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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 105--112

Primary angiitis of the central nervous system: Clinical profiles and outcomes of 45 patients

1 Comprehensive Stroke Care Program, Department of Neurology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India
2 Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA
3 Department of Imaging Sciences and Intervention Radiology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India
4 Achutha Menon Centre for Health Sciences, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India
5 Department of Rheumatology, Vasculitis Clinic, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Prof. P N Sylaja
Department of Neurology, Comprehensive Stroke Care Program, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum - 695 011, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.253578

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Objective: To describe the clinical profile, treatment response and predictors of outcome in patients with primary angiitis of the central nervous system (PACNS) from a single tertiary care center. Methodology: Retrospective analysis of consecutive patients diagnosed with PACNS from January 2000 to December 2015. Outcome was defined as poor when the 6-month modified Rankin scale (mRS) was ≥3. Results: The median age of the 45 patients included in this study was 36 (range 19-70) years at disease onset and 31 (68.9%) were males. The initial presentation was ischemic stroke in 15 (33.3%), hemorrhagic stroke in 4 (8.9%), headache in 11 (24.4%), seizures in 8 (17.8%) and cognitive dysfunction in 5 (11.1%) patients. Diagnosis was confirmed by a four vessel cerebral digital subtraction angiogram (DSA), biopsy and by both biopsy and DSA in 26 (57.8%), 15 (33.3%) and 4 (8.9%) patients, respectively. All patients received glucocorticoids and 14 patients received in addition either cyclophosphamide or azathioprine as their first treatment. The median duration of follow-up was 33.1 (0.7-356) months. A poor 6-month outcome was observed in 12 (26.7%) patients. Relapse occurred in 25 (55.6%) patients and 7 (15.6%) died. Predictors of a poor outcome consisted of cognitive dysfunction at diagnosis (80% vs 20%; P = 0.014) and NIHSS ≥5 (62.5% vs 37.5%; P <.0005). None of the patients with a normal EEG had a poor outcome (P = 0.046). Predictors of relapse were a higher NIHSS at admission (P =.032) and a normal DSA (P = 0.002). Conclusion: In this cohort, severe deficits and cognitive symptoms at onset and an abnormal EEG were associated with a poor 6-month outcome.


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