Movement disorders in cerebrovascular disease.
ABSTRACT Movement disorders can occur as primary (idiopathic) or genetic disease, as a manifestation of an underlying neurodegenerative disorder, or secondary to a wide range of neurological or systemic diseases. Cerebrovascular diseases represent up to 22% of secondary movement disorders, and involuntary movements develop after 1-4% of strokes. Post-stroke movement disorders can manifest in parkinsonism or a wide range of hyperkinetic movement disorders including chorea, ballism, athetosis, dystonia, tremor, myoclonus, stereotypies, and akathisia. Some of these disorders occur immediately after acute stroke, whereas others can develop later, and yet others represent delayed-onset progressive movement disorders. These movement disorders have been encountered in patients with ischaemic and haemorrhagic strokes, subarachnoid haemorrhage, cerebrovascular malformations, and dural arteriovenous fistula affecting the basal ganglia, their connections, or both.
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ABSTRACT: Chorea-ballism is a rare movement disorder characterized by irregular, poorly patterned, and involuntary movements, which are usually unilateral but may be bilateral or involve the extremities. The most common metabolic cause of transient chorea-ballism is nonketotic or ketotic hyperglycemia (NKHG or KHG, respectively). A meta-analysis and several reviews have identified clinical characteristics of NKHG-associated chorea-ballism; however, the characteristics of KHG-associated chorea-ballism remain unknown. We performed a search for studies of patients with KHG-associated chorea-ballism, published in MEDLINE between 1960 and May 2014, and identified 13 studies of 15 patients. Despite the limited number of cases, we identified some significant differences in the clinical and radiological characteristics between patients with KHG- or NKHG-induced chorea-ballism. Patients with KHG were significantly younger than patients with NKHG, and a higher percentage of patients with KHG had atypical or negative brain imaging findings for chorea-ballism compared to patients with NKHG. We recommend that blood glucose levels be tested on admission as a key diagnostic measure, to improve the early diagnosis of chorea-ballism. The best treatment for KHG-induced chorea-ballism is rapid glucose control with an insulin drip and, possibly, neuroleptics. The mechanisms of the disease are unclear, although the GABA theory, cerebrovascular insufficiency, and alterations of dopaminergic activity in the striatum might play important roles.Neurological Sciences 09/2014; 35(12). DOI:10.1007/s10072-014-1968-1 · 1.50 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Myorhythmia is defined as repetitive, rhythmic, slow (1-4 Hz) movement affecting chiefly cranial and limb muscles. When occurring in the limbs it may be oscillatory and jerky, whereas oculo-masticatory myorhythmia, typically associated with Whipple's disease, is a slow, repetitive, often asymmetrical, facial and ocular movement. Thus, myorhythmia overlaps phenomenologically with tremor and segmental myoclonus. Although often present at rest, it must be differentiated from parkinsonian or dystonic tremor. Recognition of this movement disorder is important because it is usually associated with lesions involving the brainstem, thalamus, or other diencephalic structures with potentially treatable etiologies. In addition to Whipple's disease, myorhythmia has been described in patients with cerebrovascular disease, listeria encephalitis, anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor encephalitis, steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, and other disorders. In addition to our own experience, we have systematically reviewed the medical literature, focusing on the phenomenology, pathophysiology, and etiology of this poorly recognized movement disorder. In this review, we aim to highlight the clinical features that differentiate myorhythmia from other movement disorders. Treatment should be directed against the underlying etiology. © 2014 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. © 2014 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.Movement Disorders 12/2014; 30(2). DOI:10.1002/mds.26093 · 5.63 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Gait disorders are frequently accompanied by loss of balance and falls, and are a common cause of disability, particularly among the elderly. In many cases the cause is multifactorial, involving both neurologic and nonneurologic systems. Physical therapy and training, coupled with pharmacologic and surgical therapy, can usually provide some improvement in ambulation, which translates into better quality of life. More research is needed on the mechanisms of gait and its disorders as well as on symptomatic therapies. Better understanding of the pathophysiology of gait disorders should lead to more specific, pathogenesis-targeted therapies. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.Neurologic Clinics 02/2015; 33(1):249-268. DOI:10.1016/j.ncl.2014.09.007 · 1.61 Impact Factor