atrium without atrial hypertrophy was seen at transoesophageal echocardiography. In both cases, there was no evidence of endocarditis, dissection of the neck vessels or disseminated intravascular coagulation nor of associated viral or bacterial infectious complication of AIDS. Angiographic findings eliminated cerebral vascularitis. Among the perturbed haemostasis factors previously reported in HIV+ patients, we observed free proteins S deficiency (68 and 43%) and heparin cofactor II deficiency (54 and 40%). Serum albumin was 33 and 32 g/l respectively. Outcome was favourable in both cases with anticoagulant therapy. These coagulation anomalies would not appear sufficient to explain cerebral infarction. Other mechanisms including immune complexed deposition, direct HIV toxicity for endothelial cells or the effect of cytokines on smooth muscles fibres and fibroblasts are probably more important causal factors.

  2. Binding of radiolabeled misonidazole in cerebral infarction

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    Rasey, J.S.; Hoffman, J.; Spence, A.M.; Krohn, K.A.

    1985-05-01

    The metabolic trapping of the radiolabeled nitroimidazole, misonidazole, in viable hypoxic tissue may form the basis for the nuclear imaging of ischemia in cerebral infarction. Misonidazole congeners could be labeled with /sup 75/Br, /sup 18/F, or /sup 11/C and detected with PET. Infarction was induced in male Mongolian gerbils by ligation of the right common carotid artery. Severity of the lesions was determined by scoring neurological symptoms with a stroke index, in which scores >10, out of a possible 25, indicate presence of a severe infarct. Gerbils with scores ranging from 0 (asymptomatic) to 13 as well as control (unligated) animals received 3 injections (50 ..mu..Moles/kg) of /sup 3/H-misonidazole in 2 hours and % injected dose/g (% I.D./g) was determined 2 hours after the final injection. Uptake into whole brain of control animals averaged 0.137 +- 0.0168 % I.D./g. The cerebral hemispheres of ligated gerbils were divided into 7, 2 mm-thick coronal sections which were then bisected. In the right half of slide number3 (midparietal region) the % I.D./g increased with increasing stroke index. For animals with a stroke index = 0, uptake was 0.159 % I.D./g, and right/left R/L ratio was 1.07. For 2 animals with a score = 13, uptake in the same region ws 0.752 and 0.717 and I.D./g with R/L ratios of 3.29 and 2.3l, respectively. Animals with intermediate scores had moderately elevated uptake. The authors conclude that the uptake of /sup 3/H-misonidazole in the right hemisphere positively correlates with the severity of infarction. Studies are underway to determine whether the regions of highest uptake correlate with histological evidence of infarction and reduced oxygen availability.

  3. Research of Sleep Disorders in Patients with Acute Cerebral Infarction.

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    Chen, Xiaofang; Bi, Hongye; Zhang, Meiyun; Liu, Haiyan; Wang, Xueying; Zu, Ruonan

    2015-11-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the incidence of sleep disorders (SD), characteristic of cerebral infarction patients with different parts affected. The research selected 101 patients with a first occurrence of acute cerebral infarction as the experimental group, and 86 patients without cerebral infarction as controls. Polysomnography, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Epworth Sleepiness Scale, and US National Stroke Scale were assessed. Compared with control group, the incidence of SD was higher in experimental group (P < .05), and the incidence of SD in women was more frequent in experimental group (P < .05). There was no significant difference in the types of SD patients with acute cerebral infarction. In addition, the sleep quality of cerebral infarction patients with different parts affected was different: the sleep quality of left hemisphere infarction patients was poor compared with the right one, and the sleep quality of anterior circulation patients was poor compared with posterior circulation patients. Patients with thalamus infarction had a longer sleep time and a shorter sleep latency and stage 2 of non-rapid eye movement sleep compared with non-thalamus infarction group. The prevalence of SD was relatively high in acute cerebral infarction patients, and the detailed classification of acute cerebral infarction may provide a more effective therapeutic method and therefore relieve patients' pain and supply a better quality of sleep. Copyright © 2015 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Acute Cerebral Infarction as a Rare Thrombotic Event in Myelodysplastic Syndrome: A Case Report

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    2016-01-01

    Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a bone marrow failure syndrome characterized by cytopenia that results in high risks of infection and bleeding. However, there are few reports of cerebral infarction in MDS. We reported a 72-year-old female with MDS who developed acute cerebral infarction. Clinical history of the patient revealed no definite risk factors for stroke except diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia that was well controlled. This case represented the rare occurrence of arterial thrombosis causing acute cerebral infarction in MDS, which may be due to complex chromosomal abnormality and inflammatory processes. PMID:28119848

  5. Visual function and perinatal focal cerebral infarction.

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    Mercuri, E; Atkinson, J; Braddick, O; Anker, S; Nokes, L; Cowan, F; Rutherford, M; Pennock, J; Dubowitz, L

    1996-01-01

    AIMS: To evaluate the visual function of infants with perinatal cerebral infarction in whom the site and size of the lesion has been determined using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Twelve infants with cerebral infarction on MRI were studied with a battery of tests specifically designed to evaluate visual function in infancy. This included tests: for visual attention (fixation shifts); of cerebral asymmetry (optokinetic nystagmus, visual fields); for assessment of acuity (forced choice preferential looking); and neurophysiological measures of vision (phase reversal and orientation reversal visual evoked potential). RESULTS: A considerable incidence of abnormalities on at least one of the tests for visual function used was observed. The presence or severity of visual abnormalities could not always be predicted by the site and extent of the lesion seen on imaging. CONCLUSIONS: Early focal lesions affecting the visual pathway can, to some extent, be compensated for by the immature developing brain. These data suggest that all the infants presenting with focal lesions need to be investigated with a detailed assessment of various aspects of vision. Images PMID:8949687

  6. Suspected “T-Cell-Mediated” Hypereosinophilic Syndrome Presenting with Cerebral Watershed Infarcts

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    Dujardin, S.; Schots, R.; De Raedt, S.

    2011-01-01

    We describe a case of suspected “T-cell-mediated” hypereosinophilic syndrome presenting with cerebral watershed infarcts. An extensive search for potential embolic sources was negative, supporting the hypothesis that cerebrovascular endothelial dysfunction could have caused the infarcts. PMID:22937347

  7. Cerebral salt-wasting syndrome due to hemorrhagic brain infarction: a case report.

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    Tanaka, Tomotaka; Uno, Hisakazu; Miyashita, Kotaro; Nagatsuka, Kazuyuki

    2014-07-23

    Cerebral salt-wasting syndrome is a condition featuring hyponatremia and dehydration caused by head injury, operation on the brain, subarachnoid hemorrhage, brain tumor and so on. However, there are a few reports of cerebral salt-wasting syndrome caused by cerebral infarction. We describe a patient with cerebral infarction who developed cerebral salt-wasting syndrome in the course of hemorrhagic transformation. A 79-year-old Japanese woman with hypertension and arrhythmia was admitted to our hospital for mild consciousness disturbance, conjugate deviation to right, left unilateral spatial neglect and left hemiparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a broad ischemic change in right middle cerebral arterial territory. She was diagnosed as cardiogenic cerebral embolism because atrial fibrillation was detected on electrocardiogram on admission. She showed hyponatremia accompanied by polyuria complicated at the same time with the development of hemorrhagic transformation on day 14 after admission. Based on her hypovolemic hyponatremia, she was evaluated as not having syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone but cerebral salt-wasting syndrome. She fortunately recovered with proper fluid replacement and electrolyte management. This is a rare case of cerebral infarction and cerebral salt-wasting syndrome in the course of hemorrhagic transformation. It may be difficult to distinguish cerebral salt-wasting syndrome from syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone, however, an accurate assessment is needed to reveal the diagnosis of cerebral salt-wasting syndrome because the recommended fluid management is opposite in the two conditions.

  8. [A case of infected subdural hematoma accompanied by cerebral infarction].

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    Fujii, Norio; Naito, Yuichiro; Takanashi, Shigehiko; Ueno, Toshiaki; Nakagomi, Tadayoshi

    2013-05-01

    Infected subdural hematoma(ISH)is a rare disease caused by hematogenous infection of a preexisting subdural hematoma. We report a rare case of ISH accompanied by cerebral infarction. A 76-year-old man who had suffered a closed head injury 3 months before presented fever, headache and left hemiparesis during the medical treatment of acute cholangitis and obstructive jaundice with pancreatic cancer at the department of surgical gastroenterology. At the consultation, computed tomography(CT)scan indicated right chronic subdural hematoma. We performed a burr hole opening surgery on the same day. Abscess and hematoma was aspirated from the subdural space, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA)was detected in this specimen. Thus the diagnosis of the infected subdural hematoma was confirmed. However, despite the antibiotics therapy, follow-up CT showed a low-density area close to the residual abscess, which suggested cerebral infarction. Cerebral angiography showed a vasospasm at the cortical segment of the right middle cerebral artery near the residual abscess. Eventually we carried out a small craniotomy to evacuate the abscess. Our case showed that prompt surgical treatment is required in case of ISH and the whole hematoma and abscess should be removed as soon as possible with an image diagnosis and an additional surgical operation.

  9. [Application of diffusion tensor imaging in judging infarction time of acute ischemic cerebral infarction].

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    Dai, Zhenyu; Chen, Fei; Yao, Lizheng; Dong, Congsong; Liu, Yang; Shi, Haicun; Zhang, Zhiping; Yang, Naizhong; Zhang, Mingsheng; Dai, Yinggui

    2015-08-18

    To evaluate the clinical application value of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) in judging infarction time phase of acute ischemic cerebral infarction. To retrospective analysis DTI images of 52 patients with unilateral acute ischemic cerebral infarction (hyper-acute, acute and sub-acute) from the Affiliated Yancheng Hospital of Southeast University Medical College, which diagnosed by clinic and magnetic resonance imaging. Set the regions of interest (ROIs) of infarction lesions, brain tissue close to infarction lesions and corresponding contra (contralateral normal brain tissue) on DTI parameters mapping of fractional anisotropy (FA), volume ratio anisotropy (VRA), average diffusion coefficient (DCavg) and exponential attenuation (Exat), record the parameters values of ROIs and calculate the relative parameters value of infarction lesion to contra. Meanwhile, reconstruct the DTT images based on the seed points (infarction lesion and contra). The study compared each parameter value of infarction lesions, brain tissue close to infarction lesions and corresponding contra, also analysed the differences of relative parameters values in different infarction time phases. The DTT images of acute ischemic cerebral infarction in each time phase could show the manifestation of fasciculi damaged. The DCavg value of cerebral infarction lesions was lower and the Exat value was higher than contra in each infarction time phase (P<0.05). The FA and VRA value of cerebral infarction lesions were reduced than contra only in acute and sub-acute infarction (P<0.05). The FA, VRA and Exat value of brain tissue close to infarction lesions were increased and DCavg value was decreased than contra in hyper-acute infarction (P<0.05). There were no statistic differences of FA, VRA, DCavg and Exat value of brain tissue close to infarction lesions in acute and sub-acute infarction. The relative FA and VRA value of infarction lesion to contra gradually

  10. [Cerebral artery infarction presented as an unusual complication of acute middle otitis].

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    Moscote-Salazar, Luis Rafael; Alcalá-Cerra, Gabriel; Castellar-Leones, Sandra Milena; Gutiérrez-Paternina, Juan José

    2013-01-01

    acute otitis media is a frequent disease in the pediatric age. About 2 % of all cases develop intracranial complications such as meningitis. The cerebral infarction originates meningitis and usually occurs in the venous system. The presence of a cerebral artery infarction secondary to acute otitis media is a rare cause described in the literature. a girl of 12 months who presented a febrile syndrome due to acute otitis media and mental confusion. On physical examination, she appeared sleepy with anisocoria, mydriasis in the right eye and left hemiparesis. The computed tomography examination showed extensive cerebral artery infarction. The patient's parents refused the proposed surgical treatment and the girl died 48 hours later. regardless of the current technological advances, the clinical prognosis of cerebral infarction associated with acute otitis media is bad. The focused neurological signs and progressive clinical deterioration should raise suspicion that antimicrobial therapy is not effective.

  11. Zonal frequency analysis of infarct extent. Part II: anterior and posterior cerebral artery infarctions.

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    Naidich, Thomas P; Firestone, Michael I; Blum, Jeffrey T; Abrams, Kevin J; Zimmerman, Robert D

    2003-09-01

    The object of the study was to test the hypotheses that analysis of the anatomic zones affected by single anterior (A), posterior (P), and middle (M) cerebral artery (CA) infarcts, and by dual- and triple-vessel infarcts, will disclose (i) sites most frequently involved by each infarct type (peak sites), (ii) sites most frequently injured by multiple different infarct types (vulnerable zones), and (iii) anatomically overlapping sites in which the relative infarct frequency becomes equal for two or more different infarct types and/or in which infarct frequency shifts greatly between single and multivessel infarcts (potential border zones). Precise definitions of each vascular territory were adopted. CT and MRI studies from 20 ACA, 20 PCA, three dual ACA-PCA, and four triple ACA-PCA-MCA infarcts were mapped onto a standard template (Part I). Relative infarct frequencies in each zone were analyzed within and across infarct types to identify the centers and peripheries of each infarct type, the zones most frequently affected by multiple different infarct types, the zones where relative infarct frequency was equal for different infarcts, and the zones where infarct frequency shifted markedly from single- to multiple-vessel infarcts. Zonal frequency analysis provided quantitative data on the relative infarct frequency in each anatomic zone for each infarct type. It displayed zones of peak infarct frequency for each infarct, zones more vulnerable to diverse types of infarct, peripheral "overlap" zones of equal infarct frequency, and zones where infarct frequency shifted markedly between single- and multiple-vessel infarcts. It is concluded that the hypotheses are correct.

  12. Infarct topography and hemiparesis profiles with cerebral convexity infarction: the Stroke Data Bank.

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    Mohr, J P; Foulkes, M A; Polis, A T; Hier, D B; Kase, C S; Price, T R; Tatemichi, T K; Wolf, P A

    1993-01-01

    For the 183 of 1276 patients in the NINDS Stroke Data Bank with convexity infarction in the middle cerebral artery territory, the size of the infarct did not differ between the two sides but the location of the main site of the infarct differed: on the left side, it was centred in the inferior parietal region, and was mid-frontal on the right. There was a good correlation between infarct size and weakness severity whether estimated by overall motor function on one side, arm, or hand alone. There was a poor correlation, however, for lesion location (lower third, middle third or upper third on either side of the Rolandic fissure) and any of the specific syndromes of focal weakness, no two cases sharing the same lesion for the same syndrome and several cases sharing the same lesion with a different syndrome. The findings indicated a difference in weakness syndromes between the two hemispheres and great individual variation of the acute syndrome caused by a given site of focal infarction along the Rolandic convexity. These variations may explain some of the difficulties showing effects of a given therapeutic agent in studies of acute ischaemic stroke. Large sample sizes will be required for the reliable assessment of any treatment using currently popular clinical stroke scales. Images PMID:8482953

  13. Real-time imaging of cerebral infarction in rabbits using electrical impedance tomography.

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    Yang, Bin; Shi, Xuetao; Dai, Meng; Xu, Canhua; You, Fushen; Fu, Feng; Liu, Ruigang; Dong, Xiuzhen

    2014-02-01

    To investigate the possible use of electrical impedance tomography (EIT) in monitoring focal cerebral infarction in a rabbit model. A model of focal cerebral infarction was established in eight New Zealand rabbits using a photochemical method without craniectomy. Focal cerebral infarction was confirmed by histopathological examination. Intracranial impedance variation was measured using 16 electrodes placed in a circle on the scalp. EIT images were obtained using a damped least-squares reconstruction algorithm. The average resistivity value (ARV) of the infarct region on EIT images was calculated to quantify relative resistivity changes. A symmetry index was calculated to evaluate the relative difference in resistivity between the two sides of the cerebrum. EIT images and ARV curves showed that impedance changes caused by cerebral infarction increased linearly with irradiation time. A difference in ARV was found between measurements taken before and after infarct induction. Focal cerebral infarction can be monitored by EIT in the proposed animal model. The results are sufficiently encouraging that the authors plan to extend this study to humans, after further technical improvements.

  14. [Analysis of 58 neonatal cases with cerebral infarction].

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    Li, Zhi-hua; Chen, Chao

    2013-01-01

    Cerebral infarction (CI) is one of severe diseases of central nervous system in neonates, and some infants with CI could have poor prognosis in the long term. This study aimed to analyze the clinical data and prognosis of all neonatal cases with cerebral infarction in recent years and to help future clinical work. Totally 58 neonatal cases with CI admitted to NICU of the hospital from January 1999 to December 2010 were included in this study. We analyzed all clinical data and prognosis by retrospective analysis. Fifty-two term babies and six preterm babies were included. There were altogether 51 cases with asphyxia and 7 with hemorrhagic cerebral infarction. Perinatal hypoxia-ischemia was the most common high-risk factor and it accounted for 46.6%. Seizure was the most frequent initial symptom and the most common clinical manifestation (accounted for 77.6%), and it was followed by intermittent cyanosis, apnea and lethargy. Cerebral CT scan and magnetic resonance imaging were major methods to help to make the diagnosis and they also had close relation with prognosis. Diffusion weighted imaging was very helpful to diagnose infarction in early stage. Left middle cerebral artery was the most common artery to be involved. Supportive therapy and symptomatic treatment were the main methods in the acute stage of neonatal cerebral infarction. Those babies with poor prognosis mostly had large infarction involving cerebral hemisphere, thalamus and basal ganglia. Neonatal cerebral infarction was a severe brain injury affecting long tern nervous system prognosis. Perinatal hypoxia was the most common high-risk factor and seizure was the most frequent initial symptom. Diffusion weighted imaging was valuable to diagnose infarction in early stage. Most of infants with poor prognosis had large infarction involving hemisphere, thalamus and basal ganglia. Early diagnosis with brain imaging would be helpful for rehabilitation therapy and improving prognosis.

  15. Genetic and cellular therapies for cerebral infarction.

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    Szentirmai, Oszkar; Carter, Bob S

    2004-08-01

    Neurosurgeons, working as surgical scientists, can have a prominent role in developing and implementing genetic and cellular therapies for cerebral ischemia. The rapid emergence of both genetic and cellular therapies for neural regeneration warrants a careful analysis before implementation of human studies to understand the pitfalls and promises of this strategy. In this article, we review the topic of genetic and cellular therapy for stroke to provide a foundation for practicing neurosurgeons and clinical scientists who may become involved in this type of work. In Part 1, we review preclinical approaches with gene transfer, such as 1) improved energy delivery, 2) reduction of intracellular calcium availability, 3) abrogation of effects of reactive oxygen species, 4) reduction of proinflammatory cytokine signaling, 5) inhibition of apoptosis mediators, and 6) restorative gene therapy, that are paving the way to develop new strategies to treat cerebral infarction. In Part 2, we discuss the results of studies that address the possibility of using cellular therapies for stroke in animal models and in human trials by reviewing 1) the basics of stem cell biology, 2) exogenous and 3) and endogenous cell sources for therapy, and 4) clinical considerations in cell therapy applications. These emerging technologies based on the advancements made in recent years in the fields of genetics, therapeutic cloning, neuroscience, stem cell biology, and gene therapy provide significant potential for new therapies for stroke.

  16. [Cerebral infarction after pituitary apoplexy: Description of a case and review of the literature].

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    Serramito García, Ramón; Santín Amo, José María; Román Pena, Paula; Pita Buezas, Lara; González Gómez, Lara; García Allut, Alfredo

    Pituitary apoplexy is usually the result of hemorrhagic infarction in a pituitary adenoma. The clinical presentation varies widely and includes asymptomatic cases, classical pituitary apoplexy and even sudden death. Cerebral ischemia due to pituitary apoplexy is very rare. It may be caused by vasospasm or direct compression of cerebral vessels by the tumor. We report a case of pituitary apoplexy associated with cerebral infarction and discuss the relationship between the two events. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Neurocirugía. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  17. Focal cerebral infarction in the newborn: a distinct entity.

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    Filipek, P A; Krishnamoorthy, K S; Davis, K R; Kuehnle, K

    1987-01-01

    Recent reports, which described early computed tomography findings of unsuspected cerebral arterial infarctions in term newborns who presented with seizures, prompted a review of our neonatal intensive care unit records. Seven newborns demonstrated arterial infarctions by computed tomography. Five of the 7 had focal motor seizures and 2 had generalized seizures. Electroencephalograms of 6 infants correlated with the area of infarct, mainly disclosing focal spike- and/or sharp-wave activity. All infarcts involved the territory of the middle cerebral arteries and all were evident on initial scans. Subsequent examinations at age 12 months to 9 years demonstrated 4 children with spastic hemiparesis, and 3 children with normal neurologic examinations. Neonatal cerebral arterial infarction is a distinct entity which should be recognized and should be included in the differential diagnosis of neonatal seizures, regardless of the presenting symptoms or predisposing factors.

  18. Infarction in the territory of the anterior cerebral artery: clinical study of 51 patients

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    Arboix, Adrià; García-Eroles, Luis; Sellarés, Núria; Raga, Agnès; Oliveres, Montserrat; Massons, Joan

    2009-01-01

    Background Little is known about clinical features and prognosis of patients with ischaemic stroke caused by infarction in the territory of the anterior cerebral artery (ACA). This single centre, retrospective study was conducted with the following objectives: a) to describe the clinical characteristics and short-term outcome of stroke patients with ACA infarction as compared with that of patients with ischaemic stroke due to middle cerebral artery (MCA) and posterior cerebral artery (PCA) infarctions, and b) to identify predictors of ACA stroke. Methods Fifty-one patients with ACA stroke were included in the "Sagrat Cor Hospital of Barcelona Stroke Registry" during a period of 19 years (1986–2004). Data from stroke patients are entered in the stroke registry following a standardized protocol with 161 items regarding demographics, risk factors, clinical features, laboratory and neuroimaging data, complications and outcome. The characteristics of these 51 patients with ACA stroke were compared with those of the 1355 patients with MCA infarctions and 232 patients with PCA infarctions included in the registry. Results Infarctions of the ACA accounted for 1.3% of all cases of stroke (n = 3808) and 1.8% of cerebral infarctions (n = 2704). Stroke subtypes included cardioembolic infarction in 45.1% of patients, atherothrombotic infarction in 29.4%, lacunar infarct in 11.8%, infarct of unknown cause in 11.8% and infarction of unusual aetiology in 2%. In-hospital mortality was 7.8% (n = 4). Only 5 (9.8%) patients were symptom-free at hospital discharge. Speech disturbances (odds ratio [OR] = 0.48) and altered consciousness (OR = 0.31) were independent variables of ACA stroke in comparison with MCA infarction, whereas limb weakness (OR = 9.11), cardioembolism as stroke mechanism (OR = 2.49) and sensory deficit (OR = 0.35) were independent variables associated with ACA stroke in comparison with PCA infarction. Conclusion Cardioembolism is the main cause of brain infarction

  19. Tocilizumab inhibits neuronal cell apoptosis and activates STAT3 in cerebral infarction rat model.

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    Wang, Shaojun; Zhou, Jun; Kang, Weijie; Dong, Zhaoni; Wang, Hezuo

    2016-01-15

    Cerebral infarction is a severe hypoxic ischemic necrosis with accelerated neuronal cell apoptosis in the brain. As a monoclonal antibody against interleukin 6, tocilizumab (TCZ) is widely used in immune diseases, whose function in cerebral infarction has not been studied. This study aims to reveal the role of TCZ in regulating neuronal cell apoptosis in cerebral infarction. The cerebral infarction rat model was constructed by middle cerebral artery occlusion and treated with TCZ. Cell apoptosis in hippocampus and cortex of the brain was examined with TUNEL method. Rat neuronal cells cultured in oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) conditions and treated with TCZ were used to compare cell viability and apoptosis. Apoptosis-related factors including B-cell lymphoma extra large (Bcl-xL) and Caspase 3, as well as the phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (p-STAT3) in brain cortex were analyzed from the protein level. Results indicated that TCZ treatment could significantly prevent the promoted cell apoptosis caused by cerebral infarction or OGD (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). In brain cortex of the rat model, TCZ up-regulated Bcl-xL and down-regulated Caspase 3, consistent with the inhibited cell apoptosis. It also promoted tyrosine 705 phosphorylation of STAT3, which might be the potential regulatory mechanism of TCZ in neuronal cells. This study provided evidence for the protective role of TCZ against neuronal cell apoptosis in cerebral infarction. Based on these fundamental data, TCZ is a promising option for treating cerebral infarction, but further investigations on related mechanisms are still necessary.

  20. Tocilizumab inhibits neuronal cell apoptosis and activates STAT3 in cerebral infarction rat model

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    Wang, Shaojun; Zhou, Jun; Kang, Weijie; Dong, Zhaoni; Wang, Hezuo

    2016-01-01

    Cerebral infarction is a severe hypoxic ischemic necrosis with accelerated neuronal cell apoptosis in the brain. As a monoclonal antibody against interleukin 6, tocilizumab (TCZ) is widely used in immune diseases, whose function in cerebral infarction has not been studied. This study aims to reveal the role of TCZ in regulating neuronal cell apoptosis in cerebral infarction. The cerebral infarction rat model was constructed by middle cerebral artery occlusion and treated with TCZ. Cell apoptosis in hippocampus and cortex of the brain was examined with TUNEL method. Rat neuronal cells cultured in oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) conditions and treated with TCZ were used to compare cell viability and apoptosis. Apoptosis-related factors including B-cell lymphoma extra large (Bcl-xL) and Caspase 3, as well as the phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (p-STAT3) in brain cortex were analyzed from the protein level. Results indicated that TCZ treatment could significantly prevent the promoted cell apoptosis caused by cerebral infarction or OGD (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). In brain cortex of the rat model, TCZ up-regulated Bcl-xL and down-regulated Caspase 3, consistent with the inhibited cell apoptosis. It also promoted tyrosine 705 phosphorylation of STAT3, which might be the potential regulatory mechanism of TCZ in neuronal cells. This study provided evidence for the protective role of TCZ against neuronal cell apoptosis in cerebral infarction. Based on these fundamental data, TCZ is a promising option for treating cerebral infarction, but further investigations on related mechanisms are still necessary. PMID:26773188

  1. [Cerebral infarction due to bacterial emboli associated with methamphetamine abuse].

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    Imanishi, M; Sakai, T; Nishimura, A; Konobu, T; Nishio, K; Murao, Y; Tabuse, H; Miyamoto, S; Sakaki, T; Nagaike, C; Hatake, K; Itou, H

    1997-06-01

    The number of stimulant-drug addicts has recently been on the rise again, and they are being increasingly encountered in the emergency room. There are also frequent reports of cerebrovascular disorders complicating drug toxicity. These cerebrovascular disorders have included subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracranial hematoma, and a few cases of cerebral infarction. Here, we report the case of a 37-year-old male with drug toxicity, consciousness disorder, and hyperthermia. He was in a coma with a temperature of 43.1 degrees C and blood pressure of 58/35 mmHg when brought to our hospital. His condition worse rapidly deteriorated, and he died the same day. Cerebral infarction caused by gram-positive bacillus embolism, not necrotizing angiitis, was found at autopsy. Because drug addicts, especially stimulant-drug addicts, tend to inject themselves drug under unsanitary conditions, the possibility of this type of complication is always present. This is the first such case ever reported, and is therefore regarded as a rare complication of stimulant-drug intoxication.

  2. Predicting the outcome of stroke: acute stage after cerebral infarction.

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    Oxbury, J M; Greenhall, R C; Grainger, K M

    1975-01-01

    On admission to hospital during the acute phase of a stroke presumed due to ischaemic infarction in one cerebral hemisphere 93 patients were examined to determine the factors associated with a poor prognosis for immediate survival. The patients particularly at risk were those who were overtly unconscious and those with any combination of impaired consciousness, dense hemiplegia, and failure of conjugate ocular gaze towards the side of the limb weakness. Necropsy evidence suggested that these signs usually indicate infarction of the whole of one middle cerebral artery territory which is often secondary to internal carotid artery occlusion and commonly produces fatal cerebral oedema. PMID:1139257

  3. ‘A lipaemic mystery’: a patient with hypertriglyceridaemic pancreatitis and cerebral infarction

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    King, Patricia; Smith, Philip Joseph; Betteridge, John; Brown, Mike

    2011-01-01

    Hypertriglyceridaemia (HTG) causes up to 10% of all cases of acute pancreatitis (AP). It is the third most common cause after gallstones and alcohol. Despite this frequency, there are no clear guidelines for its specific management, mainly due to the paucity of evidence. The authors present a case and discussion of hypertriglyceridaemic pancreatitis (HTGP) complicated by an acute cerebral infarct. The patient’s subsequent death secondary to cerebral infarction opens the discussion as to whether HTG should be more urgently treated. PMID:22669988

  4. Multiple cerebral infarctions in a young patient with heroin-induced hypereosinophilic syndrome.

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    Bolz, Jan; Meves, Saskia H; Kara, Kaffer; Reinacher-Schick, Anke; Gold, Ralf; Krogias, Christos

    2015-09-15

    Hypereosinophilic syndrome represents a rare cause for cerebral infarctions and inflammatory neurological disorders. Various possible pathogenic mechanisms for cerebral infarctions have already been discussed. Complex mechanisms including a local hypercoagulability by eosinophilic granules as well as a direct damage to endothelial cells, leading to alterations of the microcirculation seem to be involved. The changing pattern of heroin use to inhalation/sniffing leading to an increasing abuse may cause a rise in the prevalence of Heroin induced eosinophilia, as it has been reported in a case of eosinophilic pneumonia associated with heroin inhalation. To our knowledge, the present case report displays the first description of stroke in the setting of heroin induced hypereosinophilia. Thus, besides usual vasoconstriction, HES should be considered in drug-induced cerebral infarctions.

  5. Disordered cholinergic neurotransmission and dysautoregulation after acute cerebral infarction.

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    Ott, E O; Abraham, J; Meyer, J S; Achari, A N; Chee, A N; Mathew, N T

    1975-01-01

    The possible role of displaced neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACHh) in dysautoregulation was examined after experimental regional cerebral infarction was produced by occluding the middle cerebral artery (MCA) in babons. Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was measured after intracarotid injection of 133Xenon using the gamma camera. Autoregulation was tested with metaraminol or angiotensin infusion and the autoregulation index (A.I.) was calculated. Acetylcholinesterase (ACHhE) was measured in brain tissue of noninfarcted and infarcted hemispheres. Cerebral arteriovenous (A-V) differences for cholinesterase (ChE) were also measured. Regional dysautoregulation was found in infarcted gray matter and correlated with increased AChE levels in the same zones of cortex and basal ganglia. The time course of onset of dysautoregulation correlated with increased ChE uptake by the brain. Intravenous infusion of the cholinergic neurotransmitter blocker, scopolamine, restored autoregulation to the ischemic zones. Autoregulation appears to be a myogenic reflex, influenced by neurogenic and metabolic mechanisms.

  6. Pineal calcification is associated with symptomatic cerebral infarction.

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    Kitkhuandee, Amnat; Sawanyawisuth, Kittisak; Johns, Nutjaree Pratheepawanit; Kanpittaya, Jaturat; Johns, Jeffrey

    2014-02-01

    Pineal calcification and low melatonin have been shown to be risk factors for stroke in animal studies; however, there are limited clinical data on the association of pineal calcification and stroke in humans. All computed tomographic (CT) scans of the brains of patients >15 years of age during the year 2011 at a university teaching hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Patient medical charts were used to obtain the risk factors for stroke, including diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, age, and sex. Cerebral infarction was identified by having clinical syndromes of stroke and a positive CT scan. Patients with embolic or hemorrhagic stroke were excluded. Pineal calcification was evidenced by the CT scans. The association of various stroke risk factors and cerebral infarction were calculated using logistic regression analysis. A total of 1614 patients were included, and symptomatic cerebral infarction was identified in 620 patients (38.4%). Regarding stroke risk factors in symptomatic cerebral infarction patients, the majority of patients were male (356 [57.4%]), >50 years of age (525 [84.7%]), and had hypertension (361 [58.2%]); some had diabetes (199 [32.1%]) and dyslipidemia (174 [28.1%]). Pineal calcification was found in 1081 patients (67.0%), with a male:female ratio of 1.5:1. Significant factors related to cerebral infarction by univariate logistic regression were age >50 years, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and pineal calcification. Pineal calcification as a risk factor for cerebral infarction had an adjusted odds ratio of 1.35 (95% confidence interval 1.05-1.72). Pineal calcification may be a potential new contributor to cerebral infarction. Copyright © 2014 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Infarctions in the vascular territory of the posterior cerebral artery: clinical features in 232 patients

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    2011-01-01

    Background Ischemic stroke caused by infarction in the territory of the posterior cerebral artery (PCA) has not been studied as extensively as infarctions in other vascular territories. This single centre, retrospective clinical study was conducted a) to describe salient characteristics of stroke patients with PCA infarction, b) to compare data of these patients with those with ischaemic stroke due to middle cerebral artery (MCA) and anterior cerebral artery (ACA) infarctions, and c) to identify predictors of PCA stroke. Findings A total of 232 patients with PCA stroke were included in the "Sagrat Cor Hospital of Barcelona Stroke Registry" during a period of 19 years (1986-2004). Data from stroke patients are entered in the stroke registry following a standardized protocol with 161 items regarding demographics, risk factors, clinical features, laboratory and neuroimaging data, complications and outcome. The characteristics of these 232 patients with PCA stroke were compared with those of the 1355 patients with MCA infarctions and 51 patients with ACA infarctions included in the registry. Infarctions of the PCA accounted for 6.8% of all cases of stroke (n = 3808) and 9.6% of cerebral infarctions (n = 2704). Lacunar infarction was the most frequent stroke subtype (34.5%) followed by atherothrombotic infarction (29.3%) and cardioembolic infarction (21.6%). In-hospital mortality was 3.9% (n = 9). Forty-five patients (19.4%) were symptom-free at hospital discharge. Hemianopia (odds ratio [OR] = 6.43), lacunar stroke subtype (OR = 2.18), symptom-free at discharge (OR = 1.92), limb weakness (OR = 0.10), speech disorders (OR = 0.33) and cardioembolism (OR = 0.65) were independent variables of PCA stroke in comparison with MCA infarction, whereas sensory deficit (OR = 2.36), limb weakness (OR = 0.11) and cardioembolism as stroke mechanism (OR = 0.43) were independent variables associated with PCA stroke in comparison with ACA infarction. Conclusions Lacunar stroke is the

  8. Paraganglioma causing a myocardial infarction

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    DeMers, Gerard; Portouw, Steve

    2012-01-01

    Paragangliomas, extra-adrenal pheochromocytomas, are rare and classically associated with sustained or paroxysmal hypertension, headache, perspiration, palpitations, and anxiety. A 49-year-old male, parachute instructor, likely developed a hypertensive emergency when deploying his parachute leading to a myocardial infarction. A para-aortic tumor was incidentally discovered during the patient's emergency department work-up and was eventually surgically resected. He had no evidence of coronary disease during his evaluation. This case shows that a myocardial infarction may be the initial manifestation of these neuroendocrine tumors. Hypertensive emergency, much less elevated blood pressure may not be present at time of presentation. PMID:22787353

  9. Involuntary masturbation and hemiballismus after bilateral anterior cerebral artery infarction.

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    Bejot, Yannick; Caillier, Marie; Osseby, Guy-Victor; Didi, Roy; Ben Salem, Douraied; Moreau, Thibault; Giroud, Maurice

    2008-02-01

    Ischemia of the areas supplied by the anterior cerebral artery is relatively uncommon. In addition, combined hemiballismus and masturbation have rarely been reported in patients with cerebrovascular disease. We describe herein a 62-year-old right-handed man simultaneously exhibiting right side hemiballismus and involuntary masturbation with the left hand after bilateral infarction of the anterior cerebral artery territory. Right side hemiballismus was related to the disruption of afferent fibers from the left frontal lobe to the left subthalamic nucleus. Involuntary masturbation using the left hand was exclusively linked to a callosal type of alien hand syndrome secondary to infarction of the right side of the anterior corpus callosum. After 2 weeks, these abnormal behaviours were completely extinguished. This report stresses the wide diversity of clinical manifestations observed after infarction of the anterior cerebral artery territory.

  10. Cerebral infarction in a 24-year-old pilot.

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    Ohashi, Koichiro; Nakanishi, Kuniaki; Miyajima, Daijiro; Fukushima, Koji; Shirotani, Toshiki; Kuwamura, Keiichi; Tong, Andrew

    2003-10-01

    Ischemic stroke is a rare event in young adults. We report on a 24-yr-old pilot with cerebral infarction of undetermined etiology, temporally associated with chain smoking. The patient exhibited dysphasia, stupor (confused consciousness), and right facial-nerve palsy. Computed-tomography revealed a low-density area in the left insular cortex. Cerebroangiography showed severe stenosis in a branch of the left middle cerebral artery. After admission, the patient made a rapid and uneventful recovery within 72 h. MRI showed an area of hyperintensity on T2-weighted images 2 mo after the attack. Based on the hyperintense area on FLAIR (fluid attenuated inversion recovery sequence) images obtained in MRI performed 10 mo after the attack, we diagnosed a cerebral infarction. In the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, cerebral infarction is an aeromedically disqualifying condition. However, in the evaluation 2 mo after the attack, differentiation from reversible ischemic neurological deficit was difficult. We discuss the criteria used for diagnosis and the risk factors for cerebral infarction in young adults, as well as the aeromedical disposition of young pilots.

  11. Cerebral infarction in childhood bacterial meningitis.

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    Snyder, R D; Stovring, J; Cushing, A H; Davis, L E; Hardy, T L

    1981-07-01

    Forty-nine children with complicated bacterial meningitis were studied. Thirteen had abnormalities on computed tomography compatible with the diagnosis of brain infarction; one had a brain biopsy with the histological appearance of infarction. Factors exist in childhood bacterial meningitis which are associated with the development of brain infraction.

  12. [Brain abscess following cerebral infarction: a case report].

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    Ichimi, K; Ishiguri, H; Kida, Y; Kinomoto, T

    1989-04-01

    The authors report a case of brain abscess following cerebral infarction. A 73-year-old man was admitted to our clinic with symptoms of right hemiparesis and total aphasia. CT scan revealed abnormal low density area in the left fronto-temporo-parietal region. Cerebral angiography demonstrated occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery at the M1 portion. On the 16th hospital day, an episode of generalized seizure with high fever appeared, and intermittent high fever persisted thereafter. Two months after admission, CT scan revealed several cystic lesions with marked ring enhancement at the site of cerebral infarction, suggesting multiple abscesses. Aspirations of left frontal and parietal abscesses were accomplished and the cultures of the pus disclosed Proteus vulgaris. Due to progressive hydrocephalus, a ventriculoperitoneal shunt was constructed one month later. Repeated CT scans showed a gradual diminution of the abscesses. It is considered that the blood-brain barrier is broken and the local immunological system against bacteria may be weakened when the brain is damaged by ischemia. Brain abscess seems to be developed in such circumstances even under the influence of transient bacteremia which originates in other parts of the body. Therefore the possibility of cerebral abscess should be suspected if patients with cerebral infarction suffer from the symptoms such as fever, neck stiffness or disturbance of consciousness.

  13. MRI Detection of Cerebral Infarction in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

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    Korbakis, Georgia; Prabhakaran, Shyam; John, Sayona; Garg, Rajeev; Conners, James J; Bleck, Thomas P; Lee, Vivien H

    2016-06-01

    To investigate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detection of cerebral infarction (CI) in patients presenting with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). CI is a well-known complication of SAH that is typically detected on computed tomography (CT). MRI has improved sensitivity for acute CI over CT, particularly with multiple, small, or asymptomatic lesions. With IRB approval, 400 consecutive SAH patients admitted to our institution from August 2006 to March 2011 were retrospectively reviewed. Traumatic SAH and secondary SAH were excluded. Data were collected on demographics, cause of SAH, Hunt Hess and World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies grades, and neuroimaging results. MRIs were categorized by CI pattern as single cortical (SC), single deep (SD), multiple cortical (MC), multiple deep (MD), and multiple cortical and deep (MCD). Among 123 (30.8 %) SAH patients who underwent MRIs during their hospitalization, 64 (52 %) demonstrated acute CI. The mean time from hospital admission to MRI was 5.7 days (range 0-29 days). Among the 64 patients with MRI infarcts, MRI CI pattern was as follows: MC in 20 (31 %), MCD in 18 (28 %), SC in 16 (25 %), SD in 3 (5 %), MD in 2 (3 %), and 5 (8 %) did not have images available for review. Most infarcts detected on MRI (39/64 or 61 %) were not visible on CT. The use of MRI increases the detection of CI in SAH. Unlike CT studies, MRI-detected CI in SAH tends to involve multiple vascular territories. Studies that rely on CT may underestimate the burden of CI after SAH.

  14. Progressive encephalopathy with cerebral oedema and infarctions associated with valproate and diazepam overdose.

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    Rupasinghe, J; Jasinarachchi, M

    2011-05-01

    Valproic Acid (VPA) in overdose is known to cause encephalopathy with or without cerebral odema, hyperammonaemia, hepatotoxicity, bone marrow suppression and non gap acidosis. Most of these conditions are reversible. We report a 45-year-old man who suffered permanent disability from the non reversible effects of cerebral odema and infarctions associated with Valproate overdose which would have been aggravated by Diazepam. This patient's presentation emphasizes the role of early detection and therapy of cerebral odema in Valproate and Diazepam overdose. Crown Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Hydrocephalus after decompressive craniectomy for malignant hemispheric cerebral infarction.

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    Wang, Qiang-Ping; Ma, Jun-Peng; Zhou, Zhang-Ming; Yang, Min; You, Chao

    2016-08-01

    Several studies have investigated the incidence and risk factors of hydrocephalus after decompressive craniectomy (DC) for malignant hemispheric cerebral infarction. However, the results are controversial. Therefore, the following is a retrospective cohort study to determine the incidence and risk factors of hydrocephalus after DC for malignant hemispheric cerebral infarction. From January 2004 to June 2014, patients at two medical centres in south-west China, who underwent DC for malignant hemispheric cerebral infarction, were included. The patients' clinical and radiologic findings were retrospectively reviewed. A chi-square test, Mann-Whitney U-test and logistic regression model were used to identify the risk factors. A total of 128 patients were included in the study. The incidence of ventriculomegaly and shunt-dependent hydrocephalus were 42.2% (54/128) and 14.8% (19/128), respectively. Lower preoperative Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score and presence of subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) were factors significantly associated with the development of post-operative hydrocephalus after DC. Cerebral infarction patients receiving DC have a moderate tendency to suffer from post-operative hydrocephalus. A poor GCS score and the presence of SAH were significantly associated with the development of hydrocephalus after DC.

  16. The use of susceptibility-weighted imaging to detect cerebral microbleeds after lacunar infarction.

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    Shao, L; Wang, M; Ge, X-H; Huang, H-D; Gao, L; Qin, J-C

    2017-07-01

    , the three types of CMBs. The normal control group only showed mild hemorrhaging. The degree of lacunar infarction was significantly related to the severity of CMBs (p < 0.05). After patients with CMBs had received formal antiplatelet therapy and anticoagulation therapy, one case in the lacunar infarction with microbleeds group showed cerebral hemorrhaging, but this had no statistical significance (p > 0.05). The SWI scanning sequence is more sensitive than the GRE-T2*WI sequence. The GRE-T2*WI sequence is more sensitive than the conventional FSE sequence. SWI is highly sensitive and specific to the diagnosis of CMBs. It is an accurate and effective method for the analysis and diagnosis of CMBs. If patients with CMBs caused by lacunar infarction are treated with antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapy, the risk of cerebral hemorrhagic transformation is relatively smaller within 12 months. However, this needs to be observed further to define possible long-term risks.

  17. [Frovatriptan possibly causing acute myocardial infarction].

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    Møller-Helgestad, Ole Kristian; Kaltoft, Anne Kjer; Kasch, Helge

    2015-03-23

    Globally migraine affects more than 10% of the adult population and it is treated with simple analgesics, combined with a triptan for a stronger treatment effect. Triptans cause arterial vasoconstriction, and this is a case report of vasospasm-induced acute myocardial infarction in a 61-year-old woman with frequent episodic migraine attacks treated with triptans. She was possibly also suffering from medication overuse headache. We suggest that regular frovatriptan use may have contributed to the myocardial infarction and that long-term triptan use may have caused the medication overuse headache.

  18. Emotional neglect in childhood and cerebral infarction in older age

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    Boyle, Patricia A.; Levine, Steven R.; Yu, Lei; Anagnos, Sophia E.; Buchman, Aron S.; Schneider, Julie A.; Bennett, David A.

    2012-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of the study was to test the hypothesis that a higher level of childhood adversity is associated with increased risk of cerebral infarction in old age. Methods: Older participants in a longitudinal clinical–pathologic study rated adverse childhood experiences (e.g., emotional neglect, parental intimidation and violence) on a previously established 16-item scale. During a mean of 3.5 years of follow-up, there were 257 deaths, with 206 brain autopsies (80.2). Number of chronic cerebral infarcts (gross plus microscopic; expressed as 0, 1, or >1) was determined in a uniform neuropathologic examination, which had been completed in 192 individuals at the time of these analyses. Results: Childhood adversity scores ranged from 0 to 31 (mean = 8.3, SD = 6.4). In an ordinal logistic regression model adjusted for age, sex, and education, higher adversity was associated with higher likelihood of chronic cerebral infarction. In analyses of childhood adversity subscales, only emotional neglect was associated with infarction (odds ratio [OR] = 1.097; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.048–1.148). The likelihood of infarction was 2.8 times higher (95% CI 2.0–4.1) in those reporting a moderately high level of childhood emotional neglect (score = 6, 75th percentile) vs a moderately low level of neglect (score = 1, 25th percentile). Results were comparable in subsequent analyses that controlled for lifetime socioeconomic status, cardiovascular risk factors, and an anxiety-related trait. Conclusion: Emotional neglect in childhood may be a risk factor for cerebral infarction in old age. PMID:22993291

  19. Significance of clinical-diffusion mismatch in hyperacute cerebral infarction.

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    Deguchi, Ichiro; Takeda, Hidetaka; Furuya, Daisuke; Hattori, Kimihiko; Dembo, Tomohisa; Nagoya, Harumitsu; Kato, Yuji; Fukuoka, Takuya; Maruyama, Hajime; Tanahashi, Norio

    2011-01-01

    In recent years, patient selection for intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) therapy based on clinical-diffusion mismatch (CDM) has been closely examined. We investigated the relationship between prognosis and CDM in patients with hyperacute cerebral infarction within 3 hours of onset and compared CDM with diffusion-perfusion mismatch (DPM). Of 122 patients with hyperacute cerebral infarction who visited the hospital within 3 hours of onset between April 2007 and November 2008, 85 patients with cerebral infarction in the anterior circulation who underwent head magnetic resonance imaging diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)/magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) (51 men and 34 women; average age, 74 ± 10 years) were enrolled. Seventeen of these patients underwent CT perfusion imaging. CDM-positive cases were those with a National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score ≥ 8 and a DWI-Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (DWI-ASPECTS) ≥ 8; CDM-negative cases were those with an NIHSS score ≥ 8 and an ASPECTS-DWI < 8. The other patients were classified as belonging to the NIHSS score < 8 group. Of the 32 CDM-positive cases, 10 received t-PA infusion. These patients had markedly higher modified Rankin Scale scores 90 days after onset compared with the 22 patients who did not receive t-PA infusion. The 8 CDM-positive cases included 4 DPM-positive cases and 4 DPM-negative cases, and a discrepancy was confirmed between CDM and DPM. In all DPM-positive cases, MRA confirmed lesions in major intracranial arteries. CDM may enable more accurate prediction of outcomes in patients with hyperacute cerebral infarction. In addition, the combination of CDM findings and MRA findings (stenosis or occlusion in major intracranial arteries) may be an alternative to DPM for determining the indications for IV t-PA therapy in patients with hyperacute cerebral infarction. Copyright © 2011 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Pure monoparesis of the leg due to cerebral infarctions: a diffusion-weighted imaging study.

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    Hiraga, Akiyuki; Uzawa, Akiyuki; Tanaka, Saiko; Ogawara, Kazue; Kamitsukasa, Ikuo

    2009-11-01

    Pure monoparesis of the leg due to cerebral infarction is rare compared to that of the hand. The anterior cerebral artery (ACA) territory is the most common lesion site in leg monoparesis, but diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI has not commonly been used for lesion detection. The purpose of this study was to use DW MRI to evaluate the radiological correlation with lesion location in patients presenting with pure leg monoparesis. We retrospectively studied six cerebral infarct patients with pure leg monoparesis who had undergone DW MRI. Patients were scanned within 3 days of symptom onset. DW MRI identified lesions in the posterior limb of the internal capsule (PLIC) in two patients, in the corona radiata (two patients), in the subcortical white matter of the posterior frontal lobe (one patient), and in the frontal and parietal cortex, including the paracentral lobule and precuneus (one patient). The two patients with PLIC infarctions had characteristic linear infarction abnormalities along the long axis of the internal capsule. Corona radiata infarction were located posteriorly, and the two subcortical and cortical infarction were thought to be in the territory of the ACA. We thus concluded that in leg monoparesis due to infarctions, lesions may be located in the PLIC, corona radiata, or in the ACA territory. Recently, magnetic resonance tractography has shown that foot fibres of the corticospinal tract in the PLIC somatotopically may be posteromedial to hand fibres along the short axis of the internal capsule, rather than posterolateral along the long axis as has been thought. Thus, damage along the long axis of the PLIC by linear infarctions can cause pure monoparesis of the leg.

  1. Analysis of Risk Factors for Cerebral Microinfarcts after Carotid Endarterectomy and the Relevance of Delayed Cerebral Infarction

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    Gwon, Jun Gyo; Cho, Yong-Pil; Kang, Dong-Wha; Han, Youngjin; Noh, Minsu

    2017-01-01

    Background and Purpose Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is performed to prevent cerebral infarction, but a common side effect is cerebral microinfarcts. This study aimed to identify the variables related to the production of microinfarcts during CEA as well as determine their association with delayed postoperative infarction. Methods This was a retrospective review of data collected prospectively from 548 patients who underwent CEA. The clinical characteristics of the patients and the incidence rates and causes of microinfarcts were analyzed. Microinfarcts were diagnosed by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. The presence of delayed postoperative infarction was compared between microinfarct-positive and microinfarct-negative groups. Results In total, 76 (13.86%) patients were diagnosed with microinfarcts. Preoperative neurological symptoms were significantly related to the incidence of microinfarcts [odds ratio (OR)=2.93, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.72–5.00, p<0.001]. Shunt insertion during CEA was the only significant procedure-related risk factor (OR=1.42, 95% CI=1.00–2.19, p=0.05). The presence of microinfarcts did not significantly increase the incidence of delayed postoperative infarction (p=0.204). Conclusions In the present study, risk factors for microinfarcts after CEA included preoperative symptoms and intraoperative shunt insertion. Microinfarcts were not associated with delayed postoperative infarction. PMID:27730766

  2. [A Case of Juvenile Cerebral Infarction due to Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome].

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    Koh, Masaki; Tsuboi, Yoshifumi; Fukuda, Osamu

    2016-11-01

    A 19-year-old woman had a thunderclap headache, followed by left hemiparesis and left homonymous hemianopsia. Laboratory tests showed no signs of infection and immunological test results were unremarkable. MRI revealed a cerebral infarction in the right posterior cerebral artery territory, and digital subtraction angiography(DSA)showed right posterior cerebral artery stenosis on day 2. The first follow-up DSA demonstrated an irregular, bead-like appearance on day 9, but the stenotic lesion returned to normal on day 21. Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome should be suspected in cases of rapid resolution of symptoms.

  3. Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome presenting as subarachnoid hemorrhage, reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy, and cerebral infarction.

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    Noda, Kazuyuki; Fukae, Jiro; Fujishima, Kenji; Mori, Kentaro; Urabe, Takao; Hattori, Nobutaka; Okuma, Yasuyuki

    2011-01-01

    Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is characterized by acute severe headache with or without additional neurological symptoms and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction. Unruptured aneurysm has been reported in some cases with RCVS. We report a severe case of a 53-year-old woman with RCVS having an unruptured cerebral aneurysm and presenting as cortical subarachnoid hemorrhage, reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome, and cerebral infarction. She was successfully treated with corticosteroids and a calcium channel blocker and the aneurysm was clipped. Her various complications are due to the responsible vasoconstriction that started distally and progressed towards proximal arteries. This case demonstrates the spectrum of presentations of RCVS, a clinically complicated condition.

  4. Multiple cerebral infarcts following septic shock.

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    Nagaratnam, Nages; Brakoulias, Vlasios; Ng, Kevin

    2002-07-01

    A 60-year-old female in septic shock developed neurological signs and symptoms. She had left-sided hemiparesis, left homonymous hemianopia, bimanual coordination disorder, a language dysfunction of anomic aphasic type and a non-aphasic right hemispheric communication disorder. Computer tomography demonstrated bilateral anterior and posterior watershed as well as territorial infarctions. Risk factors included chronic airways limitation, cardiac failure and heavy smoking. Carotid duplex studies were normal. The mechanisms can be explained by flow changes and thrombus formation.

  5. [Craniectomy in space-occupying middle cerebral artery infarcts].

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    Schwab, S; Rieke, K; Krieger, D; Hund, E; Aschoff, A; von Kummer, R; Hacke, W

    1995-06-01

    Space occupying supratentorial ischemic stroke has a high mortality. The benefit of decompressive surgery in these patients is still matter of debate. In a prospective study we performed craniectomy in 37 patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction and progressive deterioration under conservative antiedematous therapy. Twenty-one patients treated conservatively during the same period served as control group. All survivors were reexamined between one to two years after surgical decompression. In addition, neuropsychological tests were performed, including an Aachener Aphasie Test (AAT) in those patients with infarction of speech-dominant hemisphere. Clinical evaluation was graded using the Barthel index (BI). Mortality rate in the operated group was 37%. Twenty-three patients survived acute stroke and were reexamined. Despite complete hemispheric infarction, no patient suffered from complete hemiplegia or was permanently wheel chair bound. In speech dominant hemispheric infarction (n = 8) only mild to moderate aphasia could be detected. Mean BI was 64. Mortality rate in the conservatively treated group was 76%. The clinical outcome following craniectomy for the treatment of severe ischemic hemispheric infarction is unexpectedly good. Therefore, decompressive surgery should be considered in cases of space-occupying hemispheric infarctions and conservatively uncontrollable intracranial pressure.

  6. Cerebral infarction in acute promyelocytic leukemia at initial presentation.

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    Saitoh, E; Sugita, K; Kurosawa, H; Kurosaki, M; Eguchi, M; Furukawa, T; Nakajima, C; Kobayashi, Y

    1995-12-01

    We report on a 3 year old girl with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) with cerebral infarction due to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) at initial presentation. She was hospitalized because of unconsciousness and petechiae on the chest wall and extremities. Cerebral ischemia and infarction were found on computed tomography scan and magnetic resonance imaging. Peripheral blood content was hemoglobin 7.3 g/dL, white blood cells 1.0 x 10(3) cells/microL (31% blasts) and platelet count was 12 x 10(3) cells/microL. Fragmented erythrocytes were frequently observed on May-Giemsa stained blood smears. Bone marrow aspirates showed normal cellularity, with 60.4% blasts, containing faggot cells. The blasts were positive for peroxidase. Therapy was begun; however, the patient died 1 week after admission.

  7. Pituitary Apoplexy Complicated by Chemical Meningitis and Cerebral Infarction

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    Jeon, Byung Chan; Oh, Hyung Suk; Kim, Young Soo; Chun, Bong Kwon

    2007-01-01

    A 41-yr-old man was admitted with acute headache, neck stiffness, and febrile sensation. Cerebrospinal fluid examination showed pleocytosis, an increased protein level and, a decreased glucose concentration. No organisms were observed on a culture study. An imaging study revealed pituitary macroadenoma with hemorrhage. On the 7th day of the attack, confusion, dysarthria, and right-sided facial paralysis and hemiparesis were noted. Cerebral infarction on the left basal ganglia was confirmed. Neurologic deficits gradually improved after removal of the tumor by endoscopic transnasal transsphenoidal approach. It is likely that the pituitary apoplexy, aseptic chemical meningitis, and cerebral infarction are associated with each other. This rare case can serve as a prime example to clarify the chemical characteristics of pituitary apoplexy. PMID:18162729

  8. Cerebral venous infarction during a high altitude expedition.

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    Cheng, S; Chng, S M; Singh, R

    2009-08-01

    Bilateral venous infarction of the brain due to thrombosis of the deep cerebral venous system is relatively rare, accounting for approximately 3-8 percent of all cases of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT). Known risk factors include the use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, puerperium, malignancy and thrombophilic states. CVT, in the setting of acute mountain sickness (AMS), has rarely been reported. We present an unusual occurrence of bilateral deep subcortical venous infarction in a previously-well, 39-year-old woman, who developed AMS during a high altitude expedition in Nepal. The possible mechanisms responsible for this unfortunate event include dehydration with resultant relative polycythaemia and raised intracranial pressure at high altitudes. CVT should be considered in mountain climbers presenting with progressive neurological deterioration that is not solely attributable to AMS.

  9. Cerebral infarction in an HIV-infected patient with combined protein S and C deficiency and a patent foramen ovale.

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    Tomomasa, Ran; Yamashiro, Kazuo; Tanaka, Ryota; Hattori, Nobutaka

    2013-11-01

    A 41-year-old male with a history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection developed motor aphasia, dysarthria, and right hemiparesis. A magnetic resonance imaging scan of the brain revealed a cerebral infarction in the territory of the left middle cerebral artery. The laboratory data showed decreased levels of protein S and protein C. Transesophageal contrast-enhanced echocardiography revealed a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Prothrombotic states, such as protein S and C deficiency, have been reported in HIV-infected patients. In addition, previous studies have reported prothrombotic states to be risk factors for PFO-related cerebral infarction. An association between combined protein S and C deficiency caused by HIV infection and PFO-related cerebral infarction was suggested in our patient. Copyright © 2013 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Pediatric cerebellar infarction caused by atlantoaxial subluxation--case report.

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    Miyata, I; Imaoka, T; Masaoka, T; Nishiura, T; Ishimitsu, H

    1994-04-01

    An 11-year-old girl developed cerebellar infarction presenting as a posterior fossa mass lesion after stretching and flexing her neck. Cerebral angiography demonstrated irregular narrowing of the right vertebral artery at the C2 level and x-rays of the upper cervical spine showed atlantoaxial subluxation with os odontoideum. She underwent surgical decompression with removal of infarcted tissue. The cerebellar infarction probably resulted from occlusion of the vertebral artery, followed by brain swelling due to recanalization.

  11. [Repeated cerebral infarction in a patient with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy].

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    Díaz Buschmann, C; Ruiz Falcó, M L; Tamariz Martel Moreno, A; García Peñas, J J; Gutiérrez Solana, L G; Pérez Jiménez, A; Marín, C

    We describe a case of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) with multiple strokes related to dilated cardiomyopathy. A 13 year old boy, with advanced stage DMD was admitted to the hospital because of acute motor and sensory impairment in his right bodyside. Imaging study revealed lesions in basal ganglia and prerolandic cortex in the left hemisphere that were compatible with infarcts in the territory of the medial cerebral artery. Cardiologic evaluation revealed dilation of the left ventriculi and systolic dysfunction with ejection fraction of 35 40%. The symptoms evolved to a residual right hemiparesia. Five months later, the patient developed a transient episode of aphasia and the study performed in this case revealed lesions compatible with infarcts in basal ganglia and insular cortex of the right cerebral hemisphere. Cerebral infarction related to cardiomyopathy can worsen the clinical condition of patients with DMD. Early treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy with systolic dysfunction, including use of antithrombotic agents to prevent cerebrovascular complications, could help to improve the course of the disease.

  12. Histological quantification of brain tissue inflammatory cell infiltration after focal cerebral infarction: a systematic review.

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    Russek, Natanya S; Jensen, Matthew B

    2014-03-01

    Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of death and disability, and current treatments to limit tissue injury and improve recovery are limited. Cerebral infarction is accompanied by intense brain tissue inflammation involving many inflammatory cell types that may cause both negative and positive effects on outcomes. Many potential neuroprotective and neurorestorative treatments may affect, and be affected by, this inflammatory cell infiltration, so that accurate quantification of this tissue response is needed. We performed a systematic review of histological methods to quantify brain tissue inflammatory cell infiltration after cerebral infarction. We found reports of multiple techniques to quantify different inflammatory cell types. We found no direct comparison studies and conclude that more research is needed to optimize the assessment of this important stroke outcome.

  13. Changes in serum interleukin-33 levels in patients with acute cerebral infarction.

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    Liu, Jingyao; Xing, Yingqi; Gao, Ying; Zhou, Chunkui

    2014-02-01

    Inflammation is widely considered to be involved in the pathogenesis of cerebral ischemic injury. The balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory factors significantly affects the prognosis of patients with cerebral infarction. Interleukin-33 (IL-33), a newly identified member of the interkeukin-1 superfamily, has been found to play very important roles in the inflammation of several human diseases including asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and central nervous system inflammation. To our knowledge its role in the pathology of acute cerebral infarction has not yet been reported. In this study, we demonstrated that serum IL-33 levels were significantly increased in patients with acute cerebral infarction compared to control patients without acute cerebral infarction. Furthermore, serum IL-33 levels increased with the infarction volume. Our study suggests that IL-33 may be involved in the pathogenesis and/or progression of acute cerebral infarction. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Distal hyperintense vessels alleviate insula infarction in proximal middle cerebral artery occlusion.

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    Song, Jiacheng; Ma, Zhanlong; Meng, Huan; Yu, Jing; Li, Yan; Hong, Xunning; Shi, Haibin

    2016-11-01

    Insula involvement in acute cerebral ischemia more likely causes penumbral loss and poor clinical outcome than infarct-sparing insula. Our objective was to prove the hypothesis that abundant collateral circulation represented by distal hyperintense vessels (HV) on MRI alleviates insula infarction and facilitates prognosis. One hundred and fourteen stroke cases with M1 totally occlusion on MR angiography were documented consecutively from 2012 to 2014. The degree of HV was graded as absent, subtle or prominent. Clinical data were recorded retrospectively by reviewing the medical records. The infarct volume on diffusion-weighted image, along with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) and modified Rankin Scale (mRS), was used to evaluate the clinical severity and prognosis. The degree of HV was more abundant in insula-uninvolved stroke compared with stroke involving insula infarction (p = 0.026). Insula-involved stroke patients were older (p = 0.039) with a higher percentage of atrial fibrillation history (p = 0.042). Univariate analysis revealed that insula infarction, age, infarct volume and NIHSS predicted unfavorable prognosis of stroke, whereas HV had a favorable effect. The protective effect of HV was confirmed by multivariate analysis. HV is a protective barrier between insula infarction and severity of clinical symptoms among stroke patients.

  15. Bedside diagnosis of mitochondrial dysfunction after malignant middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    Nielsen, T H; Schalén, W; Ståhl, N; Toft, P; Reinstrup, P; Nordström, C H

    2014-08-01

    The study explores whether the cerebral biochemical pattern in patients treated with hemicraniectomy after large middle cerebral artery infarcts reflects ongoing ischemia or non-ischemic mitochondrial dysfunction. The study includes 44 patients treated with decompressive hemicraniectomy (DCH) due to malignant middle cerebral artery infarctions. Chemical variables related to energy metabolism obtained by microdialysis were analyzed in the infarcted tissue and in the contralateral hemisphere from the time of DCH until 96 h after DCH. Reperfusion of the infarcted tissue was documented in a previous report. Cerebral lactate/pyruvate ratio (L/P) and lactate were significantly elevated in the infarcted tissue compared to the non-infarcted hemisphere (p < 0.05). From 12 to 96 h after DCH the pyruvate level was significantly higher in the infarcted tissue than in the non-infarcted hemisphere (p < 0.05). After a prolonged period of ischemia and subsequent reperfusion, cerebral tissue shows signs of protracted mitochondrial dysfunction, characterized by a marked increase in cerebral lactate level with a normal or increased cerebral pyruvate level resulting in an increased LP-ratio. This biochemical pattern contrasts to cerebral ischemia, which is characterized by a marked decrease in cerebral pyruvate. The study supports the hypothesis that it is possible to diagnose cerebral mitochondrial dysfunction and to separate it from cerebral ischemia by microdialysis and bed-side biochemical analysis.

  16. Cerebral watershed infarcts may be induced by hemodynamic changes in blood flow.

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    Shi, Jingfei; Meng, Ran; Konakondla, Sanjay; Ding, Yuchuan; Duan, Yunxia; Wu, Di; Wang, Bincheng; Luo, Yinghao; Ji, Xunming

    2017-06-01

    A watershed infarct is defined as an ischemic lesion at the border zones between territories of two major arteries. The pathogenesis of watershed infarcts, specifically whether they are caused by hemodynamic or embolic mechanisms, has long been debated. In this study, we aimed to examine whether watershed infarcts can be induced by altering the hemodynamic conditions in rats. In phase one, to determine the proper clamping duration for a reproducible infarct, 30 rats were equally divided into 5 subgroups and underwent bilateral common carotid artery (CCA) clamping for different durations (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 3.0 hours). In phase two, to analyze the types of infarcts induced by bilateral CCA clamping, 40 rats were subjected to bilateral CCA clamping for 2 hours. As a control, 8 rats underwent all the operation procedures except bilateral CCA clamping. We performed 7.0T magnetic resonance imaging on the surviving rats on the second day to evaluate the extent of the infarcts. We further identified and examined the infarcts with brain slices stained using 2, 3, 5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) on the third day. After 2 hours of bilateral CCA clamping, cerebral infarction occurred in 42% of surviving rats (13/31). The majority of the ischemic lesions were located in watershed regions of the brain, demonstrated by both MRI and TTC staining. Watershed infarcts were induced through changing hemodynamic conditions by bilateral CCA clamping in rats. This method may lead to the development of a reliable rodent model for watershed infarcts.

  17. Cerebral infarction due to carotid occlusion and carbon monoxide exposure III. Influence of neck vein occlusion.

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    Laas, R; Igloffstein, J

    1983-01-01

    Unilateral cerebral infarcts were produced in the rat by ligation of one common carotid artery and a subsequent exposure to carbon monoxide. In animals which had undergone an additional ligation of the external jugular veins leading to a moderate increase of the cephalic venous pressure the outcome of the procedure was ameliorated significantly. Venous pressure elevation was thought to reduce the venous vascular resistance effectively by preventing the leptomeningeal veins from collapsing. Collapse of the leptomeningeal veins probably occurred during the severe carbon monoxide-induced hypotension causing a steep increase of cerebral vascular resistance. Images PMID:6886722

  18. Demonstration of focal hyperemia in acute cerebral infarction with iodine-123 iodoamphetamine

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    Bushnell, D.L.; Gupta, S.; Mlcoch, A.G.; Romyn, A.; Barnes, W.E.; Kaplan, E.

    1987-12-01

    Focal hyperemia is known to occur in regions of acute cerebral infarction. Presented here are two cases in which SPECT images with /sup 123/I-labeled iodoamphetamine demonstrated focal areas of increased tracer concentration associated with cerebral infarction. These results may have important implications regarding the physiology of iodoamphetamine in cerebral infarction and, in particular, whether the distribution of this tracer is related to regional blood flow in this setting. In addition, interpretation of iodoamphetamine images in cerebral infarction should include consideration of this finding.

  19. [Hemiplegia in posterior cerebral artery infarctions: analysis of various responsible mechanisms].

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    Ortiz, N; Barraquer Bordas, L; Dourado, M; Rey, A; Avila, A

    1993-01-01

    When cerebral infarction determines hemiplegia or hemiparesia which accompany a hemilateral sensitive deficit and hemianopsia and even neuropsychologic symptoms (aphasic alterations in the case of injury to the left hemisphere, heminegligence and anosognosy in the case of injury to the right hemisphere) the involvement of a sylvian artery syndrome is usually considered. Nonetheless, recent contributions have reported that such symptoms may appear in infarctions of the territory of the posterior cerebral artery. Two clinical-radiologic observations in this line are presented. Nuclear magnetic resonance demonstrated injury to the posterior arm of the internal capsule in one case and in the other the lesion developed over three times, in the latter of which injury to the cerebral peduncle was produced causing hemiparesia. The authors emphasize that hemiplegia or hemiparesia in some infarctions of the posterior cerebral artery may be due to 1) mesencephalic infarction in the posterior plane of the retromamillar Foix and Hillemand pediculum (or G. Lazorthes interpedunculum), 2) infarction or "ischemic penumbra" in the internal capsule by involvement of any of the perforating branches of the posterior cerebrum irrigating the thalamus, except for the medial posterior choroid artery or even of the Foix and Hillemand thalamus-tuberian pediculum (or Lazorthes inferior and anterior) which principally initiates at the posterior communicating branch with a fragment of the posterior branch of the internal capsule perhaps not always being under its control. In this case, the thrombus occupying the posterior cerebrum may extend to the cited communicating branch or a hemodynamic deficit may be produced in the territory of the same.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  20. Cerebral oxygen metabolism and blood flow in human cerebral ischemic infarction

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    Lenzi, G.L.; Frackowiak, R.S.; Jones, T.

    1982-09-01

    Fifteen patients with acute cerebral hemispheric infarcts have been studied with positron emission tomography and the /sup 15/O steady-state inhalation technique. Thirteen follow-up studies were also performed. The values of cerebral oxygen metabolism (CMRO/sub 2/), cerebral blood flow (CBF), and oxygen extraction ration (OER) have been calculated for the infarcted regions, their borders, the symmetrical regions in contralateral cerebral hemispheres, and the cerebellar hemispheres. This study demonstrates that in the completed stroke there are thresholds for regional CMRO/sub 2/ and regional CBF below which the general clinical outcome of the patients is usually poor. The ischaemic lesions invariably produce an uncoupling between the greatly decreased metabolic demand and the less affected blood supply, with very frequent instances of relative hyperperfusion. Remote effects of the hemispheric infarcts have been demonstrated, such as crossed cerebellar diaschisis and contralateral transhemispheric depression. The level of consciousness correlates with oxygen uptake and blood flow both in the posterior fossa and in the contralateral cerebral hemispheres. The follow-up studies of individual patients underline the high variability of metabolism-to-flow balance during the acute phase of the illness, and stress the need for more studies focused on repeated assessments of homogeneous patient populations.

  1. Interventions for preventing silent cerebral infarcts in people with sickle cell disease.

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    Estcourt, Lise J; Fortin, Patricia M; Hopewell, Sally; Trivella, Marialena; Doree, Carolyn; Abboud, Miguel R

    2017-05-13

    Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the commonest severe monogenic disorders in the world, due to the inheritance of two abnormal haemoglobin (beta globin) genes. SCD can cause severe pain, significant end-organ damage, pulmonary complications, and premature death. Silent cerebral infarcts are the commonest neurological complication in children and probably adults with SCD. Silent cerebral infarcts also affect academic performance, increase cognitive deficits and may lower intelligence quotient. To assess the effectiveness of interventions to reduce or prevent silent cerebral infarcts in people with SCD. We searched for relevant trials in the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE (from 1946), Embase (from 1974), the Transfusion Evidence Library (from 1980), and ongoing trial databases; all searches current to 19 September 2016. We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group Trials Register: 06 October 2016. Randomised controlled trials comparing interventions to prevent silent cerebral infarcts in people with SCD. There were no restrictions by outcomes examined, language or publication status. We used standard Cochrane methodological procedures. We included five trials (660 children or adolescents) published between 1998 and 2016. Four of the five trials were terminated early. The vast majority of participants had the haemoglobin (Hb)SS form of SCD. One trial focused on preventing silent cerebral infarcts or stroke; three trials were for primary stroke prevention and one trial dealt with secondary stroke prevention.Three trials compared the use of regular long-term red blood cell transfusions to standard care. Two of these trials included children with no previous long-term transfusions: one in children with normal transcranial doppler (TCD) velocities; and one in children with abnormal TCD velocities. The third trial included children and adolescents on long-term transfusion.Two trials compared the drug hydroxyurea and phlebotomy to long

  2. [Posterior cerebral artery infarctions with possible interaction between hypoperfusion and embolism].

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    Durand-Birchenall, J; Bugnicourt, J-M

    2013-12-01

    Although embolism and hypoperfusion may well occur concurrently in a non-negligible proportion of cerebral infarction patients, there is currently lack of proof, especially in the posterior circulation. Here, we are reporting on a case of multiple cerebral infarctions in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1, multiple vascular abnormalities of the posterior cerebral circulation and intracranial artery occlusion. We hypothesize that cerebral blood flow impairment may have affected the clearance and destination of embolic particles.

  3. [Perioperative treatment of a pregnant woman with recent cerebral infarction secondary to noncompaction cardiomyopathy].

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    Fernández Sánchez, L J; Pérez González, R; Guasch Arévalo, E; Martín Reyes, R; Gilsanz Rodríguez, F

    2006-12-01

    Recent-onset noncompaction of the myocardium is a rare but serious entity with uncertain prognosis. Cerebral infarction is among the forms of presentation, and pregnancy and hypercoagulability increase risk. We report the case of a pregnant woman brought to the emergency department with ischemic cerebral infarction. Investigation demonstrated the cause to be cardiac embolism, and noncompaction of the myocardium was diagnosed. She was stabilized and a few days later underwent elective cesarean section under general anesthesia. Surgery and postoperative recovery were uneventful, and she was transferred for rehabilitation. Myocardial injury and progression to cerebrovascular accident must be prevented in such cases; the patient must be stabilized and antiplatelet and/or anticoagulant therapy initiated before surgery. Hemodynamic stability must be maintained throughout the perioperative period and neonatal depression avoided after delivery. Various approaches are available to be adapted to the patient's situation.

  4. Acute Cardioembolic Cerebral Infarction: Answers to Clinical Questions*

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    Arboix, Adrià; Alió, Josefina

    2012-01-01

    Cardioembolic cerebral infarction (CI) is the most severe subtype of ischaemic stroke but some clinical aspects of this condition are still unclear. This article provides the reader with an overview and up-date of relevant aspects related to clinical features, specific cardiac disorders and prognosis of CI. CI accounts for 14−30% of ischemic strokes; patients with CI are prone to early and long-term stroke recurrence, although recurrences may be preventable by appropriate treatment during the acute phase and strict control at follow-up. Certain clinical features are suggestive of CI, including sudden onset to maximal deficit, decreased level of consciousness at onset, Wernicke’s aphasia or global aphasia without hemiparesis, a Valsalva manoeuvre at the time of stroke onset, and co-occurrence of cerebral and systemic emboli. Lacunar clinical presentations, a lacunar infarct and especially multiple lacunar infarcts, make cardioembolic origin unlikely. The most common disorders associated with a high risk of cardioembolism include atrial fibrillation, recent myocardial infarction, mechanical prosthetic valve, dilated myocardiopathy and mitral rheumatic stenosis. Patent foramen ovale and complex atheromatosis of the aortic arch are potentially emerging sources of cardioembolic infarction. Mitral annular calcification can be a marker of complex aortic atheroma in stroke patients of unkown etiology. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram can disclose structural heart diseases. Paroxysmal atrial dysrhyhtmia can be detected by Holter monitoring. Magnetic resonance imaging, transcranial Doppler, and electrophysiological studies are useful to document the source of cardioembolism. In-hospital mortality in cardioembolic stroke (27.3%, in our series) is the highest as compared with other subtypes of cerebral infarction. Secondary prevention with anticoagulants should be started immediately if possible in patients at high risk for recurrent cardioembolic stroke in

  5. [Sonographic patterns by transcranial Doppler in acute cerebral infarction].

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    Arauz-Góngora, A; Cantú-Brito, C; Barinagarrementería-Aldatz, F

    1998-01-01

    To evaluate the correlations between the patterns of Transcranial Doppler (TCD) and the extent and pathophysiologic mechanism of the ischemia as well as the prognosis of patients with acute ischemic stroke. 37 patients with ischemic stroke within the first 24 hours of evolution were examined using TCD, neuroimaging, and neurologic state at admission and disarcharge. The TCDs were grouped into four categories: normal, stenotic, hemispheric asymmetry and trunk occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCA); they were correlated with the extent of brain damage, pathophysiologic mechanism of the stroke and prognosis. Normal TCD was highly predictive of lacunar infarction secondary to small vassels disease (p = 0.01) and good recovery (p < 0.02). The stenotic and hemispheric asymmetry patterns correlated highly with a cortical infarctions (p < 0.05) and a cardioembolic mechanism. The occlusion of the MCA was highly correlated with a large infarction (p < 0.01) and with poor outcome and death (p = 0.004). Our data show that TCD has a value in predicting the prognosis and the severity, location and pathophysiologic mechanism of cerebral strokes.

  6. [Persistent primitive proatlantal intersegmental artery (PPPIA) presenting with cerebral infarction].

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    Ishiguro, M; Sohma, T; Tsuchita, H; Kitami, K; Hotta, H; Kurokawa, Y

    1991-06-01

    A case of persistent primitive proatlantal intersegmental artery (PPPIA) is reported. A 65-year-old male with treated hypertension was admitted to our clinic complaining of dysarthria and hemiparesis of sudden onset two days after the ictus. CT revealed spotty low-density lesions in the left corona radiata and bilateral thalami with bilateral watershed infarction. MRI findings were also compatible with cerebral infarction. Left common carotid angiography demonstrated a large anastomosis between the external carotid artery and the vertebral artery at the proatlantal region. Neither of the vertebral arteries were visualized on digital subtraction aortography. All the blood circulation of the vertebro-basilar system was through this anastomotic artery (PPPIA). A flow study revealed hypoperfusion in the territory of the left middle cerebral artery on 133Xe SPECT. Bone window CT of cervical vertebrae revealed hypoplasia of the left transverse foramen in C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 vertebrae. This case is very suggestive of an anaplasia or hypoplasia of the vertebral arteries. The etiology of his left frontal infarction seemed to be a blood-stealing phenomenon of long standing, from the anterior to the posterior circulation through the PPPIA.

  7. Spinal Cord Infarction in Clinical Neurology: A Review of Characteristics and Long-Term Prognosis in Comparison to Cerebral Infarction.

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    Romi, Fredrik; Naess, Halvor

    2016-01-01

    Spinal cord stroke is rare accounting for 0.3-1% of all strokes and is classified into upper (cervical) and lower (thoracolumbar) strokes. Patients present with severe deficits but later often show good functional improvement. On admission, younger age, male gender, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and elevated blood glucose indicate more severe spinal cord strokes. Treatment of these risk factors is essential in the acute phase. Biphasic spinal cord strokes are seen in one-fifth of the patients. These present with acute or transient sensory spinal cord deficits often preceded by radiating pain between the shoulders, and should be considered and treated as imminent spinal cord strokes. Spinal cord infarction patients are younger and more often women compared to cerebral infarction patients. Traditional cerebrovascular risk factors are less relevant in spinal cord infarction. Spinal cord infarction patients are more likely to be discharged home and show better improvement after initial treatment compared to cerebral infarction patients. On long-term follow-up, spinal cord infarction patients have lower mortality and higher emotional well-being scores than cerebral infarction patients. Despite more chronic pain, the frequency of re-employment is higher among spinal cord infarction patients compared to cerebral infarction patients who are more often afflicted with cognitive function deficits. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  8. Progressive manifestations of reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome presenting with subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, and cerebral infarction.

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    Choi, Kyu-Sun; Yi, Hyeong-Joong

    2014-11-01

    Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is characterized by sudden-onset headache with focal neurologic deficit and prolonged but reversible multifocal narrowing of the distal cerebral arteries. Stroke, either hemorrhagic or ischemic, is a relatively frequent presentation in RCVS, but progressive manifestations of subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, cerebral infarction in a patient is seldom described. We report a rare case of a 56-year-old woman with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome consecutively presenting as cortical subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, and cerebral infarction. When she complained of severe headache with subtle cortical subarachnoid hemorrhage, her angiography was non-specific. But, computed tomographic angiography showed typical angiographic features of this syndrome after four days. Day 12, she suffered mental deterioration and hemiplegia due to contralateral intracerebral hematoma, and she was surgically treated. For recurrent attacks of headache, medical management with calcium channel blockers has been instituted. Normalized angiographic features were documented after 8 weeks. Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome should be considered as differential diagnosis of non-aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, and repeated angiography is recommended for the diagnosis of this under-recognized syndrome.

  9. Association Between Prolonged Seizures and Malignant Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction in Children With Acute Ischemic Stroke.

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    Andrade, Andrea; Bigi, Sandra; Laughlin, Suzanne; Parthasarathy, Sujatha; Sinclair, Adriane; Dirks, Peter; Pontigon, Ann Marie; Moharir, Mahendranath; Askalan, Rand; MacGregor, Daune; deVeber, Gabrielle

    2016-11-01

    Malignant middle cerebral artery infarct syndrome is a potentially fatal complication of stroke that is poorly understood in children. We studied the frequency, associated characteristics, and outcomes of this condition in children. Children, aged two months to 18 years with acute middle cerebral artery infarct diagnosed at our center between January 2005 and December 2012 were studied. Associations with malignant middle cerebral artery infarct syndrome were sought, including age, seizures, neurological deficit severity (Pediatric National Institute of Health Stroke Severity Score), stroke etiology, fever, blood pressure, blood glucose, infarct location, infarct volume (modified pediatric Alberta Stroke Program Early Computed Tomography Score), and arterial occlusion. Death and neurological outcomes were determined. Among 66 children with middle cerebral artery stroke, 12 (18%) developed malignant middle cerebral artery infarct syndrome, fatal in three. Prolonged seizures during the first 24 hours (odds ratio, 25.51; 95% confidence interval, 3.10 to 334.81; P = 0.005) and a higher Pediatric National Institute of Health Stroke Severity Score (odds ratio, 1.22; 95% confidence interval, 1.08 to 1.45; P = 0.006) were independently associated with malignant middle cerebral artery infarct syndrome. All children aged greater than two years with a Pediatric National Institute of Health Stroke Severity Score ≥8 and initial seizures ≥5 minutes duration developed malignant middle cerebral artery infarct syndrome (100%). Malignant middle cerebral artery infarct syndrome affects nearly one in five children with acute middle cerebral artery stroke. Children with higher Pediatric National Institute of Health Stroke Severity Scores and prolonged initial seizures are at greatly increased risk for malignant middle cerebral artery infarct syndrome. Children with middle cerebral artery infarcts warrant intensive neuroprotective management and close monitoring to enable

  10. Thrombolytic therapy in acute cerebral infarction complicating diagnostic cardiac catheterization.

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    Chen, Yu-Wei; Sim, Ming-Ming; Smith, Eric E

    2006-10-01

    Diagnostic and interventional percutaneous coronary catheterization is associated with stroke. Many of such strokes are asymptomatic, but some are devastating. Once the diagnosis of acute cerebral infarction is confirmed, thrombolytic therapy should be administrated within the time window of 3 hours. We report a 61-year-old woman who suffered from an acute cerebral infarction during diagnostic cardiac catheterization for unstable angina, which manifested as sudden onset of global aphasia, right hemiplegia and gaze preponderance to the left side. Computed tomography of the head performed immediately after recognition of the symptoms showed a hyperdense middle cerebral artery (MCA) sign. Following prompt recognition and diagnosis, intravenous thrombolytic therapy was administered 2 hours after symptom onset. The patient had a favorable outcome. Initially, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score was 21, and 24 hours later it improved to 9. The hyperdense MCA lesion had resolved on the 24-hour follow-up scan. This case illustrates the clinical benefit of thrombolytic therapy in the setting of acute stroke associated with cardiac catheterization.

  11. [Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome and cerebral infarction].

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    van den Berg, Aaike S; Hijdra, Albert; Reesink, Herre J; van Delden, Otto M; Majoie, Charles B

    2010-01-01

    A 30 year old man with a history of migraine presented at the neurology outpatient clinic with hypesthesia of the left side of his body during a migraine attack, which was unusual for him. His family history was positive for Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome. MRI and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) of the brain showed multiple small infarcts, without vascular malformations. CT angiography revealed an arteriovenous fistula in the lung. Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome (or hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia, HHT) is an autosomal dominant condition affecting the blood vessels. It is estimated that about 60-80% of the patients with a pulmonary arteriovenous malformation (AVM) have HHT. Neurological complications include cerebral infarction and brain abscess. Also, there is a higher prevalence of migraine in patients with HHT, although the role that HHT plays in the pathogenesis of migraine is unclear. The treatment of choice of pulmonary AVM is endovascular treatment, with a success rate of 75% in the long term.

  12. Left Upper Lung Lobectomy Is an Embolic Risk Factor for Cerebral Infarction.

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    Kobayashi, Yuya; Yahikozawa, Hiroyuki; Takamatsu, Ryota; Watanabe, Rie; Hoshi, Kenichi; Ishii, Wataru; Sato, Shunichi

    2017-09-01

    Cerebral embolism is typically caused by a cardiogenic thrombus. The patent foramen ovale is a well-known cause of paradoxical embolism. However, some idiopathic cases of stroke have been reported. Such strokes are designated as embolic stroke of undetermined sources. Among them, lung lobectomy may be a new embolic risk factor for cerebral embolism. The risk of thrombus formation is high at the pulmonary vein stump after lung lobectomy, especially in the left upper lobe. Interestingly, the risk remains several years after surgery. This condition is mostly overlooked, and reported cases of this condition are rare. Methods of early detection, prevention, and treatment have not been established. Here we report the case of a 66-year-old man who suffered a cerebral infarction 2 days after left upper lobectomy. Three-dimensional computed tomography scan clearly revealed the structural feature of the pulmonary vein stump. The stump of patients with cerebral infarction after lung lobectomy should be checked. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. A case of Netherton's syndrome with cerebral infarction.

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    Calikoğlu, E; Anadolu, R; Sanli, H; Erdem, C

    2001-01-01

    Netherton's syndrome, a rare congenital disease of childhood, is characterized by variable cutaneous erythematous eruptions with different manifestations. A five-year-old boy, who presented with ichthyosis linearis circumflexa, atopic manifestations and pili torti, had spastic hemiparesia due to cerebral infarction. Netherton's syndrome can easily be misdiagnosed as Leiner's disease, generalized psoriasis or nonbullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, especially in the neonatal period, because of its nonspecific clinical and histological features. Pediatricians should consider this syndrome in the differential diagnosis of the generalized erythematous skin disorders of childhood associated with various abnormalities.

  14. Pharmacological effects of Radix Angelica Sinensis (Danggui) on cerebral infarction

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    2011-01-01

    Radix Angelica Sinensis, the dried root of Angelica sinensis (Danggui), is a herb used in Chinese medicine to enrich blood, promote blood circulation and modulate the immune system. It is also used to treat chronic constipation of the elderly and debilitated as well as menstrual disorders. Research has demonstrated that Danggui and its active ingredients, as anti-arthrosclerotic, anti-hypertensive, antioxidant anti-inflammatory agents which would limit platelet aggregation, are effective in reducing the size of cerebral infarction and improving neurological deficit scores. PMID:21867503

  15. Cerebral Infarction Arising from Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Otani, Yoshihiro; Tokunaga, Koji; Kawauchi, Satoshi; Inoue, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kyoichi; Kiriyama, Hideki; Sakane, Kosuke; Maekawa, Kiyoaki; Date, Isao; Matsumoto, Kengo

    2016-10-01

    Although most patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy have a favorable outcome, complications are not uncommon. Recent studies have reported an increase in incidence of cardioembolic complications; however, the association between takotsubo cardiomyopathy and stroke, in particular thromboembolic cerebral infarction, remains unclear. We reported a 44-year-old woman who had a cerebral infarction resulting from takotsubo cardiomyopathy. She had felt chest discomfort a few days prior to infarction, and later developed left hemiparesis. Head magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed acute infarction in the right insular cortex and occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery at the M2 segment. Echocardiogram revealed a takotsubo-like shape in the motion of the left ventricular wall, and coronary angiography showed neither coronary stenosis nor occlusion. Cerebral infarction resulting from takotsubo cardiomyopathy was diagnosed and treatment with anticoagulant was started. MRI on the eighth day after hospitalization showed recanalization of the right middle cerebral artery and no new ischemic lesions. The findings of the 19 previously published cases who had cerebral infarction resulting from takotsubo cardiomyopathy were also reviewed and showed the median interval between takotsubo cardiomyopathy and cerebral infarction was approximately 1 week and cardiac thrombus was detected in 9 of 19 patients. We revealed that thromboembolic events occurred later than other complications of takotsubo cardiomyopathy and longer observation might be required due to possible cardiogenic cerebral infarction. Anticoagulant therapy is recommended for patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy with cardiac thrombus or a large area of akinetic left ventricle.

  16. Cerebral Infarction Arising from Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: Case Report and Literature Review

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    Otani, Yoshihiro; Tokunaga, Koji; Kawauchi, Satoshi; Inoue, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kyoichi; Kiriyama, Hideki; Sakane, Kosuke; Maekawa, Kiyoaki; Date, Isao; Matsumoto, Kengo

    2016-01-01

    Although most patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy have a favorable outcome, complications are not uncommon. Recent studies have reported an increase in incidence of cardioembolic complications; however, the association between takotsubo cardiomyopathy and stroke, in particular thromboembolic cerebral infarction, remains unclear. We reported a 44-year-old woman who had a cerebral infarction resulting from takotsubo cardiomyopathy. She had felt chest discomfort a few days prior to infarction, and later developed left hemiparesis. Head magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed acute infarction in the right insular cortex and occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery at the M2 segment. Echocardiogram revealed a takotsubo-like shape in the motion of the left ventricular wall, and coronary angiography showed neither coronary stenosis nor occlusion. Cerebral infarction resulting from takotsubo cardiomyopathy was diagnosed and treatment with anticoagulant was started. MRI on the eighth day after hospitalization showed recanalization of the right middle cerebral artery and no new ischemic lesions. The findings of the 19 previously published cases who had cerebral infarction resulting from takotsubo cardiomyopathy were also reviewed and showed the median interval between takotsubo cardiomyopathy and cerebral infarction was approximately 1 week and cardiac thrombus was detected in 9 of 19 patients. We revealed that thromboembolic events occurred later than other complications of takotsubo cardiomyopathy and longer observation might be required due to possible cardiogenic cerebral infarction. Anticoagulant therapy is recommended for patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy with cardiac thrombus or a large area of akinetic left ventricle. PMID:28664012

  17. [Asymptomatic cerebral infarctions: risk factors and cognitive impairment].

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    Zhetishev, R R; Mikhaĭlova, N A; Ivashchenko2, R A; Kamchatnov, P R

    2014-01-01

    Objectives. To study the risk factors of asymptomatic cerebral infarctions (AI) and their effect on cognitive functions. Material and methods. We examined 114 patients, aged from 53 to 88 years, including 58 patients with AI (group 1), 32 women and 26 men (mean age 66.5±7.3 yeas), and 56 patients with chronic cerebral ischemia (CCI) without a history of stroke and transitory ischemic attacks, (group 2), 36 women and 20 men (mean age 64.2±6.6 yeas). Results. Cardiovascular risk factors (arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, atrial fibrillation) were more frequent in group 1. The results of neuropsychological testing revealed worse cognitive performance in patients with AI. Conclusions. The results confirmed the negative effect of AI on cognitive functioning and higher risk of CCI progression.

  18. Bilateral perisylvian infarct: a rare cause and a rare occurrence.

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    Singh, A; Kate, M P; Nair, M D; Kesavadas, C; Kapilamoorthy, T R

    2011-04-01

    Foix-Chavany-Marie opercular syndrome is a severe form of pseudobulbar palsy occurring due to bilateral anterior opercular lesions. We report a case of a 51-year-old man with sudden onset of inability to speak and dysphagia, and a history of synovial sarcoma of the right hand. Detailed language evaluation was normal. The patient had right upper motor neuron facial paresis and absent gag reflex bilaterally. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed acute and subacute infarcts involving the bilateral insular cortex. Two-dimensional echocardiography and cardiac MR imaging showed a mobile mass in the left atrium attached to the interatrial septum, which was likely a myxoma. Chest radiograph and computed tomography imaging of the chest revealed multiple cannonball shadows that were suggestive of secondaries in the lung. The probable cause of the cerebral lesions was the mass lesion in the heart or metastatic lesions from the synovial sarcoma. The cardiac surgeon and surgical oncologist recommended palliative care.

  19. Correlating interleukin-10 promoter gene polymorphisms with human cerebral infarction onset

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    Jiang, Xin-hong; Lin, Ke-xu; Zhang, Yi-xian; Chen, Rong-hua; Liu, Nan

    2015-01-01

    Evidence suggests that interleukin-10 (IL-10) deficiency exacerbates inflammation and worsens the outcome of brain ischemia. In view of the critical role of the single nucleotide polymorphic sites -1082 (A/G) and -819 (C/T) in the promoter region of the IL-10 gene, we hypothesized that they are associated with cerebral infarction morbidity in the Chinese Han population. We genotyped these allelic gene polymorphisms by amplification refractory mutation system-polymerase chain reaction methods in 181 patients with cerebral infarction (cerebral infarction group) and 115 healthy subjects (control group). We identified significant differences in genotype distribution and allele frequency of the IL-10-1082 A/G allele between cerebral infarction and control groups (χ2 = 6.643, P = 0.010). The IL-10-1082 A allele frequency was significantly higher in the cerebral infarction group (92.3%) than in the control group (86.1%) (P = 0.015). Moreover, cerebral infarction risk of the AA genotype was 2-fold higher than with the AG genotype (OR = 2.031, 95%CI: 1.134–3.637). In addition, AA genotype together with hypertension was the independent risk factor of cerebral infarction (OR = 2.073, 95%CI: 1.278–3.364). No statistical difference in genotype distribution or allele frequency of IL-10-819 C/T was found between cerebral infarction and control groups (P > 0.05). These findings suggest that the IL-10-1082 A/G gene polymorphism is involved in cerebral infarction, and increased A allele frequency is closely associated with occurrence of cerebral infarction. PMID:26807116

  20. Multivariate Analysis of Risk Factors of Cerebral Infarction in 439 Patients Undergoing Thoracic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

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    Kanaoka, Yuji; Ohki, Takao; Maeda, Koji; Baba, Takeshi; Fujita, Tetsuji

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The aim of the study is to identify the potential risk factors of cerebral infarction associated with thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR). TEVAR was developed as a less invasive surgical alternative to conventional open repair for thoracic aortic aneurysm treatment. However, outcomes following TEVAR of aortic and distal arch aneurysms remain suboptimal. Cerebral infarction is a major concern during the perioperative period. We included 439 patients who underwent TEVAR of aortic aneurysms at a high-volume teaching hospital between July 2006 and June 2013. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to identify perioperative cerebral infarction risk factors. Four patients (0.9%) died within 30 days of TEVAR; 17 (3.9%) developed cerebral infarction. In univariate analysis, history of ischemic heart disease and cerebral infarction and concomitant cerebrovascular disease were significantly associated with cerebral infarction. “Shaggy aorta” presence, left subclavian artery coverage, carotid artery debranching, and pull-through wire use were identified as independent risk factors of cerebral infarction. In multivariate analysis, history of ischemic heart disease (odds ratio [OR] 6.49, P = 0.046) and cerebral infarction (OR 43.74, P = 0.031), “shaggy aorta” (OR 30.32, P < 0.001), pull-through wire use during surgery (OR 7.196, P = 0.014), and intraoperative blood loss ≥800 mL (OR 24.31, P = 0.017) were found to be independent risk factors of cerebral infarction. This study identified patient- and procedure-related risk factors of cerebral infarction following TEVAR. These results indicate that patient outcomes could be improved through the identification and management of procedure-related risk factors. PMID:27082585

  1. Multivariate Analysis of Risk Factors of Cerebral Infarction in 439 Patients Undergoing Thoracic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair.

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    Kanaoka, Yuji; Ohki, Takao; Maeda, Koji; Baba, Takeshi; Fujita, Tetsuji

    2016-04-01

    The aim of the study is to identify the potential risk factors of cerebral infarction associated with thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR). TEVAR was developed as a less invasive surgical alternative to conventional open repair for thoracic aortic aneurysm treatment. However, outcomes following TEVAR of aortic and distal arch aneurysms remain suboptimal. Cerebral infarction is a major concern during the perioperative period. We included 439 patients who underwent TEVAR of aortic aneurysms at a high-volume teaching hospital between July 2006 and June 2013. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to identify perioperative cerebral infarction risk factors. Four patients (0.9%) died within 30 days of TEVAR; 17 (3.9%) developed cerebral infarction. In univariate analysis, history of ischemic heart disease and cerebral infarction and concomitant cerebrovascular disease were significantly associated with cerebral infarction. "Shaggy aorta" presence, left subclavian artery coverage, carotid artery debranching, and pull-through wire use were identified as independent risk factors of cerebral infarction. In multivariate analysis, history of ischemic heart disease (odds ratio [OR] 6.49, P = 0.046) and cerebral infarction (OR 43.74, P = 0.031), "shaggy aorta" (OR 30.32, P < 0.001), pull-through wire use during surgery (OR 7.196, P = 0.014), and intraoperative blood loss ≥800 mL (OR 24.31, P = 0.017) were found to be independent risk factors of cerebral infarction. This study identified patient- and procedure-related risk factors of cerebral infarction following TEVAR. These results indicate that patient outcomes could be improved through the identification and management of procedure-related risk factors.

  2. Plasma homocysteine involved in methylation and expression of thrombomodulin in cerebral infarction.

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    Yang, Zhifu; Wang, Lizhen; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Xinxin; Zhou, Shengnian

    2016-05-13

    Homocysteine (Hcy) regulates endothelial injury and methylation status of key genes in cerebral ischemia. Thrombomodulin (TM) may be protective against cerebral ischemia by downregulating coagulation. However, it remains unclear whether Hcy involved in methylation and expression of TM in cerebral infarction (CI). Here, we find patients with cerebral infarction had a higher TM methylation level than controls (74.2% vs 47.5%, X(2) = 14.724, P = 0.00), which are positively correlated with plasma levels of tHcy (r = 0.701, P = 0.00) and negatively related to mRNA expression of TM (r = -0.711, P = 0.00). Plasma levels of tHcy (t = 7.566, P = 0.00) and sTM (t = 17.268, P = 0.00) are significantly higher in cases than in controls. Our data indicate hyperhomocysteine leads to hypermethylation of the TM gene and further induces TM gene silencing, which may play an important role in the occurrence and development of CI. Plasma higher concentrations of sTM in cases are not caused by TM expression and may be only a result of Hcy induced endothelial injury. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Incidence of cerebral infarction after radiotherapy for pituitary adenoma

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    Flickinger, J.C.; Nelson, P.B.; Taylor, F.H.; Robinson, A.

    1989-06-15

    The incidence of cerebral infarction was studied in 156 patients irradiated for treatment of pituitary adenomas. Seven patients experienced strokes at intervals of 3.2 to 14.6 years after irradiation. The observed incidence was not significantly greater than the expected value of 3.5 strokes (P = 0.078). Six strokes occurred in patients receiving equivalent doses (ED) of 1070 ret or more (observed to expected ratio 3.87, significantly elevated; P less than 0.001). Univariate log-rank analysis showed that the risk of stroke was significantly higher (P = 0.010) in patients receiving an ED of 1070 ret or more (4180 cGy/22 fractions) than those receiving lower doses. Multivariate analysis, however, demonstrated that the increased risk of stroke was associated only with increasing age (P less than 0.0001), not ED (P = 0.148). Due to these inconsistent statistical results, no definitive conclusions could be reached about the relationship between radiation dose to the pituitary and subsequent cerebral infarction.

  4. Early serial SPET in acute middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    Nuutinen, J; Kuikka, J; Roivainen, R; Vanninen, E; Sivenius, J

    2000-05-01

    The size and severity of perfusion defects in acute cerebral ischaemia on single photon emission tomographic (SPET) images may provide useful information regarding long-term (> 3 month) stroke outcome. A decreased predictive value has been reported with delayed SPET more than 24 h after stroke onset. We examined 20 patients with acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarctions using serial 99Tcm-ECD or 99Tcm-HMPAO SPET (SPET 1 one day and SPET 2 three days after stroke onset). Neurological (NIH, SSS) and functional (Barthel, Rankin) scores were calculated simultaneously and 3 months poststroke. The two SPET scans correlated equally well with the severity of functional and neurological deficits evaluated 3 months after stroke onset. In comparison to clinical assessment, the prognostic value of SPET was relatively better on the first day than the third day. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis correlated with early SPET deficits, but did not predict functional outcome. Our results suggest that SPET, either with 99Tcm-ECD or 99Tcm-HMPAO, can be used to predict stroke outcome in acute MCA infarction up to 72 h poststroke without significant interference from luxury perfusion.

  5. Nerve growth factor release from the urothelium increases via activation of bladder C-fiber in rats with cerebral infarction.

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    Yokokawa, Ryusei; Akino, Hironobu; Ito, Hideaki; Zha, Xinmin; Yokoyama, Osamu

    2017-08-01

    There are some reports that bladder C-fibers are partially involved in detrusor overactivity in patients with brain lesions. We investigated the contribution of bladder C-fiber to decreased bladder capacity in rats with cerebral infarction. Cerebral infarction was induced under halothane anesthesia by left middle cerebral artery occlusion with 4-0 nylon thread in female Sprague-Dawley rats. Intramural amounts of ATP and prostaglandin E2 , in vivo and in vitro ATP, NGF, and prostaglandin E2 release from the distended bladder urothelium, and changes in mRNA expressions of sensor molecules and receptors were monitored 6 h after the occlusion. Cystometry was performed in rats with or without resiniferatoxin pretreatment. Overexpression of sensor molecule, transient receptor potential vanilloid-type channel 1, acid-sensing ion channel 2, purinergic receptors P2X3 , and M2 /M3 muscarinic receptors was found in the bladder. These changes were accompanied by increases in ATP and NGF release from the urothelium. In contrast, when bladder C-fibers were desensitized by resiniferatoxin, no increase in NGF release from the urothelium was found either in vivo or in vitro. There was no difference in the percentage decrease in bladder capacity between cerebral infarction rats pretreated with resiniferatoxin and cerebral infarction rats without pretreatment. Results indicate that expression of sensor molecules in the bladder is altered by distant infarction in the brain. ATP and NGF release from the urothelium also increased. NGF release was related to activation of bladder C-fibers. Bladder C-fibers might not contribute much to decreased bladder capacity caused by cerebral infarction. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Effects of Lacunar Infarctions on Cognitive Impairment in Patients with Cerebral Autosomal-Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy

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    Choi, Jay Chol; Kang, Sa-Yoon; Kang, Ji-Hoon; Na, Hae Ri; Park, Ji-Kang

    2011-01-01

    Background and Purpose Cerebral autosomal-dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an inherited microangiopathy caused by mutations in the Notch3 gene. Although previous studies have shown an association between lacunar infarction and cognitive impairment, the relationship between MRI parameters and cognition remains unclear. In this study we investigated the influence of MRI parameters on cognitive impairment in CADASIL. Methods We applied a prospective protocol to 40 patients. MRI analysis included the normalized volume of white-matter hyperintensities (nWMHs), number of lacunes, and number of cerebral microbleeds. Cognition was assessed with the aid of psychometric tests [Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-cognition (ADAS-cog), Trail-Making Test, and Stroop interference (Stroop IF)]. Results A multivariate regression analysis revealed that the total number of lacunes influenced the performance in the MMSE, ADAS-cog, and Stroop IF, while nWMHs had a strong univariate association with ADAS-cog and Stroop IF scores. However, this association disappeared in the multivariate analysis. Conclusions These findings demonstrate that the number of lacunes is the main predictive factor of cognitive impairment in CADASIL. PMID:22259617

  7. Right Hand Weakness and Headache During Ascent to Mount Everest: A Case of Cerebral Venous Infarction.

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    Kim, Jeong Hee; Kim, Soo Jeong; Kim, Hahn Young

    2017-05-01

    The increasing popularity of trekking in alpine regions has drawn attention to high altitude-associated health concerns. Here, we report a case of cerebral venous infarction as a consequence of a hypercoagulable state induced by secondary polycythemia as an adaptation to high altitude. When patients present focal neurological symptoms such as hemiparesis in addition to symptoms of acute mountain sickness or high-altitude cerebral edema such as headache, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness, cerebral venous infarction should be considered.

  8. Aquaporin-4 gene silencing protects injured neurons after early cerebral infarction

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    He, Zhan-ping; Lu, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Aquaporin-4 regulates water molecule channels and is important in tissue regulation and water transportation in the brain. Upregulation of aquaporin-4 expression is closely related to cellular edema after early cerebral infarction. Cellular edema and aquaporin-4 expression can be determined by measuring cerebral infarct area and apparent diffusion coefficient using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). We examined the effects of silencing aquaporin-4 on cerebral infarction. Rat models of cerebral infarction were established by occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery and siRNA-aquaporin-4 was immediately injected via the right basal ganglia. In control animals, the area of high signal intensity and relative apparent diffusion coefficient value on T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) and DWI gradually increased within 0.5–6 hours after cerebral infarction. After aquaporin-4 gene silencing, the area of high signal intensity on T2WI and DWI reduced, relative apparent diffusion coefficient value was increased, and cellular edema was obviously alleviated. At 6 hours after cerebral infarction, the apparent diffusion coefficient value was similar between treatment and model groups, but angioedema was still obvious in the treatment group. These results indicate that aquaporin-4 gene silencing can effectively relieve cellular edema after early cerebral infarction; and when conducted accurately and on time, the diffusion coefficient value and the area of high signal intensity on T2WI and DWI can reflect therapeutic effects of aquaporin-4 gene silencing on cellular edema. PMID:26330830

  9. [Amnesic stroke caused by hippocampal infarction].

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    Pérez-Lázaro, C; Santos, S; Garcés-Redondo, M; Piñol-Ripoll, G; Fabre-Pi, O; Mostacero, E; López-Del Val, L J; Tejero-Juste, C; Pascual-Millán, L F

    The term amnesic stroke is used to describe a condition in which the dominant symptom is a relatively persistent acute amnesia of a vascular origin. It may appear in cases of lesions in the posterior cerebral artery (PCA), thalamic arteries and anterior choroidal artery, and clinical reports describing this condition are scarce. We describe the case of a 77-year-old male with vascular risk factors who presented sudden onset mnemonic deficit that affected basic activities of daily living, and apathy. Examination of the patient revealed an anterograde episodic amnesia with an inability to retain new information and short-term memory was also clearly affected, although access to old memories remained relatively intact. There was no other sensory-motor focus. A CAT scan showed a right-side sylvian infarction and hypodense areas in both hippocampuses. The neuropsychological evaluation revealed global amnesia: CME (in Spanish, MEC) 17/30; working memory with CME 7/27; SVF (animals): 7; the 7-minute test (visual/verbal memory: free recall 2/16, facilitated 9/16); clock test: 3/9. Later progression was good, with recovery of short-term memory and the capacity to retain concepts, and the patient was again able to perform the activities he previously carried out. There are three amnesic stroke syndromes with different semiological characteristics, depending on the vascular territory, that is, the PCA, thalamic arteries and anterior choroidal artery. In this case, the most striking points are the more intense disorders affecting short-term memory and retention, with relative conservation of long-term memory, and the location of the stroke in the hippocampus. Its good outcome allows it to be distinguished from vascular dementia.

  10. Paradoxical cerebral air embolism causing large vessel occlusion treated with endovascular aspiration.

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    Belton, Patrick J; Nanda, Ashish; Alqadri, Syeda L; Khakh, Gurpreet S; Chandrasekaran, Premkumar Nattanmai; Newey, Christopher; Humphries, William E

    2017-04-01

    Cerebral air embolism is a dreaded complication of invasive medical procedures. The mainstay of therapy for patients with cerebral air embolism has been hyperbaric oxygen therapy, high flow oxygen therapy, and anticonvulsants. We present a novel therapeutic approach for treatment of cerebral air embolism causing large vessel occlusion, using endovascular aspiration. Our patient developed a cerebral air embolism following sclerotherapy for varicose veins. This caused near total occlusion of the superior division of the M2 segment of the right middle cerebral artery. Symptoms included unilateral paralysis, unintelligible speech, and hemianopia; National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) on presentation was 16. The air embolism was treated using a distal aspiration technique. Angiography following aspiration showed Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction 2B reperfusion. Following aspiration, the patient was re-examined; NIHSS at that time was 4. At 1 month follow-up, the modified Rankin Scale score was 1 and NIHSS was 1. Treatment of cerebral air embolism is discussed.

  11. Increased blood-brain barrier permeability on perfusion CT might predict malignant middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    Bektas, Hesna; Wu, Tzu-Ching; Kasam, Mallikarjunarao; Harun, Nusrat; Sitton, Clark W; Grotta, James C; Savitz, Sean I

    2010-11-01

    Perfusion CT has been used to assess the extent of blood-brain barrier breakdown. The purpose of this study was to determine the predictive value of blood-brain barrier permeability measured using perfusion CT for development of malignant middle cerebral artery infarction requiring hemicraniectomy (HC). We retrospectively identified patients from our stroke registry who had middle cerebral artery infarction and were evaluated with admission perfusion CT. Blood-brain barrier permeability and cerebral blood volume maps were generated and infarct volumes calculated. Clinical and radiographic characteristics were compared between those who underwent HC versus those who did not undergo HC. One hundred twenty-two patients (12 HC, 110 no HC) were identified. Twelve patients who underwent HC had developed edema, midline shift, or infarct expansion. Infarct permeability area, infarct cerebral blood volume area, and infarct volumes were significantly different (P < 0.018, P < 0.0211, P < 0.0001, P < 0.0014) between HC and no HC groups. Age (P = 0.03) and admission National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (P = 0.0029) were found to be independent predictors for HC. Using logistic regression modeling, there was an association between increased infarct permeability area and HC. The OR for HC based on a 5-, 10-, 15-, or 20-cm² increase in infarct permeability area were 1.179, 1.390, 1.638, or 1.932, respectively (95% CI, 1.035 to 1.343, 1.071 to 1.804, 1.108 to 2.423, 1.146 to 3.255, respectively). Increased infarct permeability area is associated with an increased likelihood for undergoing HC. Because early HC for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction has been associated with better outcomes, the infarct permeability area on admission perfusion CT might be a useful tool to predict malignant middle cerebral artery infarction and need for HC.

  12. Distinct inflammatory responses differentiate cerebral infarct from transient ischaemic attack.

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    Armstrong, Christopher W L; Bosio, Erika; Neil, Claire; Brown, Simon G A; Hankey, Graeme J; Fatovich, Daniel M

    2017-01-01

    We previously reported on a 26-year-old patient who presented early during a large and eventually fatal cerebral infarct. Microarray analysis of blood samples from this patient demonstrated initially up-regulated and subsequently down-regulated Granzyme B (GzmB) expression, along with progressive up-regulation of genes for S100 calcium binding protein A12 (S100A12) and matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9). To confirm these findings, we investigated these parameters in patients with suspected stroke presenting within 6h of symptom onset to a single centre. Blood samples were taken at enrolment, then 1h, 3h and 24h post-enrolment for the examination of cellular, protein and genetic changes. Patients with subsequently confirmed ischaemic (n=18) or haemorrhagic stroke (n=11) showed increased intracellular concentrations of GzmB in all cell populations investigated (CD8(+), CD8(-) and Natural Killer [NK] cells). Infarct patients, however, demonstrated significantly reduced GzmB gene expression and increased circulating MMP-9 and S100A12 levels in contrast to transient ischaemic attack (TIA) patients or healthy controls. Furthermore, a pronounced neutrophilia was noted in the infarct and haemorrhage groups, while TIA patients (n=9) reflected healthy controls (n=10). These findings suggest a spectrum of immune response during stroke. TIA showed few immunological changes in comparison to infarct and haemorrhage, which demonstrated inhibition of GzmB production and a rise in neutrophil numbers and neutrophil-associated mediators. This implies a greater role of the innate immune system. These markers may provide novel targets for inhibition and reduction of secondary injury. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. [Nontraumatic arterial dissection of the anterior cerebral artery with simultaneous cerebral infarction and subarachnoid hemorrhage: a case report].

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    Kimura, Shigeyoshi; Igarashi, Takahiro; Kotani, Akio; Katayama, Yoichi

    2010-03-01

    We encountered a case of nontraumatic arterial dissection of the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) which exhibited cerebral infarction and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) simultaneously, and whose symptoms were improved by conservative treatment. A 55-year-old female presenting with headache and weakness in her left leg was admitted to our hospital. CT scans on admission revealed SAH in the interhemispheric fissure and surface of the right frontal lobe, but CT scans at 3 days after onset demonstrated cerebral infarction in the medial part of the right frontal lobe. Cerebral angiography on day 6 disclosed an aneurysmal dilatation and narrowing at the right A2-A3 segment. We continued conservative therapy including blood pressure control, since there was no symptomatic deterioration. The aneurysmal dilatation disappeared and the weakness of the left leg also improved. This case indicates that conservative treatment could be an option for the management of nontraumatic arterial dissection of the ACA with simultaneous cerebral infarction and SAH.

  14. Cerebral microbleeds and asymptomatic cerebral infarctions in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Saito, Tsukasa; Kawamura, Yuichiro; Tanabe, Yasuko; Asanome, Asuka; Takahashi, Kae; Sawada, Jun; Katayama, Takayuki; Sato, Nobuyuki; Aizawa, Hitoshi; Hasebe, Naoyuki

    2014-07-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a cardiac arrhythmia that does not infrequently induce ischemic strokes; however, little research has been reported on focal cerebral microangiopathic lesions in patients with AF. Recently cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) have been noticed for their potential implication in cerebral small vessel disease. Therefore, we had 2 goals in the present study: (1) to compare the prevalence of CMBs in patients with AF with that in patients without AF, and (2) to prove that CMBs could be a clinical predictive factor for the development of future cerebral microangiopathy in patients with AF without a history of symptomatic cerebral infarction in a prospective manner. We performed yearly brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) assessments for a maximum of 5 years in 131 patients with AF and 112 control patients. Seventy-seven patients with AF underwent more than 3 yearly MRI scans. The Kaplan-Meier curve showed that the development of an asymptomatic cerebral infarction (ACI) was associated with the baseline presence of a CMB (P=.004). A multivariate Cox regression analysis revealed that the CMBs at baseline were significantly associated with an increment in not only the occurrence of ACIs (hazard ratio [HR], 5.414; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.03-28.43; P=.046) but also in the consecutive development of CMBs (HR, 6.274; 95% CI, 1.43-27.56; P=.015). Patients with AF had a significantly higher prevalence of CMBs. The presence of CMBs in the baseline MRI may predict the consequent onset of an ACI and increase in CMBs in patients with AF. Copyright © 2014 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. [The causes of death after acute myocardial infarction (author's transl)].

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    Puletti, M; Zingales, L D; Borgia, C; La Rosa, A; Curione, M; Pozzar, F; Righetti, G; Jacobellis, G F

    1979-01-01

    Following a brief outline on problems concerning methodology, the cause of death is analysed in 110 patients dying from acute myocardial infarction during hospitalization. Autopsy studied were carried out in 78 cases. Of the various causes, the most frequent were forms of contractile insufficiency (EPA, shock, shock + EPA, biventricular congestive heart failure) which were responsible for 50.90% of cases; followed by cardiac rupture (considered in a single group with electromechanic dissociations of the patients not submitted to autopsy studies since in the experience of the Authors cardiac rupture almost always presents with this pattern) with a frequency of 29%. The frequency of arrhythmias, on the other hand, is very low, particularly in the coronary care unit where it is practically a negligible causa mortis 2.72%): even if sudden death, in patients who were not monitored, is included amongst the arrhythmias, the percentage is still only about 10%. Embolism (usually pulmonary, but systemic in one case) was the cause of death in 5 patients (4.54%). Three patients over 80 years of age died from ischemic cerebral episodes. Age, sex, and site of infarction, do not appear, in the present series, to have a determinant effect in the cause of death; a higher frequency of rupture in the female sex was not, for example, confirmed. On the basis of the observations in the present series, any relationship between cardiac rupture and anticoagulating therapy, steroid treatment, application of endocavitary stimulators, or early ambulation is excluded. It is also excluded that reanimation, as hypothesized by some Authors, may be responsible for rupture.

  16. Ipsilateral Ophthalmic and Cerebral Infarctions After Cosmetic Polylactic Acid Injection Into the Forehead.

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    Ragam, Ashwinee; Agemy, Steven A; Dave, Sarita B; Khorsandi, Azita S; Banik, Rudrani

    2017-03-01

    A 55-year-old woman developed no light perception vision in her right eye 5 days after an injection of polylactic acid cosmetic filler into her right forehead. Diffuse corneal edema and anterior chamber inflammation prohibited any view to the posterior segment to identify the cause of her profound vision loss. MRI of the orbits with diffusion-weighted imaging showed hyperintensity of the right optic nerve with signal reduction on apparent diffusion coefficient mapping, consistent with ischemia. Our patient also was found to have acute infarctions in the distribution of the right anterior cerebral artery on MRI of the brain despite having no permanent focal neurologic deficits aside from vision loss.

  17. Evaluation and Treatment of the Acute Cerebral Infarction with Convexal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

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    Lee, Min Hyung; Kim, Sang Uk; Lee, Dong Hoon; Kim, Young Il; Cho, Chul Bum; Yang, Seung Ho; Kim, Il Sup; Hong, Jae Taek; Sung, Jae Hoon; Lee, Sang Won

    2016-09-01

    Non-traumatic convexal subarachnoid hemorrhage (CSAH) is a comparatively infrequent with various vascular and nonvascular causes, it rarely occurs concomitant to acute ischemic stroke. We report a case of a 59-year-old woman, visited emergency room with right side subjective weakness spontaneously. Magnetic resonance diffusion-weighted images revealed an acute infarction of anterior cerebral arterial territory. Computed tomographic angiography showed a left frontal CSAH without any vascular lesions. And other laboratory studies were non-specific. We treated with dual antiplatelet drugs (cilostazole [Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. tokyo, Japan] and Aspirin [Bayer Pharma AG., Leverkusen, Germany]). She has done well for a follow-up period. (5 months) This case demonstrates the CSAH with acute infarction is rare but need to work up to identify the etiology and antiplatelet dugs are taken into account for treatments.

  18. Lenticulostriate Artery Involvement is Predictive of Poor Outcomes in Superficial Middle Cerebral Artery Territory Infarction

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    Lee, Kijeong; Kim, Eun Hye; Song, Dongbeom; Kim, Young Dae; Nam, Hyo Suk; Lee, Hye Sun

    2017-01-01

    Purpose Patients with superficial middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory infarction may have concomitant lenticulostriate artery (LSA) territory infarction. We investigated the mechanisms thereof and the outcomes of patients with superficial MCA territory infarction according to the presence or absence of LSA involvement. Materials and Methods Consecutive patients with first-ever infarction in the unilateral superficial MCA territory were included in this study. They were divided into the superficial MCA only (SM) group and the superficial MCA plus LSA (SM+L) group. Results Of the 398 patients, 84 patients (21.1%) had LSA involvement (SM+L group). The SM+L group more frequently had significant stenosis of the proximal MCA or carotid artery and high-risk cardioembolic sources. Stroke severity and outcomes were remarkably different between the groups. The SM+L group showed more severe neurologic deficits (National Institute of Health Stroke Scale score 10.8±7.1 vs. 4.0±5.0, p<0.001) and larger infarct in the superficial MCA territory (40.8±62.6 cm3 vs. 10.8±21.8 cm3, p<0.001) than the SM group. A poor functional outcome (mRS >2) at 3 months was more common in the SM+L group (64.3% vs. 15.9%, p<0.001). During a mean follow-up of 26 months, 67 patients died. All-cause (hazard ratio, 2.246) and stroke (hazard ratio, 9.193) mortalities were higher in the SM+L group than the SM group. In multivariate analyses, LSA involvement was an independent predictor of poor functional outcomes and stroke mortality. Conclusion LSA territory involvement is predictive of poor long-term outcomes in patients with superficial MCA territory infarction. PMID:27873504

  19. Application of non-invasive cerebral electrical impedance measurement on brain edema in patients with cerebral infarction.

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    He, Lan Ying; Wang, Jian; Luo, Yong; Dong, Wei Wei; Liu, Li Xu

    2010-09-01

    To investigate the change of brain edema in patients with cerebral infarction by non-invasive cerebral electrical impedance (CEI) measurements. An invariable secure current at a frequency of 50 kHz and an intensity of 0.1 mA was given into a person's brain. CEI values of the bilateral hemisphere of 200 healthy volunteers and 107 patients with cerebral infarction were measured by non-invasive brain edema monitor. The results of perturbative index (PI) converted from CEI were compared with the volumes of brain edema, which were calculated by an image analysing system according to magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography. (1) In the healthy volunteers, PI values in the left and right hemisphere were 7.98 +/- 0.95 and 8.02 +/- 0.71 respectively, and there was no significant difference between the two sides (p>0.05). Age, gender and different measuring times did not obviously affect PI values (p>0.05). (2) In the cerebral infarction group, CEI measurements were more sensitive to the volumes of lesion, which were more than 20 ml. The positive ratio of PI was higher when the volumes of infarction were >20 ml (80.0%): the ratio of PI was 75.9% when the volumes of infarction were 20-50 ml and it was 83.3% when the volumes of lesion were more than 50 ml. PI was lower when the volumes were less than 20 ml. (3) PI of the infarction side increased obviously 3-5 days after onset; the difference of two sides was the most significant. There was a positive correlation between PI of the infarction side and volume of infarction. PI may be a sensitive parameter for non-invasive monitoring of the change of brain edema in patients with cerebral infarction. CEI is a valuable method for the early detection of brain edema.

  20. Tanshinone inhibits neuronal cell apoptosis and inflammatory response in cerebral infarction rat model.

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    Zhou, Liang; Zhang, Jie; Wang, Chao; Sun, Qiangsan

    2017-06-01

    We aimed to investigate the effect and mechanisms of tanshinone (TSN) IIA in cerebral infarction. The cerebral infarction rat model was established by middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). After pretreatment with TSN, cerebral infarct volume, cerebral edema, and neurological deficits score were evaluated, as well as cell apoptosis in hippocampus and cortex of the brain was examined with terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) and the levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and C-reactive protein (CRP) were determined by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). In addition, rat primary neuronal cells were isolated and cultured in oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) conditions. After pretreatment with TSN, cell viability and apoptosis were observed by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and flow cytometry analysis, respectively. The expressions of Bax and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) were detected by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and western blotting. Compared with untreated cerebral infarction rat, TSN treatment significantly reduced cerebral infarct volume, cerebral edema, and neurological deficits score ( P < 0.05). Cell apoptosis as well as the levels of IL-6, TNF-α, and CRP in hippocampus and cortex of cerebral infarction rat were inhibited after pretreatment with TSN ( P < 0.05). Furthermore, TSN remarkably increased cell viability and inhibited cell apoptosis ratio ( P < 0.05) in OGD-induced rat neuronal cells. Besides, TSN significantly downregulated the expression of Bax and upregulated Bcl-2 ( P < 0.05). TSN IIA has a preventive effect on cerebral infarction by inhibiting neuronal cell apoptosis and inflammatory response in vitro and in vivo.

  1. [Myocardial infarction beginning with cerebral symptoms in 30 cases of cardio-cerebral apoplexy].

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    Tsukazaki, T; Kuramoto, K; Oda, S; Ueda, S; Matsushita, S

    1991-01-01

    A clinicopathological analysis of myocardial infarction with an onset of stroke-like symptoms was carried out on 30 autopsy cases at the Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital. The cases were classified into four groups according to the types of brain lesions, I: embolism (n = 17), II: thrombosis (n = 9), III: bleeding (n = 2), and IV: no remarkable focal lesion (n = 2). Classification was made based on clinical findings, and pathological features. The characteristic clinical findings were conciousness disturbance, no elevation of blood pressure at the onset of stroke, hemiplegia and shock. However, the typical anginal chest pain was found in only 17% of cases. The underlying diseases and complications were hypertension, atrial fibrillation (Af), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), renal failure, malignant neoplasma, and diabetes mellitus. The incidences of Af, DIC, mural thrombus, non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis (NBTE) were significantly higher in the group with cerebral embolism than in the group with cerebral thrombosis. The coronary stenotic index was also smaller in the group with cerebral embolism. Therefore, the major etiology of cardio-cerebral apoplexy was a simultaneous embolism to the brain and heart due to Af, NBTE or, DIC.

  2. Neuroprotective effects of Bcl-2 overexpression on nerve cells of rats with acute cerebral infarction.

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    Zhang, H R; Peng, J H; Zhu, G Y; Xu, R X

    2015-07-13

    We aimed to investigate the influence of lentiviral-mediated Bcl-2 overexpression in cerebral tissues of rats with acute cerebral infarction. Forty-five rats were randomly divided into sham, model, and treatment groups. The sham and model groups were administered a control lentiviral vector via the intracranial arteries 10 days before surgery, while the treatment group received lentivirus encoding a Bcl-2 overexpression vector. We induced cerebral artery infarction using a suture-occlusion method and analyzed the cerebral expression levels of apoptosis-related genes (caspase-3, Bax), total cerebral apoptosis, range of cerebral tissue infarction, and changes in nerve cell function after 72 h. The Bcl-2-encoding lentivirus was well expressed in rat cerebral tissues. The treatment group had significantly higher expression levels of Bcl-2 than the other two groups. After cerebral infarction, the model group had significantly increased expression levels of caspase-3 and Bax protein in cerebral tissues than the sham (P < 0.05). Expression of these apoptosis-related proteins in the treatment group was obviously lower than that in the model group (P < 0.05), but significantly higher than in the sham group (P < 0.05). Compared to sham, neuronal apoptosis levels and infarction range of cerebral tissues was increased in the model and treatment groups; however, these values in the treatment group were significantly lower than that in the model group (P < 0.05). Importantly, the treatment group had significantly decreased neurological impairment scores (P < 0.05). In conclusion, Bcl-2 over-expression can decrease neuronal apoptosis in rat cerebral tissue, and thus is neuroprotective after cerebral ischemia.

  3. [Aspirin versus anticoagulation in young patients with cerebral infarction secondary to primary antiphospholipid syndrome].

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    Arauz, Antonio; Roa, Luis F; Hernandez, Bernardo; Merlos, Marlon; Marquez, Juan M; Artigas, Carol; Perez, Aurora; Cantu-Brito, Carlos; Barinagarrementeria, Fernando

    2011-11-16

    The primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAS) is an independent risk factor for cerebral infarction. AIM. To evaluate the risk of recurrence, to compare different treatments and determine the risk factors associated with recurrence and hemorrhagic complications in patients with cerebral infarction and PAS. Prospectively collected data from 92 patients under 45 years (71% female, mean age 33.8 ± 8.9 years) with confirmed diagnoses of cerebral infarction and PAS, treated with anticoagulants (n = 54) or aspirin (n = 38) were retrospectively analyzed. Clinical follow-up was obtained by neurological examination every 6 to 12 months. Outcome measures were: recurrence of CI, symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage, and minor bleeding. During a median follow-up of 54 months (range: 12-240 months), there were 8 (9%) recurrent cerebral infarctions, with no difference between treatment with aspirin (n = 0) or anticoagulants (n = 8). The annual rate of recurrence was 0,014 person-years of follow-up. The history of previous thrombosis and spontaneous abortions were more frequent in patients with recurrence. Aspirin-treated patients more frequently came from rural areas. Four anticoagulated patients developed bleeding complications, two minor bleeding and two subdural hematomas. 76% of the cases evolved with good outcome (modified Rankin scale: 0-2). With the limitations of a nonrandomized study, our data suggest that the risk of recurrent arterial cerebral infarction in young patients with cerebral infarction secondary to PAS is low, probably non-uniform and independent of the type of antithrombotic.

  4. Acute serum calcium changes in transient ischemic attack and cerebral infarction.

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    D'Erasmo, E; Pisani, D; Romagnoli, S; Ragno, A; Acca, M

    1998-01-01

    Total (T-Ca), albumin corrected (A-Ca) and ionized (Ca++) serum calcium levels were measured in patients affected by transient ischemic attack (TIA) and ischemic cerebral infarction (ICI), in order to evaluate the clinical and prognostic significance of calcemic status during the acute phase of these events. These results demonstrate that the calcium level is decreased in cerebral ischemia and that more substantial changes are observed in ICI than in TIA and controls (p < 0.0001, p < 0.02 and p < 0.0001 respectively for T-Ca, A-Ca and Ca++; analysis of variance). The mean T-Ca was significantly reduced in patients who died during hospitalization compared with values observed in survivors (p < 0.005), whereas A-Ca and Ca++ were not different. The calcium changes observed in the early phase of TIA and ICI suggest that the severity of cerebral ischemia may condition the amount of its acute decrease. The cause of hypocalcemia is unclear (primary effect or secondary epiphenomenon of cerebral ischemia?), but when A-Ca and Ca++ are considered, its in-hospital unfavorable prognostic role may be excluded.

  5. Effect of intravascular irradiation of He-Ne laser on cerebral infarction: Hemorrheology and apoptosis

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    Zhu, Jian; Liang, Min-yi; Cao, Hao-cai; Li, Xiao-Yuan; Li, Shao-ming; Li, Shun-hao; Li, Wen-qi; Zhang, Jin-hong; Liu, Lei; Lai, Jian-hong

    2005-07-01

    Objective: To explore the efficacy of He-Ne laser intravascular irradiation on infarction and hemorrheology. To observe the effects of intravascular low level He-Ne laser irradiation (ILLLI) of blood on cell proliferation, apoptosis and chromosome in lymphocyte from cerebral infarction Methods: Seventy cases with cerebral infarction were randomly divided into groups control group (35 cases) treated only with common drugs and therapeutic group (35 cases) treated besides common drugs also by He-Ne laser intravascular irradiation. Their hemorrheology index and treatment results were observed and compared. The blood lymphocytes of cerebral infarction were cultured before and after treatment. After that, the mitosis index (MI), cell kinetics index (CKI), sister-chromatid exchanges (SCE) frequencies and apoptosis were determined. Results The therapeutic group was better than the control one. The effective rate in the therapeutic group was 88.6%, in the control one was 65.7%. The viscosity and fibrinogen, etc were better than that in the control group with significant difference (P<0.01). The lymphocyte proliferation index was significantly two increased than the control one (P>0.05) in cerebral infarction patients after treatment; The CKI of lymphocytes had no obvious difference among groups (P>0.05) SCE frequencies of lymphocytes had no statistic significance between control group and ILLLI on (P>0.05). It showed the apoptosis rate of lymphocytes in cerebral infarction patients after ILLLI treatment increased significantly compared with the control group, (P<0.001). There was a significant difference of apoptosis rate of lymphocytes in cerebral infarction patients than the control (P<0.001). Conclusions: During the He-Ne laser intravascular irradiation of the cerebral infarction, the low level He-Ne by ILLLI can increase the proliferation of lymphocytes, and can induce lymphocytes to apoptosis, but has no mutagenicity of cells.

  6. Confirmation of CT criteria to distinguish pathophysiologic subtypes of cerebral infarction.

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    Dettmers, C; Solymosi, L; Hartmann, A; Buermann, J; Hagendorff, A

    1997-02-01

    To determine whether cerebral infarctions classified as embolic or hemodynamic by their appearance on CT scans reflect distinct pathophysiologic entities. Cerebral infarctions were retrospectively classified into two groups according to their morphologic appearance on CT scans: territorial infarctions and watershed, or terminal supply area, infarctions. Specific CO2 reactivity for both groups of patients was determined with the xenon-133 method and 32 stationary detectors. Twenty-one patients with unilateral, supratentorial, ischemic cerebral infarctions were selected. CT findings were highly suggestive of a territorial infarction in 14 patients (mean age, 56 years) and of a watershed infarction in seven patients (mean age, 52 years). The initial slope index of the territorial and watershed infarction groups during CO2 inhalation was 55.1 +/- 2.4 sec-1 and 52.0 +/- 1.9 sec-1, respectively, in the infarcted hemispheres and 58.3 +/- 2.3 sec-1 and 55.1 +/- 1.5 sec-1, respectively, in the noninfarcted hemispheres. CO2 reactivity of the unaffected detectors was 1.75 +/- 0.3 sec-1 mm Hg-1 and 1.51 +/- 0.2 sec-1 mm Hg-1 for the territorial and watershed infarction groups, respectively. CO2 reactivity of the affected detectors was 1.75 +/- 0.3 sec-1 mm Hg-1 and 1.27 +/- 0.2 sec-1 mm Hg-1 for the two groups, respectively. The CO2 reactivity difference between affected detectors of the hemodynamic group and age-matched healthy control subjects was significant. The difference in CO2 reactivity between the two groups supports the concept that CT criteria can identify two pathophysiologic entities. In addition, we conclude that during the chronic stage, lower CO2 reactivity of the watershed infarction indicates that the global hemodynamic situation in these infarcts is more severely compromised than in territorial infarctions.

  7. Effect of oral administration of Pheretima aspergillum (earthworm) in rats with cerebral infarction induced by middle-cerebral artery occlusion.

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    Liu, Chung-Hsiang; Lin, Yi-Wen; Tang, Nou-Ying; Liu, Hsu-Jan; Huang, Chih-Yang; Hsieh, Ching-Liang

    2012-01-01

    We investigated the curative effect of Pheretima aspergillum (earthworm, PA) on rats with middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo). The MCAo-induced cerebral infarction was established and its underlying mechanisms by counting the infarction areas and evaluating the rats' neurological status. Immunostaining was used to test the expression of NeuN, and glial fibrillary acidic (GFAP), S100B, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) proteins. Our results showed that oral administration of PA for two weeks to rats with MCAo successfully reduced cerebral infarction areas in the cortex and striatum, and also reduced scores of neurological deficit. The PA-treated MCAo rats showed greatly decreased neuronal death, glial proliferation, and S100B proteins in the penumbra area of the cortex and in the ischemic core area of the cortex, but BDNF did not changed. These results demonstrated novel and detailed cellular mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective effects of PA in MCAo rats.

  8. A pilot study on the correlation of tongue manifestation with the site of cerebral infarction in patients with stroke.

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    Liu, Ping; Gao, Li; Song, Jue-Xian; Zhao, Hai-Ping; Wu, Xiao-Guang; Xu, Chang-Min; Huang, Li-Yuan; Wang, Ping-Ping; Luo, Yu-Min

    2014-11-01

    To discuss the correlation of tongue manifestation with the site of cerebral infarction in patients with acute cerebral infarction. From March 2008 to February 2009, 200 cases of hospitalized patients with first unilateral cerebral infarction were chosen in the Department of Neurology, Xuanwu Hospital. The correlation of different tongue color, fur texture, fur color with the site of cerebral infarction was analyzed. The site of cerebral infarction in patients were compared between different tongue color by Chisquare test (P=0.314), and further correspondence analysis demonstrated that there was correlation between red tongue and cortical-subcortical infarction group. The site of cerebral infarction in patients were compared between thick fur group and thin fur group, cortical-subcortical infarction occurred more frequently in the former (P=0.0008). The site of cerebral infarction in patients were compared between dry fur group, moist fur group and smooth fur group, correspondence analysis demonstrated there was correlation between dry fur and cortical-subcortical group. The site of cerebral infarction in the patients were compared between white fur group, white-yellow fur group and yellow fur group (P=0.010), and correspondence analysis demonstrated there was correlation between white fur and brainstem infarction; white-yellow fur has relationship with cortical infarction; subcortical infarction was weakly related with white-yellow fur; there was closer relationship between yellow fur and cortical-subcortical infarction. The change of tongue manifestation was associated with the site of cerebral infarction in patients, providing a new combining site for diagnosing cerebrovascular diseases by integrative medicine.

  9. Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) - literature review apropos an autopsy case.

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    Wesołowski, Wojciech; Dziewulska, Dorota; Koziarska, Malwina; Iżycka-Świeszewska, Ewa

    2015-09-01

    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is a non-atherosclerotic, non-amyloid cerebral angiopathy involving small arteries and arterioles. This entity presents vascular changes in the form of smooth muscle degeneration with swollen myocytes and PAS-positive granular deposits, together with vascular fibrosis and hyalinization. In parallel, diffuse white matter destruction with infarcts, tissue rarefaction, spongiosis, lacunes and demyelination are characteristic. Ultrastructurally, vascular granular osmiophilic material (GOM) is pathognomonic for this hereditary disease caused by NOTCH3 mutation. We diagnosed CADASIL in the autopsy examination of a 53-year-old woman with a 9-year history of a progressive neurological disease with complex motor and cognitive deficits, accompanied by non-specific diffuse white matter changes on neuroimaging. Despite several multicentre hospitalizations, the precise diagnosis was not established until the post-mortem examination of the brain was made. CADASIL is a rare entity, but it should be considered by a pathologist in a differential diagnosis of vascular diseases of the brain, especially in cases with atypical clinical presentation and familial history. The prompt diagnosis depends on the quality of the brain autopsy and proper sampling. The post mortem examination, where “Morituri vivos docent”, is still significant.

  10. Predictors of early in-hospital death after decompressive craniectomy in swollen middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    Sundseth, Jarle; Sundseth, Antje; Jacobsen, Eva Astrid; Pripp, Are Hugo; Sorteberg, Wilhelm; Altmann, Marianne; Lindegaard, Karl-Fredrik; Berg-Johnsen, Jon; Thommessen, Bente

    2017-02-01

    Swollen middle cerebral artery infarction is a life-threatening disease and decompressive craniectomy is improving survival significantly. Despite decompressive surgery, however, many patients are not discharged from the hospital alive. We therefore wanted to search for predictors of early in-hospital death after craniectomy in swollen middle cerebral artery infarction. All patients operated with decompressive craniectomy due to swollen middle cerebral artery infarction at the Department of Neurosurgery, Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway, between May 1998 and October 2010, were included. Binary logistic regression analyses were performed and candidate variables were age, sex, time from stroke onset to decompressive craniectomy, NIHSS on admission, infarction territory, pineal gland displacement, reduction of pineal gland displacement after surgery, and craniectomy size. Fourteen out of 45 patients (31%) died during the primary hospitalization (range, 3-44 days). In the multivariate logistic regression model, middle cerebral artery infarction with additional anterior and/or posterior cerebral artery territory involvement was found as the only significant predictor of early in-hospital death (OR, 12.7; 95% CI, 0.01-0.77; p = 0.029). The present study identified additional territory infarction as a significant predictor of early in-hospital death. The relatively small sample size precludes firm conclusions.

  11. Reproducibility of detecting silent cerebral infarcts in pediatric sickle cell anemia.

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    Liem, Robert I; Liu, Jingxia; Gordon, Mae O; Vendt, Bruce A; McKinstry, Robert C; Kraut, Michael A; Strouse, John J; Ball, William S; DeBaun, Michael R

    2014-12-01

    Detecting silent cerebral infarcts on magnetic resonance images (MRIs) in children with sickle cell anemia is challenging, yet reproducibility of readings has not been examined in this population. We evaluated consensus rating, inter-, and intra-grader agreement associated with detecting silent cerebral infarct on screening MRI in the Silent Infarct Transfusion Trial. Three neuroradiologists provided consensus decisions for 1073 MRIs. A random sample of 53 scans was reanalyzed in blinded fashion. Agreement between first and second consensus ratings was substantial (κ = 0.70, P < .0001), as was overall intergrader agreement (κ = 0.76, P < .0001). In the test-retest sample, intragrader agreement ranged from κ of 0.57 to 0.76. Consensus decisions were more concordant when MRIs contained more than one larger lesions. Routine use of MRI to screen for silent cerebral infarcts in the research setting is reproducible in sickle cell anemia and agreement among neuroradiologists is sufficient.

  12. Frequency and patterns of abnormality detected by iodine-123 amine emission CT after cerebral infarction

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    Brott, T.G.; Gelfand, M.J.; Williams, C.C.; Spilker, J.A.; Hertzberg, V.S.

    1986-03-01

    Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) was performed in 31 patients with cerebral infarction and 13 who had had transient ischemic attacks, using iodine-123-labeled N,N,N'-trimethyl-N'-(2-hydroxyl-3-methyl-5-iodobenzyl)-1,3-propanediamin e (I-123-HIPDM) as the radiopharmaceutical. SPECT scans were compared with computed tomographic (CT) scans. SPECT was as sensitive as CT in detecting cerebral infarction (94% vs. 84%). The abnormalities were larger on the SPECT scans than on the CT scans in 19 cases, equal in seven, and smaller in five (SPECT abnormalities greater than or equal to CT abnormalities in 86% of cases). Fifteen of 30 patients with hemispheric infarction had decreased perfusion (decreased uptake of I-123-HIPDM) to the cerebellar hemisphere contralateral to the cerebral hemisphere involved by the infarction (crossed cerebellar diaschisis). Nine of these 15 patients had major motor deficits, while only one of the 15 without crossed cerebellar diaschisis had a major motor deficit.

  13. Diffuse cerebral vasospasm with infarct after intrathecal cytarabine in childhood leukemia.

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    Yoon, Jong Hyung; Yoon, Ju Young; Park, Hyeon Jin; Son, Meong Hi; Kim, Su-Hyun; Kim, Woojun; Kim, Ho Jin; Lee, Sang Hyun; Park, Byung-Kiu

    2014-12-01

    Although the varied neurotoxicity of intrathecal (IT) chemotherapy for treatment of childhood acute leukemia is well known, most are related to transient post-puncture headache, drug-induced arachnoiditis, or leukoencephalopathy after methotrexate or cytarabine. Cerebral vasospasm leading to acute infarct after IT chemotherapy is very uncommon in children. Reported herein is a rare case of diffuse cerebral vasospasm with subsequent cerebral infarct after IT cytarabine in a 7-year-old boy with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, who successfully recovered with supportive management, and a review of the literature.

  14. Vasospasm and cerebral infarction from pituitary apoplexy. A case report.

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    Cerase, A; Tarantino, A; Muzii, V F; Vittori, C; Venturi, C

    2010-06-01

    Pituitary apoplexy is a potentially life-threatening acute or subacute clinical syndrome occurring from enlargement of the pituitary gland, and pituitary insufficiency, from hemorrhage or ischemia from an unknown pituitary lesion, most frequently being a non-functioning macroadenoma. A close, and multidisciplinary management is required. The purpose of this case report is to increase awareness to pituitary apoplexy presentation and management by reporting clinical features and neuroradiological findings observed in a 70-year-old patient with an unknown pituitary lesion. He presented with pituitary apoplexy and brain ischemia at magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. MR angiography (MRA) showed diffuse vasospasm of anterior and posterior circulation. Both MRI and cytochemical examination of the cerebrospinal fluid ruled out subarachnoid hemorrhage. Due to concomitant diseases, and absence of visual deficit, the management was conservative by medical and substitutive therapy, without surgery. Clinical follow-up showed clearcut improvement, and this was consistent with MRI and MRA evidence of vasospasm regression, and clearcut pituitary lesion shrinkage. Pituitary lesions with hemorrhagic infarction presenting with pituitary apoplexy may be associated with vasospasm and brain ischemia at diagnosis, also in the absence of subarachnoid hemorrhage. A correct MR evaluation of patients with PA should include DWI, ADC maps, and MRA. Notably, early diagnosis of PA-associated vasospasm and cerebral ischemia avoids the possibility of their detection only after neurosurgery.

  15. Cerebral Infarction after Traumatic Brain Injury: Incidence and Risk Factors.

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    Bae, Dong-Hyeon; Choi, Kyu-Sun; Yi, Hyeong-Joong; Chun, Hyoung-Joon; Ko, Yong; Bak, Koang Hum

    2014-10-01

    Post-traumatic cerebral infarction (PTCI) is one of the most severe secondary insults after traumatic brain injury (TBI), and is known to be associated with poor outcome and high mortality rate. We assessed the practical incidence and risk factors for the development of PTCI. We conducted retrospective study on 986 consecutive patients with TBI from the period May 2005 to November 2012 at our institution. The definition of PTCI was made on non-enhanced CT scan based on a well-demarcated or fairly discernible region of low attenuation following specific vascular territory with normal initial CT. Clinical and radiological findings that related to patients' outcome were reviewed and statistically compared. PTCI was observed in 21 (2.1%) patients. Of various parameters, age (p=0.037), initial Glasgow coma scale score (p<0.01), brain herniation (p=0.044), and decompressive craniectomy (p=0.012) were significantly higher in patients with PTCI than patients who do not have PTCI. Duration between accident and PTCI, patterns of TBI and vascular territory of PTCI were not specific. The mortality rates were significantly higher in patients with PTCI than without PTCI. The development of PTCI is rare after TBI, but it usually results in serious outcome and high mortality. Early recognition for risks and aggressive managements is mandatory to prevent PTCI.

  16. An analysis of risk factors for asymptomatic cerebral infarction.

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    Shiga, Tomoko; Owada, Kiyoshi; Hoshino, Tatsuo; Nagahara, Hikaru; Shiratori, Keiko

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study is to identify risk factors for asymptomatic cerebral infarction (ACI) in the general Japanese population. A total of 634 subjects (272 men aged 55.4+/-8.8 years and 362 women aged 55.2+/-8.5 years) who visited the Health Management Center at Aoyama Hospital (Tokyo, Japan) from January 2004 through January 2005 for an annual brain dry dock examination were analyzed. We evaluated 21 risk factors for ACI by multivariate logistic regression analysis. Abnormal or potentially abnormal conditions were detected in 258 subjects (40.7% of all subjects who had an annual check-up program for brain disease). The most frequent abnormal finding was ACI, which was observed in 208 subjects. The significant risk factors for ACI, as determined by multivariate logistic analysis, were age (P <0.01), hypertension (P <0.01), and hypertensive vascular changes in the fundus (P <0.05). The hypertensive vascular abnormalities in the fundus might be a risk factor for ACI independent of age and hypertension.

  17. Serum leptin levels may be correlated with cerebral infarction

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    Li, Kun-Bin; Yao, Xian-Li; Sun, Ping-Ge; Wu, Zhi-Yuan; Li, Xiao-Xing; Liu, Jun-Qi; Li, Yi-Lan

    2016-01-01

    Background: To investigate the relation between serum leptin levels and cerebral infarction (CI) by meta-analysis. Materials and Methods: Scientific literature databases were searched for studies published in Chinese and English. After retrieving relevant articles through database searches and screening using predefined selection criteria, high-quality studies related to our research topic were selected for inclusion in this meta-analysis. All statistical analyses were conducted using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis 2.0 (CMA 2.0, Biostat Inc., Englewood, New Jersey, USA). Results: The study results revealed that serum leptin levels were significantly higher in CI patients as compared to normal controls. The outcomes of subgroup analysis by ethnicity suggested that the serum leptin levels in CI patients were significantly higher than normal controls in both Asian and Caucasian populations. Further, subgroup analysis based on the detection method indicated that the serum leptin levels in CI patients were significantly higher compared with normal controls when measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA) but enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)-based measurements did not show such statistically significant differences. Conclusion: Our meta-analysis results suggest that serum leptin levels in CI patients may be closely correlated with CI risks. PMID:27904550

  18. Effect of Inducible Co-Stimulatory Molecule siRNA in Cerebral Infarction Rat Models

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    Luo, Yingquan; Yang, Yu; Zhang, Hui; Zhang, Ting; Wang, Yina; Tan, Shengyu; Xu, Yan; Li, Dan; Ye, Ling; Chen, Ping

    2015-01-01

    Background T cell-induced inflammatory response and related cytokine secretion at the injury site may participate in the pathogenesis of cerebral infarction. Recent studies established inducible co-stimulatory molecule (ICOS) as a novel T cell-related factor for its activation and functions. We thus investigate the role of ICOS in cerebral infarction. Material/Methods The siRNA of ICOS was first used to suppress the gene expression in cultured lymphocytes. An in vivo study was then performed by intravenous application of ICOS siRNA in cerebral infarction rats. Survival rates, neurological scores, serum tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1, and IL-17 levels were observed. Results The expression of ICOS in cultured lymphocytes was significantly suppressed by siRNA. In the in vivo study, the application of siRNA effectively lowered mortality rates of rats, in addition to the improvement of neurological behaviors and amelioration of cerebral tissue damage. Serum levels of TNF-α, IL-1 and IL-17 were all significantly suppressed after siRNA injection. Conclusions ICOS siRNA can protect brain tissues from ischemia injuries after cerebral infarction, improve limb movement and coordination, lower the mortality rate of rats, and inhibit T cell-induced cytokines. These results collectively suggest the potential treatment efficacy of ICOS siRNA against cerebral infarction. PMID:26436531

  19. Agraphia caused by acute right parietal infarction.

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    Lee, Manyong; Suh, Mee Kyung; Lee, Myung Hyun; Lee, Jin Soo; Moon, So Young

    2015-04-01

    Injury in the dominant language hemisphere typically leads to agraphia, however we report a patient with agraphia after injury to the right angular gyrus. A 71-year-old Korean woman presented with the complaint of an inability to write for the last 7 days. The patient had been illiterate for most of her life, but had started learning to write Hangul, the Korean alphabet, at a welfare center 3 years ago. On language screening she was unable to write although she could read, and other language functions showed no abnormalities. Brain MRI showed acute infarction in the right angular gyrus. Her writing patterns displayed features of surface agraphia, indicative of phoneme-to-grapheme conversion with phonetic writing of targets. Additionally, she manifested visual errors. A functional MRI indicated that her left hemisphere was language dominant. This patient experienced agraphia resulting from pure impairment of visuo-constructive function after acute infarction in the right angular gyrus.

  20. Role of impaired CO2 reactivity in the diagnosis of cerebral low flow infarcts.

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    Baumgartner, R W; Regard, M

    1994-01-01

    Previous studies on CO2 reactivity in cerebral low flow infarcts (LFIs) included patients with lesions in the frontoparasagittal area, supraganglionic white matter, and temporoparieto-occipital zone. Supraganglionic white matter LFIs are, however, difficult to separate from non-low flow induced infarcts of the lacunar type, and temporoparieto-occipital LFIs from infarcts in the territory of the inferior stem of the middle cerebral artery. The CO2 reactivity of the middle cerebral artery was studied in 56 patients with high grade stenoses and occlusions of the internal carotid artery and LFIs (n = 9) in the frontoparasagittal border zone, territorial infarcts (n = 26), no infarcts (n = 21), and normal subjects (n = 25) by means of transcranial Doppler sonography. The aim was to investigate whether patients with LFIs have significantly lower CO2 reactivity than patients with territorial infarcts, no infarcts, and normal subjects. Patients with LFIs had the most severely reduced CO2 reactivity on the symptomatic side and CO2 reactivity was significantly lower than on the asymptomatic side. It was also lower than in patients with unilateral and bilateral internal carotid artery obstructions and territorial infarcts, asymptomatic patients, and healthy volunteers. It is concluded that LFIs are associated with significantly reduced CO2 reactivity. PMID:8021667

  1. Controlled trial of transfusions for silent cerebral infarcts in sickle cell anemia.

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    DeBaun, Michael R; Gordon, Mae; McKinstry, Robert C; Noetzel, Michael J; White, Desiree A; Sarnaik, Sharada A; Meier, Emily R; Howard, Thomas H; Majumdar, Suvankar; Inusa, Baba P D; Telfer, Paul T; Kirby-Allen, Melanie; McCavit, Timothy L; Kamdem, Annie; Airewele, Gladstone; Woods, Gerald M; Berman, Brian; Panepinto, Julie A; Fuh, Beng R; Kwiatkowski, Janet L; King, Allison A; Fixler, Jason M; Rhodes, Melissa M; Thompson, Alexis A; Heiny, Mark E; Redding-Lallinger, Rupa C; Kirkham, Fenella J; Dixon, Natalia; Gonzalez, Corina E; Kalinyak, Karen A; Quinn, Charles T; Strouse, John J; Miller, J Philip; Lehmann, Harold; Kraut, Michael A; Ball, William S; Hirtz, Deborah; Casella, James F

    2014-08-21

    Silent cerebral infarcts are the most common neurologic injury in children with sickle cell anemia and are associated with the recurrence of an infarct (stroke or silent cerebral infarct). We tested the hypothesis that the incidence of the recurrence of an infarct would be lower among children who underwent regular blood-transfusion therapy than among those who received standard care. In this randomized, single-blind clinical trial, we randomly assigned children with sickle cell anemia to receive regular blood transfusions (transfusion group) or standard care (observation group). Participants were between 5 and 15 years of age, with no history of stroke and with one or more silent cerebral infarcts on magnetic resonance imaging and a neurologic examination showing no abnormalities corresponding to these lesions. The primary end point was the recurrence of an infarct, defined as a stroke or a new or enlarged silent cerebral infarct. A total of 196 children (mean age, 10 years) were randomly assigned to the observation or transfusion group and were followed for a median of 3 years. In the transfusion group, 6 of 99 children (6%) had an end-point event (1 had a stroke, and 5 had new or enlarged silent cerebral infarcts). In the observation group, 14 of 97 children (14%) had an end-point event (7 had strokes, and 7 had new or enlarged silent cerebral infarcts). The incidence of the primary end point in the transfusion and observation groups was 2.0 and 4.8 events, respectively, per 100 years at risk, corresponding to an incidence rate ratio of 0.41 (95% confidence interval, 0.12 to 0.99; P=0.04). Regular blood-transfusion therapy significantly reduced the incidence of the recurrence of cerebral infarct in children with sickle cell anemia. (Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and others; Silent Cerebral Infarct Multi-Center Clinical Trial ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00072761, and Current Controlled Trials number, ISRCTN52713285.).

  2. Controlled Trial of Transfusions for Silent Cerebral Infarcts in Sickle Cell Anemia

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    DeBaun, M.R.; Gordon, M.; McKinstry, R.C.; Noetzel, M.J.; White, D.A.; Sarnaik, S.A.; Meier, E.R.; Howard, T.H.; Majumdar, S.; Inusa, B.P.D.; Telfer, P.T.; Kirby-Allen, M.; McCavit, T.L.; Kamdem, A.; Airewele, G.; Woods, G.M.; Berman, B.; Panepinto, J.A.; Fuh, B.R.; Kwiatkowski, J.L.; King, A.A.; Fixler, J.M.; Rhodes, M.M.; Thompson, A.A.; Heiny, M.E.; Redding-Lallinger, R.C.; Kirkham, F.J.; Dixon, N.; Gonzalez, C.E.; Kalinyak, K.A.; Quinn, C.T.; Strouse, J.J.; Miller, J.P.; Lehmann, H.; Kraut, M.A.; Ball, W.S.; Hirtz, D.; Casella, J.F.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND Silent cerebral infarcts are the most common neurologic injury in children with sickle cell anemia and are associated with the recurrence of an infarct (stroke or silent cerebral infarct). We tested the hypothesis that the incidence of the recurrence of an infarct would be lower among children who underwent regular blood-transfusion therapy than among those who received standard care. METHODS In this randomized, single-blind clinical trial, we randomly assigned children with sickle cell anemia to receive regular blood transfusions (transfusion group) or standard care (observation group). Participants were between 5 and 15 years of age, with no history of stroke and with one or more silent cerebral infarcts on magnetic resonance imaging and a neurologic examination showing no abnormalities corresponding to these lesions. The primary end point was the recurrence of an infarct, defined as a stroke or a new or enlarged silent cerebral infarct. RESULTS A total of 196 children (mean age, 10 years) were randomly assigned to the observation or transfusion group and were followed for a median of 3 years. In the transfusion group, 6 of 99 children (6%) had an end-point event (1 had a stroke, and 5 had new or enlarged silent cerebral infarcts). In the observation group, 14 of 97 children (14%) had an end-point event (7 had strokes, and 7 had new or enlarged silent cerebral infarcts). The incidence of the primary end point in the transfusion and observation groups was 2.0 and 4.8 events, respectively, per 100 years at risk, corresponding to an incidence rate ratio of 0.41 (95% confidence interval, 0.12 to 0.99; P = 0.04). CONCLUSIONS Regular blood-transfusion therapy significantly reduced the incidence of the recurrence of cerebral infarct in children with sickle cell anemia. (Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and others; Silent Cerebral Infarct Multi-Center Clinical Trial ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00072761, and Current

  3. Malignant middle cerebral artery infarction: a clinical study of 32 patients.

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    Arboix, Adrià; García-Eroles, Luís; Oliveres, Montserrat; Comes, Emili; Sánchez, María José; Massons, Joan

    2015-01-01

    Malignant middle cerebral artery infarction is a devastating type of ischemic stroke whose clinical predictors remain scarcely known. The present study aims to improve the knowledge about the prognosis factors through an analysis of a malignant middle cerebral artery infarction sample of patients from our stroke registry. From a total of 1,396 patients with ischemic stroke in the middle cerebral artery included in the "Sagrat Cor Hospital of Barcelona Stroke Registry", we identified 32 patients with malignant middle cerebral artery infarction (2.3%). Demographic, anamnestic, clinical, and outcome variables in this subgroup of patients were compared with those of the middle cerebral artery. The independent predictive value of each variable on the development of malignant middle cerebral artery infarction was assessed with a logistic regression analysis. The mean age was 74.7 (SD, 11.4) years and 50% were males. In-hospital death was observed in eight patients (25%) and early bad prognosis (in-hospital death or severe residual focality at discharge) was present in 16 patients (50%). Decreased consciousness (OR: 4.17; 95% CI: 2.02-8.61), presence of nausea or vomiting (OR: 3.65; 95% CI: 1.40-8.49), and heavy smoking (> 20 cigarettes/day; OR: 2.62; 95% CI: 1.03-6.64) appeared to be independent prognostic factors for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction in the multivariate analysis. Malignant middle cerebral artery infarction is an infrequent clinical condition associated with poor prognosis and high mortality rate. In our sample, decreased consciousness, nausea or vomiting, and heavy smoking are the main clinical factors associated.

  4. Neonatal abstinence syndrome and cerebral infarction following maternal codeine use during pregnancy.

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    Reynolds, Eric W; Riel-Romero, Rosario Maria S; Bada, Henrietta S

    2007-09-01

    Neonatal withdrawal from maternal drugs and medications is common in some NICUs. Codeine-containing cough preparations given to pregnant mothers have been identified as a cause of neonatal abstinence syndrome. However, many women do not consider prescription cough syrups when asked about drug use. Maternal medication or illicit drug use has been identified as a cause of perinatal arterial stroke. Since codeine is an opiate with similar pharmacodynamic effects to morphine, it is reasonable to investigate if maternal codeine use has effects on the fetus that are similar to other opiates. The authors present 2 cases of newborn infants with perinatal arterial stroke that may have been associated with in utero exposure to codeine. Physicians should ask about maternal medication use, including codeine-containing cough preparations, when evaluating newborn infants with evidence of cerebral infarction.

  5. Hypertensive encephalopathy mimicking cerebral vasculitis with pontine oedema, cerebellar white matter lesions and multiple cerebral infarctions.

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    Ceccarelli, Daniela; Hargroves, David; Balogun, Ibrahim; Webb, Thomas

    2017-07-19

    A 47-year-old man with poorly controlled hypertension presented with headaches, right-sided weakness and dysarthria. CT and MRI scans of the brain showed widespread abnormalities including significant pontine oedema, basal ganglia and corona radiata infarctions and cerebellar white matter high signal. Imaging of the intracerebral vasculature also demonstrated wall irregularities. Initially a central nervous system inflammatory disorder was thought to be the most likely diagnosis, possibly acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis or cerebral vasculitis, and the patient was treated with high-dose intravenous steroids. The diagnosis of hypertensive encephalopathy was made because (1) the patient was hypertensive and (2) the patients MRI findings resolved with antihypertensive treatment.Blood pressure treatment was instigated from admission, and the patients symptoms improved with resolution of the radiological abnormalities. © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  6. 2-decenoic acid ethyl ester, a compound that elicits neurotrophin-like intracellular signals, facilitating functional recovery from cerebral infarction in mice.

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    Tanaka, Yoshitaka; Fukumitsu, Hidefumi; Soumiya, Hitomi; Yoshimura, Shinichi; Iwama, Toru; Furukawa, Shoei

    2012-01-01

    In our previous study, we found that trans-2-decenoic acid ethyl ester (DAEE), a derivative of a medium-chain fatty acid, elicits neurotrophin-like signals including the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) in cultured mouse cortical neurons. Here, we examined the efficacy of intraperitoneal administration of DAEE on the treatment of a mouse model of the cerebral infarction caused by unilateral permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (PMCAO). DAEE-treatment (100 μg/kg body weight injected at 0.5, 24, 48, 72 h after PMCAO) significantly restored the mice from PMCAO-induced neurological deficits including motor paralysis when evaluated 48, 72, and 96 h after the PMCAO. Furthermore, DAEE facilitated the phosphorylation of ERK1/2 on the infarction side of the brain when analyzed by Western immunoblot analysis, and it enhanced the number of phosphorylated ERK1/2-positive cells in the border areas between the infarction and non-infarction regions of the cerebral cortex, as estimated immunohistochemically. As the infarct volume remained unchanged after DAEE-treatment, it is more likely that DAEE improved the neurological condition through enhanced neuronal functions of the remaining neurons in the damaged areas rather than by maintaining neuronal survival. These results suggest that DAEE has a neuro-protective effect on cerebral infarction.

  7. Aspergillus coronary embolization causing acute myocardial infarction.

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    Laszewski, M; Trigg, M; de Alarcon, P; Giller, R

    1988-05-01

    An increased frequency of disseminated aspergillosis has been observed in the last decade, mostly occurring in immunocompromised patients including the bone marrow transplant population. Cardiac involvement by Aspergillus remains rare. We report the clinical and postmortem findings of an unusual case of Aspergillus pancarditis in a 7-year-old bone marrow transplant patient with Aspergillus embolization to the coronary arteries leading to a massive acute myocardial infarction. This case suggests that myocardial injury secondary to disseminated aspergillosis should be included in the differential diagnosis of chest pain in the immunocompromised pediatric patient.

  8. [A case of spectacular shrinking deficit caused by paradoxical cerebral embolism secondary to pulmonary arteriovenous fistula].

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    Ito, Ai; Ii, Yuichiro; Higashigawa, Takatoshi; Murashima, Shuichi; Tomimoto, Hidekazu

    2013-12-01

    We report a case of spectacular shrinking deficit caused by paradoxical cerebral embolism through pulmonary arteriovenous fistula (AVF). A 79-year-old female suddenly developed right hemiplegia, paresthesia, and speech disturbance symptoms that were improved within 20 min, indicating a diagnosis of spectacular shrinking deficit. Brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed acute cerebral infarcts in the left parietal cortex of the left middle cerebral arterial territory. A contrast-enhanced chest computed tomography scan revealed a pulmonary AVF in the middle lobe of the right lung. The patient had deep venous thrombosis in her left lower leg. She had no clinical signs of telangiectasia, did not exhibit recurrent epistaxis, and had no family history of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). Therefore, she was diagnosed with paradoxical cerebral embolism secondary to the pulmonary AVF without HHT. Pulmonary AVF should be considered in patients with cerebral embolism, even when presenting with spectacular shrinking deficit.

  9. In Vivo Theranostics at the Peri-Infarct Region in Cerebral Ischemia

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    Agulla, Jesús; Brea, David; Campos, Francisco; Sobrino, Tomás; Argibay, Bárbara; Al-Soufi, Wajih; Blanco, Miguel; Castillo, José; Ramos-Cabrer, Pedro

    2014-01-01

    The use of theranostics in neurosciences has been rare to date because of the limitations imposed on the free delivery of substances to the brain by the blood-brain barrier. Here we report the development of a theranostic system for the treatment of stroke, a leading cause of death and disability in developed countries. We first performed a series of proteomic, immunoblotting and immunohistological studies to characterize the expression of molecular biomarkers for the so-called peri-infarct tissue, a key region of the brain for stroke treatment. We confirmed that the HSP72 protein is a suitable biomarker for the peri-infarct region, as it is selectively expressed by at-risk tissue for up to 7 days following cerebral ischemia. We also describe the development of anti-HSP72 vectorized stealth immunoliposomes containing imaging probes to make them traceable by conventional imaging techniques (fluorescence and MRI) that were used to encapsulate a therapeutic agent (citicoline) for the treatment of cerebral ischemia. We tested the molecular recognition capabilities of these nano-platforms in vitro together with their diagnostic and therapeutic properties in vivo, in an animal model of cerebral ischemia. Using MRI, we found that 80% of vectorized liposomes were located on the periphery of the ischemic lesion, and animals treated with citicoline encapsulated on these liposomes presented lesion volumes up to 30% smaller than animals treated with free (non-encapsulated) drugs. Our results show the potential of nanotechnology for the development of effective tools for the treatment of neurological diseases. PMID:24396517

  10. The Role of the PI3K Pathway in the Regeneration of the Damaged Brain by Neural Stem Cells after Cerebral Infarction.

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    Koh, Seong Ho; Lo, Eng H

    2015-10-01

    Neurologic deficits resulting from stroke remain largely intractable, which has prompted thousands of studies aimed at developing methods for treating these neurologic sequelae. Endogenous neurogenesis is also known to occur after brain damage, including that due to cerebral infarction. Focusing on this process may provide a solution for treating neurologic deficits caused by cerebral infarction. The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) pathway is known to play important roles in cell survival, and many studies have focused on use of the PI3K pathway to treat brain injury after stroke. Furthermore, since the PI3K pathway may also play key roles in the physiology of neural stem cells (NSCs), eliciting the appropriate activation of the PI3K pathway in NSCs may help to improve the sequelae of cerebral infarction. This review describes the PI3K pathway, its roles in the brain and NSCs after cerebral infarction, and the therapeutic possibility of activating the pathway to improve neurologic deficits after cerebral infarction.

  11. The Role of the PI3K Pathway in the Regeneration of the Damaged Brain by Neural Stem Cells after Cerebral Infarction

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    Lo, Eng H.

    2015-01-01

    Neurologic deficits resulting from stroke remain largely intractable, which has prompted thousands of studies aimed at developing methods for treating these neurologic sequelae. Endogenous neurogenesis is also known to occur after brain damage, including that due to cerebral infarction. Focusing on this process may provide a solution for treating neurologic deficits caused by cerebral infarction. The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) pathway is known to play important roles in cell survival, and many studies have focused on use of the PI3K pathway to treat brain injury after stroke. Furthermore, since the PI3K pathway may also play key roles in the physiology of neural stem cells (NSCs), eliciting the appropriate activation of the PI3K pathway in NSCs may help to improve the sequelae of cerebral infarction. This review describes the PI3K pathway, its roles in the brain and NSCs after cerebral infarction, and the therapeutic possibility of activating the pathway to improve neurologic deficits after cerebral infarction. PMID:26320845

  12. Simultaneous occurrence of diabetic ketoacidosis, thyroid storm, and multiple cerebral infarctions due to Moyamoya disease.

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    Noh, Byoungho H; Cho, Sang-Won; Ahn, Sung Yeon

    2016-02-01

    Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is one of the precipitating factors that can evoke a thyroid storm. Thyroid storm may cause cerebral ischemia in Moyamoya disease, which can coexist in patients with Graves' disease. A 16-year-old girl complaining of dizziness and palpitations visited the emergency department and was diagnosed with DKA combined with hyperthyroidism. A thyroid storm occurred 6 h after the start of DKA management. Her Burch and Wartofsky score was 65 points. Right hemiplegia developed during the thyroid storm, and brain magnetic resonance (MR) diffusion-weighted images revealed multiple acute infarcts in both hemispheres. MR angiography showed stenosis of both distal internal carotid arteries and both M1 portions of the middle cerebral arteries, consistent with Moyamoya disease. After acute management for the thyroid storm with methimazole, Lugol solution and hydrocortisone, the patient's neurological symptoms completely resolved within 1 month, and free T4 level normalized within 2 months. Thyroid storm may trigger cerebral ischemia in Moyamoya disease and lead to rapid progression of cerebrovascular occlusive disease. As a simultaneous occurrence of DKA, thyroid storm and cerebrovascular accident in Moyamoya disease highly elevates morbidity and mortality, prompt recognition and management are critical to save the patient's life.

  13. Near-infrared diffuse reflectance imaging of infarct core and peri-infarct depolarization in a rat middle cerebral artery occlusion model

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    Kawauchi, Satoko; Nishidate, Izumi; Nawashiro, Hiroshi; Sato, Shunichi

    2014-03-01

    To understand the pathophysiology of ischemic stroke, in vivo imaging of the brain tissue viability and related spreading depolarization is crucial. In the infarct core, impairment of energy metabolism causes anoxic depolarization (AD), which considerably increases energy consumption, accelerating irreversible neuronal damage. In the peri-infarct penumbra region, where tissue is still reversible despite limited blood flow, peri-infarct depolarization (PID) occurs, exacerbating energy deficit and hence expanding the infarct area. We previously showed that light-scattering signal, which is sensitive to cellular/subcellular structural integrity, was correlated with AD and brain tissue viability in a rat hypoxia-reoxygenation model. In the present study, we performed transcranial NIR diffuse reflectance imaging of the rat brain during middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion and examined whether the infarct core and PIDs can be detected. Immediately after occluding the left MCA, light scattering started to increase focally in the occlusion site and a bright region was generated near the occlusion site and spread over the left entire cortex, which was followed by a dark region, showing the occurrence of PID. The PID was generated repetitively and the number of times of occurrence in a rat ranged from four to ten within 1 hour after occlusion (n=4). The scattering increase in the occlusion site was irreversible and the area with increased scattering expanded with increasing the number of PIDs, indicating an expansion of the infarct core. These results suggest the usefulness of NIR diffuse reflectance signal to visualize spatiotemporal changes in the infarct area and PIDs.

  14. Disturbance of oxidative metabolism of glucose in recent human cerebral infarcts

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    Wise, R.J.; Rhodes, C.G.; Gibbs, J.M.; Hatazawa, J.; Palmer, T.; Frackowiak, R.S.; Jones, T.

    1983-12-01

    Eight patients with recent cerebral hemispheric infarction were studied with positron emission tomography and the oxygen-15 steady-state inhalation and (18F)deoxyglucose techniques to obtain values of regional cerebral blood flow, oxygen consumption, and glucose metabolism. The Sokoloff equation, used to calculate glucose metabolism, was simplified to exclude the exponential terms containing the rate constants. A value of the lumped constant quoted for normal brain (0.42) was used for infarcted regions and contralateral hemisphere. Mean regional cerebral blood flow, oxygen consumption, and glucose metabolism were all significantly depressed within the infarcts compared with the mirror regions in the contralateral cerebral hemisphere. The mean fractional extraction of oxygen was low, indicating an adequate supply of oxygen for residual oxidative metabolism. Regional oxygen consumption and glucose metabolism were significantly correlated within the infarcts, but with a relationship of 2 moles of oxygen per mole of glucose--one-third that in the contralateral hemisphere and in normal brain. Although these results suggest that the metabolizing tissue of a recent cerebral infarct utilizes aerobic glycolysis, caution about the validity of this pathophysiological observation is dictated by limitations in current positron emission tomographic tracer methodology.

  15. Automated Segmentation and Quantification of White Matter Hyperintensities in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients with Cerebral Infarction

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    Tsai, Jang-Zern; Peng, Syu-Jyun; Chen, Yu-Wei; Wang, Kuo-Wei; Li, Chen-Hua; Wang, Jing-Yi; Chen, Chi-Jen; Lin, Huey-Juan; Smith, Eric Edward; Wu, Hsiao-Kuang; Sung, Sheng-Feng; Yeh, Poh-Shiow; Hsin, Yue-Loong

    2014-01-01

    White matter hyperintensities (WMHs) of presumed vascular origin are common in ageing population, especially in patients with acute cerebral infarction and the volume has been reported to be associated with mental impairment and the risk of hemorrhage from antithrombotic agents. WMHs delineation can be computerized to minimize human bias. However, the presence of cerebral infarcts greatly degrades the accuracy of WMHs detection and thus limits the application of computerized delineation to patients with acute cerebral infarction. We propose a computer-assisted segmentation method to depict WMHs in the presence of cerebral infarcts in combined T1-weighted, fluid attenuation inversion recovery, and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The proposed method detects WMHs by empirical threshold and atlas information, with subtraction of white matter voxels affected by acute infarction. The method was derived using MRI from 25 hemispheres with WMHs only and 13 hemispheres with both WMHs and cerebral infarcts. Similarity index (SI) and correlation were utilized to assess the agreement between the new automated method and a gold standard visually guided semi-automated method done by an expert rater. The proposed WMHs segmentation approach produced average SI, sensitivity and specificity of 83.142±11.742, 84.154±16.086 and 99.988±0.029% with WMHs only and of 68.826±14.036, 74.381±18.473 and 99.956±0.054% with both WMHs and cerebral infarcts in the derivation cohort. The performance of the proposed method with an external validation cohort was also highly consistent with that of the experienced rater. PMID:25127120

  16. [Imaging Observation of Scalp Acupuncture on Brain Gray Matter Injury in Stroke Patients with Cerebral Infarction].

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    Lang, Yi; Cui, Fang-yuan; Li, Kuang-shi; Tan, Zhong-jian; Zou, Yi-huai

    2016-03-01

    To study features of brain gray matter injury in cerebral infarction patients and intervention of scalp acupuncture by using voxel-based morphology. A total of 16 cerebral infarction patients were recruited in this study, and assigned to the scalp acupuncture group and the control group, 8 in each group. Another 16 healthy volunteers were recruited as a normal group. All patients received scanning of T1 structure. Images were managed using VBM8 Software package. Difference of the gray matter structure was compared among the scalp acupuncture group, the control group, and the healthy volunteers. Compared with healthy volunteers, gray matter injury of cerebral infarction patients mainly occurred in 14 brain regions such as cingulate gyrus, precuneus, cuneus, anterior central gyrus, insular lobe, and so on. They were mainly distributed in affected side. Two weeks after treatment when compared with healthy volunteers, gray matter injury of cerebral infarction patients in the scalp acupuncture group still existed in 8 brain regions such as bilateral lingual gyrus, posterior cingulate gyrus, left cuneus, right precuneus, and so on. New gray matter injury occurred in lingual gyrus and posterior cingulate gyrus. Two weeks after treatment when compared with healthy volunteers, gray matter injury of cerebral infarction patients in the control group existed in 23 brain regions: bilateral anterior cingulum, caudate nucleus, cuneate lobe, insular lobe, inferior frontal gyrus, medial frontal gyrus, precuneus, paracentral lobule, superior temporal gyrus, middle temporal gyrus, lingual gyrus, right postcentral gyrus, posterior cingulate gyrus, precentral gyrus, middle frontal gyrus, and so on. New gray matter injury still existed in 9 cerebral regions such as lingual gyrus, posterior cingulate gyrus, postcentral gyrus, and so on. Brain gray matter structure is widely injured after cerebral infarction. Brain gray matter volume gradually decreased as time went by. Combined use of

  17. Acute headache at emergency department: reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome complicated by subarachnoid haemorrhage and cerebral infarction.

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    Yger, M; Zavanone, C; Abdennour, L; Koubaa, W; Clarençon, F; Dupont, S; Samson, Y

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome is becoming widely accepted as a rare cause of both ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke and should be evocated in case of thunderclap headaches associated with stroke. We present the case of a patient with ischemic stroke associated with cortical subarachnoid haemorrhage (cSAH) and reversible diffuse arteries narrowing, leading to the diagnosis of reversible vasoconstriction syndrome. Case Report. A 48-year-old woman came to the emergency department because of an unusual thunderclap headache. The computed tomography of the brain completed by CT-angiography was unremarkable. Eleven days later, she was readmitted because of a left hemianopsia. One day after her admission, she developed a sudden left hemiparesis. The brain MRI showed ischemic lesions in the right frontal and occipital lobe and diffuse cSAH. The angiography showed vasoconstriction of the right anterior cerebral artery and stenosis of both middle cerebral arteries. Nimodipine treatment was initiated and vasoconstriction completely regressed on day 16 after the first headache. Conclusion. Our case shows a severe reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome where both haemorrhagic and ischemic complications were present at the same time. The history we reported shows that reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome is still underrecognized, in particular in general emergency departments.

  18. [Intestinal infarct caused by giant cell arteritis].

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    Kalbermatter, V; Laudanno, C; Bagilet, D; Diab, M; Giménez, D; Serra, F

    1999-01-01

    Arteritis of giant cells compromising extracranial and particularly intestinal tissues is not frequent. Therefore, it is common practice to make the diagnosis retrospectively after analyzing the surgical sample. A case is presented of an 83 year old woman admitted to the Clinical Department with a clinical course of 3 days of evolution characterized by fever and pain in the left hemiabdomen. Her personal medical history included multiple diverticulosis of colon, collecistectomy and appendicectomy. Laboratory tests showed that uremia was 0.75 g/L (N.L to 0.45 g/L), V.E.S. 90 mm at the first hour, and the rest of the determinations were normal. The chest and abdomen rays as well as the abdomen and pelvis ecographies were normal. A diagnosis was reached as acute diverticulitis and the patient was treated with 400 mgr of ciprofloxacina and 2,000 mgr a day of metronidazol. She continued in a feverish state and with abdominal pain, so that an anexial tomography of abdomen was taken. It showed a widening of peritoneal fascias with scarce liquid in the left parietocolic dripping and Douglas septum. After 96 hours, surgery exploration was done and injuries in the left colon revealed compatibility with an infarct of the colon which had to be extirpated. Pathological examination revealed an infarct of colon due to a secondary arterial thrombosis characteristic of giant cell arteritis. After the diagnosis, immunological studies and biopsy of the left temporal artery were performed and reported as normal. The patient was treated with 40 mgr of prednisone a day improving rapidly.

  19. [Study of 3D-pcASL in differentiation of acute cerebral infarction and acute encephalitis].

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    Mao, Chuanwan; Fu, Yuchuan; Ye, Xinjian; Wu, Aiqin; Yan, Zhihan

    2015-06-16

    To investigate the value of three-dimentional pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (ASL) perfusion imaging in differentiating acute cerebral infarction from acute encephalitis. From September 2013 to September 2014, 42 patients with actue stroke onset and 20 healthy volunteers underwent conventional brain MRI DWI and 3D-ASL Perfusion Imaging in our hospital. Only 20 patients whose lesions located in the middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory were enrolled in this study. Of these cases, 12 cases were diagnosed with acute cerebral infarction, 8 were diagnosed with encephalitis. First, we analyzed the imaging features of the 20 patients and 20 volunteers. Then, CBF values of the lesions in the 20 patients and the gray matter of MCA territory in the 20 volunteers were measured on 3D-pcASL images. Third, the difference of mean CBF values between patients and volunteers were analyzed. Out of 20 study group, 19 patients whose lesions presented high signal intensity on DWI images, 12 cases were acute cerebral infarction and 8 were encephalitis. All the lesions of 20 cases showed abnormal perfusion on 3D-pcASL images. 3D-pcASL has good consistency with DWI in diagnostic capabilities (χ² = 0.565, P = 0.01). On 3D-pcASL, 11 acute cerebral infarction patients presented perfusion defects or low perfusion, 1 acute cerebral infarction patients showed high perfusion, 8 encephalitis patients showed inhomogeneous perfusion. The mean value of CBF was (17 ± 6) ml · min⁻¹ · 100 g⁻¹ in 12 acute cerebral infarction patients, (136 ± 69) ml · min⁻¹ · 100 g⁻¹ in 8 encephalitis patients and (68 ± 12) ml · min⁻¹ · 100 g⁻¹ three in 20 healthy volunteers. The difference in mean value of CBF among the three groups was statistically significant (P < 0.01). Acute cerebral infarction often shows low perfusion and acute encephalitis shows high perfusion on 3D-pcASL images, which has a higher application value in diagnosis and differentiation of acute cerebral

  20. Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy with a Novel NOTCH3 Cys323Trp Mutation Presenting Border-Zone Infarcts: A Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Tojima, Maya; Saito, Satoshi; Yamamoto, Yumi; Mizuno, Toshiki; Ihara, Masafumi; Fukuda, Hidetoshi

    2016-08-01

    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is a hereditary and progressive small-vessel disease caused by NOTCH3 mutations, pathologically characterized by the degeneration of vascular mural cells, white matter changes, and ischemic strokes. Recently, dysautoregulation has received increasing attention regarding the pathogenesis of stroke in CADASIL. Here, we report a CADASIL case with a novel Cys323Trp mutation in the NOTCH3 gene, which suggests a close relationship between hemodynamic factors and clustering of cerebral infarctions in CADASIL. A 47-year-old male patient presented with internal border-zone infarcts in the bilateral hemispheres and was diagnosed with CADASIL by the presence of granular osmiophilic material and the accumulation of the Notch3 extracellular domain around small vessels. A literature review revealed 7 reports of similar CADASIL cases with clustering of cerebral infarctions related to blood pressure fluctuations. Not only large-artery stenosis but also small-vessel pathologies potentiate watershed infarctions, which might be triggered by hemodynamic fluctuation due to cerebral dysautoregulation. Copyright © 2016 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Bilateral extensive cerebral infarction and mesenteric ischemia associated with segmental arterial mediolysis in two young women.

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    Basso, Monique Camila; Flores, Patrícia Carrasco; de Azevedo Marques, Ary; de Souza, Guilherme Leme; D'Elboux Guimarães Brescia, Marília; Campos, Cynthia Resende; de Cleva, Roberto; Saldiva, Paulo Hilario Nascimento; Mauad, Thais

    2005-10-01

    Segmental arterial mediolysis (SAM) is a rare non-atherosclerotic non-inflammatory vascular disease that affects mainly muscular arteries of the splanchnic and cerebral territories. Reported herein are two cases of SAM in young women with fatal outcome. One of the patients had an atypical form of the disease, which primarily affected small intestinal submucosal and subserosal arteries, and resulted in acute mesenteric ischemia. The other had bilateral brain infarction with SAM of internal carotid arteries (ICA). Pathological examination of both cases did not reveal the cause of blood flow disturbance: large mesenteric branches of the former and ICA of the latter were free of either dissection or thrombosis; in addition, small intestinal arteries of the first patient did not show signs of vasculitis. These findings suggest that unusual pathways of arterial occlusion and dissection may occur in the context of SAM.

  2. Ultrasonographically assessed carotid intima-media thickness and risk for asymptomatic cerebral infarction.

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    Yamakado, M; Fukuda, I; Kiyose, H

    1998-02-01

    Cerebral infarction (CI) is still a leading cause of death in Japan. Thus, the management of risk factors for CI as primary prevention is one of the most important tasks in multiphasic health testing and services. To determine whether carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is a risk for CI, ultrasonographically assessed carotid IMT was compared between normal subjects (N) and subjects with asymptomatic CI (ACI) in 243 subjects who underwent human brain dry dock. ACI was found in 68 people (28.0%). Age, body mass index, and mean blood pressure were higher in ACI than in N. Also, atherogenic index was higher in ACI than in N. Carotid IMT was significantly thicker in ACI than in N. Furthermore, incidence of atherogenic plaque in ACI was significantly higher than that in N. In conclusion, not only aging, obesity, blood pressure, and plasma lipids, but also carotid IMT may be a risk for ACI.

  3. A Multidisciplinary Health Care Team's Efforts to Improve Educational Attainment in Children with Sickle-Cell Anemia and Cerebral Infarcts

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    King, Allison; Herron, Sonya; McKinstry, Robert; Bacak, Stephen; Armstrong, Melissa; White, Desiree; DeBaun, Michael

    2006-01-01

    The primary objective of this study was to improve the educational success of children with sickle-cell disease (SCD) and cerebral infarcts. A prospective intervention trial was conducted; a multidisciplinary team was created to maximize educational resources for children with SCD and cerebral infarcts. Students were evaluated systematically…

  4. A Multidisciplinary Health Care Team's Efforts to Improve Educational Attainment in Children with Sickle-Cell Anemia and Cerebral Infarcts

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    King, Allison; Herron, Sonya; McKinstry, Robert; Bacak, Stephen; Armstrong, Melissa; White, Desiree; DeBaun, Michael

    2006-01-01

    The primary objective of this study was to improve the educational success of children with sickle-cell disease (SCD) and cerebral infarcts. A prospective intervention trial was conducted; a multidisciplinary team was created to maximize educational resources for children with SCD and cerebral infarcts. Students were evaluated systematically…

  5. Combined effects of age and polymorphisms in Notch3 in the pathogenesis of cerebral infarction disease.

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    Zhu, Chun-Yu; Wang, Yue; Zeng, Qing-Xuan; Qian, Yu; Li, Huan; Yang, Zi-Xia; Yang, Ya-Mei; Zhang, Qiong; Li, Fei-Feng; Liu, Shu-Lin

    2016-10-01

    Cerebral infarction disease is a severe hypoxic ischemic tissue necrosis in the brain, often leading to long-term functional disability and residual impairments. The Notch signaling pathway plays key roles in proliferation and survival of the stem/progenitor cells of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Notch3 is an important member of the pathway, but the relationships between the genetic abnormalities and cerebral infarction disease still remain unclear. The aim of this work was to evaluate variations in Notch3 gene for their possible associations with the cerebral infarction disease. We sequenced the Notch3 gene for 260 patients with cerebral infarction disease, 300 normal controls with old ages and 300 normal controls with younger ages, and identified the variations. The statistical analyses were conducted using Chi-Square Tests as implemented in SPSS (version 19.0). The Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium test of the population was carried out using the online software OEGE. Six variations, including rs1044116, rs1044009, rs1044006, rs10408676, rs1043996 and rs16980398 within or near the Notch3 gene, were found. The genetic heterozygosity of rs1044116, rs1044009, rs1044006, and rs1043996 was very high, whereas that of rs10408676 and rs16980398 was very low. Statistical analyses showed that rs1044009 and rs1044006 were associated with the risk of cerebral infarction disease in the Chinese Han agedness population. The SNPs rs1044009 and rs1044006 in the Notch3 gene were associated with the risk of cerebral infarction diseases in the Chinese Han agedness population.

  6. Cerebral infarction versus solar and geomagnetic activity: a cross-regression study.

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    Mikulecký, Miroslav; Strestík, Jaroslav

    2007-12-01

    In the course of occurrence of cerebral infarction, cerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoidal hemorrhage episodes, periodicities resembling those found in the solar and geomagnetic activity were observed by Kovác and Mikulecký in 2005. To investigate putative relationships between two indices of solar activity and one index of geomagnetic activity on one side and the occurrence of cerebral infarction on the other. In addition to the 192 monthly cases out of 6100 new cases of cerebral infarction that occurred between January 1989 and December 2004, monthly averages for Wolf numbers, solar flares index and Ap index were included in the analysis. The cross-correlation between each cosmo-geophysical variable on the one hand and the number of new cases of the disease on the other was computed. The quadratic regression with the chosen time delay was also studied using, separately, the Wolf numbers, solar flares and Ap index as the explanatory variable and the number of cases of cerebral infarction as the responding variable. Significantly negative correlation coefficients between the monthly means of the Wolf numbers, of solar flares and of Ap index on the one hand and monthly numbers of new cases of the disease on the other were found for the delays between -6 and +17 months. The cross-regression results for the delay of +5 months (infarction delayed after each cosmo-geophysical variable by 5 months) displayed a linear decrease except for the Wolf numbers where the parabolic decrease of cases was significant. An increased intensity of the studied cosmo-geophysical parameters appears to be significantly connected with decreased occurrence of cerebral infarctions, and vice versa. This effect seems to last up to 17 months. The results are supported by a few similar findings in the literature. Putative cosmo-biomedical connections warrant further study to verify them in larger samples and longer time scales. If confirmed, their mechanisms should be elucidated.

  7. Significance of decreased serum interleukin-10 levels in the progression of cerebral infarction.

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    Diao, Zeng-Yan; Wang, Cui-Lan; Qi, Hong-Shun; Jia, Guo-Yong; Yan, Chuan-Zhu

    2016-05-01

    Anti-inflammatory cytokine and its serological detection may have an important role in the process of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. We investigated whether serum interleukin-10 (IL-10) is associated with cerebral infarction or not in the general population. Identified comprehensive searching was performed covering PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, CISCOM, CINAHL, Google Scholar, China BioMedicine, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure databases. Two reviewers extracted data and assessed studies independently. Information was extracted separately and classed into Asians and Caucasians. Summary standardized mean differences (SMDs) with 95 % confidence intervals (CI) were used with the utilization of Z test. Nine studies ranged from 2003 to 2014 were collected for meta-analysis. Results identified a negative association between serum IL-10 levels and cerebral infarction (SMD = 1.80, 95 % CI 0.79-2.81, P < 0.001). Country-subgroup analysis showed that low IL-10 level may be the main risk factor for cerebral infarction in India (SMD = 1.44, 95 % CI 1.13-1.75, P < 0.001) and Croatia (SMD = 2.96, 95 % CI 2.48-3.44, P < 0.001). In the ethnicity-stratified subgroup analysis, serum IL-10 levels were negatively correlated with cerebral infarction in Asians (SMD = 2.52, 95 % CI 0.47-4.57, P = 0.016), while not in Caucasians (P > 0.05). The lower serum IL-10 concentration was significantly associated with an increased likelihood of cerebral infarction in this meta-analysis. More prospective studies should be conducted to provide stronger evidence justifying the use of IL-10 as new biomarker to identify a predisposition toward cerebral infarction.

  8. Cerebral infarction due to carotid occlusion and carbon monoxide exposure. II. Influence of preganglionic cervical sympathectomy.

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    Igloffstein, J; Laas, R

    1983-01-01

    Unilateral cerebral infarcts were produced in the rat by ligation of one common carotid artery and subsequent exposure to carbon monoxide. The incidence and extension of brain infarcts was increased in animals with additional ipsilateral cervical preganglionic sympathectomy. Sympathectomy did not affect markedly the respiration and systemic circulation. The effect of sympathectomy was attributed to a cutaneous vasodilation, leading to an extracranial steal phenomenon. Images PMID:6886721

  9. Morphology of platelet Golgi apparatus and their significance after acute cerebral infarction.

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    Lu, Wei; Xu, Dong; Tu, Ranran; Hu, Zhiping

    2013-08-15

    Blood samples were harvested from the antecubital vein of 20 fasting patients with acute cerebral infarction at 1, 7 and 15 days after onset to prepare blood platelet suspension. Fasting antecubital vein blood was collected from an additional 20 normal adults as controls. Under transmission tron microscope, platelet Golgi tubules and vesicles became significantly thickened, enlarged, and irregular after acute cerebral infarction. Alpha granules in platelets significantly reduced in number, especially 1 day after cerebral infarction. Under immunoelectron microscopy, a few alpha granules aggregated around Golgi tubules and vesicles after infarction. These results suggested that platelet Golgi apparatus displayed significant morphological changes, which were possibly associated with enhanced synthetic and secretory functions of activated platelets after acute cerebral infarction. This study used Golgi apparatus blocking agent Brefeldin A to block Golgi apparatus in an aim to study the effects of Golgi apparatus on CD40L expression on the surface of activated platelets. Flow cytometry revealed that CD40L expression on activated platelet surfaces decreased significantly when Golgi apparatus was blocked, which indicated that Golgi apparatus participated in the synthesis and transport of CD40L to the platelet surface.

  10. Cerebral venous infarction: a potentially avoidable complication of deep brain stimulation surgery.

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    Morishita, Takashi; Okun, Michael S; Burdick, Adam; Jacobson, Charles E; Foote, Kelly D

    2013-01-01

    Despite numerous reports on the morbidity and mortality of deep brain stimulation (DBS), cerebral venous infarction has rarely been reported. We present four cases of venous infarct secondary to DBS surgery. The diagnosis of venous infarction was based on 1) delayed onset of new neurologic deficits on postoperative day 1 or 2; 2) significant edema surrounding the superficial aspect of the implanted lead, with or without subcortical hemorrhage on CT scan. Four cases (0.8% per lead, 1.3% per patient) of symptomatic cerebral venous infarction were identified out of 500 DBS lead implantation procedures between July 2002 and August 2009. All four patients had Parkinson's disease. Their DBS leads were implanted in the subthalamic nucleus (n = 2), and the globus pallidus internus (n = 2). Retrospective review of the targeting confirmed that the planned trajectory passed within 3 mm of a cortical vein in two cases for which contrast-enhanced preoperative magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was available. In the other two cases, contrasted targeting images were not obtained preoperatively. Cerebral venous infarction is a potentially avoidable, but serious complication. To minimize its incidence, we propose the use of high-resolution, contrast-enhanced, T1-weighted MR images to delineate cerebral venous anatomy, along with careful stereotactic planning of the lead trajectory to avoid injury to venous structures. © 2013 International Neuromodulation Society.

  11. Acute Multiple Cerebral Infarction in a Patient with an Accessory Mitral Valve

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    Misumi, Ikuo; Nagao, Asako; Iwamoto, Katsuya; Honda, Tsuyoshi; Ishii, Masanobu; Ueyama, Hidetsugu; Maeda, Yasushi; Ishizaki, Masatoshi; Kurisaki, Ryoichi; Okazaki, Toshio; Yamashita, Tetsuji; Fujimoto, Akiko; Honda, Yumi

    2017-01-01

    A 96-year-old woman developed hemiparesis 2 weeks after orthopedic surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed multiple cerebral infarctions in the bilateral hemisphere. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a mobile structure attached to the anterior mitral leaflet that protruded toward the left ventricular outflow tract. The structure was identified as an accessory mitral valve. Doppler echocardiography showed that there was no significant left ventricular outflow obstruction. This is a rare case of a silent accessory mitral valve that was detected after multiple cerebral infarctions. PMID:28090044

  12. Effect of low-power He-Ne ILIB on rheology in patients with cerebral infarction

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    Lu, Zheng-Guo

    1998-11-01

    We determined rheology in patients with cerebral infarction, before and after low-power He-Ne ILIB. The test covered whole blood viscosity red blood cell distortion index, platelet aggregation and D-dimer. The results shoed that low-power He-Ne ILIB results in non-significant decrease in whole blood viscosity, significant decrease in plasma viscosity, platelet aggregation and D-dimer and significant increase in RBC rheology index. This study suggests that He- He ILIB which may improve rheology and clinical symptoms of cerebral infarction patients is a simple, safe and effective therapy.

  13. Cerebral infarct with recurrence of hemolytic-uremic syndrome in a child following renal transplantation.

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    Mochon, M; Kaiser, B A; deChadarevian, J P; Polinsky, M S; Baluarte, H J

    1992-11-01

    A white girl with a history of atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and persistent microangiopathic anemia, and thrombocytopenia for 2 months after the initial presentation at age 7 months, received her first cadaveric renal transplant at age 3 years. During the first 2.5 days post transplant, she developed progressive thrombocytopenia and anemia followed by tonic-clonic seizures and loss of consciousness, secondary to a diffuse cerebral infarction of the left hemisphere. Renal histology showed evidence of glomerular microthrombi and microangiopathy. A large cerebral infarct, previously described in patients during their initial presentation with HUS, presented in our patient as part of the recurrence of the disease post renal transplantation.

  14. A retrospective analysis of negative diffusion-weighted image results in patients with acute cerebral infarction

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    Zuo, Lian; Zhang, Yue; Xu, Xiahong; Li, Ying; Bao, Huan; Hao, Junjie; Wang, Xin; Li, Gang

    2015-01-01

    We aimed to investigate the clinicoradiologic determinants of negative diffusion-weighted image (DWI) results in patients with acute cerebral infarction (ACI). The medical records were reviewed of ACI patients. Patients were divided to the DWI positive and negative group. Positive DWI was used as independent variable and patients' clinicoradiologic factors were used as co-variables for multivariate logistic regression analysis. 349 patients received initial cerebral MRI within 72 hours of admission. Lacunar infarction was most common (42.1%) followed by posterior circulation infarction (30.1%) and partial anterior circulation infarction (18.1%). The majority of the patients (72.2%) had an NIHSS score of less than 5 at admission. 316 patients (90.54%) were positive on initial DWI. Patients with smoking, initial SBP ≥ 140 or DBP ≥ 90 mmHg, initial fasting plasma glucose (FPG) ≥7.0 mmol/L, initial MRI from onset of disease >1 d and anterior circulation infarction were liable to show positive DWI. Furthermore, DWI negative patients had significantly lower NIHSS scores (IQR 0,1,2) than DWI positive patients (IQR 1,2,4) (P = 0.000) at two weeks post onset of acute cerebral infarction. In conclusion, multiple clinicoradiologic factors are associated with negative and positive DWI and further delineation of these factors is required in future prospective studies. PMID:25777182

  15. Malignant Hemispheric Cerebral Infarction Associated with Idiopathic Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome

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    Miyata, Kei; Mikami, Takeshi; Mikuni, Nobuhiro; Aisaka, Wakiko; Irifune, Hideto; Narimatsu, Eichi

    2013-01-01

    Idiopathic systemic capillary leak syndrome (ISCLS) is a rare condition that is characterized by unexplained episodic capillary hyperpermeability due to a shift of fluid and protein from the intravascular to the interstitial space. This results in diffuse general swelling, fetal hypovolemic shock, hypoalbuminemia, and hemoconcentration. Although ISCLS rarely induces cerebral infarction, we experienced a patient who deteriorated and was comatose as a result of massive cerebral infarction associated with ISCLS. In this case, severe hypotensive shock, general edema, hemiparesis, and aphasia appeared after serious antecedent gastrointestinal symptoms. Progressive life-threatening ischemic cerebral edema required decompressive hemicraniectomy. The patient experienced another episode of severe hypotension and limb edema that resulted in multiple extremity compartment syndrome. Treatment entailed forearm and calf fasciotomies. Cerebral edema in the ischemic brain progresses rapidly in patients suffering from ISCLS. Strict control of fluid volume resuscitation and aggressive diuretic therapy may be needed during the post-leak phase of fluid remobilization. PMID:24163674

  16. A Case of Apoplexy of Rathke's Cleft Cyst Followed by Cerebral Infarction

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    Ohnishi, Yu-ichiro; Fujimoto, Yasunori; Iwatsuki, Koichi; Yoshimine, Toshiki

    2015-01-01

    Rathke's cleft cyst (RCC) apoplexy is a rare clinical entity. We report a case of apoplexy of an RCC followed by cerebral infarction. A 67-year-old woman was found lying on the street unconscious. She had fallen from her motorbike. On referral to our hospital she gradually regained consciousness and presented with no neurological deficits. CT showed a round and slightly hyperdense area in the suprasellar region. However, the attending physician did not find this abnormal finding on CT and the patient was discharged the same day. Thirteen days after the first emergency visit she developed left hemiparesis and dysarthria. CT showed a round hypodense area in the suprasellar region. The change of the density in the suprasellar region on CT suggested the pituitary apoplexy. CT also showed a low density area in the territory of the right middle cerebral artery, which indicated the cerebral infarction. MR angiography revealed poor visibility and stenotic changes of right middle cerebral arteries. Transsphenoidal surgery was performed. Histopathological findings confirmed a hemorrhagic RCC. Postoperative MR angiography showed that the visibility and stenosis of right middle cerebral arteries were recovered. This is the rare case of apoplexy of an RCC followed by cerebral infarction. PMID:25810933

  17. [Characteristics of cerebral hemodynamics and psychological adaptation of patients with myocardial infarction during period of rehabilitation and convalescence].

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    Stashkevich, V P; Savchenko, N A; Babitskiĭ, V L; Toropchin, V I; Tereshchenko, V V; Strukov, V V

    2005-06-01

    Cerebral circulation and psychological state of 93 myocardial infarction patients aged from 29 to 60 years have been studied. The comparison of data concerning cerebral circulation with psychological profile of these patients enables us to make a conclusion that there is interrelation between the state of cerebral hemodynamics which ensures brain homeostasis and psychological adaptation of patients with myocardial infarction at different stages of the disease

  18. Predictors of malignant brain edema in middle cerebral artery infarction observed on CT angiography.

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    Kim, Hoon; Jin, Seon Tak; Kim, Young Woo; Kim, Seong Rim; Park, Ik Seong; Jo, Kwang Wook

    2015-03-01

    Patients with middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction accompanied by MCA occlusion with or without internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusion have a poor prognosis, as a result of brain cell damage caused by both the infarction and by space-occupying and life-threatening edema formation. Multiple treatments can reduce the likelihood of edema formation, but tend to show limited efficacy. Decompressive hemicraniectomy with duroplasty has been promising for improving functional outcomes and reducing mortality, particularly improved functional outcomes can be achieved with early decompressive surgery. Therefore, identifying patients at risk for developing fatal edema is important and should be performed as early as possible. Sixty-four patients diagnosed with major MCA infarction with MCA occlusion within 8 hours of symptom onset were retrospectively reviewed. Early clinical, laboratory, and computed tomography angiography (CTA) parameters were analyzed for malignant brain edema (MBE). Twenty of the 64 patients (31%) had MBE, and the clinical outcome was poor (3month modified Rankin Scale >2) in 95% of them. The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score, Alberta Stroke Program Early Computed Tomography Score, Clot Burden Score, and Collateral Score (CS) showed statically significant differences in both groups. Multivariable analyses adjusted for age and sex identified the independent predictors of MBE: NIHSS score >18 (odds ratio [OR]: 4.4, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.2-16.0, p=0.023) and CS on CTA <2 (OR: 7.28, 95% CI: 1.7-30.3,p=0.006). Our results provide useful information for selecting patients in need of aggressive treatment such as decompressive surgery. Crown Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Acute myocardial infarction in young adults: causes and management

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    Osula, S; Bell, G; Hornung, R

    2002-01-01

    The case report in this review illustrates an acute myocardial infarction in a young adult probably due to arterial thrombosis that can be attributed to a hypercoagulable state resulting from the nephrotic syndrome. Although rare, acute myocardial infarction should be considered in young adults presenting with chest pain. A detailed clinical history may help to identify the aetiology, and guide subsequent management, but diagnostic coronary angiography is essential. Careful risk factor modification and treatment of the underlying cause should reduce the incidence of recurrent cardiac events. PMID:11796868

  20. [Prevention of vascular events after transient ischemic attack or cerebral infarct].

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    Leys, Didier; Cordonnier, Charlotte

    2006-09-15

    After a first cerebral ischemic event, secondary prevention should be started as soon as possible, especially in transient ischemic attacks where the risk of recurrence is the highest, especially during the first week, needing a diagnostic workup in a short period of time, secondary prevention measures depending on the presumed cause of the event. Secondary prevention of vascular events after transient ischemic attack or cerebral infarct consists of 3 types of strategies: 1. treatment of risk factors for stroke, especially high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking cessation; 2. aspirin (50 to 325 mg), or clopidogrel, or association aspirine-dipyridamole in high-risk subjects, or warfarin in patients with high-risk cardiopathies; and 3. carotid surgery in patients selected by clinical and imaging criteria. Other strategies are currently partly under evaluation: statins in normocholesterolemic ischemic stroke patients without coronary event, angioplasty with stenting. Audits of practice are necessary to determine whether patients are actually treated according to scientific evidence. This is a crucial issue if we want the results of trials to be translated in the true life, and really improve health at the community level.

  1. Malignant hemispheric infarction of the middle cerebral artery. Diagnostic considerations and treatment options.

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    Godoy, D; Piñero, G; Cruz-Flores, S; Alcalá Cerra, G; Rabinstein, A

    2016-06-01

    Malignant hemispheric infarction (MHI) is a specific and devastating type of ischemic stroke. It usually affects all or part of the territory of the middle cerebral artery although its effects may extend to other territories as well. Its clinical outcome is frequently catastrophic when only conventional medical treatment is applied. The purpose of this review is to analyse the available scientific evidence on the treatment of this entity. MHI is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Its clinical characteristics are early neurological deterioration and severe hemispheric syndrome. Its hallmark is the development of space-occupying cerebral oedema between day 1 and day 3 after symptom onset. The mass effect causes displacement, distortion, and herniation of brain structures even when intracranial hypertension is initially absent. Until recently, MHI was thought to be fatal and untreatable because mortality rates with conventional medical treatment could exceed 80%. In this unfavourable context, decompressive hemicraniectomy has re-emerged as a therapeutic alternative for selected cases, with reported decreases in mortality ranging between 15% and 40%. In recent years, several randomised clinical trials have demonstrated the benefit of decompressive hemicraniectomy in patients with MHI. This treatment reduces mortality in addition to improving functional outcomes. Copyright © 2012 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  2. [A case of cerebral embolism caused by atrial myxoma--superselective fibrinolytic therapy].

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    Sugawara, T; Takahashi, A; So, K; Yoshimoto, T; Suzuki, J; Suzuki, Y; Horiuchi, T

    1987-12-01

    A 37-year-old man was admitted to our clinic 3 hours after the onset of cerebrovascular accident with right hemiparesis and total aphasia. On admission, we started combined administration of mannitol, vitamin E, phenytoin (Sendai Cocktail) and perfluorochemicals to protect ischemic brain. Left cerebral angiography revealed occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery involving its perforating arteries. Following the performance of angiography, vascular balloon catheter was introduced into the embolus, and fibrinolytic agent (urokinase) was continuously injected. Soon after the injection of 240,000 unit urokinase, recanalization of left middle cerebral artery was shown by repeated cerebral angiography performed 5.5 hours after the onset. On his clinical course, left hemiparesis and aphasia were improved step by step, and 1 week later, he could walk by himself with minor neurological deficits. Further examination revealed that myxoma was located on left atrium by echocardiography. Within 1 week, the patient was transferred to cardio-surgical unit, and myxoma was successfully removed. Now he is in good health and has returned to his job. Usually cerebral embolisms result from atrial myxoma cause severe cerebral infarction. Here we reported a case of cerebral embolism by myxoma and recanalized using fibrinolytic agent by balloon catheter injection. The damage will be reduced if the duration of occlusion is limited, so this method will be helpful to treat cerebral embolism.

  3. Crohns disease with central nervous system vasculitis causing subarachnoid hemorrhage due to aneurysm and cerebral ischemic stroke

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    Garge, Shaileshkumar S.; Vyas, Pooja D.; Modi, Pranav D.; Ghatge, Sharad

    2014-01-01

    Cerebral vasculitis secondary to Crohn's disease (CD) seems to be a very rare phenomenon. We report a 39-year-old male who presented with headache, vomiting, and left-sided weakness in the known case of CD. Cross-sectional imaging (computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging,) showed right gangliocapsular acute infarct with supraclinoid cistern subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Cerebral digital substraction angiography (DSA) showed dilatation and narrowing of right distal internal carotid artery (ICA). Left ICA was chronically occluded. His inflammatory markers were significantly raised. Imaging features are suggestive of cerebral vasculitis. Arterial and venous infarcts due to thrombosis are known in CD. Our case presented with acute subarachnoid hemorrhage in supraclinoid cistern due to rupture of tiny aneurysm of perforator arteries causing SAH and infarction in right basal ganglia. Patient was treated conservatively with immunosuppression along with medical management of SAH. PMID:25506170

  4. Diffusional kurtosis imaging in evaluating the secondary change of corticospinal tract after unilateral cerebral infarction

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    Zhang, Shun; Zhu, Wenjie; Zhang, Yan; Yao, Yihao; Shi, Jingjing; Wang, Cong-Yi; Zhu, Wenzhen

    2017-01-01

    We investigated to evaluate whether diffusional kurtosis imaging (DKI) can early detect the microstructure change of corticospinal tract (CST) after unilateral cerebral infarction solely in middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory. Seventy-seven patients with MCA territory infarct consisting of 10 subjects of hyperacute phase, 22 subjects of acute phase, 28 subjects of subacute phase and 17 subjects of chronic phase were enrolled in this study. ROI method was performed to measure the mean value of the infarcted area and the areas which belongs to CST [including the posterior limb of internal capsule (PLIC), cerebral peduncle (CP), pons, and medulla] in both ipsilateral and contralateral mirror side in all the DKI-derived parametric maps. Compared with the contralateral mirror side, MK, K║, K┴ in the infarcted area sharply increased to a peak in acute phase, and then gradually fell down. MD, D║ and D┴ decreased till acute phase and then started to increase gradually. FA decreased more and more seriously from hyperacute to chronic phase. K║ and D║ were more helpful to detect the subtle changes of CST after infarction as they both had significant changes in all phases. Moreover, there were more locations that had significant changes with time going on. To conclude, DKI, especially the variable K║ and D║, may serve as a new biomarker to observe the microstructure change of the descending CST, which may reflect the extent of Wallerian degeneration and be helpful for clinical decision making. PMID:28386368

  5. Meta-Analysis of the Clinical Effectiveness and Safety of Ligustrazine in Cerebral Infarction.

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    Yu, Tian; Guo, Xiaoheng; Zhang, Zhen; Liu, Rong; Zou, Liang; Fu, Jia; Shi, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Objectives. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ligustrazine in the treatment of cerebral infarction. Methods. A systematic literature search was conducted in 6 databases until 30 June 2016 to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of ligustrazine in the treatment of cerebral infarction. The quality of all the included studies was evaluated. All data were analyzed by Review Manager 5.1 Software. Results. 19 RCTs totally involving 1969 patients were included. The primary outcome measures were Neurological Deficit Score (NDS) and clinical effective rate. The secondary outcome measure was adverse events. Meta-analysis showed that ligustrazine could improve clinical efficacy and NDS of cerebral infarction with [OR = 3.60, 95% CI (2.72, 4.78), P < 0.00001] and [WMD = -3.87, 95% CI (-4.78, -2.95), P < 0.00001]. Moreover, ligustrazine in treatment group exerted better clinical effects in improving the Blood Rheology Index (BRI) in patients compared with control group. Ten trials contained safety assessments and stated that no obvious side effects were found. Conclusions. Ligustrazine demonstrated definite clinical efficacy for cerebral infarction, and it can also improve NDS in patients without obvious adverse events. However, due to the existing low-quality research, more large-scale and multicentric RCTs are required to provide clear evidence for its clinical efficacy in the near future.

  6. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis in patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction: Occurrence and perfusion characteristics

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    Sommer, Wieland H; Bollwein, Christine; Thierfelder, Kolja M; Baumann, Alena; Janssen, Hendrik; Ertl-Wagner, Birgit; Reiser, Maximilian F; Plate, Annika; Straube, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    We aimed to investigate the overall prevalence and possible factors influencing the occurrence of crossed cerebellar diaschisis after acute middle cerebral artery infarction using whole-brain CT perfusion. A total of 156 patients with unilateral hypoperfusion of the middle cerebral artery territory formed the study cohort; 352 patients without hypoperfusion served as controls. We performed blinded reading of different perfusion maps for the presence of crossed cerebellar diaschisis and determined the relative supratentorial and cerebellar perfusion reduction. Moreover, imaging patterns (location and volume of hypoperfusion) and clinical factors (age, sex, time from symptom onset) resulting in crossed cerebellar diaschisis were analysed. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis was detected in 35.3% of the patients with middle cerebral artery infarction. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis was significantly associated with hypoperfusion involving the left hemisphere, the frontal lobe and the thalamus. The degree of the relative supratentorial perfusion reduction was significantly more pronounced in crossed cerebellar diaschisis-positive patients but did not correlate with the relative cerebellar perfusion reduction. Our data suggest that (i) crossed cerebellar diaschisis is a common feature after middle cerebral artery infarction which can robustly be detected using whole-brain CT perfusion, (ii) its occurrence is influenced by location and degree of the supratentorial perfusion reduction rather than infarct volume (iii) other clinical factors (age, sex and time from symptom onset) did not affect the occurrence of crossed cerebellar diaschisis. PMID:26661242

  7. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis in patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction: Occurrence and perfusion characteristics.

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    Sommer, Wieland H; Bollwein, Christine; Thierfelder, Kolja M; Baumann, Alena; Janssen, Hendrik; Ertl-Wagner, Birgit; Reiser, Maximilian F; Plate, Annika; Straube, Andreas; von Baumgarten, Louisa

    2016-04-01

    We aimed to investigate the overall prevalence and possible factors influencing the occurrence of crossed cerebellar diaschisis after acute middle cerebral artery infarction using whole-brain CT perfusion. A total of 156 patients with unilateral hypoperfusion of the middle cerebral artery territory formed the study cohort; 352 patients without hypoperfusion served as controls. We performed blinded reading of different perfusion maps for the presence of crossed cerebellar diaschisis and determined the relative supratentorial and cerebellar perfusion reduction. Moreover, imaging patterns (location and volume of hypoperfusion) and clinical factors (age, sex, time from symptom onset) resulting in crossed cerebellar diaschisis were analysed. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis was detected in 35.3% of the patients with middle cerebral artery infarction. Crossed cerebellar diaschisis was significantly associated with hypoperfusion involving the left hemisphere, the frontal lobe and the thalamus. The degree of the relative supratentorial perfusion reduction was significantly more pronounced in crossed cerebellar diaschisis-positive patients but did not correlate with the relative cerebellar perfusion reduction. Our data suggest that (i) crossed cerebellar diaschisis is a common feature after middle cerebral artery infarction which can robustly be detected using whole-brain CT perfusion, (ii) its occurrence is influenced by location and degree of the supratentorial perfusion reduction rather than infarct volume (iii) other clinical factors (age, sex and time from symptom onset) did not affect the occurrence of crossed cerebellar diaschisis. © The Author(s) 2015.

  8. Diagnostic performance of peroxiredoxin 1 to determine time-of-onset of acute cerebral infarction

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    Richard, Sébastien; Lapierre, Vanessa; Girerd, Nicolas; Bonnerot, Mathieu; Burkhard, Pierre R.; Lagerstedt, Linnéa; Bracard, Serge; Debouverie, Marc; Turck, Natacha; Sanchez, Jean-Charles

    2016-01-01

    Accurately determining time-of-onset of cerebral infarction is important to clearly identify patients who could benefit from reperfusion therapies. We assessed the kinetics of peroxiredoxin 1 (PRDX1), a protein involved in oxidative stress during the acute phase of ischemia, and its ability to determine stroke onset in a population of patients with known onset of less than 24 hours and in a control group. Median PRDX1 levels were significantly higher in stroke patients compared to controls. PRDX1 levels were also higher from blood samples withdrawn before vs. after 3 hours following stroke onset, and before vs. after 6 hours. ROC analysis with area under the curve (AUC), sensitivity (Se) and specificity (Sp) determined from the Youden index was performed to assess the ability of PRDX1 levels to determine onset. Diagnostic performances of PRDX1 levels were defined by an AUC of 69%, Se of 53% and Sp of 86% for identifying cerebral infarction occurring <3 hours, and an AUC of 68%, Se of 49% and Sp of 88% for cerebral infarction occurring <6 hours. These first results suggest that PRDX1 levels could be the basis of a new method using biomarkers for determining cerebral infarction onset. PMID:27924073

  9. Factors influencing risky decision-making in patients with cerebral infarction.

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    Gong, Jingjing; Zhang, Yan; Wu, Bing; Feng, Jun; Zhang, Weiwei; Wang, Shijie; Huang, Yonghua; Wu, Xinhuai

    2015-01-01

    Numerous studies have found that the framing effect is common in medical scenarios, but few studies have examined the influence of the framing effect upon thrombolytic therapy for cerebral infarction. In this study, 1040 inpatients and outpatients in the department of neurology were recruited to explore whether there is a framing effect in decision-making within thrombolytic therapy, and if so, which factors influence that effect. The findings from Study 1 indicate that the framing effect occurred in patients both with and without cerebral infarction (χ(2) = 7.90, p = .005; χ(2) = 5.16, p = .023, respectively), with both groups displaying risk-seeking behavior (thrombolytic therapy) in the positive frame and no risk aversion or risk seeking in the negative frame. The results of Study 2 show that the patients preferred risk seeking in both collaborative and individual decision-making. In the collaborative decision-making group, the patients in the senior group showed the framing effect (χ(2) = 5.35, p < .05), with the patients in the positive frame (G) showing more significant risk seeking than both those in the negative frame (H) and those in the other positive frame (A, C, and E). In summary, decision-making about thrombolytic therapy in patients with cerebral infarction is influenced by the framing effect, and some influencing factors should be attended in clinical practice. Further research is necessary to guide the treatment of cerebral infarction.

  10. Reduction of cerebral infarction in rats by biliverdin associated with amelioration of oxidative stress.

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    Deguchi, Kentaro; Hayashi, Takeshi; Nagotani, Shoko; Sehara, Yoshihide; Zhang, Hanzhe; Tsuchiya, Atsushi; Ohta, Yasuyuki; Tomiyama, Koji; Morimoto, Nobutoshi; Miyazaki, Masahiro; Huh, Nam-Ho; Nakao, Atsunori; Kamiya, Tatsushi; Abe, Koji

    2008-01-10

    Biliverdin (BV), one of the byproducts of heme catalysis through heme oxygenase (HO) system, is a scavenger of reactive oxygen species (ROS). We hypothesized that BV treatment could protect rat brain cells from oxidative injuries via its anti-oxidant efficacies. Cerebral infarction was induced by transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) for 90 min, followed by reperfusion. BV or vehicle was administered intraperitoneally immediately after reperfusion. The size of the cerebral infarction 2 days after tMCAO was evaluated by 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) stain. Superoxide generation 4 h after tMCAO was determined by detection of oxidized hydroethidine. In addition, the oxidative impairment of neurons were immunohistochemically assessed by stain for lipid peroxidation with 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE) and damaged DNA with 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG). BV treatment significantly reduced infarct volume of the cerebral cortices associated with less superoxide production and decreased oxidative injuries of brain cells. The present study demonstrated that treatment with BV ameliorated the oxidative injuries on neurons and decreased brain infarct size in rat tMCAO model.

  11. Magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging following major ozonated autohemotherapy for treatment of acute cerebral infarction

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    Wu, Xiao-na; Zhang, Tao; Wang, Jun; Liu, Xiao-yan; Li, Zhen-sheng; Xiang, Wei; Du, Wei-qing; Yang, Hong-jun; Xiong, Tie-gen; Deng, Wen-ting; Peng, Kai-run; Pan, Su-yue

    2016-01-01

    Major ozonated autohemotherapy has been shown to promote recovery of upper limb motor function in patients with acute cerebral infarction, but whether major ozonated autohemotherapy affects remote injury remains poorly understood. Here, we assumed that major ozonated autohemotherapy contributes to recovery of clinical function, possibly by reducing remote injury after acute cerebral infarction. Sixty acute cerebral infarction patients aged 30–80 years were equally and randomly allocated to ozone treatment and control groups. Patients in the ozone treatment group received medical treatment and major ozonated autohemotherapy (47 mg/L, 100 mL ozone) for 10 ± 2 days. Patients in the control group received medical treatment only. National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score, modified Rankin scale score, and reduced degree of fractional anisotropy values of brain magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging were remarkably decreased, brain function improved, clinical efficiency significantly increased, and no obvious adverse reactions detected in the ozone treatment group compared with the control group. These findings suggest that major ozonated autohemotherapy promotes recovery of neurological function in acute cerebral infarction patients by reducing remote injury, and additionally, exhibits high safety. PMID:27630695

  12. Meta-Analysis of the Clinical Effectiveness and Safety of Ligustrazine in Cerebral Infarction

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    Guo, Xiaoheng; Zhang, Zhen; Liu, Rong; Zou, Liang; Fu, Jia

    2016-01-01

    Objectives. To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ligustrazine in the treatment of cerebral infarction. Methods. A systematic literature search was conducted in 6 databases until 30 June 2016 to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of ligustrazine in the treatment of cerebral infarction. The quality of all the included studies was evaluated. All data were analyzed by Review Manager 5.1 Software. Results. 19 RCTs totally involving 1969 patients were included. The primary outcome measures were Neurological Deficit Score (NDS) and clinical effective rate. The secondary outcome measure was adverse events. Meta-analysis showed that ligustrazine could improve clinical efficacy and NDS of cerebral infarction with [OR = 3.60, 95% CI (2.72, 4.78), P < 0.00001] and [WMD = −3.87, 95% CI (−4.78, −2.95), P < 0.00001]. Moreover, ligustrazine in treatment group exerted better clinical effects in improving the Blood Rheology Index (BRI) in patients compared with control group. Ten trials contained safety assessments and stated that no obvious side effects were found. Conclusions. Ligustrazine demonstrated definite clinical efficacy for cerebral infarction, and it can also improve NDS in patients without obvious adverse events. However, due to the existing low-quality research, more large-scale and multicentric RCTs are required to provide clear evidence for its clinical efficacy in the near future. PMID:27738442

  13. Dynamics of nutritional status in dying patients with acute cerebral infarction in central China: a preliminary study.

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    Zhang, Hong; Shu, Yi; Zhang, Junjian; Tong, Etang

    2011-06-01

    Stroke is the number one cause of death in China. Although the effective management has reduced the mortality and lengthened survival, little attention has been paid to nutritional issues in patients with stroke in China. This study aimed to assess the premorbid nutrition status in dying patients with acute cerebral infarction. In this study, a total of 185 acute ischemic stroke patients dying within 30 days were recruited from medical records. Characteristics of dying patients were assessed on admission, and serum biochemical parameters including serum total protein, serum albumin, and serum prealbumin were measured within 24 hours after stroke onset and every week routinely. Among 185 ischemic stroke patients, 86 dying patients experienced their first-ever acute cerebral infarction, while 99 dying patients were experiencing a recurrent cerebral infarction. The prevalence of dysphagia, post-stroke pneumonia, and gastrointestinal hemorrhage in recurrent stroke groups were higher than those in the first-ever stroke group (P<0.01). There were gradually declines in serum total protein, serum albumin, and serum prealbumin in dying patients from admission to death, especially in the recurrent ischemic stroke group, as compared to their normal range. The sensitive sequence of serum nutritional index for dying patients with ischemic infarction was: serum prealbumin>serum albumin>serum total protein. This study showed that hypoproteinemia and undernutrition were serious in dying patients with acute ischemic stroke, especially in patients with recurrent ischemic stroke. This study also confirmed that serum prealbumin is more sensitive than serum albumin to assess nutritional status. The strategies to improve malnutrition in stroke patients are urgently needed in China.

  14. The hemorrhage caused by sporadic-type cerebral amyloid angiopathy occurs primarily in the cerebral sulci.

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    Takeda, Shigeki; Hinokuma, Kaoru; Yamazaki, Kazunori; Onda, Kiyoshi; Miyakawa, Teruo; Ikuta, Fusahiro; Arai, Hiroyuki

    2012-02-01

    We examined a solitary hematoma in a patient with sporadic cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). The hematoma affected the middle frontal sulcus, cerebral cortex (CC) and subcortical frontal white matter (sfWM). We embedded the hematoma in four paraffin blocks, each of which was cut serially into 6-µm-thick sections. The first section and every 18th section from each block were subjected to Elastica-Goldner (E-G) staining, and the distribution and diameter of the ruptured blood vessels (rBVs) were examined. The rBVs were then marked on diagrams representing each E-G-stained section. The present study yielded the following important findings: (i), early- and recently ruptured Aβ-positive arteries were present mainly in the intrasulcal hematoma (ISH), rather than in the CC; (ii) many early-ruptured arteries in the ISH were larger in diameter than those in the CC; and (iii) ruptures of the cortical arteries, even near the cortical surface, did not occur so frequently and the ruptured vessels were small in size. We concluded that in patients with subcortical hematoma caused by sporadic-type CAA, successive rupturse of the meningeal vessels, mainly arteries, occur in the cerebral sulcus initially, followed by formation of an ISH and development of a fresh hemorrhagic or anemic infarct in the CC surrounding the ISH, the latter in most cases then extending into the brain parenchyma through the necrotic CC at the depth of the sulcus, finally creating a secondary hematoma in the subcortical white matter. © 2011 Japanese Society of Neuropathology.

  15. Association between genetic polymorphisms of interleukins and cerebral infarction risk: a meta-analysis

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    Wang, Jiantao; Fan, Niannian; Deng, Yili; Zhu, Jie; Mei, Jing; Chen, Yao; Yang, Heng

    2016-01-01

    Interleukins (ILs) are the most typical inflammatory and immunoregulatory cytokines. Evidences have shown that polymorphisms in ILs are associated with cerebral infarction risk. However, the results remain inconclusive. The present study was to evaluate the role of ILs polymorphisms in cerebral infarction susceptibility. Relevant case-control studies published between January 2000 and December 2015 were searched and retrieved from the electronic databases of Web of Science, PubMed, Embase and the Chinese Biomedical Database. The odds ratio (OR) with its 95% confidence interval (CI) were employed to calculate the strength of association. A total of 55 articles including 12619 cerebral infarction patients and 14436 controls were screened out. Four ILs (IL-1, IL-6, IL-10 and IL-18) contained nine single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; IL-1α −899C/T, IL-1β −511C/T and IL-1β +3953C/T; IL-6 −174G/C and −572C/G; IL-10 −819C/T and −1082A/G; IL-18 −607C/A and −137G/C). Our result showed that IL-1α −899C/T and IL-18 −607C/A (under all the genetic models), and IL-6 −572C/G (under the allelic model, heterogeneity model and dominant model) were associated with increased the risk of cerebral infarction (P<0.05). Subgroup analysis by ethnicity showed that IL-6 −174G/C polymorphism (under all the five models) and IL-10 −1082A/G polymorphism (under the allelic model and heterologous model) were significantly associated with increased the cerebral infarction risk in Asians. Other genetic polymorphisms were not related with cerebral infarction susceptibility under any genetic models. In conclusion, IL-1α −899C/T, IL-6 −572C/G and IL-18 −607C/A might be risk factors for cerebral infarction development. Further studies with well-designed and large sample size are still required. PMID:27679860

  16. Imaging characteristics of cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leucoencephalopathy (CADASIL)

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    Stojanov, Dragan; Aracki-Trenkic, Aleksandra; Vojinovic, Slobodan; Ljubisavljevic, Srdjan; Benedeto-Stojanov, Daniela; Tasic, Aleksandar; Vujnovic, Sasa

    2015-01-01

    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leucoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an autosomal dominant vascular disorder. Diagnosis and follow-up in patients with CADASIL are based mainly on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI shows white matter hyperintensities (WMHs), lacunar infarcts and cerebral microbleeds (CMBs). WMHs lesions tend to be symmetrical and bilateral, distributed in the periventricular and deep white matter. The anterior temporal lobe and external capsules are predilection sites for WMHs, with higher specificity and sensitivity of anterior temporal lobe involvement compared to an external capsule involvement. Lacunar infarcts are presented by an imaging signal that has intensity of cerebrospinal fluid in all MRI sequences. They are localized within the semioval center, thalamus, basal ganglia and pons. CMBs are depicted as focal areas of signal loss on T2 images which increases in size on the T2*-weighted gradient echo planar images (“blooming effect”). PMID:25725137

  17. Patterns of cerebral glucose utilization in depression, multiple infarct dementia, and Alzheimer's disease

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    Kuhl, D.E.; Metter, E.J.; Riege, W.H.

    1983-01-01

    Patterns of local cerebral glucose utilization were determined in moderately to severely disabled patients with depression (n=7), multiple infarct dementia (n=6), and Alzheimer's disease (n=6), and in normal controls (n=6), using positron emission tomography with the /sup 18/F-fluorodeoxyglucose method. Average global metabolic rate was decreased 30% in patients with Alzheimer's disease, but overlap among the other groups reduced the discriminant value of this measure. In depressed patients, the cerebral metabolic pattern was normal, except for evidence of hypometabolic zone in the posterior-inferior frontal cortex which was of marginal statistical significance. In multiple infarct dementia, focal metabolic defects were scattered throughout the brain and exceeded the extent of infarction. In Alzheimer's disease, metabolism was markedly reduced in cortex, especially parietal cortex, but relatively preserved in caudate, thalamus, anterior cingulate gyrus, pre and post central gyrus, and calcarine occipital cortex, a pattern duplicating the degree and location of pathological and neurochemical alterations characteristic of this disorder.

  18. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Plaque Burden in Vascular Walls of the Middle Cerebral Artery Correlates with Cerebral Infarction.

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    Li, Fei; Chen, Qian-Xue; Chen, Zhi-Biao; Tian, Dao-Feng; Cai, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    Intracranial atherosclerosis may be related to the risk of ischemic stroke. High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (H-R MRI) makes it possible to measure the intracranial atheroma in vivo. The aim of this study was to evaluate the plaque burden of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) using H-R MRI, and to determine its relationship with both cerebral infarction size and plaque burden in the carotid artery (CA). 54 patients with MCA territory infarction were enrolled and HR-MRI was performed within 7 days following stroke onset. The lumen area (LA), wall area (WA), total vessel area (TVA), and the normalized wall index (NWI) of MCA and CA were measured. We analyzed the status of MCA and CA atheroma, and the size of cerebral infarction, in the corresponding vascular territory. We observed a significant positive correlation between the NWI of the index artery and the volume of the ipsilateral ischemic lesions. In addition, the mean NWI of MCA was significantly correlated with that of the ipsilateral CA (left, r = 0.88, P.0.001; right, r = 0.79, P.0.001), and the plaque burden of the M1 segment of MCA was significantly higher than that of the ipsilateral CA (P < 0.05). There was no significant correlation between the TVA and WA of MCA and that of CA. Our findings suggest that MCA atherosclerosis is significantly correlated with cerebral infarction. In ischemic stroke patients, the plaque burden of M1 segment of MCA is more significant than that of CA.

  19. Novel genetic causes for cerebral visual impairment.

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    Bosch, Daniëlle G M; Boonstra, F Nienke; de Leeuw, Nicole; Pfundt, Rolph; Nillesen, Willy M; de Ligt, Joep; Gilissen, Christian; Jhangiani, Shalini; Lupski, James R; Cremers, Frans P M; de Vries, Bert B A

    2016-05-01

    Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) is a major cause of low vision in children due to impairment in projection and/or interpretation of the visual input in the brain. Although acquired causes for CVI are well known, genetic causes underlying CVI are largely unidentified. DNAs of 25 patients with CVI and intellectual disability, but without acquired (eg, perinatal) damage, were investigated by whole-exome sequencing. The data were analyzed for de novo, autosomal-recessive, and X-linked variants, and subsequently classified into known, candidate, or unlikely to be associated with CVI. This classification was based on the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database, literature reports, variant characteristics, and functional relevance of the gene. After classification, variants in four genes known to be associated with CVI (AHDC1, NGLY1, NR2F1, PGAP1) in 5 patients (20%) were identified, establishing a conclusive genetic diagnosis for CVI. In addition, in 11 patients (44%) with CVI, variants in one or more candidate genes were identified (ACP6, AMOT, ARHGEF10L, ATP6V1A, DCAF6, DLG4, GABRB2, GRIN1, GRIN2B, KCNQ3, KCTD19, RERE, SLC1A1, SLC25A16, SLC35A2, SOX5, UFSP2, UHMK1, ZFP30). Our findings show that diverse genetic causes underlie CVI, some of which will provide insight into the biology underlying this disease process.

  20. Vitamin E isoforms alpha-tocotrienol and gamma-tocopherol prevent cerebral infarction in mice.

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    Mishima, Kenichi; Tanaka, Takamitsu; Pu, Fengling; Egashira, Nobuaki; Iwasaki, Katsunori; Hidaka, Ryoji; Matsunaga, Kazuhisa; Takata, Jiro; Karube, Yoshiharu; Fujiwara, Michihiro

    2003-01-30

    Alpha-tocopherol and its derivatives have been shown to be effective in reducing cerebral ischemia-induced brain damage. However, the effects of other vitamin E isoforms have not been characterized. In the present study, we investigated the effects of six different isoforms of vitamin E on the ischemic brain damage in the mice middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion model. All vitamin E isoforms were injected i.v., twice, immediately before and 3 h after the occlusion. Alpha-tocopherol (2 mM), alpha-tocotrienol (0.2 and 2 mM) and gamma-tocopherol (0.2 and 2 mM) significantly decreased the size of the cerebral infarcts 1 day after the MCA occlusion, while gamma-tocotrienol, delta-tocopherol and delta-tocotrienol showed no effect on the cerebral infarcts. These results suggest that alpha-tocotrienol and gamma-tocopherol are potent and effective agents for preventing cerebral infarction induced by MCA occlusion.

  1. Cerebral blood flow determination within the first 8 hours of cerebral infarction using stable xenon-enhanced computed tomography

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    Hughes, R.L.; Yonas, H.; Gur, D.; Latchaw, R.

    1989-06-01

    Cerebral blood flow mapping with stable xenon-enhanced computed tomography (Xe/CT) was performed in conjunction with conventional computed tomography (CT) within the first 8 hours after the onset of symptoms in seven patients with cerebral infarction. Six patients had hemispheric infarctions, and one had a progressive brainstem infarction. Three patients with very low (less than 10 ml/100 g/min) blood flow in an anatomic area appropriate for the neurologic deficit had no clinical improvement by the time of discharge from the hospital; follow-up CT scans of these three patients confirmed infarction in the area of very low blood flow. Three patients with moderate blood flow reductions (15-45 ml/100 g/min) in the appropriate anatomic area had significant clinical improvement from their initial deficits and had normal follow-up CT scans. One patient studied 8 hours after stroke had increased blood flow (hyperemia) in the appropriate anatomic area and made no clinical recovery.

  2. Sickle cell anemia: intracranial stenosis and silent cerebral infarcts in children with low risk of stroke.

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    Arkuszewski, Michal; Krejza, Jaroslaw; Chen, Rong; Ichord, Rebecca; Kwiatkowski, Janet L; Bilello, Michel; Zimmerman, Robert; Ohene-Frempong, Kwaku; Melhem, Elias R

    2014-03-01

    Children with sickle cell anemia (SCA), who have mean blood flow velocities <170 cm/s in the terminal internal carotid (tICA) or middle cerebral (MCA) arteries on transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD), are considered to be at low risk of stroke. The prevalence of intracranial stenosis, which raises the risk of stroke, is not known in these children. Here, we estimated the prevalence of stenosis and explored its association with silent cerebral infarcts determined based on Magnetic Resonance (MR) scans. We studied prospectively a cohort of 67 children with SCA without prior clinically overt stroke or TIA (median age 8.8 years; range limits 2.3-13.1 years; 33 females) and with TCD mean velocity <170 cm/s. They underwent MR imaging of the brain and MR angiography of intracranial arteries. In 7 children (10.5%, 95% CI: 4.9-20.3%) we found 10 stenoses, including 4 with isolated left tICA stenosis and 3 with multiple stenoses. We found silent infarcts in 26 children (37.7%, 95% CI: 27.2-49.5%). The median number of infarcts in an affected child was 2 (range limits: 1-9), median volume of infarcts was 171 mm(3) (range limits: 7-1060 mm(3)), and median infarct volume in relation to total brain volume was 0.020% (range limits: 0.001-0.101%). The number and volume of infarcts were significantly higher in children with arterial stenosis (both p=0.023). The prevalence of intracranial arterial stenosis in children with SCA classified as at low risk of stroke by TCD mean velocity <170 cm/s is high. Children with stenosis are at higher risk of brain parenchymal injury as they have more silent cerebral infarcts. Copyright © 2014 Medical University of Bialystok. Published by Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.

  3. An often unrecognized cause of thunderclap headache: reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome.

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    Koopman, K; Teune, L K; ter Laan, M; Uyttenboogaart, M; Vroomen, P C; De Keyser, J; Luijckx, G J

    2008-12-01

    Thunderclap headache (TCH) can have several causes of which subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is most common and well known. A rare cause of TCH is the reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) which is characterized by a reversible segmental vasoconstriction of the intracranial vessels. We describe two patients with TCH due to RCVS and the probable precipitating factor, namely, cannabis and an anti-migraine drug. In RCVS, cerebrospinal fluid examination is (near) normal, in contrast to SAH and (primary) cerebral vasculitis. Brain MRI may be normal or shows infarction. MRA can demonstrate vasoconstriction of the great arteries, but a normal MRA does not rule out the diagnosis. Caliber changes on cerebral angiography cannot adequately differentiate between RCVS and vasculitis. Calcium-channel antagonists may be a good therapy and repeated transcranial Doppler ultrasonography can be a reliable non-invasive investigation to monitor the effect of treatment and demonstrate reversibility of the vasoconstriction.

  4. Therapeutic imaging window of cerebral infarction revealed by multisequence magnetic resonance imaging: An animal and clinical study.

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    Lu, Hong; Hu, Hui; He, Zhanping; Han, Xiangjun; Chen, Jing; Tu, Rong

    2012-11-05

    In this study, we established a Wistar rat model of right middle cerebral artery occlusion and observed pathological imaging changes (T2-weighted imaging [T2WI], T2FLAIR, and diffusion-weighted imaging [DWI]) following cerebral infarction. The pathological changes were divided into three phases: early cerebral infarction, middle cerebral infarction, and late cerebral infarction. In the early cerebral infarction phase (less than 2 hours post-infarction), there was evidence of intracellular edema, which improved after reperfusion. This improvement was defined as the ischemic penumbra. In this phase, a high DWI signal and a low apparent diffusion coefficient were observed in the right basal ganglia region. By contrast, there were no abnormal T2WI and T2FLAIR signals. For the middle cerebral infarction phase (2-4 hours post-infarction), a mixed edema was observed. After reperfusion, there was a mild improvement in cell edema, while the angioedema became more serious. A high DWI signal and a low apparent diffusion coefficient signal were observed, and some rats showed high T2WI and T2FLAIR signals. For the late cerebral infarction phase (4-6 hours post-infarction), significant angioedema was visible in the infarction site. After reperfusion, there was a significant increase in angioedema, while there was evidence of hemorrhage and necrosis. A mixed signal was observed on DWI, while a high apparent diffusion coefficient signal, a high T2WI signal, and a high T2FLAIR signal were also observed. All 86 cerebral infarction patients were subjected to T2WI, T2FLAIR, and DWI. MRI results of clinic data similar to the early infarction phase of animal experiments were found in 51 patients, for which 10 patients (10/51) had an onset time greater than 6 hours. A total of 35 patients had MRI results similar to the middle and late infarction phase of animal experiments, of which eight patients (8/35) had an onset time less than 6 hours. These data suggest that defining the

  5. [Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome: anarthria and severe dyphagia after sequential bilateral infarction of the middle cerebral artery].

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    Guhra, M; Poppenborg, M; Hagemeister, C

    2008-02-01

    Bilateral lesions of the opercula frontoparietalia are uncommon and cause a symptom cluster including anarthria, severe dysphagia, inability to chew and sometimes facial paresis. At the same time there is an automatic-voluntary dissociation, meaning that the affected muscles are functional within the scope of involuntary movements. This syndrome is known as Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome (FCMS), (bilateral) anterior operculum syndrome or facio-pharyngo-glosso-masticatory diplegia. We report the case of a patient who suffered from FCMS after having infarctions in the territory of the middle cerebral artery on each side 4 years apart.

  6. Cerebral infarction in right pons during the course of mobile mitral annular calcification-related calcified amorphous tumor during a long time hemodialysis.

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    Saito, Kazuyuki; Doi, Mayumi; Karikusa, Motohiro; Sakata, Konomi; Sasaguri, Hiroki; Toru, Shuta

    2016-08-31

    We report here a 70 year-old male on maintenance hemodialysis who presented non-paralytic pontine exotropia. Brain MRI showed new right pons infarct. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography revealed a mobile calcification at posterior mitral leaflet with rapid growing compared to 14 days ago. Neurological symptoms disappeared at least 10 days by a treatment with aspirin. Calcification reduced by a follow-up transthoracic echocardiography after 90 days from the beginning of neurological symptoms. We diagonosed him with cerebral infarction during the course of mobile mitral annular calcification-related calcified amorphous tumor. Mobile mitral annular calcification-related calcified amorphous tumor would be a cause of cerebral infarction, we need to be careful to check a transthoracic echocardiography regularly because of necessity.

  7. No effect of ablation of surfactant protein-D on acute cerebral infarction in mice.

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    Lambertsen, Kate L; Østergaard, Kamilla; Clausen, Bettina H; Hansen, Søren; Stenvang, Jan; Thorsen, Stine B; Meldgaard, Michael; Kristensen, Bjarne W; Hansen, Pernille B; Sorensen, Grith L; Finsen, Bente

    2014-07-19

    Crosstalk between the immune system in the brain and the periphery may contribute to the long-term outcome both in experimental and clinical stroke. Although, the immune defense collectin surfactant protein-D (SP-D) is best known for its role in pulmonary innate immunity, SP-D is also known to be involved in extrapulmonary modulation of inflammation in mice. We investigated whether SP-D affected cerebral ischemic infarction and ischemia-induced inflammatory responses in mice. The effect of SP-D was studied by comparing the size of ischemic infarction and the inflammatory and astroglial responses in SP-D knock out (KO) and wild type (WT) mice subjected to permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion. SP-D mRNA production was assessed in isolated cerebral arteries and in the whole brain by PCR, and SP-D protein in normal appearing and ischemic human brain by immunohistochemistry. Changes in plasma SP-D and TNF were assessed by ELISA and proximity ligation assay, respectively. Infarct volumetric analysis showed that ablation of SP-D had no effect on ischemic infarction one and five days after induction of ischemia. Further, ablation of SP-D had no effect on the ischemia-induced increase in TNF mRNA production one day after induction of ischemia; however the TNF response to the ischemic insult was affected at five days. SP-D mRNA was not detected in parenchymal brain cells in either naïve mice or in mice subjected to focal cerebral ischemia. However, SP-D mRNA was detected in middle cerebral artery cells in WT mice and SP-D protein in vascular cells both in normal appearing and ischemic human brain tissue. Measurements of the levels of SP-D and TNF in plasma in mice suggested that levels were unaffected by the ischemic insult. Microglial-leukocyte and astroglial responses were comparable in SP-D KO and WT mice. SP-D synthesis in middle cerebral artery cells is consistent with SP-D conceivably leaking into the infarcted area and affecting local cytokine production

  8. Research article: clinical characteristics of isolated anterior cerebral artery territory infarction due to arterial dissection.

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    Nagamine, Yuito; Fukuoka, Takuya; Hayashi, Takeshi; Kato, Yuji; Deguchi, Ichiro; Maruyama, Hajime; Horiuchi, Yohsuke; Sano, Hiroyasu; Mizuno, Satoko; Tanahashi, Norio

    2014-01-01

    Isolated brain infarction in the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) territory is rare, and its etiology has not yet been fully elucidated. Thus, we aimed to determine the etiologic and clinical characteristics of patients with isolated ACA territory infarction due to arterial dissection. Of 2315 patients with acute cerebral infarction admitted to our hospital between April 2007 and September 2013, 34 patients (1.5%; 28 men, 6 women; mean age, 65 ± 15 years) suffered isolated ACA territory infarction. We performed cranial magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and MR angiography for all the patients. Whenever possible, we also performed 3-dimensional computed tomography angiography, digital subtraction angiography, and MR cisternography to diagnose the stroke subtype. The stroke subtypes of the 34 patients with isolated ACA territory infarction were atherothrombotic infarction, cardioembolic infarction, arterial dissection, and unclassified in 11 patients (32%), 11 patients (32%), 11 patients (32%), and 1 patient (3%), respectively. The mean ages at onset were 48 ± 9 and 72 ± 11 years in the dissection and nondissection groups, respectively (P < .001). Headaches were present at onset in 4 patients (36%) and 1 patient (4%) with and without dissection, respectively (P = .026). Blood pressure at onset was significantly higher among patients with dissection (systolic, 179 ± 34 mm Hg; diastolic, 102 ± 17 mm Hg) than among patients without dissection (systolic, 155 ± 30 mm Hg; diastolic, 86 ± 21 mm Hg; P < .05), and d-dimer values were significantly lower among patients with dissection (P = .034). Favorable clinical outcome (modified Rankin Scale score, 0-2) at discharge was achieved in 9 patients (82%) and 10 patients (43%) with and without dissection, respectively (P = .035). Patients with isolated ACA territory infarction demonstrated a relatively high frequency of dissection (32%). Patients with dissection were younger, had a higher frequency of headaches, and

  9. MTHFR homozygous mutation and additional risk factors for cerebral infarction in a large Italian family.

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    Del Balzo, Francesca; Spalice, Alberto; Perla, Massimo; Properzi, Enrico; Iannetti, Paola

    2009-01-01

    Several cases with cerebral infarctions associated with the C677T mutation in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (MTHFR) have been reported. Given the large number of asymptomatic individuals with the MTHFR mutation, additional risk factors for cerebral infarction should be considered. This study describes a large family with the MTHFR mutation and a combination of heterozygous factor V Leiden mutations and different additional exogenous and endogenous thrombogenic risk factors. Psychomotor retardation and a left fronto-insular infarct associated with the MTHFR mutation together with diminished factor VII and low level of protein C was documented in the first patient. In the second patient, generalized epilepsy and a malacic area in the right nucleus lenticularis was associated with the MTHFR mutation and a low level of protein C. In the third patient, right hemiparesis and a left fronto-temporal porencephalic cyst were documented, together with the MTHFR mutation and hyperhomocysteinemia. An extensive search of additional circumstantial and genetic thrombogenic risk factors should be useful for prophylaxis and prognosis of infants with cerebral infarctions associated with the MTHFR mutation and of their related family members.

  10. Impact of timing of cranioplasty on hydrocephalus after decompressive hemicraniectomy in malignant middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    Finger, Tobias; Prinz, Vincent; Schreck, Evelyn; Pinczolits, Alexandra; Bayerl, Simon; Liman, Thomas; Woitzik, Johannes; Vajkoczy, Peter

    2017-02-01

    Patients with malignant middle cerebral artery infarction frequently develop hydrocephalus after decompressive hemicraniectomy. Hydrocephalus itself and known shunt related complications after ventriculo-peritoneal shunt implantation may negatively impact patientś outcome. Here, we aimed to identify factors associated with the development of hydrocephalus after decompressive hemicraniectomy in malignant middle cerebral artery infarction. A total of 99 consecutive patients with the diagnosis of large hemispheric infarctions and the indication for decompressive hemicraniectomy were included. We retrospectively evaluated patient characteristics (gender, age and selected preoperative risk factors), stroke characteristics (side, stroke volume and existing mass effect) and surgical characteristics (size of the bone flap, initial complication rate, time to cranioplasty, complication rate following cranioplasty, type of implant, number of revision surgeries and mortality). Frequency of hydrocephalus development was 10% in our cohort. Patients who developed a hydrocephalus had an earlier time point of bone flap reimplantation compared to the control group (no hydrocephalus=164±104days, hydrocephalus=108±52days, p<0.05). Additionally, numbers of revision surgeries after cranioplasty was associated with hydrocephalus with a trend towards significance (p=0.08). Communicating hydrocephalus is frequent in patients with malignant middle cerebral artery infarction after decompressive hemicraniectomy. A later time point of cranioplasty might lead to a lower incidence of required shunting procedures in general as we could show in our patient cohort. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Cerebral infarction: time course of signal intensity changes on diffusion-weighted MR images.

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    Burdette, J H; Ricci, P E; Petitti, N; Elster, A D

    1998-09-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the time course of signal intensity changes on diffusion-weighted MR images after cerebral infarction. Echoplanar diffusion-weighted MR images were obtained at 1.5 T in 212 patients referred for suspected cerebral infarction over a 6-month period. Of those patients, 85 met strict criteria for inclusion in this study: final clinical diagnosis of stroke, reliable timing of clinical ictus by history, and neurologic symptoms persisting longer than 48 hr after onset. Using adjacent or contralateral normal brain for comparison, diffusion-weighted images were visually analyzed retrospectively to evaluate for abnormalities in signal intensity. Because three patients were scanned on two occasions and five patients had two anatomically separable infarctions, 93 reliably dated brain lesions were analyzed. Diffusion-weighted images showed abnormal findings in 13 (100%) of 13 lesions less than 1 day old, 46 (96%) of 48 lesions 1-4 days old, 16 (94%) of 17 lesions 5-9 days old, three (60%) of five lesions 10-14 days old, and zero (0%) of 10 lesions more than 14 days old. Abnormal signal intensity was present on all diffusion-weighted MR studies obtained in patients within 24 hr of acute cerebral infarction and in up to 94% of patients scanned during the first 2 weeks after ictus. The percentage of abnormal diffusion studies declined with time, and no signal intensity abnormality was seen in stroke patients scanned more than 2 weeks after symptom onset.

  12. Cortical subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by cerebral venous thrombosis.

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    Oda, Shinri; Shimoda, Masami; Hoshikawa, Kaori; Osada, Takahiro; Yoshiyama, Michitsura; Matsumae, Mitsunori

    2011-01-01

    Patients with non-traumatic, non-aneurysmal, and non-perimesencephalic subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) tend to have clots circumscribed along the cortical convexity, a condition referred to as acute cortical SAH. Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is a potential cause of cortical SAH. The study tried to establish the diagnosis and management of cortical SAH caused by CVT. Retrospective review of 145 patients with non-traumatic SAH identified 15 patients with no ruptured aneurysm. Clinical features were investigated with a specific focus on patients with SAH caused by CVT. Eight of the 15 patients had perimesencephalic SAH, and 7 had cortical SAH. SAH caused by CVT was diagnosed in 4 of the 7 patients with cortical SAH. The cortical SAH involved the unilateral convexity or sylvian cistern and spared the basal cistern on computed tomography in all 4 patients. CVT occurred in the transverse sinus and cortical vein (1 patient), insular vein (1 patient), and cortical vein (2 patients). Identification of thrombosed veins or sinuses was established directly by T(2)*-weighted and diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the acute stage and diffusion-weighted and T(1)-weighted MR imaging in the subacute stage. All patients had cortical swelling without findings of venous hemorrhagic infarction on T(2)*-weighted MR imaging. None of the 4 patients received active treatment, and all had favorable outcomes. CVT in patients with non-traumatic cortical SAH should be first excluded as a potential hemorrhagic cause by MR imaging for thrombosed veins or sinuses before initiating antifibrinolytic therapy.

  13. Silent cerebral infarcts occur despite regular blood transfusion therapy after first strokes in children with sickle cell disease

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    Hulbert, Monica L.; McKinstry, Robert C.; Lacey, JoAnne L.; Moran, Christopher J.; Panepinto, Julie A.; Thompson, Alexis A.; Sarnaik, Sharada A.; Woods, Gerald M.; Casella, James F.; Inusa, Baba; Howard, Jo; Kirkham, Fenella J.; Anie, Kofi A.; Mullin, Jonathan E.; Ichord, Rebecca; Noetzel, Michael; Yan, Yan; Rodeghier, Mark

    2011-01-01

    Children with sickle cell disease (SCD) and strokes receive blood transfusion therapy for secondary stroke prevention; despite this, approximately 20% experience second overt strokes. Given this rate of second overt strokes and the clinical significance of silent cerebral infarcts, we tested the hypothesis that silent cerebral infarcts occur among children with SCD being transfused for secondary stroke prevention. A prospective cohort enrolled children with SCD and overt strokes at 7 academic centers. Magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance angiography of the brain were scheduled approximately every 1 to 2 years; studies were reviewed by a panel of neuroradiologists. Eligibility criteria included regularly scheduled blood transfusion therapy. Forty children were included; mean pretransfusion hemoglobin S concentration was 29%. Progressive cerebral infarcts occurred in 45% (18 of 40 children) while receiving chronic blood transfusion therapy; 7 had second overt strokes and 11 had new silent cerebral infarcts. Worsening cerebral vasculopathy was associated with new cerebral infarction (overt or silent; relative risk = 12.7; 95% confidence interval, 2.65-60.5, P = .001). Children with SCD and overt strokes receiving regular blood transfusion therapy experience silent cerebral infarcts at a higher rate than previously recognized. Additional therapies are needed for secondary stroke prevention in children with SCD. PMID:20940417

  14. Study of Protein Expresion in Peri-Infarct Tissue after Cerebral Ischemia

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    Brea, David; Agulla, Jesús; Staes, An; Gevaert, Kris; Campos, Francisco; Sobrino, Tomás; Blanco, Miguel; Dávalos, Antoni; Castillo, José; Ramos-Cabrer, Pedro

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we report our study of protein expression in rat peri-infarct tissue, 48 h after the induction of permanent focal cerebral ischemia. Two proteomic approaches, gel electrophoresis with mass spectrometry and combined fractional diagonal chromatography (COFRADIC), were performed using tissue samples from the periphery of the induced cerebral ischemic lesions, using tissue from the contra-lateral hemisphere as a control. Several protein spots (3408) were identified by gel electrophoresis, and 11 showed significant differences in expression between peri-infarct and contra-lateral tissues (at least 3-fold, p < 0.05). Using COFRADIC, 5412 proteins were identified, with 72 showing a difference in expression. Apart from blood-related proteins (such as serum albumin), both techniques showed that the 70 kDa family of heat shock proteins were highly expressed in the peri-infarct tissue. Further studies by 1D and 2D western blotting and immunohistochemistry revealed that only one member of this family (the inducible form, HSP72 or HSP70i) is specifically expressed by the peri-infarct tissue, while the majority of this family (the constitutive form, HSC70 or HSP70c) is expressed in the whole brain. Our data support that HSP72 is a suitable biomarker of peri-infarct tissue in the ischemic brain. PMID:26153530

  15. Study of Protein Expression in Peri-Infarct Tissue after Cerebral Ischemia.

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    Brea, David; Agulla, Jesús; Staes, An; Gevaert, Kris; Campos, Francisco; Sobrino, Tomás; Blanco, Miguel; Dávalos, Antoni; Castillo, José; Ramos-Cabrer, Pedro

    2015-07-08

    In this work, we report our study of protein expression in rat peri-infarct tissue, 48 h after the induction of permanent focal cerebral ischemia. Two proteomic approaches, gel electrophoresis with mass spectrometry and combined fractional diagonal chromatography (COFRADIC), were performed using tissue samples from the periphery of the induced cerebral ischemic lesions, using tissue from the contra-lateral hemisphere as a control. Several protein spots (3408) were identified by gel electrophoresis, and 11 showed significant differences in expression between peri-infarct and contra-lateral tissues (at least 3-fold, p < 0.05). Using COFRADIC, 5412 proteins were identified, with 72 showing a difference in expression. Apart from blood-related proteins (such as serum albumin), both techniques showed that the 70 kDa family of heat shock proteins were highly expressed in the peri-infarct tissue. Further studies by 1D and 2D western blotting and immunohistochemistry revealed that only one member of this family (the inducible form, HSP72 or HSP70i) is specifically expressed by the peri-infarct tissue, while the majority of this family (the constitutive form, HSC70 or HSP70c) is expressed in the whole brain. Our data support that HSP72 is a suitable biomarker of peri-infarct tissue in the ischemic brain.

  16. Proximal Bright Vessel Sign on Arterial Spin Labeling Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Acute Cardioembolic Cerebral Infarction.

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    Kato, Ayumi; Shinohara, Yuki; Kuya, Keita; Sakamoto, Makoto; Kowa, Hisanori; Ogawa, Toshihide

    2017-07-01

    The congestion of spin-labeled blood at large-vessel occlusion can present as hyperintense signals on perfusion magnetic resonance imaging with 3-dimensional pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (proximal bright vessel sign). The purpose of this study was to clarify the difference between proximal bright vessel sign and susceptibility vessel sign in acute cardioembolic cerebral infarction. Forty-two patients with cardioembolic cerebral infarction in the anterior circulation territory underwent magnetic resonance imaging including diffusion-weighted imaging, 3-dimensional pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling perfusion magnetic resonance imaging, T2*-weighted imaging, and 3-dimensional time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography using a 3-T magnetic resonance scanner. Visual assessments of proximal bright vessel sign and the susceptibility vessel sign were performed by consensus of 2 experienced neuroradiologists. The relationship between these signs and the occlusion site of magnetic resonance angiography was also investigated. Among 42 patients with cardioembolic cerebral infarction, 24 patients showed proximal bright vessel sign (57.1%) and 25 showed susceptibility vessel sign (59.5%). There were 19 cases of proximal bright vessel sign and susceptibility vessel sign-clear, 12 cases of proximal bright vessel sign and susceptibility vessel sign-unclear, and 11 mismatched cases. Four out of 6 patients with proximal bright vessel sign-unclear and susceptibility vessel sign-clear showed distal middle cerebral artery occlusion, and 2 out of 5 patients with proximal bright vessel sign-clear and susceptibility vessel sign-unclear showed no occlusion on magnetic resonance angiography. Proximal bright vessel sign is almost compatible with susceptibility vessel sign in patients with cardioembolic cerebral infarction. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. [A clinical study on the pathogenesis of lung cancer-related cerebral infarction].

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    Xie, X R; Qin, C; Chen, L; Cheng, D B; Huang, J Y; Wei, X X; Yu, L X; Liang, Z J

    2017-02-01

    Objective: To explore the risk factors for lung cancer-related cerebral infarction. Methods: The hospitalized active lung cancer patients on anti-cancer therapy with no traditional stroke risk factors, who experienced an acute cerebral infarct in the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University from January 2005 to December 2015, were consecutively collected as the LCRS (lung cancer-related stroke) group. The active lung cancer patients without cerebral infarction hospitalized at the same peroid matched with the LCRS group for age and gender were collected as the LC (lung cancer) group. Clinical data from the two groups were analyzed. Results: A total of 139 LCRS patients and 139 LC patients were enrolled in the study, with 110 male and 29 female in each group, and there were no significant difference for the mean age between the LCRS group (52.1±10.4 years old ) and the LC group (52.1±10.1 years old). Two or more acute ischemic lesions of the brain were showed by MRI in most patients in the LCRS group (117 cases, 84.2%). Compared with the LC group, more patients in the LCRS group were found with adenocarcinoma, metastasis, elevated plasma D-dimer, CA125 and CA199 levels [88 cases (63.3%) vs 47 cases (33.8%); 98 cases (70.5%) vs 56 cases (40.3%); (468.38±291.37) μg/L vs (277.59±191.22) μg/L; (221.42±146.34) U/ml vs (106.84±69.97) U/ml; (254.68±185.84) U/ml vs (97.15±63.64) U/ml; with all P<0.001]. By logistic regression analysis of multiple factors, the elevated plasma D-dimer, CA125 and CA199 levels were showed to be independent risk factors for the cerebral infarction (OR=1.003, 95%CI 1.001-1.004; OR=1.006, 95%CI 1.003-1.010; OR=1.011, 95%CI 1.007-1.015). Conclusions: The elevated plasma D-dimer, CA125 and CA199 levels are the risk factors for the lung cancer related cerebral infarction, which may lead to hypercoagulation and induce cerebral infarction eventually.

  18. Prediction of language and neurologic recovery after cerebral infarction with SPECT imaging using N-isopropyl-p-(I-123) iodoamphetamine

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    Bushnell, D.L.; Gupta, S.; Mlcoch, A.G.; Barnes, W.E.

    1989-06-01

    Fourteen patients (10 with left-sided and 4 with right-sided cerebral infarction) were prospectively studied with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) using N-isopropyl-p-(I-123) iodoamphetamine (IMP, SPECTamine) to determine its usefulness in predicting neurologic/language recovery after cerebral infarction. All neuro-SPECT imaging was performed within 30 days after infarction. Detailed assessment of neurologic and/or language recovery (after 3 months) was carried out prospectively in each patient. Patients with smaller volume IMP defects in the region of infarction demonstrated significantly better neurologic and language recovery than patients with large IMP defects. Analysis of the IMP ''redistribution'' phenomenon failed to demonstrate definitively a relationship with clinical recovery. It was concluded that the volume of the IMP defect can aid in predicting recovery potential after cerebral infarction.

  19. Fatal Massive Cerebral Infarction in a Child after Mild Brain Trauma: A Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Calderon-Miranda, Willen Guillermo; Alvis-Miranda, Hernando Raphael; M Rubiano, Andres; Moscote-Salazar, Luis Rafael

    2014-04-01

    Traumatic brain injury is a common entity. However cerebral infarction in infants is a rare entity while the diagnosis of this pathology in the pediatric population is usually difficult. The mild head trauma is rarely accompanied by intracranial injury and even less, with cerebral infarction. We herein report the first case of cerebral infarction after a mild brain trauma in a 2-year-old Latin-American male patient, in which brain computed tomography (CT) scan was performed on the first day of the accident, showed right hemispheric cerebral ischemia compromising the fronto-parieto-occipital region. Conservative management was established. The patient died at day 5. So Brain CT scan may be beneficial to reveal any hemispheric infarction due to a probable mass effect.

  20. Correlation between PPARg2 gene Pro12Ala polymorphism and cerebral infarction in an Inner Mongolian Han Chinese population.

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    Li, X; Zhang, B L; Zhang, X G; Su, X L

    2016-06-20

    The variant of PPAR-g2 has been shown to promote the increase of carotid IMT in patients suffering from cerebral infarction and the Pro12Ala polymorphism in the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptorg2 (PPARg2) gene may be associated with cerebral infarction. However, due to the different genetic background, race, and regional variations of cerebral infarction patient, the results of investigations into this subject differ. The aim of this study was to investigate this polymorphism in relation to cerebral infarction among the Inner Mongolian Han Chinese population. A total of 574 Han Chinese individuals from Inner Mongolian were selected randomly, including 302 patients with cerebral infarction and 272 healthy controls. Polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism was used to determine genotypes of the PPARg2 Pro12Ala variant and results were confirmed by direct sequencing. Genotype frequencies were found to be 90.7 and 91.9% for P/P, 8.6 and 7.7% for P/A, and 0.7 and 0.4 for A/A in the cerebral infarction and control groups, respectively. No statistically significant differences in genotype distribution were observed between the two groups (P > 0.05). Moreover, PPARg2 Pro12Ala genotype was not significantly associated with altered fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, or serum lipid profiles. After adjustment for gender, body mass index, and smoking habit, logistic regression was used to analyze the relationship between the Pro12Ala polymorphism and cerebral infarction (odds ratio = 0.888, 95% confidence interval = 0.106-7.460, P > 0.05), revealing that this variant was not the main pathogenic factor involved. Therefore, the Pro12Ala mutation of PPARg2 may not be associated with cerebral infarction in the Inner Mongolian Han Chinese population.

  1. Surgical decompression for space-occupying cerebral infarction (the Hemicraniectomy After Middle Cerebral Artery infarction with Life-threatening Edema Trial [HAMLET]): a multicentre, open, randomised trial.

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    Hofmeijer, Jeannette; Kappelle, L Jaap; Algra, Ale; Amelink, G Johan; van Gijn, Jan; van der Worp, H Bart

    2009-04-01

    Patients with space-occupying hemispheric infarctions have a poor prognosis, with case fatality rates of up to 80%. In a pooled analysis of randomised trials, surgical decompression within 48 h of stroke onset reduced case fatality and improved functional outcome; however, the effect of surgery after longer intervals is unknown. The aim of HAMLET was to assess the effect of decompressive surgery within 4 days of the onset of symptoms in patients with space-occupying hemispheric infarction. Patients with space-occupying hemispheric infarction were randomly assigned within 4 days of stroke onset to surgical decompression or best medical treatment. The primary outcome measure was the modified Rankin scale (mRS) score at 1 year, which was dichotomised between good (0-3) and poor (4-6) outcome. Other outcome measures were the dichotomy of mRS score between 4 and 5, case fatality, quality of life, and symptoms of depression. Analysis was by intention to treat. This trial is registered, ISRCTN94237756. Between November, 2002, and October, 2007, 64 patients were included; 32 were randomly assigned to surgical decompression and 32 to best medical treatment. Surgical decompression had no effect on the primary outcome measure (absolute risk reduction [ARR] 0%, 95% CI -21 to 21) but did reduce case fatality (ARR 38%, 15 to 60). In a meta-analysis of patients in DECIMAL (DEcompressive Craniectomy In MALignant middle cerebral artery infarction), DESTINY (DEcompressive Surgery for the Treatment of malignant INfarction of the middle cerebral arterY), and HAMLET who were randomised within 48 h of stroke onset, surgical decompression reduced poor outcome (ARR 16%, -0.1 to 33) and case fatality (ARR 50%, 34 to 66). Surgical decompression reduces case fatality and poor outcome in patients with space-occupying infarctions who are treated within 48 h of stroke onset. There is no evidence that this operation improves functional outcome when it is delayed for up to 96 h after stroke onset

  2. [Therapeutic potential of bone marrow stem cells in cerebral infarction].

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    Sánchez-Cruz, Gilberto; Milián-Rodríguez, Lismary

    2015-05-16

    Introduccion. Las celulas madre constituyen una alternativa terapeutica que se encuentra en fase de experimentacion para el infarto cerebral. Objetivo. Mostrar la evidencia cientifica existente sobre el potencial terapeutico de las celulas madre de la medula osea en esta enfermedad. Desarrollo. El infarto cerebral representa el 80% de las enfermedades cerebrovasculares. La trombolisis constituye la unica terapia aprobada, pero, por su estrecha ventana terapeutica, solo se aplica a un bajo porcentaje de los pacientes. De manera alternativa, los tratamientos neurorrestauradores, como el de celulas madre, pueden aplicarse en periodos mas prolongados. Por esta razon se efectuo una busqueda bibliografica en PubMed con el empleo de las palabras clave 'stem cells', 'bone marrow derived mononuclear cells' y 'stroke'. Se encontraron evidencias de seguridad y eficacia de dichas celulas en diferentes momentos evolutivos del infarto cerebral. Se identificaron estudios que en clinica y preclinica las recolectaron por puncion medular y en sangre periferica, y las trasplantaron directamente en el area infartada o por via intravascular. El efecto terapeutico se relaciona con sus propiedades de plasticidad celular y liberacion de factores troficos. Conclusiones. El concentrado de celulas mononucleares autologas, obtenido en sangre periferica o por puncion de la medula osea, y trasplantado por via intravenosa, es una factible opcion metodologica que permitira rapidamente incrementar el numero de ensayos clinicos en diferentes etapas evolutivas del infarto cerebral. Esta terapia muestra seguridad y eficacia; sin embargo, deben ampliarse las evidencias que avalen su generalizacion en humanos.

  3. Visualization of pressure-dependent luxury perfusion in a patient with subacute cerebral infarction.

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    Cho, I H; Hayashida, K; Kume, N; Shimotsu, Y; Miyashita, K

    1998-08-01

    Luxury perfusion characterized by depressed metabolism compared with CBF might be changed by decreasing cerebral perfusion pressure during the sitting position. A 77-yr-old man with subacute cerebral infarction was studied with brain X-ray computed tomography (CT), raise-up test with 99mTc-d,1-hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime (HMPAO) brain single photon emission tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET). Brain X-ray CT revealed a low-density area in the left middle cerebral artery (MCA) anterior area. Raise-up 99mTc-HMPAO brain SPECT revealed decreased uptake in the left MCA anterior area in the sitting position and subsequent supine 99mTc-HMPAO brain SPECT revealed hot accumulation there. PET study in the supine position demonstrated some differences between CBF and the cerebral metabolic rate for oxygen in the left MCA anterior area, indicating luxury perfusion. CBF in the area of luxury perfusion might be decreased during the sitting or standing position and increased during the supine position by dysautoregulation of the cerebral vessels in the luxury perfusion during the subacute infarct.

  4. Analysis of multiple factors involved in acute progressive cerebral infarction and extra- and intracranial arterial lesions.

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    Chen, Yuefu; Liu, Yajie; Luo, Chenghong; Lu, Weiheng; Su, Binru

    2014-06-01

    In order to identify the potential factors involved in the development of acute progressive cerebral infarction (PCI), the association between potential risk factors and extra- and intracranial arterial lesions was investigated. A total of 608 patients underwent cerebral angiography to analyze the morphological characteristics between the PCI and NPCI groups. In addition, data from numerous cases of extra- and intracranial arterial lesions were collected and compared with the control groups, and the associations between the severity of arterial lesions and the potential influential factors were analyzed. In the blood vessels responsible for cerebral infarction, various degrees of atherosclerotic plaques and stenosis were observed. Age, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, glycosylated hemoglobin and blood pressure affected the degrees of hardening, plaques and stenosis. Analysis of cerebral artery stenosis revealed that age, diabetes mellitus and plasma fibrinogen were risk factors for cerebral artery stenosis, while the HDL/low density lipoprotein ratio was a protective factor. Therefore, the results of the present study indicate that the lesions of blood vessels are a major pathological change in PCI and multiple factors are involved in the pathogenesis.

  5. Demonstration of elevation and localization of Rho-kinase activity in the brain of a rat model of cerebral infarction.

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    Yano, Kazuo; Kawasaki, Koh; Hattori, Tsuyoshi; Tawara, Shunsuke; Toshima, Yoshinori; Ikegaki, Ichiro; Sasaki, Yasuo; Satoh, Shin-ichi; Asano, Toshio; Seto, Minoru

    2008-10-10

    Evidence that Rho-kinase is involved in cerebral infarction has accumulated. However, it is uncertain whether Rho-kinase is activated in the brain parenchyma in cerebral infarction. To answer this question, we measured Rho-kinase activity in the brain in a rat cerebral infarction model. Sodium laurate was injected into the left internal carotid artery, inducing cerebral infarction in the ipsilateral hemisphere. At 6 h after injection, increase of activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) and c-Fos was found in the ipsilateral hemisphere, suggesting that neuronal damage occurs. At 0.5, 3, and 6 h after injection of laurate, Rho-kinase activity in extracts of the cerebral hemispheres was measured by an ELISA method. Rho-kinase activity in extracts of the ipsilateral hemisphere was significantly increased compared with that in extracts of the contralateral hemisphere at 3 and 6 h but not 0.5 h after injection of laurate. Next, localization of Rho-kinase activity was evaluated by immunohistochemical analysis in sections of cortex and hippocampus including infarct area 6 h after injection of laurate. Staining for phosphorylation of myosin-binding subunit (phospho-MBS) and myosin light chain (phospho-MLC), substrates of Rho-kinase, was elevated in neuron and blood vessel, respectively, in ipsilateral cerebral sections, compared with those in contralateral cerebral sections. These findings indicate that Rho-kinase is activated in neuronal and vascular cells in a rat cerebral infarction model, and suggest that Rho-kinase could be an important target in the treatment of cerebral infarction.

  6. Higher Serum Uric Acid May Contribute to Cerebral Infarction in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a Meta-Analysis.

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    Du, Lei; Ma, Jianhua; Zhang, Xiaoning

    2017-01-01

    Higher levels of serum uric acid tend to increase the diabetes-related complications. We performed a meta-analysis to investigate whether the higher serum uric acid levels were associated with cerebral infarction in type 2 diabetes patients. We searched for relevant studies in the PubMed, Embase, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, China BioMedicine, and VIP database until August 2015. All observational studies comparing serum uric acid levels in type 2 diabetic patients with and without cerebral infarction were included. We calculated the ratio of means (RoM) of serum uric acid by mean cerebral infarction/mean diabetic control from the individual studies and then pooled RoM and its 95 % confidence intervals (CI). A total of 23 eligible studies were identified. Pooled estimates indicated that type 2 diabetes patients with cerebral infarction were associated with 29 % (RoM 1.29; 95 % CI 1.26-1.31) higher serum uric acid levels than those without cerebral infarction in a random effect model. Subgroup analyses based on gender indicated that RoM was 1.23 (95 % CI 1.09-1.38) for men and 1.12 (95 % CI 0.98-1.27) for women. This meta-analysis suggests that higher serum uric acid levels may contribute to cerebral infarction in patients with type 2 diabetes.

  7. Punding following posterior cerebral artery infarction: a case report and literature review

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    Lin, Cho-I; Lin, Yu-Ching; Lien, Wei-Chih; Hsieh, Pei-Chun; Lin, Sheng-Han; Kuan, Ta-Shen

    2017-01-01

    Introduction Punding is a complex stereotyped behavior, characterized by excessiveness, non-goal orientation, and repetitiveness. It is mostly associated with Parkinson’s disease, and very few cases in non-Parkinson’s disease have been reported. We report a case of punding associated with supratentorial ischemic stroke. Case presentation We present a 70-year-old man with left posterior cerebral artery infarction with quetiapine-induced punding manifesting as repetitive unidirectional body turning. Remission of punding behavior ensued after cessation of quetiapine and administration of clonazepam. Conclusion This case describes the clinical course of quetiapine-induced punding in a patient with left posterior cerebral artery infarction. It suggests clonazepam may serve as a treatment option for poststroke punding. PMID:28408832

  8. Orthogonal design to sift the optimal parameter of Neiguan acupuncture for cerebral infarction

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    Zhang, Yanan; Yang, Sha; Fan, Xiaonong; Wang, Shu; He, Nina; Li, Lingxin; Luo, Ding; Shi, Xuemin

    2013-01-01

    The individual difference and non-repeatability in acupuncture have not only restricted the development of acupuncture, but have also affected the specificity of acupoints. The present study used instruments to control needle depth, lifting and thrusting frequency, and the duration of acupuncture. Effects of the quantified acupuncture were observed at Neiguan (PC6) with different stimulation parameters. A frequency of 1, 2, or 3 Hz and duration of 5, 60, or 180 seconds were used to observe cerebral blood flow and ratio of infarct volume recovery. Results showed that stimulation at Neiguan with a frequency of 1 Hz and long duration of 180 seconds or 2/3 Hz and long duration of 5/60 seconds significantly increased cerebral blood flow and decreased the ratio of infarct volume. Interactions between frequency and duration play a critical role in quantified acupuncture therapy. PMID:25206575

  9. Intrauterine Extremity Gangrene and Cerebral Infarction at Term: A Case Report

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    Tanvig, M.; Jørgensen, J. S.; Nybo, M.; Zachariassen, G.

    2011-01-01

    Intrauterine extremity gangrene in combination with cerebral infarction is a serious and rare event. We present a case with a healthy mother who gave birth to a child with this condition. At term, the mother presented at the antenatal clinic with decreased fetal movements. Cardiotocography (CTG) showed signs of fetal distress and a caesarean section was performed. The left arm of the newborn was found gangrenous. Amputation of the arm was necessary and the child was subsequently treated with anticoagulant therapy due to thrombosis and cerebral infarction in the left hemisphere found by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). At one year of age the boy was doing well and had prosthesis as a left arm. He had no signs of further complications. Despite thorough examination of the parents and the child, the reason for the thrombosis is still unknown. PMID:22606511

  10. Scalp acupuncture and electromagnetic convergence stimulation for patients with cerebral infarction: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

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    Han, Jae-Young; Kim, Jae-Hong; Park, Ju-Hyung; Song, Min-Yeong; Song, Min-Keun; Kim, Dong-Joo; You, Young-Nim; Park, Gwang-Cheon; Choi, Jin-Bong; Cho, Myung-Rae; Shin, Jeong-Cheol; Cho, Ji-Hyun

    2016-10-11

    Scalp acupuncture (SA) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are effective for treating cerebral infarction. This study aims to examine the efficacy and safety of SA and electromagnetic convergence stimulation (SAEM-CS), which was developed through collaboration between conventional medical physicians and doctors who practice traditional Korean medicine. SAEM-CS was designed to improve function in patients with cerebral infarction, compared to the improvement after conventional stroke rehabilitation, SA, and rTMS therapeutic approaches. This study is a prospective, outcome assessor-blinded, randomized controlled clinical trial with a 1:1:1:1 allocation ratio. Participants with motion or sensory disabilities caused by a first-time cerebral infarction (n = 60) that had occurred within 1 month of the study onset will be randomly assigned to control, SA, rTMS, or SAEM-CS groups. All groups will receive two sessions of conventional rehabilitation treatment per day. The SA group will receive SA on the upper limb area of MS6 and MS7 (at the lesional hemisphere) for 20 min, the rTMS group will receive low-frequency rTMS (LF-rTMS) treatment on the hot spot of the M1 region (motor cortex at the contralesional hemisphere) for 20 min, and the SAEM-CS group will receive LF-rTMS over the contralesional M1 region hot spot while receiving simultaneous SA stimulation on the lesional upper limb area of MS6 and MS7 for 20 min. SA, rTMS, and SAEM-CS treatments will be conducted once/day, 5 days/week (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) for 3 weeks, for a total of 15 sessions. The primary outcome will be evaluated using the Fugl-Meyer Assessment, while other scales assessing cognitive function, activities of daily living, walking, quality of life, and stroke severity are considered secondary outcome measures. Outcome measurements will be conducted at baseline (before intervention), 3 weeks after the first intervention (end of intervention), and 4 weeks after

  11. Malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery in a porcine model. A pilot study.

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    Arikan, Fuat; Martínez-Valverde, Tamara; Sánchez-Guerrero, Ángela; Campos, Mireia; Esteves, Marielle; Gandara, Dario; Torné, Ramon; Castro, Lidia; Dalmau, Antoni; Tibau, Joan; Sahuquillo, Juan

    2017-01-01

    Interspecies variability and poor clinical translation from rodent studies indicate that large gyrencephalic animal stroke models are urgently needed. We present a proof-of-principle study describing an alternative animal model of malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) in the common pig and illustrate some of its potential applications. We report on metabolic patterns, ionic profile, brain partial pressure of oxygen (PtiO2), expression of sulfonylurea receptor 1 (SUR1), and the transient receptor potential melastatin 4 (TRPM4). A 5-hour ischemic infarct of the MCA territory was performed in 5 2.5-to-3-month-old female hybrid pigs (Large White x Landrace) using a frontotemporal approach. The core and penumbra areas were intraoperatively monitored to determine the metabolic and ionic profiles. To determine the infarct volume, 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining and immunohistochemistry analysis was performed to determine SUR1 and TRPM4 expression. PtiO2 monitoring showed an abrupt reduction in values close to 0 mmHg after MCA occlusion in the core area. Hourly cerebral microdialysis showed that the infarcted tissue was characterized by reduced concentrations of glucose (0.03 mM) and pyruvate (0.003 mM) and increases in lactate levels (8.87mM), lactate-pyruvate ratio (4202), glycerol levels (588 μM), and potassium concentration (27.9 mmol/L). Immunohistochemical analysis showed increased expression of SUR1-TRPM4 channels. The aim of the present proof-of-principle study was to document the feasibility of a large animal model of malignant MCA infarction by performing transcranial occlusion of the MCA in the common pig, as an alternative to lisencephalic animals. This model may be useful for detailed studies of cerebral ischemia mechanisms and the development of neuroprotective strategies.

  12. Malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery in a porcine model. A pilot study

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    Martínez-Valverde, Tamara; Sánchez-Guerrero, Ángela; Campos, Mireia; Esteves, Marielle; Gandara, Dario; Torné, Ramon; Castro, Lidia; Dalmau, Antoni; Tibau, Joan

    2017-01-01

    Background and purpose Interspecies variability and poor clinical translation from rodent studies indicate that large gyrencephalic animal stroke models are urgently needed. We present a proof-of-principle study describing an alternative animal model of malignant infarction of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) in the common pig and illustrate some of its potential applications. We report on metabolic patterns, ionic profile, brain partial pressure of oxygen (PtiO2), expression of sulfonylurea receptor 1 (SUR1), and the transient receptor potential melastatin 4 (TRPM4). Methods A 5-hour ischemic infarct of the MCA territory was performed in 5 2.5-to-3-month-old female hybrid pigs (Large White x Landrace) using a frontotemporal approach. The core and penumbra areas were intraoperatively monitored to determine the metabolic and ionic profiles. To determine the infarct volume, 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining and immunohistochemistry analysis was performed to determine SUR1 and TRPM4 expression. Results PtiO2 monitoring showed an abrupt reduction in values close to 0 mmHg after MCA occlusion in the core area. Hourly cerebral microdialysis showed that the infarcted tissue was characterized by reduced concentrations of glucose (0.03 mM) and pyruvate (0.003 mM) and increases in lactate levels (8.87mM), lactate-pyruvate ratio (4202), glycerol levels (588 μM), and potassium concentration (27.9 mmol/L). Immunohistochemical analysis showed increased expression of SUR1-TRPM4 channels. Conclusions The aim of the present proof-of-principle study was to document the feasibility of a large animal model of malignant MCA infarction by performing transcranial occlusion of the MCA in the common pig, as an alternative to lisencephalic animals. This model may be useful for detailed studies of cerebral ischemia mechanisms and the development of neuroprotective strategies. PMID:28235044

  13. Association between cerebral palsy and microscopically verified placental infarction in extremely preterm infants.

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    Vinnars, Marie-Therese; Vollmer, Brigitte; Nasiell, Josefine; Papadogiannakis, Nikos; Westgren, Magnus

    2015-09-01

    Previously, cerebral palsy has been associated with placental infarctions diagnosed macroscopically by midwifes. However, the risk of misclassification of infarctionsis is high without a histological verification. Therefore, the objective of this study was to study placental histopathology in relation to developmental outcome at 2.5 years corrected age in a population born extremely preterm. A prospective cohort study was carried out at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden on a population of 139 live born infants delivered <27 gestational weeks during 2004-2007. A senior perinatal pathologist, who was blinded to outcome data, evaluated all placental slides microscopically. Neuromotor and sensory functions of the children were evaluated. Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-III (Bayley-III) were used to assess development at corrected age 2.5 years. The outcome data were evaluated without reference to obstetrical and pathology data. The primary outcome measure was neurological and developmental status at 2.5 years of corrected age. This was measured as diagnosis of cerebral palsy, visual impairment, hearing impairment as well as performance on Bayley-III scales evaluating cognitive, language and motor functions. Two out of seven children with placental infarction were diagnosed with cerebral palsy compared with one child of 51 without placental infarction (p = 0.036). For developmental outcome according to Bayley-III at 2.5 years no statistically significant associations with placental pathology were found. A possible association between placental infarction, verified by microscopic examination, and cerebral palsy has been identified in this extremely preterm population. © 2015 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  14. [Magnetic resonance spectroscopic study of memory impairment after cerebral infarction treated with electroacupuncture].

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    Zhang, Jianbo; Shen, Yunxia

    2015-07-01

    To study the impacts of electroacupuncture (EA) on memory impairment after cerebral infarction through the observation of hydrogen proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) of brain tissue metabolites in the patients of cerebral infarction. Sixty cases of memory impairment after cerebral infarction were randomized into an observation group and a control group, 30 cases in each one. The conventional rehabilitation training and medication were applied to all the patients. In the observation group, beside the basic treatment, EA was applied to bilateral Ezhongxian (MS 1), Dingzhongxian (MS 5), Dingniehouxiexian (MS 7), Hegu (LI 4), Taichong (LR 3), Zusanli (ST 36), Taixi (KI 3), Xuanzhong (GB 39) and Fengchi (GB 20). The treatment was given once a day, 5 times a week, for 8 weeks. The clinical memory scale was used for the score evaluation before and after treatment in all the patients. The magnetic resonance image (MRI) and 1H-MRS scanning were applied to the head. The ratio of N-acetyl aspartate (NAA) and creatine (Cr) and the ratio of choline (Cho) and Cr were determined in the foci of cerebral infarction. Eight weeks later, the scores of clinical memory scale were all increased after treatment as compared with those before treatment in the two group (all P<0. 01). The ratio of NAA and Cr was increased as compared with that before treatment (P<0. 05); the ratio of Cho and Cr was reduced as compared with that before treatment (P<0. 05). The changes in the observation group were more obvious than those in the control group (all P<0. 05). On the basis of the conventional medication and rehabilitation training, EA improves the metabolism of brain tissue and memory function of the patients. The efficacy of this therapy is better than that of medication combined with rehabilitation training.

  15. MR image features predicting hemorrhagic transformation in acute cerebral infarction: a multimodal study.

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    Liu, Chunming; Dong, Zhengchao; Xu, Liang; Khursheed, Aiman; Dong, Longchun; Liu, Zhenxing; Yang, Jun; Liu, Jun

    2015-11-01

    The aims of this study were to observe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features and the frequency of hemorrhagic transformation (HT) in patients with acute cerebral infarction and to identify the risk factors of HT. We first performed multimodal MRI (anatomical, diffusion weighted, and susceptibility weighted) scans on 87 patients with acute cerebral infarction within 24 hours after symptom onset and documented the image findings. We then performed follow-up examinations 3 days to 2 weeks after the onset or whenever the conditions of the patients worsened within 3 days. We utilized univariate statistics to identify the correlations between HT and image features and used multivariate logistical regression to correct for confounding factors to determine relevant independent image features of HT. HT was observed in 17 out of total 87 patients (19.5 %). The infarct size (p = 0.021), cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) (p = 0.004), relative apparent diffusion (rADC) (p = 0.023), and venous anomalies (p = 0.000) were significantly related with HT in the univariate statistics. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that CMBs (odd ratio (OR) = 0.082; 95 % confidence interval (CI) = 0.011-0.597; p = 0.014), rADC (OR = 0.000; 95 % CI = 0.000-0.692; p = 0.041), and venous anomalies (OR = 0.066; 95 % CI = 0.011-0.403; p = 0.003) were independent risk factors for HT. The frequency of HT is 19.5 % in this study. CMBs, rADC, and venous anomalies are independent risk factors for HT of acute cerebral infarction.

  16. [Antiphospholipid antibodies and cerebral ischemic infarction in a 6-year-old boy].

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    Forastiero, R R; Falcón, C; Rodrigué, S; Kordich, L C; Carreras, L O

    1993-04-01

    Lupus anticoagulant activity and anti-phospholipid antibodies (aPL) were found in a six-year-old child with cerebral ischemic infarction in the absence of any underlying disease. The association of these antibodies with thrombosis has been well documented in adult patients. In view of our observation, we believe that aPL may also be involved in the pathogenesis of arterial thrombotic events in childhood, and aPL should be systematically searched in these cases.

  17. Fluid Intake Related to Brain Edema in Acute Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction.

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    Dharmasaroja, Pornpatr A

    2016-02-01

    Evidence of the appropriate amount of fluid intake during the first few days after acute stroke was scarce. Concerns were raised in patients with acute malignant middle cerebral infarction, who tended to have malignant brain edema later. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of fluid intake on the occurrence of malignant brain edema in patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction. Patients with acute middle cerebral artery infarction who had National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score of at least 15 were included. Baseline characteristics and amount of fluid intake during the first few days were compared in patients with and without malignant brain edema. One hundred ninety-three patients were studied. Mean NIHSS score was 20. Malignant brain edema occurred in 69 patients (36%). Higher amount of fluid intake (>1650 ml or >28 ml/kg/day or >93% of daily maintenance fluid) showed a significant association with malignant brain edema (OR = 13.86, 95% CI 5.11-37.60, p value <0.001). Decompressive surgery was performed in 35 patients (18%). With mean follow-up of 12 months, 49 patients (49/184, 27%) had favorable outcomes (modified Rankin scale (mRS) 0-2) at final follow-up. Seventy-nine patients (79/184, 43%) died. In the subgroup of patients with malignant brain edema, 39 patients (39/65, 60%) died and only 11% (7/65 patients) had favorable outcome. High amount of fluid intake in the first few days of acute middle cerebral infarction was related to the occurrence of malignant brain edema.

  18. Serum C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and D-dimer in patients with progressive cerebral infarction

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    Zang, Ruo-shi; Xu, Yan; Zhang, Sheng-ming; Liu, Xi; Wang, Jing; Gao, Yong-zhe; Shu, Min; Mei, Bin; Li, Hua-gang

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Objective Progressive cerebral infarctions increase mortality and functional disability through mechanisms which have yet to be completely understood. The goal of this study was to explore the dynamic changes of serum C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen (FIB) and D-dimer (D-D) in order to better characterize progressive cerebral infarction. Methods The amount of serum CRP, FIB and D-D was measured in 82 patients with progressive cerebral infarction by taking samples from the internal carotid artery (progressive group), and in 186 patients with non-progressive cerebral infarction (non-progressive group) by using an automatic biochemical analyzer during the next day (day 1), day 3, day 7, and day 14 after being admitted to hospital. Carotid vascular ultrasound and neurological deficit score (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, NIHSS) were also recorded. Results Carotid stenosis ratio was significantly higher in the progressive group than in the non-progressive group (P < 0.01) on admission. In the progressive group, CRP increased significantly on day 3, followed by a decline on day 7 and day 14, but was significantly higher than those in the non-progressive group (P < 0.01). The levels of FIB and D-D increased in the progressive group more than those in the non-progressive group on day 3, day 7, and day 14 (P < 0.01). The progressive group patients’ NIHSS score gradually increased after admission, which was opposite to the non-progressive group patients whom followed a downward trend. The difference between these two groups was significant (P < 0.01). Conclusion Observing changes of CRP, FIB and D-D may contribute to early identification and timely treatment of progressing ischemic strokes. PMID:28123826

  19. [Application of stroke rehabilitation unit in municipal hospitals during the acute phase of cerebral infarction].

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    Wang, Zhi-min; Wang, Peng; Chen, Jie; Luo, Dan-hong; Shen, Wang-ming

    2008-07-01

    To evaluate the efficacy of stroke rehabilitation unit in municipal hospitals during the acute phase of cerebral infarction. 77 acute cerebral infarction patients were randomly assigned to stroke rehabilitation unit group and 73 to ordinary group. The NIH stroke scale (NIHSS), activities of daily living (ADL) Barthel index and average hospitalized time were compared in two groups before and after the treatment. The average NIHSS in two groups before treatment were 9.26 and 9.12 respectively (P > 0.05) but became 2.62 and 7.64 after treatment (P < 0.01). The average ADL Barthel index in two groups before the treatment were 52.04 and 53.16 (P > 0.05) but 87.26 and 64.20 after the treatment (P < 0.01). The average hospitalized time in the two groups were 22.25 and 26.67 days (P < 0.05). When stroke rehabilitation unit being applied in the acute phase of cerebral infarction, it showed positive results in the following aspects as: improving the neurological function, capabilities of managing daily life, and also shortening the days of hospitalization.

  20. Motor outcomes of patients with a complete middle cerebral artery territory infarct

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    Jang, Sung Ho; Chang, Min Cheol

    2013-01-01

    Detailed knowledge of motor outcomes enables to establish proper goals and rehabilitation strategies for stroke patients. Several previous studies have reported functional or motor outcomes in patients with a middle cerebral artery territory infarct. However, little is known about motor outcome in patients with a complete middle cerebral artery territory infarct. In this study, we investigated the motor outcomes in 23 patients with a complete middle cerebral artery territory infarct. All of these patients received comprehensive rehabilitative management, including movement therapy and neuromuscular electrical stimulation of the affected finger extensors and ankle dorsiflexors, for more than 3 months. Motor outcomes were measured at 6 months after stroke onset using the Medical Research Council, Motricity Index, the modified Brunnstrom Classification, and Functional Ambulation Category scores. The motor function of the lower extremities was found to be better than that of the upper extremities. After receiving rehabilitation treatments for 3–6 months, about 70% of these patients were able to walk independently (Functional Ambulation Category scores > 3), but no patient achieved functional hand recovery. PMID:25206498

  1. Effects of Atrial Fibrillation on the Outcome of the Rehabilitation in Patients With Cerebral Infarction

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    Kim, Ja-Young; Lee, Su-Jin; Kim, Jin-Hong; Choi, Cheol-Min; Jung, Kwang-Ik

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the influence of atrial fibrillation (Af) on the clinical characteristics and rehabilitation outcomes of patients with cerebral infarction. Methods We evaluated 87 of 101 consecutive patients with cerebral infarction admitted to the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation during their rehabilitation period. The patients were divided into two groups, Af and non-Af groups. We estimated characteristics of patient demographic features, disease duration, length of hospital stay, other comorbidities and risk factors for stroke, and functional status at admission and at discharge and compared those in patients with and without Af. Functional Independence Measure (FIM), the Modified Barthel Index (MBI), and the PULSES profile (PULSES) were used to evaluate functional status. Results The number in the Af group was 20 (22.9%) and that of the non-Af group was 67 (77.1%). Demographic features, other comorbidities, motor function, cognitive function, neurological scales, and brain lesions did not differ significantly between the groups. The incidence of coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease were significantly correlated with the incidence of Af in multivariate analysis. Based on FIM, MBI, and PULSES scores, functional improvement in the Af group after rehabilitation was significantly less than that of the non-Af group. Conclusion Af was shown to be associated with a markedly negative result in rehabilitation in patients with cerebral infarction. Thus, early recognition and proper treatment of Af may help patients achieve more effective rehabilitation. PMID:25566475

  2. Acute cerebral infarction: effect of JPEG compression on detection at CT.

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    Ohgiya, Yoshimitsu; Gokan, Takehiko; Nobusawa, Hiroshi; Hirose, Masanori; Seino, Noritaka; Fujisawa, Hidefumi; Baba, Maiko; Nagai, Kyoko; Tanno, Keisuke; Takeyama, Nobuyuki; Munechika, Hirotsugu

    2003-04-01

    To evaluate the effect of Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) compression ratios of 10:1 and 20:1 on detection of acute cerebral infarction at computed tomography (CT). CT images obtained in 25 patients with acute cerebral infarction and 25 patients with no lesions were compressed by means of a JPEG algorithm at ratios of 10:1 and 20:1. Normal and abnormal sections (on original and compressed images) were reviewed by using a color soft-copy computed monochrome cathode ray tube monitor. Five observers rated the presence or absence of a lesion with a 50-point scale (0, definitely absent; 25, equivocal; and 50, definitely present). Diagnostic accuracy was evaluated with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. Significant difference was defined as a P value less than.05 for the area tested with a two-tailed paired Student t test. At ROC analysis, no statistically significant difference was detected for all cases considered together (Az [area under the ROC curve] = 0.887 +/- 0.038 [mean +/- SD] on noncompressed images, Az = 0.897 +/- 0.038 on 10:1 compressed images, and Az = 0.842 +/- 0.073 on 20:1 compressed images; P >.05). JPEG compression at ratios of 10:1 and 20:1 was tolerated in the detection of acute cerebral infarction at CT.

  3. [Two elderly cases of megacolon associated with cerebral infarction and diabetes mellitus].

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    Hamano, N; Hashizume, K; Saeki, S; Kim, S; Takamoto, S; Mino, Y; Onishi, T; Ogihara, T

    1993-07-01

    The authors experienced two elderly patients of megacolon associated with cerebral infarction and diabetes mellitus. The first patient was a 66-year-old female who was admitted to our hospital for rehabilitation with a complaint of knee pain. She had suffered from diabetes mellitus since she was 30 years old and multiple cerebral infarction since age 62. Two months after admission, she had an episode of abdominal distension and obstructive symptoms. The roentgenograms of her abdomen showed diffuse dilatation of the colon. The second patient was a 78-year-old female admitted to our hospital with complaints of abdominal pain, distension of the abdomen and vomiting. Her abdomen was severely distended and plain roentgenograms of the abdomen, X-ray studies of the colon with the aid of contrast medium and CT scan of the abdomen showed striking dilatation of the colon. Megacolon may be congenital or acquired, and in acquired forms the conditions are secondary to organic diseases, smooth muscle atrophy, metabolic and neurological diseases, ulcerative colitis or psychogenic origin (idiopathic). The two patients in this series were suffered from cerebral infarction and diabetes mellitus. The mechanisms of megacolon seen in these two patients are not known, but involvement of the visceral autonomic innervation is presumed. Some elderly patients have chronic constipation, and dilatation of the colon may not be uncommon due to underlying diseases or drugs. Therefore, when examining elderly patients, careful attention should be paid to their bowel movement.

  4. Accelerated infarct development, cytogenesis and apoptosis following transient cerebral ischemia in aged rats.

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    Popa-Wagner, Aurel; Badan, Irina; Walker, Lary; Groppa, Sergiu; Patrana, Nicoleta; Kessler, Christof

    2007-03-01

    Old age is associated with a deficient recovery from stroke, but the cellular mechanisms underlying such phenomena are poorly understood. To address this issue, focal cerebral ischemia was produced by reversible occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery in 3- and 20-month-old male Sprague-Dawley rats. Aged rats showed a delayed and suboptimal functional recovery in the post-stroke period. Using BrdU-labeling, quantitative immunohistochemistry and 3-D reconstruction of confocal images, we found that aged rats are predisposed to rapidly develop an infarct within the first few days after ischemia. The emergence of the necrotic zone is associated with a high rate of cellular degeneration, premature accumulation of proliferating BrdU-positive cells that appear to emanate from capillaries in the infarcted area, and a large number of apoptotic cells. With double labeling techniques, we were able to identify, for the first time, over 60% of BrdU-positive cells either as reactive microglia (45%), oligodendrocyte progenitors (17%), astrocytes (23%), CD8+ lymphocytes (4%), or apoptotic cells (<1%). Paradoxically, despite a robust reactive phenotype of microglia and astrocytes in aged rats, at 1-week post-stroke, the number of proliferating microglia and astrocytes was lower in aged rats than in young rats. Our data indicate that aging is associated with rapid infarct development and a poor prognosis for full recovery from stroke that is correlated with premature cellular proliferation and increased cellular degeneration and apoptosis in the infarcted area.

  5. Neuroprotective effect of combined ultrasound and microbubbles in a rat model of middle cerebral artery infarction

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    Fatar, M.; Griebe, M.; Stroick, M.; Kern, R.; Hennerici, M.; Meairs, S.

    2005-03-01

    Ultrasound-mediated microbubble thrombolysis (UMT) was performed in a middle cerebral artery occlusion model in rats to evaluate possible effects upon brain infarct volume, apoptosis, IL-6 and TNF-alpha levels, and disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The results show that infarct volume was significantly reduced (p<0.04) in the microbubble + ultrasound (MB + US) group as compared to control animals. The levels of IL-6 and TNF-alpha concentrations, as markers of tissue damage, were not significantly different. In trypan blue treated animals, no additional BBB disruption was observed for the UMT group. Likewise, there was no increase in apoptotic cell death outside the infarction area in animals treated with MB + US. The results demonstrate that UMT does not have a harmful effect upon ischemic stroke in a middle cerebral artery occlusion model of the rat. The significant reduction in brain infarction following insonation with ultrasound and microbubbles suggests a novel neuroprotective effect in ischemic stroke.

  6. [Tubercular meningitis with severe hyponatraemia caused by cerebral salt wasting].

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    Tinggaard, Jeanette; Schmidt, Ida Maria; Kristensen, Kim

    2011-09-12

    We describe two children, who were admitted with severe hyponatraemia and dehydration. In both children the hyponatraemia was due to cerebral salt wasting caused by tubercular meningitis. Differential diagnosis and pathophysiology is discussed. It is important to discriminate between cerebral salt wasting and inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone since the therapy required is completely different in the two conditions.

  7. Magnesium sulfate fails to reduce infarct volume following transient focal cerebral ischemia in rats.

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    Zhu, Hong-Dong; Martin, Rosemary; Meloni, Bruno; Oltvolgyi, Csongor; Moore, Stephen; Majda, Bernadette; Knuckey, Neville

    2004-07-01

    Studies on the neuroprotective effect of magnesium treatment in animal models of focal and global cerebral ischemia have produced inconsistent results. Nevertheless, two magnesium acute stroke phase III trials (IMAGES and FAST-MAG) have either been completed or are planned. Therefore, we decided to re-evaluate the efficacy of magnesium following focal cerebral ischaemia in rats. Two experiments were carried out in two independent laboratories based in Australia. Both used the intraluminal thread method to induce focal cerebral ischemia in the rat. In the Perth study the middle cerebral artery (MCA) was occluded for 45 min and body temperature was controlled during and after ischemia. In the Canberra laboratory the MCA was occluded for 2 h and body temperature was only controlled during surgery. Three different doses (180, 360, or 720 micromol/kg) of MgSO4 in the Perth study and two different MgSO4 doses (370 or 740 micromol/kg) in the Canberra study were intravenously or intra-arterially administered immediately before ischemia. Control animals were given an equal volume of normal saline just before ischemia in both studies. Twenty-four or 72 h post-ischemia, infarct volume was determined following 2',3',5'-triphenyl-2H-tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining. No significant differences (P > 0.05) in total, cortical and striatal infarct volumes between saline and MgSO4 treated animals were observed in either study. We conclude MgSO4 does not reduce infarct volume when administered before focal cerebral ischemia in rats.

  8. Endogenous neurogenesis in the human brain following cerebral infarction.

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    Minger, Stephen L; Ekonomou, Antigoni; Carta, Eloisa M; Chinoy, Amish; Perry, Robert H; Ballard, Clive G

    2007-01-01

    Increased endogenous neurogenesis has a significant regenerative role in many experimental models of cerebrovascular diseases, but there have been very few studies in humans. We therefore examined whether there was evidence of altered endogenous neurogenesis in an 84-year-old patient who suffered a cerebrovascular accident 1 week prior to death. Using antibodies that specifically label neural stem/neural progenitor cells, we examined the presence of immunopositive cells around and distant from the infarcted area, and compared this with a control, age-matched individual. Interestingly, a large number of neural stem cells, vascular endothelial growth factor-immunopositive cells and new blood vessels were observed only around the region of infarction, and none in the corresponding brain areas of the healthy control. In addition, an increased number of neural stem cells was observed in the neurogenic region of the lateral ventricle wall. Our results suggest increased endogenous neurogenesis associated with neovascularization and migration of newly-formed cells towards a region of cerebrovascular damage in the adult human brain and highlight possible mechanisms underlying this process.

  9. Ten-year risk of stroke in patients with previous cerebral infarction and the impact of carotid surgery in the Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial.

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    Streifler, Jonathan Y; den Hartog, Anne G; Pan, Samuel; Pan, Hongchao; Bulbulia, Richard; Thomas, Dafydd J; Brown, Martin M; Halliday, Alison

    2016-12-01

    Silent brain infarcts are common in patients at increased risk of stroke and are associated with a poor prognosis. In patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis, similar adverse associations were claimed, but the impact of previous infarction or symptoms on the beneficial effects of carotid endarterectomy is not clear. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of prior cerebral infarction in patients enrolled in the Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial, a large trial with 10-year follow-up in which participants whose carotid stenosis had not caused symptoms for at least six months were randomly allocated either immediate or deferred carotid endarterectomy. The first Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial included 3120 patients. Of these, 2333 patients with baseline brain imaging were identified and divided into two groups irrespective of treatment assignment, 1331 with evidence of previous cerebral infarction, defined as a history of ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack > 6 months prior to randomization or radiological evidence of an asymptomatic infarct (group 1) and 1002 with normal imaging and no prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (group 2). Stroke and vascular deaths were compared during follow-up, and the impact of carotid endarterectomy was observed in both groups. Baseline characteristics of patients with and without baseline brain imaging were broadly similar. Of those included in the present report, male gender and hypertension were more common in group 1, while mean ipsilateral stenosis was slightly greater in group 2. At 10 years follow-up, stroke was more common among participants with cerebral infarction before randomization (absolute risk increase 5.8% (1.8-9.8), p = 0.004), and the risk of stroke and vascular death was also higher in this group (absolute risk increase 6.9% (1.9-12.0), p = 0.007). On multivariate analysis, prior cerebral infarction was associated with a greater risk of stroke (hazard ratio = 1.51, 95% confidence

  10. [Prothrombotic states and cerebral ischemia].

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    Barinagarrementeria, F; González-Duarte, A; Cantú-Brito, C

    1998-01-01

    Hematological disorders per se represent unusual causes of cerebral ischemia, explaining in young people 4% of strokes. Hematological disorders that induce a thrombotic tendency contribute to overall ischemic stroke risk and may directly cause cerebral ischemia in patients without other risk factors. The frequency of cerebral infarctions caused by prothrombotic states is not known. This review will focus on disorders such as prothrombotic coagulopaties, including resistance to activated protein C and antiphospholipid syndrome as cause of cerebral infarction. Cerebral venous thrombosis and cerebral infarction from arterial origin are the most common form of neurological involvement. Pathophysiological mechanism of stroke in these patients are multiple and can include as in antiphospholipid syndrome embolism from valves abnormalities related to hematological disturbance, as well as thrombosis of extracranial or intracranial vessels. Is clear, however, that prothrombotic states could explains a high percentage of cases of those so called cryptogenic cerebral infarction in young people.

  11. Reduced brain edema and infarct volume in aquaporin-4 deficient mice after transient focal cerebral ischemia.

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    Yao, Xiaoming; Derugin, Nikita; Manley, Geoffrey T; Verkman, A S

    2015-01-01

    Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is a water channel expressed in astrocyte end-feet lining the blood-brain barrier. AQP4 deletion in mice is associated with improved outcomes in global cerebral ischemia produced by transient carotid artery occlusion, and focal cerebral ischemia produced by permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Here, we investigated the consequences of 1-h transient MCAO produced by intraluminal suture blockade followed by 23 h of reperfusion. In nine AQP4(+/+) and nine AQP4(-/-) mice, infarct volume was significantly reduced by an average of 39 ± 4% at 24h in AQP4(-/-) mice, cerebral hemispheric edema was reduced by 23 ± 3%, and Evans Blue extravasation was reduced by 31 ± 2% (mean ± SEM). Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging showed greatest reduction in apparent diffusion coefficient around the occlusion site after reperfusion, with remarkably lesser reduction in AQP4(-/-) mice. The reduced infarct volume in AQP4(-/-) mice following transient MCAO supports the potential utility of therapeutic AQP4 inhibition in stroke.

  12. Determination of regional cerebral blood flow in patients with cerebral infarction. Use of fluoromethane labeled with fluorine 18 and positron emission tomography

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    Celesia, G.G.; Polcyn, R.E.; Holden, J.E.; Nickles, R.J.; Koeppe, R.A.; Gatley, S.J.

    1984-03-01

    Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was determined using the tissue kinetic of fluoromethane labeled with fluorine 18 and positron emission tomography (PET) in 13 normal subjects and 21 patients with cerebrovascular diseases. The mean brain rCBF was 42.9 +/- 4.3 mL/100 g/min during the resting state. The highest rCBF (60 +/- 8 mL/100 g/min) was noted in the mesial occipital region corresponding to cortical area 17. All 17 cases of cerebral ischemic infarcts had depressed rCBF in the hemisphere ipsilateral to the infarct. Every area of decreased density shown in the conventional computed tomograms (CT) was detected on the PET as an area of decreased rCBF (mean rCBF of infarcted area, 14.3 +/- 6 mL/100 g/min). The PET images showed a wider area of depressed rCBF than the region of the anatomic infarct. Five types of remote effects were noted in areas without structural damage: (1) decreased flow in the thalamus and caudate ipsilateral to the infarct; (2) decreased flow in the hemisphere contralateral to the cerebral infarct; (3) decreased flow in the cerebellar hemisphere contralateral to the cerebral infarct; (4) decreased flow in the visual cortex distal to the optic radiation lesion; and (5) decreased flow in the frontal cortex ipsilateral to the infarct. The effects in the contralateral hemisphere and the cerebellum were present only in the acute postictal phase. In four cases of transient ischemic attacks, rCBF was normal. It is concluded that this technique of measuring rCBF is a reliable method of identifying cerebral ischemia and that the determination of the extent of impaired rCBF provides a more accurate assessment of the region of brain dysfunction than CTs.

  13. Brain metabolite changes in patients with type 2 diabetes and cerebral infarction using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Zhang, Min; Sun, Xinhai; Zhang, Zhengjun; Meng, Qiang; Wang, Yuzhong; Chen, Jing; Ma, Xueqin; Geng, Houfa; Sun, Lin

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the possible brain metabolic alterations in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and cerebral infarction (DMCI) using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Thirty-four patients with T2DM and DMCI were scanned together with 33 patients with nondiabetic cerebral infarction (NDCI) on a 1.5-T MRI/MRS imager. Voxels were placed in the infarcted area and the contralateral normal area in the basal ganglia. N-acetylaspartate (NAA)/creatine (Cr), choline (Cho)/Cr, and lactate (Lac)/Cr ratios were calculated. Cerebral NAA/Cr ratios in the infarcted area were lower than those in the contralateral normal area of the NDCI group. There was a significant decrease in NAA/Cr in the infarcted area of the DMCI group as compared with the infarcted area of the NDCI group. NAA/Cr ratios in the contralateral normal area of DMCI group were lower than those of the NDCI group. Lac/Cr ratios were increased in the infarcted area of both the DMCI group and NDCI group, and Lac/Cr ratios tended to be higher in the infarcted area of the DMCI group than those of the NDCI group. Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels were negatively correlated with NAA/Cr ratios. The study suggested that the metabolite changes were different between DMCI patients and NDCI patients, which may provide important information in the treatment of DMCI.

  14. A ruptured cerebral mycotic aneurysm caused by Abiotrophia defectiva endocarditis.

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    Yang, Ya-Sung; Shang, Shih-Ta; Lin, Jung-Chung; Chiu, Chun-Hsiang; Chang, Feng-Yee

    2010-02-01

    We describe a case of ruptured cerebral mycotic aneurysm caused by Abiotrophia defectiva endocarditis in a previously healthy man. The patient underwent craniotomy with clipping of aneurysm and received antibiotic treatment for 6 weeks and survived.

  15. Silent cerebral infarction, income, and grade retention among students with sickle cell anemia

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    King, Allison A.; Rodeghier, Mark J.; Panepinto, Julie Ann; Strouse, John J.; Casella, James F.; Quinn, Charles T.; Dowling, Michael M.; Sarnaik, Sharada A.; Thompson, Alexis A.; Woods, Gerald M.; Minniti, Caterina P.; Redding-Lallinger, Rupa C.; Kirby-Allen, Melanie; Kirkham, Fenella J.; McKinstry, Robert; Noetzel, Michael J.; White, Desiree A.; Kwiatkowski, Janet K.; Howard, Thomas H.; Kalinyak, Karen A.; Inusa, Baba; Rhodes, Melissa M.; Heiny, Mark E.; Fuh, Ben; Fixler, Jason M.; Gordon, Mae O.; DeBaun, Michael R.

    2014-01-01

    Children with sickle cell anemia have a higher-than-expected prevalence of poor educational attainment. We test two key hypotheses about educational attainment among students with sickle cell anemia, as measured by grade retention and use of special education services: (1) lower household per capita income is associated with lower educational attainment; (2) the presence of a silent cerebral infarct is associated with lower educational attainment. We conducted a multicenter, cross-sectional study of cases from 22 U.S. sites included in the Silent Infarct Transfusion Trial. During screening, parents completed a questionnaire that included sociodemographic information and details of their child’s academic status. Of 835 students, 670 were evaluable; 536 had data on all covariates and were used for analysis. The students’ mean age was 9.4 years (range: 5–15) with 52.2% male; 17.5% of students were retained one grade level and 18.3% received special education services. A multiple variable logistic regression model identified that lower household per capita income (odds ratio [OR] of quartile 1 = 6.36, OR of quartile 2 = 4.7, OR of quartile 3 = 3.87; P = 0.001 for linear trend), age (OR = 1.3; P < 0.001), and male gender (OR, 2.2; P = 0.001) were associated with grade retention; silent cerebral infarct (P = 0.31) and painful episodes (P = 0.60) were not. Among students with sickle cell anemia, household per capita income is associated with grade retention, whereas the presence of a silent cerebral infarct is not. Future educational interventions will need to address both the medical and socioeconomic issues that affect students with sickle cell anemia. PMID:25042018

  16. Silent cerebral infarction, income, and grade retention among students with sickle cell anemia.

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    King, Allison A; Rodeghier, Mark J; Panepinto, Julie Ann; Strouse, John J; Casella, James F; Quinn, Charles T; Dowling, Michael M; Sarnaik, Sharada A; Thompson, Alexis A; Woods, Gerald M; Minniti, Caterina P; Redding-Lallinger, Rupa C; Kirby-Allen, Melanie; Kirkham, Fenella J; McKinstry, Robert; Noetzel, Michael J; White, Desiree A; Kwiatkowski, Janet K; Howard, Thomas H; Kalinyak, Karen A; Inusa, Baba; Rhodes, Melissa M; Heiny, Mark E; Fuh, Ben; Fixler, Jason M; Gordon, Mae O; DeBaun, Michael R

    2014-10-01

    Children with sickle cell anemia have a higher-than-expected prevalence of poor educational attainment. We test two key hypotheses about educational attainment among students with sickle cell anemia, as measured by grade retention and use of special education services: (1) lower household per capita income is associated with lower educational attainment; (2) the presence of a silent cerebral infarct is associated with lower educational attainment. We conducted a multicenter, cross-sectional study of cases from 22 U.S. sites included in the Silent Infarct Transfusion Trial. During screening, parents completed a questionnaire that included sociodemographic information and details of their child's academic status. Of 835 students, 670 were evaluable; 536 had data on all covariates and were used for analysis. The students' mean age was 9.4 years (range: 5-15) with 52.2% male; 17.5% of students were retained one grade level and 18.3% received special education services. A multiple variable logistic regression model identified that lower household per capita income (odds ratio [OR] of quartile 1 = 6.36, OR of quartile 2 = 4.7, OR of quartile 3 = 3.87; P = 0.001 for linear trend), age (OR = 1.3; P < 0.001), and male gender (OR, 2.2; P = 0.001) were associated with grade retention; silent cerebral infarct (P = 0.31) and painful episodes (P = 0.60) were not. Among students with sickle cell anemia, household per capita income is associated with grade retention, whereas the presence of a silent cerebral infarct is not. Future educational interventions will need to address both the medical and socioeconomic issues that affect students with sickle cell anemia. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. De novo glioblastoma in the territory of a recent middle cerebral artery infarction and a residual meningioma: pathogenesis revisited.

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    Yaghmour, Waseem; Kurdi, Maher E; Baeesa, Saleh S

    2016-04-18

    The pathogenesis of glioblastoma is complex, and the implicated molecular mechanisms are yet to be understood. There are scattered reports describing a possible relationship between meningioma and glioblastoma and more rarely a relationship between infarction and glioblastoma. We are reporting a 32-year-old male who developed left middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction as a surgical complication for sphenoid meningioma. He developed recurrent symptoms 4 months later due to development of a glioblastoma adjacent to both the territory of the prior MCA infarct and the residual meningioma. This case adds further contribution to the literature of the possible pathological association between glioblastoma and brain infarction on a background of meningioma.

  18. The effect of brain atrophy on outcome after a large cerebral infarction.

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    Lee, Sang Hyung; Oh, Chang Wan; Han, Jung Ho; Kim, Chae-Yong; Kwon, O-Ki; Son, Young-Je; Bae, Hee-Joon; Han, Moon-Ku; Chung, Young Seob

    2010-12-01

    We retrospectively evaluated the effect of brain atrophy on the outcome of patients after a large cerebral infarct. Between June 2003 and Oct 2008, 134 of 2975 patients with stroke were diagnosed as having a large cerebral infarct. The mean age of the patients was 70 (21-95) y. The mean infarct volume was 223.6±95.2 cm(3) (46.0-491.0). The inter-caudate distance (ICD) was calculated as an indicator of brain atrophy by measuring the hemi-ICD of the intact side and then multiplying by two to account for brain swelling at the infarct site. The mean ICD was 18.0±4.8 mm (9.6-37.6). Forty-nine (36.6%) patients experienced a malignant clinical outcome (MCO) during management in the hospital. Thirty-one (23.1%) patients had a favourable functional outcome (FO) (modified Rankin scale (mRS) ≤3) and 49 (36.6%) had an acceptable functional outcome (AO) (mRS≤4) at 6 months after stroke onset. In the multivariate analysis, brain atrophy (ICD≥20 mm) had a significant and independent protective effect on MCO (p=0.003; OR=0.137; 95% CI 0.037 to 0.503). With respect to FO, the age and infarct volume reached statistical significance (p<0.001, OR=0.844, 95% CI 0.781 to 0.913; p=0.006, OR=0.987, 95% CI 0.977 to 0.996, respectively). Brain atrophy (ICD≥20 mm) was negatively associated only with AO (p=0.022; OR=0.164; 95% CI 0.035 to 0.767). Brain atrophy may have an association with clinical outcome after a large stroke by a trend of saving patients from an MCO but also by interfering with their functional recovery.

  19. Protective Effect of Ad-VEGF-Bone Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Cerebral Infarction.

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    Chen, Bo; Zhang, Feng; Li, Qiao-Yu; Gong, Aihua; Lan, Qing

    2016-01-01

    To understand the mechanism of intracerebroventricular transplantation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) genemodified bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in rats after cerebral infarction. The middle cerebral artery occlusion ischemia/reperfusion (MCAO I/R) model was established in rats using the Zea-Longa suture method. A recombinant adenovirus (Ad-VEGF) was engineered to express VEGF. The rats were divided into 3 groups. Control BMSC infected with control adenovirus (BMSC-Ad), BMSC infected by Ad-VEGF (BMSC-Ad-VEGF), and phosphate buffered saline (PBS) suspension were injected into the intracerebroventricular system of the rats in groups 1, 2 and 3 respectively, 24 hours after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). The neurological function of rats was evaluated with the modified Neurological Severity Scores (mNSS). The infarct volume of brain in rats was determined using 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) stain at 14 days. GFAP and pGSK3β expression of ischemic penumbra was determined using immunohistochemical method. GFAP, pAKT, AKT, and pGSK3β expressions were determined with Western blot. Functional improvement was accelerated in animals receiving BMSC-Ad, while improvement at all times between 7 days and 28 days post MCAO was significantly greater in animals transplanted with BMSC-Ad-VEGF than for other treated animals. The number of GFAP-labeled cells was prevented by post-ischemic BMSC-Ad-VEGF treatment; pMCAO activate the PI3K/AKT/GSK3β pathway to reduce reactive gliosis. Our findings demonstrate that PI3K/AKT/GSK3β pathway could reduce reactive gliosis, ameliorate neurological deficit, diminish the percentage of cerebral infarction volume in rats, and facilitate angiogenesis.

  20. Correlation between cerebral reorganization and motor recovery after subcortical infarcts.

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    Loubinoux, Isabelle; Carel, Christophe; Pariente, Jérémie; Dechaumont, Sophie; Albucher, Jean-François; Marque, Philippe; Manelfe, Claude; Chollet, François

    2003-12-01

    Our objective was to investigate correlations between clinical motor scores and cerebral sensorimotor activation to demonstrate that this reorganization is the neural substratum of motor recovery. Correlation analyses identified reorganization processes shared by all patients. Nine patients with first-time corticospinal tract lacuna were clinically evaluated using the NIH stroke scale, the motricity index, and the Barthel index. Patients were strictly selected for pure motor deficits. They underwent a first fMRI session (E1) 11 days after stroke, and then a second (E2) 4 weeks later. The task used was a calibrated repetitive passive flexion/extension of the paretic wrist. The control task was rest. Six healthy subjects followed the same protocol. Patients were also clinically evaluated 4 and 12 months after stroke. All patients improved significantly between E1 and E2. For E1 and E2, the ipsilesional primary sensorimotor and premotor cortex, supplementary motor area (SMA), and bilateral Broadmann area (BA) 40 were activated. Activation intensity was greater at the second examination except in the ipsilesional superior BA 40. Magnitude of activation was lower than that of controls except for well-recovered patients. E1 clinical hand motor score and E1 cerebral activation correlated in the SMA proper and inferior ipsilesional BA 40. Thus, we demonstrated early functionality of the sensorimotor system. The whole sensorimotor network activation correlated with motor status at E2, indicating a recovery of its function when activated. Moreover, the activation pattern in the acute phase (E1) had a predictive value: early recruitment and high activation of the SMA and inferior BA 40 were correlated with a faster or better motor recovery. On the contrary, activation of the contralesional hemisphere (prefrontal cortex and BA 39-40) and of the posterior cingulate/precuneus (BA 7-31) predicted a slower recovery.

  1. Cerebral Venous Thrombosis Complicated by Hemorrhagic Infarction Secondary to Ventriculoperitoneal Shunting

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    Son, Won-Soo

    2010-01-01

    While a delayed intracerebral hemorrhage at the site of a ventricular catheter has occasionally been reported in literature, a delayed hemorrhage caused by venous infarction secondary to ventriculoperitoneal shunting has not been previously reported. In the present case, a 68-year-old woman underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunting through a frontal burr hole, and developed a hemorrhagic transformation of venous infarction on the second postoperative day. This massive venous infarction was caused by bipolar coagulation and occlusion of a large paramedian cortical vein in association with atresia of the rostral superior sagittal sinus. Thus, to eliminate the risk of postoperative venous infarction, technical precautions to avoid damaging surface vessels in a burr hole are required under loupe magnification in ventriculoperitoneal shunting. PMID:21113365

  2. Middle cerebral artery territory infarct due to Cryptococcus infectionstitle: an uncommon indication for cerebrospinal fluid analysis in stroke patients.

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    Cachia, David; Singh, Charanjeet; Tetzlaff, Michael T; Penas-Prado, Marta

    2015-08-01

    Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common manifestation of cryptococcosis and is caused by the encapsulated yeast organism Cryptococcus neoformans. It occurs most commonly in patients with impaired cell-mediated immunity such as in HIV infection; patients with hematological malignancies; patients post solid-organ transplantation; on chronic steroids or immunosuppressants. Clinically, stroke can arise as a complication of cryptococcal meningitis. While cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination is usually not indicated for evaluation of stroke patients, demonstration of cryptococcal yeast forms in CSF is valuable in guiding appropriate therapy in arterial stroke caused by Cryptococci. Herein, we describe the CSF and radiologic correlation in a female patient who presented with disseminated cryptococcosis, cryptococcal meninigitis and a middle cerebral artery infarct.

  3. [Superselective fibrinolysis for a middle cerebral artery embolism caused by a left atrial myxoma: case report].

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    Yamanome, T; Yoshida, K; Miura, K; Ogawa, A

    2000-07-01

    A case of successful treatment by local fibrinolysis of a middle cerebral artery embolism caused by a thrombus from a left atrial myxoma is reported. A 62-year-old woman using a pacemaker and suffering from sick sinus syndrome was admitted on December 29th 1996, complaining of transient restlessness. CT and cerebral angiography revealed no abnormal vascular lesions. Eighteen months after the initial episode, she suffered a sudden onset of left hemiparesis and loss of consciousness. CT scan performed during the second episode revealed no lesions and, in particular, no early CT infarction sign, but emergent cerebral angiography revealed a right middle cerebral artery embolic occlusion. Local fibrinolysis using a tissue plasminogen activator was performed within 3 hours after the beginning of the episode, and partial recanalization was obtained within one hour after initiation of the fibrinolytic therapy. On the first hospital day, though CT revealed a small low-density area in the right basal ganglia, motor deficits gradually improved. Considering the possibility of a cardiac source of the embolism, trans-esophageal echocardiography was performed and revealed a left atrial tumor suspected to be a myxoma. It was removed by surgery on the 34th hospital day. Histological examination proved it to be a myxoma. Nine months after local fibrinolytic therapy, the patient returned to work. The diagnosis of cerebral embolism caused by cardiac myxoma is difficult to make at the time when the patient is first examined after admission. It is also hard to discover during emergent cerebral angiography with fibrinolytic therapy. Therefore, in the case of patients with cerebral embolism for which local fibrinolysis is ineffective, it should be presumed that cardiac myxoma is the source of the embolus. Direct PTA alone may be effective for such tumoral embolism.

  4. Regulatory effect of Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) on astrocytic reactivity in a murine model of cerebral infarction by arterial embolization.

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    Lapuente Chala, Catalina; Rengifo Valbuena, Carlos Augusto; Avila Rodríguez, Marco Fidel; Céspedes Rubio, Angel

    2013-01-01

    The pathophysiology of cerebral ischemia is essential for early diagnosis, neurologic recovery, the early onset of drug treatment and the prognosis of ischemic events. Experimental models of cerebral ischemia can be used to evaluate the cellular response phenomena and possible neurological protection by drugs. To characterize the cellular changes in the neuronal population and astrocytic response by the effect of Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) on a model of ischemia caused by cerebral embolism. Twenty Wistar rats were divided into four groups (n= 5). The infarct was induced with α-bovine thrombin (40 NIH/Unit.). The treated group received 90 mg (100 μL) of DMSO in saline (1:1 v/v) intraperitoneally for 5 days; ischemic controls received only NaCl (placebo) and two non-ischemic groups (simulated) received NaCl and DMSO respectively. We evaluated the neuronal (anti-NeuN) and astrocytic immune-reactivity (anti-GFAP). The results were analyzed by densitometry (NIH Image J-Fiji 1.45 software) and analysis of variance (ANOVA) with the Graph pad software (Prism 5). Cerebral embolism induced reproducible and reliable lesions in the cortex and hippocampus (CA1)., similar to those of focal models. DMSO did not reverse the loss of post-ischemia neuronal immune-reactivity, but prevented the morphological damage of neurons, and significantly reduced astrocytic hyperactivity in the somato-sensory cortex and CA1 (p <0.001). The regulatory effect of DMSO on astrocyte hyperreactivity and neuronal-astroglial cytoarchitecture , gives it potential neuroprotective properties for the treatment of thromboembolic cerebral ischemia in the acute phase.

  5. Regulatory effect of Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) on astrocytic reactivity in a murine model of cerebral infarction by arterial embolization

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    Rengifo Valbuena, Carlos Augusto; Ávila Rodríguez, Marco Fidel; Céspedes Rubio, Angel

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The pathophysiology of cerebral ischemia is essential for early diagnosis, neurologic recovery, the early onset of drug treatment and the prognosis of ischemic events. Experimental models of cerebral ischemia can be used to evaluate the cellular response phenomena and possible neurological protection by drugs. Objective: To characterize the cellular changes in the neuronal population and astrocytic response by the effect of Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) on a model of ischemia caused by cerebral embolism. Methods: Twenty Wistar rats were divided into four groups (n= 5). The infarct was induced with α-bovine thrombin (40 NIH/Unit.). The treated group received 90 mg (100 μL) of DMSO in saline (1:1 v/v) intraperitoneally for 5 days; ischemic controls received only NaCl (placebo) and two non-ischemic groups (simulated) received NaCl and DMSO respectively. We evaluated the neuronal (anti-NeuN) and astrocytic immune-reactivity (anti-GFAP). The results were analyzed by densitometry (NIH Image J-Fiji 1.45 software) and analysis of variance (ANOVA) with the Graph pad software (Prism 5). Results: Cerebral embolism induced reproducible and reliable lesions in the cortex and hippocampus (CA1)., similar to those of focal models. DMSO did not reverse the loss of post-ischemia neuronal immune-reactivity, but prevented the morphological damage of neurons, and significantly reduced astrocytic hyperactivity in the somato-sensory cortex and CA1 (p <0.001). Conclusions: The regulatory effect of DMSO on astrocyte hyperreactivity and neuronal-astroglial cytoarchitecture , gives it potential neuroprotective properties for the treatment of thromboembolic cerebral ischemia in the acute phase. PMID:24892319

  6. Ultra-early angiographic vasospasm associated with delayed cerebral ischemia and infarction following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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    Al-Mufti, Fawaz; Roh, David; Lahiri, Shouri; Meyers, Emma; Witsch, Jens; Frey, Hans-Peter; Dangayach, Neha; Falo, Cristina; Mayer, Stephan A; Agarwal, Sachin; Park, Soojin; Meyers, Philip M; Sander Connolly, E; Claassen, Jan; Michael Schmidt, J

    2016-05-27

    OBJECTIVE The clinical significance of cerebral ultra-early angiographic vasospasm (UEAV), defined as cerebral arterial narrowing within the first 48 hours of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH), remains poorly characterized. The authors sought to determine its frequency, predictors, and impact on functional outcome. METHODS The authors prospectively studied UEAV in a cohort of 1286 consecutively admitted patients with aSAH between August 1996 and June 2013. Admission clinical, radiographic, and acute clinical course information was documented during patient hospitalization. Functional outcome was assessed at 3 months using the modified Rankin Scale. Logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards models were generated to assess predictors of UEAV and its relationship to delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) and outcome. Multiple imputation methods were used to address data lost to follow-up. RESULTS The cohort incidence rate of UEAV was 4.6%. Multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed that younger age, sentinel bleed, and poor admission clinical grade were significantly associated with UEAV. Patients with UEAV had a 2-fold increased risk of DCI (odds ratio [OR] 2.3, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.4-3.9, p = 0.002) and cerebral infarction (OR 2.0, 95% CI 1.0-3.9, p = 0.04), after adjusting for known predictors. Excluding patients who experienced sentinel bleeding did not change this effect. Patients with UEAV also had a significantly higher hazard for DCI in a multivariable model. UEAV was not found to be significantly associated with poor functional outcome (OR 0.8, 95% CI 0.4-1.6, p = 0.5). CONCLUSIONS UEAV may be less frequent than has been reported previously. Patients who exhibit UEAV are at higher risk for refractory DCI that results in cerebral infarction. These patients may benefit from earlier monitoring for signs of DCI and more aggressive treatment. Further study is needed to determine the long-term functional significance of UEAV.

  7. Patterns of music agnosia associated with middle cerebral artery infarcts.

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    Ayotte, J; Peretz, I; Rousseau, I; Bard, C; Bojanowski, M

    2000-09-01

    The objective of the study is to evaluate if the rupture of an aneurysm located on the middle cerebral artery (MCA) results in disorders of music recognition. To this aim, 20 patients having undergone brain surgery for the clipping of a unilateral left (LBS), right (RBS) or bilateral (BBS) aneurysm(s) of the MCA and 20 neurologically intact control subjects (NC) were evaluated with a series of tests assessing most of the abilities involved in music recognition. In general, the study shows that a ruptured aneurysm on the MCA that is repaired by brain surgery is very likely to produce deficits in the auditory processing of music. The incidence of such a deficit was not only very high but also selective. The results show that the LBS group was more impaired than the NC group in all three tasks involving musical long-term memory. The study also uncovered two new cases of apperceptive agnosia for music. These two patients (N.R. and R.C.) were diagnosed as such because both exhibit a clear deficit in each of the three music memory tasks and both are impaired in all discrimination tests involving musical perception. Interestingly, the lesions overlap in the right superior temporal lobe and in the right insula, making the two new cases very similar to an earlier case report. Altogether, the results are also consistent with the view that apperceptive agnosia results from damage to right hemispheric structures while associative agnosia results from damage to the left hemisphere.

  8. Background rhythm frequency and theta power of quantitative EEG analysis: predictive biomarkers for cognitive impairment post-cerebral infarcts.

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    Song, Yang; Zang, Da-Wei; Jin, Yan-Yu; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Ni, Hong-Yan; Yin, Jian-Zhong; Ji, Dong-Xu

    2015-04-01

    In clinical settings, cerebral infarct is a common disease of older adults, which usually increases the risk of cognitive impairment. This study aims to assess the quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) as a predictive biomarker for the development of cognitive impairment, post-cerebral infarcts, in subjects from the Department of Neurology. They underwent biennial EEG recording. Cerebral infarct subjects, with follow-up cognitive evaluation, were analyzed for qEEG measures of background rhythm frequency (BRF) and relative δ, θ, α, and β band power. The relationship between cognitive impairment and qEEG, and other possible predictors, was assessed by Cox regression. The results showed that the risk hazard of developing cognitive impairment was 14 times higher for those with low BRF than for those with high BRF (P < .001). Hazard ratio (HR) was also significant for more than median θ band power (HR = 5, P = .002) compared with less than median θ band power. The HRs for δ, α, and β bands were equal to the baseline demographic, and clinical characteristics were not significantly different. In conclusion, qEEG measures of BRF, and relative power in θ band, are potential predictive biomarkers for cognitive impairment in patients with cerebral infarcts. These biomarkers might be valuable in early prediction of cognitive impairment in patients with cerebral infarcts.

  9. Facilitation of ultrasonic microvesicles on homing and molecular mechanism of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in cerebral infarction patients.

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    Chang, F; Xiong, W; Wang, D; Liu, X-Z; Zhang, W; Zhang, M; Jing, P

    2017-10-01

    Cerebral infarction, or ischemia brain stroke, is a common cerebrovascular disease. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are widely used to treating ischemia disease such as cardiac infarction. Ultrasonic microvesicles may help the targeting of exogenous factors via localized energy blast. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the effect of ultrasonic microvesicles on the homing of BMSCs on artery thrombosis and the associated molecular mechanisms. Rat BMSCs were isolated and cultured. Rats were divided into sham, model, BMSCs, and microvesicles groups. Cerebral infarction model was prepared by ligation of cervical artery and middle cerebral artery. 3×106/kg BMSCs were transplanted via tail veins. Microvesicles were used for assisting BMSCs infusion. Sex-determining region Y (SRY) gene expression was measured by Real-time PCR, while 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining was employed for describing the area of cerebral infarction. The activity of caspase 3 was assayed by test kit. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) mRNA/protein levels, were quantified by Real-time PCR, and Western blotting, respectively. Microvesicle group had significantly elevated SRY expression (p<0.05 compared to BMSCs group). Transplantation of BMSCs remarkably decreased cerebral infarction area, caspase 3 activity or NF-κB expression, and increased VEGF expression (p<0.05 compared to model group). Microvesicle induced BMSCs had more potent effects (p<0.01). Ultrasound microvesicle facilitated homing of BMSCs in cerebral infarction, and improved infarction disease via up-regulating VEGF expression, inhibiting NF-κB expression, and modulating apoptosis.

  10. Tongxinluo Enhances Neurogenesis and Angiogenesis in Peri-Infarct Area and Subventricular Zone and Promotes Functional Recovery after Focal Cerebral Ischemic Infarction in Hypertensive Rats

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    Chen, Li; Wang, Xiaoting; Zhang, Jian; Dang, Chao; Liu, Gang; Liang, Zhijian; Huang, Gelun; Zhao, Weijia; Zeng, Jinsheng

    2016-01-01

    Background. Tongxinluo is a traditional Chinese medicine compound with the potential to promote the neuronal functional recovery in cerebral ischemic infarction. Objective. This study aimed to disclose whether tongxinluo promotes neurological functional recovery and neurogenesis and angiogenesis in the infarcted area and SVZ after cerebral ischemic infarction in hypertensive rats. Methods. The ischemic model was prepared by distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in hypertensive rats. Tongxinluo was administrated 24 h after MCAO and lasted for 3, 7, or 14 days. Behavioral tests were performed to evaluate the protection of tongxinluo. Immunochemical staining was applied on brain tissue to evaluate the effects of tongxinluo on neurogenesis and vascularization in the MCAO model rats. Results. Postinjury administration of tongxinluo ameliorated the neuronal function deficit in the MCAO model rats. As evidenced by the immunochemical staining, BrdU+/DCX+, BrdU+/nestin+, and BrdU+ vascular endothelial cells were promoted to proliferate in SVZ after tongxinluo administration. The matured neurons stained by NeuN and vascularization by laminin staining were observed after tongxinluo administration in the peri-infarct area. Conclusion. Tongxinluo postischemia administration could ameliorate the neurological function deficit in the model rats. Possible mechanisms are related to neurogenesis and angiogenesis in the peri-infarct area and SVZ. PMID:27069496

  11. Allopurinol and dimethylthiourea reduce brain infarction following middle cerebral artery occlusion in rats.

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    Martz, D; Rayos, G; Schielke, G P; Betz, A L

    1989-04-01

    Free radicals have been shown to play an important role in ischemia-reperfusion injury in several organ systems; however, the role of free radicals in central nervous system ischemia has been less well studied. Many potential free radical-generating systems exist. The primary products of these reactions, superoxide and hydrogen peroxide, may combine to produce hydroxyl radicals. Of the many potential sources of free radical generation, the enzyme xanthine oxidase has been shown to be important in ischemia in noncerebral tissue. We investigated the effect of the hydroxyl radical scavenger dimethylthiourea and the xanthine oxidase inhibitor allopurinol on infarct volume in a model of continuous partial ischemia. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with dimethylthiourea or allopurinol before middle cerebral artery occlusion. Infarct volume was measured by triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining of brains removed 3 or 24 hours after occlusion. Stroke volume was reduced by 30% after dimethylthiourea treatment and by 32-35% after allopurinol treatment. At 24 hours after stroke, cortical tissue was more effectively protected than caudate tissue with both agents. Pretreatment with dimethylthiourea and allopurinol also significantly reduced cerebral edema formation and improved blood-brain barrier function as measured by fluorescein uptake. Our results imply that hydroxyl radicals are important in tissue injury secondary to partial cerebral ischemia and that xanthine oxidase may be the primary source of these radicals.

  12. Efficacy of cilostazol in preventing aspiration pneumonia in acute cerebral infarction.

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    Osawa, Aiko; Maeshima, Shinichiro; Tanahashi, Norio

    2013-08-01

    This retrospective study examined the effectiveness of cilostazol in preventing aspiration pneumonia in patients with acute cerebral infarction. The 189 subjects ranged in age from 31 to 95 years and included 57 with small-artery occlusion, 107 with large-artery atherothrombosis, and 25 with other disorders. Patients with cardiogenic cerebral embolism or preexisting pneumonia at the time of hospital admission were excluded from the analysis. Neurologic symptoms, cognitive function, and swallowing function were assessed at the first clinical examination, and the ability to perform activities of daily living was assessed at both hospital admission and discharge. Outcome and food intake status were also assessed at hospital discharge. Pneumonia was detected in 27 of 189 subjects (14.3%), in 20 subjects during nasogastric tube feeding implemented because of oral intake difficulties (fasting group) and in 7 subjects after initiation of oral feeding (oral intake group). Cilostazol was administered to 48 of the 189 subjects (25.4%). The incidence of pneumonia was 6.3% (3 of 48) in patients who received cilostazol, compared with 17% (24 of 141) in those who did not receive cilostazol. Our data suggest that cilostazol appears to prevent the occurrence of pneumonia in both the chronic and acute stages of cerebral infarction.

  13. Diagnostic Utility of Contrast-enhanced 3D T1-weighted Imaging in Acute Cerebral Infarction Associated with Graves Disease.

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    Gon, Yasufumi; Sakaguchi, Manabu; Oyama, Naoki; Mochizuki, Hideki

    2017-02-01

    Graves disease is rarely complicated with cerebrovascular steno-occlusive diseases. Previous studies have suggested several hypotheses for this occurrence, including excess thyroid hormone, which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which in turn causes an abnormal hemodynamic response with consequent atherosclerotic changes, and antithyroid antibodies cause local vascular inflammation in patients with Graves disease. However, radiological findings of vasculitis in patients with Graves disease and cerebral infarction remain less known. We report the case of a 30-year-old Japanese woman with acute cerebral infarction due to vasculitis associated with Graves disease. She was admitted to our hospital with a 4-day history of intermittent transient dysarthria and limb shaking of the left leg when standing. Three weeks before admission, she went to a local hospital because of general malaise and was diagnosed with Graves disease. Neurological examination revealed paralytic dysarthria, left central facial nerve palsy, and left hemiparesis (manual muscle testing, 4 of 5). Blood examinations showed hyperthyroidism (thyroid-stimulating hormone ≤.010 µU/mL; free T3 ≥25.0 pg/mL; free T4 ≥8.0 ng/dL) and elevation of antithyroid antibody levels (thyroid peroxidase antibody, 87 IU/mL). The vessel wall of the right internal carotid artery was markedly enhanced on contrast-enhanced three-dimensional T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, suggesting vasculitis. Magnetic resonance angiography revealed right internal carotid artery occlusion after the branching ophthalmic artery. Arterial stenosis due to vasculitis was considered the cause of hemodynamic ischemic stroke. Vessel wall imaging such as high-resolution contrast-enhanced T1-weighted imaging seems useful for assessing the underlying mechanism of stroke in patients with Graves disease.

  14. Effect of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) on infarct size and inflammation after cerebral ischemia in mice.

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    Pena-Philippides, Juan Carlos; Yang, Yirong; Bragina, Olga; Hagberg, Sean; Nemoto, Edwin; Roitbak, Tamara

    2014-08-01

    Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) have been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory and pro-regenerative effects in animals and humans. We used the FDA-approved Sofpulse (Ivivi Health Sciences, LLC) to study effect of PEMF on infarct size and poststroke inflammation following distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAO) in mice. Electromagnetic field was applied within 30-45 min after ischemic brain damage and utilized twice a day for 21 consecutive days. Ischemic infarct size was assessed using MRI and histological analysis. At 21 days after dMCAO, the infarct size was significantly (by 26%) smaller in PEMF-treated animals as compared to controls. Neuroinflammation in these animals was evaluated using specialized cytokine/chemokine PCR array. We demonstrate that PEMF significantly influenced expression profile of pro- and anti-inflammatory factors in the hemisphere ipsilateral to ischemic damage. Importantly, expression of gene encoding major pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1α was significantly reduced, while expression of major anti-inflammatory IL-10 was significantly increased. PEMF application significantly downregulated genes encoding members of the major pro-apoptotic tumor necrosis factor (TNF) superfamily indicating that the treatment could have both anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects. Both reduction of infarct size and influence on neuroinflammation could have a potentially important positive impact on the poststroke recovery process, implicating PEMF as a possible adjunctive therapy for stroke patients.

  15. Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma with hemiparesis mimicking acute cerebral infarction: Two case reports

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    Matsumoto, Hiroaki; Miki, Takanori; Miyaji, Yuki; Minami, Hiroaki; Masuda, Atsushi; Tominaga, Shogo; Yoshida, Yasuhisa; Yamaura, Ikuya; Matsumoto, Shigeo; Natsume, Shigeatsu; Yoshida, Kozo

    2012-01-01

    Context Acute hemiparesis is a common initial presentation of ischemic stroke. Although hemiparesis due to spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) is an uncommon symptom, a few cases have been reported and misdiagnosed as cerebral infarction. Design Case reports of SSEH with acute hemiparesis. Findings In these two cases, acute stroke was suspected initially and administration of intravenous alteplase therapy was considered. In one case, the presentation was neck pain and in the other case, it was Lhermitte's sign; brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography were negative for signs of ischemic infarction, hemorrhage, or arterial dissection. Cervical MRI was performed and demonstrated SSEH. Conclusion Clinicians who perform intravenous thrombolytic treatment with alteplase need to be aware of this possible contraindication. PMID:22925753

  16. Ophthalmic artery obstruction and cerebral infarction following periocular injection of autologous fat.

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    Lee, Chang Mok; Hong, In Hwan; Park, Sung Pyo

    2011-10-01

    We report a case of ophthalmic artery obstruction combined with brain infarction following periocular autologous fat injection. The patient, a 44-year-old woman, visited our hospital for decreased visual acuity in her left eye and dysarthria one hour after receiving an autologous fat injection in the periocular area. Her best corrected visual acuity for the concerned eye was no light perception. Also, a relative afferent pupillary defect was detected in this eye. The left fundus exhibited widespread retinal whitening with visible emboli in several retinal arterioles. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed a hyperintense lesion at the left insular cortex. Therefore, we diagnosed ophthalmic artery obstruction and left middle cerebral artery infarction due to fat emboli. The patient was managed with immediate ocular massage, carbon dioxide, and oxygen therapy. Following treatment, dysarthria improved considerably but there was no improvement in visual acuity.

  17. Isolated Mammillary Body Infarct Causing Global Amnesia: A Case Report.

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    Male, Shailesh; Zand, Ramin

    2017-03-01

    Mamillary bodies play an important role in human memory and emotions. Vascular lesions causing an isolated mammillary body lesion without affecting the surrounding structures are very rare. A 53-year-old male was brought to the emergency department with acute-onset memory problems suggestive of partial anterograde and retrograde amnesia. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an isolated left mammillary body infarct sparing adjacent structures. Mamillary bodies play an intrinsic role in memory formation and retrieval rather than acting as relay-only station for hippocampal projections. Non-hippocampal input from the limbic midbrain via the ventral tegmental nucleus of Gudden could be contributing to its function. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Normobaric hyperoxia retards the evolution of ischemic brain tissue toward infarction in a rat model of transient focal cerebral ischemia.

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    Xu, Ji; Zhang, Yuan; Liang, Zhouyuan; Wang, Ting; Li, Weiping; Ren, Lijie; Huang, Shaonong; Liu, Wenlan

    2016-01-01

    Oxygen therapy has been long considered a logical therapy for ischemic stroke. Our previous studies showed that normobaric hyperoxia (normobaric hyperoxia (NBO), 95% O2 with 5% CO2) treatment during ischemia reduced ischemic neuronal death and cerebromicrovascular injury in animal stroke models. In this study, we studied the effects of NBO on the evolution of ischemic brain tissue to infarction in a rat model of transient focal cerebral ischemia. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were given NBO (95% O2) or normoxia (21% O2) during 90-min filament occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCAO), followed by 3 or 22.5 h of reperfusion. 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining was used to evaluate the longitudinal evolution of tissue infarction. Results: In normoxic rats, MCA-supplied cortical and striatal tissue was infarcted after 90-min MCAO with 22.5 h of reperfusion. NBO-treated rats showed a 61.4% reduction in infarct size and tissue infarction mainly occurred in the ischemic striatum. When infarction was assessed at an earlier time point, i.e. at 3 h of reperfusion, normoxic rats showed significantly smaller but mature infarction (no TTC staining, white color), with the infarction mainly occurring in the striatum. Unexpectedly, NBO-treated rats only showed immature lesion (partially stained by TTC, light white color) in the ischemic striatum, indicating that NBO treatment also retarded the process of neuronal death in the ischemic core. Of note, NBO-preserved striatal tissue underwent infarction after prolonged reperfusion. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that NBO treatment given during cerebral ischemia retards the evolution of ischemic brain tissue toward infarction and NBO-preserved cortical tissue survives better than NBO-preserved striatal tissue during the phase of reperfusion.

  19. Clinical Profile and Changes of Serum Lipid Levels in Epileptic Patients after Cerebral Infarction.

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    Ikeda, Ken; Sawada, Masahiro; Morioka, Harumi; Kyuzen, Maya; Ebina, Junya; Nagasawa, Junpei; Yanagihashi, Masaru; Miura, Ken; Ishikawa, Yuichi; Hirayama, Takehisa; Takazawa, Takanori; Kano, Osamu; Kawabe, Kiyokazu; Iwasaki, Yasuo

    2017-03-01

    Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may increase development of dyslipidemia and cerebrovascular disease (CVD). We examined the clinical profile and changes of serum lipid levels after AED monotherapy in patients with poststroke epilepsy (PSE) after cerebral infarction (CI). Medical records were reviewed in consecutive 2144 CI patients. Monotherapy of valproate, carbamazepine (CBZ), phenytoin (PHT), zonisamide, levetiracetam, or lamotrigine was performed in PSE patients. Serum lipid levels were measured before and at 3 months after AED treatment. The prevalence of PSE was 7.0% in CI patients. The TOAST etiology disclosed large-artery atherosclerosis in 68 patients (45%), cardioembolism in 63 patients (42%), and undetermined cause in 19 patients (13%). CVD risk profile showed obesity of 18 patients (12%), current smoker of 30 patients (20%), hypertension of 75 patients (50%), diabetes mellitus of 32 patients (21%), dyslipidemia of 15 patients (10%), and atrial fibrillation of 63 patients (42%). CBZ or PHT administration increased serum total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) levels significantly compared to baseline and AED-untreated controls. Those levels were not increased significantly in other AED and control groups. Serum high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and triglyceride levels did not differ statistically in all groups. The prevalence of post-CI epilepsy was 7.0%. The pathogenesis contributed to atherothrombosis and cardioembolism. CBZ or PHT administration increased serum TC and LDL-C significantly. Thus, we should pay more attention to serum lipid levels in patients receiving cytochrome P450 (CYP)-induced AEDs, and might considerer switching to non-CYP-induced AEDs in patients with unfavorable serum lipid changes. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Association between atrial fibrillation and silent cerebral infarctions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Kalantarian, Shadi; Ay, Hakan; Gollub, Randy L; Lee, Hang; Retzepi, Kallirroi; Mansour, Moussa; Ruskin, Jeremy N

    2014-11-04

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common cause of stroke. Silent cerebral infarctions (SCIs) are known to occur in the presence and absence of AF, but the association between these disorders has not been well-defined. To estimate the association between AF and SCIs and the prevalence of SCIs in stroke-free patients with AF. Searches of MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, and EMBASE from inception to 8 May 2014 without language restrictions and manual screening of article references. Observational studies involving adults with AF and no clinical history of stroke or prosthetic valves who reported SCIs. Study characteristics and study quality were assessed in duplicate. Eleven studies including 5317 patients with mean ages from 50.0 to 83.6 years reported on the association between AF and SCIs. Autopsy studies were heterogeneous and low-quality; therefore, they were excluded from the meta-analysis of the risk estimates. When computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies were combined, AF was associated with SCIs in patients with no history of symptomatic stroke (odds ratio, 2.62 [95% CI, 1.81 to 3.80]; I(2) = 32.12%; P for heterogeneity = 0.118). This association was independent of AF type (paroxysmal vs. persistent). The results were not altered significantly when the analysis was restricted to studies that met at least 70% of the maximum possible quality score (odds ratio, 3.06 [CI, 2.24 to 4.19]). Seventeen studies reported the prevalence of SCIs. The overall prevalence of SCI lesions on MRI and CT among patients with AF was 40% and 22%, respectively. Most studies were cross-sectional, and autopsy studies were heterogeneous and not sufficiently sensitive to detect small lesions. Atrial fibrillation is associated with more than a 2-fold increase in the odds for SCI. Deane Institute for Integrative Research in Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke, Massachusetts General Hospital.

  1. Association of carotid atherosclerosis and recurrent cerebral infarction in the Chinese population: a meta-analysis

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    Liu, Jianping; Zhu, Yun; Wu, Yuhuai; Liu, Yan; Teng, Zhaowei; Hao, Yinglu

    2017-01-01

    Stroke, when poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death, is the third leading cause of disability and mortality worldwide, and appears as an unequal distribution in the global population. The cumulative risk of recurrence varies greatly up to 10 years after the first stroke. Carotid atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for stroke. The aim of this study was to investigate and estimate the relationship between carotid atherosclerosis and risk of stroke recurrence in the Chinese population. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials published from 2000 to 2013, using the following databases: PubMed, Embase, Medline, Wanfang, and the China National Knowledge Infrastructure. The odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals were calculated to examine this strength. A total of 22 studies, including 3,912 patients, 2,506 first-ever cases, and 1,406 recurrent cases, were pooled in this meta-analysis. Our results showed that the frequency of carotid atherosclerosis is higher in recurrent cases than that in the first-ever controls (78.88% vs 59.38%), and the statistical analysis demonstrated significant positive association between carotid atherosclerosis and recurrent cerebral infarction (odds ratio: 2.87; 95% confidence interval: 2.42–3.37; P<0.00001) in a fixed-effect model. No significant heterogeneity was observed across all studies. In conclusion, our results showed that carotid atherosclerosis was associated with increased risk of recurrent stroke. However, further well-designed research with large sample sizes is still needed to identify the clear mechanism. PMID:28260898

  2. Atrial fibrillation is associated with reduced brain volume and cognitive function independent of cerebral infarcts

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    Stefansdottir, Hrafnhildur; Arnar, David O.; Aspelund, Thor; Sigurdsson, Sigurdur; Jonsdottir, Maria K.; Hjaltason, Haukur; Launer, Lenore J.; Gudnason, Vilmundur

    2013-01-01

    Background and Purpose Atrial fibrillation (AF) has been associated with cognitive decline independant of stroke, suggesting additional effects of AF on the brain. We aimed to assess the association between AF and brain function and structure in a general elderly population. Methods This is a cross-sectional analysis on 4251 non-demented participants (mean age 76 ± 5 years) in the population-based AGES-Reykjavik Study. Medical record data were collected on the presence, subtype and time from first diagnosis of AF; 330 participants had AF. Brain volume measurements, adjusted for intracranial volume, and presence of cerebral infarcts were determined with MRI. Memory, speed of processing and executive function composites were calculated from a cognitive test battery. In a multivariable linear regression model, adjustments were made for demographic, cardiovascular risk factors and cerebral infarcts. Results Participants with AF had lower total brain volume compared to those without AF (p<0.001). The association was stronger with persistent/permanent than paroxysmal AF and with increased time from the first diagnosis of the disease. Of the brain tissue volumes, AF was associated with lower volume of gray and white matter (p<0.001 and p=0.008 respectively) but not of white matter hyperintesities (p=0.49). Participants with AF scored lower on tests on memory. Conclusions AF is associated with smaller brain volume and the association is stronger with increasing burden of the arrhythmia. These findings suggest that AF has a cumulative negative effect on the brain independent of cerebral infarcts. PMID:23444303

  3. MRI for the management of neonatal cerebral infarctions: importance of timing.

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    Küker, W; Möhrle, S; Mader, I; Schöning, M; Nägele, T

    2004-10-01

    Focal ischemic stroke in neonates is a rare occurrence. Diagnosis with most imaging modalities is difficult, but necessary for initiating an anticoagulatory treatment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity of MRI sequences within the first 14 days of birth. Four patients with neonatal stroke presenting as seizures were examined using a standard MRI protocol including diffusion-weighted images (DWI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) within 72 h of birth. The time between the onset of symptoms and MRI ranged from 6 h to 48 h. Follow-up examinations were performed on days 5 ( n=1), 7 ( n=2), and 14 ( n=1) for the control of a treatment with low-molecular heparin. Eight infarctions were detected in the four patients, 5 in the middle cerebral artery (MCA), three in the posterior cerebral artery (PCA) territory. All lesions were visible using DWI, four on T2-weighted images. Whereas in two patients small lesions contralateral to a large stroke were missed on T2-weighted images, the diagnosis would have been missed altogether without DWI in one patient. On follow-up, the visibility of the infarctions had declined using DWI after 5 days and the lesions were invisible after 1 week. Fourteen days after the stroke, an increased diffusion was detected in the infarcted brain tissue. By this time, all lesions were visible on T2-weighted images. In neonates, infarcted brain tissue can be detected using DWI with high sensitivity during the first 2 days after stroke and before other sequences are diagnostic. However, the diffusion restriction does not persist beyond 1 week. After 5 days, diagnosis has to rest mainly on T2-weighted images.

  4. Diffusion tensor imaging correlates with lesion volume in cerebral hemisphere infarctions.

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    Rossi, Maija E; Jason, Eeva; Marchesotti, Silvia; Dastidar, Prasun; Ollikainen, Jyrki; Soimakallio, Seppo

    2010-09-17

    Both a large lesion volume and abnormalities in diffusion tensor imaging are independently associated with a poor prognosis after cerebral infarctions. Therefore, we assume that they are associated. This study assessed the associations between lesion volumes and diffusion tensor imaging in patients with a right-sided cerebral infarction. The lesion volumes of 33 patients (age 65.9 ± 8.7, 26 males and 7 females) were imaged using computed tomography (CT) in the acute phase (within 3-4 hours) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the chronic phase (follow-up at 12 months, with a range of 8-27 months). The chronic-phase fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) values were measured at the site of the infarct and selected white matter tracts. Neurological tests in both the acute and chronic phases, and DTI lateralization were assessed with the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. The effects of thrombolytic therapy (n = 10) were assessed with the Mann-Whitney U test. The correlations between the measured parameters were analysed with Spearman's rho correlation. Bonferroni post-hoc correction was used to compensate for the familywise error rate in multiple comparisons. Several MD values in the right hemisphere correlated positively and FA values negatively with the lesion volumes. These correlations included both lesion area and healthy tissue. The results of the mini-mental state examination and the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale also correlated with the lesion volume. A larger infarct volume is associated with more pronounced tissue modifications in the chronic stage as observed with the MD and FA alterations.

  5. Incidence and Predictors of Angiographic Vasospasm, Symptomatic Vasospasm and Cerebral Infarction in Chinese Patients with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

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    Axier, Aximujiang; Amuti, Maiwulanjiang; Guohua, Zhu; Xiaojiang, Cheng; Kadeer, Kaheerman; Xixian, Wang; Geng, Dangmurenjiafu; Maimaitili, Aisha

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Cerebral vasospasm (CVS) is the most common neurological complication after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) and associated with poor functional outcome and mortality. Reports on incidence and predictors of CVS in Chinese patients with aSAH were scarce. We aimed to estimate the incidence and predictors of angiographic vasospasm (AV), symptomatic vasospasm (SV), and cerebral infarction in Chinese patients with aSAH. Methods We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 542 consecutive aSAH patients admitted to neurosurgery department of the First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University in Urumqi city of China between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015. AV, SV and cerebral infarction were defined based on clinical data and neuroimaging findings. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify predictors of AV, SV or cerebral infarction. Results 343 (63.3%) patients fulfilled the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Of them, 182(53.1%) developed AV, 99 (28.9%) developed SV, and 87 (25.4%) developed cerebral infarction. A history of hypertension, poor modified Fisher grade (3–4) and poor Hunt-Hess grade (4–5) on admission were common risk factors for AV, SV and cerebral infarction. Patients from Uyghur ethnic group or other minorities were less likely to develop AV, SV or cerebral infarction, compared to those from Han ethic group after adjustment of other potential confounders. Additionally, age ≥53 years, leukocyte count ≥11× 109/L on admission and being current or former smokers were independent risk factors of cerebral infarction. Leukocyte count ≥11× 109/L on admission and aneurysm size ≥ 10 mm were independent risk factors of SV. Serum glucose level ≥7.0 mmol/L on admission was an independent risk factor of AV. Conclusion Risk factors of different definitions of CVS were diverse in Chinese patients with aSAH; however, risk factors of SV and cerebral infarction seem to be similar. We recommend

  6. Caspase-3 inhibitor prevents the apoptosis of brain tissue in rats with acute cerebral infarction.

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    Sun, Yuhua; Xu, Yuming; Geng, Lijiao

    2015-07-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of the caspase-3 inhibitor z-DEVD-fmk on the apoptosis of the brain tissues of rats with acute cerebral infarction. Middle cerebral artery occlusion was used to establish a rat model of infarction, and the rats were randomly divided into a sham group (n=15), model group (n=15) and treatment group (n=15). z-DEVD-fmk (2.5 µg/kg) was injected into the intracranial artery of rats in the treatment group, while the same volume of phosphate-buffered saline solution was administered to the rats of the sham and model groups. After 48 h, all rats were sacrificed and their brain tissues were removed. The caspase-3 mRNA level, protein level and activity, brain cell apoptosis index and infarction scope of the three groups were analyzed. Neurological impairment was also assessed. At 48 h after model establishment, the caspase-3 mRNA and protein levels in the brain tissues of the model group were significantly higher than those of the sham group, and those in the treatment group were significantly lower than those in the model group (P<0.05); however, they remained significantly higher than those in the sham group. Caspase-3 activity in the model group was significantly higher than that in the sham group, and treatment with the caspase-3 inhibitor significantly reduced caspase-3 activity compared with that in the model group (P<0.05). The apoptosis index and infarction scope in the model and treatment groups were significantly increased compared with those in the sham group, and were significantly lower in the treatment group than in the model group (P<0.05). The neurological impairment of rats in the model and treatment groups was increased significantly compared with that in the sham group, and the treatment group exhibited a significantly lower level of neurological impairment than the model group (P<0.05). In conclusion, the caspase-3 inhibitor z-DEVD-fmk effectively inhibited apoptosis and delayed the necrosis of

  7. Caspase-3 inhibitor prevents the apoptosis of brain tissue in rats with acute cerebral infarction

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    SUN, YUHUA; XU, YUMING; GENG, LIJIAO

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of the caspase-3 inhibitor z-DEVD-fmk on the apoptosis of the brain tissues of rats with acute cerebral infarction. Middle cerebral artery occlusion was used to establish a rat model of infarction, and the rats were randomly divided into a sham group (n=15), model group (n=15) and treatment group (n=15). z-DEVD-fmk (2.5 µg/kg) was injected into the intracranial artery of rats in the treatment group, while the same volume of phosphate-buffered saline solution was administered to the rats of the sham and model groups. After 48 h, all rats were sacrificed and their brain tissues were removed. The caspase-3 mRNA level, protein level and activity, brain cell apoptosis index and infarction scope of the three groups were analyzed. Neurological impairment was also assessed. At 48 h after model establishment, the caspase-3 mRNA and protein levels in the brain tissues of the model group were significantly higher than those of the sham group, and those in the treatment group were significantly lower than those in the model group (P<0.05); however, they remained significantly higher than those in the sham group. Caspase-3 activity in the model group was significantly higher than that in the sham group, and treatment with the caspase-3 inhibitor significantly reduced caspase-3 activity compared with that in the model group (P<0.05). The apoptosis index and infarction scope in the model and treatment groups were significantly increased compared with those in the sham group, and were significantly lower in the treatment group than in the model group (P<0.05). The neurological impairment of rats in the model and treatment groups was increased significantly compared with that in the sham group, and the treatment group exhibited a significantly lower level of neurological impairment than the model group (P<0.05). In conclusion, the caspase-3 inhibitor z-DEVD-fmk effectively inhibited apoptosis and delayed the necrosis of

  8. Low Alberta Stroke Program Early CT score (ASPECTS) associated with malignant middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    MacCallum, Caroline; Churilov, Leonid; Mitchell, Peter; Dowling, Richard; Yan, Bernard

    2014-01-01

    Early decompressive hemicraniectomy following malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction reduces mortality and improves clinical outcome. Imaging predictors of malignant infarction may serve as 'red flags', prompting intensive neurological monitoring and timely intervention. Our objective is to investigate whether lower ASPECTS (Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score) is associated with malignant MCA infarction. A retrospective cohort study of all patients with MCA territory ischemic strokes who were admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2009 (226 patients included). The main outcome measures were ASPECTS on admission for each patient and the development of malignant MCA infarction. One-hundred-and-eight patients out of 226 (48%) developed malignant MCA infarction. Good (>0.8) inter-rater agreement between observers scoring ASPECTS was observed using weighted kappa, intra-class correlation coefficient and Lin's concordance coefficients. Using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis, we validated that ASPECTS 7 was the optimal cut-off score to determine progression to malignant infarction, providing 50% sensitivity and 86% specificity. One hundred and fifty six patients had ASPECTS >7 (69%) and 70 patients had ASPECTS ≤7 (31%). Patients with ASPECTS ≤7 were significantly younger than those with ASPECTS >7, with the median age of each group being 72.5 and 78 respectively (p = 0.02); otherwise the groups were well-matched. With ASPECTS ≤7, 54 out of 70 patients (77%) developed malignant MCA infarction, compared with 54 out of 156 patients (35%) with ASPECTS >7 (age-adjusted OR = 0.12, 95% CI: 0.06, 0.25; p < 0.0001). If ASPECTS ≤7 is a positive result, then the positive predictive value is 77% and the negative predictive value is 65%. The median ASPECTS for developing malignant MCA infarction was 7.5 (IQR: 5 to 10), while the median ASPECTS for not developing MCA infarction was 10 (IQR: 8 to

  9. [Changes in DNA repair enzymes in rat ventroposterior nucleus of the thalamus after cerebral cortex infarction].

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    He, Mei-Xia; Zeng, Jin-Sheng; Hua, Hai-Ying; Xing, Shi-Hui; Ba, Yun-Peng

    2010-10-01

    To investigate the damage within the ventroposterior nucleus (VPN) of the thalamus after focal cortical infarction and its mechanism, and explore the effect of ebselen on the oxidative damage after cerebral cortex infarction in hypertensive rats. Middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) was induced in stroke-prone renovascular hypertensive rats (RHRSP), and the rats were divided into four groups by table of random number: sham operation group, model group, vehicle group and ebselen group, each group consisted of 8 rats. In animals subjected to sham surgery the middle cerebral artery was exposed only. Ebselen (5 ml/kg) or vehicle (a mixed solvent consisting of 0.5% carboxymethyl cellulose and 0.02% Tween 20, 5 ml/kg) was given by gastric gavage starting 24 hours after cerebral cortical infarction. Two weeks after the MCAO, the rats were sacrificed, and VPN from each group was sectioned and stained with hematoxylin-eosin (HE), and apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease (APE) and Escherichia coli MutY DNA glycosylase (MYH) were determined by immunohistochemistry. HE staining showed that ebselen ameliorated the VPN damage induced by ischemia. Immunohistochemical imaging analysis revealed a distinct nuclear staining of APE and nuclear and cytoplasm distribution of MYH in the entire region of the VPN. Compared with sham operation group, the number of APE and MYH positive cells decreased in model group and vehicle group (APE: 57.0±14.7, 49.4±12.5 vs. 101.0±13.6, MYH: 15.0±4.7, 10.4±2.5 vs. 56.0±13.2, all P<0.05). Compared with model group and vehicle group, the number of APE and MYH positive cells increased significantly in ebselen group (APE: 72.2±7.6 vs. 57.0±14.7, 49.4±12.5, MYH: 32.2±7.6 vs. 15.0±4.7, 10.4±2.5, all P<0.05); the difference of the number of APE and MYH positive cells between model group and vehicle group showed no statistical significance. After 2 weeks of MCAO, there is a marked decrease of APE and MYH in VPN; ebselen can obviously increase the

  10. Computed tomography of cerebral infarction along the distribution of the basal perforating arteries. Part 1. Striate arterial group

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    Takahashi, S.; Goto, K.; Fukasawa, H.; Kawata, Y.; Uemura, K.; Suzuki, K.

    1985-04-01

    Computed tomographic (CT) manifestations of cerebral infarction along the distribution of the basal perforating arteries were reviewed in correlation with cerebral angiography. Infarcts in the territories of perforators were demonstrated individually based on knowledge of their three dimensional distribution as demonstrated by microangiography of cadavers. In Part I of the study, the areas supplied by the medial (MSA) and lateral striate arteries (LSA) were examined. Infarction along the branches of the MSA usually involved the antero-inferior portion of the corpus striatum, immediately posterolateral to the most inferior part of the frontal horn of the lateral ventricle. Infarcts along the branches of the LSA abutted the territory of the MSA posteriorly and superiorly and involved the posterolateral region of the corpus striatum. Clinical and neuroradiological correlations are discussed.

  11. Pre-existing interleukin 10 in cerebral arteries attenuates subsequent brain injury caused by ischemia/reperfusion.

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    Liang, Qiu-Juan; Jiang, Mei; Wang, Xin-Hong; Le, Li-Li; Xiang, Meng; Sun, Ning; Meng, Dan; Chen, Si-Feng

    2015-09-01

    Recurrent stroke is difficult to treat and life threatening. Transfer of anti-inflammatory gene is a potential gene therapy strategy for ischemic stroke. Using recombinant adeno-associated viral vector 1 (rAAV1)-mediated interleukin 10 (IL-10), we investigated whether transfer of beneficial gene into the rat cerebral vessels during interventional treatment for initial stroke could attenuate brain injury caused by recurrent stroke. Male Wistar rats were administered rAAV1-IL-10, rAAV1-YFP, or saline into the left cerebral artery. Three weeks after gene transfer, rats were subjected to occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery (MCAO) for 45 min followed by reperfusion for 24 h. IL-10 levels in serum were significantly elevated 3 weeks after rAAV1-IL-10 injection, and virus in the cerebral vessels was confirmed by in situ hybridization. Pre-existing IL-10 but not YFP decreased the neurological dysfunction scores, brain infarction volume, and the number of injured neuronal cells. AAV1-IL-10 transduction increased heme oxygenase (HO-1) mRNA and protein levels in the infarct boundary zone of the brain. Thus, transduction of the IL-10 gene in the cerebral artery prior to ischemia attenuates brain injury caused by ischemia/reperfusion in rats. This preventive approach for recurrent stroke can be achieved during interventional treatment for initial stroke. © 2015 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

  12. Paraplegia caused by cerebral contusions in the bilateral precentral gyri

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    Matsumura, Hideaki; Fujimori, Hiroyuki; Sato, Naoaki; Matsumura, Akira

    2016-01-01

    Background: Paraplegia is mainly caused by spinal cord disease and rarely occurs due to head trauma. In this report, we describe a case of paraplegia caused by cerebral contusions in the bilateral precentral gyri. Case Description: A 72-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with mildly impaired consciousness and severe pure motor paralysis in both legs. He was healthy until the morning of the day, but his wife found him injured in front of his house upon returning home. He had a subcutaneous hematoma in his occipital region, and seemed to have slipped by accident. Computed tomography of the brain and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of his spinal cord revealed no apparent cause of the paraplegia, although an MRI of his brain clearly revealed cerebral contusions in the bilateral precentral gyri. The cerebral contusion was diagnosed as the cause of pure motor paralysis of lower extremities. He received rehabilitation, and manual muscle testing of his legs revealed improvements. In the subacute phase, the precentral gyrus lesion disappeared on MRI. Conclusion: We must emphasize that cerebral contusion can be a differential diagnosis for paraplegia. In the acute phase, fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) MRI coronal and sagittal images are useful for identifying precentral gyri contusions. Paraplegia caused by a cerebral contusion may be misdiagnosed as a spinal concussion due to the disappearance of the precentral gyrus lesion on FLAIR MRI in the subacute phase. PMID:27904755

  13. Use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction in the last 10 years: A Scopus-based literature analysis.

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    Chen, Jiajun; Yao, Min; Zhao, Yunhua; Jin, Xiya; Li, Yuanbing; Huang, Lihong

    2012-12-25

    To identify global research trends in the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction. We performed a bibliometric analysis of studies on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction published during 2002-2011, retrieved from Scopus, using the key words of acupuncture and cerebral infarction or ischemic stroke. peer-reviewed articles on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction indexed in Scopus and published between 2002 and 2011; types of publications were original research articles, reviews, meeting abstracts, proceedings papers, book chapters, editorial material, and news items. articles that required manual searching or telephone access; documents that were not published in the public domain; and corrected papers. (a) Annual publication output; (b) language of publication; (c) type of publication; (d) key words of publication; (e) publication by research field; (f) publication by journal; (g) publication by country and institution; (h) publication by author; (i) most-cited papers between 2002 and 2006; and (j) most-cited papers between 2007 and 2011. A total of 160 publications on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction from 2002-2011 were retrieved from Scopus. The number of publications increased gradually over the 10-year study period; most were written in Chinese or English. Articles and reviews constituted the major types. The most frequent key word used was acupuncture. The most prolific journals in this area were Zhongguo Zhen Jiu and the Chinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation. Of the 160 publications retrieved, half came from Chinese authors and institutions. Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine was the most prolific research institute. Two papers were cited 30 times; they were published in 2002 and 2009, respectively. In the field of neuroscience, there is little literature on acupuncture for cerebral infarction. The most-cited papers were cited 30 times in the past 3 years. We believe that, with

  14. Progression from ischemic injury to infarct following middle cerebral artery occlusion in the rat.

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    Garcia, J. H.; Yoshida, Y.; Chen, H.; Li, Y.; Zhang, Z. G.; Lian, J.; Chen, S.; Chopp, M.

    1993-01-01

    Focal brain ischemia induced in rats by occlusion of an intracranial artery is a widely used paradigm of human brain infarct. Details of the structural changes that develop in either the human or the rat brain at various times after occlusion of an intracranial artery are incompletely characterized. We studied, in 48 adult Wistar rats, structural alterations involving the cerebral hemisphere ipsilateral to an arterial occlusion, at intervals ranging from 30 min to 7 days. Microscopic changes developed over time in separate areas of the corresponding cerebral hemisphere in a predictable pattern, appearing as small lesions in the preoptic area (30 minutes), enlarging to involve the striatum, and finally involving the cerebral cortex. Two types of neuronal responses were noted according to the time elapsed; acute changes (up to 6 hours) included scalloping, shrinkage, and swelling, whereas delayed changes (eosinophilia and karyolysis) appeared later (> or = 12 hours). Three types of astrocytic responses were noted. 1) Cytoplasmic disintegration occurred in the preoptic area at a time and in a place where neurons appeared minimally injured. 2) Nuclear and cytoplasmic swelling were prominent responses in the caudoputamen and cerebral cortex at a time when neurons showed minimal alterations. 3) Increased astrocytic glial fibrillary acidic protein reactivity was noted at the interface between the lesion and the surrounding brain tissue after 4 to 6 hours. The gross pattern of the brain lesion and the maturation of neuronal changes typical of a brain infarct have a predictable progression. Focal brain ischemia of up to 6-hour duration does not induce coagulation necrosis. Images Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 PMID:8434652

  15. CT perfusion during delayed cerebral ischemia after subarachnoid hemorrhage: distinction between reversible ischemia and ischemia progressing to infarction.

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    Cremers, Charlotte H P; Vos, Pieter C; van der Schaaf, Irene C; Velthuis, Birgitta K; Vergouwen, Mervyn D I; Rinkel, Gabriel J E; Dankbaar, Jan Willem

    2015-09-01

    Delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) can be reversible or progress to cerebral infarction. In patients with a deterioration clinically diagnosed as DCI, we investigated whether CT perfusion (CTP) can distinguish between reversible ischemia and ischemia progressing to cerebral infarction. From a prospectively collected series of aSAH patients, we included those with DCI, CTP on the day of clinical deterioration, and follow-up imaging. In qualitative CTP analyses (visual assessment), we calculated positive and negative predictive value (PPV and NPV) with 95% confidence intervals (95%CI) of a perfusion deficit for infarction on follow-up imaging. In quantitative analyses, we compared perfusion values of the least perfused brain tissue between patients with and without infarction by using receiver-operator characteristic curves and calculated a threshold value with PPV and NPV for the perfusion parameter with the highest area under the curve. In qualitative analyses of 33 included patients, 15 of 17 patients (88%) with and 6 of 16 patients (38%) without infarction on follow-up imaging had a perfusion deficit during clinical deterioration (p = 0.002). Presence of a perfusion deficit had a PPV of 71% (95%CI: 48-89%) and NPV of 83% (95%CI: 52-98%) for infarction on follow-up. Quantitative analyses showed that an absolute minimal cerebral blood flow (CBF) threshold of 17.7 mL/100 g/min had a PPV of 63% (95%CI: 41-81%) and a NPV of 78% (95%CI: 40-97%) for infarction. CTP may differ between patients with DCI who develop infarction and those who do not. For this purpose, qualitative evaluation may perform marginally better than quantitative evaluation.

  16. Spinal cord infarction: a rare cause of paraplegia.

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    Patel, Sonali; Naidoo, Khimara; Thomas, Peter

    2014-06-25

    Spinal cord infarction is rare and represents a diagnostic challenge for many physicians. There are few reported cases worldwide with a prevalence of 1.2% of all strokes. Circulation to the spinal cord is supplied by a rich anastomosis. The anterior spinal artery supplies the anterior two thirds of the spinal cord and infarction to this area is marked by paralysis, spinothalamic sensory deficit and loss of sphincter control depending on where the lesion is. Treatment of spinal cord infarction focuses on rehabilitation with diverse outcomes. This report presents a case of acute spinal cord infarction with acquisition of MRI to aid diagnosis.

  17. Quality of life and neurobehavioral changes in survivors of malignant middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    Benejam, Bessy; Sahuquillo, Juan; Poca, Maria Antonia; Frascheri, Laura; Solana, Elisabeth; Delgado, Pilar; Junqué, Carme

    2009-07-01

    Malignant middle cerebral artery (MMCA) infarction is associated with a mortality rate of 80% under conservative treatment. Decompressive hemicraniectomy (DH) reduces mortality and improves the functional outcome of surviving patients. The purpose of this study was to examine quality of life (QoL) and neurobehavioral deficits in patients with space-occupying infarctions of the right- or left-sided hemisphere at 6 months after stroke. The Sickness Impact Profile (SIP) was used to assess QoL in 19 out of 29 consecutive patients that underwent DH after a malignant MCA infarction (14 on the right and 5 on the left hemisphere). Behavioral changes were evaluated with the Frontal Behavioral Inventory and the Beck Depression Inventory. Patients and relatives were also asked if, knowing the present outcome, they would agree again, in retrospect, to a DH. Barthel Index >60 was seen in 37% of our patients. Functional outcome was related to age. We found a higher reduction in the SIP's physical domain than in the psychosocial domain. Depressive symptoms were present in 50% of the patients. We didn't find significant differences in QoL or functional outcome between patients with right or left-sided infarctions. The most frequent neurobehavioral symptoms were decreased speech output, apathy, reduced spontaneity and irritability. Most patients and their relatives would again give consent to hemicraniectomy. The results show that younger patients had a significantly better outcome. QoL seems to be acceptable in both left- and right-sided infarctions, and retrospective agreement to hemicraniectomy is high in both patients and their relatives.

  18. Cerebral air embolism caused by a bronchogenic cyst.

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    Jung, Simon; Wiest, Roland; Frigerio, Susanna; Mattle, Heinrich P; Hess, Christian W

    2010-06-01

    An unusual case is presented of a tourist who developed fatal cerebral air embolism, pneumomediastinum and pneumopericardium while ascending from low altitude to Europe's highest railway station. Presumably the air embolism originated from rupture of the unsuspected bronchogenic cyst as a result of pressure changes during the ascent. Cerebral air embolism has been observed during surgery, in scuba diving accidents, submarine escapes and less frequently during exposure to very high altitude. People with known bronchogenic cysts should be informed about the risk of cerebral air embolism and surgical removal should be considered. Cerebral air embolism is a rare cause of coma and stroke in all activities with rapid air pressure changes, including alpine tourism, as our unfortunate tourist illustrates.

  19. Post-stenotic Recirculating Flow May Cause Hemodynamic Perforator Infarction

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    Kim, Bum Joon; Ha, Hojin; Huh, Hyung Kyu; Kim, Guk Bae; Kim, Jong S.; Kim, Namkug; Lee, Sang-Joon; Kang, Dong-Wha; Kwon, Sun U.

    2016-01-01

    Background and Purpose The primary mechanism underlying paramedian pontine infarction (PPI) is atheroma obliterating the perforators. Here, we encountered a patient with PPI in the post-stenotic area of basilar artery (BA) without a plaque, shown by high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HR-MRI). We performed an experiment using a 3D-printed BA model and a particle image velocimetry (PIV) to explore the hemodynamic property of the post-stenotic area and the mechanism of PPI. Methods 3D-model of a BA stenosis was reconstructed with silicone compound using a 3D-printer based on the source image of HR-MRI. Working fluid seeded with fluorescence particles was used and the velocity of those particles was measured horizontally and vertically. Furthermore, microtubules were inserted into the posterior aspect of the model to measure the flow rates of perforators (pre-and post-stenotic areas). The flow rates were compared between the microtubules. Results A recirculating flow was observed from the post-stenotic area in both directions forming a spiral shape. The velocity of the flow in these regions of recirculation was about one-tenth that of the flow in other regions. The location of recirculating flow well corresponded with the area with low-signal intensity at the time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography and the location of PPI. Finally, the flow rate through the microtubule inserted into the post-stenotic area was significantly decreased comparing to others (P<0.001). Conclusions Perforator infarction may be caused by a hemodynamic mechanism altered by stenosis that induces a recirculation flow. 3D-printed modeling and PIV are helpful understanding the hemodynamics of intracranial stenosis. PMID:26687122

  20. Total palliative care for a patient with multiple cerebral infarctions that occurred repeatedly in association with gastric cancer (Trousseau's syndrome).

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    Ukai, Katsuyuki; Okajima, Akiko; Yamauchi, Aya; Sasaki, Eiji; Yamaguchi, Yohsuke; Kimura, Hiroyuki; Aleksic, Branko; Ozaki, Norio

    2013-04-01

    Malignancy-related thromboembolism, also referred to as Trousseau's syndrome, can present as acute cerebral infarction, nonbacterial thrombotic endocarditis (NBTE), and migratory thrombophlebitis. Therefore, many physical, neurological, and psychological symptoms associated with Trousseau's syndrome may occur in the clinical course. To illustrate this, we report a case of a male patient in his 50s with carcinomatous peritonitis caused by gastric cancer, with multiple cerebral infractions that developed during disease progression. The patient was admitted to our hospital for the treatment of side effects of chemotherapy, although he strongly hoped to go home as soon as possible. In addition to making social supports plans, we were required to perform intensive total palliative care, because of his physical pain, general fatigue, anorexia, abdominal and neck pain, and psychological issues (insomnia, delirium, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-mutilation, panic attacks, agoraphobia, fear of death, and feelings of hopelessness). To the best of our knowledge, based on the literature search, this is the first reported case of Trousseau's syndrome described in the context of total palliative care, especially psychological care. We propose that neurological symptoms of Trousseau's syndrome cause these extensive mental disorders. Furthermore, because of the prognosis of Trousseau's syndrome, we should utilize our expertise fulfill the patient's wishes.

  1. Transcortical mixed aphasia due to cerebral infarction in left inferior frontal lobe and temporo-parietal lobe.

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    Maeshima, S; Toshiro, H; Sekiguchi, E; Okita, R; Yamaga, H; Ozaki, F; Moriwaki, H; Matsumoto, T; Ueyoshi, A; Roger, P

    2002-02-01

    We present a case of transcortical mixed aphasia caused by a cerebral embolism. A 77-year-old right-handed man was admitted to our hospital with speech disturbance and a right hemianopia. His spontaneous speech was remarkably reduced, and object naming, word fluency, comprehension, reading and writing were all severely disturbed. However, repetition of phonemes and sentences and reading aloud were fully preserved. Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed cerebral infarcts in the left frontal and parieto-occipital lobe which included the inferior frontal gyrus and angular gyrus, single photon emission CT revealed a wider area of low perfusion over the entire left hemisphere except for part of the left perisylvian language areas. The amytal (Wada) test, which was performed via the left internal carotid artery, revealed that the left hemisphere was dominant for language. Hence, it appears that transcortical mixed aphasia may be caused by the isolation of perisylvian speech areas, even if there is a lesion in the inferior frontal gyrus, due to disconnection from surrounding areas.

  2. K-134, a Phosphodiesterase 3 Inhibitor, Prevents Brain Damage by Inhibiting Thrombus Formation in a Rat Cerebral Infarction Model

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    Yoshida, Hideo; Ashikawa, Yuka; Itoh, Shinsuke; Nakagawa, Takashi; Asanuma, Akimune; Tanabe, Sohei; Inoue, Yoshihiro; Hidaka, Hiroyoshi

    2012-01-01

    Background K-134 is a more potent antiplatelet drug with a selective inhibitory effect on phosphodiesterase 3 (PDE3) compared with its analogue, cilostazol. Objectives This study was performed to compare the ameliorating effects of K-134 and cilostazol on brain damage in an experimental photothrombotic cerebral infarction model. Methods and Results We investigated the effects of oral preadministration of PDE3 inhibitors in a rat stroke model established by photothrombotic middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion. K-134 significantly prolonged MCA occlusion time at doses >10 mg/kg, and reduced cerebral infarct size at 30 mg/kg in the stroke model (n = 12, 87.5±5.6 vs. 126.8±7.5 mm3, P<0.01), indicating its potent antithrombotic effect. On the other hand, the effects of cilostazol on MCA occlusion time and cerebral infarct size are relatively weak even at the high dosage of 300 mg/kg. Furthermore, K-134 blocked rat platelet aggregation more potently than cilostazol in vitro. Also in an arteriovenous shunt thrombosis model, K-134 showed an antithrombotic effect greater than cilostazol. Conclusions These findings suggest that K-134, which has strong antithrombotic activity, is a promising drug for prevention of cerebral infarction associated with platelet hyperaggregability. PMID:23110051

  3. K-134, a phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor, prevents brain damage by inhibiting thrombus formation in a rat cerebral infarction model.

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    Yoshida, Hideo; Ashikawa, Yuka; Itoh, Shinsuke; Nakagawa, Takashi; Asanuma, Akimune; Tanabe, Sohei; Inoue, Yoshihiro; Hidaka, Hiroyoshi

    2012-01-01

    K-134 is a more potent antiplatelet drug with a selective inhibitory effect on phosphodiesterase 3 (PDE3) compared with its analogue, cilostazol. This study was performed to compare the ameliorating effects of K-134 and cilostazol on brain damage in an experimental photothrombotic cerebral infarction model. We investigated the effects of oral preadministration of PDE3 inhibitors in a rat stroke model established by photothrombotic middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion. K-134 significantly prolonged MCA occlusion time at doses >10 mg/kg, and reduced cerebral infarct size at 30 mg/kg in the stroke model (n = 12, 87.5±5.6 vs. 126.8±7.5 mm(3), P<0.01), indicating its potent antithrombotic effect. On the other hand, the effects of cilostazol on MCA occlusion time and cerebral infarct size are relatively weak even at the high dosage of 300 mg/kg. Furthermore, K-134 blocked rat platelet aggregation more potently than cilostazol in vitro. Also in an arteriovenous shunt thrombosis model, K-134 showed an antithrombotic effect greater than cilostazol. These findings suggest that K-134, which has strong antithrombotic activity, is a promising drug for prevention of cerebral infarction associated with platelet hyperaggregability.

  4. [Emergency Bypass Surgery for Progressive Cerebral Infarction Following Hemorrhagic Onset of Moyamoya Disease:A Case Report].

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    Hatakeyama, Junya; Yanagisawa, Toshiharu; Kudo, Erina; Togashi, Shuntaro; Shimizu, Hiroaki

    2016-10-01

    Progressive cerebral infarction in patients with hemorrhagic onset of moyamoya disease is rare, and a treatment strategy is not well established. Here, we report a case that was successfully treated with emergency bypass surgery. A 58-year-old woman presented with a sudden disturbance of consciousness and right-sided hemiparesis. Computed tomography(CT)showed intraventricular hemorrhage involving the head of the left caudate nucleus. Ventricular drainage was immediately performed, and the patient was treated conservatively. Magnetic resonance(MR)angiography revealed bilateral stenosis of the supraclinoid internal carotid artery(ICA), and arterial spin labeling(ASL)showed low signal intensity in the left cerebral hemisphere. The patient was diagnosed with hemorrhagic onset of moyamoya disease with cerebral infarction. Her neurological symptoms worsened on the 7th day after ictus despite medical treatment. MR imaging showed a new infarction in the left insular cortex. Based on the diagnosis of progressive stroke, emergency anastomoses between the superficial temporal artery and the middle and anterior cerebral arteries, along with encephalo-duro-myo-synangiosis, were performed. Her symptoms gradually improved following surgery, and 1 month later, she was able to regain independent function. Emergency bypass surgery may be the treatment of choice for patients with hemorrhagic onset of moyamoya disease presenting with progressive cerebral infarction, despite conservative treatments.

  5. The Kringle-2 domain of tissue plasminogen activator significantly reduces mortality and brain infarction in middle cerebral artery occlusion rats.

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    Zhang, Haitao; Bi, Feng; Xiao, Chunlan; Liu, Jianxia; Wang, Zhixia; Liu, Jian-Ning; Zhang, Jing

    2010-08-01

    Tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) showed brain-protective activity within the first 15 min after cerebral ischemia in rats. To understand its molecular mechanism, TPA derivates were intracerebroventricularly administered at 15 min before, and 15, 90, 120 min after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in rats. The reduction in mortality and cerebral infarction at 24 h was seen only with TPA administered at 15 min after MCAO. The down-regulation of endogenous TPA by the intracerebroventricular injection of TPA was found to be responsible for the protective effect on the integrity of blood-brain barrier after MCAO, as well as for the reduction in mortality and cerebral infarction. Moreover, for the first time we have found that the Kringle-2 domain is essential for the brain-protective activity of TPA.

  6. [A case of alexia with agraphia caused by the re-infarct in left lateral occipital gyrus].

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    Kuriyama, Nagato; Suzuki, Norio; Matsuda, Minoru

    2006-07-01

    The angular gyrus has been proposed as the key area of reading and writing function. In recent PET (positron emission topography) activation studies, role of angular gyrus in the reading and writing has been reestimated. Whether the angular gyrus is necessary for reading and writing or not is now under discussion and should be clinically revised. We experienced a case that presented classical alexia with agraphia of kana (Japanese syllabogram) caused by the re-infarct in left lateral occipital gyrus. This case showed the alexia with agraphia more apparent in Japanese kana than in kanji characters. Interestingly, no higher cortical dysfunction was revealed at the first cerebral infarction in left angular gyrus which was assumed as the key area for alexia with agraphia. This case supported the opinion which pointed out the importance of left occipital gyrus on Japanese kana reading.

  7. Ginsenoside Rg1 nanoparticle penetrating the blood-brain barrier to improve the cerebral function of diabetic rats complicated with cerebral infarction.

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    Shen, Junyi; Zhao, Zhiming; Shang, Wei; Liu, Chunli; Zhang, Beibei; Zhao, Lingjie; Cai, Hui

    2017-01-01

    Diabetic cerebral infarction is with poorer prognosis and high rates of mortality. Ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) has a wide variety of therapeutic values for central nervous system (CNS) diseases for the neuron protective effects. However, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) restricts Rg1 in reaching the CNS. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of Rg1 nanoparticle (PHRO, fabricated with γ-PGA, L-PAE (H), Rg1, and OX26 antibody), targeting transferrin receptor, on the diabetes rats complicated with diabetic cerebral infarction in vitro and in vivo. Dynamic light scattering analysis shows the average particle size of PHRO was 79±18 nm and the polydispersity index =0.18. The transmission electron microscope images showed that all NPs were spherical in shape with diameters of 89±23 nm. PHRO released Rg1 with sustained release manner and could promote the migration of cerebrovascular endothelial cells and tube formation and even penetrated the BBB in vitro. PHRO could penetrate the BBB with high concentration in brain tissue to reduce the cerebral infarction volume and promote neuronal recovery in vivo. PHRO was promising to be a clinical treatment of diabetes mellitus with cerebral infarction.

  8. Silent brain infarcts: a cause of depression in the elderly?

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    Saavedra Perez, Heidi C; Direk, Nese; Hofman, Albert; Vernooij, Meike W; Tiemeier, Henning; Ikram, Mohammad Arfan

    2013-02-28

    The present study included 1047 elderly participants. At baseline, brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed to detect infarcts and white matter lesions; further, depressive disorders were assessed. Participants were followed up during 3.6 years to determine incident and recurrent depression. We found an increased risk of recurrent depression associated with silent brain infarcts.

  9. Clinical characteristics of silent myocardial ischemia diagnosed with adenosine stress 99mTc-tetrofosmin myocardial scintigraphy in Japanese patients with acute cerebral infarction.

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    Nomura, Tetsuya; Kusaba, Tetsuro; Kodama, Naotoshi; Terada, Kensuke; Urakabe, Yota; Nishikawa, Susumu; Keira, Natsuya; Matsubara, Hiroaki; Tatsumi, Tetsuya

    2013-01-01

    It is well known that silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) often complicates patients with cerebral infarction and that stroke patients often die of ischemic heart disease. Therefore, it is considered important to treat myocardial ischemia in stroke patients. This study investigated SMI complicating Japanese patients with fresh stroke, using (99m)Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial scintigraphy with pharmacologic stress testing to elucidate their clinical manifestations. This study included 41 patients (26 men, mean age 76.0 ± 10.7 years) with acute cerebral infarction and no history of coronary artery disease. All patients underwent (99m)Tc-tetrofosmin myocardial scintigraphy with intravenous administration of adenosine to diagnose SMI. Of the 41 patients, myocardial ischemia was confirmed in 17 patients (41.5%). Atherosclerotic etiology was the major cause of stroke in the ischemia(+) group and embolic origin was the major cause in the ischemia(-) group. Patients with myocardial ischemia had a higher incidence of diabetes mellitus (52.9 vs 20.8%; P = 0.0323) and more than two conventional cardiovascular risk factors (64.7 vs 25.0%; P = 0.0110) compared with the nonischemic patients. Infarction subtype of atherosclerotic origin was an independent positive predictor of asymptomatic myocardial ischemia in patients with stroke. These findings indicate that the prevalence of asymptomatic myocardial ischemia is relatively high, especially in patients with stroke of atherosclerotic origin. Therefore, it is beneficial for us to narrow the target population who are at the highest risk when screening for SMI in Japanese patients with acute cerebral infarction.

  10. Functional recovery and social outcome after cerebral infarction in young adults.

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    Neau, J P; Ingrand, P; Mouille-Brachet, C; Rosier, M P; Couderq, C; Alvarez, A; Gil, R

    1998-01-01

    This study was designed to assess the return to work, the poststroke depression and the quality of life after a cerebral infarction in young adults and was conducted on 71 consecutive young patients (aged 15-45 years) affected by a cerebral infarct who were hospitalized for the first time and discharged at least 1 year before the study. Data about risk factors, etiology, side and territory of stroke, social characteristics of the patient (age, sex, profession, educational level, family situation), poststroke seizures, recurrent stroke, other vascular events, and deaths were collected. Neurological deficits were graded with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale. Poststroke depression (PSD) was quantified using the DSM-IIIR criteria and the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale. Outcomes were rated with the Ranking Scale, the Barthel Index and the Glasgow Outcome Scale. Quality of life was assessed with the Sickness Impact Profile. Follow-up information was obtained by interview and neurological examination. Follow-up information was obtained in 65 patients at a mean of 31.7 +/- 13.0 (range 12-59) months, as 2 patients died and 4 were lost to follow-up and were thus excluded from this study. Poststroke seizures occurred in 7 patients (10.8%) and recurrent strokes in 4 patients (6.2%), but none were fatal. The outcome after stroke among survivors was usually good, since more than two-thirds of the patients (69.8%) reported no problem, 11.1% moderate handicap and one-fifth major handicap. Forty-six patients (73%) returned to work: the time period ranging from several days after stroke to 40 months, with a mean of 8 months. However, adjustments in their occupation were necessary for 12 patients (26.1%). PSD was common, since 48.31% of the patients were classified as depressed. PSD was associated with the localization of the infarct (carotid territory), a severe disability, a bad general outcome, and an absence of return to work. Their opinion about

  11. Effect of acupuncture therapy for postponing Wallerian degeneration of cerebral infarction as shown by diffusion tensor imaging.

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    Shen, Yunxia; Li, Ming; Wei, Ruipeng; Lou, Mingwu

    2012-12-01

    One aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture on cerebral function of patients with acute cerebral infarction. Another goal was to evaluate the relationship between acupuncture treatment and motor recovery patients with stroke and to provide a foundation for using acupuncture therapy for such patients. Twenty (20) patients with recent cerebral infarction were divided randomly to an acupuncture group and a control group. The infarction area in each patient was in the basal ganglia or included the basal ganglia with an area size of > 1 cm(2). Serial diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR), and T2-weighted imaging (T(2)WI) scans were performed on all patients and the results were evaluated using the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale and the Barthel Index each week. DTI images were postprocessed and analyzed. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and fractional anisotropy (FA) values of abnormal signals on DTI in the infarction areas and cerebral peduncles were calculated for both groups and compared with one another. (1) The ADC value of infarction lesions decreased at stroke onset; then, a significant elevation was observed after the acute stage, and a significant reduction in FA values was observed from stroke onset to the chronic stage. (2) The ADC of the bilateral cerebral peduncle was reduced on the infarction side. (3) There was a significant difference in ADC and FA values between the acupuncture and control groups. The FA value was higher in the acupuncture group than the control group. ADC and FA values might correlate to patient recovery and reveal the progress of secondary degeneration. Acupuncture treatment is effective for protecting neurons and facilitating recovery.

  12. [Diagnosis and secondary prevention measures in patients hospitalized for cerebral infarction in Spain. The DIAPRESIC study].

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    Gil-Núñez, Antonio; Vivancos, José; Gabriel, Rafael

    2008-12-06

    Data on implementation of stroke guidelines are scarce in Spain. We assessed the quality of diagnosis and prevention measures at discharge in patients admitted to hospital for acute cerebral infarction (ACI) in Spain. Independent audit of clinical records on 1,448 consecutive patients admitted to Spanish hospitals for an ACI, performed in a stratified-random sample of 30 public Spanish hospitals. The number of records evaluated per hospital was adjusted by hospital size. Information collected included demographic variables, cerebrovascular risk factors (CRF), family and personal history of cerebrovascular disease, prior cognitive impairment, subtype of infarction, use of functional and cognitive scales, supplementary investigations performed during hospital stay, recommendations, and treatments prescribed at discharge. No information about the ACI etiology was found in 46% of the clinical records. Information on prior vascular diseases was recorded in 69%. Information about pre-existing cognitive impairment was found only in 27%. The use of neurological scales was reported in only 21.1% of the cases. CRF information was observed in 99.2% of the cases. Antihypertensives and antidiabetic treatment were prescribed in 73.2% and 70% of hypertensives and diabetic patients, respectively. Lipid lowering drugs were prescribed in 57.3% of dislipemic patients. Antithrombotic treatment was prescribed in 82% of patients (antiplatelets 77.5%, oral anticoagulants 18.4%, combined therapy 4.1%). Information regarding CRF therapeutic goal attainments was scarcely registered. There is an inadequate adherence to guideline recommendations for the diagnosis and prevention of ACI in Spain. Particularly, the information included in the history regarding cerebrovascular disease, cognitive evaluation, characterization of cerebral infarction, and treatment and control of CRF should be improved.

  13. Impairment and recovery of ipsilateral sensory-motor function following unilateral cerebral infarction.

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    Jones, R D; Donaldson, I M; Parkin, P J

    1989-02-01

    After unilateral cerebral hemisphere stroke, resulting in contralateral arm symptoms but largely sparing higher cerebral function, ipsilateral arm function is generally considered to be unaffected. In this study, 8 subjects with acute unilateral cerebral infarction (confirmed by CT scan) and primarily motor deficits underwent 11 computerized and 6 clinical assessments between 11 days and 12 months poststroke, and were compared with 12 normal subjects. Computerized tests comprised 3 pursuit tracking tasks (preview-random, step and a combination of these), designed to measure different aspects of integrated sensory-motor (S-M) function, and 12 tasks aimed at breaking tracking into various sensory, perceptual and motor components (joint movement sense, visual resolution, object perception, static and dynamic visuospatial perception, range of movement, grip and arm strength, reaction time, speed, static and dynamic steadiness). The asymptomatic arm was impaired on all but one of the computerized tests throughout the 12-month period, although to a lesser degree than the symptomatic arm. Grip strength was marginally impaired initially. Incomplete neurological recovery was seen in the asymptomatic arm for all functions except strength, speed and steadiness, possibly indicating their resistance to improvement. Clinical assessment detected no asymptomatic arm impairment and only a mild transient deficit of higher mental function. Our data suggest that (1) all cerebral hemisphere areas involved in S-M functions can exert some degree of bilateral motor control; (2) ipsilateral influence is never greater than contralateral influence, and is usually considerably less; and (3) the proportion of ipsilateral to contralateral control is closely related to the degree of continuous sensory feedback required by the particular task. The mechanism and degree of ipsilateral dysfunction can be explained by a 3-tier cerebral model of S-M integration comprising a lower level of functions

  14. Deep Cerebral Microbleeds and Renal Dysfunction in Patients with Acute Lacunar Infarcts.

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    Saji, Naoki; Kimura, Kazumi; Yagita, Yoshiki; Uemura, Junichi; Aoki, Junya; Sato, Takahiro; Sakurai, Takashi

    2015-11-01

    Cerebral small-vessel disease (SVD) is associated with renal dysfunction such as chronic kidney disease. Although cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are common in patients with acute lacunar infarcts (ALI), the association between renal dysfunction and CMBs in such patients remains unclear. Between April 2007 and March 2013, we evaluated consecutive first-ever ALI patients, who were admitted to our hospital within 24 hours of stroke onset. CMBs were defined as focal areas of signal loss in brain parenchyma less than 5 mm on T2(∗)-weighted gradient-echo imaging. Renal dysfunction was defined as an estimated glomerular filtration rate less than 60 mL/minute/1.73 m(2) on admission. Correlations between renal dysfunction and the presence (model 1) and location of CMBs (model 2; any deep or infratentorial CMBs) were determined by multivariable logistic regression analyses. Among 152 patients (33.6% men; mean age, 67.6 years), 53 had CMBs. Patients with CMBs were older (69.9 versus 66.3 years, P = .03) and had a higher frequency of white matter hyperintensity (WMH; 62.3% versus 25.3%, P < .001), silent lacunar infarcts (SLI; 75.5% versus 43.3%, P < .001), and renal dysfunction (41.5% versus 22.2%, P = .015) than those without CMBs. On multivariable analyses, renal dysfunction (odds ratio, 95% confidence interval; model 1: 2.38, 1.02-5.66; model 2: 2.78, 1.16-6.81), WMH (3.87, 1.76-8.80; 3.72, 1.64-8.71), SLI (3.85, 1.71-9.14; 4.20, 1.77-10.8), and diabetes mellitus (.26, .09-.63; .24, .08-.63) were independently associated with CMBs. In patients with ALI, renal dysfunction was positively associated with CMBs independent of cerebral SVD. Copyright © 2015 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Inadvertent Occlusion of the Anterior Choroidal Artery Explains Infarct Variability in the Middle Cerebral Artery Thread Occlusion Stroke Model

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    McLeod, Damian D.; Beard, Daniel J.; Parsons, Mark W.; Levi, Christopher R.; Calford, Mike B.; Spratt, Neil J.

    2013-01-01

    Intraluminal occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCAo) in rodents is perhaps the most widely used model of stroke, however variability of infarct volume and the ramifications of this on sample sizes remains a problem, particularly for preclinical testing of potential therapeutics. Our data and that of others, has shown a dichotomous distribution of infarct volumes for which there had previously been no clear explanation. When studying perfusion computed tomography cerebral blood volume (CBV) maps obtained during intraluminal MCAo in rats, we observed inadvertent occlusion of the anterior choroidal artery (AChAo) in a subset of animals. We hypothesized that the combined occlusion of the MCA and AChA may be a predictor of larger infarct volume following stroke. Thus, we aimed to determine the correlation between AChAo and final infarct volume in rats with either temporary or permanent MCA occlusion (1 h, 2 h, or permanent MCAo). Outbred Wistar rats (n = 28) were imaged prior to and immediately following temporary or permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion. Presence of AChAo on CBV maps was shown to be a strong independent predictor of 24 h infarct volume (β = 0.732, p <0.001). This provides an explanation for the previously observed dichotomous distribution of infarct volumes. Interestingly, cortical infarct volumes were also larger in rats with AChAo, although the artery does not supply cortex. This suggests an important role for perfusion of the MCA territory beyond the proximal occlusion through AChA-MCA anastomotic collateral vessels in animals with a patent AChAo. Identification of combined MCAo and AChAo will allow other investigators to tailor their stroke model to reduce variability in infarct volumes, improve statistical power and reduce sample sizes in preclinical stroke research. PMID:24069448

  16. Renal infarction caused by paradoxical embolism through a patent foramen ovale

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    Jeong, Hyemin; Woo Lee, Hyun; Young Joung, Ji; Young Cho, Yoon; Je, Dongmo; Huh, Kyungmin; Ryoun Jang, Hye; Huh, Wooseong

    2012-01-01

    A 48-year-old man presented with acute right flank pain. A computed tomography scan revealed right renal infarction. Because he had no thrombosis in the renal vessels and no clear embolic source, a further examination was performed to find the cause of the renal infarction. On transesophageal echocardiography, a right-to-left shunt during the Valsalva maneuver established a diagnosis of patent foramen ovale. This is a case of paradoxical embolism through a PFO leading to renal infarction. PMID:26889422

  17. Amelioration of cerebral infarction and improvement of neurological deficit by a Korean herbal medicine, modified Bo-Yang-Hwan-O-Tang.

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    Choi, Yookeum; Kim, Seul-Ki; Choi, In-Young; Ju, Chung; Nam, Kung-Woo; Hwang, Sunyoung; Kim, Byung-Woo; Yoon, Min Ji; Won, Moo-Ho; Park, Yong-Ki; Kim, Won-Ki

    2011-05-01

    Modified Bo-Yang-Hwan-O-Tang (mBHT) is an improved herbal formula of BHT, which has been widely used to treat ischaemic stroke in East Asia, by the addition of five herbs having anti-ischaemic properties. In this study, we investigated whether mBHT would reduce cerebral ischaemic injury in rats. Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to a 90-min middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) and subsequent 22-h reperfusion. mBHT was administered either intraperitoneally twice 15 min before and 15 min after, or orally once 30 min or 120 min after the onset of MCAO (50 or 200 mg/kg each). Intraperitoneal administration of mBHT markedly reduced the cerebral infarct size and neurological deficit caused by MCAO/reperfusion. mBHT treatment also significantly improved long-term survival rate after cerebral ischaemic injury. Oral administration of mBHT 30 min after ischaemia also markedly reduced the infarct size after cerebral ischaemia. The anti-ischaemic effect of mBHT was significantly, but not fully, reduced when mBHT-induced hypothermia was abolished. In cultured cortical neurons, we further found that mBHT decreased oxygen-glucose deprivation/re-oxygenation-evoked neuronal injury by inhibiting production of reactive oxygen species, decrease in mitochondrial transmembrane potential, and activation of caspase-3. However, mBHT did not inhibit N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-mediated excitotoxicity. Taken together, our data suggest that mBHT has multiple anti-ischaemic properties and would be a good therapeutic herbal prescription for the treatment of cerebral ischaemic stroke. © 2011 The Authors. JPP © 2011 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  18. An unusual cause of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)

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    Monem, Mohammed; Rampat, Rajiv

    2014-01-01

    A 67-year-old Caucasian woman presented to clinic with a 2-month history of worsening shortness of breath on exertion and a single episode of chest pain 1 week before. Her ECG in clinic showed ST elevation inferiorly and she was admitted from clinic for further investigations as inpatient. She was initiated on the acute coronary syndrome protocol and underwent emergency left heart catheterisation on the day of admission. The coronary angiogram revealed large aneurysmal dilations in the right coronary artery and left main stem. A ventriculogram showed poor left ventricular (LV) systolic function in line with subsequent transthoracic echocardiogram, which revealed her to have an left ventricular ejection-fraction (LVEF) of approximately 20%. It was agreed with the cardiothoracic surgeons to treat the aneurysms non-operatively and start low-molecular weight heparin. Furthermore the underlying biventricular impairment was treated with ACE-inhibitors, β-blockers and diuretic therapy (loop and potassium-sparing). The strategy was to prevent further thrombus formation with the aneurysmal vessels and to achieve this the patient was initiated on lifelong warfarin. Other medical risk factors were optimised and patient started on statin medication. The aneurysm was monitored with serial CTs with a view to reconsider surgical intervention if any evidence of dilation. This case highlights an unusual cause of ST elevation myocardial infarction. PMID:25246457

  19. Cerebral infarction in diabetes: Clinical pattern, stroke subtypes, and predictors of in-hospital mortality

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    Arboix, Adrià; Rivas, Antoni; García-Eroles, Luis; de Marcos, Lourdes; Massons, Joan; Oliveres, Montserrat

    2005-01-01

    Background To compare the characteristics and prognostic features of ischemic stroke in patients with diabetes and without diabetes, and to determine the independent predictors of in-hospital mortality in people with diabetes and ischemic stroke. Methods Diabetes was diagnosed in 393 (21.3%) of 1,840 consecutive patients with cerebral infarction included in a prospective stroke registry over a 12-year period. Demographic characteristics, cardiovascular risk factors, clinical events, stroke subtypes, neuroimaging data, and outcome in ischemic stroke patients with and without diabetes were compared. Predictors of in-hospital mortality in diabetic patients with ischemic stroke were assessed by multivariate analysis. Results People with diabetes compared to people without diabetes presented more frequently atherothrombotic stroke (41.2% vs 27%) and lacunar infarction (35.1% vs 23.9%) (P < 0.01). The in-hospital mortality in ischemic stroke patients with diabetes was 12.5% and 14.6% in those without (P = NS). Ischemic heart disease, hyperlipidemia, subacute onset, 85 years old or more, atherothrombotic and lacunar infarcts, and thalamic topography were independently associated with ischemic stroke in patients with diabetes, whereas predictors of in-hospital mortality included the patient's age, decreased consciousness, chronic nephropathy, congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation Conclusion Ischemic stroke in people with diabetes showed a different clinical pattern from those without diabetes, with atherothrombotic stroke and lacunar infarcts being more frequent. Clinical factors indicative of the severity of ischemic stroke available at onset have a predominant influence upon in-hospital mortality and may help clinicians to assess prognosis more accurately. PMID:15833108

  20. Decompressive craniectomy for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction: Impact on mortality and functional outcome

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    Raffiq, Mohammad Azman Mohammed; Haspani, Mohammed Saffari Mohammad; Kandasamy, Regunath; Abdullah, Jafri Malin

    2014-01-01

    Background: Malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction is a devastating clinical entity affecting about 10% of stroke patients. Decompressive craniectomy has been found to reduce mortality rates and improve outcome in patients. Methods: A retrospective case review study was conducted to compare patients treated with medical therapy and decompressive surgery for malignant MCA infarction in Hospital Kuala Lumpur over a period of 5 years (from January 2007 to December 2012). A total of 125 patients were included in this study; 90 (72%) patients were treated with surgery, while 35 (28%) patients were treated with medical therapy. Outcome was assessed in terms of mortality rate at 30 days, Glasgow Outcome Score (GOS) on discharge, and modified Rankin scale (mRS) at 3 and 6 months. Results: Decompressive craniectomy resulted in a significant reduction in mortality rate at 30 days (P < 0.05) and favorable GOS outcome at discharge (P < 0.05). Good functional outcome based on mRS was seen in 48.9% of patients at 3 months and in 64.4% of patients at 6 months (P < 0.05). Factors associated with good outcome include infarct volume of less than 250 ml, midline shift of less than 10 mm, absence of additional vascular territory involvement, good preoperative Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score, and early surgical intervention (within 24 h) (P < 0.05). Age and dominant hemisphere infarction had no significant association with functional outcome. Conclusion: Decompressive craniectomy achieves good functional outcome in, young patients with good preoperative GCS score and favorable radiological findings treated with surgery within 24 h of ictus. PMID:25101197

  1. D-dimer levels and cerebral infarction in critically ill cancer patients.

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    Ryu, Jeong-Am; Bang, Oh Young; Lee, Geun-Ho

    2017-08-30

    D-dimer levels have been used in the diagnosis of a variety of thrombosis-related diseases. In this study, we evaluated whether measuring D-dimer levels can help to diagnose cerebral infarction (CI) in critically ill cancer patients. We retrospectively evaluated all cancer patients who underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) between March 2010 and February 2014 at the medical oncology intensive care unit (ICU) of Samsung Medical Center. Brain MRI scanning was performed when CI was suspected due to acute neurological deficits. We compared D-dimer levels between patients ultimately diagnosed as having or not having CI and analyzed diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) lesion patterns. A total of 88 patients underwent brain MRI scanning due to clinical suspicion of CI; altered mental status and unilateral hemiparesis were the most common neurological deficits. CI was ultimately diagnosed in 43 (49%) patients. According to the DWI patterns, multiple arterial infarctions (40%) were more common than single arterial infarctions (9%). Cryptogenic stroke etiologies were more common (63%) than determined etiologies. There was no significant difference in D-dimer levels between patients with and without CI (P = 0.319). Although D-dimer levels were not helpful in diagnosing CI, D-dimer levels were associated with cryptogenic etiologies in critically ill cancer patients; D-dimer levels were higher in the cryptogenic etiology group than in the determined etiology group or the non-infarction group (P = 0.001). In multivariate analysis, elevated D-dimer levels (> 8.89 μg/mL) were only associated with cryptogenic stroke (adjusted OR 5.46; 95% confidence interval, 1.876-15.857). Abnormal D-dimer levels may support the diagnosis of cryptogenic stroke in critically ill cancer patients.

  2. Causes and Interventions in the Area of Cerebral Palsy.

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    Griffin, Harold C.; Fitch, Christine L.; Griffin, Linda W.

    2002-01-01

    Possible prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal causes of cerebral palsy are explored and a causal pathway theory is presented that provide a methodology to study the impact of the various causal factors. The role of an interdisciplinary team in assessment and program development is discussed and prevention strategies are presented. (Contains…

  3. Cerebral Aspergillosis Caused by Neosartorya hiratsukae, Brazil

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    Kallas, Esper G.; Godoy, Patricio; Karenina, Anna; Gené, Josepa; Stchigel, Alberto; Colombo, Arnaldo Lopes

    2002-01-01

    We report the first case of infection by Neosartorya hiratsukae, an ascomycete in which the conidial state resembles Aspergillus fumigatus. The fungus caused a brain infection in a Brazilian woman, who died despite itraconazole treatment. Diagnosis was established by direct microscopic examination, computed tomographic scan, and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, and repeated cultures from the lesions. The in vitro antifungal susceptibility of the isolate is provided. PMID:12194781

  4. Comparative functional MRI study to assess brain activation upon active and passive finger movements in patients with cerebral infarction.

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    Fu, Yue; Zhang, Quan; Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Yun Ting

    2015-01-01

    To compare the effects of active and passive movements on brain activation in patients with cerebral infarction using fMRI. Twenty-four hemiplegic patients with cerebral infarction were evaluated using fMRI. All patients performed active and passive finger opposition movements. Patients were instructed to perform the finger opposition movement for the active movement task. For the passive movement task, the subject's fingers were moved by the examiner to perform the finger opposition movement. Statistical parametric mapping software was used for statistical analyses and to process all data. In the affected hemisphere, sensorimotor cortex (SMC) activation intensity and range were significantly stronger during the passive movement of the affected fingers compared to the active movement of the affected fingers (p < 0.05). However, there were no significant differences between active and passive movements of unaffected fingers in SMC activation intensity and range in the unaffected hemisphere (p > 0.05). In addition, the passive movement activated many other regions of the brain. The brain regions activated by passive movements of the affected fingers tended to center toward the contralateral SMC. Our findings suggest that passive movements induce cortical reorganization in patients with cerebral infarction. Therefore, passive movement is likely beneficial for motor function recovery in patients with cerebral infarction.

  5. Therapeutic effect of nerve growth factor on cerebral infarction in dogs using the hemisphere anomalous volume ratio of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Wang, Yong; Zhang, Hui; Wang, Zhe; Geng, Zuojun; Liu, Huaijun; Yang, Haiqing; Song, Peng; Liu, Qing

    2012-08-25

    A model of focal cerebral ischemic infarction was established in dogs through middle cerebral artery occlusion of the right side. Thirty minutes after occlusion, models were injected with nerve growth factor adjacent to the infarct locus. The therapeutic effect of nerve growth factor against cerebral infarction was assessed using the hemisphere anomalous volume ratio, a quantitative index of diffusion-weighted MRI. At 6 hours, 24 hours, 7 days and 3 months after modeling, the hemisphere anomalous volume ratio was significantly reduced after treatment with nerve growth factor. Hematoxylin-eosin staining, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and neurological function scores showed that infarct defects were slightly reduced and neurological function significantly improved after nerve growth factor treatment. This result was consistent with diffusion-weighted MRI measurements. Experimental findings indicate that nerve growth factor can protect against cerebral infarction, and that the hemisphere anomalous volume ratio of diffusion-weighted MRI can be used to evaluate the therapeutic effect.

  6. Therapeutic effect of nerve growth factor on cerebral infarction in dogs using the hemisphere anomalous volume ratio of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging★

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    Wang, Yong; Zhang, Hui; Wang, Zhe; Geng, Zuojun; Liu, Huaijun; Yang, Haiqing; Song, Peng; Liu, Qing

    2012-01-01

    A model of focal cerebral ischemic infarction was established in dogs through middle cerebral artery occlusion of the right side. Thirty minutes after occlusion, models were injected with nerve growth factor adjacent to the infarct locus. The therapeutic effect of nerve growth factor against cerebral infarction was assessed using the hemisphere anomalous volume ratio, a quantitative index of diffusion-weighted MRI. At 6 hours, 24 hours, 7 days and 3 months after modeling, the hemisphere anomalous volume ratio was significantly reduced after treatment with nerve growth factor. Hematoxylin-eosin staining, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and neurological function scores showed that infarct defects were slightly reduced and neurological function significantly improved after nerve growth factor treatment. This result was consistent with diffusion-weighted MRI measurements. Experimental findings indicate that nerve growth factor can protect against cerebral infarction, and that the hemisphere anomalous volume ratio of diffusion-weighted MRI can be used to evaluate the therapeutic effect. PMID:25624813

  7. In vivo amino acid transport of subacute and chronic cerebral infarction evaluated by 12-18F-phenylalanine

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    Shimosegawa, E.; Miura, S.; Murakami, M.

    1994-05-01

    On the basis of previous validation of kinetic two-compartment model and the determination of normal values of three parameters (k{sub 1}:influx rate constant, k{sub 2}:outflux rate constant, Vd:distribution volume), PET measurements of in vivo amino acid transport from blood to brain using L-(2-18F)-fluorophenylalanine ({sup 18}F-Phe) were undergone in the patients with cerebral infarction. The purposes of this study are to evaluate the alteration of amino acid transport in subacute and chronic stage of cerebral infarction and to compare with cerebral blood flow (CBF) and oxygen metabolism. Dynamic {sup 18}F-Phe PET studies for 50 minutes were performed in 7 patients with cerebral infarction. The input function was obtained by 27 points of arterial sampling. In all patients, measurements of CBF, cerebral blood volume (CBV), cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO{sub 2}), and oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) were made on the same day of {sup 18}F-Phe PET measurement. Each patient was studied twice, within 2 weeks of the onset and 3 months later. Weighted integration technique with table look-up method was applied for the reconstruction of parametric images of {sup 18}F-Phe and ROI analysis of k{sub 1}, k{sub 2}, and Vd. In subacute stage, significant reduction of k{sub 2} value in infarct area was observed when compared to that in periinfarct area (p<0.05) and in normal cortices (p<0.001). k{sub 1} value in this stage showed only slightly decrease in infarct area, therefore, Vd value in infarct area increased significantly compared to normal cortices (p<0.001). In chronic stage, both k{sub 1} and k{sub 2} values in infarct area were significantly lower than that in normal cortices (p<0.001), and corresponding Vd value reduced to normal level. Correlativity between kinetic parameters of {sup 18}F-Phe and CBF or oxygen metabolism was not observed both in subacute and chronic stage of infarction.

  8. A rare cause of cerebral venous thrombosis: cryptococcal meningoencephalitis.

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    Senadim, Songul; Alpaydin Baslo, Sezin; Tekin Güveli, Betül; Dedei Daryan, Metin; Kantaroglu, Elif; Ozturk, Oya; Atakli, Dilek

    2016-07-01

    Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis (CM) is a serious central nervous system infection caused by Cryptococcus neoformans, seen mostly in immunocompromised hosts and less in immunocompetent patients. The vast majority of cryptococcosis cases are seen as human immunodeficiency virus infections with advanced immunosuppression. Meningitis and meningoencephalitis are the most common clinical manifestations. Nevertheless, immunocompetent patients with CM are rarely reported. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is a rare complication of CM. Here, we report an immunocompetent patient with CM from a non-endemic area, who presented with an acute onset and atypical symptoms associated with cerebral venous thrombosis.

  9. Cerebral Taurine Levels are Associated with Brain Edema and Delayed Cerebral Infarction in Patients with Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

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    Kofler, Mario; Schiefecker, Alois; Ferger, Boris; Beer, Ronny; Sohm, Florian; Broessner, Gregor; Hackl, Werner; Rhomberg, Paul; Lackner, Peter; Pfausler, Bettina; Thomé, Claudius; Schmutzhard, Erich; Helbok, Raimund

    2015-12-01

    Cerebral edema and delayed cerebral infarction (DCI) are common complications after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) and associated with poor functional outcome. Experimental data suggest that the amino acid taurine is released into the brain extracellular space secondary to cytotoxic edema and brain tissue hypoxia, and therefore may serve as a biomarker for secondary brain injury after aSAH. On the other hand, neuroprotective mechanisms of taurine treatment have been described in the experimental setting. We analyzed cerebral taurine levels using high-performance liquid chromatography in the brain extracellular fluid of 25 consecutive aSAH patients with multimodal neuromonitoring including cerebral microdialysis (CMD). Patient characteristics and clinical course were prospectively recorded. Associations with CMD-taurine levels were analyzed using generalized estimating equations with an autoregressive process to handle repeated observations within subjects. CMD-taurine levels were highest in the first days after aSAH (11.2 ± 3.2 µM/l) and significantly decreased over time (p < 0.001). Patients with brain edema on admission or during hospitalization (N = 20; 80 %) and patients developing DCI (N = 5; 20 %) had higher brain extracellular taurine levels compared to those without (Wald = 7.3, df = 1, p < 0.01; Wald = 10.1, df = 1, p = 0.001, respectively) even after adjusting for disease severity and CMD-probe location. There was no correlation between parenteral taurine supplementation and brain extracellular taurine (p = 0.6). Moreover, a significant correlation with brain extracellular glutamate (r = 0.82, p < 0.001), lactate (r = 0.56, p < 0.02), pyruvate (r = 0.39, p < 0.01), potassium (r = 0.37, p = 0.01), and lactate-to-pyruvate ratio (r = 0.24, p = 0.02) was found. Significantly higher CMD-taurine levels were found in patients with brain edema or DCI after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Its value as a

  10. Computed tomography of cerebral infarction along the distribution of the basal perforating arteries. Part II. Thalamic arterial group

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    Takahashi, S.; Goto, K.; Fukasawa, H.; Kawata, Y.; Uemura, K.; Yaguchi, K.

    1985-04-01

    Computed tomographic (CT) manifestations of cerebral infarction along the distribution of the basal perforating arteries were reviewed and correlated with cerebral angiography. Infarcts in the territories of perforators were demonstrated individually based on knowledge of their three-dimensional distribution as shown by microangiography of cadavers. In Part II of the study, the posterior areas supplied by the thalamic arteries were examined. Infarcts in the area supplied by the thalamotuberal arteries involved the anterior pole of the thalamus; those in the area of the thalamoperforate arteries involved the medial portion of the thalamus, along the lateral wall of the third ventricle; those in the area of the thalamogeniculate arteries involved the posterolateral portion of the thalamus; and those in the area of the choroidal arteries of the lateral ventricle involved the most posterolateral and dorsolateral portions of the thalamus. Clinical and neuroradiological correlations are discussed.

  11. [Effects of exercise training on synaptic plasticity in rats with focal cerebral infarction].

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    Zheng, Hai-qing; Hu, Xi-quan; Fang, Jie; Pan, San-qiang; Li, Li-li; Zhang, Li-ying

    2012-03-06

    To examine the roles of exercise training in the improvement of damaged neural function and synaptic plasticity. An infarction model was induced by left middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). A total of 70 adult Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: physical exercise group (n = 30) undergoing running wheel exercise daily after MCAO, control group (n = 30) and sham-operated group (n = 10). The latter two groups were fed in standard cages without any special training exercise. The rats were scarified at Days 3, 7, 14, 21 and 35 for the evaluation of neural function by neurological severity scores (NSS). And the synaptic ultrastructures at peri-infarction region were examined by specific marker synaptophysin (SYN). Synaptic ultrastructures at peri-infarction region were observed in both the control and exercise training groups. The presynaptic and postsynaptic membranes were relatively intact. And the presynaptic membranes had more synaptic vesicles from Day 7 post-ischemia. The number of SYN positive cells significantly increased in the exercise training group (21 d: 0.8 ± 0.1; 35 d: 0.7 ± 0.1) versus those in the control group (21 d: 0.4 ± 0.1; 35 d: 0.5 ± 0.1) at Days 21 and 35 post-ischemia (P < 0.05). Moreover, the neurological severity scores in the exercise training group (7 d: 7.8 ± 0.8; 14 d: 5.6 ± 0.8; 21 d: 3.3 ± 0.8; 35 d: 3.0 ± 0.8) showed a quicker declination versus those in the control group (7 d: 8.8 ± 0.7; 14 d: 7.7 ± 0.9; 21 d: 6.9 ± 0.8; 35 d: 4.2 ± 0.8) from Day 7 post-ischemia (P < 0.05). Exercise training plays an important role in the recovery of damaged neural function and synaptic plasticity after cerebral infarction in rats.

  12. Gene transfer of hepatocyte growth factor gene improves learning and memory in the chronic stage of cerebral infarction.

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    Shimamura, Munehisa; Sato, Naoyuki; Waguri, Satoshi; Uchiyama, Yasuo; Hayashi, Takuya; Iida, Hidehiro; Nakamura, Toshikazu; Ogihara, Toshio; Kaneda, Yasufumi; Morishita, Ryuichi

    2006-04-01

    There is no specific treatment to improve the functional recovery in the chronic stage of ischemic stroke. To provide the new therapeutic options, we examined the effect of overexpression of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in the chronic stage of cerebral infarction by transferring the HGF gene into the brain using hemagglutinating virus of Japan envelope vector. Sixty rats were exposed to permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (day 1). Based on the sensorimotor deficits at day 7, the rats were divided equally into control vector or HGF-treated rats. At day 56, rats transfected with the HGF gene showed a significant recovery of learning and memory in Morris water maze tests (control vector 50+/-4 s; HGF 33+/-5 s; P<0.05) and passive avoidance task (control vector 132.4+/-37.5 s; HGF 214.8+/-26.5 s; P<0.05). Although the total volume of cerebral infarction was not related to the outcome, immunohistochemical analysis for Cdc42 and synaptophysin in the peri-infarct region revealed that HGF enhanced the neurite extension and increased synapses. Immunohistochemistry for glial fibriary acidic protein revealed that the formation of glial scar was also prevented by HGF gene treatment. Additionally, the number of the arteries was increased in the HGF group at day 56. These data demonstrated that HGF has a pivotal role for the functional recovery after cerebral infarction through neuritogenesis, improved microcirculation, and the prevention of gliosis. Our results also provide evidence for the feasibility of gene therapy in the chronic stage of cerebral infarction.

  13. The free radical scavenger edaravone rescues rats from cerebral infarction by attenuating the release of high-mobility group box-1 in neuronal cells.

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    Kikuchi, Kiyoshi; Kawahara, Ko-ichi; Tancharoen, Salunya; Matsuda, Fumiyo; Morimoto, Yoko; Ito, Takashi; Biswas, Kamal Krishna; Takenouchi, Kazunori; Miura, Naoki; Oyama, Yoko; Nawa, Yuko; Arimura, Noboru; Iwata, Masahiro; Tajima, Yutaka; Kuramoto, Terukazu; Nakayama, Kenji; Shigemori, Minoru; Yoshida, Yoshihiro; Hashiguchi, Teruto; Maruyama, Ikuro

    2009-06-01

    Edaravone, a potent free radical scavenger, is clinically used for the treatment of cerebral infarction in Japan. Here, we examined the effects of edaravone on the dynamics of high-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1), which is a key mediator of ischemic-induced brain damage, during a 48-h postischemia/reperfusion period in rats and in oxygen-glucose-deprived (OGD) PC12 cells. HMGB1 immunoreactivity was observed in both the cytoplasm and the periphery of cells in the cerebral infarction area 2 h after reperfusion. Intravenous administration of 3 and 6 mg/kg edaravone significantly inhibited nuclear translocation and HMGB1 release in the penumbra area and caused a 26.5 +/- 10.4 and 43.8 +/- 0.5% reduction, respectively, of the total infarct area at 24 h after reperfusion. Moreover, edaravone also decreased plasma HMGB1 levels. In vitro, edaravone dose-dependently (1-10 microM) suppressed OGD- and H(2)O(2)-induced HMGB1 release in PC12 cells. Furthermore, edaravone (3-30 microM) blocked HMGB1-triggered apoptosis in PC12 cells. Our findings suggest a novel neuroprotective mechanism for edaravone that abrogates the release of HMGB1.

  14. [Effect of ginsenoside Rb1 on cerebral infarction volume and IL-1 beta in the brain tissue and sera of focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury model rats].

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    Liu, Jun-Wei; Ren, Ye-Long; Liu, Xu-Ling; Xia, Hong-Lian; Zhang, Hui-Ling; Jin, Shen-Hui; Dai, Qin-Xue; Wang, Jun-Lu

    2013-12-01

    To investigate the effect of ginsenoside Rb1 on cerebral infarction volume as well as IL-1 beta in the brain tissue and sera of focal cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury model rats. The I/R rat model was established by using thread according to Zea-Longa. SD rats were randomly divided into five groups, i.e., the sham-operation group, the model group, the low dose ginsenoside Rb1 (20 mg/kg) group, the medium dose ginsenoside Rb1 group (40 mg/kg), and the high dose ginsenoside Rb1 group (80 mg/kg), 12 in each group. Rats in the sham-operation group only received middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) but without thread insertion. The MCAO model was prepared in the rest 4 groups, followed by MCAO2 h later. Ginsenoside Rb1 at each dose was peritoneally administrated to rats in corresponding groups immediately after cerebral ischemia. Equal volume of normal saline was administered to rats in the sham-operation group. Rats' cerebral infarction volume, integrals of neurologic defect degree, expression of IL-1 beta content in the brain tissue and sera were observed 24 h after 2-h cerebral I/R. In the model group, integrals of neurologic defect degree were improved (P < 0.01), IL-1 beta positive cells in the brain tissue increased and serum IL-1 beta content elevated (P < 0.05), when compared with the sham-operation group. In comparison of the model group, integrals of neurologic defect degree were lowered in the medium dose and high dose ginsenoside Rb1 groups (P < 0.05, P < 0.01). The cerebral infarction volume was all shrunken in each ginsenoside Rb1 group, IL-1 beta positive cells in the brain tissue decreased, and IL-1 beta content in serum reduced (P < 0.01, P < 0.05). Compared with the low dose ginsenoside Rb1 group, integrals of neurologic defect degree decreased, the cerebral infarction volume shrunken, and IL-1 beta content in serum reduced in the high dose ginsenoside Rb1 group (P < 0.01, P < 0.05). Ginsenoside Rb1 (20, 40, 80 mg/kg) might effectively

  15. Physiological Ischemic Training Promotes Brain Collateral Formation and Improves Functions in Patients with Acute Cerebral Infarction.

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    Zhen, Xiaoyue; Zheng, Yu; Hong, Xunning; Chen, Yan; Gu, Ping; Tang, Jinrong; Cheng, Hong; Yuan, Ti-Fei; Lu, Xiao

    2016-01-01

    To observe the effectiveness and mechanisms of physiological ischemic training (PIT) on brain cerebral collateral formation and functional recovery in patients with acute cerebral infarction. 20 eligible patients with acute cerebral infarction were randomly assigned to either PIT group (n = 10) or Control group (n = 10). Both groups received 4 weeks of routine rehabilitation therapy, while an additional session of PIT, which consisted of 10 times of maximal voluntary isometric handgrip for 1 min followed by 1 min rest, was prescribed for patients in the PIT groups. Each patient was trained with four sections a day and 5 days a week for 4 weeks. The Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA), the Modified Barthel Index (MBI), and the short-form 36-item health survey questionnaire (SF-36) were applied for the evaluation of motor impairment, activity of daily living, and quality of life at the baseline and endpoint. MRI was applied to detect the collateral formation in the brain. The concentration of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) number in plasma were also tested at the endpoint. Demographic data were consistent between experimental groups. At the endpoint, the scores of the FMA, MBI, and SF-36 were significantly higher than that at baseline. As compared to the Control group, the score of FMA and SF-36 in PIT group was significantly higher, while no significant difference was detected between groups in terms of MBI. Both groups had significantly higher cerebral blood flow (CBF) level at endpoint as compared to that at baseline. Moreover, the CBF level was even higher in the PIT group as compared to that in the Control group after 4 weeks of training. The same situations were also found in the plasma VEGF and EPCs assessment. In addition, positive correlations were found between FMA score and CBF level (r = 0.686, p < 0.01), CBF level and VEGF concentration (r = 0.675, p < 0.01), and VEGF

  16. Acute myocardial infarction caused by left atrial myxoma: Role of intracoronary catheter aspiration.

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    Al-Fakhouri, Ahmad; Janjua, Muhammad; DeGregori, Michele

    2017-01-01

    Acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) caused by left atrial myxoma is very rare. Catheter-based approaches or thrombolytic therapy are mostly the first step in the management of STEMI with less time delay. We report a case of acute anterior/lateral STEMI caused by a left atrial myxoma. The patient was successfully treated by intracoronary aspiration with an Export aspiration catheter, with excellent distal coronary flow. Intracoronary catheter aspiration in acute myocardial infarction caused by a left atrial myxoma may help to salvage the infarcting myocardium with less time delay.

  17. Isolated Internal Carotid Artery Thrombus and Cerebral Infarction in a Patient with Necrotizing Pancreatitis: Case Report.

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    Ludwig, Daniel R; Austin, Matthew J; Wallace, Adam N; Kamran, Mudassar; Kansagra, Akash P; Osbun, Joshua W; Cross, DeWitte T; Moran, Christopher J

    2017-09-08

    Isolated internal carotid artery (ICA) thrombus in the absence of underlying atherosclerotic disease is a rare entity. We report a case of a patient presenting with right arm weakness, slurred speech, and altered mental status in the setting of acute on chronic pancreatitis. The patient was found to have scattered left cerebral hemisphere cortical infarctions, and catheter angiography confirmed the presence of intraluminal left ICA thrombus, with no evidence of atherosclerotic disease in the cervical or intracranial vasculature. Further workup also demonstrated the presence of anemia of chronic disease. The patient was initiated on anticoagulation, and follow-up imaging demonstrated a complete resolution of the left ICA thrombus. In the reported case, coagulopathy in the setting of acute on chronic pancreatitis was presumably the primary etiology. Anemia of chronic disease, related to a proinflammatory state, may also play a contributory role. Copyright © 2017 National Stroke Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. "Alien hand" and loss of bimanual coordination after dominant anterior cerebral artery territory infarction.

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    McNabb, A W; Carroll, W M; Mastaglia, F L

    1988-01-01

    Three patients with dominant anterior cerebral artery territory infarction demonstrated a severe disturbance of upper limb motor control with impaired bimanual coordination, the "alien hand" sign, and intermanual conflict, in addition to signs of callosal interruption and a transcortical motor aphasia. Recordings of movement-related potentials in one patient showed an attenuated Bereitschaftspotential and a greater asymmetry of the NS' component of the premotor negativity with left finger than with right finger movement. The impairment of bimanual motor control and associated abnormal motor behaviour of the right hand in these cases are postulated to be due to involvement of the supplementary motor area and related areas of the medial frontal cortex. Images PMID:3346686

  19. Serum Resistin Levels May Contribute to an Increased Risk of Acute Cerebral Infarction.

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    Dong, Xiao-Liu; Xu, Shi-Jun; Zhang, Li; Zhang, Xiu-Qing; Liu, Ting; Gao, Qiu-Yan; Qian, Qing-Qiang; Sun, Bao-Liang; Yang, Ming-Feng

    2017-04-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the association between serum resistin levels and acute cerebral infarction (ACI). PubMed, SpringerLink, Wiley, EBSCO, Ovid, Web of Science, Wanfang, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and VIP databases (last updated search in October 2014) were exhaustively searched, and data from the eligible studies were extracted and analyzed to assess the association between serum resistin levels and ACI. STATA software (version 12.0, Stata Corporation, College Station, TX, USA) was utilized for data analysis. Ten studies including 1829 ACI patients and 1557 healthy controls were eligible for inclusion in the meta-analysis. Our major result revealed that ACI patients exhibited higher serum resistin levels compared with healthy controls. Asubgroup analysis based on ethnicity showed a significant association between serum resistin levels and ACI in Asians, but surprisingly not in Caucasians. The results of our meta-analysis suggest that serum resistin levels are associated with an increased risk of ACI.

  20. Atypical Unilateral Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome Mimicking a Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction.

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    Çamlıdağ, İlkay; Cho, Yang-Je; Park, Mina; Lee, Seung Koo

    2015-01-01

    Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is usually a reversible clinical and radiological entity associated with typical features on brain MR or CT imaging. However, the not-so-uncommon atypical radiological presentations of the condition are also present and they may go unrecognised as they are confused with other conditions. Here, we report a very rare case of atypical, unilateral PRES in a 49-year-old uremic, post-transplant female patient who presented with seizures. Initial MRI showed high-grade occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery (MCA) and lesions suggestive of subacute infarction in the ipsilateral frontotemporoparietal lobe. Patient symptoms had resolved a day after the onset without any specific treatment but early follow-up CT findings suggested hemorrhagic transformation. Follow-up MRI performed 2 years later showed complete disappearence of the lesions and persisting MCA occlusion.

  1. [Infarct in the area of the left anterior cerebral artery. II. Language disorders].

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    Bogousslavsky, J; Assal, G; Regli, F

    1987-01-01

    Language disturbances and other neuropsychological dysfunctions were evaluated in 10 right-handed patients with left anterior cerebral artery (ACA) infarcts with CT correlation. Transcortical motor aphasia was present in 4 cases, related to involvement of the supplementary motor area (SMA) or the underlying and immediately anterior white matter. In 4 patients with sparing of the SMA but with involvement of the cingulate region, only alterations of verbal memory were found. Sensory or mixed transcortical aphasia was not observed, in any of the patients, including those in whom the supplementary sensory area (SSA) or the underlying white matter were involved, casting doubt upon the presumed receptive role in language function attributed to the SSA by some authors. Buccolingual-facial apraxia was related to subcortical lesions. A callosal disconnection syndrome was uncommon (2 patients) and no hemi-neglect was encountered, even in those cases with cingulate involvement.

  2. Identification of cytokines for early prediction of malignant middle cerebral artery infarction.

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    Xia, Cheng; Li, Xiao-Qiu; Zhou, Zhong-He; Chen, Hui-Sheng

    2017-01-01

    We aimed to profile cytokines in patients with malignant middle cerebral artery infarction (MMI) and non-acute cerebral infarction (NACI), and identify potential cytokines for early prediction of MMI. A total of 16 subjects were recruited, including 8 patients with MMI and 8 patients with NACI. Cytokine profiles and levels in serums were analyzed by Quantibody(®) Human Cytokine Antibody Array700. The two-tailed Student t-test and Fisher's Exact Test were respectively conducted for continuous variables and categorical variables to evaluate their differences between patients with MMI and those with NACI. Binary logistic regression was further conducted to verify the association of differentially expressed cytokines with MMI. The concentrations of 320 unique inflammatory cytokines in serums were measured. Ten cytokines were discovered to be differentially expressed between patients with MMI and patients with NACI, including transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGFB1), matrix metallopeptidase 10 (MMP10), neural cell adhesion molecule 1 (NCAM1), interleukin-27 (IL27), epidermal growth factor (EGF), insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 6 (IGFBP6), platelet-derived growth factor subunit A (PDGFA), C-C motif chemokine 2 (C-C CCL2), neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (Lipocalin 2) and lymphatic vessel endothelial hyaluronic acid receptor 1 (LYVE1). Among these cytokines, the concentrations of NCAM1, IGFBP6, Lipocalin2 and LYVE1 were significantly higher while the concentrations of the other six cytokines were significantly lower in patients with MMI compared with those in patients with NACI. Multivariate logistic regression analysis verified the association of these 10 cytokines with MMI except for IL-27 (p = 0.5422). Nine cytokines, including NCAM1, IGFBP6, Lipocalin2, LYVE1, TGFB1, MMP10, EGF, PDGFA and CCL2, might act as potential markers for early prediction of MMI and involve in the progression from NACI to MMI. Further studies with a better control group

  3. Reduction of Midline Shift Following Decompressive Hemicraniectomy for Malignant Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction

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    Jeon, Sang-Beom; Kwon, Sun U.; Park, Jung Cheol; Lee, Deok Hee; Yun, Sung-Cheol; Kim, Yeon-Jung; Ahn, Jae-Sung; Kwun, Byung-Duk; Kang, Dong-Wha; Choi, H. Alex; Lee, Kiwon; Kim, Jong S.

    2016-01-01

    Background and Purpose Hemicraniectomy is a decompressive surgery used to remove a large bone flap to allow edematous brain tissue to bulge extracranially. However, early indicators of the decompressive effects of hemicraniectomy are unclear. We investigated whether reduction of midline shift following hemicraniectomy is associated with improved consciousness and survival in patients with malignant middle cerebral artery infarctions. Methods We studied 70 patients with malignant middle cerebral artery infarctions (MMI) who underwent hemicraniectomies. Midline shift was measured preoperatively and postoperatively using computed tomography (CT). Consciousness level was evaluated using the Glasgow Coma Scale on postoperative day 1. Patient survival was assessed six months after stroke onset. Results The median time interval between preoperative and postoperative CT was 8.3 hours (interquartile range, 6.1–10.2 hours). Reduction in midline shift was associated with higher postoperative Glasgow Coma Scale scores (P<0.05). Forty-three patients (61.4%) were alive at six months after the stroke. Patients with reductions in midline shifts following hemicraniectomy were more likely to be alive at six months post-stroke than those without (P<0.001). Reduction of midline shift was associated with lower mortality at six months after stroke, after adjusting for age, sex, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score, and preoperative midline shift (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.71; 95% confidence interval, 0.62–0.81; P<0.001). Conclusions Reduction in midline shift following hemicraniectomy was associated with improved consciousness and six-month survival in patients with MMI. Hence, it may be an early indicator of effective decompression following hemicraniectomy. PMID:27733025

  4. Cerebral microbleeds in nonlacunar brain infarction are associated with lower coated-platelet levels.

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    Prodan, Calin I; Stoner, Julie A; Gordon, David L; Dale, George L

    2014-01-01

    Coated-platelets are a subset of platelets with high procoagulant potential observed on dual-agonist stimulation with collagen and thrombin. Coated-platelet levels are elevated in patients with nonlacunar ischemic stroke compared with controls, although the presence of early hemorrhagic transformation is associated with lower coated-platelet levels. In contrast to infarction, patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage have lower coated-platelet levels, and these levels inversely correlate with bleed size. Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) represent previous small hemorrhagic occurrences. We undertook a pilot study to investigate coated-platelet production and the presence of CMBs in patients with nonlacunar ischemic stroke. Coated-platelet levels were determined in 110 consecutive patients with a diagnosis of nonlacunar stroke. Microbleeds were identified using the published criteria by an experienced stroke neurologist. Coated-platelet levels were compared statistically between patients with and without CMBs using the nonparametric Wilcoxon rank sum test. Coated-platelet levels (median [interquartile range]) for all patients were 44.1% [34%-51.2%]. CMBs were detected in 22 patients (20%); these patients had significantly lower coated-platelet levels compared with those without CMBs (35.6% [22.6%-47.2%] versus 45.1% [36.1%-51.5%]; P = .025), whereas other demographic and clinical factors did not differ significantly. The presence of CMBs in patients with nonlacunar ischemic stroke is associated with lower levels of coated-platelets. Larger prospective studies are needed to better establish the potential connection between altered coated-platelet synthesis, microbleeds, cerebral infarction, and possible hemorrhage-prone vascular changes. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  5. History of parvovirus B19 infection is associated with silent cerebral infarcts.

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    Ogunsile, Foluso J; Currie, Kelli L; Rodeghier, Mark; Kassim, Adetola; DeBaun, Michael R; Sharma, Deva

    2017-08-17

    The relationship between silent cerebral infarcts (SCIs) and history of parvovirus B19 (B19V) has not been systematically evaluated. As an ancillary study from the Silent Cerebral Infarct Trial (SIT) (NCT00072761), we tested the hypothesis that a history of B19V infection is associated with an increased prevalence of SCIs in children with sickle cell anemia. We used a retrospective cross-sectional cohort study design; each participant underwent a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and medical record review for prior B19V infection (n = 958). SCI was present in 30% (287 of 958) of participants and 17% (165 of 958) had a history of B19V infection. Based on prior evidence that low baseline hemoglobin (Hgb) levels are associated with increased odds of SCI, Hgb levels were divided into tertiles (<7.6 g/dl, ≥7.6-≤8.5 g/dl, ≥8.6 g/dl) and multivariable analysis was used to determine the relationship between the joint effect of prior B19V infection, Hgb levels, and SCI. Prior B19V infection and the lowest Hgb tertile were associated with increased risk of SCI (odds ratio [OR] 2.12; 95% CI, 1.17-3.84; P = 0.013); no prior B19V infection and the highest Hgb tertile were associated with a decreased risk (OR 0.56; 95% CI, 0.38-0.84; P = 0.004). Efforts to decrease the incidence of B19V infection, such as the development of a B19V vaccine, may decrease SCI prevalence. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Effects of exercise and bryostatin-1 on serotonin dynamics after cerebral infarction.

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    Mizutani, Kenmei; Sonoda, Shigeru; Wakita, Hideaki; Okazaki, Hideto; Katoh, Yoshimitsu; Chihara, Takeshi; Shimpo, Kan

    2016-06-15

    Although it has been suggested that the combination of exercise and bryostatin-1 administration may induce greater functional recovery than exercise alone, the detailed molecular mechanisms are not well known. Here, we examined the relationship between this combination treatment and monoamine dynamics in the cerebral cortex peri-infarction area to promote our understanding of these molecular mechanisms. Experimental cerebral cortex infarctions were produced by photothrombosis in rats. Voluntary exercise was initiated 2 days after surgery. Motor performance was then measured using the rotarod test. Monoamine concentrations in the perilesional cortex were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography. In behavioral evaluations, performance in the rotarod test was significantly increased by exercise. Moreover, performance in the rotarod test after the combination of exercise and bryostatin-1 administration was significantly greater than that after exercise alone. In the analysis of monoamines, serotonin (5-HT) concentrations were significantly higher in the groups treated with exercise and bryostatin-1. In addition, 5-HT turnover was significantly lower in the groups treated with exercise and bryostatin-1. Furthermore, the mean latency in the rotarod test showed a significant positive correlation with 5-HT levels. In immunohistochemical analysis, 5-HT immunoreactivity in the dorsal raphe nucleus was shown to be higher in the groups treated with exercise. In the present study, we detected changes in the levels of monoamines associated with the combined treatment of exercise and bryostatin-1 administration in the perilesional cortex. It has been suggested that this combination of therapies may affect 5-HT turnover and serve to increase local 5-HT concentrations in the perilesional area.

  7. Kingella kingae endocardial abscess and cerebral infarction in a previously well immunocompetent child

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    Gelbart, Ben; Connell, Tom G; Konstantinov, Igor E; Phillips, Rachel; Starr, Mike

    2009-01-01

    Kingella kingae is an emerging paediatric pathogen that most commonly is associated with relatively benign osteoarticular disease in children. This report concerns a 1-year-old child with Kingella kingae endocarditis and perivalvular abscess complicated by septic cerebral emboli and osteomyelitis leading to long-term neurological sequelae, highlighting the capacity of this organism to cause severe invasive disease in children. PMID:22190987

  8. Infarct volume on apparent diffusion coefficient maps correlates with length of stay and outcome after middle cerebral artery stroke.

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    Engelter, Stefan T; Provenzale, James M; Petrella, Jeffrey R; DeLong, David M; Alberts, Mark J

    2003-01-01

    Diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) can depict acute ischemia based on decreased apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values. ADC maps, unlike DWI (which have contributions from T2 properties), solely reflect diffusion properties. Recent studies indicate that severity of neurological deficit corresponds with degree of ADC alteration. To determine whether infarct volume on ADC maps correlates with length of hospitalization and clinical outcome in patients with acute ischemic middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke. Forty-five consecutive patients with acute (infarcts seen on DWI. Infarct volume was determined by counting pixels with ADC values >3 SDs below the average ADC value of a contralateral control region. Infarct volume was correlated with length of hospitalization and 6-month outcome assessed with Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS), Modified Rankin Score (mRS), Barthel Index (BI) and a dichotomized outcome status with favorable outcome defined as GOS 1, mRS or=95. Infarct volume on ADC maps ranged from 0.2 to 187 cm(3) and was significantly correlated with length of hospitalization (p < 0.001, r = 0.67). Furthermore, ADC infarct volume was significantly correlated with GOS (r = 0.73), mRS (r = 0.68), BI (r = 0.67) and outcome status (r = 0.65) (each p < 0.001). Multiple logistic regression revealed a statistically significant correlation between ADC infarct volume and outcome status (p < 0.05), but none for Canadian Neurological Scale score, age and gender (p >0.05 each). Infarct volume measured by using a quantitative definition for infarcted tissue on ADC maps correlated significantly with length of hospitalization (as a possible surrogate marker for short-term outcome) and functional outcome after 6 months. ADC infarct volume may provide prognostic information for patients with acute ischemic MCA stroke. Copyright 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel

  9. Peri-procedural silent cerebral infarcts after left atrial appendage occlusion.

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    Laible, M; Möhlenbruch, M; Horstmann, S; Pfaff, J; Geis, N A; Pleger, S; Schüler, S; Rizos, T; Bendszus, M; Veltkamp, R

    2017-01-01

    To determine the rate of peri-interventional silent brain infarcts after left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO). In this prospective, uncontrolled single-center pilot study, consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing LAAO between July 2013 and January 2016 were included. The Amplatzer Cardiac Plug, WATCHMAN or Amulet device was used. A neurological examination and cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed within 48 h before and after the procedure. MRI was evaluated for new diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) hyperintensities, cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) and white-matter lesions (WMLs). Left atrial appendage occlusion was performed in 21 patients (mean age, 73.2 ± 9.5 years). Main reasons for LAAO were previous intracerebral hemorrhage (n = 11) and major systemic bleeding (n = 6). No clinically overt stroke occurred peri-interventionally. After the intervention, one patient had a small cerebellar hyperintensity on DWI (4.8%; 95% confidence interval, 0.0-14.3) that was not present on the MRI 1 day before the procedure. Among 11 patients with available MRI just before LAAO, there were no significant changes in the number of CMBs and the severity of WMLs after LAAO. This study of peri-interventional MRI in LAAO suggests a low rate of silent peri-procedural infarcts in this elderly population. Confirmation in larger studies is needed. © 2016 EAN.

  10. Reproducibility of Detecting Silent Cerebral Infarcts in Pediatric Sickle Cell Anemia

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    Liem, Robert I.; Liu, Jingxia; Gordon, Mae O.; Vendt, Bruce A.; McKinstry, Robert C.; Kraut, Michael A.; Strouse, John J.; Ball, William S.; DeBaun, Michael R.

    2014-01-01

    Detecting silent cerebral infarcts (SCI) on MRI in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA) is challenging, yet reproducibility of readings has not been examined in this population. We evaluated consensus rating, inter- and intra-grader agreement associated with detecting SCI on screening MRI in the Silent Infarct Transfusion (SIT) Trial. Three neuroradiologists provided consensus decisions for 1,073 MRIs. A random sample of 53 scans was re-analyzed in blinded fashion. Agreement between first and second consensus ratings was substantial (κ = 0.70, p < 0.0001), as was overall inter-grader agreement (κ = 0.76, p < 0.0001). In the test-retest sample, intra-grader agreement ranged from κ of 0.57 to 0.76. Consensus decisions were more concordant when MRIs contained more than one lesion and lesions were larger. We conclude that the routine use of MRI to screen for SCI in the research setting is reproducible in SCA and agreement among neuroradiologists is sufficient. PMID:24309240

  11. The roles of MMP-9/TIMP-1 in cerebral edema following experimental acute cerebral infarction in rats.

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    Li, Dan-Dong; Song, Jin-Ning; Huang, Huan; Guo, Xiao-Ye; An, Ji-Yang; Zhang, Ming; Li, Yu; Sun, Peng; Pang, Hong-Gang; Zhao, Yong-Lin; Wang, Jun-Feng

    2013-08-29

    Matrix metalloproteinases 9 (MMP-9) and its endogenous inhibitor, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP-1), regulate homeostasis and turnover of the extra cellular matrix (ECM). They play important roles in acute cerebral infarction (ACI). The contributions of MMP-9 and TIMP-1 to the early stages of ACI are not completely understood. This study investigates the time course of MMP-9 and TIMP-1 and their relations to edema after ACI in rats. Serum concentrations of MMP-9 and TIMP-1 protein were measured using ELISA and mRNA level were measured using real-time PCR. Brain samples were harvested and the brain water content (BWC) was measured. Results revealed that MMP-9 concentration increased fast during the first 12 h after ACI, while after 12 h the increase was much slower. The MMP-9 protein concentration was elevated earlier than the mRNA level. BWC increased starting at 6 h after ACI to reach a peak at 12 h and decreased back to normal levels at 72 h. Both the MMP-9 protein and its mRNA were positively correlated with BWC, however no correlation was found between TIMP-1 levels and BWC. The MMP-9/TIMP-1 protein ratio was more closely correlated with BWC than the MMP-9 concentration. These results indicate that brain edema induced by ACI is associated with increased MMP-9 levels and MMP-9/TIMP-1 ratio in serum. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. A multiparameter model predicting in-hospital mortality in malignant cerebral infarction.

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    Chen, Chien-Fu; Lin, Ruey-Tay; Lin, Hsiu-Fen; Chao, A-Ching

    2017-07-01

    The early identification of patients with large hemisphere infarctions (LHIs) at risk of fatal brain edema may result in better outcomes. A quantitative model using parameters obtained at admission may be a predictor of in-hospital mortality from LHI.This prospective study enrolled all patients with LHI involving >50% of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) admitted to our neurological intensive care unit within 48 hours of symptom onset. Early clinical and radiographic parameters and the baseline CHADS2 score (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥ 75 years, diabetes mellitus, stroke [double weight]) were analyzed regarding their ability to predict patient outcomes.Seventy-seven patients with LHIs were identified, 33 (42.9%) with complete MCA infarction (CMCA), and 44 (57.1%) with incomplete MCA infarction (IMCA). The predictors of CMCA score included: >1/3 early hypodensity in computed tomography findings, hyperdense MCA sign, brain edema, initial National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score ≥17, and stroke in progression during the 1st 5 days of admission. The cutoff CMCA score was 2, with a sensitivity of 81.8% and specificity of 70.5%. Mortality score 1, used for predicting in-hospital mortality from LHI, included CMCA and CHADS2 scores ≥4 (sensitivity 100.0%, specificity 57.4%), and mortality score 2 included CMCA and CHADS2 scores ≥4, and NIHSS score ≥26, during the 1st 5 days (sensitivity 100.0%, specificity 91.7%).Patients qualifying for a mortality score of 2 were at high-risk of in-hospital mortality from LHI. These findings may aid in identifying patients who may benefit from invasive therapeutic strategies, and in better describing the characteristics of those at risk of mortality.

  13. Alternating Hemiplegia with Ipsilateral Supranuclear Facial Palsy and Abducens Nerve Palsy Caused by Pontine Infarction.

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    Maeshima, Shinichiro; Tsunoda, Tetsuya; Okamoto, Sayaka; Ozeki, Yasunori; Sonoda, Shigeru

    2016-01-01

    A 62-year-old right-handed man was diagnosed with a cerebral infarction in the ventromedial region of the left lower pons. He showed left abducens nerve palsy, left-sided supranuclear palsy of the lower part of the face and right hemiparesis. We hypothesized that the mechanism underlying the patient's ipsilateral supranuclear facial palsy involved the corticofacial fibers after they crossed the midline.

  14. A novel embolic model of cerebral infarction and evaluation of Stachybotrys microspora triprenyl phenol-7 (SMTP-7), a novel fungal triprenyl phenol metabolite.

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    Hashimoto, Terumasa; Shibata, Keita; Nobe, Koji; Hasumi, Keiji; Honda, Kazuo

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to establish a novel embolic model of cerebral infarction and to evaluate the effect of Stachybotrys microspora triprenyl phenol-7 (SMTP-7), a novel fungal triprenyl phenol metabolite. Thrombotic occlusion was induced by transfer of acetic acid-induced embolus into the brain. The regional cerebral blood flow was measured by a laser Doppler flowmeter to check the ischemic condition. Infarction area was assessed by 2% 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining. Neurological scores were determined by a modified version of the method described by Longa et al. Emboli were accumulated at the temporal or parietal region of the middle cerebral artery. Additionally, we found that this model showed decreased cerebral blood flow and increased infarction area and neurological scores. Treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) reduced infarction area and the neurological scores in a dose-dependent manner; moreover, the decreased cerebral blood flow recovered. SMTP-7 also reduced these values. The therapeutic time window of SMTP-7 was longer than that of t-PA. These results indicate that this model may be useful for understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms of cerebral infarction and evaluating the effects of therapeutic agents. Additionally, SMTP-7 is a promising approach to extend the therapeutic time window. Therefore, this novel compound may represent a novel approach for the treatment of cerebral infarction.

  15. Injury of the corticoreticular pathway in patients with proximal weakness following cerebral infarct: diffusion tensor tractography study.

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    Do, Kyung Hee; Yeo, Sang Seok; Lee, Jun; Jang, Sung Ho

    2013-06-24

    The corticoreticular pathway (CRP) innervates mainly the proximal muscles of extremities. Identification of the CRP by diffusion tensor tractography (DTT) in the human brain has recently become possible. However, little is known about the relation between proximal weakness and injury of the CRP in stroke patients. In this study, we attempted to investigate the usefulness of DTT for elucidation of the relation between proximal motor weakness and injury of the CRP in patients with cerebral infarct. Among 247 consecutive patients with cerebral infarct, four hemiparetic patients who showed more severe weakness in proximal joints (shoulder and hip) than distal joints (finger and ankle) of the affected extremities were recruited for this study. Evaluation of motor function, DTT, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for evaluation of the corticospinal tract state by analysis of the characteristics of the motor-evoked potential were performed at the early stage of cerebral infarct (mean: 17.0 days; range: 11-29). The integrity of the CST on DTT findings in the affected hemisphere was preserved in all four patients and TMS findings in terms of latency and amplitude showed within normal range (one patient) and partial injuries (three patients) of the corticospinal tract. By contrast, on DTT of the CRP in the affected hemispheres, we observed Wallerian degeneration in two patients and discontinuations at infarct level in two patients. The injury of the CRP appeared to attribute the proximal weakness of the shoulder and hip observed in these four patients. Therefore, DTT of the CRP would be useful for elucidating the relation between proximal weakness and injury of the CRP in patients with cerebral infarct.

  16. Effect of baculovirus P35 protein on apoptosis in brain tissue of rats with acute cerebral infarction.

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    Ji, J F; Ma, X H

    2015-08-10

    We explored the effect of baculovirus P35 protein on apoptosis in the brain tissue of rats with acute cerebral infarction (ACI). A rat model of middle cerebral artery infarction was created. The rats were randomly divided into sham, model, and treatment groups. Baculovirus P35 protein was injected into the intracranial arteries of the treatment group rats. The rats in the model group were given an equal volume of phosphate-buffered saline. The rats were sacrificed after 72 h and the brain tissue was separated. The levels of caspase-3, Bcl-2, and Bax mRNA, the brain cell apoptosis index, and the infarct size were determined. After 72 h, the levels of caspase-3 and Bax mRNA in the model and treatment groups were significantly greater than in the sham group, and the levels of Bcl-2 mRNA were significantly smaller (P < 0.05). The levels of caspase-3 and Bax mRNA were significantly lower in the treatment group than in the model group, and the level of Bcl-2 mRNA was significantly greater (P < 0.05). Compared with the sham group, the brain tissue apoptosis index and the cerebral infarction area increased significantly in the model and treatment groups (P < 0.05). The brain tissue apoptosis index and cerebral infarction area in the treatment group were significantly lower than in the model group (P < 0.05). Baculovirus P35 protein can effectively inhibit brain cell apoptosis in rats with ACI. It delayed apoptosis and necrosis in subjects with ACI tissue and had a protective effect on brain tissue.

  17. Filtrate of Phellinus linteus Broth Culture Reduces Infarct Size Significantly in a Rat Model of Permanent Focal Cerebral Ischemia.

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    Suzuki, Sakiko; Kawamata, Takakazu; Okada, Yoshikazu; Kobayashi, Tomonori; Nakamura, Tomoyuki; Hori, Tomokatsu

    2011-01-01

    Phellinus linteus, a natural growing mushroom, has been known to exhibit anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-oxidant effects. Aiming to exploit the neuroprotective effects of P. linteus, we evaluated its effects on infarct volume reduction in a rat model of focal cerebral ischemia. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to right middle cerebral artery occlusion. Filtrate of P. linteus broth culture (various doses), fractionated filtrate (based on molecular weight) or control medium was administered intraperitoneally to rats before or after ischemia induction. Rats were killed at 24 h after the stroke surgery. Cortical and caudoputaminal infarct volumes were determined separately using an image analysis program following staining with 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride. Significant cortical infarct volume reductions were found in the pre-treatment groups (30 and 60 minutes before onset of cerebral ischemia) compared with the control group, showing dose dependence. Posttreatment (30 minutes after ischemic onset) also significantly reduced cortical infarct volume. Furthermore, the higher molecular weight (≥12 000) fraction of the culture filtrate was more effective compared with the lower molecular weight fraction. The present findings suggest that P. linteus may be a new promising approach for the treatment of focal cerebral ischemia, with the additional benefit of a wide therapeutic time window since significant infarct volume reduction is obtained by administration even after the ischemic event. Our finding that the higher molecular weight fraction of the P. linteus culture filtrate demonstrated more prominent effect may provide a clue to identify the neuroprotective substances and mechanisms.

  18. Medullary infarcts may cause ipsilateral masseter reflex abnormalities.

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    Thömke, Frank; Marx, Jürgen J; Cruccu, Giorgio; Stoeter, Peter; Hopf, Hanns C

    2007-10-01

    There is a suprasegmental influence on the masseter reflex (MassR) in animals, which is mediated via the fifth nerve spinal nucleus (5SpN). Corresponding data in humans are lacking. Out of 268 prospectively recruited patients with clinical signs of acute brainstem infarctions, we identified 38 with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-documented unilateral infarcts caudal to the levels of the fifth nerve motor and main sensory nuclei. All had biplanar T2- and echo planar diffusion-weighted MRI and MassR testing. Five patients (13%) had ipsilateral MassR abnormalities. In all, the infarcts involved the region of the 5SpN. Patients with medullary infarcts involving the region of the 5SpN may thus have ipsilateral MassR abnormalities. This possibly represents an interruption of an excitatory projection mediated via the 5SpN to masseter motoneurons in the fifth nerve motor nucleus. MassR abnormalities with medullary lesions restrict the topodiagnostic value of the MassR.

  19. Fibrocartilagenous embolism: an unusual cause of spinal cord infarction.

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    Yousef, O M; Appenzeller, P; Kornfeld, M

    1998-12-01

    A 14-year-old girl experienced sudden onset of weakness progressing rapidly to paralysis. She died 7 days later from a massive pulmonary thromboembolus. Autopsy revealed extensive infarction of the spinal cord with a fibrocartilaginous embolus of the corresponding segment of the anterior spinal artery.

  20. High incidence of silent cerebral infarcts in adult patients with beta thalassemia major.

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    Pazgal, Idit; Inbar, Edna; Cohen, Maya; Shpilberg, Ofer; Stark, Pinhas

    2016-08-01

    Survival of beta thalassemia major (TM) patients has improved significantly over the past few decades. Consequently, less commonly reported complications are now being recognized. An incidence as high as 60% of silent cerebral infarcts (SCI) has been demonstrated by brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies in beta thalassemia intermedia (TI). The aim of this study was to determine whether regularly transfused TM adult patients experience less SCI, as compared to the incidence described in TI. In this observational study, 28 transfusion dependent TM patients, >18years of age underwent brain MRI studies. Focal bright foci in the cerebral white matter were demonstrated in 17 (60.7%) patients; most of them had multiple lesions. Elevated serum ferritin (SF), primarily 5years Area Under the Curve, was found to have a significant association with the presence of SCI (p<0.031). Similar results were found when 4 patients with intact spleen and 2 patients with splenules were excluded (p=0.027). There was no significant association between number of SCI and clinical or other laboratory parameter evaluated. The present study demonstrates a high rate of SCI in regularly transfused TM adult patients. Effective continuous iron chelation, preventive low dose aspirin and routine periodical brain MRI are recommended. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Revisiting Hemicraniectomy: Late Decompressive Hemicraniectomy for Malignant Middle Cerebral Artery Stroke and the Role of Infarct Growth Rate

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    Akhtar, Naveed; Salam, Abdul; Alboudi, Ayman; Kamran, Kainat; Ahmed, Arsalan; Khan, Rabia A.; Mirza, Mohsin K.; Inshasi, Jihad

    2017-01-01

    Objective and Methods. The outcome in late decompressive hemicraniectomy in malignant middle cerebral artery stroke and the optimal timings of surgery has not been addressed by the randomized trials and pooled analysis. Retrospective, multicenter, cross-sectional study to measure outcome following DHC under 48 or over 48 hours using the modified Rankin scale [mRS] and dichotomized as favorable ≤4 or unfavorable >4 at three months. Results. In total, 137 patients underwent DHC. Functional outcome analyzed as mRS 0–4 versus mRS 5-6 showed no difference in this split between early and late operated on patients [P = 0.140] and mortality [P = 0.975]. Multivariate analysis showed that age ≥ 55 years, MCA with additional infarction, septum pellucidum deviation ≥1 cm, and uncal herniation were independent predictors of poor functional outcome at three months. In the “best” multivariate model, second infarct growth rate [IGR2] >7.5 ml/hr, MCA with additional infarction, and patients with temporal lobe involvement were independently associated with surgery under 48 hours. Both first infarct growth rate [IGR1] and second infarct growth rate [IGR2] were nearly double [P < 0.001] in patients with early surgery [under 48 hours]. Conclusions. The outcome and mortality in malignant middle cerebral artery stroke patients operated on over 48 hours of stroke onset were comparable to those of patients operated on less than 48 hours after stroke onset. Our data identifies IGR, temporal lobe involvement, and middle cerebral artery with additional infarct as independent predictors for early surgery. PMID:28409051

  2. Accuracy of perfusion-CT in predicting malignant middle cerebral artery brain infarction.

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    Dittrich, R; Kloska, S P; Fischer, T; Nam, E; Ritter, M A; Seidensticker, P; Heindel, W; Nabavi, D G; Ringelstein, E B

    2008-06-01

    We performed a prospective study on patients with middle cerebral artery(MCA) ischemic stroke to evaluate the accuracy of perfusion-CT imaging(PCT) to predict the development of malignant brain infarction (MBI). 106 patients(women 37 %, mean age 65 years)underwent native cranial computed tomography (CCT), CT angiography(CTA) and PCT after a median of 2 h after stroke onset. We assessed the patency of the MCA and the area of tissue ischemia (AIT)according to cerebral blood flow(CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV) and time-to-peak (TTP)maps. Optimum sensitivity, specificity,positive (PPV) and negative predictive values (NPV) were calculated for the end-point MBI (= midline shift > 5 mm or decompressive surgery) by means of receiver operating characteristics(ROC). 20 patients (19 %)developed a MBI. In these patients,a larger AIT was found in all perfusion maps as compared to the remaining patients (p < 0.001). All perfusion maps had a very high NPV (95.4-98.4 %), a high sensitivity (85-95 %) and specificity (71.6-77.9 %) and only a moderate PPV (44-47.4 %). Best prediction was found for CBF maps with AIT of > 27.9 % of the hemisphere. PCT allows the discrimination of patients without a relevant risk for MBI from those having a 50 % risk of MBI development. Due to the high sensitivity and specificity, PCT is a reliable tool in detecting MBI. Because of PCT's better availability, it is the method of choice at present for an early risk stratification of acute stroke patients.

  3. Parameters of diffusional kurtosis imaging for the diagnosis of acute cerebral infarction in different brain regions.

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    Guo, Yue-Lin; Li, Su-Juan; Zhang, Zhong-Ping; Shen, Zhi-Wei; Zhang, Gui-Shan; Yan, Gen; Wang, Yan-Ting; Rao, Hai-Bing; Zheng, Wen-Bin; Wu, Ren-Hua

    2016-08-01

    Diffusional kurtosis imaging (DKI) is a new type diffusion-weighted sequence which measures the non-Gaussianity of water diffusion. The present study aimed to investigate whether the parameters of DKI could distinguish between differences in water molecule diffusion in various brain regions under the conditions of acute infarction and to identify the optimal DKI parameter for locating ischemic lesions in each brain region. A total of 28 patients with acute ischemic stroke in different brain regions were recruited for the present study. The relative values of DKI parameters were selected as major assessment indices, and the homogeneity of background image and contrast of adjacent structures were used as minor assessment indices. According to the brain region involved in three DKI parametric maps, including mean kurtosis (MK), axial kurtosis (Ka) and radial kurtosis (Kr), 112 groups of regions of interest were outlined in the following regions: Corpus callosum (n=17); corona radiata (n=26); thalamus (n=21); subcortical white matter (n=24); and cerebral cortex (n=24). For ischemic lesions in the corpus callosum and corona radiata, significant increases in relative Ka were detected, as compared with the other parameters (P<0.05). For ischemic lesions in the thalamus, subcortical white matter and cerebral cortices, an increase in the three parameters was detected, however this difference was not significant. Minor assessment indices demonstrated that Ka lacked tissue contrast and the background of Kr was heterogeneous; thus, MK was the superior assessment parameter for ischemic lesions in these regions. In conclusion, Ka is better suited for the diagnosis of acute ischemic lesions in highly anisotropic brain regions, such as the corpus callosum and corona radiate. MK may be appropriate for the lesions in low anisotropic or isotropic brain regions, such as the thalamus, subcortical white matter and cerebral cortices.

  4. [Associative visual agnosia. The less visible consequences of a cerebral infarction].

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    Diesfeldt, H F A

    2011-02-01

    After a cerebral infarction, some patients acutely demonstrate contralateral hemiplegia, or aphasia. Those are the obvious symptoms of a cerebral infarction. However, less visible but burdensome consequences may go unnoticed without closer investigation. The importance of a thorough clinical examination is exemplified by a single case study of a 72-year-old, right-handed male. Two years before he had suffered from an ischemic stroke in the territory of the left posterior cerebral artery, with right homonymous hemianopia and global alexia (i.e., impairment in letter recognition and profound impairment of reading) without agraphia. Naming was impaired on visual presentation (20%-39% correct), but improved significantly after tactile presentation (87% correct) or verbal definition (89%). Pre-semantic visual processing was normal (correct matching of different views of the same object), as was his access to structural knowledge from vision (he reliably distinguished real objects from non-objects). On a colour decision task he reliably indicated which of two items was coloured correctly. Though he was unable to mime how visually presented objects were used, he more reliably matched pictures of objects with pictures of a mime artist gesturing the use of the object. He obtained normal scores on word definition (WAIS-III), synonym judgment and word-picture matching tasks with perceptual and semantic distractors. He however failed when he had to match physically dissimilar specimens of the same object or when he had to decide which two of five objects were related associatively (Pyramids and Palm Trees Test). The patient thus showed a striking contrast in his intact ability to access knowledge of object shape or colour from vision and impaired functional and associative knowledge. As a result, he could not access a complete semantic representation, required for activating phonological representations to name visually presented objects. The pattern of impairments and

  5. Use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction in the last 10 years: A Scopus-based literature analysis☆

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    Chen, Jiajun; Yao, Min; Zhao, Yunhua; Jin, Xiya; Li, Yuanbing; Huang, Lihong

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To identify global research trends in the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction. DATA RETRIEVAL: We performed a bibliometric analysis of studies on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction published during 2002–2011, retrieved from Scopus, using the key words of acupuncture and cerebral infarction or ischemic stroke. SELECTION CRITERIA: Inclusion criteria: peer-reviewed articles on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction indexed in Scopus and published between 2002 and 2011; types of publications were original research articles, reviews, meeting abstracts, proceedings papers, book chapters, editorial material, and news items. Exclusion criteria: articles that required manual searching or telephone access; documents that were not published in the public domain; and corrected papers. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: (a) Annual publication output; (b) language of publication; (c) type of publication; (d) key words of publication; (e) publication by research field; (f) publication by journal; (g) publication by country and institution; (h) publication by author; (i) most-cited papers between 2002 and 2006; and (j) most-cited papers between 2007 and 2011. RESULTS: A total of 160 publications on the use of acupuncture to treat cerebral infarction from 2002–2011 were retrieved from Scopus. The number of publications increased gradually over the 10-year study period; most were written in Chinese or English. Articles and reviews constituted the major types. The most frequent key word used was acupuncture. The most prolific journals in this area were Zhongguo Zhen Jiu and the Chinese Journal of Clinical Rehabilitation. Of the 160 publications retrieved, half came from Chinese authors and institutions. Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine was the most prolific research institute. Two papers were cited 30 times; they were published in 2002 and 2009, respectively. CONCLUSION: In the field of neuroscience, there is little

  6. Malignant infarction in cats after prolonged middle cerebral artery occlusion: glutamate elevation related to decrease of cerebral perfusion pressure.

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    Toyota, Shingo; Graf, Rudolf; Valentino, Mario; Yoshimine, Toshiki; Heiss, Wolf-Dieter

    2002-05-01

    To study the putative role and predictive significance of glutamate elevation in space-occupying ischemic stroke, we investigated the correlation between perfusional disturbances and glutamate alterations in a transient ischemia model in cats that is susceptible to secondary deterioration after reperfusion. In 10 halothane-anesthetized cats, the left middle cerebral artery was occluded for 3 hours, followed by 6 hours of reperfusion. Laser-Doppler flowmetry (LDF) probes, microdialysis/high-performance liquid chromatography, and pressure sensors measured simultaneously regional cerebral blood flow (CBF), extracellular amino acids, mean arterial blood pressure, and intracranial pressure, respectively. Cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) was calculated. In complementary experiments (n=2), regional CBF was assessed by sequential positron emission tomography. Middle cerebral artery occlusion reduced LDF-measured CBF in all animals to <25% of control. In 5 of 10 cats, glutamate rose approximately 30-fold during ischemia. LDF-measured CBF and glutamate primarily recovered after reperfusion. Glutamate rose again in the late reperfusion phase, when CPP decreased to <60 mm Hg, and symptoms of transtentorial herniation were recognized. Positron emission tomography revealed ischemic thresholds of 15 to 20 mL/100 g per minute for secondary deterioration. In the other 5 cats, ischemic elevation of glutamate was significantly smaller, and signs of secondary deterioration were not recognized. Glutamate determinations during ischemia predict fatal outcome, as do intracranial pressure and CPP measurements during early reperfusion. Secondary amino acid elevation during reperfusion is presumably caused by a drastic decrease of CPP to <50 mm Hg in the final stage of space-occupying, malignant focal ischemia. At this stage, a further progression of injury due to increased glutamate may be irrelevant with respect to fatal outcome.

  7. Neurons containing Alz-50-immunoreactive granules around the cerebral infarction: evidence for the lysosomal degradation of altered tau in human brain?

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    Ikeda, K; Akiyama, H; Arai, T; Kondo, H; Haga, C; Tsuchiya, K; Yamada, S; Murayama, S; Hori, A

    2000-04-28

    Little is known about the metabolic process of tau and tau-derived substances. Alz-50- and tau 2-immunoreactivities in intracellular granules of neurons were observed in regions surrounding infarcted foci in the human cerebral cortex. Ultrastructurally, these granules in the fresh infarcted region exhibited primary lysosome-like structures, while those in old infarctions were lipofuscin. These findings indicate that tau is metabolized within lysosomes in neurons damaged by ischemic injury in human cortical penumbra. Alz-50-positive granules were more prominent in fresh infarction than in old infarction. After undergoing degradation and modification, altered tau might remain, at least partially, in secondary lysosomes.

  8. CSF Volumetric Analysis for Quantification of Cerebral Edema After Hemispheric Infarction.

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    Dhar, Rajat; Yuan, Kristy; Kulik, Tobias; Chen, Yasheng; Heitsch, Laura; An, Hongyu; Ford, Andria; Lee, Jin-Moo

    2016-06-01

    Malignant cerebral edema (CED) complicates at least 20 % of large hemispheric infarcts (LHI) and may result in neurological deterioration or death. Midline shift (MLS) is a standard but crude measure of edema severity. We propose that volumetric analysis of shifts in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) over time provides a reliable means of quantifying the spectrum of edema severity after LHI. We identified 38 patients from 2008 to 2014 with NIHSS ≥8, baseline CT <6 h after stroke onset, at least 1 follow-up (FU) CT, and no parenchymal hematoma. The volumes of CSF (sulci, ventricles, and cisterns) ipsilateral (IL) and contralateral (CL) to infarct on baseline and FU CTs were quantified by manually assisted outlining with MIPAV image analysis software, as was infarct volume and MLS on FU CTs. Percentage change in CSF volumes (∆CSF) from baseline to FU scans was correlated with MLS and compared in those with vs. without malignant edema (defined as hemicraniectomy, osmotic therapy, or death/neurological deterioration with MLS ≥5 mm). 11 of 38 subjects (29 %) developed malignant edema. Neither baseline NIHSS nor CSF volume differed between those with and without edema (median NIHSS 18 vs. 13, p = 0.12, CSF volume 102 vs. 124 ml, p = 0.16). Inter-rater reliability for CSF measurements was excellent (intraclass correlation coefficient 0.97). ∆CSF correlated strongly with MLS at peak edema (r = -0.75), even adjusting for infarct volume (p = 0.009). ∆CSF was also greater in those with malignant edema [-55 % (IQR -49 to -62) vs. -36 % (-27 to -45), p = 0.004]. ∆CSF was the greatest within IL sulci [-97 % (-86 to -99) vs. -71 % (-41 to -79), p = 0.002] but also significantly greater within CL sulci in those with malignant edema [-50 % (-29 to -65) vs. -25 % (0 to -31), p = 0.014]. More than half this CSF volume reduction occurred by the time of first FU CT around 24 h after stroke, while MLS rose later. Volumetric CSF analysis reliably quantifies

  9. Admission insular infarction >25% is the strongest predictor of large mismatch loss in proximal middle cerebral artery stroke.

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    Kamalian, Shervin; Kemmling, Andre; Borgie, Roderick C; Morais, Livia T; Payabvash, Seyedmehdi; Franceschi, Ana M; Kamalian, Shahmir; Yoo, Albert J; Furie, Karen L; Lev, Michael H

    2013-11-01

    Previous univariate analyses have suggested that proximal middle cerebral artery infarcts with insular involvement have greater severity and are more likely to progress into surrounding penumbral tissue at risk. We hypothesized that a practical, simple scoring method to assess percent insular ribbon infarction (PIRI score) would improve prediction of penumbral loss over other common imaging biomarkers. Of consecutive acute stroke patients from 2003 to 2008, 45 with proximal middle cerebral artery-only occlusion met inclusion criteria, including available penumbral imaging. Infarct (diffusion-weighted imaging), tissue at risk (magnetic resonance mean transit time), and final infarct volume (magnetic resonance/computed tomography) were manually segmented. Diffusion-weighted imaging images were rated according to the 5-point PIRI score (0, normal; 1, <25%; 2, 25%-49%; 3, 50%-74%; 4, ≥75% insula involvement). Percent mismatch loss was calculated as an outcome measure of infarct progression. Receiver operating characteristic curve and multivariate analyses were performed. Mean admission diffusion-weighted imaging infarct volume was 30.9 (±38.8) mL and median (interquartile range) PIRI score was 3 (0.75-4). PIRI score was significantly correlated with percent mismatch loss (P<0.0001). When percent mismatch loss was dichotomized based on its median value (30.0%), receiver operating characteristic curve area under curve was 0.89 (P=0.0001) with a 25% insula infarction optimal threshold. After adjusting for time to imaging and treatment, binary logistic regression, including dichotomized PIRI (25% threshold), age, National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score, diffusion-weighted imaging infarct volume, and computed tomography angiography collateral score as covariates, revealed that only dichotomized insula score (P=0.03) and age (P=0.02) were independent predictors of large (68.2%) versus small (8.1%) mismatch loss. There was excellent interobserver agreement for

  10. Does Preinterventional Flat-Panel Computer Tomography Pooled Blood Volume Mapping Predict Final Infarct Volume After Mechanical Thrombectomy in Acute Cerebral Artery Occlusion?

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    Wagner, Marlies; Kyriakou, Yiannis; Mesnil de Rochemont, Richard du; Singer, Oliver C.; Berkefeld, Joachim

    2013-08-01

    PurposeDecreased cerebral blood volume is known to be a predictor for final infarct volume in acute cerebral artery occlusion. To evaluate the predictability of final infarct volume in patients with acute occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) or the distal internal carotid artery (ICA) and successful endovascular recanalization, pooled blood volume (PBV) was measured using flat-panel detector computed tomography (FPD CT).Materials and MethodsTwenty patients with acute unilateral occlusion of the MCA or distal ACI without demarcated infarction, as proven by CT at admission, and successful Thrombolysis in cerebral infarction score (TICI 2b or 3) endovascular thrombectomy were included. Cerebral PBV maps were acquired from each patient immediately before endovascular thrombectomy. Twenty-four hours after recanalization, each patient underwent multislice CT to visualize final infarct volume. Extent of the areas of decreased PBV was compared with the final infarct volume proven by follow-up CT the next day.ResultsIn 15 of 20 patients, areas of distinct PBV decrease corresponded to final infarct volume. In 5 patients, areas of decreased PBV overestimated final extension of ischemia probably due to inappropriate timing of data acquisition and misery perfusion.ConclusionPBV mapping using FPD CT is a promising tool to predict areas of irrecoverable brain parenchyma in acute thromboembolic stroke. Further validation is necessary before routine use for decision making for interventional thrombectomy.

  11. Cerebral Salt-Wasting Syndrome Caused by Minor Head Injury.

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    Fukuoka, Toshiki; Tsurumi, Yuko; Tsurumi, Arihito

    2017-01-01

    A 34-year-old woman was admitted to hospital after sustaining a head injury in a motor vehicle accident (day 1). No signs of neurological deficit, skull fracture, brain contusion, or intracranial bleeding were evident. She was discharged without symptoms on day 4. However, headache and nausea worsened on day 8, at which time serum sodium level was noted to be 121 mEq/L. Treatment with sodium chloride was initiated, but serum sodium decreased to 116 mEq/L on day 9. Body weight decreased in proportion to the decrease in serum sodium. Cerebral salt-wasting syndrome was diagnosed. This case represents the first illustration of severe hyponatremia related to cerebral salt-wasting syndrome caused by a minor head injury.

  12. Cerebral Salt-Wasting Syndrome Caused by Minor Head Injury

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    Tsurumi, Yuko; Tsurumi, Arihito

    2017-01-01

    A 34-year-old woman was admitted to hospital after sustaining a head injury in a motor vehicle accident (day 1). No signs of neurological deficit, skull fracture, brain contusion, or intracranial bleeding were evident. She was discharged without symptoms on day 4. However, headache and nausea worsened on day 8, at which time serum sodium level was noted to be 121 mEq/L. Treatment with sodium chloride was initiated, but serum sodium decreased to 116 mEq/L on day 9. Body weight decreased in proportion to the decrease in serum sodium. Cerebral salt-wasting syndrome was diagnosed. This case represents the first illustration of severe hyponatremia related to cerebral salt-wasting syndrome caused by a minor head injury. PMID:28194285

  13. Solulin reduces infarct volume and regulates gene-expression in transient middle cerebral artery occlusion in rats.

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    Ryang, Yu-Mi; Dang, Jon; Kipp, Markus; Petersen, Karl-Uwe; Fahlenkamp, Astrid V; Gempt, Jens; Wesp, Dominik; Rossaint, Rolf; Beyer, Cordian; Coburn, Mark

    2011-11-14

    Thrombolysis after acute ischemic stroke has only proven to be beneficial in a subset of patients. The soluble recombinant analogue of human thrombomodulin, Solulin, was studied in an in vivo rat model of acute ischemic stroke. Male SD rats were subjected to 2 hrs of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO). Rats treated with Solulin intravenously shortly before reperfusion were compared to rats receiving normal saline i.v. with respect to infarct volumes, neurological deficits and mortality. Gene expression of IL-6, IL-1β, TNF-α, MMP-9, CD11B and GFAP were semiquantitatively analyzed by rtPCR of the penumbra. 24 hrs after reperfusion, rats were neurologically tested, euthanized and infarct volumes determined. Solulin significantly reduced mean total (p=0.001), cortical (p=0.002), and basal ganglia (p=0.036) infarct volumes. Hippocampal infarct volumes (p=0.191) were not significantly affected. Solulin significantly downregulated the expression of IL-1β (79%; p<0.001), TNF-α (59%; p=0.001), IL-6 (47%; p=0.04), and CD11B (49%; p=0.001) in the infarcted cortex compared to controls. Solulin reduced mean total, cortical and basal ganglia infarct volumes and regulated a subset of cytokines and proteases after tMCAO suggesting the potency of this compound for therapeutic interventions.

  14. Solulin reduces infarct volume and regulates gene-expression in transient middle cerebral artery occlusion in rats

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    2011-01-01

    Background Thrombolysis after acute ischemic stroke has only proven to be beneficial in a subset of patients. The soluble recombinant analogue of human thrombomodulin, Solulin, was studied in an in vivo rat model of acute ischemic stroke. Methods Male SD rats were subjected to 2 hrs of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO). Rats treated with Solulin intravenously shortly before reperfusion were compared to rats receiving normal saline i.v. with respect to infarct volumes, neurological deficits and mortality. Gene expression of IL-6, IL-1β, TNF-α, MMP-9, CD11B and GFAP were semiquantitatively analyzed by rtPCR of the penumbra. Results 24 hrs after reperfusion, rats were neurologically tested, euthanized and infarct volumes determined. Solulin significantly reduced mean total (p = 0.001), cortical (p = 0.002), and basal ganglia (p = 0.036) infarct volumes. Hippocampal infarct volumes (p = 0.191) were not significantly affected. Solulin significantly downregulated the expression of IL-1β (79%; p < 0.001), TNF-α (59%; p = 0.001), IL-6 (47%; p = 0.04), and CD11B (49%; p = 0.001) in the infarcted cortex compared to controls. Conclusions Solulin reduced mean total, cortical and basal ganglia infarct volumes and regulated a subset of cytokines and proteases after tMCAO suggesting the potency of this compound for therapeutic interventions. PMID:22082476

  15. A case of intracranial arterial dolichoectasia with 4 repeated cerebral infarctions in 6 months and enlargement of basilar artery.

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    Moriyoshi, Hideyuki; Furukawa, Soma; Iwata, Mai; Suzuki, Junichiro; Nakai, Noriyoshi; Nishida, Suguru; Ito, Yasuhiro

    2017-03-28

    A 78-year-old man was admitted to our hospital because of sudden right hemiparesis and dysarthria. His cranial MRI showed an area of hyperintensity in left pons on DWI and MRA revealed dilated, elongated and tortuous intracranial artery. We diagnosed as acute phase ischemic stroke and intracranial arterial dolichoectasia (IADE). Intravenous infusion of rt-PA was performed 157 minutes after the onset of symptoms, and his hemiparesis improved. However, he subsequently suffered from cerebral infarction 4 times in 6 months, and we treated him twice with thrombolytic therapy. Although thrombolytic therapy was effective in the short term and antithrombotic therapy was continued, he had bilateral hemiplegia and severe dysphagia because of repeated cerebral infarctions. Hence basilar artery was dilated with intramural hemorrhage over 6 months, and we discontinued antithrombolytic therapy. It is possible that antithrombolytic therapy affects enlargement of IADE. Antithrombolytic therapy for IADE should be done carefully.

  16. Left medial parietal lobe and receptive language functions: mixed transcortical aphasia after left anterior cerebral artery infarction.

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    Ross, E D

    1980-02-01

    Three aphasic patients with infarctions involving the left anterior cerebral artery have been studied. Two had trancortical motor aphasia, and one had mixed transcortical (or isolation) aphasia. Based on computerized tomography in two patients and whole-brain sections in one, the patient with mixed transcortical aphasia had a lesion that went beyond the rolandic fissure to involve the anterior precuneus lobule of the left medial parietal lobe. In the patients with transcortical motor aphasia, the lesion was confined to the frontal lobe. From these cases and other data, it seems likely that the left medial parietal lobe has receptive language functions analogous to the motor language functions of the left medial frontal lobe, thus accounting for the mixed transcortical aphasia observed in the patient whose left anterior cerebral artery infarction involved both the medial parietal and medial frontal lobes.

  17. Anesthesia-Induced Hypothermia Attenuates Early-Phase Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption but Not Infarct Volume following Cerebral Ischemia.

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    Liu, Yu-Cheng; Lee, Yu-Da; Wang, Hwai-Lee; Liao, Kate Hsiurong; Chen, Kuen-Bao; Poon, Kin-Shing; Pan, Yu-Ling; Lai, Ted Weita

    2017-01-01

    Blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption is thought to facilitate the development of cerebral infarction after a stroke. In a typical stroke model (such as the one used in this study), the early phase of BBB disruption reaches a peak 6 h post-ischemia and largely recovers after 8-24 h, whereas the late phase of BBB disruption begins 48-58 h post-ischemia. Because cerebral infarct develops within 24 h after the onset of ischemia, and several therapeutic agents have been shown to reduce the infarct volume when administered at 6 h post-ischemia, we hypothesized that attenuating BBB disruption at its peak (6 h post-ischemia) can also decrease the infarct volume measured at 24 h. We used a mouse stroke model obtained by combining 120 min of distal middle cerebral arterial occlusion (dMCAo) with ipsilateral common carotid arterial occlusion (CCAo). This model produced the most reliable BBB disruption and cerebral infarction compared to other models characterized by a shorter duration of ischemia or obtained with dMCAO or CCAo alone. The BBB permeability was measured by quantifying Evans blue dye (EBD) extravasation, as this tracer has been shown to be more sensitive for the detection of early-phase BBB disruption compared to other intravascular tracers that are more appropriate for detecting late-phase BBB disruption. We showed that a 1 h-long treatment with isoflurane-anesthesia induced marked hypothermia and attenuated the peak of BBB disruption when administered 6 h after the onset of dMCAo/CCAo-induced ischemia. We also demonstrated that the inhibitory effect of isoflurane was hypothermia-dependent because the same treatment had no effect on ischemic BBB disruption when the mouse body temperature was maintained at 37°C. Importantly, inhibiting the peak of BBB disruption by hypothermia had no effect on the volume of brain infarct 24 h post-ischemia. In conclusion, inhibiting the peak of BBB disruption is not an effective neuroprotective strategy, especially in comparison

  18. Anesthesia-Induced Hypothermia Attenuates Early-Phase Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption but Not Infarct Volume following Cerebral Ischemia

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    Liu, Yu-Cheng; Lee, Yu-Da; Wang, Hwai-Lee; Liao, Kate Hsiurong; Chen, Kuen-Bao; Poon, Kin-Shing; Pan, Yu-Ling

    2017-01-01

    Blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption is thought to facilitate the development of cerebral infarction after a stroke. In a typical stroke model (such as the one used in this study), the early phase of BBB disruption reaches a peak 6 h post-ischemia and largely recovers after 8–24 h, whereas the late phase of BBB disruption begins 48–58 h post-ischemia. Because cerebral infarct develops within 24 h after the onset of ischemia, and several therapeutic agents have been shown to reduce the infarct volume when administered at 6 h post-ischemia, we hypothesized that attenuating BBB disruption at its peak (6 h post-ischemia) can also decrease the infarct volume measured at 24 h. We used a mouse stroke model obtained by combining 120 min of distal middle cerebral arterial occlusion (dMCAo) with ipsilateral common carotid arterial occlusion (CCAo). This model produced the most reliable BBB disruption and cerebral infarction compared to other models characterized by a shorter duration of ischemia or obtained with dMCAO or CCAo alone. The BBB permeability was measured by quantifying Evans blue dye (EBD) extravasation, as this tracer has been shown to be more sensitive for the detection of early-phase BBB disruption compared to other intravascular tracers that are more appropriate for detecting late-phase BBB disruption. We showed that a 1 h-long treatment with isoflurane-anesthesia induced marked hypothermia and attenuated the peak of BBB disruption when administered 6 h after the onset of dMCAo/CCAo-induced ischemia. We also demonstrated that the inhibitory effect of isoflurane was hypothermia-dependent because the same treatment had no effect on ischemic BBB disruption when the mouse body temperature was maintained at 37°C. Importantly, inhibiting the peak of BBB disruption by hypothermia had no effect on the volume of brain infarct 24 h post-ischemia. In conclusion, inhibiting the peak of BBB disruption is not an effective neuroprotective strategy, especially in

  19. Functional Outcome After Decompressive Craniectomy in Patients with Dominant or Non-Dominant Malignant Middle Cerebral Infarcts

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    Kamal Alam, Bilal; Bukhari, Ahmed S; Muhammad Siddique, Pir; Ghazanfar, Haider; Niaz, Muhammad Junaid; Kundi, Maryam; Shah, Saima; Siddiqui, Maimoona

    2017-01-01

    Background: The use of decompressive craniectomy (DC) has been studied in the setting of different conditions, including traumatic brain injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction. The rationale of this study is to determine the functional outcome after DC in patients with malignant MCA infarcts. Methods: A longitudinal cohort study was performed based on patients diagnosed with malignant MCA territory infarction admitted to the Neurosurgery Department of a tertiary care hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan between July 2015 and November 2016. All patients had a clinical diagnosis of stroke according to the World Health Organization (WHO) stroke criteria. Results: A total of 34 patients participated in this study, out of which 20/31 (64.5%) were males while 11/31 (35.5%) were females with a mean age of 51.61 ± 13.96 years. The mean time from diagnosis to surgery was 60.61 ± 49.83 hours. Out of 31 patients, 18 (58.1%) had a right middle cerebral artery infarct (RMCAI) and 13 (41.9%) had a left middle cerebral artery infarct (LCAI). Logistic regression was applied to assess the association between the type of MCA infarct with the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), modified Rankin Scale (mRS), modified Barthel Index (mBI) scores, and upper and lower limb motor power. However, the logistic regression model was not statistically significant χ2 (4) = 3.896, p = 0.866. There was a statistically significant mild improvement of neurological scores and upper and lower motor power over a course of six months, but the overall functional outcome was poor with mBI < 60 and mRS > 4 (p < 0.001) with total mortality of 8.7%. Conclusion: Decompressive craniectomy is a life-saving surgery that appears to benefit patients with malignant MCA infarcts of either the dominant or non-dominant cerebral hemisphere. Decompressive craniectomy results in mild improvements in neurological scores but still poor functional outcome

  20. Natural history of the spontaneous reperfusion of human cerebral infarcts as assessed by 99mTc HMPAO SPECT

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    Bowler, J; Wade, J; Jones, B; Nijran, K; Steiner, T

    1998-01-01

    OBJECTIVE—Little is known about the effect of spontaneous reperfusion of human cerebral infarcts. Single photon emission computerised tomography (SPECT) data were analysed from a study using 99Tcm HMPAO (99Tcm hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime) in human cerebral infarction for the frequency of reperfusion and to see if it affected infarct size, oedema, haemorrhagic transformation, or functional outcome.
METHODS—Fifty sequential cases of ischaemic stroke were studied with 124 99Tcm HMPAO SPECT at around one day, one week, and three months after stroke along with detailed clinical and functional assessments.
RESULTS—Visually apparent reperfusion occurred in 14 of 50 patients (28%) with a mean delay of 5.8 days and reperfusion was seen in seven others in whom it was identified on the basis of changes in perfusion deficit volume. It occurred in 13 of 23 embolic events but only in three of 23 other events. In only two cases did spontaneous reperfusion occur early enough to preserve tissue or function. Reperfusion did not otherwise reduce infarct size, or improve clinical or functional outcome, and was not associated with oedema but an association with haemorrhagic transformation was suggested. Reperfusion significantly decreased the apparent perfusion defect as measured by SPECT one week from the ictus, but was mostly non-nutritional and transient. The mean volume of tissue preserved by nutritional reperfusion was 10 cm3, but this was unequally distributed between cases. Late washout of 99Tcm HMPAO from areas of hyperaemic reperfusion may be a good prognostic marker but is a rare phenomenon and too insensitive to be of general applicability.
CONCLUSIONS—Spontaneous reperfusion after cerebral infarction occurs in 42% of cases within the first week but is associated with clinical improvement in only 2%. It has few adverse consequences although it may be associated with haemorrhagic transformation.

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  1. Effects of rosuvastatin on serum lipids and arteriosclerosis in dyslipidemic patients with cerebral infarction.

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    Deguchi, Ichiro; Horiuchi, Yohsuke; Hayashi, Takeshi; Sehara, Yoshihide; Kato, Yuji; Ohe, Yasuko; Fukuoka, Takuya; Maruyama, Hajime; Sano, Hiroyasu; Nagamine, Yuito; Tanahashi, Norio

    2014-09-01

    We investigated the effect of rosuvastatin, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor, on serum lipids and arteriosclerosis in dyslipidemic patients with cerebral infarction. The subjects were 24 patients with noncardiogenic cerebral infarction complicated by dyslipidemia (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol [LDL-C] ≥ 140 mg/dL). Serum lipids and highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were measured at the start of the study and at 3 and 12 months after the initiation of oral rosuvastatin (5 mg/day). Cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI), intima-media thickness (IMT), and plaque score (PS) were also determined at the start of the study and at 12 months. Of the 24 patients admitted, 17 were eligible for statistical analysis. Total cholesterol (TC), LDL-C, and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) (mean [standard deviation {SD}], mg/dL) were significantly decreased at 3 months (TC, 149.4 [20.4]; LDL-C, 78.7 [18.6]; non-HDL-C, 94.6 [21.7]) and at 12 months (TC, 154.9 [27.2]; LDL-C, 82.5 [23.3]; non-HDL-C, 100.2 [28.8]) compared with the baseline data (TC, 232.8 [29.7]; LDL-C, 162.2 [21.2]; non-HDL-C, 183.0 [27.7]). The serum hs-CRP level (mean [SD], ng/mL) was 1053.1 [818.8] at baseline, 575.2 [481.8] at 3 months, and 488.1 [357.7] at 12 months. The decrease in this parameter at 12 months was statistically significant. There was a decrease, although not statistically significant, in CAVI (mean [SD]) at 12 months (right [Rt.] 8.7 [.9]; left [Lt.] 8.6 [1.0]), compared with baseline (Rt. 9.1 [1.1]; Lt. 9.0 [1.1]). The max-IMT (mean [SD], mm) was (Rt. 2.11 [.97]; Lt. 2.01 [.75]) at baseline and (Rt. 2.18 [.82]; Lt. 2.06 [.79]) at 12 months of study treatment. The PS (mean [SD], mm) was 8.93 [4.33] at baseline and 9.61 [4.79] at 12 months; neither parameter showed a significant change. Rosuvastatin at 5 mg/day significantly reduced serum levels of TC, LDL-C, non-HDL-C, and hs-CRP in dyslipidemic patients with cerebral infarction. No

  2. Risk Factors for Hemorrhagic Transformation After Intravenous Thrombolysis in Acute Cerebral Infarction: A Retrospective Single-Center Study.

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    Xu, Xiahong; Li, Changsong; Wan, Ting; Gu, Xiaobo; Zhu, Wenxia; Hao, Junjie; Bao, Huan; Zuo, Lian; Hu, Hui; Li, Gang

    2017-05-01

    To investigate the risk factors for hemorrhagic transformation (HT) after intravenous thrombolysis using a recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (r-tPA) in acute cerebral infarction. Patients with acute cerebral infarction receiving r-tPA thrombolysis in Shanghai Eastern Hospital were retrospectively studied. Based on the cranial computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging examination, after the intravenous thrombolysis, the patients were divided into 2 groups: an HT group and a non-HT group. The information was collected before or after thrombolysis. A total of 162 patients were included in the analysis. The age ranged from 25 to 86 years, with an average age of 65.6 ± 10.6 years. The average time from disease onset to thrombolysis was 188 ± 53.1 minutes. Cranial computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging showed that 20 patients (12.3%) had HT after thrombolysis. Using univariate analysis, history of atrial fibrillation, positive expression of urinary protein, and high National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score before thrombolysis, we found that there was a significant difference between the HT and non-HT group (P < 0.05) in the level of mean systolic pressure (MSP) 24 hours after thrombolysis. Multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated that age ≥80 years, MSP ≥140 mm Hg, NIHSS score, and fibrinogen concentration before thrombolysis were risk factors for HT after thrombolysis in patients with acute cerebral infarction. Age, MSP, NIHSS score, and fibrinogen concentration before thrombolysis are risk factors for HT after thrombolysis in acute cerebral infarction. These 4 factors should be carefully taken into account before thrombolysis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Partial role of multiple pathways in infarct size limiting effect of quercetin and rutin against cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats.

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    Annapurna, A; Ansari, M A; Manjunath, P M

    2013-02-01

    Reperfusion therapy used in the treatment of cerebral ischemia often causes reperfusion neurological injury. Multiple pathological processes are involved in this injury including oxidative stress and components of the inflammatory response appear to play key roles in these deleterious effects. Thus new therapeutic strategies aimed at neutralization of OS-induced neurotoxicity support the application of natural antioxidant bioflavonoids. Both experimental and epidemiological evidence demonstrate that bioflavonoid such as quercetin and rutin are neuroprotective in models of cerebral ischemia reperfusion injury. However, recent studies indicate that the radical scavenger property of quercetin and rutin is unlikely to be the only reason for their cerebroprotective actions and in fact, a wide spectrum of cellular signaling events may well account for their biological actions. In this study we attempted to establish the various mechanisms involved in the cerebroprotective activity of quercetin and rutin. Adult Sprague Dawely rats were anesthetized with thiopentone and subjected to global cerebral ischemia by occlusion of bicommon carotid arteries. Infarct size (TTC staining), SOD, MDA, CAT and MPO levels was assessed 4 h after the onset of ischemia. Quercetin (50 mg/kg) and rutin (10 mg/kg) administered 10 min before reperfusion resulted in significant reduction of infarct size, MDA, and MPO levels and significant increase in SOD and CAT levels. Administration of L-NAME prior to administration of quercetin and rutin, significantly reduced the cerebroprotection offered by quercetin and rutin. Possible partial role of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and involvement of NO in the beneficial effects of bioflavonoids quercetin and rutin against cerebral ischemia reperfusion injury was observed.

  4. Risk Factors for Hemorrhagic Transformation in Patients with Acute Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction

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    ÖCEK, Levent; GÜNER, Derya; ULUDAĞ, İrem Fatma; TİFTİKÇİOĞLU, Bedile İrem; ZORLU, Yaşar

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Hemorrhagic transformation (HT) after acute ischemic stroke (AIS) can be seen at any time following ischemic stroke. Although HT usually occurs as a complication of antithrombotic, anticoagulant, or thrombolytic treatments, it can also occur spontaneously. We aimed to investigate the occurrence of early HT and its relevant risk factors in patients diagnosed with acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction who were not treated with thrombolytic agents. Methods We recruited 171 patients with acute MCA infarction between January 2011 and July 2012 who were not treated with thrombolytic agents and were suitable to our inclusion criteria. Controlled neuroimaging was performed immediately in patients with deterioration, otherwise on day 7 following stroke. All patients were investigated for AIS risk factors and biochemical analyses were performed. Patients with HT in controlled neuroimaging were grouped both clinically (i.e., symptomatic or asymptomatic) and radiologically, according to “European Cooperative Acute Stroke Radiological Study” (ECASS), and risk factors were examined. Results We enrolled 171 patients [94 men (55%) and 77 women (45%)] in the study. HT developed in 37 patients (21.63%). In terms of risk factor analysis, the most frequent etiological factor was atherosclerosis in AIS patients (50.3%). National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale scores were significantly higher both in sHT patients according to asHT patients and in HT patients on day 7 compared with their initial scores. Serum low-density lipoprotein (LDL-C), triglycerides (TG), and total cholesterol (TC) levels were significantly lower in patients with HT (p<.001). Conclusion HT is a major complication in AIS that considerably increases the morbidity and mortality. To reduce the occurrence of HT, risk factors for each patient population should be determined. Acute thrombolytic therapy should be used cautiously in high-risk patients, and appropriate alternative therapies should

  5. Quality of life after surgical decompression for space-occupying middle cerebral artery infarction: systematic review.

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    van Middelaar, Tessa; Nederkoorn, Paul J; van der Worp, H Bart; Stam, Jan; Richard, Edo

    2015-02-01

    In patients with space-occupying middle cerebral artery infarction, surgical decompression strongly reduces risk of death and increases the chance of a favorable outcome. This comes at the expense of an increase in the risk of survival with (moderately) severe disability. We assessed quality of life, depression, and caregiver burden in these patients. We systematically reviewed the literature by searching MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PsycINFO up to March 2014. We included randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, and case series with quality of life, depression, or caregiver burden as primary or secondary outcome. Seventeen articles reporting on 459 patients were included. At final follow-up at 7 to 51 months, 1344 patients (30%) had died, and 34 (11%) were lost to follow up. Data on 291 patients were available, of whom 81 of 213 survivors (39%) achieved good functional outcome at final follow-up (modified Rankin Scale ≤ 3). Mean quality of life was 46% to 67% of the best possible score when based on questionnaires or visual analogue scales. At final follow-up, 143 of 189 patients (76%) would in retrospect again choose for surgical decompression. Severe depressive symptoms were present in 14 of 113 patients (16%). Three studies investigated caregiver burden and reported substantial burden. Patients more than 60 years old had a lower quality of life in comparison with younger patients. Most patients treated with surgical decompression for space-occupying infarction have a reasonable quality of life at long-term follow-up and are satisfied with the treatment received. Severe depressive symptoms are uncommon. © 2014 World Stroke Organization.

  6. Visual Agnosia and Posterior Cerebral Artery Infarcts: An Anatomical-Clinical Study

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    Martinaud, Olivier; Pouliquen, Dorothée; Gérardin, Emmanuel; Loubeyre, Maud; Hirsbein, David; Hannequin, Didier; Cohen, Laurent

    2012-01-01

    Background To evaluate systematically the cognitive deficits following posterior cerebral artery (PCA) strokes, especially agnosic visual disorders, and to study anatomical-clinical correlations. Methods and Findings We investigated 31 patients at the chronic stage (mean duration of 29.1 months post infarct) with standardized cognitive tests. New experimental tests were used to assess visual impairments for words, faces, houses, and objects. Forty-one healthy subjects participated as controls. Brain lesions were normalized, combined, and related to occipitotemporal areas responsive to specific visual categories, including words (VWFA), faces (FFA and OFA), houses (PPA) and common objects (LOC). Lesions were located in the left hemisphere in 15 patients, in the right in 13, and bilaterally in 3. Visual field defects were found in 23 patients. Twenty patients had a visual disorder in at least one of the experimental tests (9 with faces, 10 with houses, 7 with phones, 3 with words). Six patients had a deficit just for a single category of stimulus. The regions of maximum overlap of brain lesions associated with a deficit for a given category of stimuli were contiguous to the peaks of the corresponding functional areas as identified in normal subjects. However, the strength of anatomical-clinical correlations was greater for words than for faces or houses, probably due to the stronger lateralization of the VWFA, as compared to the FFA or the PPA. Conclusions Agnosic visual disorders following PCA infarcts are more frequent than previously reported. Dedicated batteries of tests, such as those developed here, are required to identify such deficits, which may escape clinical notice. The spatial relationships of lesions and of regions activated in normal subjects predict the nature of the deficits, although individual variability and bilaterally represented systems may blur those correlations. PMID:22276198

  7. Visual agnosia and posterior cerebral artery infarcts: an anatomical-clinical study.

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    Martinaud, Olivier; Pouliquen, Dorothée; Gérardin, Emmanuel; Loubeyre, Maud; Hirsbein, David; Hannequin, Didier; Cohen, Laurent

    2012-01-01

    To evaluate systematically the cognitive deficits following posterior cerebral artery (PCA) strokes, especially agnosic visual disorders, and to study anatomical-clinical correlations. We investigated 31 patients at the chronic stage (mean duration of 29.1 months post infarct) with standardized cognitive tests. New experimental tests were used to assess visual impairments for words, faces, houses, and objects. Forty-one healthy subjects participated as controls. Brain lesions were normalized, combined, and related to occipitotemporal areas responsive to specific visual categories, including words (VWFA), faces (FFA and OFA), houses (PPA) and common objects (LOC). Lesions were located in the left hemisphere in 15 patients, in the right in 13, and bilaterally in 3. Visual field defects were found in 23 patients. Twenty patients had a visual disorder in at least one of the experimental tests (9 with faces, 10 with houses, 7 with phones, 3 with words). Six patients had a deficit just for a single category of stimulus. The regions of maximum overlap of brain lesions associated with a deficit for a given category of stimuli were contiguous to the peaks of the corresponding functional areas as identified in normal subjects. However, the strength of anatomical-clinical correlations was greater for words than for faces or houses, probably due to the stronger lateralization of the VWFA, as compared to the FFA or the PPA. Agnosic visual disorders following PCA infarcts are more frequent than previously reported. Dedicated batteries of tests, such as those developed here, are required to identify such deficits, which may escape clinical notice. The spatial relationships of lesions and of regions activated in normal subjects predict the nature of the deficits, although individual variability and bilaterally represented systems may blur those correlations.

  8. The effect of nimodipine on the evolution of human cerebral infarction studied by PET.

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    Hakim, A M; Evans, A C; Berger, L; Kuwabara, H; Worsley, K; Marchal, G; Biel, C; Pokrupa, R; Diksic, M; Meyer, E

    1989-08-01

    Fourteen patients were studied by positron emission tomography (PET) within 48 h of onset of a hemispheric ischemic stroke and again 7 days later. After the first set of PET scans, the patients were randomized to receive either nimodipine (n = 7) or a carrier solution (n = 7) by intravenous infusion. The infusions were maintained until the end of the second PET studies. CBF, cerebral blood volume (CBV), oxygen extraction ratio (OER), CMRO2, and CMRglc were measured each time. These metabolic and perfusion measurements were performed by standard methods. A surface map of each metabolic and perfusion measurement in the cortical mantle was generated by interpolating between the available slices. The various surface maps representing the physiological characteristics determined in the same or subsequent studies were aligned so that all data sets could be analyzed identically using an array of square regions of interest (ROIs). The functional status of each ROI was recorded at the two intervals following the cerebrovascular accident to characterize the evolution of the infarct, penumbra, and normal brain regions. We presumed the ischemic penumbra to be cortical regions in the proximity of the infarct and perfused at CBF values between 12 and 18 ml/100 g/min on the first PET scan, while densely ischemic regions had CBF of less than 12 nl/100 g/min and normally perfused brain greater than 18 ml/100 g/min. In the densely ischemic zone, CBF increased more in the nimodipine-treated group than in the carrier group. As well, in this region nimodipine reversed the decline in CMRO2 noted in the carrier group, the difference in the changes being significant. In the penumbra zone, comparable trends were noted in OER and CMRO2 but the difference in the changes between the two groups did not reach statistical significance. Changes in CMRglc and CBV were comparable between the two groups in both cortical regions.

  9. Subcortical hematoma caused by cerebral amyloid angiopathy: does the first evidence of hemorrhage occur in the subarachnoid space?

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    Takeda, Shigeki; Yamazaki, Kazunori; Miyakawa, Teruo; Onda, Kiyoshi; Hinokuma, Kaoru; Ikuta, Fusahiro; Arai, Hiroyuki

    2003-12-01

    Six autopsy cases of subcortical hematoma caused by CAA were examined to elucidate the primary site of hemorrhage. Immunohistochemistry for amyloid beta-protein (A beta) revealed extensive CAA in the intrasulcal meningeal vessels rather than in the cerebral cortical vessels. All of the examined cases had multiple hematomas in the subarachnoid space, mainly in the cerebral sulci, as well as intracerebral hematomas. Each intracerebral hematoma was connected to the subarachnoid hematomas at the depth of cerebral sulci or through the lateral side of the cortex. There was no debris of the cerebral cortical tissue in the subarachnoid hematomas. In case 2, another solitary subarachnoid hematoma, which was not connected to any intracerebral hematoma, was seen. In all of these subarachnoid hematomas, many ruptured A beta-immunopositive arteries were observed. These ruptured arteries did not accompany any debris of the brain tissue, some of them were large in diameter (250-300 microm), and several of them were far from the cerebral cortex. Therefore, it was considered that they were not cortical arteries but meningeal arteries. Within the cerebral cortex, there were only a few ruptured arteries associated with small hemorrhages. There were no ruptured vessels within the intracerebral hematomas. There was a strong suggestion that all of the subarachnoid hematomas, including the solitary one in case 2, originated from the rupture of the meningeal arteries. The present study indicates that in some cases of subcortical hematoma caused by CAA, the primary hemorrhage occurs in the subarachnoid space, in particular the cerebral sulci, because of rupture of multiple meningeal arteries. Infarction occurs subsequently in the cortex around the hematoma, the hematoma penetrates into the brain parenchyma, and finally, a subcortical hematoma is formed.

  10. Cerebral infarction in the left hemisphere compared with the right hemisphere increases the risk of aspiration pneumonia.

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    Yamamoto, Keiichi; Koh, Hideo; Shimada, Hiroyuki; Takeuchi, Jun; Yamakawa, Yoshihiro; Kawamura, Mayumi; Miki, Takami

    2014-12-01

    Aspiration pneumonia (AP) following cerebral infarction (CI) has been considered as one of its most serious complications. Nevertheless, there are no reports on the association between the type or location of CI and the incidence of AP. In addition, the association between dysphagia, which leads to aspiration, and the type or location of CI has never been investigated. Therefore we hypothesized that the laterality of CI affects the development of both dysphagia and AP. We performed a retrospective cohort study to examine the association between the laterality of CI and the incidence of dysphagia and AP in 133 patients. AP was found in 6.0% of the group with left CI and in 0.8% of the group with right CI. A univariate logistic regression analysis revealed that left CI was a significant predictor of AP (hazard ratio, 8.81; 95% confidence interval, 1.07-72.59; p = 0.043). Left CI was a significant predictor of AP even after adjusting for age, sex, CI type, or presence of diabetes mellitus. In addition, although the frequency of dysphagia as the direct cause of AP did not differ according to laterality, the frequency of AP that ensued from dysphagia in the left CI group was greater than that observed in the right CI group. The group with left CI from the motor cortex to the internal capsule complicated by dysphagia exhibited a high risk of AP.

  11. An unusual case of cerebral autosomal-dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy with occipital lobe involvement

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    Trikamji, Bhavesh; Thomas, Mariam; Hathout, Gasser; Mishra, Shrikant

    2016-01-01

    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is an autosomal dominant angiopathy caused by a mutation in the notch 3 gene on chromosome 19. Clinically, patients may be asymptomatic or can present with recurrent ischemic episodes and strokes leading to dementia, depression, pseudobulbar palsy, and hemi- or quadraplegia. Additional manifestations that have been described include migraine (mostly with aura), psychiatric disturbances, and epileptic seizures. Neuroimaging is essential to the diagnosis of CADASIL. On imaging CADASIL is characterized by symmetric involvement by confluent lesions located subcortically in the frontal and temporal lobes as well as in the insula, periventricularly, in the centrum semiovale, in the internal and external capsule, basal ganglia, and brain stem; with relative sparing of the fronto-orbital and the occipital subcortical regions. We describe a 49 year old male with CADASIL with absence of temporal lobe findings on MRI but predominant lesions within the periventricular white matter, occipital lobes with extension into the subcortical frontal lobes, corpus callosum and cerebellar white matter. Although CADASIL characteristically presents with anterior temporal lobe involvement, these findings may be absent and our case addresses the atypical imaging findings in CADASIL. PMID:27293347

  12. [Risk of death 4 years after a 1st cerebral infarction: prospective study in Barquisimeto, Estado Lara, Venezuela].

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    Poni, E; Granero, R; Escobar, B

    1995-12-01

    Stroke, the 5th. cause of death in Venezuela, has been associated to cerebral infarction. However, there is little information concerning lethality factors. 33 atherothrombotic subtype stroke patients, 31 (96%) Latino and 2(4%) white, were admitted into a prospective study to analyze the role of 11 mortality risk factors for those patients. A mortality relative risk (RR) > 1.5 or < 1 (protective) was considered clinically important if 1 was excluded from the 95% confidence interval (95%CI). The Mantel-Haenszel Chi-square procedure was use to test statistical significance (p < 0.05). Mortality RR for patients age 65 and over (RR = 2.95) and 4 year mortality RR for male patients (RR = 2.04) were clinically and statistically significant. History of high blood pressure was protective (RR = 0.62) probably due to good medical control. Cumulative mortality was higher than that of comparable studies, even from the first week of follow-up, reaching 67% at the 4th year.

  13. [Mixed transcortical aphasia due to multiple deep white matter infarction in the dominant cerebral hemisphere: a case report].

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    Sato, K; Sakajiri, K; Komai, K; Yoshikawa, H; Takamori, M; Notoya, M

    1997-08-01

    We report a case of mixed transcortical aphasia (MTA) due to multiple cerebral infarction in the dominant hemisphere in an 80-year-old right-handed woman without hemiplegia. Her spontaneous speech was markedly reduced and auditory comprehension, reading and writing were severely disturbed. Although the repetition of sentences (at most 3 words) was relatively preserved, her speech was echolalic. Brain MRI showed bilateral multiple deep white matter infarction and subcortical infarction of the left parietal lobe, including left angular gyrus, but no abnormal signal intensities were detected in either Wernicke's or Broca's area. SPECT indicated a significant decrease in mean cerebral blood flow in both hemispheres, but there was no focal hypoperfusion in either speech area. We thought that the focal hypoperfusion observed in the right cerebellum indicated crossed cerebellar diaschisis. Electroencephalogram showed a diffuse reduction in the incidence of alpha waves in the left cerebral hemisphere. From these findings, we suggest that widespread hypofunction in the dominant hemisphere was important for the occurrence of MTA.

  14. Inhibition of Cathepsin B Alleviates Secondary Degeneration in Ipsilateral Thalamus After Focal Cerebral Infarction in Adult Rats.

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    Zuo, Xialin; Hou, Qinghua; Jin, Jizi; Zhan, Lixuan; Li, Xinyu; Sun, Weiwen; Lin, Kunqin; Xu, En

    2016-09-01

    Secondary degeneration in areas beyond ischemic foci can inhibit poststroke recovery. The cysteine protease Cathepsin B (CathB) regulates cell death and intracellular protein catabolism. To investigate the roles of CathB in the development of secondary degeneration in the ventroposterior nucleus (VPN) of the ipsilateral thalamus after focal cerebral infarction, infarct volumes, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, and Western blotting analyses were conducted in a distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAO) stroke model in adult rats. We observed marked neuron loss and gliosis in the ipsilateral thalamus after dMCAO, and the expression of CathB and cleaved caspase-3 in the VPN was significantly upregulated; glial cells were the major source of CathB. Although it had no effect on infarct volume, delayed intracerebroventricular treatment with the membrane-permeable CathB inhibitor CA-074Me suppressed the expression of CathB and cleaved caspase-3 in ipsilateral VPN and accordingly alleviated the secondary degeneration. These data indicate that CathB mediates a novel mechanism of secondary degeneration in the VPN of the ipsilateral thalamus after focal cortical infarction and suggest that CathB might be a therapeutic target for the prevention of secondary degeneration in patients after stroke. © 2016 American Association of Neuropathologists, Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Frontal and orbital bone infarctions causing periorbital swelling in patients with sickle cell anemia

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    Garty, I.; Koren, A.; Garzozi, H.

    1984-10-01

    Two cases of unilateral and bilateral periorbital hematomas occurred in patients with sickle cell anemia. The cause of periorbital swelling in these cases was found to be orbital and frontal bone infarctions, respectively, diagnosed by technetium Tc 99m medronate bone scintigraphy. To our knowledge, periorbital bone infarction, as a part of the differential diagnosis of periorbital hematoma and as part of the possible ocular manifestations in patients with sickle cell anemia, has not previously been described.

  16. Magnetic resonance angiography-defined intracranial vasculopathy is associated with silent cerebral infarcts and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase mutation in children with sickle cell anaemia.

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    Thangarajh, Mathula; Yang, Genyan; Fuchs, Dana; Ponisio, Maria R; McKinstry, Robert C; Jaju, Alok; Noetzel, Michael J; Casella, James F; Barron-Casella, Emily; Hooper, W Craig; Boulet, Sheree L; Bean, Christopher J; Pyle, Meredith E; Payne, Amanda B; Driggers, Jennifer; Trau, Heidi A; Vendt, Bruce A; Rodeghier, Mark; DeBaun, Michael R

    2012-11-01

    Silent cerebral infarct (SCI) is the most commonly recognized cause of neurological injury in sickle cell anaemia (SCA). We tested the hypothesis that magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)-defined vasculopathy is associated with SCI. Furthermore, we examined genetic variations in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) and HBA (α-globin) genes to determine their association with intracranial vasculopathy in children with SCA. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and MRA of the cerebral vasculature were available in 516 paediatric patients with SCA, enrolled in the Silent Infarct Transfusion (SIT) Trial. All patients were screened for G6PD mutations and HBA deletions. SCI were present in 41·5% (214 of 516) of SIT Trial children. The frequency of intracranial vasculopathy with and without SCI was 15·9% and 6·3%, respectively (P < 0·001). Using a multivariable logistic regression model, only the presence of a SCI was associated with increased odds of vasculopathy (P = 0·0007, odds ratio (OR) 2·84; 95% Confidence Interval (CI) = 1·55-5·21). Among male children with SCA, G6PD status was associated with vasculopathy (P = 0·04, OR 2·78; 95% CI = 1·04-7·42), while no significant association was noted for HBA deletions. Intracranial vasculopathy was observed in a minority of children with SCA, and when present, was associated with G6PD status in males and SCI.

  17. Chinese preparation Xuesaitong promotes the mobilization of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in rats with cerebral infarction.

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    Zhang, Jin-Sheng; Zhang, Bao-Xia; Du, Mei-Mei; Wang, Xiao-Ya; Li, Wei

    2016-02-01

    After cerebral ischemia, bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells are mobilized and travel from the bone marrow through peripheral circulation to the focal point of ischemia to initiate tissue regeneration. However, the number of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells mobilized into peripheral circulation is not enough to exert therapeutic effects, and the method by which blood circulation is promoted to remove blood stasis influences stem cell homing. The main ingredient of Xuesaitong capsules is Panax notoginseng saponins, and Xuesaitong is one of the main drugs used for promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis. We established rat models of cerebral infarction by occlusion of the middle cerebral artery and then intragastrically administered Xuesaitong capsules (20, 40 and 60 mg/kg per day) for 28 successive days. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay showed that in rats with cerebral infarction, middle- and high-dose Xuesaitong significantly increased the level of stem cell factors and the number of CD117-positive cells in plasma and bone marrow and significantly decreased the number of CD54- and CD106-positive cells in plasma and bone marrow. The effect of low-dose Xuesaitong on these factors was not obvious. These findings demonstrate that middle- and high-dose Xuesaitong and hence Panax notoginseng saponins promote and increase the level and mobilization of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in peripheral blood.

  18. Association of Apolipoprotein A1, B with Stenosis of Intracranial and Extracranial Arteries in Patients with Cerebral Infarction.

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    Li, Mi-Mi; Lin, You-Yu; Huang, Yin-Hui; Zhuo, Shi-Tu; Yang, Mei-Li; Lin, Hua-Song; Cai, Ruo-Wei

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the distribution of stenosis of intracranial and extracranial arteries of Han population patients suffering from cerebral infarction in the city of Quanzhou in Fujian and to determine the correlation of apolipoprotein A1 and apolipoprotein B with intracranial and extracranial atherosclerosis stenosis. For this study, we enrolled patients with cerebral infarction between December 2009 and October 2012 at the Neurology Department of The Second Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University. All patients were examined by computed tomography angiography (CTA). Past medical history, demographic data, and biochemical markers were collected. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to study the association between apo A1, apo B, and cerebral atherosclerosis stenosis. A total of 412 patients were included in this study. 137 cases (33.3%) were classified as the intracranial atherosclerosis stenosis (ICAS) group, 74 cases (18.0%) as the combined intracranial and extracranial atherosclerosis stenosis (COAS) group, 44 cases (0.7%) as the extracranial atherosclerosis stenosis (ECAS) group, and 157 cases (38.1%) as the non-cerebral atherosclerosis stenosis (NCAS) group. Middle cerebral arteries (43.8%) were the most common lesions of intracranial arterial atherosclerosis stenosis. Extracranial carotid stenosis (30.7%) were more likely to be stenoses in the extracranial internal carotid arteries. Compared with the NCAS group, apo B was significantly higher (p < 0.001), apo A1 was significantly lower in the ICAS group and COAS group (p = 0.02 and p = 0.030). Compared with the mild atherosclerosis stenosis group, apo B was higher in the severe extracranial atherosclerosis stenosis group (p = 0.03), apo A1 was lower in the severe intracranial atherosclerosis stenosis group (p < 0.001). The multiple logistic regression analyses showed that when apo A1 > 1.28 g/L, it was an independent protective factor of intracranial stenosis (OR, 0.39), apo B was an

  19. Cerebral flow velocities during daily activities depend on blood pressure in patients with chronic ischemic infarctions

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    Novak, Vera; Hu, Kun; Desrochers, Laura; Novak, Peter; Caplan, Louis; Lipsitz, Lewis; Selim, Magdy

    2010-01-01

    Background Target blood pressure (BP) values for optimal cerebral perfusion after an ischemic stroke are still debated. We sought to examine the relationship between BP and cerebral blood flow velocities (BFV) during daily activities. Methods We studied 43 patients with chronic large vessel ischemic infarctions in middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory (aged 64.2±8.94 years; at 6.1±4.9 years after stroke), and 67 age-matched controls. BFV in MCAs were measured during supine baseline, sitting, standing and tilt. A regression analysis and a dynamic phase analysis were used to quantify BP-BFV relationship. Results The mean arterial pressure was similar between the groups (89±15 mmHg). Baseline BFV were lower by ~ 30% in the stroke patients compared to the controls (p=0.0001). BFV declined further with postural changes, and remained lower in the stroke group during sitting (p=0.003), standing (p=0.003) and tilt (p=0.002) as compared to the control group. Average BFV on the stroke side were positively correlated with BP during baseline (R=0.54, p=0.0022, the slope 0.46 cm/s/mm Hg) and tilt (R=0.52, p=0.0028, the slope 0.40 cm/s/mm Hg). Regression analysis suggested that BFV may increase ~ 30-50% at mean BP > 100 mmHg. Orthostatic hypotension during the first minute of tilt or standing was independently associated with lower BFV on the stroke side (p=0.0008). Baseline BP-BFV phase shift derived from the phase analysis was smaller on the stroke-side (p=0.0006). Conclusion We found that BFV are lower in stroke patients and daily activities such as standing could induce hypoperfusion. BFV increase with mean arterial pressure > 100 mmHg. Dependency of BFV on arterial pressure may have implications for BP management after stroke. Further prospective investigations are needed to determine the impact of these findings on functional recovery and strategies to improve perfusion pressure during daily activities after ischemic stroke. PMID:19959536

  20. Confined anterior cerebral artery infarction manifesting as isolated unilateral axial weakness.

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    Honig, Asaf; Eliahou, Ruth; Auriel, Eitan

    2017-02-15

    We describe isolated unilateral axial weakness in three patients eventually diagnosed with anterior cerebral artery infarction (ACAI), a new clinical observation. Files of three ACAI patients (2 females, 1 male, ages 55-80) were retrospectively reviewed. All three presented to the ED with sudden unsteadiness. On initial neurological examination, all three patients manifested unilateral truncal deviation to the side contralateral to the weakness, even while seated. There was significant unilateral hypotonia due to substantial paravertebral weakness. None had pyramidal signs or increased limb tone. Speech, language, and cognitive performance were intact during admission examination. In all three patients, initial diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) MRI showed small confined regions of restriction involving the posterolateral border of ACA territory; CT angiography was normal in one patient with a newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation but showed atherosclerotic vasculature with severe narrowing of the A3 segment of the ACA in two. Awareness of ACAI presenting as unilateral axial weakness is warranted. We suggest that optimal diagnostic management should include examination of axial tone. Ischemic involvement of distal ACA branches may herald a more extensive ACAI. Prompt diagnosis may enable thrombolysis or endovascular treatment, and blood pressure maintenance may allow adequate perfusion to damaged tissue. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Hand movements at 3 months predict later hemiplegia in term infants with neonatal cerebral infarction.

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    Guzzetta, Andrea; Pizzardi, Alessandra; Belmonti, Vittorio; Boldrini, Antonio; Carotenuto, Marco; D'Acunto, Giulia; Ferrari, Fabrizio; Fiori, Simona; Gallo, Claudio; Ghirri, Paolo; Mercuri, Eugenio; Romeo, Domenico; Roversi, Maria Federica; Cioni, Giovanni

    2010-08-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the predictive value of quantitative assessment of hand movements in 3-month-old infants after neonatal stroke. Thirteen infants born at term (five females, eight males; mean gestational age 39.4wks, SD 1.19, range 37-41wks; mean birthweight 3240g, SD 203, range 2900-3570g) with neonatal arterial ischaemic cerebral infarction, and 13 healthy infants (mean gestational age 39.1wks, range 37-41wks, SD 1.26; mean birthweight 3190g, SD 259, range 2680-3490g) were enrolled in the study. The absolute frequency and the asymmetry of global hand opening and closing, wrist segmental movements, and independent digit movements were assessed from videotapes recorded at around 12 weeks. Neurological outcome was assessed when the infants were at least 18 months old using Touwen's neurological examination. Five of the 13 infants with neonatal stroke had normal neurological development, and eight had hemiplegia. Asymmetry of wrist segmental movements and the absolute frequency of independent digit movements were significantly different between infants with and without hemiplegia (p=0.006 and p=0.008, respectively). No differences were found in global hand movements. We propose that the observed abnormalities of hand movements are the result of two different mechanisms: direct disruption of the corticospinal projection to the spinal cord, and altered modulation of the central pattern generators of general movements.

  2. The effect of Jeo Dang-Tang on cytokines production in the patients with cerebral infarction.

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    Jeong, Hyun-Ja; Kang, Sei-Young; Kim, Sang-Yong; Lee, Sang-Gwan; Lee, Sung-Geun; Sung, Kang-Keyng; Kim, Hyung-Min

    2003-11-01

    The herbal formulation "Jeo Dang-Tang" (JDT) has long been used for various cerebrovascular diseases. However, very little has scientific investigation been carried out. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of JDT on the production of various cytokines in the patients with cerebral infarction (CI). Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) obtained from the patients with CI were cultured for 24h in the presence or absence of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or phytohemagglutinin (PHA). The amount of interleukin (IL)-4, IL-10 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-1beta, in culture supernatant, was significantly increased in the JDT, LPS or PHA treated cells compared to unstimulated cells (P < 0.05). We also show that increased IL-4, and IL-10 level by LPS or PHA was significantly inhibited by JDT in a dose-dependent manner. Maximal inhibition rate of IL-4 and IL-10 production by JDT was 45 +/- 2% and 51 +/- 5% for LPS-stimulated cell and 41.5 +/- 3% and 70.8 +/- 2% for PHA-stimulated cells, respectively (P < 0.05). On the other hand, JDT significantly increased the LPS or PHA-induced TGF-beta1 production (P < 0.05). These data suggest that JDT has a regulatory effect on the cytokines production, which might explain its beneficial effect in the treatment of CI.

  3. A meta-analysis of PDE-gene polymorphism and cerebral infarction risk

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    Wu, Wei-Lin; Feng, Xue-Wen; Qiu, Chen-Feng; Lin, Jing; Bao, Xian-Jun

    2017-01-01

    Previous studies identified that phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D) gene polymorphism might be associated with cerebral infarction or ischemic stroke, and hemorrhagic stroke in human populations. However, as yet, no meta-analysis has revealed any detailed association. We retrospectively reviewed studies regarding the relationship of PDE4D gene polymorphism with ischemic stroke (IS) published during the period January 2003 to September 2012. According to the inclusion criteria, 9 of 105 initial studies were included in the subsequent analysis. The PubMed, Embase and CNKI of China were searched to identify the relevant studies. A total of 186 young patients with IS were included for the meta-analysis and 232 matched control subjects were enrolled and results were presented. The association of PDE4D gene polymorphism with IS in various populations was examined. The results suggested that single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), SNP 83 in PDE4D gene was significantly related with susceptibility to IS. The meta-analysis also showed that PDE4D gene was associated with an enhanced risk of IS. The meta-analysis suggested that PDE4D SNP 87 constitutes an independent risk factor for IS development. To the best of our knowledge, the present meta-analysis reveals a number of possible associations between PDE4D gene polymorphism and IS. PMID:28587358

  4. Carotid turbulent flow observed by convergent color Doppler flowmetry in silent cerebral infarction.

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    Ohyama, Mie; Mizushige, Katsufumi; Ohyama, Hideo; Takahashi, Tsutomu; Hosomi, Naohisa; Ichihara, Shin-Ichiro; Kohno, Masakazu

    2002-04-01

    A newly developed convergent color Doppler (CCD) was used for evaluating the possible relationship of the flow dynamics of the internal carotid artery to silent cerebral infarction (SCI). In 108 patients (65+/-8 years) with stroke risk factors, the CCD simultaneously images information, on both flow direction and Doppler signal energy. The relation between turbulent flow and the incidence of brain lesions of SCI as identified by magnetic resonance imaging was investigated in 212 vessels, excluding four occluded vessels. Percent area stenosis was measured as (vessel area - lumen area)/(vessel area) on cross-sectional echo image of stenotic site. Incidence of turbulent flow in SCI patients with 50-70% or 70-90% stenosis was higher (76.5 or 59.1%) than that in non-SCI patients (17.4 or 33.3%, both p < 0.0001). Non-invasive assessment of flow dynamics by CCD imaging can be useful for proposing the early stages of brain damage even in patients free from neurological deficits.

  5. A Rare Cause of Stroke in Young Adults: Occlusion of the Middle Cerebral Artery by a Meningioma Postpartum

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    Mathis, Stéphane; Bataille, Benoît; Boucebci, Samy; Jeantet, Marion; Ciron, Jonathan; Vandamme, Laurène; Neau, Jean-Philippe

    2013-01-01

    Meningioma is the most common nonglial intracranial primary tumor. It is a slowly growing tumor and presents clinically by causing seizures along with neurological or neuropsychological deficit. However, acute presentation of meningioma is possible. We are reporting a case of cerebral infarction due to a sphenoid wing meningothelial meningioma (with progesterone receptor positivity) leading to an occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) in a 30-year-old right-handed woman (1 month after childbirth). After surgery, no new neurological event occurred, and she recovered most of her neurological functions. Strokes due to meningioma are a highly rare clinical occurrence but should be given serious consideration, particularly in young patients. PMID:24198989

  6. Fatal cerebral mycoses caused by the ascomycete Chaetomium strumarium.

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    Abbott, S P; Sigler, L; McAleer, R; McGough, D A; Rinaldi, M G; Mizell, G

    1995-01-01

    Three cases of fatal cerebral mycosis in males with prior histories of intravenous drug use from the United States and Australia are reported. Infection in each case was limited to brain abscess; no other sites of infection were observed. The fungus seen by histopathology and isolated from the brain tissue in each case was identified as Chaetomium strumarium. This is the first report of human infection by this species, and C. strumarium is the second species of Chaetomium known to cause primary brain infection. Chaetomium strumarium is unusual among members of the genus Chaetomium in forming ascocarps covered with pale, thin-walled, flexuous hairs, a feature leading to its original placement in the genus Achaetomium. Presence of pinkish exudate droplets and/or crystals associated with hyphae or ascocarps, sometimes accompanied by a pinkish diffusible pigment; good growth at 42 degrees C; and production of small conidia further distinguish this species. The brain abscess isolates were compared with isolates from prior cases of cerebral infection which had been identified as either Chaetomium atrobrunneum or Chaetomium globosum. With reidentification of one isolate originally identified as C. globosum to C. atrobrunneum, only C. strumarium and C. atrobrunneum have been confirmed to cause infection involving the brain. PMID:8567907

  7. Patterns of Nogo-A, NgR, and RhoA expression in the brain tissues of rats with focal cerebral infarction.

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    Jiang, Wen; Xia, Feng; Han, Junliang; Wang, Jincun

    2009-07-01

    Nogo-A and its Nogo receptor (NgR) have been shown to inhibit plasticity after central nervous system lesions. Therefore, we hypothesized that Nogo-A and its receptor NgR will be upregulated and will activate RhoA, and thus, they play a role in the damage in the infarction developed. To test this hypothesis, a focal cerebral infarction model was created by coagulation of the right middle cerebral artery (MCA) and ipsilateral common carotid artery (CCA), as well as the simultaneous transient occlusion of the contralateral CCA for 30 min in 60 adult Sprague-Dawley rats. The rat brains were treated at 6 h, 12 h, 24 h, 48 h, 96 h, and 7 d after cerebral infarction. Sham controls were collected to determine histopathologic damage and Nogo-A, NgR, and RhoA expression using hematoxylin-eosin, immunohistochemical staining, Western blot analysis, and fluorimeter-based quantitive reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. The results indicate that cerebral infarction produced damage and edema on nerve cells in the infarction area, becoming most prominent at 24h after modeling. Meanwhile, a marked increase of Nogo-A, NgR, and RhoA expression was found at 6h in model groups compared with the sham controls, which peaked at 24 h after the operation. Immunohistochemical staining and Western blot analysis also showed upregulated Nogo-A located in the myelin sheath of the infarction area, NgR expressed on the surface of neurons and their processes, and RhoA expressed inside the cytoplasm of neurons in infarction brain. In conclusion, the upregulation of Nogo-A, NgR, and RhoA in the infarction area may be an important feature of cerebral infarction and may play a role in the pathologic progression of this lesion.

  8. Is type D personality an independent risk factor for recurrent myocardial infarction or all-cause mortality in post-acute myocardial infarction patients?

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    Condén, Emelie; Rosenblad, Andreas; Wagner, Philippe; Leppert, Jerzy; Ekselius, Lisa; Åslund, Cecilia

    2017-03-01

    Background Type D personality refers to a combination of simultaneously high levels of negative affectivity and social inhibition. The present study aimed to examine whether type D personality was independently associated with recurrent myocardial infarction or all-cause mortality in post-acute myocardial infarction patients, using any of the previously proposed methods for measuring type D personality. Design This was a prospective cohort study. Methods Utilising data from the Västmanland Myocardial Infarction Study, 946 post-acute myocardial infarction patients having data on the DS14 instrument used to measure type D personality were followed-up for recurrent myocardial infarction and all-cause mortality until 9 December 2015. Data were analysed using Cox regression, adjusted for established risk factors. Results In total, 133 (14.1%) patients suffered from type D personality. During a mean follow-up time for recurrent myocardial infarction of 5.7 (3.2) years, 166 (17.5%) patients were affected by recurrent myocardial infarction, of which 26 (15.7%) had type D personality, while during a mean follow-up time for all-cause mortality of 6.3 (2.9) years, 321 (33.9%) patients died, of which 42 (13.1%) had type D personality. After adjusting for established risk factors, type D personality was not significantly associated with recurrent myocardial infarction or all-cause mortality using any of the previously proposed methods for measuring type D personality. A weak association was found between the social inhibition part of type D personality and a decreased risk of all-cause mortality, but this association was not significant after taking missing data into account in a multiple imputation analysis. Conclusions No support was found for type D personality being independently associated with recurrent myocardial infarction or all-cause mortality in post-acute myocardial infarction patients, using any of the previously proposed methods for measuring type D personality.

  9. Early magnetic resonance detection of cortical necrosis and acute network injury associated with neonatal and infantile cerebral infarction.

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    Okabe, Tetsuhiko; Aida, Noriko; Niwa, Tetsu; Nozawa, Kumiko; Shibasaki, Jun; Osaka, Hitoshi

    2014-05-01

    Knowledge of MRI findings in pediatric cerebral infarction is limited. To determine whether cortical necrosis and network injury appear in the acute phase in post-stroke children and to identify anatomical location of acute network injury and the ages at which these phenomena are seen. Images from 12 children (age range: 0-9 years; neonates [<1 month], n=5; infants [1 month-12 months], n=3; others [≥1 year], n=4) with acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) cortical infarction were retrospectively analyzed. Cortical necrosis was defined as hyperintense cortical lesions on T1-weighted imaging that lacked evidence of hemorrhage. Acute network injury was defined as hyperintense lesions on diffusion-weighted imaging that were not in the MCA territory and had fiber connections with the affected cerebral cortex. MRI was performed within the first week after disease onset. Cortical necrosis was only found in three neonates. Acute network injury was seen in the corticospinal tract (CST), thalamus and corpus callosum. Acute network injury along the CST was found in five neonates and one 7-month-old infant. Acute network injury was evident in the thalamus of four neonates and two infants (ages 4 and 7 months) and in the corpus callosum of five neonates and two infants (ages 4 and 7 months). The entire thalamus was involved in three children when infarction of MCA was complete. In acute MCA cortical infarction, MRI findings indicating cortical necrosis or acute network injury was frequently found in neonates and early infants. Response to injury in a developing brain may be faster than that in a mature one.

  10. Expression of neuronal and signaling proteins in penumbra around a photothrombotic infarction core in rat cerebral cortex.

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    Demyanenko, S V; Panchenko, S N; Uzdensky, A B

    2015-06-01

    Photodynamic impact on animal cerebral cortex using water-soluble Bengal Rose as a photosensitizer, which does not cross the blood-brain barrier and remains in blood vessels, induces platelet aggregation, vessel occlusion, and brain tissue infarction. This reproduces ischemic stroke. Irreversible cell damage within the infarction core propagates to adjacent tissue and forms a transition zone - the penumbra. Tissue necrosis in the infarction core is too fast (minutes) to be prevented, but much slower penumbral injury (hours) can be limited. We studied the changes in morphology and protein expression profile in penumbra 1 h after local photothrombotic infarction induced by laser irradiation of the cerebral cortex after Bengal Rose administration. Morphological study using standard hematoxylin/eosin staining showed a 3-mm infarct core surrounded by 1.5-2.0 mm penumbra. Morphological changes in the penumbra were lesser and decreased towards its periphery. Antibody microarrays against 224 neuronal and signaling proteins were used for proteomic study. The observed upregulation of penumbra proteins involved in maintaining neurite integrity and guidance (NAV3, MAP1, CRMP2, PMP22); intercellular interactions (N-cadherin); synaptic transmission (glutamate decarboxylase, tryptophan hydroxylase, Munc-18-1, Munc-18-3, and synphilin-1); mitochondria quality control and mitophagy (PINK1 and Parkin); ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis and tissue clearance (UCHL1, PINK1, Parkin, synphilin-1); and signaling proteins (PKBα and ERK5) could be associated with tissue recovery. Downregulation of PKC, PKCβ1/2, and TDP-43 could also reduce tissue injury. These changes in expression of some neuronal proteins were directed mainly to protection and tissue recovery in the penumbra. Some upregulated proteins might serve as markers of protection processes in a penumbra.

  11. A novel Notch3 deletion mutation in a Chinese patient with cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leucoencephalopathy (CADASIL).

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    Weiming, Fan; Yuliang, Wang; Youjie, Li; Xinsheng, Liu; Shuyang, Xie; Zhaoxia, Liu

    2013-02-01

    Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leucoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is a rare autosomal dominant hereditary cerebrovascular disease characterised by migraine attacks, recurrent subcortical transient ischemic attacks or strokes, cognitive decline, and dementia. It is caused by mutations in the Notch3 gene on chromosome 19p13.1, which is the only gene currently known to be closely associated with CADASIL. We describe a novel 100 base pair base fragment deletion mutation (ENST 00000263388, c.512-611del) in the Notch3 gene from a Chinese patient with CADASIL. The present patient has the characteristic clinical and family history for CADASIL, which suggests that C.512del611 may be a cause of CADASIL as well as most of the previously reported Notch3 mutations.

  12. A novel finding of a low-molecular-weight compound, SMTP-7, having thrombolytic and anti-inflammatory effects in cerebral infarction of mice.

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    Shibata, Keita; Hashimoto, Terumasa; Nobe, Koji; Hasumi, Keiji; Honda, Kazuo

    2010-09-01

    Tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) has a short therapeutic time window for administration (3 h) and carries a risk of promoting intracerebral hemorrhage. The aim of the present study was to investigate a therapeutic time window and frequency of hemorrhagic region by treatment with Stachybotrys microspora triprenyl phenol-7 (SMTP-7). Thrombotic occlusion was induced by transfer of acetic acid-induced thrombus at the right common carotid artery into the brain of mice. Infarction area, neurological score, edema percentage, and regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) were determined as the index of the efficacy of SMTP-7. In order to evaluate the mechanism of SMTP-7, plasmin activities and the expressions of interleukin (IL)-1beta, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), and IL-6 mRNA were examined. SMTP-7 (0.1, 1, 10 mg/kg) dose dependently reduced infarction area, neurological score, and edema percentage. Additionally, its therapeutic time window was longer than that of t-PA, a high-molecular-weight compound. In addition, little hemorrhagic region was induced by treatment with SMTP-7. SMTP-7 showed plasmin activity in vivo and caused a decreased CBF to recover. Furthermore, the expressions of inflammatory cytokine mRNA (IL-1beta, TNF-alpha, IL-6) were increased by t-PA treatment 3 h after ischemia but were not induced by SMTP-7 treatment. These results indicate that SMTP-7 shows potential thrombolytic and anti-inflammatory effects as well as a wide therapeutic time window and little hemorrhagic region compared with that of t-PA. Therefore, this novel low-molecular-weight compound may represent a novel approach for the treatment of cerebral infarction.

  13. Reversal of vision metamorphopsia caused by pons and cerebellum infarction.

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    Nowaczewska, Magdalena; Książkiewicz, Barbara

    2010-01-01

    Metamorphopsia is a visual illusion related to the perception of an object's shape, size, colour or angle. Reversal of vision metamorphopsia is a rare, transient form of metamorphopsia described as an inversion of the field of vision, usually a 180-degree reversion within the frontal plane. We describe the case of a 64-year-old male patient who first experienced a 90-degree rotation of the field of vision and then had the impression of his body rotating in space. The symptoms were preceded by disequilibrium, astigmatism and vomiting. Magnetic resonance imaging of the head showed focuses of vasogenic lesions in the pons and left cerebellar hemisphere. Magnetic resonance angiography of cerebral vessels did not reveal the left vertebral artery. This is the first described case of reversal of vision metamorphopsia with 90-degree rotation of the field of vision with accompanying disorder of the spatial position of the body.

  14. The role of ADAMTS13 in acute myocardial infarction: cause or consequence?

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    Eerenberg, Elise S.; Teunissen, Paul F.A.; van den Born, Bert-Jan; Meijers, Joost C.M.; Hollander, Maurits R.; Jansen, Matthijs; Tijssen, Ruben; Beliën, Jeroen A.M.; van de Ven, Peter M.; Aly, Mohamed F.; Kamp, Otto; Niessen, Hans W.; Kamphuisen, Pieter Willem; Levi, Marcel; van Royen, Niels

    2016-01-01

    Aims ADAMTS13, a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with a thrombospondin type 1 motif, member 13, is a metalloprotease that cleaves von Willebrand factor (VWF). There is considerable evidence that VWF levels increase and ADAMTS13 levels decrease in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. It is unclear whether this contributes to no reflow, infarct size, and intramyocardial haemorrhage (IMH). We aimed to determine the role of ADAMTS13 in STEMI patients and to investigate the benefits of recombinant ADAMTS13 (rADAMTS13) in a porcine model of myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion. Methods and results In 49 consecutive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)-treated STEMI patients, blood samples were collected directly after through 7 days following PCI. Cardiac magnetic resonance was performed 4–6 days after PCI to determine infarct size and IMH. In 23 Yorkshire swine, the circumflex coronary artery was occluded for 75 min. rADAMTS13 or vehicle was administered intracoronary following reperfusion. Myocardial injury and infarct characteristics were assessed using cardiac enzymes, ECG, and histopathology. In patients with IMH, VWF activity and VWF antigen were significantly elevated directly after PCI and for all subsequent measurements, and ADAMTS13 activity significantly decreased at 4 and 7 days following PCI, in comparison with patients without IMH. VWF activity and ADAMTS13 activity were not related to infarct size. In rADAMTS13-treated animals, no differences in infarct size, IMH, or formation of microthrombi were witnessed compared with controls. Conclusions No correlation was found between VWF/ADAMTS13 and infarct size in patients. However, patients suffering from IMH had significantly higher VWF activity and lower ADAMTS13 activity. Intracoronary administration of rADAMTS13 did not decrease infarct size or IMH in a porcine model of myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion. These data dispute the imbalance in ADAMTS13 and VWF as the cause of no reflow. PMID

  15. Posttraumatic cerebral infarction in severe traumatic brain injury: characteristics, risk factors and potential mechanisms.

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    Liu, Shengwen; Wan, Xueyan; Wang, Sheng; Huang, Lulu; Zhu, Mingxin; Zhang, Suojun; Liu, Xing; Xiao, Qungen; Gan, Chao; Li, Chaoxi; Shu, Kai; Lei, Ting

    2015-10-01

    Posttraumatic cerebral infarction (PTCI) is a severe secondary insult of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study aimed to evaluate the characteristics and risk factors of PTCI after severe TBI (sTBI) and explore possible mechanism. This retrospective study included a cohort of 339 patients with sTBI; they were divided into the PTCI and non-PTCI groups. Clinical data and follow-up charts were reviewed for comparison. The logistic regression model was used for multivariate analysis to detect the risk factors of PTCI. The Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS) and Barthel index (BI) for activities of daily living (ADL) were applied to evaluate their outcome. PTCI led to an increased mortality (43.5 % vs. 10.7 %, P < 0.001) and days of intensive care unit stay (14.3 days vs. 7.1 days, P < 0.001), decreased GOS (3.1 vs. 4.1, P < 0.001) and BI (25.0 vs. 77.9, P < 0.001). Increased infarction volume led to poor outcome assessed by GOS (r = -0.46, P < 0.0001) and BI for ADL (r = -0.36, P = 0.026) for surviving patients. Compared with non-PTCI patients, PTCI patients had a high incidence of midline shift (36.2 % vs. 20.7 %, P = 0.011) and posttraumatic vasospasm (PTV) (42.0 % vs. 27.4 %, P = 0.027). Daily prevalence of PTCI occurred in two peaks: one (73.9 %) was in the first 24 h after injury, while the other (18.8 %) was in the span of 43 to 60 h postinjury. In multivariate analysis, hyperthermia [adjusted odds ratio (OR), 3.11; P = 0.001] in the first 24 h, thrombocytopenia (OR, 27.08; P < 0.001), abnormal prothrombin time (OR, 7.66; P < 0.001) and traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (OR, 2.33; P = 0.022) were independent predictors for PTCI. PTCI deteriorates the outcome of sTBI patients. Mechanical compression and hemocoagulative disturbance serve as potential mechanisms mediating this pathophysiological process. PTV may also contribute to PTCI, but its association with PTCI is weak and needs further exploration. Early

  16. Functional electrical stimulation-facilitated proliferation and regeneration of neural precursor cells in the brains of rats with cerebral infarction

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    Xiang, Yun; Liu, Huihua; Yan, Tiebin; Zhuang, Zhiqiang; Jin, Dongmei; Peng, Yuan

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that proliferation of endogenous neural precursor cells cannot alone compensate for the damage to neurons and axons. From the perspective of neural plasticity, we observed the effects of functional electrical stimulation treatment on endogenous neural precursor cell proliferation and expression of basic fibroblast growth factor and epidermal growth factor in the rat brain on the infarct side. Functional electrical stimulation was performed in rat models of acute middle cerebral artery occlusion. Simultaneously, we set up a placebo stimulation group and a sham-operated group. Immunohistochemical staining showed that, at 7 and 14 days, compared with the placebo group, the numbers of nestin (a neural precursor cell marker)-positive cells in the subgranular zone and subventricular zone were increased in the functional electrical stimulation treatment group. Western blot assays and reverse-transcription PCR showed that total protein levels and gene expression of epidermal growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor were also upregulated on the infarct side. Prehensile traction test results showed that, at 14 days, prehension function of rats in the functional electrical stimulation group was significantly better than in the placebo group. These results suggest that functional electrical stimulation can promote endogenous neural precursor cell proliferation in the brains of acute cerebral infarction rats, enhance expression of basic fibroblast growth factor and epidermal growth factor, and improve the motor function of rats. PMID:25206808

  17. Methamphetamine causes sustained depression in cerebral blood flow.

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    Polesskaya, Oksana; Silva, Jharon; Sanfilippo, Christine; Desrosiers, Taylor; Sun, Anita; Shen, Jie; Feng, Changyong; Polesskiy, Aleksey; Deane, Rashid; Zlokovic, Berislav; Kasischke, Karl; Dewhurst, Stephen

    2011-02-10

    The use prevalence of the highly addictive psychostimulant methamphetamine (MA) has been steadily increasing over the past decade. MA abuse has been associated with both transient and permanent alterations in cerebral blood flow (CBF), hemorrhage, cerebrovascular accidents and death. To understand MA-induced changes in CBF, we exposed C56BL/6 mice to an acute bolus of MA (5mg/kg MA, delivered IP). This elicited a biphasic CBF response, characterized by an initial transient increase (~ 5 minutes) followed by a prolonged decrease (~ 30 minutes) of approximately 25% relative to baseline CBF--as measured by laser Doppler flowmetry over the somatosensory cortex. To assess if this was due to catecholami