What is the value of temporal artery biopsy in the diagnosis of GCA?

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a nasty inflammatory disorder that affects the large arteries. Because it characteristically involves the temporal artery, this form of vasculitis is also referred to as temporal arteritis. It usually affects people over the age of 50 years and manifests with sudden onset headache, scalp pain, and a thick, tender temporal… Read More What is the value of temporal artery biopsy in the diagnosis of GCA?

Do statins really increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease?

Statins are famous, and their fame lies in their ability to bust cholesterol, the villain in many medical disorders such as heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke. Some may add that statins are infamous, and this is partly because of their side effects such as muscle pain. Love them or hate them, we can’t get… Read More Do statins really increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease?

The 13 most dreadful neurological disorders…and the groups standing up to them

Neurology embodies some of the most dreadful diseases known to man. Every neurological disorder is disheartening, each characterised by unique frustrations for patients and their families. It is difficult to quantify the distress and misery these afflictions impose on their victims, and even harder to appreciate the despair and anguish they evoke in those who […]… Read More The 13 most dreadful neurological disorders…and the groups standing up to them

When Shakespeare meets neurology: Hamlet, Ophelia and autoimmune encephalitis

Neurology can’t seem to get away from autoimmune disorders of the central nervous system. This blog has visited this topic several times before such as with the posts titled What are the dreadful autoimmune disorders that plague neurology? and What’s evolving at the cutting-edge of autoimmune neurology? The attraction of autoimmune neurological diseases lies in… Read More When Shakespeare meets neurology: Hamlet, Ophelia and autoimmune encephalitis

How does gender influence neuromyelitis optica?

Influence of female sex and fertile age on neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders Borisow N, Kleiter I, Gahlen A, et al; NEMOS (Neuromyelitis Optica Study Group) Mult Scler 2016; Epub ahead of print ABSTRACT Background: Gender and age at onset are important epidemiological factors influencing prevalence, clinical presentation, and treatment response in autoimmune diseases. Objective: To… Read More How does gender influence neuromyelitis optica?

Does positional vertigo really increase the risk of dementia?

Association of dementia in patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Lo MH, Lin CL, Chuang E, Chuang TY, Kao CH. Acta Neurol Scand 2017; 135:197-203. ABSTRACT Objective: We conducted a cohort study to investigate whether benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is correlated with an increased risk of dementia. Methods: We established a case cohort comprising… Read More Does positional vertigo really increase the risk of dementia?