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Spotlight on Takayasu arteritis

Takayasu arteritis, sometimes called “pulseless disease,” is a rare form of vasculitis affecting the aorta and its major branches, resulting in large-vessel occlusions. It typically occurs in young Asian women but can be found in any ethnic group and in men. The disease is heterogeneous in presentation. Early symptoms are often constitutional, making diagnosis difficult. Subsequently, arterial occlusions occur, producing more specific ischemic symptoms, such as claudication or stroke.

In this article, Dr. Changrui Xiao and Dr. James Brorson, both of the University of Chicago, highlight the potential for vascular wall imaging methods to detect vascular inflammation before occlusion occurs and review the emerging role for therapy with biological agents in the treatment of this rare disease.

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Spotlight on Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is diagnosed in individuals with intractable epilepsy characterized by multiple seizure types, slow spike-wave pattern on EEG, and cognitive deterioration typically after first seizure onset. Seizure types include tonic seizures that mainly occur in sleep, atonic seizures, atypical absences, and myoclonic seizures. The condition may follow West syndrome, but has also been associated with various genetic and neurocutaneous syndromes, metabolic diseases, and early infectious or ischemic insults, or may have an unknown etiology. Numerous interventions as well as medications have been studied in treating this condition. Clobazam has been studied in controlling drop attacks and cannabidiol is being researched as an adjunctive antiepileptic agent in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and other intractable epilepsy syndromes.

In this article, Dr. Mary Spiciarich of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center and Dr. Solomon Moshe of Albert Einstein College of Medicine discuss the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

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