Alessandra Todeschini

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BACKGROUND Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) refers to a monophasic acute multifocal inflammatory CNS disease. However, both relapsing and site-restricted variants, possibly associated with peripheral nervous system (PNS) involvement, are also observed, and a systematic classification is lacking. OBJECTIVE To describe a cohort of postinfectious(More)
Sirs: Ocular neuromyotonia (ONM) is characterized by brief spells of diplopia occurring spontaneously or after eccentric gaze holding due to tonic involuntary ocular muscle contraction [9]. ONM is a rare disorder, described in only 41 patients according to a recent review paper [10]. In most cases ocular neuromyotonia follows months or years after(More)
OBJECTIVE To correlate the site and severity of brain lesions seen on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with the quality of general movements in term infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and compare the prognostic value of general movements and MRI for motor outcome. STUDY DESIGN Early brain MRI scans in 34 term infants with HIE not treated(More)
The diagnostic and prognostic assessment of newborn infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) comprises, among other tools, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. To compare the ability of DWI and ADC maps in newborns with HIE to predict the neurodevelopmental outcome at 2 years of age. Thirty-four term(More)
Nearly half of very preterm (VP) and extremely preterm (EP) infants suffers from minor disabilities. The paper overviews the literature dealing with motor problems other than cerebral palsy (CP) during infancy and preschool age. The term "minor motor problems" indicates a wide spectrum of motor disorders other than CP; "minor" does not mean "minimal", as a(More)
Wernicke’s encephalopathy is an acute neurological disorder resulting from thiamine deficiency mainly related to alcohol abuse. Severe thiamine deficiency is an emerging problem in non-alcoholic patients and it may develop in postoperative surgical patients with risk factors. We reported a case of a 46 years old woman who underwent, one year before, to(More)
Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) has been described in several cases of clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS). In the majority of these, lumbar puncture followed by intravenous corticosteroid treatment was suspected as the cause. We report what is, to our knowledge, the first case of a patient with a multifocal clinically isolated syndrome suggestive(More)
Hemangioendothelioma (HE) is a rare vascular tumor of endothelial cell origin that usually involves long bone or soft tissue. However, there are cases of head and neck involvement. In the literature, only 19 cases of nasal involvement are described. We report a case of an 18-month-old child who had HE of the ethmoid sinus. Endoscopic resection of the tumor(More)
Sirs: Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is an inflammatory CNS disease that usually occurs in association with infections and immunisation. The disease is supposed to be the result either of a direct (but delayed) infection or of an immune-mediated reaction [2, 6, 10]. In post-infectious cases, evidence of an autoimmune origin remains indirect and(More)
Acute nontraumatic myelopathies include vascular etiologies most commonly caused by atherosclerotic vascular disease. Other causes that have been reported to occur with varying frequencies include thrombosis, embolism of thrombi and tumor, arteritis, hypotension, dissecting aortic aneurysm, sickle cell disease, intervertebral disk herniation, vertebral body(More)