Clinical Neuroscience

[Testing the administration of cannabinoids in neurological diseases]

MAY 10, 2005

Clinical Neuroscience - 2005;58(05-06)



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Clinical Neuroscience

[Pathophysiology of restless leg syndrome and periodic leg movement disorder in view of the latest research findings]


[Both restless leg syndrome and periodic leg movement disorder have been classified as primary sleep disorders by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Considering the characteristic clinical symptoms, it is supposed that their pathomechanism involves the peripheral and central stimulusprocessing mechanisms of the nervous system as well as several elements of the motor system. During the last couple of years many new elements of the pathomechanism have been discovered, in particular the dysfunction of the postsynaptic dopamin receptors related to the iron metabolism of the central nervous system, the role of opiate receptors, and the involvement of subclinical small fiber neuropathy. Many of these findings have been incorporated into the diagnostic and treatment protocols used in the management of patients with restless leg syndrome or periodic leg movement disorder. Considering the rapidly increasing number of publications on their pathomechanism and the various fields it involves, the authors found it necessary to evaluate these data and to interpret their relationships within the frame of sleep-wake regulation.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[Frontotemporal dementia - Part I History, prevalence, clinical forms]

GALARIOTIS Vasilis, BÓDI Nikoletta, JANKA Zoltán, KÁLMÁN János

[The authors report a comprehensive publication consisting of three parts going into the details of history, prevalence, clinical forms, differential diagnosis, genetics, molecular pathomechanism, pathology, clinical diagnosis and treatment of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The first part of the present review deals with history, prevalence and clinical forms of FTD. The prototypical FTD with circumscribed atrophy was first described by Arnold Pick; Alois Alzheimer found the intraneural inclusions in the patients’ brain. Later it was recognised that many patients had neither the atrophy nor the cellular changes, but genetic mutations have been identified. Frontotemporal dementia is a degenerative condition with unknown etiology in the frontal and anterior temporal lobes of the brain. It is a progressive neurobehavioral syndrome characterized by early decline in social interpersonal conduct, early impairment in the regulation of personal conduct, early emotional blunting, and early loss of insight. There are no reliable epidemiological studies on the prevalence of FTD, but it is well-accepted that FTD is a common cause for dementia before the age of 65 (it constitues approximately five percent of all irreversible dementias). The nomenclature of the FTD has been confusing and continues to be. Three major clinical syndromes can be identified: 1 frontal variant FTD (dementia of frontal type) in which changes in social behavior and personality predominate, 2. in semantic dementia (progressive fluent aphasia) there is a breakdown in the conceptual database which underlies language production and comprehension, 3. in progressive nonfluent aphasia the phonologic and syntactic components of language are affected. The authors report two cases, which can point to clinical symptoms and forms, and mention the problems of the differential diagnosis and therapy.]

Clinical Neuroscience


TÓTH Károly

[Although during treatment of arthrosis with meloxicam the level of thromboxan A2 decreases, thrombocyte functions are not affected. Meloxicam in therapeutic doses doesn’t increase the risk of haemorrhage. Previously it was suspected that coadministration of salicylates with certain other non-steroid antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will suppress the effect of salicylate. Van Ryn et al have proved that this is not the case with salicylate plus meloxicam therapy. It is hypothesized that meloxicam loosely binds to the cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) enzyme and salicylate can easily replace it.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[Primary prevention program of the Hungarian Spine Society - Part II Controlled prospective study of short term efficacy]

SOMHEGYI Annamária, TÓTH János, MAKSZIN Imre, GARDI Zsuzsa, FESZTHAMMER Artúrné, DARABOSNÉ Tim Irma, TÓTHNÉ Steinhausz Viktória, TÓTHNÉ Szabó Klára, VARGA Péter Pál

[Introduction - The primary prevention program of the Hungarian Spine Society is set around 12 test exercises that assess performance of postural muscles and then develops their strength and flexibility. By this the scheme aims to make the biomechanically correct use of the spinal column spontaneous. Subjects and methos - The application of the scheme in the frame of physical education in a primary school was investigated in a prospective controlled study in the school-year of 2001/2002. Participating children were aged 6 to 14. The intervention group (n=200) regularly did the posture correction exercises with their teacher's direction in physical education classes, while the control group (n=213) did not. The 12 test exercises of the posture correction scheme of the Hungarian Spine Society were tested by an independent physiotherapist at the beginning and at the end of the school-year in both groups. Results were analyzed by paired and unpaired t-tests and by a chi-square test. Results - At the end of the school-year the strength and flexibility of the postural muscles of the intervention group improved significantly compared both to their own performance (p<0.01) at the beginning of the school-year and to the control group. Test results of the control group were significantly (p<0.05) worse at the end of the school-year than their own results at beginning of the school-year, and were more significantly (p<0.01) worse than the test results of intervention group. Conclusion - The results of the controlled study confirm that regular use of the preventive exercises in physical education improves the strength and flexibility of postural muscles. In order to analyze the results concerning specific muscle groups or age groups a detailed study with age- and gender-matched controls will be necessary.]

Clinical Neuroscience

[A case history and diagnostical rewiev of primary cerebral angiitis]

CSÉPÁNY Tünde, KOLLÁR József, SIKULA Judit, MOLNÁR Mária, CSIBA László

[The authors present a case history of primary cerebral angiitis with four years of follow-up. The early diagnosis was based on typical clinical symptoms, brain MRI, intracerebral MRA and histology of sural nerve biopsy. Electroneurography suggested peripheral involvement, although the patient did not have clinical signs of peripheral neuropathy. Glucocorticoid and immunosuppressive treatment resulted in remission. The diagnostic difficulties of primary cerebral vasculitis are also summarized in the discussion.]

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Late simultaneous carcinomatous meningitis, temporal bone infiltrating macro-metastasis and disseminated multi-organ micro-metastases presenting with mono-symptomatic vertigo – a clinico-pathological case reporT

JARABIN András János, KLIVÉNYI Péter, TISZLAVICZ László, MOLNÁR Anna Fiona, GION Katalin, FÖLDESI Imre, KISS Geza Jozsef, ROVÓ László, BELLA Zsolt

Although vertigo is one of the most common complaints, intracranial malignant tumors rarely cause sudden asymmetry between the tone of the vestibular peripheries masquerading as a peripheral-like disorder. Here we report a case of simultaneous temporal bone infiltrating macro-metastasis and disseminated multi-organ micro-metastases presenting as acute unilateral vestibular syndrome, due to the reawakening of a primary gastric signet ring cell carcinoma. Purpose – Our objective was to identify those pathophysiological steps that may explain the complex process of tumor reawakening, dissemination. The possible causes of vestibular asymmetry were also traced. A 56-year-old male patient’s interdisciplinary medical data had been retrospectively analyzed. Original clinical and pathological results have been collected and thoroughly reevaluated, then new histological staining and immunohistochemistry methods have been added to the diagnostic pool. During the autopsy the cerebrum and cerebellum was edematous. The apex of the left petrous bone was infiltrated and destructed by a tumor mass of 2x2 cm in size. Histological reexamination of the original gastric resection specimen slides revealed focal submucosal tumorous infiltration with a vascular invasion. By immunohistochemistry mainly single infiltrating tumor cells were observed with Cytokeratin 7 and Vimentin positivity and partial loss of E-cadherin staining. The subsequent histological examination of necropsy tissue specimens confirmed the disseminated, multi-organ microscopic tumorous invasion. Discussion – It has been recently reported that the expression of Vimentin and the loss of E-cadherin is significantly associated with advanced stage, lymph node metastasis, vascular and neural invasion and undifferentiated type with p<0.05 significance. As our patient was middle aged and had no immune-deficiency, the promoting factor of the reawakening of the primary GC malignant disease after a 9-year-long period of dormancy remained undiscovered. The organ-specific tropism explained by the “seed and soil” theory was unexpected, due to rare occurrence of gastric cancer to metastasize in the meninges given that only a minority of these cells would be capable of crossing the blood brain barrier. Patients with past malignancies and new onset of neurological symptoms should alert the physician to central nervous system involvement, and the appropriate, targeted diagnostic and therapeutic work-up should be established immediately. Targeted staining with specific antibodies is recommended. Recent studies on cell lines indicate that metformin strongly inhibits epithelial-mesenchymal transition of gastric cancer cells. Therefore, further studies need to be performed on cases positive for epithelial-mesenchymal transition.

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[What happens to vertiginous population after emission from the Emergency Department?]

MAIHOUB Stefani, MOLNÁR András, CSIKÓS András, KANIZSAI Péter, TAMÁS László, SZIRMAI Ágnes

[Background – Dizziness is one of the most frequent complaints when a patient is searching for medical care and resolution. This can be a problematic presentation in the emergency department, both from a diagnostic and a management standpoint. Purpose – The aim of our study is to clarify what happens to patients after leaving the emergency department. Methods – 879 patients were examined at the Semmel­weis University Emergency Department with vertigo and dizziness. We sent a questionnaire to these patients and we had 308 completed papers back (110 male, 198 female patients, mean age 61.8 ± 12.31 SD), which we further analyzed. Results – Based on the emergency department diagnosis we had the following results: central vestibular lesion (n = 71), dizziness or giddiness (n = 64) and BPPV (n = 51) were among the most frequent diagnosis. Clarification of the final post-examination diagnosis took several days (28.8%), and weeks (24.2%). It was also noticed that 24.02% of this population never received a proper diagnosis. Among the population only 80 patients (25.8%) got proper diagnosis of their complaints, which was supported by qualitative statistical analysis (Cohen Kappa test) result (κ = 0.560). Discussion – The correlation between our emergency department diagnosis and final diagnosis given to patients is low, a phenomenon that is also observable in other countries. Therefore, patient follow-up is an important issue, including the importance of neurotology and possibly neurological examination. Conclusion – Emergency diagnosis of vertigo is a great challenge, but despite of difficulties the targeted and quick case history and exact examination can evaluate the central or peripheral cause of the balance disorder. Therefore, to prevent declination of the quality of life the importance of further investigation is high.]

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[The role of sleep in the relational memory processes ]

CSÁBI Eszter, ZÁMBÓ Ágnes, PROKECZ Lídia

[A growing body of evidence suggests that sleep plays an essential role in the consolidation of different memory systems, but less is known about the beneficial effect of sleep on relational memory processes and the recognition of emotional facial expressions, however, it is a fundamental cognitive skill in human everyday life. Thus, the study aims to investigate the effect of timing of learning and the role of sleep in relational memory processes. 84 young adults (average age: 22.36 (SD: 3.22), 21 male/63 female) participated in our study, divided into two groups: evening group and morning group indicating the time of learning. We used the face-name task to measure relational memory and facial expression recognition. There were two sessions for both groups: the immediate testing phase and the delayed retesting phase, separated by 24 hours. 84 young adults (average age: 22.36 (SD: 3.22), 21 male/63 female) participated in our study, divided into two groups: evening group and morning group indicating the time of learning. We used the face-name task to measure relational memory and facial expression recognition. There were two sessions for both groups: the immediate testing phase and the delayed retesting phase, separated by 24 hours. Our results suggest that the timing of learning and sleep plays an important role in the stabilizing process of memory representation to resist against forgetting.]

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[Association between cyclothymic affective temperament and hypertension]


[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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