Alberto Rivero

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Current concepts regarding the organisation of the motor system indicate the existence of a frontoparietal circuit involved in prehension and manipulation, whose damage may result in a motor behavioural disorder strongly resembling the one originally described as limb-kinetic apraxia. To determine the specific clinical and kinematic features of this(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe different types of involuntary movements and abnormal spontaneous electromyographic (EMG) activity in patients with syringomyelia. BACKGROUND A comprehensive study on involuntary movements in patients with syringomyelia has not yet been undertaken, to these authors' knowledge. METHODS One hundred adult patients with syringomyelia(More)
We performed single fiber electromyography (SFEMG) in the superior rectus and levator palpebralis (SR-LP) muscles of 17 patients with pure ocular myasthenia gravis (MG) and 9 controls. Thirteen patients were also assessed with SFEMG in the orbicularis oculi (OO) muscle. All the MG patients but none of the control subjects showed abnormal SFEMG jitter in the(More)
Single fibre electromyography (SFEMG) has been used to study neuromuscular transmission and the degree of reinnervation in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) (n = 70); Lambert-Eaton syndrome (n = 3); myopathies (n = 8); motor neuron disease (n = 4) and peripheral neuropathies (n = 3) (Table 1). An automatic method was used to calculate neuromuscular(More)
Fluctuation is a common feature of all psychogenic gait disorder (PGD) patterns. Whether this fluctuation involves only the degree of impairment or whether it affects the gait pattern itself remains an interesting question. We hypothesize that, on repeated measurements, both normal and abnormal gait may present quantitative differences while maintaining(More)
Twenty-six patients with syringomyelia were studied with polysomnography to determine the frequency of periodic limb movements (PLM) and its relationship to the presence of a Chiari anomaly, the severity of corticospinal tract involvement, and localization of the syrinx. Sixteen patients showed PLM in stages I and II of non-REM sleep and three PLM also(More)
H-reflex recovery curves were obtained from 13 patients with cervical syringomyelia to assess motor neurone excitability, and results were compared with control subjects and patients with spasticity due to stroke. The median nerve was stimulated at the elbow and the H-reflex was recorded from the flexor carpi radialis muscle. Double pulses with(More)
Multifocal motor neuropathy, a rare insidious immune-mediated disorder, features muscular weakness and atrophy, as well as areflexia, due to nerve conduction block and is often associated with the presence of anti-GM1 antibody. We report a patient with a nine-year history of progressive upper limb weakness, misdiagnosed as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, who(More)
Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is a disorder of motor function characterized by rigidity of axial musculature and fluctuating painful spasms, which are often induced by startle or emotional stimuli. Neurophysiological studies have demonstrated the presence of continuous motor unit activity in muscle at rest, with abnormally enhanced extereoceptive reflexes.(More)
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