Stop Alzheimer Naturally

Super Memory Formula

After the harsh reality that the doctor had to face his son ending his life, he suffered a major irreversible memory loss disease. This caused him to fall into depression and depend on the drugs from the pharma which was devasting for his mental and physical health and on so many other levels. After countless hours of research and experimentation, he realized that the root of all problems of memory loss was an enzyme that eats away the memory cells when the person gets older. This makes the person forget their loved ones, family and friends as if they have never met them. In some cases, they even forget about their past experiences, if they had children, how they came to the place they are in right now and who they are in the first place. This was exactly what the doctor had in his future if he did not make a decision. But he did and met with great people who helped him find the cure. This was a groundbreaking study that no one wanted to believe or endorse because it would go against the large pharma industry. However, the information is in there to protect yourself and your loved ones from such a devastating experience. You only need to follow the link and you will be guided to get the information downloaded to your device and follow the all-natural ways to get rid of memory loss. More here...

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Behavioral Disturbances in Dementia

Open trials of SSRI treatment of behavioral disturbance in dementia where there is no coexisting mood disturbance have been reported. Trappler and Vinuela106 described the treatment of three patients with dementia (two SDAT, one multi-infarct) and stereotyped behaviors with fluvoxamine at a maximum dose of 150 mg day. In two patients, complete resolution of these behaviors occurred within 6 weeks, the other patient had some residual symptoms but an overall noticeable improvement after 8 weeks. Pollock et al107 conducted an open trial of citalopram in 16 patients with dementia and associated behavioral distur

Parkinsons Disease with Dementia

Ihere are several forms of primary degenerative parkinsonism, including idiopathic (or sporadic) PD, sporadic PD with superimposed pathological features of AD, familial PD (or parkinsonian syndromes), and Parkinson's-ALS- dementia complex of Guam. Pathological substrates differ among these conditions, as do the frequency of cognitive disturbances. In patients with pathological evidence of AD, dementia is usually (but not invariably) present. In familial cases, genetic defects and pathological changes differ between kindreds, so it is difficult to generalize to sporadic PD. In each case of PD, however, when dementia is described, it is most consistent with a subcortical pattern to distinguish it from typical Alzheimer-type dementia. different anatomical or neurochemical systems,y or separate pathogenetic processes. y Histological components of the Parkinson's dementia picture include both Parkinson's and Alzheimer-type pathology. Therefore, one must consider the roles of cortical Lewy...

Thyroid Disease in a Person with Alzheimers Disease

First, thyroid disease is not more or less common in those with Alzheimer's disease. But there are special considerations for longtime thyroid patients who develop Alzheimer's or people who are first diagnosed with thyroid disease while in obvious phases of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is a degenerative, progressive disease that affects all areas of the brain by destroying brain cells. It most often occurs in people over sixty-five, but can affect adults at an earlier age, and can sometimes be diagnosed in the forties and fifties. One in thirteen North Americans over the age of sixty-five has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Alzheimer's disease affects certain areas of the brain that control memory and basic functions or abilities. This results in specific symptoms or changes in behavior, and unlike a stroke, once an ability or function is lost, it can rarely be relearned. With respect to thyroid disease, it is the loss of mental abilities that can dramatically interfere...

What happens in Alzheimers disease

The exact physiological processes that take place in Alzheimer's disease are still in dispute, but in general terms we can say that there are random disruptions of the connections in various networks in the brain. The tangles of neural axons and dendrites that are found upon post-mortem dissection of the brains of Alzheimer's patients are like tangles of wires in The tangles in the networks that constitute Alzheimer's are quite different from the ordinary death of neurons. We have seen that we are constantly losing neurons, but that the loss of a few of them does not substantially change the functioning of any given network. In normal aging many neurons die, and this may be one reason why it becomes harder to learn new things as we get older. But as long as the remaining neurons retain their proper connections, we can still do all the things we could do before, even if it may take a little longer. The way Alzheimer's differs from normal aging is that the neurons don't just die and...

Can anything be done about Alzheimers disease

The questions of interest to most of us are whether Alzheimer's can be prevented, whether it can be arrested once it starts, and whether the damage it has caused can be reversed. Prevention is theoretically possible, once we understand how the disease comes about, and this understanding may also make it possible to stop the disease at any point. But reversing the damage once it has occurred is not even theoretically possible. There is a great deal of discussion at present of cures for other diseases of or injuries to the nervous system, such as Parkinson's disease or spinal cord injuries, but it seems to me that none of these cures would be able to reverse the damage in Alzheimer's once it has occurred. Thus if some way were found of making the neurons in the brain divide, the most that could be hoped for in the case of Alzheimer's patients would be that they could start the process of learning all over again. But since in the case of Alzheimer's, unlike the case of oxygen starvation,...

Stress Management in the Health Care Field A Pilot Program for Staff in a Nursing Home Unit for Patients With

Summary This journal article describes a pilot stress management program developed for staff in a nursing home unit for patients with Alzheimer's disease. A survey of the nursing unit staff was conducted to determine how much work related stress the staff was experiencing, the sources of this stress, and how staff members were dealing with the stress. The results were used to develop a stress management program to meet the specific needs of the staff members. A series of weekly, half hour, voluntary stress management classes were implemented. The techniques varied from week to week and often utilized music therapy methods. These interventions included gentle stretching to music, guided imagery with music, and massage therapy with music. Although attendance remained low throughout the program, the majority of staff indicated they liked the program. It was often difficult for staff to attend at the scheduled time during a shift, yet they were not willing to use their own time before or...

Studies of Cerebral Metabolism and Blood Flow in Dementia

Studies with FDG PET in Alzheimer's patients revealed a typical hypometabolism in neocortical structures, mainly the parietal, frontal, and posterior temporal association cortices, that is the same areas where neuronal as well as synaptic degenerations are most severe in postmortem studies. In addition to the regional abnormalities, these patients also exhibit a global reduction of cerebral glucose metabolism. Metabolic decrease in the parieto-temporal association cortex has been recognized as potentially diagnostic for Alzheimer's disease, and this recognition has facilitated the use of PET in clinical settings to evaluate patients with dementia. Also suggestive of dementia of Alzheimer's type (DAT) are bilateral metabolic reduction in the parieto-temporal association cortex glucose metabolism reduction in the frontal association cortex, mainly in advanced disease relative preservation of primary neocortical structures, such as the sensorimotor and primary visual cortex, and also of...

Depression and Dementia

In a double-blind randomized trial of amitriptyline versus fluoxetine Taragano et al99 studied 37 patients with major depression complicating senile dementia of Alzheimer's type (SDAT). Significant improvements in HAM-D and Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) ratings were observed in both groups completing treatment to day 45 but the groups were not significantly different from each other. A significant difference between groups was seen in the dropout rate 58 of amitriptyline-treated patients dropped out as opposed to 22 treated with fluoxetine. The authors concluded that whilst there was no difference in the efficacy of the two drugs fluoxetine was better tolerated and the preferred drug in this group of patients. Nyth and Gottfries100 reported on 98 demented patients, with either SDAT or multi-infarct dementia. They were treated with citalopram (10-30 mg day) and at 4 weeks significant improvement in confusion, irritability, anxiety, depressed mood and restlessness was seen in the...

Reversibility of Cognitive Decline

Present understanding of individual differences in cognitive decline suggests that unless neurological pathology is present, cognitive interventions may serve to remediate known intellectual decline and reduce cohort differences in those individuals who have remained stable in their own performance over time but who have become disadvantaged compared with younger peers. The effectiveness of cognitive interventions has been demonstrated in various laboratory studies as well as in a recent major clinical trial. Cognitive decline in many older people may well be the result of disuse of specific skills that can be reserved by appropriate training regimens. In two studies, approximately 66 of the experimental subjects showed significant improvement, and about 40 of those who had declined significantly over 14 years were returned to their predecline level.

Alcoholic Dementia and Cerebral Atrophy

Some authorities have contended that chronic excess ingestion of alcohol leads to cerebral atrophy and alcoholic dementia. However, the notion that alcohol has a direct toxic effect on cerebral tissue is greatly disputed. Most cases of dementia in alcoholics can be explained on the basis of Korsakoff's disease, other nutritional deficiencies, or medical causes. This syndrome has been described only in longstanding alcohol abusers, and the essential clinical features of this putative syndrome are the combination of cognitive and behavioral deficits including impaired memory and judgment, loss of social refinements, and paranoid ideation. Symptoms and signs develop gradually and continue to progress as long as alcohol abuse continues. Patients often show other stigmata of longstanding alcohol abuse. The major diagnostic distinction is with a slowly evolving form of Korsakoff's psychosis. Other considerations when encountering an impaired intellect in alcoholics include hepatic...

Alzheimers Disease

In 1906, Alois Alzheimer first described a neurological disorder of the brain associated with global deterioration of cognitive functioning and resulting in severe social impairment. Once thought rare, senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type is the most commonly acquired progressive brain syndrome. Alzheimer's disease begins with insidious intellectual and memory loss as the brain becomes shrunken from nerve cell loss and advances over 5-15 years to a chronic vegetative state. Progressive cognitive, psychological, and social dysfunction has a profound effect on family and friends. Alzheimer's disease may be the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. D. K. Kay and colleagues showed the average survival for demented men to be 2.6 years after the diagnosis of illness, whereas the survival period for nondemented men of the same age was 8.7 years. However, there is great variability in survival statistics from different studies. Although Alzheimer's disease is the leading...


Dementia refers to the loss of multiple acquired cognitive and emotional abilities sufficient to interfere with daily activities. It is defined by a behavioral syndrome and not by etiology or lesion location. Its onset is often insidious and its course is often progressive. Dementia is an age-associated syndrome that has a prevalence of 1 percent at age 60 and doubles every 5 years, becoming 30 to 50 percent by age 85. 40 More than 50 diseases may produce dementia, but Alzheimer's disease is thought to account for Degenerative dementias Alzheimers disease, Pick's disease AIDS dementia complex Multi-infaret dementia Postenor cerebral artery occlusion about 70 percent of dementia cases.y The second main cause is multi-infarct or vascular dementia it may account for 10 to 20 percent of dementias. Other causes of dementia, including treatable causes, are rare. Although they account for relatively smaller percentages of dementias, some neurological diseases inevitably (e.g., Huntington's...


The term pseudodementia refers generically to treatable disorders that mimic dementia. The most common is depression. Depression and dementia can both lead to reduced motivation, impaired concentration, and mental slowing. Consequently, both diseases can lead to widespread cognitive and memory dysfunctions. Formal testing has shown that purely depressed patients perform better on declarative memory tests than genuinely demented patients, but this difference may be difficult to determine in particular patients. Because depression, with or without the co-occurrence of dementia, is treatable, it should be considered in any diagnostic evaluation. Some instruments, such as the Geriatric Depression Scale, may be useful in diagnosing depression in elderly individuals.

Conservation And Tissue Distribution

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that takes a tremendous toll on the aging population around the world. In nations with longer life expectancies, and therefore, where a larger percentage of the population is aged, it is seen to be a major health care crisis. Beyond the tragic effect it has on families and individuals, as well as the loss of productivity, costs of health care alone have been estimated to surmount 100 billion dollars in the United States alone. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-70 of dementia cases in Europe as well62. First diagnosed by Alois Alzheimer in 190763, the pathology of the disease is characterized by amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, dystrophic neurites, microgliosis, and astrocytosis. The amyloid plaque is an extracellular protein deposit composed of the Amyloid P peptide (AP) and surrounded by dystrophic neurites, activated microglia and astrocytes. The neurofibrillary tangle is an intracellular deposition...

Other Potential Roles As A Neuropeptidase

It is also not unreasonable to suggest that these peptides may be intimately linked with learning and memory processes. Therefore it may be a foregone conclusion that 24.15 plays a unique role in mediating these learning and memory functions. Looking at its role in AP-clearance may be enough in itself to make this case. Soluble AP has been seen to be associated with synaptic loss86. Additionally, it takes only a small leap to argue that a misregulation or dysfunction of this enzyme could be a serious contributing factor to memory loss, learning difficulties, and neurodegeneration. Estrogen, which is under the influence of 24.15 as discussed below, has a clear role in learning as well87. Or, on the other side of the coin, that 24.15 could be a valuable target for the remedy of these ailing systems. Remarkably, little work has explored these possibilities. It has been long known that estradiol plays a very large role in neural remodeling and cognition. Studies of post-menopausal women...

Caspases In Neuronal Apoptosis And Neurodegenerative Disorders

Examination of tissue sections from brains of Alzheimer's patients immunostained with an antibody that specifically recognizes activated caspase-3 reveals evidence for caspase activation in vulnerable neuronal populations in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. Masliah et al.104 stained brain sections from Alzheimer's disease and age-matched control patients with antibodies against activated caspase-3 and reported that, compared to age-matched controls, Alzheimer's patients exhibited greatly increased numbers of neurons with caspase-3 immunoreactivity. Chan and coworkers102 showed that overall levels of activated caspase- 1 activity are increased in hippocampal tissue from Alzheimer patients and that many neurons exhibit immunoreactivity with an antibody against activated caspase-3. The latter study also provided evidence for caspase-mediated degradation of the AMPA-type glutamate receptor subunits in Alzheimer's brain tissue and in cultured neurons exposed to amyloid b-peptide....

Calpains In Neurodegenerative Disorders

Several chronic neurodegenerative disorders are also characterized by altered levels of calpain and or calpastatin in vulnerable neuronal populations, including Alzheimer's disease140, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis141 and Parkinson's disease142, In the case of Alzheimer's disease, considerable data indicate that perturbed cellular calcium homeostasis contributes to the neurodegenerative process. In addition to evidence for activation of calpains in neurons in Alzheimer's patients, experimental studies have shown that amyloid 6-peptide increases intracellular calcium levels in cultured hippocampal and cortical neurons and thereby promotes apoptosis and excitotoxicity143,144 mutations in the amyloid precursor protein that are responsible for some cases of Alzheimer's disease result in increased production of neurotoxic amyloid 6-peptide and decreased production of the neuroprotective (and calcium-stabilizing) secreted form of amyloid precursor protein (Fig. 2)145 mutations in...

Calpain Activity And Expression In Multiple Sclerosis

The findings of increased calpain expression in animals with EAE suggested this enzyme may also be upregulated in MS. Calpain activity in postmortem tissue form human MS patients was measured by the production of calpain-specific degradation products. Calpain degrades the 230 kD subunit of fodrin to produce a 150 kD fragment which is recognized by the antibody used in this study. Although production of the 150 kD fodrin fragment was marginally increased in white matter from Alzheimer's patients compared to normal controls, only increases observed in MS plaques 52.7 (p 0.002) and adjacent normal appearing white matter (NAWM) 40.9 (p 0.018) were significant (Fig. 5). Figure 5. Calpain activity as measured by Western blot detection of 150 kD calpain-cleaved fodrin fragment production in CNS white matter from normal control, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, NAWM, and MS plaque samples. Western blots (top) were quantified via densitometry and analyzed by one way ANOVA (+S.E.M.). Shields et al145....

Expression Of Cathepsins In Brain Tissue

The tissue distribution of cathepsins varies from a ubiquitous to a highly tissue-specific expression. Most of the presently known cathepsins show low level or no expression in the central nervous system. Northern blot analysis of whole brain revealed low level expression of cathepsins B, S and H, moderate levels of bleomycin hydrolase and no detectable expression for cathepsins L, K, W, V (L2), and Z9 11 12 l3 l4 15 16 17. Cathepsin F, a recently described papain-like cysteine protease appears the only cathepsin expressed at relatively high levels in brain13 (Fig. 3). However, to date, no detailed studies have revealed the cellular distribution of cathepsin F in brain. Cathepsin F shows a ubiquitous expression and has been demonstrated to be expressed in macrophages18. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemical analysis revealed a predominant expression of various cathepsins in microglia cells, a macrophage related brain-resident cell type. Cathepsins B, L, and H have been found...

History Of 2415

With the resolution of the nomenclature, there was continuing evidence for 24.15 as an important neuropeptidase. Other evidence also came to light linking it with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The first of these links indicated that 24.15 was responsible for the cleavage of a synthetic peptide mimicking the P-secretase cleavage161718 of the amyloid precursor protein (APP). APP gives rise to the Amyloid beta (AP) peptide, which accumulates and is thought to be causative for AD pathology. Subsequently, we

Oxidative Stress

The involvement of oxidative stress in neurodegeneration has gained support from increasing evidence of its role in neuronal death in disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). Studies with autopsied brains of AD patients showed a co-localization of high levels of oxidative stress products with neurofibrillary tangles and senile plaques32. Signs of oxidative stress, such as lipid peroxidation and a decline in

History And Definitions

Delirium has been redefined in recent years by the psychiatric community through the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In this publication, delirium is defined as a disturbance of consciousness that is accompanied by a change in cognition that cannot be better accounted for by a preexisting or evolving dementia. The disturbance develops over a short period of time, usually hours or days, and tends to fluctuate during the course of the day. There is evidence from the history, physical examination, or laboratory tests that the delirium is a direct physiological consequence of a general medical condition, substance intoxication or withdrawal, use of a medication, or toxin exposure, or a combination of these factors. y

Three Giants Of The First Half Of The 20th Century

Of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, (DSM-IV) . He recognized that progress had to be based on systematic cross-sectional and longitudinal clinical observations, leading to diagnostic systematics. He recruited all possible varieties of objective measures including behavioral and cognitive as well as neurological and biochemical, to achieve the most comprehensive understanding possible in his day. Through his desire to reach a full appreciation of the organic underpinnings of pathological processes, Kraepelin gathered around him a remarkable group of talented neuroscientists who also became luminaries, such as Alois Alzheimer, Korbinian Brodmann, and Franz Nissl.

AMPA Receptors as Pharmacotherapeutic Sites

AMPA receptors are widespread in the brain, including most regions of the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, amygdala, thalamus, hypothalamus, brain stem, and spinal cord. The regional variations in expression of the subunits, splice variants, and editing efficiency are apparent and are probably involved in local and global network function. AMPA receptors are being studied as potential therapeutic targets in diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular disease (preventive and poststroke), epilepsy, schizophrenia, neural trauma, and other conditions involving cognitive impairments. Such promise has been raised by the successes reported for AMPA agonists (AMPAmimetics or AMPAkines) to enhance maze learning in age-associated memory impairment in mice and for antagonists (blockers) to prevent the spread of necrosis in ischemic events. Agonists (such as CX516 and aniracetam) and antagonists of varying specificity for AMPA receptor variants are being studied, with goals of safer and...

Subcortical Structures

Mood and affective changes are seen in patients with subcortical dementia syndromes resulting from a disconnection between the frontal lobes and the basal ganglia. Behavior has been investigated in patients with certain specific disorders including Parkinson's disease (PD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and Huntington's disease. In each, the pathology has been located primarily in the basal ganglia, and all patients have had associated disorders of affect and cognition. Parkinson's disease and PSP patients are often depressed or apathetic and may develop delusions and hallucinations with drug therapy. These patients, particularly those with PSP, may demonstrate a pathological affect known as pseudobulbar affect, whereby they intermittently exhibit primary emotional displays in response to trivial stimuli. This situation is also seen in any condition causing bilateral lesions involving the bulbar regions of the neocortical motor system or its descending connections. Patients...

Neuropsychological Tests

Neuropsychological testing can be extremely helpful in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of patients with disorders of mood, emotion, and thought and is especially useful for distinguishing organic dementia from nonorganic disorders such as the pseudodementia of depression, or

Affective Disorder Syndromes

The differential diagnosis of depression includes primary psychiatric syndromes other than major depression such as behaviors associated with schizophrenia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive neuroses. Medical and neurological disorders either associated with or mimicking depression include malignancy, infections, medications (steroids, reserpine, levodopa, benzodiazepines, propranolol, anticholinesterases), endocrinological dysfunction (Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism, apathetic hyperthyroidism, diabetes), pernicious anemia, and electrolyte and nutritional disorders (inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone, hyponatremia, hypokalemia, hypercalcemia). Depression is also associated with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, head trauma, stroke (particularly of the left frontal lobe), and Huntington's disease. Interictal changes in temporal lobe epilepsy may mimic depression, particularly with right-sided epileptic foci. Patients with diencephalic and...

Associated Neurological Findings

Since patients with apraxia commonly have other neurobehavioral dysfunction, a thorough neuropsychological examination is indicated, including an evaluation of directed attention and language function. Patients with left-sided parietal lesions of the supramarginal and angular gyri may have dyscalculia, finger agnosia, left-right disorientation, and agraphia (Gerstmann's syndrome). Additionally, patients may have alexia, aphasia, and constructional apraxia. Neglect for right-sided stimuli may occur but is uncommon. Patients with degenerative causes of apraxia, such as Alzheimer's disease, may also demonstrate memory loss, aphasia, and agnosia. Individuals with corticobasal ganglionic degeneration may demonstrate frontal-subcortical dysfunction as well.

Evaluation Guidelines

Neuroimaging can be very useful in localizing and identifying the various disorders that present with praxis abnormalities. While the clinical history and examination are most helpful in distinguishing apraxia due to an acute process, such as stroke, from a more chronic process such as the degenerative disorders, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) are useful in differentiating the causes of stroke (hemorrhage, ischemia) and in ruling out central nervous system malignancies. Additionally, these imaging studies (particularly MRI) may show the areas of cortical atrophy in patients with degenerative disorders. Unilateral, predominantly parietal, atrophy suggests corticobasal ganglionic degeneration, whereas bilateral temporoparietal atrophy is associated with Alzheimer's disease. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) may be useful in demonstrating decreased cortical activity when obvious atrophy is not observed. Photon-emission...

Memory Related Chemical Changes

The specific roles of different neurotransmitters in memory are just beginning to be appreciated. The cholinergic system appears to be critical for the acquisition of long-term declarative memories. In healthy subjects, cholinergic antagonists such as scopolamine impair declarative memory performance, whereas agonists such as physostigmine facilitate such performance. y Some nondeclarative forms of memory, however, are not affected by scopolamine. Cholinergic function decreases somewhat with age and greatly in patients with Alzheimer's disease, y and these changes may contribute importantly to corresponding reductions in declarative memory ability.

Poor Memory and Concentration

Hypothyroidism causes a spacey feeling, where you may find it difficult to remember things or to concentrate at work. This is especially scary for seniors, who may feel as though dementia is settling in. In fact, one of the most common causes of so-called senility has been undiagnosed hypothyroidism. If it seems a loved one is experiencing dementia, consider setting up a thyroid function test before declaring it's Alzheimer's. See Chapter 17 for more details about thyroid disease and aging.

Other Chemospecific Neurons with Autoreceptors

Cholinergic terminals have inhibitory receptors of the muscarinic 2 subtype, which exert a negative feedback influence on release. Considerable evidence also exists for nicotinic receptors exerting a positive influence on acetylcholine release. As acetylcholine is a key neurotransmitter in Alzheimer's disease, these two types of receptors represent targets for the development of drugs to enhance acetylcholine release from the remaining fibers, that is, muscarinic type 2 antagonists and nicotinic agonists.

General Management Goals

A primary consideration is the safety and security of the patient. Patients with dementia or pure amnesia have a limited ability to take care of themselves. Patients should be protected, therefore, from taking actions that may cause injury to themselves and others and for which they can no longer be held responsible. If a patient is still working, a plan for retirement should be initiated. A plan for the daily supervision of the patient should be developed that takes into account the present mental status of the patient and the resources of the family. It is usually advantageous, when possible, for the patient to sustain habits of daily activities in a familiar environment because these habits rely on abilities that are the last to decline. Supervision of the patient must be considered in terms of medical care, diet, medications, and daily activities. A common and difficult problem is determining when certain activities, particularly driving, become potentially dangerous. Legal...

What questions does this book try to answer

All the questions so far have involved the normal functioning of the mind in the intact brain. What happens if this functioning is disrupted by damage to the brain, such as that caused by strokes, head injuries or degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's Chapter 10 discusses the different sorts of dysfunction associated with each of these causes and the prospects for regaining normal mental functioning in certain cases even if the brain damage itself cannot be repaired.

Brainderived Neurotrophic Factor

The potential bidirectionality of such experiential effects is further emphasized by the work of Meaney and colleagues, who observed that 15 minutes of maternal deprivation resulted in increased maternal attention and licking upon reunion and subsequently thereafter, and thus engendered protective effects against stress-related hyper-cortisolemia and even age-related decline in hippocampal structure and memory loss. Parallel effects were observed in the offspring of mothers who were high natural lickers of their infants compared with those who naturally engaged in lesser degrees of this grooming and contact behavior.

Alcohol Induced Persisting Amnesiic Disorder Korsakoffs Syndrome

Amnesia, especially anterograde amnesia, or memory loss for recent events, is an intriguing but serious disorder. When amnesia occurs as a consequence of long-term alcoholism, it is referred to as alcoholic Korsakoff's syndrome. Patients with Korsakoff's syndrome are permanently unable to remember new information for more than a few seconds. However, memories that were formed prior to the onset of alcohol-related brain damage are relatively well preserved. Because new events are forgotten a few seconds after they occur, virtually nothing new is learned, and the patient with Korsakoff's syndrome lives in the past.

Case Study 1 Deliriuma Common Disorder Of Attentional Function And Working Memory

Some 3 months later, the patient was brought to the hospital with congestive heart failure, with associated acute renal insufficiency blood urea nitrogen (BUN 90). At this time she also showed a moderate confusional state, with marked disorientation to the environment, obvious disturbance in her ability to sustain coherent attentional processes or task frameworks, and mild agitation. This second delirium was clinically and phenomenologically virtually indistinguishable from the first, with the exception of some greater degree of fatigue. It is possible that the previous structural insult had left a residual disruption of right-hemisphere arousal, lowering the threshold for confusional states. In the context of toxic metabolic or neuromodulatory disturbances, this woman was likely more vulnerable to delirium. Unlike many patients with confu-sional states, this woman did not evidence any sign of baseline dementia, nor did she evidence significant prodromal stage cognitive declines from...

Thalamic Systems Intralaminar Nuclei ILN

ILN lesions can generate (depending on their severity) relatively brief coma, vegetative states, akinetic mutism, delirium, and often various kinds of dementia as an end state (see case studies). Extensive bilateral lesions of the ILN systems (if other components of the extended reticular activating system are relatively undamaged) show Bilateral lesions of the ILN discussed in cases study 2 may be one clinical syndrome that more dramatically than any other underlines the extent of our fundamental ignorance regarding the complex integrative reticular-thalamocortical mechanisms foundational for consciousness. This syndrome, which shows a walk-through of all the major disorders of consciousness, suggests that the fundamental integrative mechanisms for consciousness are writ large throughout the brain's connectivities and functional neurodynamics in a fashion still not well mapped. This walk-through syndrome suggests that these fundamental integrative mechanisms cannot be neatly...

Circadian And Homeostatic Influences Upon Central Dopamine Signaling

It has Iong been appreciated that there are uItradian rhythms in content, turnover, reIease, and behavioraI responses of many of the brain's dopamine systems outlined above. While we are far from a complete understanding, it is relatively safe to posit that dopamine signaIing is under circadian influences that manifest as a peak in activity during the active period and a nadir in the major inactive period (i.e., sIeep). This rhythmicity is retained in cuItures containing hypothaIamic dopamine neurons that are in cIose proximity to the principaI circadian pacemaker (i.e., the suprachiasmatic nucleus), and less evident or absent in cultures containing forebrain or midbrain dopamine neurons (53). Circadian influences upon brain dopamine systems are conveyed in part via meIatonin because pineaIectomy dampens rhythms in striatal dopamine content (54). There is also increasing evidence of moIecuIar controI of dopaminergic transmission by genes invoIved in the circadian clock (55). Mice...

Potential For Cellbased Therapies

Animal models suggest that umbilical cord blood cells may be useful in treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by slowing motor neuron degeneration when injected intravenously (84). Ende and coworkers found that intravenous injection of umbilical cord blood cells could extend the survival of several mouse knockout models of human disease, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (85), Alzheimer's (85), Huntington's (86), Parkinson's (87), and type 1 diabetes (88). Human umbilical cord blood cells also improve the mobility of rats with spinal cord injuries when injected intravenously. Cord blood cells were observed in the areas of injury of spinal cord but not others and never seen in the control, uninjured animals (89). Similarly, umbilical cord blood cells were able to improve function in a stroke model in the rat when injected intravenously. The human umbilical cord blood cells differentiated into cells that expressed glial or neuronal markers (90). This suggests that umbilical...

Neurological Disorders

There are several neurological disorders that may eventually be treatable with stem cells, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), Tay-Sachs disease, Huntington's chorea, and spinal cord trauma. Our understanding of Tay-Sachs disease and Huntington's ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE (AD) This is a devastating neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system (CNS), which leads to a progressive loss of memory, language, and the ability to recognize friends and family. The average time course of the disease, from early symptoms to complete loss of cognition, is 10 years. Alois Alzheimer first described AD in 1907 the disease has since become the fourth-leading cause of death among the elderly. The incidence of AD increases with age and is twice as common in women as it is in men. Alzheimer Neurological disorders. Alzheimer's disease (represented here by black circles) begins in the hippocampus, spreading over a period of years to affect several regions of the cerebrum....

What are the symptoms in adults

The latent (hidden) stage of syphilis begins when the secondary symptoms disappear. If the infected person has not received treatment, he she still has syphilis even though there are no symptoms. The bacterium remains in the body and begins to damage the internal organs including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints. The results of this internal damage show up many years later in the late or tertiary stage of syphilis in about one-third of untreated persons. Late stage symptoms include inability to coordinate muscle movements, paralysis, loss of pain sensation, gradual blindness, dementia (madness) or other personality changes, impotence, shooting pains, blockage or ballooning of heart vessels, tumors or gummas on the skin, bones, liver, or other

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Vitamin B12 deficiency can present with psychosis, dementia, mood disorder, and personality changes. Neuropsychiatric impairment is estimated to occur in about 40 of these patients, with about 16 having overt symptoms of psychosis (7). Delusions of persecution, uncharacteristic aggression, mood instability, and delirium are some of the commonly reported symptoms. This condition can also be commonly seen in alcoholics (21). Megaloblastic anemia is a common feature of this condition and can aid in the diagnosis. However, there are also case reports of neuropsychiatric symptoms secondary to vitamin B12 in the absence of megaloblastic anemia (22).

Early transplant studies

Striatum, illustrating the importance of striatal dopamine innervation for motor function (Dunnett et al., 1983 Collier et al., 2002). Implanted cells have been shown to manufacture and release dopamine, to form normal appearing synapses, to have normal electrical firing patterns, and to be capable of autoregulation (Wuerthele et al., 1981 Schmidt et al., 1982 Brundin et al., 1988). The specificity of the transplant procedure is illustrated by the observation that benefits are not detected if the right tissue (fetal mesen-cephalon) is implanted into the wrong part of the brain (cerebellum), or if the wrong tissue (non-dopaminergic cells) is implanted into the right place (striatum) (Dunnett et al., 1988). Importantly, numerous studies have demonstrated motor benefits following transplantation of fetal nigral dopamine cells into the striatum of both the 6-OHDA lesioned rodent and the MPTP-lesioned primate (Dunnett and Annett, 1991 Olanow et al., 1996).

Sleep Problems and Remedies from Ambien to Zolpidem

The problems with BZs, with regard to cognitive impairment, memory loss, and addictive potential (Chapter 19), are sufficiently large that a vigorous search was mounted for other effective agents that have no such problems. A new class of non-BZs that are stimulants for the BZ receptor, and hence GABA facilitators of SWS processes, has revolutionized the medication of sleep problems. The fast-acting, short-duration agent that has taken away a substantial market-share from triazolam (Halcion) is zolpidem (Ambien), which can be taken in the middle of the night to counteract early-morning wakenings. Of course there are also highly effective longer-acting agents, such

Metabolic Functions

Hyperhomocysteinemia has been suspected as a risk factor for atherosclerosis,24 particularly with diabetics.25 Elevated homocysteine has now emerged as a major player in atherosclerosis26-28 and Alzheimer's.29-32 It may have a causative role in some cancers,33-36 and possibly increases susceptibility to osteoporotic fractures.3738 It may cause chromosome damage,42 and is elevated in stroke patients,39 patients with depression,40 dementia,29 and those having Parkinson's disease who are taking L-DOPA.2241 Simultaneous with homocysteine research, folic acid is emerging as the vanguard nutrient to possibly prevent all of the diseases mentioned, because it has been shown to lower plasma homocysteine.4344 Hyperhomocysteinemia has been correlated with decreased levels of either B12 or folate.2545 Several studies have reported that folate treatments significantly reduced elevated homocysteine in chronic renal insufficiency and hemodialysis patients,46 while others reported a beneficial effect...

NSCs Can Cover A Lot Of Ground

AMYLOID PLAQUES Although the amyloid deposits characteristic of AD may not have the aggressively invasive nature of gliomas, they can be quite widespread and their extent and distribution seems to mirror the degree of dementia displayed by patients. In preliminary studies in our laboratory, Tate et al. (2000) used NSCs to address lesions present in an adult animal model of AD-like pathology. Tate previously demonstrated that chronically infused human amyloid will cause an inflammatory response in the rat brain. Subsequently, it was observed that mNSCs placed in the opposite lateral ventricle will migrate to and surround areas of amyloid infusion. While, as noted above, the signals that stimulate migration of NSCs are not yet identified, inflammatory molecules are among the likely candidates. Inflammation has recently been recognized to characterize the pathology seen in both transgenic mouse models of AD and AD patients. Accordingly, and reassuringly, similar results have been...

Ivstress Proteins As Markers Of Nervous System Injury

It was used to define regions of ischemia (3,6-8), hyperthermia (8-12), and trauma (8,13) in several experimental systems. It was also used to identify injured cells in patients with Alzheimer's disease (10,14-16) and other neurodegenerative diseases (10,14,16). Expression of stress proteins in affected cells frequently occurred in the absence of other anatomical changes, suggesting that stress protein expression may be a sensitive marker of cell injury. The functions of stress proteins in injured nervous system are not clear, but they may play a protective role. For example, Lowenstein and coworkers (17) noted that induction of hsp 72 in cultured rat cerebellar granular cells protected them from the damaging effects of the excitotoxin glutamate.

Additional Regulators Of Wnt Signal Transduction

Ft-Catenin levels can also be regulated by Wnt-independent mechanisms. For example, expression of integrin-linked kinase in mammalian cells promotes the stabilization and nuclear accumulation of ft-catenin (Novak et al., 1998). Presenilin proteins have also been implicated as regulators of ft-catenin stability. Mutations in presenilin associated with the rapid onset of Alzheimer disease decrease the stability of ft-catenin in neurons. This effect on ft-catenin was also correlated with an increase in the susceptibility of neurons to apoptosis resulting from the accumulation of ft-amyloid protein. Given the ability of these signalling pathways to modulate ft-catenin stability, it seems likely that ft-catenin may regulate many cellular processes independent of its role in Wnt signalling.

Last observation carried forward LOCF

For example, if there is an underlying worsening trend in disease severity then patients who withdraw early will tend to provide better outcomes than those who withdraw later on in the treatment period. If one treatment has more early dropouts than the other, possibly because of side effects say, then there will be bias caused by the use of LOCF. Multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease are settings where this could apply. The opposite will of course be true in cases where the underlying trend is one of improvement depression would be one such therapeutic area. These scenarios emphasise the earlier point that there is no universally valid way to deal with missing data.

Aging Stress and Mental Disorders

The present cohort of older persons has lower rates of major depression, substance abuse, and some other mental disorders than younger cohorts. Older persons are at increased risk for a number of mental disorders, including the dementias (of which Alzheimer's disease is most common) and subsyndromal depressive and anxiety disorders. Future projections suggest we will see increased prevalence of late-life mental disorders when the baby boom cohort reaches advanced age. Mental disorder in older adults is distinct in that it is often comorbid with multiple physical disorders and complicating social factors. Older persons are often taking multiple medications and seeing multiple health care providers. These changes mean that mental health or behavioral health services should be carefully coordinated with medical and social services, ideally through multidisciplinary teams.

Imaging of Other Neurotransmitter Systems

In the field of geriatric psychiatry, fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET (or similar SPECT) approaches are increasingly being incorporated into routine clinical use for the diagnosis or differential diagnosis of dementia and related illnesses (also see Chapter 15). It is conceivable that new specific ligands for neurofibrillary tangles and plaques in patients suffering from dementia of Alzheimer's type will provide major breakthroughs in the diagnostic assessment of this disorder, providing the first in vivo proof of these pathognomonic brain alterations. Another promising future clinical application of functional neuroimaging may be in predicting clinical response to specific pharmacological or nonpharmacological therapeutic interventions. And last but not least, functional neuroimaging can be combined with genetic studies with the aim of finding genotype-phenotype associations typical for specific neuropsy-chiatric disorders (also see Chapter 14). If the fast...

Differential Diagnosis

While depression is generally thought of as a primary psychiatric disorder, it is also commonly seen with a variety of neurological and medical illnesses (Starkstein and Robinson, 1993 Glassman and Shapiro, 1998 Meyers and Scheibel, 1990). Recognition of these comorbid conditions is critical since different treatment strategies may be necessary for optimal clinical response in different populations. In evaluating a newly depressed patient, drug-induced mood changes, comorbid general medical illnesses, and substance abuse should always be considered, particularly in patients whose symptoms are atypical or of uncharacteristic onset. A related problem is the recognition of depression in patients with certain neurological disorders such as dementia or Parkinson's disease, where the diagnosis of depression may be obscured by neurological findings such as inattention, memory loss, apathy, motor slowing, or bradyphrenia (Marin, 1990 Starkstein et al., 1990a). Similarly, the presence of these...

Structural Abnormalities

Lesion deficit correlation studies demonstrate that certain disorders are more likely to be associated with a major depression than others (a) discrete brain lesions, as seen with trauma, surgery, stroke, tumors, and certain types of epilepsy (b) neurodegenerative diseases with regionally confined pathologies such as Parkinson's, Huntington's, and Alzheimer's diseases (c) disorders affecting diffuse or multiple random locations such as multiple sclerosis and (d) system illness with known central nervous system effects such as thyroid disease, cancer, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) (Table 7.1). Alzheimer's disease Frontal-temporal dementia Studies of systemic disorders, such as lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's syndrome, thyroid and adrenal disease, AIDS, and cancer, describe mood symptoms in subsets of patients. As with the more diffuse neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (Cummings and Victoroff, 1990), a classic lesion-deficit...

Potential Therapeutic Approaches

In conclusion, knowing the pleotropic actions of IGF-I and insulin on neuronal and nonneuronal cells following injuries, an IGF-I treatment could have therapeutic applications in a number of neurodegenerative disorders, in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and in aging. Several clinical trials have suggested the potential beneficial effect of IGF-I in the nervous system, especially in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease Lewis et al., 1993). Development of IGF mimetics is now imperative in order to directly assess the usefulness of IGF-I-like drugs in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. A better understanding of the links between IGF-I, brain glucose metabolism, and neurogenesis could also lead to the development of new drugs that would reduce memory loss in disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and age-related neurological conditions. Crews, F. T., McElhaney, R., Freund, G., Ballinger, W. E., Jr., & Raizada, M. K. (1992)....

Insomnia in the elderly

As many as 3-4 of subjects develop insomnia each year, and the complaint becomes progressively more frequent in females rather than in males with age, although paradoxically sleep is objectively better preserved in elderly women than in elderly men. This may be because men under-report insomnia to a greater degree. Other medical conditions, such as dementia, may reduce awareness of insomnia, but, conversely, the increased burden placed on the carers by the elderly insomniac is often the trigger that precipitates referral for medical care or transfer to a residential institution.

Other Transport Systems Responsible for Drug Transport at the Blood Brain Barrier

Of patients with Alzheimer's disease, and acyl-l-carnitines are one group of candidate drugs. However, it is unclear whether acyl-l-carnitine is transported across the BBB via a saturable system or by passive diffusion. Although it has not been established whether the Na+-dependent hexose transporter SGLT is expressed at the BBB, a recent report suggested a participation of SGLT in the BBB transport of cycasin (58). Cycasin, methylazoxy-methanol-d-glucoside, is proposed to be a significant etiologic factor for the prototypical neurodegenerative disorder Western Pacific amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and for Parkinsonism-dementia complex. Cycasin is taken up into primary-cultured bovine BCECs in a dose-dependent manner with maximal uptake at a concentration of 10 M. Since cycasin uptake was significantly inhibited by a-methyl-d-glucoside, a specific analogue for the Na+-dependent glucose transporter, SGLT, as well as by phlorizin (a SGLT inhibitor), replacement of extracellular NaCl...

Suggested Reading

E., Clyde, C., Napolitano, J., & Brecher, M. (1999). Comparison of risperidone and placebo for psychosis and behavioral disturbances associated with Dementia a randomized double blind trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60, 107-115. Kotrla, K. J., Chacko, R. C., Harper, R. G., & Doody, R. (1995). Clinical variables associated with psychosis in Alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Psychiatry, 152, 1377-1379. Madhusoodanan, S., Brenner, R., Araujo, L., & Abaza, A. (1995). Efficacy of risperidone treatment for psychosis associated with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, bipolar disorder or senile Dementia in 11 geriatric patients A case series. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 56, 514-518. Madhusoodanan, S., Brenner, R., & Cohen, C. I. (1999). Role of atypical antipsychotics in the treatment of psychosis and agitation associated with Dementia. CNS Drugs, 12(2), 135-150. Satterlee, W. G., Reams, S. G., Burns, P. R., Hamilton, S., Tran, P....

Neurological Applications in Diagnosis and Treatment

DEMENTIA Within the past decade there has been much excitement about the use of PET and SPECT to evaluate dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in the United States. Characteristic patterns of decreased regional glucose metabolism within the parietal and temporal lobes have been described in patients with AD.y In these patients there is a relative preservation of the calcarine fissure region, sensory motor region, cerebellum, and the basal ganglion region. Decreased metabolic rates for oxygen have also been reported in the same regions that demonstrate areas of decreased glucose metabolism in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Patients with progressive Parkinson's disease have a similar pattern, as seen in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Multiple-infarct dementia occurs after multiple lacunar infarctions. PET generally demonstrates multifocal regions of decreased glucose metabolism y that typically correlate to focal lesions demonstrated on CT scans and...

Somatic Treatments For Major Depression Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT

Convulsive therapy for psychiatric illness was first demonstrated by Ladislas Meduna in 1934 via camphor injections. In 1938, Cerletti and Bini demonstrated that electrical induction of seizures was more immediate and better tolerated by the patients. Today clinicians have a choice of either right (nondominant) unilateral or bilateral placement of electrodes. In right unilateral placement the highest concentration of current is across the motor cortex, and seizures are elicited at lower energies than with bilateral placement in which the greatest current is induced in the brain's midline structures including the hypothalamus and pituitary gland (Fink, 2001). Since a right-handed patient will usually have memory function localized to the left side, it was proposed that right unilateral placement would result in less memory loss. However, for right unilateral placement to approach the greater efficacy of bilateral placement, energies of up to five times the seizure threshold must be...

Receptor Mediated Endocytosis

Transferrin receptor is present at a relatively high concentration on the vascular endothelium of the brain capillaries. The OX-26 antibody, which is a mouse IgG2a monoclonal antibody to rat transferrin receptor, binds to an extracellular epitope on the transferrin receptor that is distinct from the transferrin ligand binding site, so binding of the OX-26 monoclonal antibody to the receptor does not interfere with transferrin binding. By means of the capillary depletion technique for estimating the extent of transport into brain parenchyma, it was established that the OX-26 monoclonal antibody is transported across the BBB and is effective as a drug delivery vehicle (59, 60). Saito et al. (77) used OX-26 monoclonal antibody to enhance the BBB permeation of P-amyloid peptide, A-P1-40, which binds to preexisting amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's disease. Since the dementia in Alzheimer's disease is correlated with amyloid deposition in the brain, if the peptide could be delivered to the...

Creutzfeldt Jakob disease

This is usually sporadic, but is occasionally familial. It is due to the same codon 178 mutation as in fatal familial insomnia, but polymorphism at other codons, such as 129, leads to a different phenotypic expression of the genetic abnormality. The cerebral cortex is usually predominantly affected, but in a subtype of the disease there is extensive thalamic atrophy. In these subjects insomnia is a prominent feature, in addition to the dementia and motor abnormalities. There is a progressive loss of both NREM and REM sleep with absence of spindles and K-complexes, and eventually there is no recognizable NREM or REM sleep.

Testing Batteries Versus Individualized Testing

An individualized approach allows the neuropsychologist to use pertinent information to guide test selection. For example, if neuropsychological assessment is requested for a patient with diagnosed Alzheimer's disease, the neuropsychologist knows that trying to complete a Halstead-Reitan Battery would not only be unfair to the patient but would also provide little useful information. Instead, the examiner may choose to use a number of shorter tests with lower performance ranges to allow for extremely low scores. Using this approach, the neuropsychologist chooses tests (either from existing batteries or tests designed to assess specific deficits) that assess cognitive functions relevant to a given patient. Thus, examination time is shortened, and the specificity of the testing results is increased. Inevitably, however, the selection of tests introduces a certain bias, and some domains of good or bad function may be missed

Telomere Shortening and Stem Cell Ageing

A gradual decline in regeneration and organ homeostasis is an important aspect of human ageing, which is associated with impaired function and maintenance of stem cells (Schlessinger and Van Zant 2001 see Waterstrat et al., this volume). The extent to which the ageing of stem cells determines impaired maintenance of organs and tissues during ageing remains to be defined. It is possible that stem cell function is a major determinant of declining organ homeostasis and repair capacity, specifically in tissues with high rates of cell turnover. In line with this assumption, genetic experiments on telomerase knockout mice have shown that telomere dysfunction severely affects the maintenance of high-proliferative organs (Lee et al. 1998, Rudolph et al. 1999, Herrera et al. 1999, Choudhury et al. 2007). Similarly, DKC patients with decreased telomerase function die from bone marrow failure, which points again to high-turnover organs as being most sensitive to telomere shortening (see Du et...

Olfaction in Neurological Disorders

Deficits in olfaction (acuity, memory, and identification) appear early in the course of a number of neurodegenera-tive disorders, including cortical Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type, and some of the subcortical dementias, namely Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and HIV-related dementia. However, such deficits have not been reported in patients with atypical parkinsonian syndromes, including corticobasal degeneration and progressive supranuclear palsy (see Doty, 2001 Pantelis, Brewer, & Maruff, 2000). These findings are consistent with the nature of involvement of the relevant olfactory circuits in these various disorders, and suggest that smell ability may assist in differential diagnosis. Studies have also found deficits in olfactory memory in chronic alcohol abusers and of identification ability in patients with Korsakoff syndrome (Potter & Butters, 1980). Olfactory identification deficits have also been found in motor neuron disease (MND), multiple sclerosis (MS), and...

Oculomotor Dysfunctions

At the turn of the century, two researchers working in a psychiatric hospital in New England made the observation that patients with dementia praecox (now termed schizophrenia) had difficulty following an oscillating pendulum with their eyes. The investigation of eye movement dysfunction in schizophrenia, which was revived in the 1970s, focuses on smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movement systems.

Myoclonic Epilepsy and Ragged Red Fibers Syndrome

The classic presentation is usually in late childhood, although it may begin in early adulthood, with progressive myoclonic epilepsy, ataxia, and action-induced polymyoclonus. Weakness and hypotonia due to a mitochondrial myopathy and a progressive dementia follow. Hearing loss may be associated. This presentation resembles the historical Ramsay Hunt syndrome of dysergia cerebellaris myoclonica.

Mitochondrial Encephalopathy Lactic Acidosis and Strokelike Episodes

Patients may present sporadically or in maternal pedigrees, in infancy, childhood, or adulthood. Ihe overall course is of a progressive degenerative disease with strokelike episodes and a mitochondrial myopathy. Various symptoms appear singly or in combination and include hemiplegia, sudden cortical blindness, hemianopia, episodes of confusion and hallucination with fever, aphasia, migraine headaches in a maternal lineage preceding strokelike episodes, and maternally inherited diabetes mellitus type II and deafness. Multisystem complaints and signs include myalgia, fatigability, weakness, ophthalmoplegia, pigmentary retinal degeneration, cardiomyopathy, cardiac conduction defects and block, dementia, deafness, ataxia, myoclonus, seizures, lactic acidosis, and proximal renal tubule dysfunction.

Various Transporter Defects Hartnups Disease

The evaluation involves simple urine amino acid chromatography, which will detect the neutral aminoaciduria, and oral loading tests with L-tryptophan, which will detect the indoluria. No consistent picture of abnormalities has arisen from brain CT, MRI, and PET studies. To treat symptomatic subjects, nicotinamide, rather than nicotinic acid, is given orally at 50 to 300 mg day. Both the rash and ataxia respond. A high protein diet may help prevent attacks in those with low plasma amino acid resting levels. Although mental retardation may occur, dementia does not. There may be learning difficulties, but most patients have normal mentation. Further specific therapy awaits elucidation of the specific membrane transport carrier system and whether the defect is of transport activation, regulation, or direct transporting, as well as mapping and cloning of the gene. As yet there are no animal models.

Chromosomal Anomalies

By about the fourth decade of life, additional deterioration of cognitive function may become apparent. This deterioration has been attributed to dementia, which results from a degenerative process that has neuropathological similarities to Alzheimer's disease. y Olfactory abnormalities may also appear, and these can pre-date the onset of dementia by 10 to 15 years. y Evaluation. The diagnosis of Down's syndrome is made by the presence of the typical physical abnormalities and can be confirmed by chromosomal karyotype. Radiological studies such as plain skull films may demonstrate a brachycephalic skull in which the anterior fontanelle and metopic suture close late. Computed tomography (CT) may show calcifications in the basal ganglia and a large opercula, while magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reveals evidence of delayed myelination in some cases.y Other MRI studies have demonstrated smaller hippocampal and neocortical structures in patients with Down's syndrome compared to controls....

Asymmetrical Cortical Degeneration Syndromes

This is a heterogeneous group of disorders that produce distinctive cortical syndromes including aphasia, apraxia, and agnosia but that have a more focal appearance than Alzheimer's dementia. They can be roughly localized by the more focal features, though only a small subset are truly focal. There are four primary categories, each with several subtypes, including progressive aphasia, progressive frontal lobe frontotemporal syndromes, progressive perceptual-motor syndromes, and progressive bitemporal syndromes ( Table 33r2. ).

Prognosis and Future Perspectives Prognostic con

Siderations are similar to those discussed for AD except that the combination of parkinsonism and dementia is a more difficult management problem, and because dementia is usually a late complication of PD, it may signify a shorter lifespan than for patients with either uncomplicated PD or AD.

Multiple System Atrophy

Clinical Features and Associated Disorders. Patients with dominantly inherited OPCA (type IV) have frontal lobe-related cognitive impairments, y but the apparent mild intellectual decline in most OPCA may be related more importantly to motor impairment and depression without actual dementia and without evidence of aphasia, agnosia, or apraxia.y Multiple systems atrophy of the Shy- Drager variety has been less studied. Given the clinical similarities to other parkinsonian syndromes, as well as its clinical heterogeneity, mild subcortical patterns of cognitive impairment are possible, but it should not presently be regarded as a cause of severe dementia. Management. Considerations are similar to those discussed for Parkinson's dementia, but successful treatment of psychotic symptoms in OPCA has been reported. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology. Although the anatomical substrates underlying the parkinsonian and oculomotor disorder are relatively well...

Reviews And Selected Updates

Cummings J, Benson DF Dementia A Clinical Approach, 2nd ed. Stoneham, MA, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1992. Gomez-Isla T, Hollister R, West H, Mui S Neuronal loss correlates with but exceeds neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer's disease. Ann Neurol 1997 41 17-24. Katzman R Diagnosis and management of dementia. In Katzman R, Rowe JW (eds) Principles of Geriatric Neurology. Philadelphia, FA Davis, 1992, pp 167-206. Levy-Lahad E, Bird TD Genetic factors in Alzheimer's disease A review of recent advances. Ann Neurol 1996 40 829-840. Lieberman A, Dziatolowski M, Neophytides A, et al Dementias of Huntington's and Parkinson's disease. In Chase TN, Wexler NS, Barbeau A (eds) Advances in Neurology, Vol 23, Huntington's Disease. New York, Raven Press, 1979, pp 273-280. Mendez MF, Cherrier M, Kent M Frontotemporal dementia versus Alzheimer's disease. Neurology 1996 47 1189-1194. Terry R, Katzman R Alzheimer's disease and cognitive loss. In Katzman R, Rowe JW (eds) Principles of Geriatric Neurology....

Patients with specific complications

Symptoms need urgent treatment to protect the patient's safety or job security, levodopa is introduced because it is the most effective drug with the most rapid onset of action. If symptoms can be treated more slowly, the use of anticholinergic drugs in young patients with tremor-predominant PD is often helpful, and amantadine or dopamine agonists can be used as dopamine drugs that may delay the need to start levodopa in other patients. In patients who are just starting Sinemet, the controlled-release form is often selected to minimize the number of doses needed each day. As the disease progresses, combinations of drugs are usually needed, and most patients will require both an agonist and Sinemet within the first 7 years of therapy. In elderly patients, especially those with hallucinations or dementia, however, Sinemet alone, usually in the regular formulation, is often the most practical regimen because of its relative simplicity. In terms of referral to a movement disorder...

Huntingtons Disease

Several important biochemical abnormalities have been noted in postmortem brain tissue, particularly in the striatum. These include decreases in choline acetyltransferase (CAT) activity and acetylcholine (ACh), a reduction in the total number of cholinergic muscarinic receptors, and depletion of GAD, substance P, angiotensin-converting enzyme, cholecystokinin, enkephalin, and other peptides. In contrast, the concentrations of DA, norepinephrine, serotonin, neurotensin, somatostatin, and thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) are normal or increased. y The result of these changes suggests a functional overactivity of the cerebral glutaminergic and striatal dopaminergic systems and an underactivity of the GABAergic systems. Clinical Features and Associated Disorders. Gradual onset of chorea, dementia, and behavioral abnormalities in a young or middle-aged adult should suggest the possibility of HD. Slowed saccadic eye movements are usually the first detectable clinical sign, and in 85...

Coping Styles of Differing Personalities

The effects of personality on illness may be mediated by differences in the coping styles adopted by dissimilar personality types. Michael Antoni (1987) found that persons who adopt more passive approaches to distressing events trigger a different set of neurological and endocrine reactions than persons who cope more actively. The helplessness, hyper vigilance, and withdrawal tendencies typical of passive coping are associated with much higher concentrations of cortisol, a stress hormone indicted for its negative effects on immune functioning. It seems that high levels of circulating cortisol sustained over long periods of time kill immune cells and hasten age-related memory loss. Elevated levels of cortisol are frequently found in persons experiencing depression, and chronic depression is associated with higher rates of morbidity and mortality. Thus, passive copers may be conducting chemical warfare against their own bodies.

First Generation Antipsychotic Agents

When Emil Kraepelin first described the concept of schizophrenia over a century ago, he asserted The treatment of dementia praecox offers few points for intervention. The introduction of electroconvulsive therapy in 1938 provided the first somewhat efficacious somatic treatment of schizophrenia prior to that time, good treatment consisted of providing the afflicted patient with a safe and supportive environment in the form of a long-term psychiatric hospitalization. Chlorpromazine was the first neuroleptic to be introduced into clinical practice. Discovery of its tranquilizing effects in 1952 (Delay and Deniker, 1952) led to the development of the first generation of antipsychotic medications, which constituted the primary pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia for the next 40 years. Approximately 30 such typical or conventional antipsychotics have been developed 15 such agents are approved as antipsychotics in the United States. These medications have been very effective in...

Autosomal Dominant Disorders

Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias (ADCAs) without retinal degeneration comprise a heterogeneous group of dominantly inherited neurodegenerative diseases in which ataxia is the leading symptom. In most families, additional extracerebellar symptoms (saccade slowing, ophthalmoplegia, optic atrophy, pyramidal signs, amyotrophy, basal ganglia symptoms, dementia ADCA-I) are present, whereas families with a pure cerebellar syndrome (ADCA-III) are less frequent. y

Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type

Clinical Features and Associated Disorders. SCA2 can begin at any time from early childhood to late adulthood with features of anticipation. On average, the disease starts around the age of 35 years. All SCA2 patients suffer from a progressive cerebellar syndrome marked by ataxia of gait and stance, ataxia of limb movements, and dysarthria. Saccade slowing is a highly characteristic feature that is observed in the majority of SCA2 patients. About half the patients have vertical or horizontal gaze palsy. Cerebellar oculomotor abnormalities are rarely found in SCA2 patients. Typically, tendon reflexes are absent or decreased. Pyramidal tract signs are present in less than 20 percent of the patients. Vibration sense is decreased in most patients, but sensation is otherwise normal. Dementia, basal ganglia symptoms, pale optic discs, and bladder dysfunction are usually absent. y , y , y

Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3Machado Joseph Disease

Clinical Features and Associated Disorders. SCA3 begins at any time between early childhood and late adulthood with features of anticipation. On average, the disease starts around the age of 40 years. The clinical picture of SCA3-MJD is characterized by a wide range of clinical manifestations, the precise nature of which depends partly on the CAG repeat length. All SCA3-MJD patients suffer from a progressive syndrome marked by ataxia of gait and stance, ataxia of limb movements, and dysarthria. Vertical or horizontal gaze palsy is a frequent additional finding that occurs independently of age of onset. Saccade velocity is usually normal. Dementia, basal ganglia symptoms, pale optic discs, and bladder dysfunction are absent in most cases. In patients with a repeat length of more than 74, the disease begins early, usually before the age of 30 years, and clinical features of pyramidal tract and basal ganglia involvement are evident. Most of these patients have increased tendon reflexes,...

Neuropathology of Picks Disease

Neuropathology features of Pick's disease include severe cerebral cortical neuronal loss, Pick bodies, and ballooned neurons (Pick cells Giannakopoulos et al., 1996). Pick bodies are intracytoplasmic argyrophilic neuronal inclusions composed of straight filaments, microtubules, and occasional paired helical filaments (similar to those in Alzheimer's disease neurofibrillary tangles Hof et al., 1994). Although there is some neuronal loss in the nucleus basalis of Meynert, cortical levels of choline acetyltrans-ferase are not reduced in Pick's disease as they are in Alzheimer's disease.

Comparison of Picks and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

As cognitive and behavioral performance progressively deteriorate, it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate Pick's disease from other cortical dementias such as Alzheimer's disease and necessitates neuropathology confirmation (Arnold, Hyman, & Van Hoesen, 1994). Pick's disease causes extensive atrophy and gliosis throughout the frontal lobe and anterior temporal lobe, most prominent in cortical layer three. Pick bodies are most evident in the insula and inferior temporal cortex. Loss of hippocampal dentate gyrus granular neurons with relatively preserved pyramidal neurons is characteristic of Pick's disease, while in Alzheimer's disease there is early loss of hippocampal pyramidal neurons with preservation of the dentate gyrus neurons. Nearly three fourths of Pick's disease patients display early personality changes and behaviors such as roaming, hyperorality, and disinhibition, while less than one third of Alzheimer's disease patients have such symptoms. These behaviors...

Demyelination as a Cellular Replacement Target

Loss of myelin is prevalent in a number of CNS disorders such as spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke, and affects a large number of patients.35-37 Recently, demyelination has been associated with functional deterioration related to Alzheimer's disease,38 normal aging,39'40 and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.41'42 Overlapping pathology associated with most CNS insults make it difficult to assess the functional deficits attributable to demyelination. However, remyelination has been shown improve locomotion in animal models43'44 and to restore saltatory conduction in axons.45-47 Remyelination of demyelinated axons may also decrease axonal degeneration and transection.48-50 The success of remyeli-nation during acute stages of human demyelinating insults, and in experimental demyelination, which usually models acute injury, suggests that the therapeutic window of opportunity is narrow. This period of time represents an opportunity for transplantation approaches to...

Effects of movement disorders on sleep

4 There may be indirect effects on sleep due to, for instance, dementia which alters the regulation of sleep. Changes in environmental stimuli such as a reduction in exposure to light may also affect sleep control, and other factors such as depression and sleep fragmentation due to discomfort and pain are features of many of these conditions, particularly Parkinsonism.

Niacin and Nicotinic Acid

Pellagra, or rough skin, affects the skin, the gastrointestinal system, and the CNS. Hence, the classic triad of the three Ds--dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia. In industrialized countries, particularly among alcoholics, niacin deficiency may present only with encephalopathy. y y y Patients may have altered sensorium, diffuse rigidity of the limbs, and grasping and sucking reflexes. Dementia and confusion are the most constant findings, followed by diarrhea (50 percent), and dermatitis (30 percent). 27 Spinal cord and peripheral nerve defects have also been reported, particularly in prisoners of war. y Co-existing deficiencies of thiamine and pyridoxine are common, especially in alcoholics. Hartnup's disease, an autosomal recessive defect in tryptophan absorption by the gut and kidney, can give a clinical

The Role Of Oxidative Stress In Aging

In the aging brain as well as in the case of several neurodegenerative diseases, there is a decline in the normal antioxidant defense mechanisms that increase the vulnerability of the brain to the deleterious effects of oxidative damage.18 The antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione reductase, for example, display reduced activities in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease.19 It is believed that free radicals of mitochondrial origin are one of the primary causes of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage. Several studies have found increased levels of 8- hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), a biomarker of oxidative DNA damage, in mtDNA in the aged brain.20 Other studies have shown that the age-related increase in oxidative damage to mtDNA is greater than the oxidative damage that occurs to nuclear DNA in rodents.21,22 For instance, oxidative DNA damage has been detected in human brain mtDNA and in rat liver at levels more than...

Therapeutic Interventions For Inflammation And Oxidative Stress In Aging

The incidence of neurodegenerative diseases increases with age and may be a result of changes in the aged microenvironment that make the brain more susceptible to insults and genetic predispositions of these disease processes. Taking into consideration the above descriptions of oxidative stress and inflammation that occur with age, it becomes evident that bolstering the immune system or finding therapeutic interventions that would shift the balance away from the chronic inflammatory state and towards the alternative inflammatory response maybe a useful strategy. Dietary supplements, as well as, pharmaceuticals have been extensively investigated for their potential as anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants. With respect to pharmaceuticals, researchers have investigated the potential of NSAIDs in aging. While promising results were initially found with Alzheimers disease,71-73 they

New Variant Creutzfeldtjakob Disease nvCJD

The distinctive features of nvCJD are the young age at onset of illness (the average is 27 years, with no patient older than 50 years of age), a psychiatric or sensory disturbance on clinical presentation in the majority of patients, and a long duration of illness (median, 14 months). In its evolution, the disease shares with typical sporadic CJD the features of progressive dementia, myoclonus, and multisystem neurological deficits.

HIVAssociated Cognitive Impairment Adults

Over the past two decades, various terms have been used to describe the cognitive features, including mental slowness, diminished concentration, and a decline in memory in the setting of HIV infection. These cognitive changes are variably associated with changes in behavior (lethargy, apathy, and diminished emotional responses) and motor symptoms (clumsiness, gait abnormalities, tremor, and reduced motor control). The term HIV-associated dementia or HIV dementia incorporates the cognitive changes seen in HIV-1 infection as well as those occurring in the setting of AIDS, previously termed AIDS dementia complex ( comp ex was used to indicate the added presence of central nervous system--based motor deficits, often myelopathy and behavioral changes, including psychosis). As such, the term HIV dementia is considered to be synonymous with AIDS dementia complex, HIV encephalopathy, and HIV-associated dementia complex. A separate term, HIV- associated minor cognitive motor disorder, has been...

Attenuation of deep cerebral white matter Microscopic Examination

Dementia'ygi and in 38 percent of autopsy series cases. y A diffuse poliodystrophy has also been described in approximately 50 percent of cases. More recently, neuronal loss, dendritic changes, and reduced levels of synaptophysin have also been demonstrated by quantitative methods. A frontal and parieto- occipital predominance is noted.y , y The clinicopathological correlates of HIV-1-associated CNS disease are not clearly delineated, nor is the exact role of the virus defined. Although studies have confirmed direct HIV-1 CNS infection early in the disease, the development of clinical HIV-1-associated CNS disease does not occur until the late stage of HIV-1 infection when the patient is immunosuppressed. Moreover, the pathological changes seen at autopsy in some cases do not always correlate with the clinical course. Some patients with clinically severe neurological disease may have relatively mild neuropathological findings. Even in those cases with more marked pathological findings,...

Emotionalpersonality Functions

In addition to mental changes, central nervous system- based motor complications are also frequently seen in association with HIV dementia, especially myelopathies. Myopathies (see later discussion) and neuropathies (see later discussion) can also occur but are considered as additional complications within the realm of ADC. Cerebrospinal fluid in HIV dementia is typically remarkable for elevated beta-2 microglobulin, as well as elevated total protein and increased total IgG fraction. Of these, elevated beta-2 microglobulin has the greatest diagnostic value, particularly in cases of mild dementia. The latter two findings are not specific to HIV dementia and may be seen in normal HIV carriers. Work by Martin and colleagues 1 has also suggested that elevated CSF quinolinic acid concentrations in HIV-infected individuals are associated with deficits in motor learning and reaction time. Imaging studies may not show abnormalities in persons with HIV-associated minor cognitive and motor...

HIVAssociated Central Nervous System Disorders Children

Neurological involvement was reported as a frequent complication of pediatric AIDS in the early years of the epidemic. A devastating progressive encephalopathy (PE) was described,' as was more stable neurological impairment.y It was observed that by the time HIV-1 infection had advanced to full-blown AIDS, cognitive and motor impairment of varying duration, progression, and severity were extremely common. In the majority of cases, neuropathological studies revealed no evidence of CNS opportunistic infections or neoplasms. y , 117 mi ri The clinical syndrome of progressive encephalopathy in children (variously termed AIDS encephalopathy, HIV-1 encephalopathy, PE, subacute PE, HIV-1-associated CNS disease, HIV-1- associated PE of childhood) is now recognized to be similar to the adult counterpart, HIV dementia (AIDS dementia complex),y and is directly related to HIV-1 brain infection. Cognitive decline, loss of interest in school performance, social withdrawal, emotional lability,...

HIVAssociated Myelopathies

Vacuolar myelopathy, the most common myelopathy associated with HIV-1 infection, complicates the clinical course of infection in 5 to 27 percent of patients. It is reported in up to 55 percent of autopsy series and in one recent clinicopathologic series in 47 percent of adult AIDS patients. y , y , y , y Myelopathy occurs in the immunosuppressed patient, although it may be the initial presentation of AIDS, but this is not usual. Autopsy cases of vacuolar myelopathy had a high frequency of PCP and MAI infection and a large number of OIs as compared with patients without vacuolar myelopathy. Clinical signs include a progressive paraparesis, sensory ataxia, and sphincter impairment. There is lower extremity hyperreflexia and spasticity with impairment of joint position sense. yj Distal sensory neuropathy may co-exist as may HIV dementia. Pathological findings include a spongy degeneration and intramyelin vacuolation of the dorsal and lateral columns with predominant involvement of the...

Expression of Chemokine Receptors in Cells Intrinsic to the Central Nervous System

Increasing evidence highlights the prominence of chemokines in a variety of physiologic and pathologic processes in the CNS. In particular, chemokines have been shown to be critical determinants in the positioning of cellular population in the development of CNS inflammation due to autoimmune reactions or infectious diseases (2,15). Several lines of evidence indicate that all resident cells of the CNS express functional chemokine receptors in the intact human brain and in the CNS of rodent and macaques as experimental models. Astrocytes and microglia express most of the chemokine receptors including CCR3 (16-18), CCR5 (17), CXCR3 (19-21), and CXCR4 (18,22,23). Functional expression of CCR2 by fetal human astrocytes (24) and by reactive microglia in multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions (25) has been documented. Confined exclusively to microglia in vivo is the expression of CX3CR1 (26,27). Neurons exhibit expression of CCR1 (28), CXCR1 (29), CXCR2 (29), and CXCR4. Neuronal CCR1 expression,...

The Potential of Stem Cells for Developing New Therapies

Because of their ability to reproduce themselves, and to differentiate into other cell types, stem cells offer the prospect of developing cell-based treatments, both to repair or replace tissues damaged by fractures, burns, and other injuries and to treat a wide range of very common degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, cardiac failure, diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. These are some of the most common serious disorders, which affect millions of people in the United Kingdom alone, and for which there is at present no effective cure. Stem cell treatments, unlike most conventional drug treatments, have the potential to become a lifelong cure.

Conclusions And Evolving Questions

Thus NPD1, a DHA-derived mediator endogenously synthesized by neuro-epithelium-derived RPE cells, is a modulator of signaling pathways that promote cell survival (Bazan, in press). One pathway is the regulation of Bcl-2 family protein expression, a pre-mitochondrial apoptotic target of NPD1 under conditions of oxidative stress. Consequently, downstream signaling, including effector caspase-3 activation and DNA degradation, is attenuated (Mukherjee et al., 2004). NPD1 also potently counteracted cytokine-triggered pro-inflammatory COX-2 gene induction, another major factor in cell damage (Mukherjee et al., 2004). In ischemia-reperfusion-injured hippocampus and in neural progenitor cells stimulated by IL-1b, COX-2 expression seems to be related to NF-kB activation. NPD1 inhibits NF-kB and COX-2 induction under those conditions (Marcheselli et al., 2003). A similar regulatory mechanism may operate in RPE cells i.e., NPD1 down-regulation of cytokine-mediated NF-kB activation....

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Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris Face Treatment

This deficiency leads to pellagra, but other vitamins of the B group are contributory. The skin lesions are a prominent part of pellagra and include redness of the exposed areas of hands, face, neck, and feet, which can go on to a fissured, scaling, infected dermatitis. Local trauma may spread the disease to other areas of the body. The disease is worse in the summer and heals with hyperpigmentation and mild scarring. Gastrointestinal and neurologic complications are serious. Dementia, dermatitis, and diarrhea are the three Ds of pellagra.

Irritability and aggression

Irritability and aggression are common disorders associated with neuropsychiatric conditions, such as stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and Huntington's disease (Burns et al. 1990 Paradiso et al. 1996 Chemerinski et al. 1998 Kim et al. 1999). These symptoms create a major stress for the families of patients with stroke (Brooks et al. 1986 Williams 1994) and lead to a poorer quality oflife for the patient (Angeleri et al. 1993). Aggressive behavior is a common reason for referral to geriatric services or admission to a nursing home or hospital (Margo et al. 1980 Clarke et al. 1981). Aggressive behavior in institutions poses a major management problem and a significant stress on nursing staff (Winger et al. 1987).

Autosomal Dominant Cerebellar Ataxia

There are a number of rare types of early-onset cerebellar ataxia of unknown etiology that resemble EOCA in many respects but have characteristic additional features. These disorders include early-onset cerebellar ataxia with hypogonadism (Holmes' syndrome), with optic atrophy and spasticity (Behr's syndrome), with cataract and mental retardation (MarinescoSjogren's syndrome), with retinal degeneration and deafness( Hallgren's syndrome), with spasticity, amyotrophy, and bladder dysfunction (autosomal recessive spastic ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay), and with myoclonus in the absence of severe epilepsy and dementia (Ramsay Hunt syndrome).

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