Does sudden hearing loss increase the risk of stroke?

Association of sudden sensorineural hearing loss with risk of cardiocerebrovascular disease: a study using data from the Korea National health insurance service. Kim JY, Hong JY, Kim DK. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018; 144:129-135.   Abstract BACKGROUND: The interruption of vascular supply to the cochlea has been proposed as a major etiological factor for… Read More Does sudden hearing loss increase the risk of stroke?

Is migraine a risk factor for cervical artery dissection?

Association between migraine and cervical artery dissection: the Italian project on stroke in young adults De Giuli V, Grassi M, Lodigiani C, et al; Italian Project on Stroke in Young Adults Investigators. JAMA Neurol 2017; 74:512-518. Abstract IMPORTANCE: Although sparse observational studies have suggested a link between migraine and cervical artery dissection (CEAD), any association… Read More Is migraine a risk factor for cervical artery dissection?

How may serum troponin help in the diagnosis of stroke?

Early elevated troponin levels after ischemic stroke suggests a cardioembolic source Yaghi S, Chang AD, Ricci BA, et al. Stroke 2018; 49:121-126. Abstract BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Elevated cardiac troponin is a marker of cardiac disease and has been recently shown to be associated with embolic stroke risk. We hypothesize that early elevated troponin levels in the acute stroke setting are more prevalent in patients with embolic stroke subtypes (cardioembolic and… Read More How may serum troponin help in the diagnosis of stroke?

What are the 10 CT pitfalls of subarachnoid haemorrhage?

Pseudo-subarachnoid hemorrhage: a potential imaging pitfall Lin CY, Lai PH, Fu JH, Wang PC, Pan HB. Can Assoc Radiol J 2014; 65:225-231. Abstract Background: Increased density of the basal cisterns and subarachnoid spaces on computed tomographies (CT) is a characteristic finding of acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Excluding head injury, SAH leads to the performance of… Read More What are the 10 CT pitfalls of subarachnoid haemorrhage?

What are the most important neurological conundrums of pregnancy?

Neurologists are often slightly nervous when their patients start planning a family. It’s even worse when the patients fall pregnant–unexpectedly. This is because neurologists need super thinking hats not only to anticipate the potential impact of pregnancy on their patients neurology, but also to preempt the adverse effects of neurological treatments on the developing baby. The nervousness… Read More What are the most important neurological conundrums of pregnancy?

Does bereavement increase the risk of stroke?

Risk of stroke after bereavement-a systematic literature review Aalbaek FS, Graff S, Vestergaard M. Acta Neurol Scand 2017; 136:293-297.   Abstract Background: Several studies have suggested that psychological stress may increase the risk of stroke. However, this link remains a controversial issue because of conflicting findings. Bereavement, the loss of a close relative, is considered… Read More Does bereavement increase the risk of stroke?

What childhood factors predict the development of stroke in adulthood?

Association of childhood body mass index and change in body mass index with first adult ischemic stroke. Gjærde LK, Gamborg M, Ängquist L, Truelsen TC, Sørensen TIA, Baker JL. JAMA Neurol 2017; 74:1312-1318.   Abstract BACKGROUND: To investigate whether childhood body mass index (BMI) and change in BMI are associated with adult ischemic stroke and… Read More What childhood factors predict the development of stroke in adulthood?