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A 36-year-old woman was recently started on natalizumab for management of her multiple sclerosis. Over the next several months, she develops progressive weakness, incoordination, and speech disturbances before passing away six months after initiating natalizumab. Testing for which of the following pathogens should have been performed prior to natalizumab initiation to prevent this outcome?
A 35-year-old female with a history of heroin abuse was found unresponsive and received 35 minutes of CPR before a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). She was intubated in the field and was brought urgently to the hospital. While in the ICU, the nursing staff noticed abnormal movements concerning for possible seizure. An EEG was performed and shown below. What is this finding most consistent with?
An otherwise healthy 17-year-old female presents to the emergency department with right arm weakness. The symptoms started insidiously over the weekend and haven’t improved over the last 3 days. Examination shows 4/5 strength of the right upper extremity. A brain MRI is performed and shows a T2 hyperintense lesion in the subcortical white matter with contrast enhancement. No other lesions are seen. Upon further questioning, she states that she has never experienced any similar episodes of transient neurologic symptoms before. Which of the following is the correct diagnosis?
A 32-year-old female with a history of schizophrenia is brought to the emergency room by her husband for acute psychosis. She receives a medication while in the emergency room to aid in her agitation. Soon after administration, the patient develops involuntary contractions of muscles of her face and neck. Which of the following medications was most likely administered to cause these symptoms?
Which of the following is the best prognostic finding on EEG after cardiac arrest?
An 11-year-old female presents with worsening stiffness. She had no complications while in utero or at birth, yet ever since she started kindergarten she noted to have stiffness in her feet and ankles, which worsens by the end of the day. She eventually started to notice modest stiffness in the legs and mild stiffness in the neck. She underwent physical therapy for this and remained stable. Over the last 2 years, however, the symptoms have been worsening. Which of the following next steps is most indicated?
A patient with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis presents to the emergency department with a new headache, confusion, and vision loss. A T2 sequence from their MRI is shown below. Lumbar puncture is positive for JCV in the CSF. What is the mechanism of action of the disease-modifying therapy most likely to be attributed to this clinical scenario?
A 40-year-old textile worker is brought to the clinic for slowly progressive symptoms including shuffling gait, tremor, and profuse drooling. On examination, his speech is difficult to understand and there is cogwheel rigidity in his arms and legs. His tremor is most evident when his limbs are at rest. Exposure to which of the following is the most likely cause of the patients’ symptoms?
A 59-year-old woman presents to the emergency room with dizziness and left ear fullness. The symptom is described as a spinning sensation that is present at rest and with action. She has had comparable events before, which have self-resolved over time. The patient is ataxic on the exam and has difficulty hearing out of her left ear. An MRI brain with and without contrast was normal. Which of the following is the most appropriate line of therapy that will decrease the risk of future recurrent events?
A 72 y.o. female presents to the clinic with complaints of decreased interest in eating, and has lost weight. She states foods have an unusual taste and are not appealing. On detailed examination, she is found to have normal extraocular movements, normal facial muscle symmetry, and normal facial sensation and swallowing. On further detailed examination, she has a loss of taste sensation in the right anterior two-thirds of her tongue. Of the following, which is the most likely area of injury?
A 56-year-old male comes to the clinic with a burning and tingling sensation in his feet and hands for the past 4 months. He has a history of morbid obesity and underwent gastric bypass surgery last year. On physical exam, he has 3+ ankle and patellar reflexes. He also has a positive Babinski and positive Romberg sign. There is impaired position and vibration sense in his big toe bilaterally. This patient’s condition is most likely due to a deficiency of which of the following?
Which of the following is most likely to cause the pathology seen in the image below (white arrow)?
A 5-month-old female is brought to the emergency room by her parents because of an episode concerning for possible seizure. On arrival, the patient appears back to her clinical baseline neurologically. Several hypomelanotic lesions are appreciated while performing a skin check. The mother notes that her older brother has similar skin findings. An EEG is performed and shown below. A typical event was captured that correlated with an electrodecrement of cortical activity on EEG.
Based on the child’s diagnosis, what is the most appropriate therapy?
A 19-year-old male presents to the ED during finals week of college after he had witnessed generalized convulsive activity on the floor of his dorm room. He has since returned to baseline. He states he has never had shaking like this before, other than when he wakes in the morning he’ll get an occasional twitch or two. An EEG is performed as below. Which is the treatment of choice?
A 38-year-old man with a prolonged history of intravenous drug use, HIV, and poor compliance with HAART therapy is brought to the hospital by police after being seen wandering across a busy street intersection. His last CD4 count was 180 cells/microliter 8 months ago. Vitals appear within normal limits on arrival. Neurological examination shows inattention, poor short-term memory, and difficulties with abstract thought. An MRI is performed and shown below. What is the likely etiology of his symptoms?