Podcast CME Course Information

Exam: Exam 405: Primary angiitis of the CNS and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome: A comparative study

Issue: October 16, 2018

Learning Objectives

Primary angiitis of the CNS and reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome: A comparative study

Upon completion of this podcast, listeners will be aware of the differences in etiology and ideal treatment approach for patients with reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) compared to primary angiitis of the CNS.

Recommended Audience

This program is designed for physicians who are involved in providing patient care and who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.

Core Competencies


Program Accreditations Subcommittee (PAS) is responsible for reviewing and evaluating all CME programs. Joseph F. Kass, MD, JD, FAAN, has received personal compensation for activities as an expert witness in litigation and in an editorial capacity for the American Academy of Neurology. Barney J. Stern, MD, FAAN, has received personal compensation for book chapter contributions. The other members of the committee (Samir Belagaje, MD; J. Clay Goodman, MD, FAAN; Omotola A. Hope, MD; Shannon M. Kilgore, MD, FAAN) and AAN staff (Kristine Mitchell) report no disclosures. Robert A. Gross, MD, PhD, FAAN, has received funding for travel and/or speaker honoraria from the American Academy of Neurology; receives a stipend as Editor-in-Chief of Neurology; has received consultant fees from GlaxoSmithKline and Harris Interactive; has served on speakers' bureaus for Abbott, UCB, and GlaxoSmithKline; has conducted clinical trials over the past 5 years funded by GlaxoSmithKline, UCB, Ortho-McNeil, Pfizer, and Marinus, but has ceased participation in industry-sponsored clinical trials and speakers' bureaus since his appointment as Neurology EIC in 2010; and has received research support from the Department of the Army, UCBPharma, and University of Rochester Medical Center/NIH. Dr. Stacey Clardy serves as Podcast Editor for Neurology® and has received research support forWestern Institute for Biomedical Research (WIBR). Dr. Jeff Ratliff serves as Podcast Deputy Editor for Neurology andreceived a speaker honorarium from Haverford College. AAN staff members editing the test (P Baskin, L Kleffman, K Aman Ramm) have no disclosures. The CME Journal Editors who have reviewed the exam are James WM Owens Jr., MD PhD, who receives royalties from UpToDate, Waltham, MA; grant support from NIH (PI, K08NS054882); and a stipend in his editorial capacity for Neurology and Adam Kelly, MD, who has served as Guest Editor of Continuum (April 2014) and receives a stipend in his editorial capacity for Neurology.

Dr. Ducros has served on scientific Advisory Boards for Novartis, Eli Lilly, and TEVA; has served on the editorial board for Cephalalgia: Associate Editor, Headache: editorial advisory board member, Journal of Headache and Pain. Dr. Southerland has served on the editorial board for Neurology and was the former Editor of the Neurology Podcast. Patents Intellectual property unrelated to current work: U.S. Patent Application No. 14/910,890 (iTREAT study) U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/620,096 (BANDIT study). Consultancies include National Stroke Association - helped develop website for resources regarding telestroke and teleneurology, Research Support, Commercial Entities. Edwards Lifesciences include perform neurological assessments for the PARTNER clinical trials of transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Research Support, Government Entities include Stroke Hyperglycemia Insulin Network Effort (SHINE) NINDS/NIH U-01 NS 069498, Health Resources Services Administration - Evidence based tele-emergency network grant (RURAL EQUIT-E Project) HRSA G01RH27869, and NHLBI/NINDS - Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) - performed neurological assessments in conjunction with the neuroprotection trial of aortic valve replacement. Research Support, Foundations and Societies include American Heart Association-American Stroke Association National Clinical Research Program, Cervical Artery Dissection Expression (CADEX) AHA 3CRP141400001, American Academy of Neurology - Education Research Grant, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Faculty Fellowship Award. Legal proceedings include Legal Expert Review - perform expert review, on behalf of the UVA University Physician's Group, pertaining to stroke and vascular neurology questions for both plaintiff and defense cases.

The other participants report no disclosures.

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