Publications by authors named "Alessandro Pezzini"

160 Publications

Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies First Locus Associated with Susceptibility to Cerebral Venous Thrombosis.

Ann Neurol 2021 Aug 30. Epub 2021 Aug 30.

Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Division of Biology and Genetics, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

Objective: Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is an uncommon form of stroke affecting mostly young individuals. Although genetic factors are thought to play a role in this cerebrovascular condition, its genetic etiology is not well understood.

Methods: A genome-wide association study was performed to identify genetic variants influencing susceptibility to CVT. A 2-stage genome-wide study was undertaken in 882 Europeans diagnosed with CVT and 1,205 ethnicity-matched control subjects divided into discovery and independent replication datasets.

Results: In the overall case-control cohort, we identified highly significant associations with 37 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the 9q34.2 region. The strongest association was with rs8176645 (combined p = 9.15 × 10 ; odds ratio [OR] = 2.01, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.76-2.31). The discovery set findings were validated across an independent European cohort. Genetic risk score for this 9q34.2 region increases CVT risk by a pooled estimate OR = 2.65 (95% CI = 2.21-3.20, p = 2.00 × 10 ). SNPs within this region were in strong linkage disequilibrium (LD) with coding regions of the ABO gene. The ABO blood group was determined using allele combination of SNPs rs8176746 and rs8176645. Blood groups A, B, or AB, were at 2.85 times (95% CI = 2.32-3.52, p = 2.00 × 10 ) increased risk of CVT compared with individuals with blood group O.

Interpretation: We present the first chromosomal region to robustly associate with a genetic susceptibility to CVT. This region more than doubles the likelihood of CVT, a risk greater than any previously identified thrombophilia genetic risk marker. That the identified variant is in strong LD with the coding region of the ABO gene with differences in blood group prevalence provides important new insights into the pathophysiology of CVT. ANN NEUROL 2021.
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August 2021

EndoVAscular treatment and ThRombolysis for Ischemic Stroke Patients (EVA-TRISP) registry: basis and methodology of a pan-European prospective ischaemic stroke revascularisation treatment registry.

BMJ Open 2021 08 9;11(8):e042211. Epub 2021 Aug 9.

Department of Neurology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

Purpose: The Thrombolysis in Ischemic Stroke Patients (TRISP) collaboration was a concerted effort initiated in 2010 with the purpose to address relevant research questions about the effectiveness and safety of intravenous thrombolysis (IVT). The collaboration also aims to prospectively collect data on patients undergoing endovascular treatment (EVT) and hence the name of the collaboration was changed from TRISP to EVA-TRISP. The methodology of the former TRISP registry for patients treated with IVT has already been published. This paper focuses on describing the EVT part of the registry.

Participants: All centres committed to collecting predefined variables on consecutive patients prospectively. We aim for accuracy and completeness of the data and to adapt local databases to investigate novel research questions. Herein, we introduce the methodology of a recently constructed academic investigator-initiated open collaboration EVT registry built as an extension of an existing IVT registry in patients with acute ischaemic stroke (AIS).

Findings To Date: Currently, the EVA-TRISP network includes 20 stroke centres with considerable expertise in EVT and maintenance of high-quality hospital-based registries. Following several successful randomised controlled trials (RCTs), many important clinical questions remain unanswered in the (EVT) field and some of them will unlikely be investigated in future RCTs. Prospective registries with high-quality data on EVT-treated patients may help answering some of these unanswered issues, especially on safety and efficacy of EVT in specific patient subgroups.

Future Plans: This collaborative effort aims at addressing clinically important questions on safety and efficacy of EVT in conditions not covered by RCTs. The TRISP registry generated substantial novel data supporting stroke physicians in their daily decision making considering IVT candidate patients. While providing observational data on EVT in daily clinical practice, our future findings may likewise be hypothesis generating for future research as well as for quality improvement (on EVT). The collaboration welcomes participation of further centres willing to fulfill the commitment and the outlined requirements.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042211DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8354282PMC
August 2021

Age-dependent effect of susceptibility factors on the risk of intracerebral haemorrhage: Multicenter Study on Cerebral Hemorrhage in Italy (MUCH-Italy).

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2021 Oct 12;92(10):1068-1071. Epub 2021 Jul 12.

Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Sperimentali, Clinica Neurologica, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia, Italia.

Objective: To investigate the age-dependent impact of traditional stroke risk factors on the occurrence of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH).

Methods: We performed a case-control analysis, comparing consecutive patients with ICH with age-matched and sex-matched stroke-free controls, enrolled in the setting of the Multicenter Study on Cerebral Hemorrhage in Italy (MUCH-Italy) between 2002 and 2014 by multivariable logistic regression model within subgroups stratified by age quartiles (Q1-Q4).

Results: We analysed 3492 patients and 3492 controls. The impact of untreated hypertension on the risk of ICH was higher in the lower than in the upper age quartile (OR 11.64, 95% CI 7.68 to 17.63 in Q1 vs OR 6.05, 95% CI 3.09 to 11.85 in Q4 with intermediate ORs in Q2 and Q3), while the opposite trend was observed for untreated hypercholesterolaemia (OR 0.63, 95% CI 0.45 to 0.97 in Q1 vs OR 0.36, 95% CI 0.26 to 0.56 in Q4 with intermediate ORs in Q2 and Q3). The effect of untreated diabetes and excessive alcohol intake was detected only in the older age group (OR 3.63, 95% CI 1.22 to 10.73, and OR 1.69, 95% CI 1.13 to 2.51, respectively).

Conclusions: Our findings provide evidence of age-dependent differences in the effects of susceptibility factors on the risk of ICH.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jnnp-2020-325648DOI Listing
October 2021

Cervical Artery Dissection and Sports.

Front Neurol 2021 31;12:663830. Epub 2021 May 31.

Department of Neurology and Stroke Center, University Hospital Basel and University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Cervical artery dissection (CeAD) occurring in the context of sports is a matter of concern for CeAD patients. They seek advice on the role of sports in CeAD and on the safety of resuming sports after CeAD. The scarcity of studies and guidelines addressing these issues poses a challenge. We aimed at summarizing the current knowledge about CeAD and sports in order to provide an informed, comprehensive opinion for counseling CeAD patients. We took into account pathophysiological considerations, observations of cases reports, series, and registries, and conclusions by analogy from aortic dissection or inherited connective tissue syndromes. In summary, practicing active sports as the cause of CeAD seems uncommon. It seems recommendable to refrain from any kind of sports activities for at least 1 month, which can be extended in case of an unfavorable clinical or neurovascular course. We recommend starting with sport activities at low intensity-preferably with types of endurance sports-and to gradually increase the pace in an individually tailored manner, taking into circumstances of the occurrences of the CeAD in the individual patient (particularly in relation to sports), the meaning of sports activities for the individual well-being, the presence or absence of comorbidities and of neurological sequela, neurovascular findings, and whether there are signs of an underlying connective tissue alteration. Major limitations and several forms of bias are acknowledged. Still, in the absence of any better data, the summarized observations and considerations might help clinicians in advising and counseling patients with CeAD in clinical practice.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2021.663830DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8200565PMC
May 2021

SARS-CoV-2 infection and acute ischemic stroke in Lombardy, Italy.

J Neurol 2021 May 24. Epub 2021 May 24.

Department of Neurology and Stroke Unit, Carlo Poma Hospital, ASST Mantova, Mantova, Italy.

Objective: To characterize patients with acute ischemic stroke related to SARS-CoV-2 infection and assess the classification performance of clinical and laboratory parameters in predicting in-hospital outcome of these patients.

Methods: In the setting of the STROKOVID study including patients with acute ischemic stroke consecutively admitted to the ten hub hospitals in Lombardy, Italy, between March 8 and April 30, 2020, we compared clinical features of patients with confirmed infection and non-infected patients by logistic regression models and survival analysis. Then, we trained and tested a random forest (RF) binary classifier for the prediction of in-hospital death among patients with COVID-19.

Results: Among 1013 patients, 160 (15.8%) had SARS-CoV-2 infection. Male sex (OR 1.53; 95% CI 1.06-2.27) and atrial fibrillation (OR 1.60; 95% CI 1.05-2.43) were independently associated with COVID-19 status. Patients with COVID-19 had increased stroke severity at admission [median NIHSS score, 9 (25th to75th percentile, 13) vs 6 (25th to75th percentile, 9)] and increased risk of in-hospital death (38.1% deaths vs 7.2%; HR 3.30; 95% CI 2.17-5.02). The RF model based on six clinical and laboratory parameters exhibited high cross-validated classification accuracy (0.86) and precision (0.87), good recall (0.72) and F1-score (0.79) in predicting in-hospital death.

Conclusions: Ischemic strokes in COVID-19 patients have distinctive risk factor profile and etiology, increased clinical severity and higher in-hospital mortality rate compared to non-COVID-19 patients. A simple model based on clinical and routine laboratory parameters may be useful in identifying ischemic stroke patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection who are unlikely to survive the acute phase.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00415-021-10620-8DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8142879PMC
May 2021

Alterations of frontal-temporal gray matter volume associate with clinical measures of older adults with COVID-19.

Neurobiol Stress 2021 May 13;14:100326. Epub 2021 Apr 13.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.

COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has become a global pandemic. It dramatically affects people's health and daily life. Neurological complications are increasingly documented for patients with COVID-19. However, the effect of COVID-19 on the brain is less studied, and existing quantitative neuroimaging analyses of COVID-19 were mainly based on the univariate voxel-based morphometry analysis (VBM) that requires corrections for a large number of tests for statistical significance, multivariate approaches that can reduce the number of tests to be corrected have not been applied to study COVID-19 effect on the brain yet. In this study, we leveraged source-based morphometry (SBM) analysis, a multivariate extension of VBM, to identify changes derived from computed tomography scans in covarying gray matter volume patterns underlying COVID-19 in 120 neurological patients (including 58 cases with COVID-19 and 62 patients without COVID-19 matched for age, gender and diseases). SBM identified that lower gray matter volume (GMV) in superior/medial/middle frontal gyri was significantly associated with a higher level of disability (modified Rankin Scale) at both discharge and six months follow-up phases even when controlling for cerebrovascular diseases. GMV in superior/medial/middle frontal gyri was also significantly reduced in patients receiving oxygen therapy compared to patients not receiving oxygen therapy. Patients with fever presented significant GMV reduction in inferior/middle temporal gyri and fusiform gyrus compared to patients without fever. Patients with agitation showed GMV reduction in superior/medial/middle frontal gyri compared to patients without agitation. Patients with COVID-19 showed no significant GMV differences from patients without COVID-19 in any brain region. Results suggest that COVID-19 may affect the frontal-temporal network in a secondary manner through fever or lack of oxygen.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ynstr.2021.100326DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8041745PMC
May 2021

Hematoma Expansion in Intracerebral Hemorrhage With Unclear Onset.

Neurology 2021 05 1;96(19):e2363-e2371. Epub 2021 Apr 1.

From UO Neurologia (A.M.), Azienda Socio-Sanitaria Territoriale (ASST) Valcamonica, Esine, Italy; Neuroradiology Department (G. Boulouis), Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne, Paris, France; J.P. Kistler Stroke Research Center, Department of Neurology (A. Charidimou, Q.L., A.D.W., C.D.A., M.E.G., A.B., A.V., S.M.G., J.R., J.N.G.), Massachusetts General Hospital Stroke Research Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Sperimentali, Clinica Neurologica (L.P., A. Pezzini, A. Padovani), Università degli Studi di Brescia; UO di Neurologia (P.C.), Istituto Clinico Fondazione Poliambulanza, Brescia; UOC Neurologia (V.D.G.), ASST Cremona; UC Malattie Cerebrovascolari e Stroke Unit (E.L., F.M., A. Cavallini) and UC Neurologia d'Urgenza (E.L., F.M., G.M.), IRCCS Fondazione Mondino, Pavia; Dipartimento di Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Sperimentali e Cliniche, Neuroradiologia, Università degliStudi di Firenze (G. Busto, E.F.), and Stroke Unit (F.A., A.Z.), Ospedale Universitario Careggi, Firenze; UOC Neurologia e Rete Stroke, Metropolitana (L.B., S.G.), and Unità di Neuroradiologia (L.S.), IRCCS Istituto delle Scienze Neurologiche di Bologna, Ospedale Maggiore; Clinica Neurologica, Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Chirurgico Specialistiche (M.L., I.C.), Università degli studi diFerrara, Ospedale Universitario S. Anna, Ferrara; Neurologia e Stroke Unit (E.C.), Ospedale di Circolo, ASST Settelaghi, Varese; Stroke Unit (M.G., M.M.), Neurologia Vascolare, ASST Spedali Civili, Brescia, Italy; Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology, Department of Neurology (C.D.A., J.R., J.N.G.), Harvard Medical School, Henry and Allison McCance Center for Brain Health (C.D.A., J.R., J.N.G.), and Department of Emergency Medicine (J.N.G.), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Objective: To investigate the prevalence, predictors, and prognostic effect of hematoma expansion (HE) in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) with unclear symptom onset (USO).

Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with primary spontaneous ICH admitted at 5 academic medical centers in the United States and Italy. HE (volume increase >6 mL or >33% from baseline to follow-up noncontrast CT [NCCT]) and mortality at 30 days were the outcomes of interest. Baseline NCCT was also analyzed for presence of hypodensities (any hypodense region within the hematoma margins). Predictors of HE and mortality were explored with multivariable logistic regression.

Results: We enrolled 2,165 participants, 1,022 in the development cohort and 1,143 in the replication cohort, of whom 352 (34.4%) and 407 (35.6%) had ICH with USO, respectively. When compared with participants having a clear symptom onset, patients with USO had a similar frequency of HE (25.0% vs 21.9%, = 0.269 and 29.9% vs 31.5%, = 0.423). Among patients with USO, HE was independently associated with mortality after adjustment for confounders (odds ratio [OR] 2.64, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.43-4.89, = 0.002). This finding was similar in the replication cohort (OR 3.46, 95% CI 1.86-6.44, < 0.001). The presence of NCCT hypodensities in patients with USO was an independent predictor of HE in the development (OR 2.59, 95% CI 1.27-5.28, = 0.009) and replication (OR 2.43, 95% CI 1.42-4.17, = 0.001) population.

Conclusion: HE is common in patients with USO and independently associated with worse outcome. These findings suggest that patients with USO may be enrolled in clinical trials of medical treatments targeting HE.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000011895DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8166446PMC
May 2021

Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on reperfusion therapies for acute ischemic stroke in Lombardy, Italy: the STROKOVID network.

J Neurol 2021 Oct 8;268(10):3561-3568. Epub 2021 Mar 8.

Department of Neurology and Stroke Unit, Carlo Poma Hospital, ASST Mantova, Mantua, Italy.

Whether and how SARS-CoV-2 outbreak affected in-hospital acute stroke care system is still matter of debate. In the setting of the STROKOVID network, a collaborative project between the ten centers designed as hubs for the treatment of acute stroke during SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in Lombardy, Italy, we retrospectively compared clinical features and process measures of patients with confirmed infection (COVID-19) and non-infected patients (non-COVID-19) who underwent reperfusion therapies for acute ischemic stroke. Between March 8 and April 30, 2020, 296 consecutive patients [median age, 74 years (interquartile range (IQR), 62-80.75); males, 154 (52.0%); 34 (11.5%) COVID-19] qualified for the analysis. Time from symptoms onset to treatment was longer in the COVID-19 group [230 (IQR 200.5-270) minutes vs. 190 (IQR 150-245) minutes; p = 0.007], especially in the first half of the study period. Patients with COVID-19 who underwent endovascular thrombectomy had more frequently absent collaterals or collaterals filling ≤ 50% of the occluded territory (50.0% vs. 16.6%; OR 5.05; 95% CI 1.82-13.80) and a lower rate of good/complete recanalization of the primary arterial occlusive lesion (55.6% vs. 81.0%; OR 0.29; 95% CI 0.10-0.80). Post-procedural intracranial hemorrhages were more frequent (35.3% vs. 19.5%; OR 2.24; 95% CI 1.04-4.83) and outcome was worse among COVID-19 patients (in-hospital death, 38.2% vs. 8.8%; OR 6.43; 95% CI 2.85-14.50). Our findings showed longer delays in the intra-hospital management of acute ischemic stroke in COVID-19 patients, especially in the early phase of the outbreak, that likely impacted patients outcome and should be the target of future interventions.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00415-021-10497-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7937781PMC
October 2021

Timing of initiation of oral anticoagulants in patients with acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation comparing posterior and anterior circulation strokes.

Eur Stroke J 2020 Dec 22;5(4):374-383. Epub 2020 Jul 22.

Internal Medicine, San Giuseppe Hospital, Empoli, Italy.

Introduction: The aim of this study in patients with acute posterior ischaemic stroke (PS) and atrial fibrillation (AF) was to evaluate (1) the risks of recurrent ischaemic event and severe bleeding and (2) these risks in relation with oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) and its timing.

Materials And Methods: Patients with PS were prospectively included; the outcome events of these patients were compared with those of patients with anterior stroke (AS) which were taken from previous registries. The primary outcome was the composite of stroke recurrence, transient ischaemic attack, symptomatic systemic embolism, symptomatic cerebral bleeding and major extracranial bleeding occurring within 90 days from acute stroke.

Results: A total of 2470 patients were available for the analysis: 473 (19.1%) with PS and 1997 (80.9%) with AS. Over 90 days, 213 (8.6%) primary outcome events were recorded: 175 (8.7%) in patients with AS and 38 (8.0%) in those with PS. In patients who initiated OAT within 2 days, the primary outcome occurred in 5 out of 95 patients (5.3%) with PS compared to 21 out of 373 patients (4.3%) with AS (OR 1.07; 95% CI 0.39-2.94). In patients who initiated OAT between days 3 and 7, the primary outcome occurred in 3 out of 103 patients (2.9%) with PS compared to 26 out of 490 patients (5.3%) with AS (OR 0.54; 95% CI 0.16-1.80).

Discussion: our findings suggest that, when deciding the time to initiate oral anticoagulation, the location of stroke, either anterior or posterior, does not predict the risk of outcome events.

Conclusions: Patients with PS or AS and AF appear to have similar risks of ischaemic or haemorrhagic events at 90 days with no difference concerning the timing of initiation of OAT.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2396987320937116DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7856592PMC
December 2020

Spontaneous cervical artery dissection and fibromuscular dysplasia: Epidemiologic and biologic evidence of a mutual relationship.

Trends Cardiovasc Med 2021 Jan 30. Epub 2021 Jan 30.

Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Sperimentali, Clinica Neurologica, Università degli Studi di Brescia, P.le Spedali Civili, 1, 25123 Brescia, Italia. Electronic address:

Cervical artery dissection (CeAD) is the most common cause of ischemic stroke in young and middle-aged adults. Over the last decade, a relation between CeAD and fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD), an idiopathic, segmental, non-atherosclerotic and non-inflammatory arterial disease, has been suggested based on a number of epidemiologic observations, while preliminary data support the idea that the two conditions may share common biologic mechanisms. In this article, we review the literature on the relation between CeAD and FMD, focus on the potential pathogenetic mechanisms common to the two conditions, summarize clinical features, management and outcome, and provide support to the hypothesis that the coexistence of the two diseases in one individual might be conceptualized as a distinct non-atherosclerotic non-inflammatory arteriopathy.
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January 2021

Clinical Features of Patients With Cervical Artery Dissection and Fibromuscular Dysplasia.

Stroke 2021 Mar 28;52(3):821-829. Epub 2021 Jan 28.

UO Neurologia, Ospedale Villa Sofia, Palermo, Italy (V.T.).

Background And Purpose: Observational studies have suggested a link between fibromuscular dysplasia and spontaneous cervical artery dissection (sCeAD). However, whether patients with coexistence of the two conditions have distinctive clinical characteristics has not been extensively investigated.

Methods: In a cohort of consecutive patients with first-ever sCeAD, enrolled in the setting of the multicenter IPSYS CeAD study (Italian Project on Stroke in Young Adults Cervical Artery Dissection) between January 2000 and June 2019, we compared demographic and clinical characteristics, risk factor profile, vascular pathology, and midterm outcome of patients with coexistent cerebrovascular fibromuscular dysplasia (cFMD; cFMD+) with those of patients without cFMD (cFMD-).

Results: A total of 1283 sCeAD patients (mean age, 47.8±11.4 years; women, 545 [42.5%]) qualified for the analysis, of whom 103 (8.0%) were diagnosed with cFMD+. In multivariable analysis, history of migraine (odds ratio, 1.78 [95% CI, 1.13-2.79]), the presence of intracranial aneurysms (odds ratio, 8.71 [95% CI, 4.06-18.68]), and the occurrence of minor traumas before the event (odds ratio, 0.48 [95% CI, 0.26-0.89]) were associated with cFMD. After a median follow-up of 34.0 months (25th to 75th percentile, 60.0), 39 (3.3%) patients had recurrent sCeAD events. cFMD+ and history of migraine predicted independently the risk of recurrent sCeAD (hazard ratio, 3.40 [95% CI, 1.58-7.31] and 2.07 [95% CI, 1.06-4.03], respectively) in multivariable Cox proportional hazards analysis.

Conclusions: Risk factor profile of sCeAD patients with cFMD differs from that of patients without cFMD. cFMD and migraine are independent predictors of midterm risk of sCeAD recurrence.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.031579DOI Listing
March 2021

PREvention of VENous Thromboembolism in Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients - PREVENTIHS Study: A Randomized Controlled Trial and a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Eur Neurol 2020 13;83(6):566-575. Epub 2020 Nov 13.

Stroke Unit and Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.

Background: In this randomized trial, currently utilized standard treatments were compared with enoxaparin for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).

Methods: Enoxaparin (0.4 mg daily for 10 days) was started after 72 h from the onset of ICH. The primary outcome was symptomatic or asymptomatic deep venous thrombosis as assessed by ultrasound at the end of study treatment. The safety of enoxaparin was also assessed. We included the results of this study in a meta-analysis of all relevant studies comparing anticoagulants with standard treatments or placebo.

Results: PREVENTIHS was prematurely stopped after the randomization of 73 patients, due to the low recruitment rate. The prevalence of any VTE at 10 days was 15.8% in the enoxaparin group and 20.0% in the control group (RR 0.79 [95% CI 0.29-2.12]); 2.6% of enoxaparin and 8.6% of standard therapy patients had severe bleedings (RR 0.31 [95% CI 0.03-2.82]). When these results were meta-analyzed with the results of the selected studies (4,609 patients; 194 from randomized trials), anticoagulants were associated with a nonsignificant reduction in any VTE (OR 0.81; 95% CI 0.43-1.51), in pulmonary embolism (OR 0.53; 95% CI, 0.17-1.60), and in mortality (OR 0.85; 95% CI 0.64-1.12) without increase in hematoma enlargement (OR 0.97; 95% CI, 0.31-3.04).

Conclusions: In patients with acute ICH, the use of anticoagulants to prevent VTE was safe but the overall level of evidence was low due to the low number of patients included in randomized clinical trials.
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May 2021

Association between Migraine and Cryptogenic Ischemic Stroke in Young Adults.

Ann Neurol 2021 02 12;89(2):242-253. Epub 2020 Nov 12.

Neurology, Helsinki University Hospital, and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

Objective: To assess the association between migraine and cryptogenic ischemic stroke (CIS) in young adults, with subgroup analyses stratified by sex and presence of patent foramen ovale (PFO).

Methods: We prospectively enrolled 347 consecutive patients aged 18 to 49 years with a recent CIS and 347 age- and sex-matched (±5 years) stroke-free controls. Any migraine and migraine with (MA) and migraine without aura (MO) were identified by a screener, which we validated against a headache neurologist. We used conditional logistic regression adjusting for age, education, hypertension, diabetes, waist-to-hip ratio, physical inactivity, current smoking, heavy drinking, and oral estrogen use to assess independent association between migraine and CIS. The effect of PFO on the association between migraine and CIS was analyzed with logistic regression in a subgroup investigated with transcranial Doppler bubble screen.

Results: The screener performance was excellent (Cohen kappa > 0.75) in patients and controls. Compared with nonmigraineurs, any migraine (odds ratio [OR] = 2.48, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.63-3.76) and MA (OR = 3.50, 95% CI = 2.19-5.61) were associated with CIS, whereas MO was not. The association emerged in both women (OR = 2.97 for any migraine, 95% CI = 1.61-5.47; OR = 4.32 for MA, 95% CI = 2.16-8.65) and men (OR = 2.47 for any migraine, 95% CI = 1.32-4.61; OR = 3.61 for MA, 95% CI = 1.75-7.45). Specifically for MA, the association with CIS remained significant irrespective of PFO. MA prevalence increased with increasing magnitude of the right-to-left shunt in patients with PFO.

Interpretation: MA has a strong association with CIS in young patients, independent of vascular risk factors and presence of PFO. ANN NEUROL 2021;89:242-253.
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February 2021

Clinical Presentation and Outcomes of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2-Related Encephalitis: The ENCOVID Multicenter Study.

J Infect Dis 2021 01;223(1):28-37

Neurology Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

Background: Several preclinical and clinical investigations have argued for nervous system involvement in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Some sparse case reports have described various forms of encephalitis in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) disease, but very few data have focused on clinical presentations, clinical course, response to treatment, and outcomes.

Methods: The SARS-CoV-2 related encephalopaties (ENCOVID) multicenter study included patients with encephalitis with full infectious screening, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data and confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection recruited from 13 centers in northern Italy. Clinical presentation and laboratory markers, severity of COVID-19 disease, response to treatment, and outcomes were recorded.

Results: Twenty-five cases of encephalitis positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection were included. CSF showed hyperproteinorrachia and/or pleocytosis in 68% of cases whereas SARS-CoV-2 RNA by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction resulted negative. Based on MRI, cases were classified as acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis (ADEM; n = 3), limbic encephalitis (LE; n = 2), encephalitis with normal imaging (n = 13), and encephalitis with MRI alterations (n = 7). ADEM and LE cases showed a delayed onset compared to the other encephalitis cases (P = .001) and were associated with previous, more severe COVID-19 respiratory involvement. Patients with MRI alterations exhibited worse response to treatment and final outcomes compared to those with other encephalitis.

Conclusions: SARS-CoV-2 infection is associated with a wide spectrum of encephalitis characterized by different clinical presentation, response to treatment, and outcomes.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiaa609DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7543535PMC
January 2021

Lifting the mask on neurological manifestations of COVID-19.

Nat Rev Neurol 2020 11 24;16(11):636-644. Epub 2020 Aug 24.

Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Neurology Clinic, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

As the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic spreads, it is becoming increasingly evident that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not limited to the respiratory system, and that other organs can be affected. In particular, virus-related neurological manifestations are being reported more and more frequently in the scientific literature. In this article, we review the literature on the association between COVID-19 and neurological manifestations, present evidence from preclinical research suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 could be responsible for many of these manifestations, and summarize the biological pathways that could underlie each neurological symptom. Understanding the mechanisms that lead to neurological manifestations in patients with COVID-19 and how these manifestations correlate with clinical outcomes will be instrumental in guiding the optimal use of targeted therapeutic strategies.
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November 2020

Vascular Remodeling in Moyamoya Angiopathy: From Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells to Endothelial Cells.

Int J Mol Sci 2020 Aug 11;21(16). Epub 2020 Aug 11.

Laboratory of Cellular Neurobiology, Neurology IX Unit, UCV, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, 20133 Milan, Italy.

The pathophysiological mechanisms of Moyamoya angiopathy (MA), which is a rare cerebrovascular condition characterized by recurrent ischemic/hemorrhagic strokes, are still largely unknown. An imbalance of vasculogenic/angiogenic mechanisms has been proposed as one possible disease aspect. Circulating endothelial progenitor cells (cEPCs) have been hypothesized to contribute to vascular remodeling of MA, but it remains unclear whether they might be considered a disease effect or have a role in disease pathogenesis. The aim of the present study was to provide a morphological, phenotypical, and functional characterization of the cEPCs from MA patients to uncover their role in the disease pathophysiology. cEPCs were identified from whole blood as CD45CD34CD133 mononuclear cells. Morphological, biochemical, and functional assays were performed to characterize cEPCs. A significant reduced level of cEPCs was found in blood samples collected from a homogeneous group of adult (mean age 46.86 ± 11.7; 86.36% females), Caucasian, non-operated MA patients with respect to healthy donors (HD; = 0.032). Since no difference in cEPC characteristics and functionality was observed between MA patients and HD, a defective recruitment mechanism could be involved in the disease pathophysiology. Collectively, our results suggest that cEPC level more than endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) functionality seems to be a potential marker of MA. The validation of our results on a larger population and the correlation with clinical data as well as the use of more complex cellular model could help our understanding of EPC role in MA pathophysiology.
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August 2020

Safety of Anticoagulation in Patients Treated With Urgent Reperfusion for Ischemic Stroke Related to Atrial Fibrillation.

Stroke 2020 08 10;51(8):2347-2354. Epub 2020 Jul 10.

Internal Medicine, Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Firenze, Italy (V. Vannucchi, L.M.).

Background And Purpose: The optimal timing for starting oral anticoagulant after an ischemic stroke related to atrial fibrillation remains a challenge, mainly in patients treated with systemic thrombolysis or mechanical thrombectomy. We aimed at assessing the incidence of early recurrence and major bleeding in patients with acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation treated with thrombolytic therapy and/or thrombectomy, who then received oral anticoagulants for secondary prevention.

Methods: We combined the dataset of the RAF and the RAF-NOACs (Early Recurrence and Major Bleeding in Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation Treated With Non-Vitamin K Oral Anticoagulants) studies, which were prospective observational studies carried out from January 2012 to March 2014 and April 2014 to June 2016, respectively. We included consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke and atrial fibrillation treated with either vitamin K antagonists or nonvitamin K oral anticoagulants. Primary outcome was the composite of stroke, transient ischemic attack, symptomatic systemic embolism, symptomatic cerebral bleeding, and major extracerebral bleeding within 90 days from the inclusion. Treated-patients were propensity matched to untreated-patients in a 1:1 ratio after stratification by baseline clinical features.

Results: A total of 2159 patients were included, 564 (26%) patients received acute reperfusion therapies. After the index event, 505 (90%) patients treated with acute reperfusion therapies and 1287 of 1595 (81%) patients untreated started oral anticoagulation. Timing of starting oral anticoagulant was similar in reperfusion-treated and untreated patients (median 7.5 versus 7.0 days, respectively). At 90 days, the primary study outcome occurred in 37 (7%) patients treated with reperfusion and in 146 (9%) untreated patients (odds ratio, 0.74 [95% CI, 0.50-1.07]). After propensity score matching, risk of primary outcome was comparable between the 2 groups (odds ratio, 1.06 [95% CI, 0.53-2.02]).

Conclusions: Acute reperfusion treatment did not influence the risk of early recurrence and major bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation-related acute ischemic stroke, who started on oral anticoagulant.
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August 2020

Effect of haemoglobin levels on outcome in intravenous thrombolysis-treated stroke patients.

Eur Stroke J 2020 Jun 13;5(2):138-147. Epub 2019 Nov 13.

Stroke Center and Department of Neurology, University Hospital Basel and University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

Introduction: Alterations in haemoglobin levels are frequent in stroke patients. The prognostic meaning of anaemia and polyglobulia on outcomes in patients treated with intravenous thrombolysis is ambiguous.

Patients And Methods: In this prospective multicentre, intravenous thrombolysis register-based study, we compared haemoglobin levels on hospital admission with three-month poor outcome (modified Rankin Scale 3-6), mortality and symptomatic intracranial haemorrhage (European Cooperative Acute Stroke Study II-criteria (ECASS-II-criteria)). Haemoglobin level was used as continuous and categorical variable distinguishing anaemia (female: <12 g/dl; male: <13 g/dl) and polyglobulia (female: >15.5 g/dl; male: >17 g/dl). Anaemia was subdivided into mild and moderate/severe (female/male: <11 g/dl). Normal haemoglobin level (female: 12.0-15.5 g/dl, male: 13.0-17.0 g/dl) served as reference group. Unadjusted and adjusted odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals were calculated with logistic regression models.

Results: Among 6866 intravenous thrombolysis-treated stroke patients, 5448 (79.3%) had normal haemoglobin level, 1232 (17.9%) anaemia - of those 903 (13.2%) had mild and 329 (4.8%) moderate/severe anaemia - and 186 (2.7%) polyglobulia. Anaemia was associated with poor outcome (OR 1.25 (1.05-1.48)) and mortality (OR 1.58 (1.27-1.95)). In anaemia subgroups, both mild and moderate/severe anaemia independently predicted poor outcome (OR 1.29 (1.07-1.55) and 1.48 (1.09-2.02)) and mortality (OR 1.45 (1.15-1.84) and OR 2.00 (1.46-2.75)). Each haemoglobin level decrease by 1 g/dl independently increased the risk of poor outcome (OR 1.07 (1.02-1.11)) and mortality (OR 1.08 (1.02-1.15)). Anaemia was not associated with occurrence of symptomatic intracranial haemorrhage. Polyglobulia did not change any outcome.

Discussion: The more severe the anaemia, the higher the probability of poor outcome and death. Severe anaemia might be a target for interventions in hyperacute stroke.

Conclusion: Anaemia on admission, but not polyglobulia, is a strong and independent predictor of poor outcome and mortality in intravenous thrombolysis-treated stroke patients.
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June 2020

Association of prestroke metformin use, stroke severity, and thrombolysis outcome.

Neurology 2020 07 29;95(4):e362-e373. Epub 2020 Jun 29.

From the Department of Neurology (L.P.W., R.W., A.R.L., S.W.), University Hospital Zurich; Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, Department of Biostatistics (U.H., K.S.), University of Zurich, Switzerland; Department of Neurology (C.H., P.R.), University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany; Department of Neurology (S.C., N.M.-M., M.T.), University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland; Department of Neurology and Center for Stroke Research (C.H.N., J.F.S., H.E.), Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany; Stroke Center and Neurology (A.A.P., C.T., H.G., S.T.E.), University Hospital Basel and University Basel; Department of Neurology (A.E., P.M.), University Hospital Lausanne; Department of Neurology (M.R.H., M.A.), Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Switzerland; Department of Neurology and Stroke Center (A.Z.), IRCCS Istituto delle Scienze Neurologiche di Bologna, Maggiore Hospital; Stroke Unit (L.V.), Department of Neuroscience, S'Agostino-Estense Hospital, Modena University Hospital, Italy; Department of Neurology (J.M.C., A.E.G., P.N.), Amsterdam University Medical Centers (AUMC), Location AMC, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Neurology Clinic Belgrade (V.P., D.R.J.), Clinical Centre of Serbia; Medical Faculty (D.R.J.), University of Belgrade, Serbia; Department of Neurology (Y.B., C.B.), University Hospital of Dijon, University of Burgundy; Department of Neurology (G.T., P.S.), Sainte-Anne Hospital, Paris, France; Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences (A.P.), Neurology Clinic, University of Brescia; Stroke Unit (M.M.), ASST Spedali Civili, Brescia, Italy; Department of Neurology (D.L., S.G.), University Hospital of Lille, France; Department of Neurology (M.J.S., G.K.), St. Gallen Cantonal Hospital, Switzerland; Department of Neurology (T.T.), Sahlgrenska University Hospital; Department of Clinical Neurosciences (T.T.), Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden; and Neurorehabilitation Unit (S.T.E.), University Center for Medicine of Aging and Rehabilitation Basel, Felix Platter Hospital, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Objective: To evaluate whether pretreatment with metformin (MET) is associated with less stroke severity and better outcome after IV thrombolysis (IVT), we analyzed a cohort of 1,919 patients with stroke with type 2 diabetes mellitus in a multicenter exploratory analysis.

Methods: Data from patients with diabetes and ischemic stroke treated with IVT were collected within the European Thrombolysis in Ischemic Stroke Patients (TRISP) collaboration. We applied propensity score matching (PSM) to obtain balanced baseline characteristics of patients treated with and without MET.

Results: Of 1,919 patients with stroke with type 2 diabetes who underwent IVT, 757 (39%) had received MET before stroke (MET+), whereas 1,162 (61%) had not (MET-). MET+ patients were younger with a male preponderance. Hypercholesterolemia and pretreatment with statins, antiplatelets, or antihypertensives were more common in the MET+ group. After PSM, the 2 groups were well balanced with respect to demographic and clinical aspects. Stroke severity on admission (NIH Stroke Scale 10.0 ± 6.7 vs 11.3 ± 6.5), 3-month degree of independence on modified Rankin Scale (2 [interquartile range (IQR) 1.0-4.0] vs 3 [IQR 1.0-4.0]), as well as mortality (12.5% vs 18%) were significantly lower in the MET+ group. The frequency of symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhages did not differ between groups. HbA1c levels were well-balanced between the groups.

Conclusions: Patients with stroke and diabetes on treatment with MET receiving IVT had less severe strokes on admission and a better functional outcome at 3 months. This suggests a protective effect of MET resulting in less severe strokes as well as beneficial thrombolysis outcome.
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July 2020

Clinical characteristics and outcomes of inpatients with neurologic disease and COVID-19 in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy.

Neurology 2020 08 22;95(7):e910-e920. Epub 2020 May 22.

From the Neurology Unit (A.B., A. Pilotto, I.L., M.G., E.B., S.B., M.C., S.C.P., V.C., A.I., M. Locatelli, S.M., B.R., L.R., A.S., F.S.d.C., N.Z., B.B., A. Pezzini, A. Padovani), Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia; Neurology Unit (A.B., A. Pilotto, C.A., A.A., S.C., E.C., M.F., S. Gipponi, P.L., L.P., R.R., L.R., I.V., B.B., A. Pezzini, A. Padovani), Vascular Neurology Unit (E.P., A.C., I.D., M.G., N.G., R.S., V.V., M.M.), and Neurophysiology Unit (S. Gazzina, U.L.), Department of Neurological and Vision Sciences, ASST Spedali Civili, Brescia; Neurology Unit (M.B.), University of Bologna; Department of Neuroimmunology and Neuromuscular Diseases (L.B.) and Neurology (M. Leonardi), Public Health and Disability Unit, Foundation IRCCS Neurological Institute Carlo Besta, Milan; and Neurology Unit (P.I.), Fondazione Poliambulanza Hospital, Brescia, Italy.

Objective: To report clinical and laboratory characteristics, treatment, and clinical outcomes of patients admitted for neurologic diseases with and without coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Methods: In this retrospective, single-center cohort study, we included all adult inpatients with confirmed COVID-19 admitted to a neuro-COVID unit beginning February 21, 2020, who had been discharged or died by April 5, 2020. Demographic, clinical, treatment, and laboratory data were extracted from medical records and compared (false discovery rate corrected) to those of neurologic patients without COVID-19 admitted in the same period.

Results: One hundred seventy-three patients were included in this study, of whom 56 were positive and 117 were negative for COVID-19. Patients with COVID-19 were older (77.0 years, interquartile range [IQR] 67.0-83.8 years vs 70.1 years, IQR 52.9-78.6 years, = 0.006), had a different distribution regarding admission diagnoses, including cerebrovascular disorders (n = 43, 76.8% vs n = 68, 58.1%), and had a higher quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) score on admission (0.9, IQR 0.7-1.1 vs 0.5, IQR 0.4-0.6, = 0.006). In-hospital mortality rates (n = 21, 37.5% vs n = 5, 4.3%, < 0.001) and incident delirium (n = 15, 26.8% vs n = 9, 7.7%, = 0.003) were significantly higher in the COVID-19 group. Patients with COVID-19 and without COVID with stroke had similar baseline characteristics, but patients with COVID-19 had higher modified Rankin Scale scores at discharge (5.0, IQR 2.0-6.0 vs 2.0, IQR 1.0-3.0, < 0.001), with a significantly lower number of patients with a good outcome (n = 11, 25.6% vs n = 48, 70.6%, < 0.001). In patients with COVID-19, multivariable regressions showed increasing odds of in-hospital death associated with higher qSOFA scores (odds ratio [OR] 4.47, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.21-16.5, = 0.025), lower platelet count (OR 0.98, 95% CI 0.97-0.99, = 0.005), and higher lactate dehydrogenase (OR 1.01, 95% CI 1.00-1.03, = 0.009) on admission.

Conclusions: Patients with COVID-19 admitted with neurologic disease, including stroke, have a significantly higher in-hospital mortality and incident delirium and higher disability than patients without COVID-19.
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August 2020

Steroid-Responsive Encephalitis in Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Ann Neurol 2020 08 9;88(2):423-427. Epub 2020 Jun 9.

Neurology Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection has the potential for targeting the central nervous system, and several neurological symptoms have been described in patients with severe respiratory distress. Here, we described the case of a 60-year-old patient with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection but only mild respiratory abnormalities who developed an akinetic mutism attributable to encephalitis. Magnetic resonance imaging was negative, whereas electroencephalography showed generalized theta slowing. Cerebrospinal fluid analyses during the acute stage were negative for SARS-CoV-2, positive for pleocytosis and hyperproteinorrachia, and showed increased interleukin-8 and tumor necrosis factor-α concentrations. Other infectious or autoimmune disorders were excluded. A progressive clinical improvement along with a reduction of cerebrospinal fluid parameters was observed after high-dose steroid treatment, thus arguing for an inflammatory-mediated brain involvement related to COVID-19. ANN NEUROL 2020;88:423-427.
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August 2020

Long-term outcome of cervical artery dissection : IPSYS CeAD: study protocol, rationale, and baseline data of an Italian multicenter research collaboration.

Neurol Sci 2020 Nov 12;41(11):3265-3272. Epub 2020 May 12.

UO Neurologia, Ospedale Villa Sofia, Palermo, Italy.

Long-term consequences of cervical artery dissection (CeAD), a major cause of ischemic stroke in young people, have been poorly investigated. The Italian Project on Stroke at Young Age - Cervical Artery Dissection (IPSYS CeAD) project is a multicenter, hospital-based, consecutively recruiting, observational, cohort study aimed to address clinically important questions about long-term outcome of CeAD patients, which are not covered by other large-scale registries. Patients with radiologically diagnosed CeAD were consecutively included in the registry. Baseline demographic and clinical variables, as well as information on risk factors, were systematically collected for each eligible patient. Follow-up evaluations were conducted between 3 and 6 months after the initial event (t) and then annually (t at 1 year, t at 2 years , and so on), in order to assess outcome events (long-term recurrent CeAD, any fatal/nonfatal ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), or other arterial thrombotic event, and death from any cause). Between 2000 and 2019, data from 1530 patients (age at diagnosis, 47.2 ± 11.5 years; women, 660 [43.1%]) have been collected at 39 Italian neurological centers. Dissection involved a single vessel in 1308 (85.5%) cases and caused brain ischemia in 1303 (85.1%) (190 TIA/1113 ischemic stroke). Longitudinal data are available for 1414 (92.4%) patients (median follow-up time in patients who did not experience recurrent events, 36.0 months [25th to 75th percentile, 63.0]). The collaborative IPSYS CeAD effort will provide novel information on the long-term outcome of CeAD patients. This could allow for tailored treatment approaches based on patients' individual characteristics.
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November 2020

Pathophysiological Mechanisms and Potential Therapeutic Targets in Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy With Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL).

Front Pharmacol 2020 13;11:321. Epub 2020 Mar 13.

Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Neurology Clinic, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL), is a hereditary small-vessels angiopathy caused by mutations in the NOTCH 3 gene, located on chromosome 19, usually affecting middle-ages adults, whose clinical manifestations include migraine with aura, recurrent strokes, mood disorders, and cognitive impairment leading to dementia and disability. In this review, we provide an overview of the current knowledge on the pathogenic mechanisms underlying the disease, focus on the corresponding therapeutic targets, and discuss the most promising treatment strategies currently under investigations. The hypothesis that CADASIL is an appropriate model to explore the pathogenesis of sporadic cerebral small vessel disease is also reviewed.
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March 2020

Subarachnoid Extension Predicts Lobar Intracerebral Hemorrhage Expansion.

Stroke 2020 05 23;51(5):1470-1476. Epub 2020 Mar 23.

Dipartimento di Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche, Sperimentali e Cliniche, Neuroradiologia, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Ospedale Universitario Careggi, Firenze, Italia (G.B., E.F.).

Background and Purpose- We investigated whether subarachnoid extension (SAHE) of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is associated with hematoma expansion (HE). Methods- Retrospective analysis of patients with primary spontaneous ICH admitted at 3 academic hospitals in Italy. The study population was divided into a development and a replication cohort. SAHE was rated on baseline noncontrast computed tomography by investigators blinded to clinical data. The main outcome of interest was HE, defined as ICH growth >33% mL and/or >6 mL. Predictors of HE were explored with multivariable logistic regression stratified by ICH location (lobar versus nonlobar). Results- A total of 360 and 192 patients were included in the development and replication cohort, respectively. SAHE was identified with good interrater reliability (=0.82), and its frequency was 27.8% in the development and 24.5% in the replication cohort. In univariate analysis, HE was more common in patients with SAHE (52.0% versus 27.3%; <0.001). When controlling for confounders in logistic regression, SAHE was an independent predictor of lobar HE (odds ratio, 6.00 [95% CI, 2.16-16.64]; =0.001) whereas there was no association with HE in nonlobar ICH (odds ratio, 0.55 [95% CI, 0.17-1.84]; =0.334). The increased risk of HE in lobar ICH with SAHE was confirmed in the replication cohort (odds ratio, 3.46 [95% CI, 1.07-11.20]; =0.038). Conclusions- SAHE predicts HE in lobar ICH. This may improve the stratification of HE risk in clinical practice or future trials targeting HE. Further research is needed to confirm our findings and characterize the underlying biological mechanisms.
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May 2020

Artery occlusion independently predicts unfavorable outcome in cervical artery dissection.

Neurology 2020 01 22;94(2):e170-e180. Epub 2019 Nov 22.

From the Department of Neurology and Stroke Center (C.T., G.M.D.M., A. Polymeris, H.G., L.H.B., S.T.E., P.L.), University Hospital Basel and University of Basel; Neurorehabilitation Unit (C.T., H.G., S.T.E.), University of Basel and University Center for Medicine of Aging and Rehabilitation, Felix Platter Hospital, Basel, Switzerland; Departments of Neurology (C.G.-G., M.K.) and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (C.G.-G.), Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany; Department of Neurology (B.G.S., U.F., H.S., M.A.), University Hospital Bern; Ospedale San Giovanni (B.G.S.), Bellinzona, Switzerland; Department of Neurology (T.M.M., T.T.), Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland; Department of Neurology (S.D.), Bordeaux University Hospital; Inserm U1219 (S.D.), Bordeaux; University of Bordeaux (S.D.), France; Department of Neurology (S.D.), Boston University School of Medicine, MA; Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences (A.Pezzini.), Neurology Clinic, University of Brescia, Italy; Department of Neurology (J.J.M.), University of Utah, Salt Lake City; Departments of Neurology and Public Health Sciences (A.M.S., B.B.W.), University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville; Univ-Lille (D.L.), Inserm U1171, CHU Lille, France; Neuro Center (R.B.), Clinic Hirslanden, Zurich, Switzerland; Stroke Unit and Division of Internal and Cardiovascular Medicine (V.C.), University of Perugia, Italy; Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Dijon Bourgogne (Y.B.), EA7460, Pathophysiology and Epidemiology of Cardio-Cerebro-Vascular Diseases, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France; Department of Neurology (H.S.), University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland; Stroke Theme (V.T.), Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Heidelberg; Department of Neurology (V.T.), Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia; Cerebrovascular Unit Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta (A.B.), Milan, Italy; Swiss National Accident Insurance Institution (T.B.), Lucerne, Switzerland; Normandie Université (E.T.), Université Caen Normandie, Inserm U1037, Department of Neurology, CHU Caen Normandie; Department of Neurology (E.T.), CH Sainte-Anne, University Paris Descartes, France; Department of Neurology (J.J.M.), Sanatorio Allende, Cordoba, Argentina; Department of Neurology (H.C.), Lariboisière Hospital, Paris, France; Department of Neurology (T.T.), Sahlgrenska University Hospital; and Department of Clinical Neuroscience Institute for Neuroscience and Physiology (T.T.), Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Objective: To assess the impact of dissected artery occlusion (DAO) on functional outcome and complications in patients with cervical artery dissection (CeAD).

Methods: We analyzed combined individual patient data from 3 multicenter cohorts of consecutive patients with CeAD (the Cervical Artery Dissection and Ischemic Stroke Patients [CADISP]-Plus consortium dataset). Patients with data on DAO and functional outcome were included. We compared patients with DAO to those without DAO. Primary outcome was favorable functional outcome (i.e., modified Rankin Scale [mRS] score 0-1) measured 3-6 months from baseline. Secondary outcomes included delayed cerebral ischemia, major hemorrhage, recurrent CeAD, and death. We performed univariate and multivariable binary logistic regression analyses and calculated odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI), with adjustment for potential confounders.

Results: Of 2,148 patients (median age 45 years [interquartile range (IQR) 38-52], 43.6% women), 728 (33.9%) had DAO. Patients with DAO more frequently presented with cerebral ischemia (84.6% vs 58.5%, < 0.001). Patients with DAO were less likely to have favorable outcome when compared to patients without DAO (mRS 0-1: 59.6% vs 80.1%, < 0.001). After adjustment for age, sex, and initial stroke severity, DAO was independently associated with less favorable outcome (mRS 0-1: OR 0.65, CI 0.50-0.84, = 0.001). Delayed cerebral ischemia occurred more frequently in patients with DAO than in patients without DAO (4.5% vs 2.9%, = 0.059).

Conclusion: DAO independently predicts less favorable functional outcome in patients with CeAD. Further research on vessel patency, collateral status and effects of revascularization therapies particularly in patients with DAO is warranted.
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January 2020
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