Anna Losurdo

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OBJECTIVES Although sleep disturbances are common in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), sleep disturbances in myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) have not been well-characterized. We aimed to determine the frequency of sleep disturbances in DM2. METHODS We conducted a case-control study of 54 genetically confirmed DM2 subjects and 104 medical controls without(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Reduced mobility during sleep characterizes a variety of movement disorders and neuromuscular diseases. Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is the third most common form of muscular dystrophy in the general population, and people with FSHD have poor sleep quality. The aims of the present study were to evaluate nocturnal motor(More)
OBJECTIVE The aims of the study were: (1) to evaluate subjective sleep quality and daytime sleepiness in patients affected by sporadic inclusion-body myositis (IBM); (2) to define the sleep and sleep-related respiratory pattern in IBM patients. METHODS Thirteen consecutive adult patients affected by definite IBM were enrolled, six women and seven men,(More)
Myotonic dystrophy types 1 (DM1) and 2 (DM2) are the most common muscular dystrophies in adulthood. A high prevalence of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and sleep disordered breathing was documented in DM1; however, there are limited data available regarding DM2. Goals of the study were: (1) to evaluate the prevalence of sleep apnea in a large cohort of(More)
Chronic insomnia is highly prevalent in the general population, provoking personal distress and increased risk for psychiatric and medical disorders. Autonomic hyper-arousal could be a pathogenic mechanism of chronic primary insomnia. The aim of this study was to investigate autonomic activity in patients with chronic primary insomnia by means of heart rate(More)
Pycnodysostosis (OMIM:265800) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder due to a mutation in the cathepsin K gene, which causes a decrease of the bone turnover and a deterioration of the bone structure. Our aim was to describe a 5 year-old patient affected by pycnodysostosis, associated with an extremely severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, who was(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To evaluate the sleep pattern and the motor activity during sleep in a cohort of patients affected by Huntington disease (HD). DESIGN Cross-sectional cohort study. SETTING Sleep laboratory. PATIENTS Thirty HD patients, 16 women and 14 men (mean age 57.3 ± 12.2 y); 30 matched healthy controls (mean age 56.5 ± 11.8 y). INTERVENTIONS(More)
In this study we report the results of surgery in a large population of patients affected by drug-resistant focal sleep related epilepsy (SRE) and the identified prognostic factors. We conducted a retrospective analysis of a case series of 955 patients operated on for drug-resistant focal epilepsy from 1997 to 2009. Ninety-five patients with focal SRE and a(More)
OBJECTIVE Sleep state misperception (SSM) is a term used in the International Classification of Sleep Disorders to indicate people who mistakenly perceive their sleep as wakefulness. SSM is a form of primary insomnia. The aim of this study was to record psychological functioning measures (anxiety, depression, ability to feel pleasure, obsessive-compulsive(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES Chiari malformation Type I (CM-I) has been associated with sleep disordered breathing (SDB). The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of SDB in CM-I and its clinical correlates in a population of children and adolescents. METHODS Fifty-three consecutive children and adolescents affected by CM-I were enrolled (27 girls and 26(More)