Publications by authors named "Roberta Pentore"

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Platelet Function Monitoring Performed after Carotid Stenting during Endovascular Stroke Treatment Predicts Outcome.

J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2021 Jul 5;30(7):105800. Epub 2021 May 5.

Stroke Unit, Neurology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Ospedale Civile, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Modena, Via Giardini 1355, Modena, Emilia Romagna 41126, Italy. Electronic address:

Objectives: Many studies showed that platelet reactivity testing can predict ischemic events after carotid stenting or ischemic stroke. The aim of our study was to assess the role of early platelet function monitoring in predicting 90-days functional outcome, stent thrombosis and hemorrhagic transformation in patients with ischemic stroke treated with endovascular procedures requiring emergent extracranial stenting.

Materials And Methods: We performed a retrospective study on consecutive patients with acute anterior circulation stroke admitted to our hospital between January 2015 and March 2020, in whom platelet reactivity testing was performed within 10 days from stenting. Patients were divided according to validated cutoffs in acetylsalicylic acid and Clopidogrel responders and not responders. Group comparison and regression analyses were performed to identify differences between groups and outcome predictors.

Results: We included in the final analysis 54 patients. Acetylsalicylic acid resistance was an independent predictor of poor 90 days outcome (OR for modified Rankin scale (mRS) ≤ 2: 0.10 95% CI: 0.02 - 0.69) whereas Clopidogrel resistance was an independent predictor of good outcome (OR for mRS ≤ 2: 7.09 95%CI: 1.33 - 37.72). Acetylsalicylic acid resistance was also associated with increased 90-days mortality (OR: 18.42; 95% CI: 1.67 - 203.14).

Conclusion: We found a significant association between resistance to acetylsalicylic acid and poor 90-days functional outcome and between resistance to Clopidogrel and good 90-days functional outcome. If confirmed, our results might improve pharmacological management after acute carotid stenting.
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July 2021

The Relation Between Aortic Arch Branching Types and the Laterality of Cardio-Embolic Stroke.

J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2020 Jul 13;29(7):104917. Epub 2020 May 13.

Department of Neuroscience, Stroke Unit - Neurology Clinic, Ospedale Civile di Baggiovara, AOU di Modena, Italy; Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35511, Egypt. Electronic address:

Background And Purpose: The trajectory of cardiogenic emboli could be affected by anatomical and flow characteristics of the aortic arch. We aimed to study the relation between the different aortic arch patterns and the laterality of cardiogenic emboli.

Methods: 192 cardioembolic strokes were classified into 3 groups according to the type of the aortic arch; type 1 (n = 69), type 2 (n = 49), type 3 (n = 74). The side and site of the cerebral vessels occlusion were divided into anterior and posterior circulation strokes, and anterior strokes were further subdivided into right or left internal carotid, middle or anterior cerebral arteries occlusion.

Results: Overall, the anterior circulation embolic occlusions were more common than the posterior, and middle cerebral artery more commonly affected than internal carotid artery. The left side propensity was higher either in the total patients' pool or after segregation into atrial fibrillation (AF) and non AF cardio-embolic cases in all types of aortic arch except for type 1 aortic arch in the non AF cases. This propensity tended to get higher with advancement of the aortic arch types but failed to show statistically significant difference between the 3 arch types, however combination of type 2 and 3 arches into a single group showed statistically significant rise in the left side propensity in the total cardioembolic cases (P = 0.039) and in the non AF cardioembolic cases (P = 0.029). The bovine arch also showed increased left side propensity.

Conclusion: Cardioemboli tends to have left anterior cerebrovascular predilection especially with AF. Different geometrical patterns of aortic arch branching seem to affect the laterality of cardioemboli and increase its left side predilection.
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July 2020

Platelet Function Testing in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke: An Observational Study.

J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2017 Aug 30;26(8):1864-1873. Epub 2017 May 30.

Stroke Unit, Neurology Clinic, Department of Neuroscience, Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino-Estense, University Hospital of Modena, Modena, Italy. Electronic address:

Background: The measurement of platelet reactivity in patients with stroke undergoing antiplatelet therapies is not commonly performed in clinical practice. We assessed the prevalence of therapy responsiveness in patients with stroke and further investigated differences between patients on prevention therapy at stroke onset and patients naive to antiplatelet medications. We also sought differences in responsiveness between etiological subtypes and correlations between Clopidogrel responsiveness and genetic polymorphisms.

Methods: A total of 624 stroke patients on antiplatelet therapy were included. Two different groups were identified: "non-naive patients", and "naive patients". Platelet function was measured with multiple electrode aggregometry, and genotyping assays were used to determine CYP2C19 polymorphisms.

Results: Aspirin (ASA) responsiveness was significantly more frequent in naive patients compared with non-naive patients (94.9% versus 82.6%, P < .0010). A better responsiveness to ASA compared with Clopidogrel or combination therapy was found in the entire population (P < .0010), in non-naive patients (P < .0253), and in naive patients (P < .0010). Multivariate analysis revealed a strong effect of Clopidogrel as a possible "risk factor" for unresponsiveness (odds ratio 3.652, P < .0001). No difference between etiological subgroups and no correlations between responsiveness and CYP2C19 polymorphisms were found.

Conclusion: In our opinion, platelet function testing could be potentially useful in monitoring the biological effect of antiplatelet agents. A substantial proportion of patients with stroke on ASA were "resistant", and the treatment with Clopidogrel was accompanied by even higher rates of unresponsiveness. Longitudinal studies are needed to assess whether aggregometry might supply individualized prognostic information and whether it can be considered a valid tool for future prevention strategies.
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August 2017

"Opening the Unopenable": Endovascular Treatment in a Patient with Three Months' Internal Carotid Artery Occlusion and Hemispheric Symptomatic Hypoperfusion.

J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2016 Aug 27;25(8):2016-8. Epub 2016 May 27.

Stroke Unit-Neurology Clinic, Department of Neuroscience, Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino-Estense, AUSL Modena, Modena, Italy.

Background: Internal carotid artery occlusion (ICAO) is defined as "untouchable" by all specialists; no treatment is indicated because intervention risks (carotid endarterectomy (CEA) or endovascular treatment) are usually much more than benefits.(1,2) We report the case of a patient admitted to our hospital with an atherothrombotic ischemic stroke due to symptomatic acute ICAO, who developed a recurrent stroke with hemispheric hypoperfusion and was treated in the emergency department with ICAO revascularization after 60 days of occlusion finding.

Case Description: D.G., a 62-year-old man, came to our attention for a transient episode of left weakness and hypoesthesia. The electrocardiogram revealed a new diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. CT angiography showed right ICAO; computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging studies with perfusion imaging revealed a severe hemispheric hypoperfusion. Full anticoagulation therapy was started, and antihypertensive therapy was reduced to help collateral circulation. Some weeks later, the patient was readmitted to the stroke unit for 2 episodes of left-hand weakness. Cerebral angiography confirmed right ICAO from the proximal tract to the siphon. After some days, the patient suffered a femoral hemorrhagic lesion, with active bleeding, and was treated with surgical intervention. On the following day, the patient presented with left hemiplegia with hemianesthesia (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score = 14). The patient was treated in the emergency department with a complex endovascular treatment with complete recanalization of ICAO by positioning 3 stents through the intravenous infusion of abciximab. After intensive rehabilitation, at the 3- and 6-month follow-up evaluations, the patient regained autonomy.

Conclusion: In literature, treatment of chronic ICAO is not indicated. Endovascular recanalization may be beneficial to patients with chronic cerebral hypoperfusion due to ICAO, when all conservative medical therapies have failed.
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August 2016

Fibrinogen decrease after intravenous thrombolysis in ischemic stroke patients is a risk factor for intracerebral hemorrhage.

J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2015 Feb 11;24(2):394-400. Epub 2014 Dec 11.

Stroke Unit, Department of Neuroscience, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino-Estense, AUSL Modena, Modena, Italy. Electronic address:

Background: Intravenous thrombolysis is an effective treatment in acute stroke patients, but it increases the risk of intracerebral hemorrhages. Our aim is to establish if fibrinogen depletion increases the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage after intravenous thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke.

Methods: In 104 ischemic stroke patients, treated with intravenous thrombolysis, we assessed the rate of intracerebral hemorrhages documented by computed tomographic scan at 24 hours and within 7 days post-treatment. Fibrinogen levels were determined at 2 hours after therapy: patients were classified as belonging to "low fibrinogen group" if levels decreased to less than 2 g/L and/or by 25% or more. Fibrinogen levels and other known hemorrhagic risk factors were studied using univariate and multivariate analyses.

Results: During the first 7 days, an intracerebral hemorrhage was detected in 24 patients (23.1%), and only 6 of these (5.8%) experienced symptomatic bleeding; 41 patients were included in the low fibrinogen group. Among the 24 hemorrhages, 18 occurred in the low fibrinogen group and 6 in the "normal fibrinogen group": the bleeding rate in the low fibrinogen group was significantly higher (43.9%) than that in the normal fibrinogen group (9.5%; odds ratio [OR] 7.43, P < .001). Univariate and multivariate analyses revealed that only clinical severity (OR 1.15, P < .001) and hypofibrinogenemia (OR 7.47, P < .001) were significantly associated with brain bleeding at 7 days and at 24 hours (P = .008).

Conclusions: An early fibrinogen reduction seems to increase the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage after rtPA treatment in ischemic stroke. Fibrinogen assessment could be a rapid, inexpensive, and widely available tool to help the identification of patients at higher risk of bleeding.
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February 2015

Obesity and the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage: the multicenter study on cerebral hemorrhage in Italy.

Stroke 2013 Jun 2;44(6):1584-9. Epub 2013 Apr 2.

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

Background And Purpose: The effect of obesity on the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) may depend on the pathophysiology of vessel damage. To further address this issue, we investigated and quantified the correlations between obesity and obesity-related conditions in the causal pathways leading to ICH.

Methods: A total of 777 ICH cases ≥ 55 years of age (287 lobar ICH and 490 deep ICH) were consecutively enrolled as part of the Multicenter Study on Cerebral Hemorrhage in Italy and compared with 2083 control subjects by a multivariate path analysis model. Separate analyses were conducted for deep and lobar ICH.

Results: Obesity was not independently associated with an increased risk of lobar ICH (odds ratio [OR], 0.76; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.58-1.01) or deep ICH (OR, 1.18; 95% CI, 0.95-1.45) when compared with control subjects. The path analysis confirmed the nonsignificant total effect of obesity on the risk of lobar ICH (OR, 0.77; 95% CI, 0.58-1.02) but demonstrated a significant indirect effect on the risk of deep ICH (OR, 1.28; 95% CI, 1.03-1.57), mostly determined by hypertension (OR, 1.07; 95% CI, 1.04-1.11) and diabetes mellitus (OR, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.01-1.07). Obesity was also associated with an increased risk of deep ICH when compared with lobar ICH (OR, 1.62; 95% CI, 1.14-2.31).

Conclusions: Obesity increases the risk of deep ICH, mostly through an indirect effect on hypertension and other intermediate obesity-related comorbidities, but has no major influence on the risk of lobar ICH. This supports the hypothesis of different, vessel-specific, biological mechanisms underlying the relationship between obesity and cerebral hemorrhage.
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June 2013

Translocation of the embodied self without visuospatial neglect.

Neuropsychologia 2012 Apr 13;50(5):973-8. Epub 2012 Feb 13.

Department of Neuroscience, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK.

This is the case report of RB, a 68-year-old retired woman who, following an extensive right sided ischaemic stroke, showed hemiplegia, anosognosia and allochiria, but no somato-sensory deficits and no visuospatial neglect. A high resolution 3D MRI structural scan of her brain was acquired to define the structural damage in detail. Morphometric analyses of grey and white matter data revealed a large lesion which involved most of her right parietal, temporal, and mesial frontal cortex, with partial sparing of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and part of the posterior corpus callosum. Detailed examination showed that RB attributed sensory stimuli, both on the left and on the right, to the opposite side of her body. This mirror reversed representation of her body caused misattribution of items even in the absence of stimulation, as for instance when the patient spontaneously reported pain in her right knee while pointing to her left knee. RB's neuropsychological profile showed normal or borderline performance on most cognitive tasks. Language comprehension was intact and she could tell left from right without difficulty in all instances except for those referable to her soma. To our knowledge this is the first description of severe allochiria for body representation in the absence of neglect. The evidence from this case supports the developing concept that the body representation is not simply a systematic registration of proprioceptive inputs, but that the brain has a more sophisticated high level representation of one's body map which is updated on the basis of multimodal information.
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April 2012

Rapidly progressive amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in a young patient with hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies.

Amyotroph Lateral Scler 2010 May;11(3):335-6

Department of Neuroscience, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino Estense, Modena, Italy.

We describe the rare case of a young woman with hereditary neuropathy with liability to compression palsy (HNPP), who developed a rapidly progressive ALS. We suggest that underexpression of PMP22 protein in the nervous system might interfere with motor neuron function by impairing myelin formation and exposure of the axon to injury. Patients with ALS and evidence of demyelination should be screened for HNPP.
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May 2010

Progressive supranuclear gaze palsy without parkinsonism: a case of neuro-Whipple.

Parkinsonism Relat Disord 2007 Oct 30;13(7):449-52. Epub 2006 Oct 30.

Neurological Clinic, University Hospital, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Del Pozzo no 71, 41100, Modena, Italy.

We report the case of a 69-year-old man with a 7-month history of severe progressive supranuclear gaze palsy associated with mild cognitive decline and sleep disturbances, but not parkinsonism. After a period spent consulting a range of different specialists, the appearance of brachial myoclonus prompted his referral to a movement disorders specialist. Duodenum biopsy confirmed the suspicion of neuro-Whipple disease. Antibiotic therapy was started but the delay in the diagnosis proved fatal to this patient. This noteworthy case shows unusual neurological features of a rare but treatable disease, often misdiagnosed as progressive supranuclear palsy.
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October 2007