Primary angiitis of the CNS: unusual presentations of a rare and dangerous disorder

Primary angiitis of the central nervous system (PACNS) is inflammation of the blood vessels of the central nervous system (stating the obvious you might say). It differs from other forms of angiitis or vasculitis, such as lupus and giant cell arteritis (GCA), which respect no boundaries. PACNS is as dangerous a neurological disorder as they come, and just as rare. It… Read More Primary angiitis of the CNS: unusual presentations of a rare and dangerous disorder

45 neurological disorders with unusual eponyms in neurochecklists

Neurology is full of syndromes named after their discoverers. These diseases are defined by their eponyms. Many of these eponymous disorders are very common and well-recognised. These include Parkinson’s disease (PD), Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and Huntington’s disease (HD). Many other diseases, also named after people who worked on them, are not household names. Indeed many… Read More 45 neurological disorders with unusual eponyms in neurochecklists

20 striking examples of the curious and the unusual in neurology

Neurology is an extraordinary specialty. This is because it deals with the most complex organ, the brain. Neurologists therefore come up against very odd symptoms, and diagnose the most unusual syndromes. Below are 20 curious neurochecklists which reflect this peculiar feature of neurology. AEROPLANE HEADACHE BATHING HEADACHE BURNING MOUTH SYNDROME CRYING EPILEPSY EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME… Read More 20 striking examples of the curious and the unusual in neurology

Migraine and the challenge of white matter lesions in the brain

Neurologists often refer their patients with headache for a brain MRI scan. Quite often the reason for this is to reassure their patients who are worried about a sinister cause for their headache…and the anxiety provoking culprit is usually a brain tumour. The headache is often a migraine which has recently changed in character, or which is defying… Read More Migraine and the challenge of white matter lesions in the brain

The remarkable disorders of the 12 cranial nerves…and their checklists

Nothing depicts the strange mix of beauty and complexity of the brain as the 12 pairs of cranial nerves. These nerves take off from the three sections of the brainstem and have intriguing names such as the olfactory, the trigeminal, the vestibulochochlear, and the hypoglossal. These magnificent twelve turn and twist, loop and meander, as… Read More The remarkable disorders of the 12 cranial nerves…and their checklists

What are the drugs in development for the treatment of epilepsy?

Progress report on new antiepileptic drugs: a summary of the Thirteenth Eilat Conference on New Antiepileptic Drugs and Devices (EILAT XIII) Bialer M, Johannessen SI, Levy RH, Perucca E, Tomson T, White HS Epilepsia 2017; doi: 10.1111/epi.13634 (Epub ahead of print) Abstract The Thirteenth Eilat Conference on New Antiepileptic Drugs and Devices (EILAT XIII) took […]… Read More What are the drugs in development for the treatment of epilepsy?