Vol 2, No 3 (2008)

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Original articles

Pathogenic heterogenety of ischemic stroke and patent foramen ovale

Suslina Z.A., Fonyakin A.V., Chechetkin A.O., Glebov M.V., Geraskina L.A., Nikitin Y.M., Kravchenko M.A.


The comparative analysis of pathogenic mechanisms of ischemic stroke in patients with and without Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) was performed. 101 patients with cryptogenic stroke and stroke of known etiology were examined. All patients underwent a diagnostic protocol including brain CT/MRI scan, haemostatic system testing, ECG, standard echocardiography, transthoracal echocardiography with bubble test and transcranial Doppler with bubble test; 51 patient underwent transesophageal echocardiography. PFO was found in half of the patients with ischemic stroke. However, the paradoxical cerebral embolism could not be considered as a main stroke risk factor in the studied cases: the mechanism of stroke in PFO was clarified with the same frequency, as in patients without PFO. So, in the presence of other competing risk factors of cerebral lesion, PFO does not play independent pathogenic role in the genesis of brain ischemia.

Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2008;2(3):4-8
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Blood pressure in acute ischemic stroke subtypes

Kadomskaya M.I.


Characteristics of blood pressure were studied in various pathogenetic subtypes of ischemic stroke of 160 patients. During the development of stroke there was revealed the dependence of the level of the increase systolic and diastolic blood pressure from burden and continuance of arterial hypertension in past history under all stroke subtypes and maximum of patients with lacunar stroke. Within first 24 hours of stroke there was revealed the dependence of blood pressure from arterial hypertension and diabetes mellitus in past history and great extent decrease of patients with lacunar stroke. Most patients with an acute ischemic stroke had arterial hypertension. Frequency, degree and dynamic were related to the subtype of ischemic stroke.

Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2008;2(3):9-13
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Therapeutic drug monitoring in epilepsy: an alternative approach

Rodyonov A.A., Kabanova I.A., Seifulla R.D., Timofeev A.B.


Therapeutic drug monitoring is an important part of antiepileptic therapy, and the search for alternative non-invasive methods of such monitoring represents an actual task for clinical neurology. For this purpose, we determined by gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy the levels of the anticonvulsant carbamazepine in the plasma and saliva of healthy volunteers aged 18–25 years after one oral dose of 200 mg. Maximal drug concentration was 2.6–2.7 µg/ml in the plasma and 0.75 µg/ml in the saliva; mean saliva/plasma drug level ratio was 0.3. Time necessary to reach maximal concentration was 6–7 hrs for both plasma and saliva. T1/2 was also equal for both sources: 15–16 hrs. Significant correlation between the plasma and saliva carbamazepine concentrations was revealed (R2=0,893). Thus, while treating epilepsy patients with carbamazepine, it is possible to use the saliva as an adequate biological sample for conducting non-invasive drug monitoring.

Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2008;2(3):14-18
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Carotid artery stenosis: prospective comparison of CT, three-dimensional non-enhanced MR and digital subtraction angiography

Davydenko I.S., Krotenkova M.V., Konovalov R.N., Piradov M.A.


The aim of this study was a comparison of diagnostic efficacy of non contrast enhanced MR-angiography (MRA) and CT-angiography (CTA) with digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in patients with atherosclerotic lesions of internal carotid arteries. We examined 70 patients with stenosis of carotid arteries. A stenosis degree of more than 50% (assessed by DSA) was considered as hemodynamically significant. Besides neurological survey the examination of extracranial arteries was performed, which included MRA, CTA and DSA. In each case we analysed a plane on which a degree of a stenosis was assessed as maximum. To characterize each modality we evaluated sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value. A coincidence rate for CTA and DSA was 95%, for MRA and DSA – 89%. We can conclude that CTA and MRA can be use for an appropriate evaluation of stenosis of interna carotid arteries.

Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2008;2(3):19-24
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Morphological changes of the choroids plexus and ventricular walls of the cerebrum following experimental intraventricular haemorrhage

Shirshov A.V., Gulevskaya T.S., Morgunov V.A., Kucheryanu V.G.


We assessed the morphological changes induced by intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH) and investigated the effects of intraventricular fibrinolytic treatment following IVH. The experiment was performed in 30 Wistar rats. In first (control) group (15 rats) animals received intraventricular injection of 40 microl autologous blood with 10 microl normal saline. In second group (15 rats) 40 microl autologous blood with 10 microl t-PA recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) was injected in ventricular of the animals. Morphological examination of the brains were carried out 2 days and 21 days following IVH. Marked losses of the ependymal covering of the ventricular walls, choroids plexus were founded in bouth groups. The results indicate that intraventricular administered t-PA significantly enhanced the lysis of intraventricular blood clots, but r-PA (in second group) promoted delayed periventricular white matter edema formation (more 21 days).

Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2008;2(3):25-29
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Neuron-astroglial interactions in dysregulation of energy metabolism in perinatal ischemic brain damage

Salmina A.B., Okuneva S.O., Taranushenko T.E., Fursov A.A., Prokopenko S.V., Mikhutkina S.V., Malinovskaya N.A., Tagaeva G.A.


Presented is a review of the literature on the problem of hypoxic-ischemic perinatal brain damage in the context of alterations of astroglial regulation of neuronal energy metabolism and mechanisms of excitotoxicity. Characteristics of energy metabolism in the developing brain responsible for specificity of its damage in perinatal period, as well as cell and molecular mechanisms of disturbances of neuron-astrocyte coupling controlling regulation of neuroplasticity are discussed.

Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2008;2(3):44-51
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CT-perfusion in acute ischemic stroke

Sergeev D.V., Lavrentyeva A.N., Krotenkova M.V.


Current approaches to the diagnostics of acute stroke rely on methods of visualization that assess not only anatomical changes of the ischemic brain, but also allow to evaluate the potential effectiveness and safety of thrombolytic therapy beyond therapeutic “time window” and to study pathophysiological features of cerebral ischemia. Perfusion CT (PCT) is discussed herein as a reliable and easily available tool for acute ischemic stroke diagnostics, used as an add on to conventional CT scanning. PCT rapidly distinguishes the volume of irreversible damaged tissue and penumbra, and hence to choose optimal treatment approach and to assess its effectiveness. Technical and clinical features of PCT are reviewed, along with interpretation of PCT results in the view of pathophysiological mechanisms of cerebral ischemia, advantages and disadvantages of the technique and perspectives of its further development.

Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2008;2(3):30-37
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Clinical analysis

Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (case report)

Dobrynina L.A., Kalashnikova L.A., Konovalov R.N., Kadykov A.S.


Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is characterized by β-amyloid deposition in cortical and leptomeningeal arteries of small and medium size that disturbs normal structure of arterial wall. CAA is one of the often causes of peripheral intracerebral hemorrhages and cognitive impairment in old patients. We describe male patient, 52 years with CAA. Clinical picture was characterized by recurrent cortical-subcortical (lobar) hemorrhages, cognitive impairment of subcortiical type and epileptic seizures. MRI revealed superficial posthemorrhagic lesions. Gradient-echo MRI found small multiple asymptomatic hemorrhages in cerebral cortex and subcortical matter. Repeat gradientecho MRI carried out monthes revealed new clinically asymptomatic hemorrhages. Arterial hypertension as a cause of intracerebral hemorrhage was excluded on the base of atypical location of hemorrhage (superficial, but not deep). CAA diagnosis was made according to international Boston criteria: multiple lobar, cortical-subcortical hemorrhages not connected with other definite cause of intracerebral hemorrhage. Gradient-echo MRI is of a great importance in diagnosis of CAA, as it discovers small cortical and superficial hemorrhages, none detected by standard MRI regimes.

Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology. 2008;2(3):38-43
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