Movement and behavior disorders developing during sleep or in the transitional state from sleep to wakefulness are mostly unfamiliar to Japanese neurologists, primarily because these disorders are objects of basic research. In addition, the patients with sleep related movement and behavior disorders (SRMBD) show no signs and symptoms in our consulting rooms, and cannot be identified without polysomnography (PSG) attended by trained sleep technologists. Although attended PSG is not widely available in Japan, some kinds of SRMBD ought to be clinical targets for neurologists, and they are the scope of this review.
Although dysphagia is an important symptom associated with prognosis in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), dysphagia tends to be overlooked until swallowing difficulties reach an advanced phase. We assessed dysphagia with videofluoroscopic examination of swallowing in 31 patients with mainly mild or moderate PD. Swallowing problems were observed in the pharyngeal phase in 28 patients, oral phase in 19 patients, esophageal phase in 15 patients, and oral preparatory phase in 1 patient. Therefore, dysphagia in the pharyngeal phase was observed in almost all patients with mild or moderate PD. In contrast, no dysfunction was detected in most patients when screening was conducted via questionnaire or other methods. Assessment of clinical parameters in the present study suggests that latent swallowing dysfunction may be present even in the early disease stage in PD. A future prospective study to follow swallowing functions in a pre-symptomatic phase in PD would be fruitful to find whether swallowing dysfunction is one of the prodromal symptoms.
A 73-year-old woman who had hypertension developed a slight fever and general malaise with laboratory-proven hepatic dysfunction as well as frequent syncopal attacks 3 months before admission to our hospital. One month later, she developed urinary retention and distal limb numbness. Upon admission, her neurological examination showed reduced limb tendon reflexes, glove and stocking-type numbness, and diminished senses of touch, temperature, pain, and distal leg vibration and position. Serum cytomegalovirus (CMV) IgM antibody and CMV IgG antibody were elevated on admission, and both decreased thereafter, confirming CMV infection. No serum anti-ganglioside antibody was detected. Cerebrospinal fluid revealed a mild pleocytosis and elevated proteins. Compound muscle action potential (CMAP) amplitudes of the tibial and peroneal nerve were slightly reduced. Sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) amplitudes of the median and ulnar nerves were reduced, and sural SNAP was not evoked. Systolic blood pressure dropped 48 mmHg when the patient assumed a standing position from a supine one, demonstrating orthostatic hypotension, and a cold pressor test was abnormal, both indicating an obvious hypofunction of the sympathetic nerve. The postganglionic autonomic nerve appeared to be damaged because the accumulation of [123I] meta-iodobenzylguanidine was reduced on myocardial scintigraphy. These findings combined together led us to make a diagnosis of subacute autonomic and sensory neuropathy associated with CMV infection in this case. Following an eventless administration of oral fludrocortisones, intravenous immuno-globulin (IVIg) was given after one month of the hospitalization with a remarkable reduction of the syncope. This case is instructive in two points. One is that there may be a couple of months with syncope alone before the sensory disturbance appearance, and the other is that IVIg may be considerably effective for the patient-annoying syncopes. To our knowledge, this is the first report of subacute autonomic and sensory neuropathy caused by CMV infection.
A 74-year-old man was referred to our department for dizziness and progressive unsteady gait over 6 years. His family history was unremarkable. Neurological examination showed dysarthria, saccadic eye movement, palatal tremor (1.7 Hz)-synchronous with rotational ocular movement, and truncal ataxia. T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain revealed hyperintense and hypertrophic bilateral inferior olivary nuclei at the medulla and mild cerebellar atrophy. On the basis of neurological findings of oculopalatal tremor and cerebellar ataxia with brain MRI findings, the diagnosis of progressive ataxia and palatal tremor (PAPT) was made. PAPT should be included in differential diagnosis of dizziness observed in elderly individuals.
An 85-year-old woman with hypertension was admitted with a sudden onset of gait disturbance and dysarthria. On admission, the patient showed severe bilateral cerebellar ataxia with moderate right medial longitudinal fasciculus (MLF) syndrome. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging showed an acute infarction in the lower and medial part of midbrain. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) started from both cerebellar peduncles revealed that the lesion of the acute infarction matched the decussation of superior cerebellar peduncle where crossing of tract was seen and a part of its tract was interrupted at the site. Interruption of the cerebellum red nuclear path at the medial part of midbrain was considered to be the reason for bilateral cerebellar ataxia and visualization of cerebellum red nuclear path by DTI can give better understanding of the neurological symptom.
A 57-year-old man initially developed chest discomfort, nausea, vomiting, headache and low-grade fever, followed by paraplegia, sensory disturbance below level Th5 and bilateral visual loss. He was admitted to our hospital on the 15th day of illness. MRI short T1 inversion recovery image showed multiple longitudinal lesions in the spinal cord below C3, and T2-weighted image showed abnormal hyperintensity within the left optic nerve. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis revealed marked pleocytosis (1,719/μl) and hypoglycorrhachia (CSF glucose; 20 mg/dl). Intensive immunosuppressive therapy combined with antibiotics and antiviral agent were started immediately, resulting in relatively good visual outcome but no improvement of paraplegia and sensory disturbance. The patient’s serum sample on admission was subsequently reported to be positive for anti-aquaporin-4 antibody. With no evidence of infectious diseases, neuromyelitis optica (NMO) was diagnosed. It should be borne in mind that marked hypogylcorrhachia may also be seen in NMO.
Myositis-specific autoantibodies (MSAs) are associated with myositis. Anti-nuclear matrix protein 2 (NXP-2) antibody was recently identified as a major MSA and was observed mostly in juvenile dermatomyositis. We report the case of a 44-year-old man who presented with myopathy with anti-NXP-2 antibody and large cell carcinoma of the lung. He was hospitalized because of myalgia and edema of limbs. Neurological examination revealed mild proximal-dominant weakness in all four extremities, and laboratory studies showed elevated creatine kinase level (6,432 IU/l). Needle electromyography showed myogenic patterns. MRI of the lower limbs demonstrated inflammatory lesions in the thighs. Biopsied specimen from the left quadriceps femoris muscle showed mild mononuclear inflammatory infiltrate surrounding muscle fibres but no fiber necrosis. He was diagnosed with myopathy based on neurological examinations and clinical symptoms. His chest X-ray and CT showed tumor shadow on the right upper lung field, but CT didn’t indicate the findings of interstitial lung disease. This was surgically removed, and a histological diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer was suspected. He was also treated with definitive chemoradiotherapy before and after operation. His symptoms of myopathy promptly remitted with the preoperative chemotherapy. His serum analysis was positive for the anti-NXP-2. Further investigation and experience of MSAs are necessary to evaluate the therapeutic strategy against cancer-associated myopathy/myositis.
Case 1: A 66-year-old man was admitted because of progressive gait disturbance and dysphagia after developing red rash. He was diagnosed as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and treated by intravenous immunoglobulin therapy (IVIg). Two weeks later, he could swallow and walk without any abnormalities. Case 2: A 58-year-old woman was admitted because of gait disturbance, bilateral peripheral facial nerve palsies, and respiratory failure one week after developing fever and rash. She was diagnosed as GBS and treated with IVIg. She underwent mechanical ventilation, while she could wean off it one month later and her limb strengths improved. We confirmed both patients had scrub typhus by serological studies. Peripheral neuropathy is one of the complications of scrub typhus. In addition, this disease sometimes leads to severe GBS. GBS should be included in differential diagnosis when peripheral neuropathies develop in the course of treating scrub typhus, and we should keep in mind that scrub typhus is one of the causes of GBS.
We report here a 70 year-old male on maintenance hemodialysis who presented non-paralytic pontine exotropia. Brain MRI showed new right pons infarct. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography revealed a mobile calcification at posterior mitral leaflet with rapid growing compared to 14 days ago. Neurological symptoms disappeared at least 10 days by a treatment with aspirin. Calcification reduced by a follow-up transthoracic echocardiography after 90 days from the beginning of neurological symptoms. We diagonosed him with cerebral infarction during the course of mobile mitral annular calcification-related calcified amorphous tumor. Mobile mitral annular calcification-related calcified amorphous tumor would be a cause of cerebral infarction, we need to be careful to check a transthoracic echocardiography regularly because of necessity.