Ada Piazzini

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PURPOSE The chromosome 20 ring [r(20)] is a rare chromosomal disorder without clear phenotypical markers. We describe the electroclinical pattern in a group of patients with r(20). METHODS We observed 3 patients (a boy, patient 1; his mother, patient 2; and an unrelated man, patient 3), performing prolonged video-EEG and cytogenetic studies and(More)
The aim of the study is to evaluate the correlation between subjective memory complaints and neuropsychological tests in the epilepsy population. We administered a Self Report Memory Questionnaire, based on possible everyday memory failures, two questionnaires on anxiety and depression and a battery of cognitive tests to 150 patients with epilepsy (n=100(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the present study was to investigate the possible frontal cognitive dysfunction in patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) and to compare the results with those of patients with frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE) and temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), as well as with controls. METHODS A total of 50 patients with JME, 40 patients with FLE,(More)
BACKGROUND The potential effect of age-related factors on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients with epilepsy has rarely been analyzed in the literature. METHODS We examined this association in a selected population of 815 adults with epilepsy recruited in the context of a multicentre study for the evaluation of Epi-QoL, one of the first(More)
PURPOSE The incidence of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) is 4.9/100,000/year and it is estimated that about 20-30% of patients referred to tertiary care epilepsy centers for refractory seizures have both epilepsy and PNES. The purpose of our study is to evaluate psychiatric disorders and neuropsychological functions among patients with PNES,(More)
Recently published research contends that anxiety and depression are more common in asthmatic patients than in the general population. Particular psychological profiles could even be a risk factor contributing to deaths caused by asthma. The purpose of our research was to evaluate the anxiety and depression level in a population of 80 asthmatic patients who(More)
The lateralization of emotion processing is currently debated and may be further explored by examining facial expression recognition (FER) impairments in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Furthermore, there is also debate in the literature whether FER deficits in individuals with TLE are more pronounced in the right than in the left hemisphere. Individuals with(More)
BACKGROUND Although anxiety and depression in populations with epilepsy have been studied, no research on fear of childbirth in women with epilepsy have been conducted. The purposes of this study were to examine whether a significant difference occurred in fear of childbirth between pregnant women with epilepsy and pregnant healthy controls and to evaluate(More)
The purpose of the work described in this article was to analyze the psychometric properties of a new Italian instrument for the assessment of irritability in adult patients with epilepsy (I-Epi). Five hundred four patients from nine secondary and tertiary Italian centers for the care of epilepsy were recruited and interviewed. Each patient was evaluated on(More)
To determine if there are age or gender-related differences in reporting fear as a symptom of epileptic seizure, all clinical charts of patients evaluated at the "C. Munari - Epilepsy Surgery Center" of Milan from 1990 to June 2005 were analyzed, looking for patients with ictal fear. Among the 2,530 clinical charts examined (1,330 male and 1,200 female),(More)