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Inclusion body myositis is the most common idiopathic inflammatory myopathy in elderly individuals. It typically causes proximal and distal limb weakness with forearm flexors and quadriceps being the most severely affected muscles. Axial musculature is infrequently involved. Here, we report an 80-year-old man who presented with an 18-month history of(More)
BACKGROUND Neurodegenerative dementias are typically characterized by an insidious onset and a relatively slowly progressive course. Less common are patients with a rapidly progressive course to death. OBJECTIVE To characterize patients with a neurodegenerative disease and a rapidly progressive course to death. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS Using a text(More)
A hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9ORF72) gene was recently discovered as the cause underlying frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and/or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) linked to chromosome 9 (c9FTD/ALS). In this atypical case of c9FTD/ALS, the proband presented with amnestic mild cognitive impairment which(More)
We assessed the effect of referral bias on patients with ALS treated at our medical center. A total of 132 subjects were treated by our center over the past 3 years. The referral population had a median survival of 29 months compared to 18 months for the local population (p = 0.007). Referral bias should be addressed when assessing the efficacy of(More)
The autosomal dominant ataxias are a heterogenous group of disorders. Almost 30 different genetic loci have been identified. Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is one of many autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias. Electrophysiologic studies in SCA2 have shown mainly a sensory neuropathy or neuronopathy. To determine if electrophysiologic testing reveals(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize the clinical features and MRI abnormalities of leucine-rich glioma-inactivated 1 (LGI1)-autoantibody (Ab) faciobrachial dystonic seizures (FBDS). METHODS Forty-eight patients with LGI1-Ab encephalopathy were retrospectively identified by searching our clinical and serologic database from January 1, 2002, to June 1, 2015. Of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Anoctamin 5 (ANO5) is a putative intracellular calcium-activated chloride channel. Recessive mutations in ANO5 cause primary skeletal muscle disorders (limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2L and distal muscular dystrophy), which are phenotypically similar to dysferlinopathy, a muscular dystrophy due to dysferlin-encoding gene (DYSF)(More)
BACKGROUND The use of biodegradable synthetic nerve conduits for the reconstruction of segmental nerve defects has been extensively reported in both animal and human studies, with a majority of studies evaluating sensory nerve recovery. However, few studies have compared these nerve conduits for functional motor recovery. The purpose of this study was to(More)
OBJECTIVE In patients with symptomatic diabetic polyneuropathy, is oral alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) effective in improving neuropathic symptoms compared with placebo? METHODS The question was addressed with a structured evidence-based clinical neurologic practice review via videoconferencing between 3 academic institutions. Participants included consultant(More)