Blood test detects Alzheimer's years before symptoms
Changes in levels of a protein might reveal onset of disease more than 10 years before symptoms appear Related items fromOnMedica The increasing incidence of dementia Review shows link between herpes and dementia Use lumbar puncture to aid Alzheimer ’s disease diagnosis, doctors advised Falls risk just as high with trazodone as antipsychotics (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 23, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Some Infants at High Risk of Meningitis May Be Missed Without Lumbar Puncture Some Infants at High Risk of Meningitis May Be Missed Without Lumbar Puncture
Feverish young infants discharged from an emergency department (ED) without cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing may be at risk for meningitis and should be followed closely, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - November 16, 2018 Category: Pathology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Guidelines Presented for Lumbar Puncture in Alzheimer's Dx
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- The Alzheimer ' s Association has released appropriate-use criteria for lumbar puncture and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing in Alzheimer ' s disease diagnosis, according to a review article published online Oct. 10 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - October 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Fusion Imaging Accurately IDs, Locates Spontaneous CSF Leaks
(MedPage Today) -- The technology may save patients from a lumbar puncture (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - October 10, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

New appropriate use criteria for lumbar puncture in Alzheimer's diagnosis
(Alzheimer's Association) In preparation for more tools that detect and measure the biology associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias earlier and with more accuracy, an Alzheimer's Association-led Workgroup has published appropriate use criteria (AUC) for lumbar puncture (spinal tap) and spinal fluid analysis in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Delivery System for Nusinersen Safe in SMA New Delivery System for Nusinersen Safe in SMA
A new subcutaneous intrathecal catheter system may be a safe and relatively well-tolerated alternative to lumbar puncture for delivering nusinersen to adults and children with spinal muscular atrophy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Fever and a Stiff Neck: The Usual Suspect?
A 4-year-old girl is seen in the ED for low-grade fevers x2 weeks, headaches, neck stiffness. Lumbar puncture is recommended. Do you agree? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 21, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Brady Pregerson, MD Source Type: news

Fever and a Stiff Neck
A 4-year-old girl is seen in the ED for low-grade fevers x2 weeks, headaches, neck stiffness. Lumbar puncture is recommended. Do you agree? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 21, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Brady Pregerson, MD Source Type: news

Adults with suspected meningitis are waiting too long for lumbar puncture
Patients with viral meningitis experience diagnostic delays and inappropriate treatment, study finds Related items fromOnMedica Call to boost students ’ uptake of meningitis vaccination Mass vaccination plan to combat meningitis GPs urged to step up meningitis vaccination programme Vaccine programme halves MenB cases (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Delays in Meningitis Dx Hinders Care in U.K. Adults
(MedPage Today) -- Longer waits for lumbar punctures impede identifying specific cause of meningitis (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 29, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Use lumbar puncture to aid Alzheimer ’s disease diagnosis, doctors advised
It can help when the exact cause of symptoms are uncertain, says NICE guidance Related items fromOnMedica National dementia strategy to deliver better diagnosis and treatment GPs can be barrier to Alzheimer ’s diagnosis, new report finds Blood pressure below treatable threshold linked to heightened dementia risk Memory clinic referral criteria delay diagnosis Many older people wrongly labelled with dementia (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Looking Forward at Migraine Meds and'Backwards' at Lumbar Punctures Looking Forward at Migraine Meds and'Backwards' at Lumbar Punctures
From the AAN 2018 Annual Meeting, Dr Deborah Friedman on the latest advances in migraine management, and more.American Headache Society and Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Interview Source Type: news

A diagnosis you can ’t afford to miss
4 out of 5 stars Antibody-Mediated Encephalitis. Dalmau J, Graus F. N Engl J Med 2018 Mar 1;378:840-851. Reference TPR has posted before about anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a must-know, can’t-miss, humbling diagnosis that is distressingly easy to overlook. Although it is not a toxicologic condition, all toxicologists and emergency physicians should be thoroughly familiar with its presentation and clinical course. Let me explain why. NMDAR encephalitis often begins with behavioral changes, mood swings, and memory deficits in relatively young patients. According to this somewhat technical but excellent review, the ...
Source: The Poison Review - March 2, 2018 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical anbitody-mediated encephalitis anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis brain on fire diagnosis Source Type: news

Can smoking marijuana cause meningitis?
Cryptococcus neoformans (wikipedia.org) 2.5 out of 5 stars Cryptococcal meningitis in a daily cannabis smoker without evidence of immunodeficiency. Shapiro BB et al. BMJ Case Rep 2018 Jan 26 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract Can smoking marijuana cause meningitis? The question is not unreasonable. A wide range of pathogenic fungi — including Aspergillus and various Cryptococcus species — have been isolated from dispensary-grade medical marijuana samples. Concern that these pathogens could cause pneumonia or central nervous system infections has focussed on those with immunodeficiency, such as HIV and organ transplant...
Source: The Poison Review - February 2, 2018 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical cannabis cryptococcus fungal infection marijuana meningitis Source Type: news

Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
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Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news