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Epidemiologic data on inclusion body myositis (IBM) are scarce, and possibly biased, because they are derived from larger neuromuscular centers. The present nationwide collaborative cross-sectional study, which culminated on July 1, 1999, resulted in identification of 76 patients with IBM and the establishment of a prevalence of 4.9 patients with IBM per(More)
In this study, 145 healthy adults (20 to 94 years old, 69 women) were examined using ultrasound (US) imaging to obtain reference values of muscle parameters that were previously not available. We measured biceps and quadriceps sizes and subcutaneous fat thickness. To quantify muscle aspect, we defined and calculated the muscle aspect parameters muscle(More)
Miyoshi-type distal muscular dystrophy has now been found to be more frequent outside Japan than was previously thought. We studied 24 Dutch patients with Miyoshi-type distal muscular dystrophy and focused on its clinical expression and natural history, muscle CT-scans and muscle biopsy findings. Our study shows that Miyoshi myopathy is a heterogeneous,(More)
Whether autoimmune mechanisms play a role in the pathogenesis of inclusion body myositis (IBM) is unknown. Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) analysis in 52 patients, including 17 with autoimmune disorders (AIDs), showed that patients were more likely to have antigens from the autoimmune-prone HLA-B8-DR3 ancestral haplotype than healthy control subjects,(More)
We investigated whether 5 to 20mg per week oral methotrexate could slow down disease progression in 44 patients with inclusion body myositis in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study over 48 weeks. Mean change of quantitative muscle strength testing sum scores was the primary study outcome measure. Quantitative muscle strength testing sum scores(More)
The clinical features of inclusion body myositis (IBM) were of minor importance in the design of consensus diagnostic criteria, mainly because of controversial views on the specificity of signs and symptoms, although some authors reported "typical" signs. To re-assess the clinical spectrum of IBM, a single investigator using a standard protocol studied a(More)
The concentration ratios of cholestanol/cholesterol in biological materials (serum, cerebrospinal fluid and tendon biopsy) were determined using a capillary gas chromatographic method. The method was validated by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The ratio was determined in several groups of patients: (a) patients with cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (in(More)
Temporal changes in serum S-100 protein levels were compared between patients with ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition, S-100 levels were correlated with clinical severity and outcome. Measurements were done with a LIA-mat((R)) Sangtec((R)) 100 using an automated immunoluminometric assay. Serum(More)
The present study analyses the actual occupational situation, vocational handicaps and past labour career of a group of about 1000 Dutch patients suffering from a neuromuscular disorder (NMD). On the basis of the likelihood of a substantial employment history and sufficient numbers of patients, four types of NMD were selected: dystrophia myotonica (DM),(More)
Clinical data are presented of 63 artificially ventilated Guillain-Barré patients. About half of them had an antecedent event. In 57% the disease was heralded by sensory symptoms. The mean progressive phase lasted 12 days, the plateau 12 days and the recovery phase 568 days. In all patients one or more cranial nerves were involved, most often leading to(More)