Andrew W Barritt

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Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) are inhibitory extracellular matrix molecules that are upregulated after CNS injury. Degradation of CSPGs using the enzyme chondroitinase ABC (ChABC) can promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury. However, the mechanisms underlying this recovery are not clear. Here we investigated the effects of ChABC(More)
We have developed a pyramidotomy model in mice to lesion the corticospinal tract at the level of the brainstem pyramidal tract, and evaluated the resultant impairments in motor function in a series of behavioural tests. Adult C57BL/6 mice received a unilateral pyramidotomy and a control group of mice underwent sham surgery. We studied the effects of this(More)
Chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans (CSPGs) are extracellular matrix molecules whose inhibitory activity is attenuated by the enzyme chondroitinase ABC (ChABC). Here we assess whether CSPG degradation can promote compensatory sprouting of the intact corticospinal tract (CST) following unilateral injury and restore function to the denervated forelimb. Adult(More)
Effective swallowing is an essential part of life and is performed thousands of times per day, often without conscious consideration. Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) commonly arises in stroke patients following ischemia of the cerebral cortex. However, whereas this tends to resolve spontaneously in the majority of patients, a small percentage will be(More)
INTRODUCTION This is an audit of patient understanding following their consent for orthopaedic procedures and uses information on new Orthoconsent forms endorsed by the British Orthopaedic Association as the set standard. The objectives were to: (i) assess whether patients' understanding of knee arthroscopy (KA) and total knee replacement (TKR) at the point(More)
INTRODUCTION The objectives of this study were to: (i) assess whether handwritten operation reports for hip hemi-arthroplasties adhere to The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE) guidelines on surgical documentation; (ii) improve adherence to these guidelines with procedure-specific computerised operation reports; and (iii) improve the quality of(More)
Symptoms of fatigue are often reported by patients in both the acute and chronic stages of recovery following a stroke. It is commonly associated with low mood and sleep disturbances, but can arise in their absence. However, it has also been associated with poorer long-term outcome and, as such, its aetiology warrants a greater understanding. There is(More)
A previously healthy 37-year-old man was admitted with a two-month history of increasing shortness of breath and high temperature. A chest X-ray demonstrated bibasal shadowing and small bilateral pleural effusions; arterial blood gases demonstrated low pO2. Despite intravenous antibiotics no significant improvement was observed. A high-resolution chest(More)
We present a rare case of intracranial papillary endothelial hyperplasia, or 'Masson's tumour,' following gamma knife radiosurgery for epilepsy. A 59-year-old woman presented with a 4-month history of escalating headaches and progressive neurological deficit. MR scan of brain showed enlargement of an enhancing right temporal lobe lesion, midline shift and(More)