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Limb-girdle myasthenia is an uncommon disease and includes familial and autoimmune forms. Patients present proximal muscle weakness and wasting, and sometimes fatigability, without cranial nerve involvement and fluctuations. We observed, during a 15-year period, nine subjects with limb-girdle myasthenia, (24-55 years; 8 males, 1 female) who constituted 3.2%(More)
We studied six patients affected with blepharospasm (BSP). We injected botulinum toxin (BTX) around only one eye and saline solution around the other. Clinical rating of BSP was performed. Single fiber electromyography (SFEMG), compound motor action potential (cMAP) at the orbicularis oculi muscle by stimulation of the facial nerve, blink reflex, and blink(More)
To establish whether botulinum A toxin (BTX-A) acts on modifying reciprocal inhibition between forearm muscles in spasticity, 20 patients with post-stroke upper limb spasticity lasting for more than 1 year were studied. Clinical examination, physiotherapeutic evaluation, standardized video-tape assessment and electrophysiological testing (flexor carpi(More)
A clinical and electrophysiological study evaluated the usefulness of local steroid therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). To evaluate the efficacy of local steroid therapy 32 patients (53 nerves) were randomly assigned to one of two groups: one (27 nerves) received 15 mg methylprednisolone acetate injected locally and the other (26 nerves) received the(More)
To evaluate distant effects of botulinum toxin, single fibre electromyography on the extensor digitorum communis muscle and six tests of cardiovascular reflexes were performed in five patients injected with BoTox (Oculinum(R) 20-130 units) for craniocervical dystonia and hemifacial spasm. Patients underwent two sessions of treatment and the second time the(More)
OBJECTIVES To define the neuromuscular involvement in 'mitochondrial' patients with clinical evidence of a neuromuscular disorder, and to evaluate if the proposed electrophysiological protocol was suitable to reveal a subclinical neuropathy or myopathy in 'mitochondrial' patients with no clinical sign of a neuromuscular disturbance. METHODS Quantitative(More)
A patient affected by thoracic outlet syndrome, with an involvement of the left lower primary trunk due to a rudimentary cervical rib, developed a severe hand dystonia on the same side. The dystonic posture was characterised by a flexion of the wrist with the fingers curled into the palm. Polygraphic recordings performed on the left flexor digitorum(More)
A 40-yr-old male was admitted to the intensive care unit following blunt chest trauma. He had multiple rib fractures, bilateral pneumothoraces, and acute respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation. Sedation was achieved with midazolam and morphine, and later with propofol. The patient was paralysed with a continuous infusion of cisatracurium(More)
Many techniques have been reported to improve the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), but there is no agreement on the diagnostic yield of these different methods. We used an electrophysiological protocol including the assessment of the orthodromic sensory conduction velocity of the median nerve along the carpal tunnel, comparison of median and ulnar(More)