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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-1106
    Keywords: Cat locus coeruleus ; Antidromic activation ; Afferent connection ; Visual inputs ; Catecholamine histofluorescence
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary A total of 208 single neurons were extracellularly recorded in the locus coeruleus (LC) of 11 cats. In later histofluorescence studies, greenish fluorescent LC neurons, from which we believed to have recorded well-isolated action potentials, were always found in or close to the center of red fluorescent halo due to an injected dye which marked the recording site. One hundred twelve of these 208 neurons were further subjected to electrical stimulation of the dorsal bundle of ascending axons originating from the norepinephrine (NE)-containing LC neurons and thus activated antidromically with a mean latency of 8.9 ms (the remaining neurons were lost before this examination). The mean conduction velocity was 1.2 m/s. Furthermore, it is suggested that 22% of thus antidromically identified NE neurons in the cat LC had an ascending axon of the conduction velocity faster than 2.4 m/s. This finding may be related with an electron-microscopic observation which indicated the presence of myelinated catecholamine (CA) axons, though not many in number, in the cat visual cortex. Responses by the NE-containing LC neurons to various natural visual stimuli, such as flashlight, moving and stationary light-slit, multiple spots, and gratings were examined. It turned out, however, that flash alone was effective to activate LC neurons. The latency of flash evoked activity was between 48 and 96 ms (N = 12; mean: 60 ms). Furthermore, the following areas in the central visual pathway were electrically stimulated to activate LC neurons orthodromically: the optic chiasm (OX), the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN), the superior colliculus (SC), and the visual cortex (VC). The range and the mean of the latency for orthodromic responses were as follows: OX (N = 36, 8.4–42 ms; mean: 21 ms); LGN (N = 17, 6.0–17 ms; mean: 8.1 ms); SC (N = 12, 3.6–12 ms; mean: 5.6 ms); VC (N = 10, 7.8–40 ms; mean: 16.4 ms). The long latency of these orthodromic responses and its wide distribution suggest that afferents to the LC from the above-mentioned visual structures are most likely polysynaptic in nature. The extensive input convergence, including acoustic and nociceptive afferents, and the polysynaptic connection in each afferent pathway indicated a strong similarity between the afferent connectivity of NE-containing LC neurons revealed in the present study and that known for reticular formation neurons. Then, we would like to suggest that visual signals from the eyes impinge upon the NE-containing LC neurons via the reticular formation and that the afferents from the LGN, the SC, and the VC also join this common path through the reticular formation to reach the LC.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-1920
    Keywords: Key words Angioplasty ; Endarterectomy ; carotid ; Artery ; internal carotid ; Restenosis
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The efficacy of repeated percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and carotid endarterectomy (CEA) was examined in patients with restenosis after PTA for carotid stenosis. After percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for 63 cases of internal carotid stenoses 13 cases of restenosis appeared. They were treated by PTA or carotid endarterectomy. The treatment was chosen by the patient after explanation of each treatment. We initially treated seven patients by repeat PTA and six by carotid endarterectomy. The degree of stenosis improved from 82 % to 30 % on average after repeated PTA. However, one patient in the PTA group had restenosis, and carotid endarterectomy was then performed. The other cases also had restenosis and were treated by PTA. The six cases treated by carotid endarterectomy were successfully treated without difficulty. The success rate of PTA was 5/7 (71 %) in the restenosis cases. Patients with a greater residual stenosis after initial PTA had significantly more frequent restenosis. Repeat PTA and CEA both appeared effective treatment for restenosis after initial PTA, although PTA had a restenosis rate similar to that of initial PTA.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1432-1459
    Keywords: Key words Unilateral spatial ; neglect ; Frontal lobe ; Cerebrovascular accident ; Exploratory-motor tasks ; Perceptual-sensory tasks
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The aim of this study is to report the preliminary findings of a traditional battery of tests and our original battery capable of assessing the presence of components and extent of lesions in patients with unilateral spatial neglect. Thirty patients who had unilateral spatial neglect with a stroke in the right hemisphere were assessed for unilateral spatial neglect on exploratory-motor (E-M) tasks, visual-counting (V-C) tasks, and traditional neglect batteries at least 4 weeks after the onset. Other neuropsychological tests and computed tomography were also performed to investigate the relationship with neglect. A factor analysis showed that our tasks loaded significantly on three factors. E-M neglect was found in 16 patients, and V-C neglect in 22 patients with unilateral spatial neglect. There were high correlations between E-M neglect and motor paralysis, word fluency, backward digit span and motor impersistence. There were high correlations between V-C neglect and visual-field defect, line bisection, line cancellation and figure copying. Lesions in the frontal lobe, caudate, insula, and anterior portion of the paraventricular white matter were commonly associated with E-M neglect. Lesions in the occipital lobe were also associated with V-C neglect. We suggest that unilateral neglect is not a single phenomenon, but rather involves several different components. We propose that E-M and V-C tasks are useful methods for evaluating the extent of lesions in patients with unilateral spatial neglect.
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