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Young children, adults recovering from major illness and pregnant women are often in positive nitrogen balance; intake of nitrogen exceeds loss as net protein synthesis proceeds. Proteins of animal origin generally have a high biological value, whereas plant proteins may be deficient in lysine, methionine and tryptophan, and are generally less digestible than animal proteins. The levels of acetone are much lower than those of the other two ketone bodies; it cannot be converted back to acetyl-CoA and so is excreted in the urine or breathed out. Acetyl-CoA results from the breakdown of carbohydrates, lipids and certain amino acids. The creation of ketone bodies is also known as ketogenesis; acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate are acidic, and if levels of ketone bodies are too high then the pH of the blood falls, resulting in a condition known as ketoacidosis (ketosis). This happens in untreated type I diabetes (diabetic ketosis) and also in alcoholics after heavy drinking and subsequent starvation (alcoholic ketosis). Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) that is consumed passes to the liver, where it is first converted into acetate, then into ketone bodies. This lowers the concentration of pyruvate, which is the immediate cause of the inhibition of gluconeogenesis from lactate. A low pyruvate concentration reduces the rate of the pyruvate carboxylase reaction, one of the rate-limiting reactions of gluconeogenesis. The body is unable to synthesise enough glucose to meet its needs, thus creating an energy crisis resulting in fatty acid metabolism and ketone body formation. Excess acetyl-CoA increases fatty acid synthesis and fat deposits in the liver (fatty liver). An accumulation of fat in the liver can be observed after just a single night of heavy drinking. Fatty acids, from triacylglycerols, are metabolised in the liver and peripheral tissue via β-oxidation into acetyl-CoA; the remaining glycerol is an important source of glucose (in gluconeogenesis) in the liver. Glycerol enters the reaction sequence: Glycerol → glycerol 3-phosphate → dihydroxyacetone → glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate Glycerol kinase (which converts glycerol to glycerol 3-phosphate) is a liver enzyme; in this way glycerol enters the gluconeogenesis pathway. Central to the definition of a vitamin is that a lack of it will produce a specific deficiency syndrome, and supplying it will cure that deficiency. Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E and K; they are absorbed, transported, metabolised and stored along with fat. Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C, and those of the B- complex group: biotin, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. The proper role of vitamin supplementation is in the treatment of deficiency in patients who have inadequate intake or absorption, or an increased requirement. VitaminB3– Reducing blood Lean meat, whole 19 mg No, but contra niacin, nicotinic pressure; lowering wheat, tuna, indicatory for acid cholesterol levels; anchovy, yeast, individuals with preventing pellagra. VitaminB5– Utilisation of other Fish, whole 7 mg Few, but very pantothenic acid nutrients; growth grains, wheat large doses have and development of germ, green been known to the nervous system; vegetables and produce lack of metabolism of fat brewer’s yeast. VitaminB6– Amino acid Bananas, brewer’s 2 mg Daily doses of pyridoxine metabolism; yeast, wheat over 500 mg absorption of B12; germ, green and should be production of red peppers, nuts, avoided. Vitamin B12 Protein and fatty Clams, oysters, 2mg No (cyancobali-min, acid metabolism; beef, eggs and cobalamin) production of red dairy products. Biotin – Metabolism of fats; Soya beans, 100 µ No member of the synthesis of ascorbic brown rice, nuts, B-complex acid; healthy skin; fruit, brewer’s family hair balding and yeast and milk. Folic acid – Cell growth; nucleic Raw leafy 200 µg None, up to folate – cofactor acid and protein vegetables, fruit, 5mg a day of the synthesis; formation carrots, avocados, B-complex of red blood cells beans and whole vitamins and protein wheat. Vitamin C – Cell growth; bones, Citrus fruits, hot 60 mg Vitamin C is ascorbic acid gums and teeth; chilli peppers, non-toxic but Water soluble bacterial resistance; broccoli, not antioxidant activity; tomatoes, green recommended absorption of iron. Vitamin D – Calcium and Sardines, herring 10 µ Ye s at h calciferol phosphate and dairy doses. Vitamin E – Enhancement of Wheat germ, 1mg α- No, but some tocopherol vitamin A function; whole grains, tocopherol effects at very Fat Soluble healing of scar vegetable oils, equivalent high doses. Vitamin K – Regulation of blood Leafy green 80 mg No, but menadione clotting vegetables, supplementation Fat soluble cauliflower, with synthetic soybean oil, kelp, vitamin K, cereal grain exceeding products, fruits 500 mg, is not and yoghurt. Their roles may be generalised within the areas of providing structure in the for- mation of bones and teeth, maintenance of normal heart rhythm, muscle contractility, neural conductivity, acid–base balance and the regulation of cellular metabolism through their activ- ity/structural associations with enzymes and hormones. Under ‘ideal’ conditions these systems must operate effi- ciently, but they must also be able to respond to unexpected shortages and demands, for example fighting, natural disasters, pregnancy, lactation, famine, injury and disease. Enzymes are crucial to metabolism because they allow organisms to drive desirable but energetically unfavourable reactions (usually anabolic) by coupling them to favourable ones (usually catabolic). Confusion and coma can result if blood glucose falls below 3 mM, while serious vascular damage may occur if it exceeds 8 mM for significant periods (see Table 2. After a meal, glucose concentrations in the portal venous blood can easily reach 20 mM. Stimulation of insulin release results in the uptake of glucose by the peripheral tissues (muscle and adipose tissue). Surplus glucose is stored locally in tissues as glycogen, but mostly it is converted into fats. This level of glucose is actively defended by the liver, which removes glucose when too high, and replenishes it when too low. Both the supply and the demand for glucose may vary more than 20-fold over a 24 hour period; both can change suddenly and sometimes without warning. The liver can both uptake and secrete glucose; it is one of the few tissues in the body to permit bi-directional glucose transport (enterocytes and kidney are others). Most tissues present a major barrier to glucose entry at the plasma membrane, and glucose is only allowed to enter the cells during periods of intense metabolic activity and in response to circulating insulin. Unlike the liver, most tissues have no export pathway for glucose; their glycogen reserves are strictly for internal use. Long-term shortages are made good via gluconeogenesis from non-carbohydrate precursors. Fats affect a number of metabolic controls that suppress the oxidation of carbo- hydrates. Most aerobic tissues, such as cardiac muscle, ‘prefer’ fats; this is reinforced by insulin signalling, and in the absence of insulin most tissues are essentially impermeable to glucose. They are useful for emergencies and short-term requirements, but are not a cost-effective fuel for longer-term requirements (see Table 2. The strategy is therefore to conserve limited carbohydrate stores (for emergency use), while fuelling basal metabolic activity with fats. Fat, in adipocytes, provides the major energy store in humans, although muscle proteins are also degraded when food intake is inadequate. Fatty acids cannot be converted to glucose, but triacylglycerol droplets comprise 6% by weight of glycerol; glycerol is converted to glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate, which can enter gluconeogenesis or glycolysis. Glycolysis can proceed under both anaerobic (without oxygen) and aerobic conditions.

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Patients or pantomime the use of visually presented objects with form agnosia cannot perceive contours purchase mobic 7.5 mg with amex, although and have a superior naming of actions than of they can perceive brightness discount 7.5 mg mobic fast delivery, color or luster generic 7.5 mg mobic with visa. Associative visual agnosia results from left have a better recognition of moving than of static or bilateral occipito-temporal lesions generic 7.5mg mobic otc. In contrast, patients with integrative agnosia the term optic aphasia is also found. It refers to a perceive single contours but cannot integrate them syndrome closely linked to visual agnosia and to in a coherent structure of the object, and produce transcortical sensory aphasia, and is often found predominantly visual similarity errors. Patients have a dispropor- visual agnosia is due to bilateral occipital or occipito- tionate difficulty in naming stimuli presented visually, temporal lesions. To evaluate whether there is color 184 access agnosia (visuo-verbal or visuo-semantic anomia and to ensure that language is intact we ask Chapter 12: Behavioral neurology of stroke other cues, such as voice, gait, size and clothes. They Auditory Visual Apperceptive visual may also be able to recognize faces by facial features, Tactile perception agnosia e. They may be able to identify gender, ethnicity, Semantic access age and emotional expression. Functional and anatomical studies identified the occipital face area, Semantic Agnosia due to loss of semantic knowledge the fusiform face area and the superior temporal system sulcus as the areas crucial in processing information relative to human faces [23]. Prosopagnosia can be “Optic” found in 4–7% of posterior cerebral artery infarcts, aphasia either bilateral inferomedial or less commonly right inferomedial [24]. Visual agnosias are disorders of visual recognition and are one of the clinical manifestations of pos- terior cerebral artery infarcts and occipito-temporal hemorrhages. Delirium is a disturbance of consciousness, with a Functional and lesion localization studies found that change in cognition or development of a perceptual the V4v, V8, V4a areas and the lingual gyrus are the disturbance, which develops over a short period, fluc- human brain “color areas” [21]. Strokes causing color tuates during the course of the day and cannot be agnosia are left posterior cerebral infarcts with infe- explained by pre-existing dementia (Table 12. Recent tation, delusions and hallucinations, amnesia, fluent studies using functional imaging indicate that the aphasia, mania, psychosis and even severe depression. Current cognitive models consider a can cause acute agitated confusional states, with a core system necessary for the recognition of visual variable combination of declarative episodic memory appearance (the system which is disturbed in proso- defect, hyperactive motor behavior, apathy and other pagnosia), and an extended system relative to person personality changes, delusions or hallucinations and knowledge and to emotion related to or triggered by disturbed sleep cycle. Prosopagnosia should Delirium can be detected by the routine testing of not be confused with visuo-perceptive deficits in tests mental status or with a specific simple instrument using unknown faces, nor with the common com- such as the Confusion Assessment Method. The plaint of prosopanomia (difficulty in recalling the severity of the delirium can be graded using scales names of known persons). A check-list for the Daytime drowsiness, night-time insomnia, precipitants of delirium is given in Table 12. There is reduced oxidative metabolism and cerebral blood flow, mainly in the Intermittent or labile fear, paranoia, anxiety, frontal lobes and parietal lobes. There is evidence of a depression, apathy, irritability, anger or euphoria cholinergic deficit and of increased serum anticholi- nergic activity. An interesting aspect is the dissociations that were Delirium often complicates acute stroke and is a found in acute stroke patients between the emotional, bad prognostic sign. In acute stroke, aggressive behavior appears to be mainly due to a failure of regulatory inhibitory con- Anger and aggressiveness trol. On the other hand the hospital environment may Anger and aggression are complex human emotions be or may be perceived as hostile or humiliating. The and behaviors depending on several anatomical struc- role of premorbid personality traits has not yet been tures, including the frontal lobes, the amygdala, the investigated. Anger is a primary In acute stroke, aggressive behavior appears to emotion with three components: the emotional be mainly due to a failure of regulatory inhibitory (anger), the cognitive (hostility) and the behavioral control. A few studies [30–34] have evaluated anger and its components systematically in stroke patients and Psychotic disorders, hallucinations found a frequency ranging from 17% to 34%. They are with hemorrhagic strokes with the proximity of the classified according to the predominant symptom, lesion to the frontal pole, while no such associations with prominent hallucinations or with delusions. This 187 emotional incontinence and higher frequency of can be observed in patients with Wernicke’s aphasia Section 3: Diagnostics and syndromes and severe comprehension defect. Kumral and Oztürk behavior, but sometimes there is a strong emotional [35] found that delusions started 0–3 days after reaction of anxiety and fear. Peduncular hallucinosis stroke, and the predominant types were mixed, perse- can recur in a stereotyped manner over weeks. Delusional ideation posterior cerebral artery infarcts, hallucinations are was transient, with a mean duration of 13 days. Hallu- The prevalence of psychosis and of delusional idea- cinations are complex, colored, stereotyped, featuring tion (1–5%) in stroke survivors is also low. They are apparent in the predominantly associated with right hemispheric abnormal visual field. There is no association between delusion type delay of days after the vascular event. Visual hallucinations usually resolve different features; and intermetamorphosis, where spontaneously, but are resistant to treatment. Somatoparaphrenia is associated with visual hallucinations and have been reported following hemiassomatognosia and denial of hemiplegia. Spatial delirium can frequent are visual hallucinations related to rostral have three grades of severity or stages of evolution: brainstem, thalamic and partial occipital lesions. Spatial delirium is in some cases The prevalence of crying in acute stroke patients has associated with delirium, neglect, memory or visuo- been estimated at between 12% and 27%, but dis- spatial disturbances and is seen predominantly after orders of emotional expression control are more fre- right-hemispheric lesions. This disorder consists of uncontrollable nantly visual and can be due to: (1) sensory depri- outbursts of laughing, crying or both, with paroxys- vation: poor vision (Charles Bonnet syndrome), mal onset, transient duration of seconds or minutes, darkness, deafness. Patients cannot control the cortical hallucinations); (4) partial occipital lesions extent or duration of the episode. There is no mood change during with visual hallucinations there was activation of the the episode and no sense of relief when it ends. There ventral extrastriate visual cortex and that the type of are many crying situations and many content areas of hallucinations reflected the functional specialization crying situations. In rostral brainstem and thalamic strokes, hallu- Disorders of emotional expression control are cinations are vivid, complex, visual, naturalist and sometimes associated with depression but more often scenic. Other behavioral and cogni- 188 They appear during the day or night, and last for tive correlates include irritability and ideas of refer- minutes. Disorders of emotional expression control The core symptoms of generalized anxiety dis- have an adverse impact on the quality of life of stroke order are being anxious or worried and having diffi- survivors. Wilson [38] proposed a patho-anatomical model con- The prevalence of post-stroke anxiety, with or with- sisting of a putative fasciorespiratory control center out depression, is higher in hospital settings (acute for emotional expression located in the brainstem stroke patients: 28, 15–17 and 3–13%, respectively; with a dual route of control from the motor cortex: stroke survivors: 24, 6–17 and 3–11%, respectively) a voluntary pathway through the pyramidal and gen- than in community studies (11, 8 and 1–2%, respect- iculate tracts, which initiates voluntary laughter and ively). The prevalence of agoraphobia is estimated to be crying and inhibits involuntary initiated laughter or 17%. Anxiety disorders are often associated with major crying, and an involuntary pathway consisting of a or minor depression. Besides depression, other consist- frontal/temporal–basal ganglia–ventral brainstem cir- ent clinical and psychiatric correlates are previous cuitry, which initiates and also terminates involuntary psychiatric disorders, pre-stroke depression or anxiety laughter or crying.

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Treatment with anticoagulants or thrombolytic therapy should be noted, as should the results of tests for deep venous thrombosis, for example compression ultrasonography. The referring physician’s estimate of the prior probability of pulmonary embolism may be helpful, or may be assessed from a properly completed request form. In adults, the number may be reduced to between 100 000 and 200 000 particles without significantly altering the quality of the images for detection of perfusion defects. Inhomogeneous distribution of activity may result from a reduction in the number of particles to below 100 000 in adults. In aerosol ventilation imaging, the aerosol is administered through a mouthpiece with the nose occluded and the patient performing tidal breathing. An advantage of aerosols is that images can be obtained in multiple projections to match those obtained for perfusion. It is preferable to have the patient inhale the aerosol in the upright position, although the supine position can be used if necessary. The physician should not administer the radiotracer in the distal port of a Swan– Ganz catheter or any indwelling line or port that contains a filter, for example a chemotherapy line. Imaging is preferably performed in the upright position to increase chest cavity size and minimize diaphragmatic motion. Planar images should be obtained in multiple projections including anterior, posterior, both posterior oblique, both anterior oblique and both lateral projections. A minimum of six views, each of ventilation and perfusion, are required for reliable interpretation. Interpre- tation is improved with six perfusion and ventilation images: (1) High probability (>80%, in the absence of conditions known to mimic pulmonary embolism): — At least two large mismatched segmental perfusion defects or the arithmetic equivalent in moderate or large and moderate defects; —Two large mismatched segmental perfusion defects, or the arithmetic equivalent. Although a very long list of differential diagnoses exists for ventilation–perfusion mismatch findings, the most common causes include only a few: —Acute pulmonary embolism; —Old pulmonary embolism (without reperfusion); —Obstruction of a pulmonary vessel by a tumour; —Previous radiation therapy to the thorax. On perfusion scintigraphy, extrapulmonary activity (which may be seen at the edges of lung images in the thyroid or kidneys) may be due to right-to-left 99m shunt, free Tc-pertechnetate or reduced technetium compounds, or a recent nuclear medicine procedure. An image of the head can be used to differentiate free pertechnetate or reduced technetium from a shunt. The stripe sign (activity at the periphery of a perfusion defect) lowers the chance of pulmonary embolism in the zone of the perfusion defect that shows the stripe. Ventilation scintigraphy is obtained at a different point in time than perfusion scintigraphy. Similarly, ventilation scintigraphy may be obtained in an upright position and perfusion scintigraphy injected in the supine position. These changes in position may also affect the comparability of the two scintigrams. Principle Liver–spleen imaging is performed following the injection of a 99mTc labelled colloid, which is rapidly phagocytized by the reticuloendothelial cells of the liver, spleen and bone marrow. Clinical indications (a) Liver–spleen imaging These studies can be used for determining the size and shape of the liver and spleen as well as for detecting functional abnormalities of the reticulo- endothelial cells of these organs. Specifically, these studies are occasionally performed for: (1) Suspected focal nodular hyperplasia of the liver. The decision to perform a liver biopsy or to continue treatment with a hepatotoxic agent may be influenced by the severity of the liver disease that is seen on liver–spleen imaging as a complement to blood tests. The sensitivity for detecting large lesions (more than 2–3 cm) is very high, but hemangiomas as small as 0. They are often performed: —In children, to rule out congenital asplenia or polysplenia; 268 5. Methods with higher labelling efficiency (in vitro and in vivo, or in vitro) may improve the results of imaging. Appropriate procedures and quality assurance for the correct identification of patients and the handling of blood products are imperative. Procedures (a) Image acquisition (1) Liver–spleen imaging Imaging is begun 10–15 min or longer after the intravenous adminis- tration of 99mTc-colloid. Anterior, posterior, right lateral, right anterior oblique and right posterior oblique images of the liver are commonly obtained. Subsequent images are then obtained for the same length of time as for the anterior image. A size marker and a costal margin marker are needed for measuring liver and spleen size and for identifying anatomical landmarks. Such dynamic studies should be performed in the view that is most likely to show the lesion. This view should be selected on the basis of the location of the lesion of interest, which has usually been documented in a previous imaging study (i. Immediate blood pool images should be obtained in the view most likely to show the lesion, as well as in anterior, posterior and right lateral views. Delayed (45–180 min post-injection) blood pool images are obtained in the anterior, posterior and right lateral views for 1 000 000–2 000 000 counts each. A hepatic perfusion index, comparing the hepatic artery and portal counts to total blood flow, may also be obtained from the dynamic flow study and the corresponding hepatic time–activity curve. Anterior, posterior and right lateral images of the liver containing 500 000–1 000 000 counts are typically acquired. If the patient has had prior trauma that may have resulted in a diaphragmatic rupture, the chest should also be imaged. Focal nodular hyperplasia may have activity equal to, or greater than, the surrounding liver in about 50% of patients. Normal activity or increased activity found in a lesion is very specific to focal nodular hyperplasia. Visuali- zation of the caudate lobe only (with splenic enlargement) is typical of the Budd–Chiari syndrome due to hepatic vein thrombosis. A relative radiocolloid ‘shift’ (increased radionuclide deposition in the spleen and bone marrow relative to the liver) may occur in liver cirrhosis but also in any diffuse form of hepatic dysfunction, portal hypertension, hyper- splenism and marrow-active anaemia as a response to chemotherapy, as well as in some patients with malignant melanoma. In patients with diffuse parenchymal disease, serial studies can document the progression and severity of the disease. Hemangiomas typically have reduced or normal initial blood flow with increased activity on delayed images. Cavernous hemangiomas that are 3 cm or greater in size almost always demonstrate a markedly increased blood pool even on planar images.

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