The most useful investigative tools of neurology

Neurology is a difficult field where things are hardly ever straightforward. The neurological history is often convoluted. Neurological symptoms are frequently vague and imprecise, and neurological signs are often duplicitious. Worse still, the neurological terrain is littered with mimics and chameleons, constituting a veritable boobytrap. This nature of neurology has led to a proliferation of tests, all geared… Read More The most useful investigative tools of neurology

Does the age of puberty influence the risk of developing migraine?

Age at menarche and risk of developing migraine or non-migraine headaches by young adulthood: a prospective cohort study. Maleki N, Kurth T, Field AE. Cephalalgia 2017; 37:1257-1263.   Abstract Importance: Migraine is a highly prevalent and disabling primary headache disorder that is two to three times more prevalent in young women. Among females, there is… Read More Does the age of puberty influence the risk of developing migraine?

What are the features of paraneoplastic NMO?

Clinical profile of patients with paraneoplastic neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder and aquaporin-4 antibodies Sepúlveda M, Sola-Valls N, Escudero D, et al Mult Scler 2017; 1:1352458517731914 Abstract BACKGROUND: In a minority of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and aquaporin-4 antibodies (AQP4-IgG), the disease has a paraneoplastic origin. It is unknown whether these patients have distinctive clinical features.… Read More What are the features of paraneoplastic NMO?

What are the risk factors for multiple intracranial aneurysms?

Risk factors for and clinical consequences of multiple intracranial aneurysms: a systematic review and meta-analysis Jabbarli R, Dinger TF, Darkwah Oppong M, et al. Stroke 2018; (Epub ahead of print). Abstract BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Multiple intracranial aneurysms (MIAs) are common findings of cerebral angiographies; however, MIA prevalence varies in different patient cohorts. We sought to… Read More What are the risk factors for multiple intracranial aneurysms?

What are the real reasons why CIDP becomes refractory to treatment?

Evaluation of patients with refractory chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy Kaplan A, Brannagan TH 3rd. Muscle Nerve 2017; 55:476-482. Abstract INTRODUCTION: Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is a common treatable neuropathy, however, nearly 20% of patients remain refractory to standard therapy for unclear reasons. METHODS: We did a retrospective review of 37 patients referred for CIDP… Read More What are the real reasons why CIDP becomes refractory to treatment?

What are the stereotypic categories of psychogenic seizures?

Stereotypy of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: insights from video-EEG monitoring Seneviratne U, Reutens D, D’Souza W. Epilepsia 2010; 51:1159-1168.   Abstract PURPOSE: To systematically study the semiology of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) captured by video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring (VEM) and categorize the typical patterns observed. METHODS: VEM records of patients who underwent evaluation from January 2002 to… Read More What are the stereotypic categories of psychogenic seizures?

What do neurology information seekers really want?

A few months ago, Neurochecklists set out to discover how people go about searching for neurology information. We therefore carried out an online survey of neurology information users. We asked 10 critical questions about the who, what, where, why, and how of neurology information quest. We asked these question specifically to guide a major Neurochecklists… Read More What do neurology information seekers really want?