Clinical Neuroscience

[Account on the scientific meeting of Környey Society in 2011. Part 2.]

JANUARY 30, 2012

Clinical Neuroscience - 2012;65(01-02)

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Clinical Neuroscience

[LETTER OF THE EDITOR IN CHIEF]

RAJNA Péter, TAJTI János

Clinical Neuroscience

[Depression in neuropsychiatric diseases]

HIDASI Zoltán, SALACZ Pál, CSIBRI Éva

[Depression is frequently observed together with neurological disorders. Moreover this connection is bidirectional in the case of several neurological disorders, as depression can be either a comorbide syndrome or also a risk factor of them. Neurobiological background of depression involves neuroanatomical structures, their interconnected networks, disturbances of neurotransmitters, neurohormonal, neuroimmunological and neurotrophic changes, genetic background. Disfunction of these systems also plays a role in the pathogenesis of comorbid depression of neurological disorders. Interactions and clinical aspects of biological factors involved in the pathogenesis of depression in dementias, Parkinson’s disease, cerebrovascular disorders and epilepsy are discussed further. Depression as a result of neurobiological factors responsible for both neurological and psychiatric consequencies of these disorders, are often atypical as a clinical manifestation, however chracteristic for the particular neurological disorder. Evaluation of the biological backgound and clinical features of depression in neurological disorders makes the complex neuropsychiatric approach of these disorders possible.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[The clinical relevance of 1p19q codeletion of oligodendrogliomas at the Department of Neurosurgery in Debrecen]

KLEKNER Álmos, FEKETE Gábor, RENCSI Márta, MÉHES Gábor, SZABÓ Péter, BOGNÁR László

[Object - To determine the clinical relevance of 1p19q codeletion in case of patients treated between 2006 and 2008 with oligodendroglial tumor at the Department of Neurosurgery, University of Debrecen. Questions - Beside the traditional morphological investigations, methods of rapidly developing molecular pathology are also available for routine diagnostic procedures. Numerous studies confirm that the codeletion of the 1p and 19q alleles has a clinical relevance regarding the sensitivity for chemotherapy. In this study the connection between the 1p19q codeletion and clinical parameters was tested to evaluate the prognostic role of this genetic alteration in neurosurgical patients. Methods, clinical data - In the present study experiences about the clinical relevance of 1p19 codeletion is summarized. Between 2006 and 2008, 28 patients with brain tumor containing oligodendroglial component was tested for 1p19q codeletion. The result of the analysis was compared with clinical data such as tumor localization, extent of resection, histological grade, presence of astrocyte component, time of first recurrence, age and gender. Furthermore, the potency of 1p19q codeletion as a prognostic factor for chemosensitivity by analyzing the data of patients who underwent different treatment protocols was also evaluated. Results - Our results suggest that 1p19q codeletion can be valued as a positive prognostic factor, which is concordant with the results available in the literature. We also found positive correlation with oligodendroglial component, recurrence free survival of grade III tumors, sensitivity to chemoand radiotherapy, and inverse correlation with histological grade and age was detected. Conclusion - Though the 1p19q codeletion is currently not the part of the routine patient management, based on our study we found it appropriate for clinical use as a prognostic factor, and its predictive role in establishing oncotherapy can be also discussed.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[The validation of the hungarian version of the Dimensional Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale]

HARSÁNYI András, CSIGÓ Katalin, RAJKAI Csaba, DÖME László, DEMETER Gyula, RACSMÁNY Mihály

[Background - The Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD) has a complex phenotype, which can be summarized by using a few consistent and temporally stable symptom dimensions. The dimensional approach derived from the systematic factor analytic studies of OCD symptoms. In 2006, a new psychometric scale was created by M.C. Rosario-Campos and her colleague, the Dimensional Yale- Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (DY-BOCS). This scale measures the presence and severity of obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms within six distinct dimensions. The Hungarian translation of the test and preliminary results were published in 2009. Purpose - The objective of this recent study was two folded: on one hand, our goal was to validate the Hungarian version of the DY-BOCS on a larger sample size. On the other hand, we wanted to publish our results gained by the Hungarian version of the test in English. Methods - We assessed 30 Hungarian patients diagnosed with OCD by DSM-IV. Reliability and validity of the expert and of the self-report were estimated. Results - Self-report and expert ratings were highly correlated. The global DY-BOCS score was well correlated with the total Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale score. The internal validity of the symptom dimensions and the global severity score were high. Divergent validity was also good. Conclusion - These results indicate that the Hungarian version of the DY-BOCS is a reliable and valid clinical tool.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[Mutation analysis of alpha-galactosidase A gene in Hungarian Fabry patients]

LÁSZLÓ Aranka, TÖRÖK László, RAFFAI Sarolta, TÖRÖK Éva, SALLAY Éva, ENDREFFY Emőke, MORVAI László, AMSTEL Ploos Van JK

[Aim was to detect the mutations of alpha-galactosidase A gene in two Hungarian Fabry patients. Methods - Mutation analysis was performed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) sequencing of the seven exons and adjacent introns of the alpha-galactosidase A gene. Results - Case 1. (19 y. male patient) Mutation analysis was done for alpha-galactosidase gene, a missence mutation has been identified in the 5th exon, the aspartic acid at codon 266 has been substituted by a tyrosine (notation D266Y) due to a G-T transversion at position 10287 of the alpha GAL-A gene. Case 2. (28 y. male Fabry patient) The GAL-A mutation has been proven to be R220X mutation in exon 5 of the alpha-galactosidase A gene.]

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[Association between cyclothymic affective temperament and hypertension]

NEMCSIK János, BATTA Dóra, KŐRÖSI Beáta, RIHMER Zoltán

[Affective temperaments (cyclothymic, hypertymic, depressive, anxious, irritable) are stable parts of personality and after adolescent only their minor changes are detectable. Their connections with psychopathology is well-described; depressive temperament plays role in major depression, cyclothymic temperament in bipolar II disorder, while hyperthymic temperament in bipolar I disorder. Moreover, scientific data of the last decade suggest, that affective temperaments are also associated with somatic diseases. Cyclothymic temperament is supposed to have the closest connection with hypertension. The prevalence of hypertension is higher parallel with the presence of dominant cyclothymic affective temperament and in this condition the frequency of cardiovascular complications in hypertensive patients was also described to be higher. In chronic hypertensive patients cyclothymic temperament score is positively associated with systolic blood pressure and in women with the earlier development of hypertension. The background of these associations is probably based on the more prevalent presence of common risk factors (smoking, obesity, alcoholism) with more pronounced cyclothymic temperament. The scientific importance of the research of the associations of personality traits including affective temperaments with somatic disorders can help in the identification of higher risk patient subgroups.]

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VASAS Lívia, GEGES József

[Three decades ago, LAM was launched with the goal of providing scientific information about medicine and its frontiers. From the very beginning, LAM has also concerned a special subject area while connecting medicine with the world of art. In the palette of medical articles, it remained a special feature to this day. The analysis of the history of LAM to date was performed using internationally accepted publication guidelines and scientific databases as a pledge of objectivity. We examined the practice of LAM if it meets the main criteria, the professional expectations of our days, when publishing contents of the traditional printed edition and its electronic version. We explored the visibility of articles in the largest bibliographic and scientific metric databases, and reviewed the LAM's place among the Hun­ga­rian professional journals. Our results show that in recent years LAM has gained international reputation des­pite publishing in Hungarian spoken by a few people. This is due to articles with foreign co-authors as well as references to LAM in articles written exclusively by foreign researchers. The journal is of course full readable in the Hungarian bibliographic databases, and its popularity is among the leading ones. The great virtue of the journal is the wide spectrum of the authors' affiliation, with which they cover almost completely the Hungarian health care institutional sys­tem. The special feature of its columns is enhanced by the publication of writings on art, which may increase Hungarian and foreign interest like that of medical articles.]

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Neuroscience highlights: Main cell types underlying memory and spatial navigation

KRABOTH Zoltán, KÁLMÁN Bernadette

Interest in the hippocampal formation and its role in navigation and memory arose in the second part of the 20th century, at least in part due to the curious case of Henry G. Molaison, who underwent brain surgery for intractable epilepsy. The temporal association observed between the removal of his entorhinal cortex along with a significant part of hippocampus and the developing severe memory deficit inspired scientists to focus on these regions. The subsequent discovery of the so-called place cells in the hippocampus launched the description of many other functional cell types and neuronal networks throughout the Papez-circuit that has a key role in memory processes and spatial information coding (speed, head direction, border, grid, object-vector etc). Each of these cell types has its own unique characteristics, and together they form the so-called “Brain GPS”. The aim of this short survey is to highlight for practicing neurologists the types of cells and neuronal networks that represent the anatomical substrates and physiological correlates of pathological entities affecting the limbic system, especially in the temporal lobe. For that purpose, we survey early discoveries along with the most relevant neuroscience observations from the recent literature. By this brief survey, we highlight main cell types in the hippocampal formation, and describe their roles in spatial navigation and memory processes. In recent decades, an array of new and functionally unique neuron types has been recognized in the hippocampal formation, but likely more remain to be discovered. For a better understanding of the heterogeneous presentations of neurological disorders affecting this anatomical region, insights into the constantly evolving neuroscience behind may be helpful. The public health consequences of diseases that affect memory and spatial navigation are high, and grow as the population ages, prompting scientist to focus on further exploring this brain region.

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Simultaneous subdural, subarachnoideal and intracerebral haemorrhage after rupture of a peripheral middle cerebral artery aneurysm

BÉRES-MOLNÁR Anna Katalin, FOLYOVICH András, SZLOBODA Péter, SZENDREY-KISS Zsolt, BERECZKI Dániel, BAKOS Mária, VÁRALLYAY György, SZABÓ Huba, NYÁRI István

The cause of intracerebral, subarachnoid and subdural haemorrhage is different, and the simultaneous appearance in the same case is extremely rare. We describe the case of a patient with a ruptured aneurysm on the distal segment of the middle cerebral artery, with a concomitant subdural and intracerebral haemorrhage, and a subsequent secondary brainstem (Duret) haemorrhage. The 59-year-old woman had hypertension and diabetes in her medical history. She experienced anomic aphasia and left-sided headache starting one day before admission. She had no trauma. A few minutes after admission she suddenly became comatose, her breathing became superficial. Non-contrast CT revealed left sided fronto-parietal subdural and subarachnoid and intracerebral haemorrhage, and bleeding was also observed in the right pontine region. The patient had leucocytosis and hyperglycemia but normal hemostasis. After the subdural haemorrhage had been evacuated, the patient was transferred to intensive care unit. Sepsis developed. Echocardiography did not detect endocarditis. Neurological status, vigilance gradually improved. The rehabilitation process was interrupted by epileptic status. Control CT and CT angiography proved an aneurysm in the peripheral part of the left middle cerebral artery, which was later clipped. Histolo­gical examination excluded mycotic etiology of the aneu­rysm and “normal aneurysm wall” was described. The brain stem haemorrhage – Duret bleeding – was presumably caused by a sudden increase in intracranial pressure due to the supratentorial space occupying process and consequential trans-tentorial herniation. This case is a rarity, as the patient not only survived, but lives an active life with some residual symptoms.