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Hydrogel versus Bare Platinum Coils in Patients with Large or Recurrent Aneurysms Prone to Recurrence after Endovascular Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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This Level 1 expedited report was a pragmatic, multicenter, parallel, randomized (1:1) trial evaluating patients who were at high risk of aneurysm recurrence after endovascular treatment, including patients with large aneurysms (Patients Prone to Recurrence After Endovascular Treatment PRET-1) or with aneurysms that had previously recurred after coiling (PRET-2). The trial was stopped once 250 patients in PRET-1 and 197 in PRET-2 had been recruited because of slow accrual. A poor primary outcome occurred in 44.4% of those in PRET-1 allocated to platinum compared with 52.5% of patients allocated to hydrogel and in 49.0% in PRET-2 allocated to platinum compared with 42.1% allocated to hydrogel. Adverse events and morbidity were similar. The authors conclude that coiling of large and recurrent aneurysms is safe but often poorly effective according to angiographic results. Hydrogel coiling was not shown to be better than platinum.

MRI Atlas-Based Measurement of Spinal Cord Injury Predicts Outcome in Acute Flaccid Myelitis

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Using the open source platform, the “Spinal Cord Toolbox,” the authors sought to correlate measures of GM, WM, and cross-sectional area pathology on T2 MR imaging with motor disability in 9 patients with acute flaccid myelitis. Proportion of GM metrics at the center axial section significantly correlated with measures of motor impairment upon admission and at 3-month follow-up. The proportion of GM extracted across the full lesion segment significantly correlated with initial motor impairment. This is the first atlas-based study to correlate clinical outcomes with segmented measures of T2 signal abnormality in the spinal cord.

Microstructure of the Default Mode Network in Preterm Infants

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A cohort of 44 preterm infants underwent T1WI, resting-state fMRI, and DTI at 3T, including 21 infants with brain injuries and 23 infants with normal-appearing structural imaging as controls. Neurodevelopment was evaluated with the Bayley Scales of Infant Development at 12 months’ adjusted age. Results showed decreased fractional anisotropy and elevated radial diffusivity values of the cingula in the preterm infants with brain injuries compared with controls. The Bayley Scales of Infant Development cognitive scores were significantly associated with cingulate fractional anisotropy. The authors suggest that the microstructural properties of interconnecting axonal pathways within the default mode network are of critical importance in the early neurocognitive development of infants.

Quantifying Intracranial Plaque Permeability with Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI: A Pilot Study

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The purpose of this study was to use DCE MR imaging to quantify the contrast permeability of intracranial atherosclerotic disease plaques in 10 symptomatic patients and to compare these parameters against existing markers of plaque volatility using black-blood MR imaging pulse sequences. Ktrans and fractional plasma volume (Vp) measurements were higher in plaques versus healthy white matter and similar or less than values in the choroid plexus. Only Ktrans correlated significantly with time from symptom onset. Dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging parameters were not found to correlate significantly with intraplaque enhancement or hyperintensity. The authors suggest that Ktrans may be an independent imaging biomarker of acute and symptom-associated pathologic changes in intracranial atherosclerotic disease plaques.

Limited Dorsal Myeloschisis and Congenital Dermal Sinus: Comparison of Clinical and MR Imaging Features

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These investigators retrospectively reviewed the clinical and MR imaging findings of 12 patients with limited dorsal myeloschisis and 10 patients with congenital dermal sinus. A crater covered with pale epithelium was the most common skin lesion in limited dorsal myeloschisis (83%). Infectious complications were common in congenital dermal sinus (60%), but not found in limited dorsal myeloschisis. They show that limited dorsal myeloschisis has distinct MR imaging features including a visible intrathecal tract with dorsal tenting of the cord at the tract-cord union.

Emergent Endovascular Management of Long-Segment and Flow-Limiting Carotid Artery Dissections in Acute Ischemic Stroke Intervention with Multiple Tandem Stents

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The authors investigated the role of emergent endovascular stenting of long-segment carotid dissections in the acute ischemic stroke setting in 15 patients. They specifically evaluated long-segment carotid dissections requiring stent reconstruction with multiple tandem stents (≥ 3 stents) and presenting with acute (<12 hours) ischemic stroke symptoms (NIHSS score, ≥ 4). Carotid stent reconstruction was successful in all patients with no residual stenosis or flow limitation. Nine patients (60%) harbored intracranial occlusions, and 6 patients (40%) required intra-arterial thrombolysis/thrombectomy, achieving 100% TICI 2b–3 reperfusion. They conclude that emergent stent reconstruction of long-segment and flow-limiting carotid dissections in acute ischemic stroke intervention is safe and effective, with favorable clinical outcomes.

Metabolic Abnormalities in the Hippocampus of Patients with Schizophrenia: A 3D Multivoxel MR Spectroscopic Imaging Study at 3T

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Nineteen patients with schizophrenia and 11 matched healthy controls underwent MR imaging and multivoxel point-resolved 1H-MRS at 3T to obtain their hippocampal gray matter absolute NAA, Cr, and Cho concentrations. Patients’ average hippocampal GM Cr concentrations were 19% higher than those of controls. NAA and Cho showed no differences. The authors conclude that the findings suggest the hippocampal volume deficit in schizophrenia is not due to net loss of neurons, which is in agreement with histopathology studies but not with prior 1H-MR spectroscopy reports. Elevated Cr would be consistent with hippocampal hypermetabolism.

Comparison of Quantitative Cerebral Blood Flow Measurements Performed by Bookend Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast and Arterial Spin-Labeling MRI in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

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Both dynamic susceptibility contrast perfusion with bookend T1-calibration and pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling have been used recently for CBF quantification in relapsing-remitting MS. The authors compared pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling CBF with the bookend technique in a prospective cohort of 19 healthy controls, 19 subjects with relapsing-remitting MS without cognitive impairment, and 20 subjects with relapsing-remitting MS with cognitive impairment. Voxelwise paired t tests revealed no significant CBF differences between techniques after normalization of global meanintensities. They conclude that there is agreement between pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling and bookend technique CBF measurements in healthy controls and patients with relapsing-remitting MS.

Progressing Bevacizumab-Induced Diffusion Restriction Is Associated with Coagulative Necrosis Surrounded by Viable Tumor and Decreased Overall Survival in Patients with Recurrent Glioblastoma

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The authors explored regions of diffusion restriction following bevacizumab therapy in patients with glioblastoma by 1) analyzing tissue samples from patients at postmortem to pathologically confirm tumor cellularity or coagulative necrosis and 2) assessing the patient populationto determine the effect that these lesions have on overall survival. The postmortem examinations were performed on 6 patients with recurrent glioblastoma on bevacizumab with progressively growing regions of diffusion restriction. ADC values were extracted from regions of both hypercellular tumor and necrosis. They conclude that progressive diffusion-restricted lesions were pathologically confirmed to be coagulative necrosis surrounded by viable tumor and associated with decreased overall survival.

Mechanical Thrombectomy in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke and Lower NIHSS Scores: Recanalization Rates, Periprocedural Complications, and Clinical Outcome

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This is a retrospective analysis of 484 patients in a prospectively collected stroke data base. The inclusion criteria were anterior circulation ischemic stroke treated with mechanical thrombectomy at a single institution between September 2010 and October 2015 with an NIHSS score of ≤8. The purpose was to assess the clinical and interventional data in patients treated with mechanical thrombectomy in case of ischemic stroke with mild-to-moderate symptoms (n = 33). Recanalization (TICI 2b–3) was achieved in 26 (78.7%) patients. Two cases of symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage occurred. Favorable (mRS 0–2) and moderate (mRS 0–3) clinical 90-day outcome was achieved in 63.6% and 90.9% of patients, respectively. The authors conclude that the clinical outcome of patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic mild stroke due to large-vessel occlusion is predominately favorable, even in a prolonged time window.