Cerebrovascular Diseases (Cerebrovasc Dis)

Publisher: S. Karger (Firm), Karger

Journal description

A rapidly-growing field, cerebrovascular research is unique in that it involves a variety of specialties such as neurology, internal medicine, surgery, radiology, epidemiology, cardiology, hematology, psychology and rehabilitation. ëCerebrovascular Diseasesí is a new international forum which meets the growing need for sophisticated, up-to-date scientific information on clinical data, diagnostic testing, and therapeutic issues, dealing with all aspects of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases. It contains original contributions, reviews of selected topics and clinical investigative studies, recent meeting reports and work-in-progress as well as discussions on controversial issues. All aspects related to clinical advances are considered, while purely experimental work appears if directly relevant to clinical issues.

Current impact factor: 3.75

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 3.754
2013 Impact Factor 3.698
2012 Impact Factor 2.814
2011 Impact Factor 2.723
2010 Impact Factor 2.987
2009 Impact Factor 3.535
2008 Impact Factor 3.041
2007 Impact Factor 2.534
2006 Impact Factor 2.003
2005 Impact Factor 2.319
2004 Impact Factor 2.15
2003 Impact Factor 2.03
2002 Impact Factor 1.852
2001 Impact Factor 1.665
2000 Impact Factor 2.95
1999 Impact Factor 1.744
1998 Impact Factor 1.288
1997 Impact Factor 1.615
1996 Impact Factor 1.458
1995 Impact Factor 1.565
1994 Impact Factor 1.683
1993 Impact Factor 1.37
1992 Impact Factor 1.096

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5-year impact 3.45
Cited half-life 6.30
Immediacy index 0.37
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.20
Website Cerebrovascular Diseases website
Other titles Cerebrovascular diseases (Basel, Switzerland: Online)
ISSN 1421-9786
OCLC 44717733
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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  • Lise-Prune Berner · Tae-Hee Cho · Julie Haesebaert · Julien Bouvier · Marlène Wiart · Niels Hjort · Irene Klærke Mikkelsen · Laurent Derex · Götz Thomalla · Salvador Pedraza · Leif Østergaard · Jean-Claude Baron · Norbert Nighoghossian · Yves Berthezène
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    ABSTRACT: Background: In acute ischemic stroke (AIS), gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) have different vulnerabilities to ischemia. Thus, we compared the evolution of ischemic lesions within WM and GM using MRI. Methods: From a European multicenter prospective database (I-KNOW), available T1-weighted images were identified for 50 patients presenting with an anterior AIS and a perfusion weighted imaging (PWI)/diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) mismatch ratio of 1.2 or more. Six lesion compartments were outlined: initial DWI (b = 1,000 s/mm2) lesion, initial PWI-DWI mismatch (Tmax >4 s and DWI-negative), final infarct mapped on 1-month fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) imaging, lesion growth between acute DWI and 1-month FLAIR, DWI lesion reversal at 1 month and salvaged mismatch. The WM and GM were segmented on T1-weighted images, and all images were co-registered within subjects to the baseline MRI. WM and GM proportions were calculated for each compartment. Results: Fifty patients were eligible for the study. Median delay between symptom onset and baseline MRI was 140 min. The percentage of WM was significantly greater in the following compartments: initial mismatch (52.5 vs. 47.5%, p = 0.003), final infarct (56.7 vs. 43.3%, p < 0.001) and lesion growth (58.9 vs. 41.2%, p < 0.001). No significant difference was found between GM and WM percentages within the initial DWI lesion, DWI reversal and salvaged mismatch compartments. Conclusions: Ischemic lesions may extend preferentially within the WM. Specific therapeutic strategies targeting WM ischemic processes may deserve further investigation.
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    ABSTRACT: Background and purpose: The aim of this nationwide cohort study was to evaluate whether the occurrence of isolated 3rd, 4th or 6th cranial nerve (CN) palsies is associated with a higher risk of ischemic stroke. Methods: This study utilized data from Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database during 1995-2012. Subjects aged 20 years or older who had isolated CN 3/4/6 palsies diagnosed by a neurologist or ophthalmologist between January 2000 and December 2011 were included. A set of propensity score matched, randomly sampled patients who had never been diagnosed with CN 3/4/6 palsies were extracted to constitute the control group (cases and controls = 1:4). All subjects were followed until death, loss due to follow-up or completion of the study. Cox proportional hazard regression model stratified by matched pairs was used to estimate the hazards ratio (HR) of ischemic stroke. Results: A total of 657 patients with isolated CN 3/4/6 palsies (61.1% male, mean age 54.8 years) were identified. Compared with control group, the patients with isolated CN 3/4/6 palsies exhibited an increased risk of ischemic stroke (CN3: adjusted HR 3.69 (95% CI 2.20-6.19); CN4: 2.71 (95% CI 1.11-6.64); CN6: 2.15 (95% CI 1.31-3.52)). The association between CN 3/4/6 palsies and ischemic stroke was detected in both separate subgroup and sensitivity analyses. Conclusions: The patients with CN 3/4/6 palsies exhibited an increased risk of developing ischemic stroke. Therefore, isolated ocular motor nerves palsies appear to represent an unrecognized risk factor for ischemic stroke, and these require further confirmation and exploration.
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    ABSTRACT: Background and purpose: Computed tomography perfusion (CTP) has a high diagnostic value in the detection of acute ischemic stroke in the anterior circulation. However, the diagnostic value in suspected posterior circulation (PC) stroke is uncertain, and whole brain volume perfusion is not yet in widespread use. We therefore studied the additional value of whole brain volume perfusion to non-contrast CT (NCCT) and CT angiography source images (CTA-SI) for infarct detection in patients with suspected acute ischemic PC stroke. Methods: This is a retrospective review of patients with suspected stroke in the PC in a database of our stroke center (n = 3,011) who underwent NCCT, CTA and CTP within 9 h after stroke onset and CT or MRI on follow-up. Images were evaluated for signs and pc-ASPECTS locations of ischemia. Three imaging models - A (NCCT), B (NCCT + CTA-SI) and C (NCCT + CTA-SI + CTP) - were compared with regard to the misclassification rate relative to gold standard (infarction in follow-up imaging) using the McNemar's test. Results: Of 3,011 stroke patients, 267 patients had a suspected stroke in the PC and 188 patients (70.4%) evidenced a PC infarct on follow-up imaging. The sensitivity of Model C (76.6%) was higher compared with that of Model A (21.3%) and Model B (43.6%). CTP detected significantly more ischemic lesions, especially in the cerebellum, posterior cerebral artery territory and thalami. Conclusions: Our findings in a large cohort of consecutive patients show that CTP detects significantly more ischemic strokes in the PC than CTA and NCCT alone.
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    ABSTRACT: Background and purpose: Hyperintense vessels (HV) detected on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) indicate cerebral hypoperfusion. However, the clinical meaning of changes in HV is yet to be clarified. Here, we investigated serial changes to HV in patients with AIS who received tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) therapy. Methods: We studied t-PA patients presenting with HV on FLAIR in the middle cerebral artery territory. Patients underwent brain MRI 1 h before and after t-PA infusion. HV scores (range 1-7) were evaluated according to Alberta Stroke Program Early Computed Tomography Score territories, and then by subtracting HV scores at 1 h after t-PA infusion from those on admission, with a result of >1 defined as decrease in HV score (DHV). Patients were divided into 2 groups based on the presence or absence of DHV. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted to identify variables independently associated with good outcome (modified Rankin Scale score at 90 days after stroke onset of 0-1). Results: A total of 118 consecutive patients were enrolled (73 men; mean age 76 ± 9.7; median initial National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) 13; median initial HV score 5), of whom 52 (44%) had DHV. Patients with DHV showed a significantly lower NIHSS time course (p < 0.001) and significantly smaller infarct volume time course (p < 0.001) compared to those without DHV. Multivariate analysis showed that DHV was independently associated with good outcome (OR 3.89; 95% CI 1.55-9.77; p < 0.01). The sensitivity and specificity of DHV for good outcome were 70 and 68%, respectively. Conclusion: A DHV on FLAIR predicts good outcome in patients receiving t-PA.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Contrary to deeply located brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), superficially located AVMs are more likely to have transdural arterial communications (TACs). However, the clinical and radiologic characteristics of patients presenting with AVMs and TACs are poorly understood. The purpose of this study is to determine whether clinicoradiological features of cerebral AVMs differ according to TAC. Methods: Between 2002 and 2012, 438 consecutive patients with a brain AVM were treated in our hospital. Among them were 124 patients with superficially located brain AVMs who met the inclusion and exclusion criteria of our study. We retrospectively reviewed the clinicoradiological features of their TACs to explore the variation in characteristics. Results: Thirty-two of the 124 patients with a superficially located AVM (25.8%) had TAC. Radiologic findings of brain AVM images with TAC showed that TAC occurred significantly more frequently among larger AVMs (with vs. without TAC, 11.2 vs. 4.0 ml) and among diffuse AVMs (56.3 vs. 28.3%, p = 0.004). Clinical findings indicate that TAC was associated with chronic headache (43.8 vs. 12.0%, p < 0.001) and older age (43.1 vs. 36.6 years, p = 0.037). Conclusions: Brain AVM with TAC seems to be accompanied by distinctive clinical features, such as chronic headache and older age. Larger size and diffuseness of the AVM were also associated with TAC. Findings from this study and the prognostic significance of TAC should be further explored in a large prospective study.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Designing treatment strategies for unruptured giant intracranial aneurysms (GIA) is difficult as evidence of large clinical trials is lacking. We examined the outcome following surgical or endovascular GIA treatment focusing on patient age, GIA location and unruptured GIA. Methods: Medline and Embase were searched for studies reporting on GIA treatment outcome published after January 2000. We calculated the proportion of good outcome (PGO) for all included GIA and for unruptured GIA by meta-analysis using a random effects model. Results: We included 54 studies containing 64 study populations with 1,269 GIA at a median follow-up time (FU-T) of 26.4 months (95% CI 10.8-42.0). PGO was 80.9% (77.4-84.4) in the analysis of all GIA compared to 81.2% (75.3-86.1) in the separate analysis of unruptured GIA. For each year added to patient age, PGO decreased by 0.8%, both for all GIA and unruptured GIA. For all GIA, surgical treatment resulted in a PGO of 80.3% (95% CI 76.0-84.6) compared to 84.2% (78.5-89.8, p = 0.27) after endovascular treatment. In unruptured GIA, PGO was 79.7% (95% CI 71.5-87.8) after surgical treatment and 84.9% (79.1-90.7, p = 0.54) after endovascular treatment. PGO was lower in high quality studies and in studies presenting aggregate instead of individual patient data. In unruptured GIA, the OR for good treatment outcome was 5.2 (95% CI 2.0-13.0) at the internal carotid artery compared to 0.1 (0.1-0.3, p < 0.1) in the posterior circulation. Patient sex, FU-T and prevalence of ruptured GIA were not associated with PGO. Conclusions: We found that the chances of good outcome after surgical or endovascular GIA treatment mainly depend on patient age and aneurysm location rather than on the type of treatment conducted. Our analysis may inform future research on GIA.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Cortical injections of the vasoconstrictor endothelin-1 (ET1) have widely been used to induce focal circumscribed ischemic lesions in the motor cortex of rodents in the context of stroke recovery studies. In order to apply this model correctly, it is essential to understand the time course of regional flow changes and of the development of penumbra and infarction. Methods: Multitracer micro-PET of ET1 focal ischemia in rats was performed using [11C]-flumazenil ([11C]FMZ) as a flow- and viability tracer and [18F]-fluoromisonidazole ([18F]FMISO) as hypoxia marker in order to characterize the physiological time-course of this model. Nine adult Sprague-Dawley rats received stereotaxic injections of ET1 into the right primary motor cortex, 3 served as controls. PET imaging was started 2, 3 and 20 h after the last ET1 injection. Histology was obtained at the end of the scans. Standardized uptake value ratios reflecting cerebral blood flow (CBF), [11C]FMZ-binding and [18F]FMISO-retention were calculated for the region of hypoperfusion and the normoperfused cortex. Results: CBF in the hypoperfused cortex was significantly reduced (p < 0.01) at 5 h (0.58 ± 0.025), 6 h (0.54 ± 0.043) and 23 h (0.66 ± 0.024) compared to controls (1.00 ± 0.011) and moderately reduced (p < 0.05) in the remainder of the affected hemisphere at 5 h (0.93 ± 0.036). [11C]FMZ-binding was within the control range at all time points. Significant [18F]FMISO-retention (1.16 ± 0.091, p < 0.05) was observed only after 6 h in the ischemic core that later turned into infarct. Conclusion: ET1 injections yield reproducible, slowly developing ischemic lesions with constant levels of hypoperfusion. This multitracer micro-PET study suggests that the ET1 model is appropriate for inducing chronic circumscribed ischemic lesions but seems to be less suited for studying acute stroke pathophysiology.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (DD) is associated with an increased mortality in general population and patients with myocardial infarct. In the present study, we investigated whether DD is associated with outcomes after ischemic stroke. Methods: Five hundred and three acute ischemic stroke patients with normal left ventricular ejection fraction (≥50%) were retrospectively included. Echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging were used to evaluate and grade diastolic function. Ordinal logistic and Cox regression analyses were used to examine relations between DD and modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score at 3 months and mortality after stroke, respectively. Results: Mean age was 67.2 ± 11.8 years and 63% were men. Among parameters of diastolic function, early mitral inflow velocity/early diastolic mitral annulus velocity (E/e') was independently related with higher mRS score at 3 months and mortality after ischemic stroke. The highest quartile of E/e' (>14) was independently associated with higher mRS score (adjusted OR 3.86, 95% CI 2.27-6.54) as well as with mortality (hazards ratio [HR] 2.87, 95% CI 1.17-7.04) as compared to the lowest quartile of E/e' (<8.8). In addition, moderate-to-severe DD grade was related to higher mRS score (adjusted OR 2.41, 95% CI 1.15-5.06) and mortality (HR 6.63, 95% CI 1.80-24.43) compared to the normal diastolic function. Conclusion: In patients with ischemic stroke, DD is associated with functional outcome at 3 months and mortality. Our data suggest that more attention should be given to DD in patients with ischemic stroke.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Data about evolution of aphasia following stroke are rare and controversial especially following fibrinolysis. The aim of this study was to describe the early clinical patterns of isolated aphasia in consecutive stroke patients with or without thrombolysis. Methods: Clinical and radiological data of consecutive stroke patients were routinely entered in prospective registry. Patients were considered aphasic when NIHSS (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale) item 9 >0. 'Isolated aphasia' was defined by aphasic patients without motor limb deficit. We created a 'composite language score' obtained by summing the NIHSS items 1b, 1c and 9, which reflects language-processing ability. Recovery of functions was evaluated as measured by global NIHSS, composite language score and language screening test (LAST) at baseline, H24 and day 7 (D7). 'Mild deficit' was defined as global NIHSS <5. Results: A total of 100 consecutive patients met study criteria for isolated aphasia. Twenty-five underwent thrombolysis and 75 did not. There was no difference between the 2 groups concerning demographic characteristics, involved territories and presence of arterial occlusion, initial median NIHSS, composite language and LAST scores at entrance. Evolution was significantly better in thrombolysed patient for the 3 testings: NIHSS, composite language score and LAST at D7 (respective p = 0.0002; p = 0.01 and p = 0.004). Similar results were found when we focused on the subgroups of patients with initial 'mild' deficits (p = 0.01; p = 0.0003 and p = 0.007). No symptomatic hemorrhagic transformation occurred following thrombolysis. Conclusion: These data strongly suggest that thrombolysis is safe and effective in patients with 'isolated aphasia,' even if the global NIHSS score is <5.
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    ABSTRACT: Background and purpose: In order to attribute a diagnostic value to angiographic runs performed before revascularization, we aimed at developing a regional evaluation of leptomeningeal collateral flow that can be used to detect and predict infarction when performing stroke endovascular procedures. Materials and methods: We evaluated all consecutive patients treated for occlusions in the anterior circulation in our center between 2009 and 2013, with MRI imaging performed before the endovascular procedure. Two readers performed an evaluation of collateral circulation in 5 cortical regions based on the vascular anatomy. Regional scores were correlated with the presence of infarction in the same cortical sector on pretreatment and follow-up imaging. Global collateral scores for each patient were correlated with infarct volumes. Results: In 89 patients with 408 cortical regions, we found a significant correlation between the degree of zonal collateral flow and the absence of infarction in the same zone on pretreatment imaging. In a subgroup of 37 recanalized patients (Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction scale 3) with 173 cortical zones, retrograde collateral flow to the proximal M4 segment predicted the absence of infarction within the same zone on follow-up imaging (positive predictive value 88.7%). We found good inter-rater agreement for the presence of collateral flow to the M4 proximal segment or further - k = 0.77 (p = 0.05, 95% CI 0.66-0.88). Global collateral scores correlated with infarct volume on initial imaging; all patients with scores ≥4 had infarct volumes ≤70 ml, whereas all patients with global collateral scores ≤1 had infarct volumes ≥70 ml. Conclusion: Anatomic collateral flow evaluation using the angiographic runs performed during stroke endovascular procedures can provide a real-time estimation of the volume and location of core infarct. For each cortical region, good collateral flow is associated with the absence of infarct on pre-treatment imaging, and is predictive of the absence of infarct on follow-up imaging in recanalized patients.
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    ABSTRACT: Background and purpose: Numerous studies have evaluated the association between apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene polymorphisms and the risk of different subtypes of stroke. However, the results remain uncertain, and few sources of data specific to the Chinese ethnic population contribute to these outstanding questions. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to derive a more comprehensive estimate of the association between ApoE polymorphisms and stroke risk in the Chinese population. Methods: Case-control studies in Chinese and English publications were identified by searching the PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, China Nation Knowledge Infrastructure Platform, Wanfang, and VIP databases and by hand-searching relevant journals and the reference lists of the retrieved articles. ORs and 95% CIs were applied to assess the strength of the associations. Subgroup and sensitivity analyses were performed to explore between-study heterogeneity. Results: Evidence of a significant association was found between the ApoE ε4 allele and different subtypes of stroke (for ischemic stroke (IS): OR 2.19, 95% CI 1.90-2.52, p < 0.001; for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH): OR 2.08, 95% CI 1.57-2.75, p < 0.001; and for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH): OR 2.03, 95% CI 1.28-3.23, p = 0.003) among the Chinese population. In addition, a significant difference in the risk for different subtypes of stroke between ε4 carriers and ε3ε3 genotype carriers was found (for IS: OR 2.41, 95% CI 2.00-2.89, p < 0.001; for ICH: OR 2.41, 95% CI 1.68-3.47, p < 0.001; and for SAH: OR 2.04, 95% CI 1.21-3.45, p = 0.008). Conclusion: The ApoE ε4 allele may predict an increased risk for different subtypes of stroke, including IS, ICH and SAH, in the Chinese population, and the results of this genotypic analysis may help to identify populations at an increased risk for stroke. Further studies with larger sample sizes are needed to confirm our findings.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Infection with HIV predisposes patients to a myriad of neurologic disorders, including cerebrovascular disease. The pathophysiology is likely multifactorial, with proposed mechanisms including infectious vasculitis, HIV-induced endothelial dysfunction and adverse effects of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Epidemiologic data on clinically evident cerebral vasculopathy in HIV-infected adults is scarce, even though stroke hospitalizations are rising in this patient population. Methods: A total of 6,298 HIV-infected adults (San Francisco General Hospital, 2000-2013) were screened to generate a cohort of patients with dedicated neuroimaging of the intra- and extracranial cerebral vasculature. We extracted information regarding the extent of HIV disease (including serial viral load and CD4 counts), cardiovascular disease risk factors and exposure to cART (cross-referenced with pharmacy records) and performed multivariate logistic regression analysis to identify predictors of vasculopathy. Results: Of 144 patients, 55 patients (38.2%) had radiographic evidence of cerebral vasculopathy. Twenty (13.9%) had a vasculopathy characterized by vessel dolichoectasia and intracranial aneurysm formation. Thirty-five patients (24.3%) had intra- and or extracranial stenosis/occlusion. cART use (OR 2.27, 95% CI 1.03-5) and tobacco abuse (OR 2.35, 95% CI 1.04-5.25) were independently associated with the development of any vasculopathy, whereas cART use was also an independent risk factor for the stenosis/occlusion subtype specifically (OR 2.87, 95% CI 1.11-7.45). Conclusions: There was a high frequency of cerebral arterial disease in this neuroimaging cohort of HIV/AIDS patients. A history of cART use and a history of tobacco abuse were independent risk factors for vasculopathy, though these findings should be confirmed with large-scale prospective studies.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is associated with many cases of spontaneous symptomatic lobar intracerebral haemorrhage in older individuals and is emerging as an important contributor to cognitive impairment. Cortical superficial siderosis (cSS) is an increasingly recognized haemorrhagic neuroimaging manifestation of CAA. We sought to investigate its prevalence and its association with underlying CAA among memory clinic patients. Methods: We included consecutive eligible patients who presented to the out-patient memory clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 2007 to 2010 and had appropriate MRI, including blood-sensitive sequences. We analyzed the prevalence and topography of cSS according to demographic, clinical, APOE and MRI data. Results: Our cohort consisted of 339 memory clinic patients: Alzheimer's disease (n = 86); mild cognitive impairment (n = 162); vascular dementia/mixed dementia (n = 18); other dementia/undetermined (n = 42); and subjective cognitive complains (n = 31). cSS was detected in 10 patients (3%; 95% CI 1.4-5.4): in 7 cases cSS was focal and in 3 cases, it was disseminated. In multivariable logistic regression analysis, the presence of cSS was associated with lobar microbleeds (OR 1.08; 95% CI 1.03-1.13; p = 0.001, per each additional microbleed) and severe white matter hyperintensities (Fazekas score 5-6, OR 4.43; 95% CI 1.21-26.28; p = 0.028) after adjusting for age. These associations were not influenced by the clinical diagnosis. In patients with APOE data, the APOE ε4/ε4 genotype was overrepresented among subjects with vs. without cSS. In the subgroup of patients with probable CAA (n = 68; 9 with cSS) based on the presence of strictly lobar microbleeds, cSS was also associated with a higher prevalence of severe white matter hyperintensities (66.7 vs. 10.2%; p = 0.001), high centrum semiovale perivascular spaces burden (88.9 vs. 52.4%; p = 0.041) and higher counts of lobar microbleeds (median 13; IQR 10-36 vs. median 1; IQR 1-2; p < 0.00001), compared to patients without cSS. Conclusions: Our data provide further evidence supporting the hypothesis that cSS is a manifestation of advanced CAA in memory clinic populations. Future longitudinal studies should explore any direct effect of cSS on cognition or haemorrhage risk and disease progression.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: PPARx03B3; and PPARα belong to a receptor family of ligand-activated transcription factors involved in the regulation of inflammation, cellular glucose uptake, protection against atherosclerosis and endothelial cell function. Through these effects, they might be involved with the ischemic stroke (IS). Methods: One thousand two hundred ninety-six subjects from the Chinese Han Population were chosen to assess the nature of the functional polymorphisms of PPARs and any links with IS. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to examine the association between PPARx03B3; and PPARα genotypes and a diagnosis of IS. Results: Pro/Ala carriage may be associated with the decreased risk of IS in Hans (OR 0.542, 95% CI 0.346-0.850). The 162Val allele frequency at the DNA-binding region of PPARα was extremely rare in Chinese Han population. Conclusions: PPARx03B3; 12Pro/Ala resulting in an amino acid exchange in N-terminal sequence may be an independent protective factor for IS in the Chinese Han population. However, more populations are warranted to validate our findings.
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    ABSTRACT: Background and purpose: Early seizures (ESs) in patients with nontraumatic spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH) are a frequent complication. The aims of this study were to determine the frequency of ESs in patients with sICH and to investigate the association of ESs with outcomes in a monocenter study. Methods: During a 5-year period (2009-2013), 484 consecutive patients (mean age 72.3 ± 12.6; female sex 51%) with sICH who were admitted to the Department of Neurology at the University of Lübeck, Germany were enrolled and prospectively evaluated. Results: A total of 52 patients (10.7%; 95% CI 8-14) experienced ESs during a mean hospitalization of 12 days. Patients with ESs were less affected on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale at admission than those without ESs (7 vs. 10; p = 0.02). With the exception of the localization of hemorrhage (p = 0.008), differences in the baseline characteristics between patients with ESs and those without ESs were not found. The logistic regression analysis revealed an increased ES rate in patients with cortical hemispheric sICH (OR 3.5; 95% CI 1.8-6.7; p < 0.001). During hospitalization, 109 patients (23%) died and the in-hospital mortality was lower in patients with ESs than those without (9.6 vs. 24.0%, respectively; p = 0.02). An association between ESs and good functional outcome on the modified Rankin Scale ≤2 was not found (p = 0.3). Conclusion: ESs appear to be correlated with hemorrhage localization and associated with survival of the sICH.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Cerebrovascular Diseases