Anna Szczepańska-Szerej

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Like other proinflammatory cytokines, TNF-alpha may play an important role in the development of central nervous system injury following ischemic stroke. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of early treatment with simvastatin, an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, on serum TNF-alpha level in acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Patients with AIS (n = 36)(More)
OBJECTIVES Oxidative stress plays an important role in ischemic stroke pathophysiology. Some drugs are known to have a substantial influence on oxidative stress. In this study, we examined the antioxidant effect of simvastatin through its influence on patients' serum 8-isoprostane levels. METHODS We measured serum 8-isoprostane levels in 67 patients with(More)
Our goal was to analyze the effects of treatment with a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitor (simvastatin, 40 mg/day) on serum S100BB and tau protein levels during the acute ischemic stroke (IS). Twenty four patients with IS were divided into two equal groups; treated and untreated with simvastatin. Blood was obtained four(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the plasma level changes of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), biochemical marker of heart failure, and echocardiographic parameters during mitoxantrone treatment in 22 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients (8 males, 14 females, mean age 37.1+/-6.6). Mitoxantrone (after mean cumulative dose of 58.0+/-7.0 mg/m(2)) did not(More)
Although diabetes is a well-known risk factor for ischemic stroke, its role in ischemic stroke outcome has not been clarified yet. Stroke subtypes according to the TOAST (Trial of Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment) classification, history of hypertension, serum glucose levels, blood pressure and OCSP (Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project) clinical types(More)
Stiff-Person Syndrome (SPS) is a very rare disorder characterised by progressive fluctuating muscle rigidity and episodic spasm. So far, only two reports have demonstrated a significant clinical improvement in the patients with SPS when muscle were injected with Botulinum Toxin A (BTA). We investigated the effectiveness of intramuscular injections of BTA in(More)
The technical aspects of microemboli detection are summarised in this paper. The physical principles of the microembolus signals detection, their ultrasound characteristics, the possibility of identification of microembolus signals in Doppler spectral wave and advised equipment settings have been reviewed. Then the methods of automatic microemboli detection(More)
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