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Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

The applications of transcranial Doppler in ischemic stroke


Background: This overview provides a summary of the applications of transcranial Doppler (TCD) in ischemic stroke. Results: A fast-track neurovascular ultrasound protocol has been developed for detecting occlusion or stenosis. The technique is more reliable in the carotid area than in the posterior circulation. By monitoring the pulsatility index the in­crea­sed intracranial pressure can be diagnosed. TIBI score was developed for grading residual flow. TCD has been shown to accurately predict complete or any recanalization. Regarding recanalization, TCD has a sensitivity of 92%, a specificity of 88%, a positive predictive value of 96%, a negative predictive value of 78% and an overall accuracy of 91%, respectively. Sonothrombolysis seemed to be a promising application but randomized controlled trials have shown that it does not improve clinical outcome. TCD examination can detect microembolic signals (MES) which are associated with an increased risk of stroke. Micro­em­boli were detected in symptomatic and asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis and during carotid endarterectomy. The number of microemboli can be decreased by antithrombotic therapy. Contrast en­chan­ced examination and Valsalva maneuver with continuous TCD monitoring can accurately screen for right-to-left shunt.

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2020

Extraskeletal, intradural, non-metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma. Case report


Intracranial localization of Ewing’s sarcoma is considerably very rare. Herein, we present clinical and neuroimaging findings regarding a 4-year-old boy with intracranial Ewing’s sarcoma. He was born prematurely, suffered intraventricular haemorrhage, posthaemorrhagic hydrocephalus developed, and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt was inserted in the newborn period. The patient endured re­gular follow ups, no signs of shunt malfunction nor increased intracranial pressure were observed. The last neuroima­ging examination was performed at 8 months of age. Upon reaching the age of 4 years, repeated vomiting and focal seizures began, and symptoms of increased intracranial pressure were detected. A brain MRI depicted a left frontoparietal space-occupying lesion infiltrating the superior sagittal sinus. The patient underwent a craniotomy resulting in the total excision of the tumour. The histological examination of the tissue revealed a small round blue cell tumour. The diagnosis was confirmed by the detection of EWSR1 gene translocation with FISH (fluorescent in situ hybridization). No additional metastases were detected during the staging examinations. The patient was treated in accordance to the EuroEwing 99 protocol. Today, ten years onward, the patient is tumour and seizure free and has a reasonably high quality of life.

Clinical Neuroscience

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

[Current diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension]

SALOMVÁRY Bernadett, PÁNCZÉL Gyula, MARKIA Balázs, NAGY Gábor

[Background - Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is cha-racterized by raised intracranial pressure of unknown origin, leading to persisting visual loss if left untreated. Purpose - We assessed timing of surgery, and the efficacy and safety of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt. Methods - Retrospective analysis of 65 patients treated at our Neuro-ophthalmology Clinic between 2009 and 2017. Patients - We treated 15 children and 50 adults, 42 patients conservatively, and 23 surgically. The median age at presentation was 27 years for adults, 88% were obese, and 86% female. The age of children was 5-17 years, 40% were obese, and 53% girl. The commonest presentation symptom was headache in both groups (64%), followed by obscuration (33%), and double vision (22-31%). Subjective visual loss was only experienced in the surgical group (50%). The time until diagnosis was 2 weeks in both groups. However, the conservative group presented to our institute significantly earlier (3 weeks), than the surgical group (8 weeks). The follow-up time was 25 months. Results - In the conservative group papilla edema was 2D, visual acuity ≥0.7, and visual field loss was only mild. Time to cure was 3 months. In the surgical group both preoperative papilla edema (3D), and visual function were significantly worse. Indications for surgery were papilla edema, deteriorating visual function or relapse resistant to conservative treatment. Papilla edema disappeared 3 months after surgery, and visual field deficit improved significantly. We detected significant improvement in all aspects of visual function even at first neuro-ophthalmic control 4 days after surgery. However, visual acuity only improved in cases of preoperative acuity ≥0.3. Shunt revision occurred in 17%, and shunt infection in 8.5%. One patient suffered from persistent visual deterioration after surgery, and asymptomatic complication (epidural hematoma) was found in another patient. There was no surgical mortality. Conclusions - This is a curable condition with early diagnosis and adequate treatment, and persistent visual loss can be prevented. Surgery is effective and safe, close neuro-ophthalmic monitoring is mandatory for its optimal timing. Visual function of all patients can be preserved when operated on in time, whereas severe visual loss appears to be irreversible despite surgery.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

FEBRUARY 28, 2017

[Advantages of the bevel down puncture technique]

SOMOSI László, KISS Szilvia, LADÁNYI Erzsébet

[The arterio-venous fistula is also called the dialysis patient’s lifeline. The name lifeline stands for the essential connection between the body and the dialysis machine. Keeping it in good condition is very important, because fistulas play a keyrole in the successful dialysis treatment. Fistula care is indispensable both from the nurse and patient side. The dialysis team is responsible for the fistula puncture and care. We introduced the bevel down puncture technique in November of 2011 for better arterio-venous shunt care. Our dialysis nurses were trained on the correct position of the fistula needle. We emphasised the benefits and long-term effects. We use this technique for all patients, except for the first fistula puncture. The bevel down puncture technique reduces the patient’s fear of fistula puncture as it causes less pain. After removal of the needle, the bleeding time decreased from the approximate 6-7 minutes to less than 5 minutes and bleeding volume is also decreased. It also reduces the size of the scab and the aneurysm formation. In our dialysis unit we have had good experiences with the bevel down puncturing technique, as it kept our patients’ fistulas in good condition, this may prolong vascular accesses lifetime.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2013

[Reversible hepatocerebral degeneration-like syndrome due to portovenous shunts]


[Ataxia and tremor are rare manifestations of hepatocerebral degeneration due to portovenous shunts. Ammonia is a neurotoxin that plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of hepatic encephalopathy. A 58-year old male patient was assessed with the complaints of gait disturbance, hand tremor, and impairment of speech. His neurological examination revealed dysarthric speech and ataxic gait. Bilateral kinetic tremor was noted, and deep tendon reflexes of the patient were hyperactive. Serum ammonia level was found to be 156.9 μg/dL. Cranial magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed increased signal intensity in bilateral globus pallidus on T1-weighted axial sections, and bilateral prominent hyperintense lesions in the middle cerebellar peduncles on T2-weighted axial sections. On his abdominal MR portography, multiple portohepatic venous collaterals were noted in the right and left lobes of liver parenchyma in 2D FIESTA axial MR sections. To our knowledge, we reported the first case of acquired hepatocerebral degeneration presenting with cerebral symptoms without any hepatic findings in which clinical improvement was noted, and hyperammonemia disappeared following medical treatment.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2013

[Shunt insufficiency due to knot formation in the peritoneal catheter]

FEKETE Gábor, NAGY Andrea, PATAKI István, BOGNÁR László, NOVÁK László

[The authors report a rare case of the peripheral obstruction of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Premature baby was operated on hydrocephalus due to germinal matrix bleeding. After two months of implantation of venticuloperitoneal shunt peripheral insufficiency of the system was emerged. During the shunt revision extensive knot formation became visible. We simply cut the catheter above the knot and the working shunt was replaced into the abdominal cavity. The postoperative course was uneventful and the baby was free of complaints for more than one year. The pathomechanism of knot formation is not clear thus the discovery of the problem during the operation is an unexpected event. In our opinion tight knot cannot be spontaneously formed intraabdominally. Loose knots can be developed and can reduce the capacity of liquor flow. We think that the knot tightens during pulling out. Longer peritoneal catheters can precipitate multiple looping and/or axial torquations and increase the peripheral resistance of the shunt. In such cases when the pulling out is challenged conversion to laparotomy is suggested.]

Hypertension and nephrology

DECEMBER 20, 2011

[Association between complications of percutaneous kidney biopsy and histological diagnosis ]

FISI Viktória, MAZÁK István, DEGRELL Péter, HALMAI Richárd, MOLNÁR Gergő A., FEHÉR Eszter, NÉMETH Kinga, PINTÉR István, KOVÁCS Tibor, WITTMANN István

[Background: Percutaneous renal biopsy is an essential tool in diagnosis and prognosis of renal diseases. It is well-known that this method has potential complications. The connection between complication occurrence related to renal biopsies and histological diagnoses of the biopsy specimen was analyzed in the present study. We also analyzed the distribution of diagnoses in our population. Methods: In this retrospective survey, 353 patients undergoing renal biopsy was studied. Biopsies were performed after marking the site of puncture with ultrasound imaging. Influence of diagnoses and clinical parameters on complications was evaluated. Results: We found a complication rate of 44.5%. In patients with diabetic nephropathy (likelihood ratio (LR) 0.44) or acute tubular necrosis (LR 0.38) a significantly lower rate of complications was found, while patients with thin basement membrane syndrome had more than 6-fold higher risk for evolvement of intrarenal haemorrhage. Patients with acute interstitial nephritis (LR 3.18) or vasculitis (LR 2.88) have a more than 2-fold risk for arteriovenous shunts while in patients with severe arteriosclerosis the occurrence of this complication was lower (LR 0.46). In rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, arteriovenous shunts evolved also in a significantly higher rate. Conclusion: Patients with vasculitis, rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, thin basement membrane syndrome or acute interstitial nephritis should be monitored more carefully after renal biopsy due to the significantly higher risk for complications. ]

Hungarian Radiology

APRIL 07, 2009

[Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt implantation in a patient with severe dilatative cardiomyopathy]

SZALÁNCZY Katalin, LÁZÁR István, STEFÁN János, KALÓ Emil

[INTRODUCTION - Indications for TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) are usually portal hypertension induced by alcoholic or viral cirrhosis. Reported patient underwent TIPS because of a rare indication where his rapidly progressing heart failure lead to rapid deterioration of the splanchnic hypertension. CASE REPORT - A 51 years old male was admitted with severe dilatative cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation, generalized edema refractory to conservative treatment, and rapidly worsening hepatic laboratory test results. TIPS implantation achieved improvement of all clinical signs, decreased edema and the patient could finally be discharged. CONCLUSION - TIPS can result in improved quality of life not only in primary hepatic cirrhosis but in other clinical circumstances with portal hypertension.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 22, 2009

[Factors affecting the development of chronic hydrocephalus following subarachnoid hemorrhage]


[Hydrocephalus is a common complication of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Numerous studies have dealt so far with the triggering cause of the chronic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) absorptional and circulatory disorders. Despite the fact that these studies gave several different explanations, most of them agreed on the fact that the obstruction of CSF pathway has a crucial role in the development of the clinical feature. By examing three years’ clinical cases they the authors were trying to find out which are the factors that influence the development of the late hydrocephalus which succeeds the subarachnoid hemorrhage; moreover to find out if the incidence of the latter may be decreased by a continuous drainage of CSF which advances its purification. One hundred and seventy-one patients (one hundred and twenty-seven females) were treated by aneurysmal SAH at Department of Neurosurgery, University of Szeged between 2002 and 2005. The following parameters were recorded: gender, clinical state, risk factors (smoking, consuming alcohol and hypertension), the method and the time of surgical treatment as well as CSF drainage. The studies have shown that the risk of incidence of chronic hydrocephalus’s incidence were higher in men and in case of severe clinical state with severe SAH. The disturbed CSF circulation and/or absorption were positively correlated with consuming alcohol and hypertension, while smoking did not affect it. The rate of the incidence of chronic hydrocephalus among our patients was lower (5.8%) compared to the results of other studies (7-40%) suggests that disturbance of CSF circulation and/or absorption may be avoided in the majority of cases by continuous external ventricular or lumbar CSF drainage, which is applied routinly.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2010

[Importance of hydrocephalus following severe brain injury during postacute rehabilitation]

DÉNES Zoltán, LANTOS Ágnes, SZÉL István, THOMKA Magdolna, VASS Mátyás, BARSI Péter

[Objectives - We report our experiences with hydrocephalus in early rehabilitation over a seven-year period. Method - Retrospective study in Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit of the National Institute for Medical Rehabilitation, between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2008. Results - At our institute in the last seven years, we treated 83 patients with secondary and six patients with primary hydrocephalus. The majority of hydrocephalus was of post traumatic origin (52) and remaining 23 following stroke (SAH, AVM, ICH) or brain operation (tumour - seven, and one cranioplasty), and all these patients had undergone ventricular shunt implantation. Mean age of patients was 36 (14-80) years. Hydrocephalus was diagnosed in our rehabilitation unit in 20 of 83 cases and the other patients were shunted before transfer to our unit. The median time point of shunting was 70 (range: 20-270) days after trauma, brain surgery or stroke. Post-operative complications were seen in 12 of 89 patients: six infections and six shunt failure and revision was necessary in 14%. In PTH cases, the post-operative improvement was seen in 40 of 52 patients being shunted and corresponded to FIM scores. At the other 31 cases, with non-traumatic origin, only two patients remain unchanged. Conclusions - Hydrocephalus is considered to be a frequent and important complication after severe brain damage. The incidence of hydrocephalus treated with shunt implantation in our neuro-rehabilitation unit was 4.4%. The postoperative improvement was 77%. Posttraumatic hydrocephalus concerns 5.2% of patients with severe TBI during last seven years in our institution. Diagnosis of posttraumatic hydrocephalus was established in 24%, and complication after shunt implantation (14%) was also recognized in the post-acute rehabilitation unit. It is strongly recommended for the team working at such type of units to obtain clinical practice. Teamwork, good cooperation between acute and postacutecare is necessary for successful rehabilitation of these patients.]