What are the minimum diagnostic requirements for psychogenic seizures?

Minimum requirements for the diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: a staged approach: a report from the International League Against Epilepsy Nonepileptic Seizures Task Force. LaFrance WC Jr, Baker GA, Duncan R, Goldstein LH, Reuber M. Epilepsia 2013; 54:2005-2018. Abstract Background: An international consensus group of clinician-researchers in epilepsy, neurology, neuropsychology, and neuropsychiatry collaborated with the… Read More What are the minimum diagnostic requirements for psychogenic seizures?

8 things we now know about the toxicity of gadolinium to the brain

When it comes to imaging the nervous system, nothing but an MRI will do for the fastidious neurologist. CT has its uses, such as in detecting acute intracranial bleeding, but it lacks the sophistication to detect or differentiate between less glaring abnormalities. It also comes with a hefty radiation dose. MRI on the other hand,… Read More 8 things we now know about the toxicity of gadolinium to the brain

What factors predict post-operative myasthenic crisis?

Clinical outcome and predictive factors of postoperative myasthenic crisis in 173 thymomatous myasthenia gravis patients Li Y, Wang H, Chen P, Chen Z, Su C, Luo C, Feng H, Liu W. Int J Neurosci 2018; 128:103-109. Abstract PURPOSE: Thymectomy is the first-line therapy for thymomatous myasthenia gravis patients. The aim of this study is to… Read More What factors predict post-operative myasthenic crisis?

How is Parkinson’s disease different in women and men?

The relevance of gender in Parkinson’s disease: a review Picillo M, Nicoletti A, Fetoni V, Garavaglia B, Barone P, Pellecchia MT. J Neurol 2017; 264:1583-1607. Abstract Background: Since the official and systematic inclusion of sex and gender in biomedical research, gender differences have been acknowledged as important determinants of both the susceptibility to develop neurodegenerative diseases in general population and the… Read More How is Parkinson’s disease different in women and men?

What is so distinctive about anti-MUSK myasthenia gravis?

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an iconic neurological disorder. It is classical in its presentation, weakness setting in with exertion and improving with rest. This fatigability is demonstrable in the laboratory when repetitive nerve stimulation (RNS) of the muscles results in a progressively decremental response. Clinically, myasthenia gravis is often a benign disorder which restricts itself… Read More What is so distinctive about anti-MUSK myasthenia gravis?

What is the impact of Vitamin D on the complicated course of MS?

Some general neurologists get away with not having to think too much about multiple sclerosis (MS). This is because they have an ‘MSologist‘ at hand to refer all their patients with ‘demyelination‘. Many general neurologists however care for people with MS because they do not have a ‘fallback guy‘ to do the heavy lifting for […]… Read More What is the impact of Vitamin D on the complicated course of MS?