Stroke

Anna Balcerzyk, Paweł Niemiec, Tomasz Iwanicki, Tomasz Nowak, Ilona Kopyta, Ewa Emich-Widera, Ewa Pilarska, Karolina Pienczk-Ręcławowicz, Marek Kaciński, Janusz Wendorff, Sylwia Górczyńska-Kosiorz, Władyslaw Grzeszczak, Iwona Żak March 27, 2018

Pediatric ischemic stroke is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. As previous studies of children after stroke showed, dyslipidemias were very common in Polish and other European populations. Thus, looking for genetic factors predisposing to pediatric stroke, its symptoms, and outcome, we have analyzed 2 polymorphisms of the upstream stimulating factor 1 (USF-1) gene.… Read More...

Lu Wang, Chenchen Wei, Linghui Deng, Ziqiong Wang, Mengyuan Song, Yao Xiong, Ming Liu March 27, 2018

Hemorrhagic transformation is a serious complication of acute ischemic stroke, which may cause detrimental outcomes and the delayed use of anticoagulation therapy. Early predicting and identifying the patients at high risk of hemorrhagic transformation before clinical deterioration occurrence become a research priority.… Read More...

Karen J. Ferguson, Vera Cvoro, Alasdair M.J. MacLullich, Susan D. Shenkin, Peter A.G. Sandercock, Eleni Sakka, Joanna M. Wardlaw March 25, 2018

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the preferred modality for research on structural age-related brain changes. However, computed tomography (CT) is widely available and has practical and cost advantages over MRI for large-scale brain imaging research studies in acutely unwell patients. However, the relationships between MRI and CT measures of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) and atrophy are unclear.… Read More...

Jessica N. Redgrave, Lucy Moore, Tosin Oyekunle, Maryam Ebrahim, Konstantinos Falidas, Nicola Snowdon, Ali Ali, Arshad Majid March 25, 2018

Invasive vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has the potential to enhance the effects of physiotherapy for upper limb motor recovery after stroke. Noninvasive, transcutaneous auricular branch VNS (taVNS) may have similar benefits, but this has not been evaluated in stroke recovery. We sought to determine the feasibility of taVNS delivered alongside upper limb repetitive task-specific practice after stroke and its effects on a range of outcome measures evaluating limb function.… Read More...

Giovanni Furlanis, Mariana Ridolfi, Paola Polverino, Alina Menichelli, Paola Caruso, Marcello Naccarato, Arianna Sartori, Lucio Torelli, Valentina Pesavento, Paolo Manganotti March 23, 2018

Aphasia is one of the most devastating stroke-related consequences for social interaction and daily activities. Aphasia recovery in acute stroke depends on the degree of reperfusion after thrombolysis or thrombectomy. As aphasia assessment tests are often time-consuming for patients with acute stroke, physicians have been developing rapid and simple tests.… Read More...

Taha Nisar March 22, 2018

Bronchial artery embolization (BAE) is an effective treatment for massive hemoptysis. Stroke is a rare complication of BAE, with only a few cases reported in the literature. We report one such case. Posterior circulation strokes after BAE can be caused by connections between the vertebral arteries and the bronchial arteries (shunting between pulmonary and systemic circulations), backflow of embolization material from the bronchial or intercostal arteries to the subclavian artery or through backflow of emblospheres into the aortic lumen leading to subsequent embolization of the cerebral circulation.… Read More...

Ajay Malhotra, Xiao Wu, Kimberly Seifert, Long Tu March 21, 2018

We would like to commend authors Alons et al. for their study assessing the yield of computed tomography angiography (CTA) in patients with acute headache, no neurologic deficits, and normal CT.1 However, we have a few comments and concerns about the conclusions.… Read More...

João Paulo Branco, Sandra Oliveira, João Sargento-Freitas, Joana Santos Costa, Gustavo Cordeiro, Luís Cunha, António Freire Gonçalves, João Pinheiro March 21, 2018

Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Early prediction of poststroke disability using clinical models is of great interest, especially in the rehabilitation field. Although some biomarkers and neuroimaging techniques have shown potential predictive value, there are still insufficient data to support their clinical utility in predicting poststroke functional recovery.… Read More...

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