Carla Arbasino

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Some surveys indicate that elderly nursing home residents are extensively prescribed antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Few studies have evaluated the prevalence of seizure-related diagnoses as a risk factor for AED administration in nursing homes. To assess the prevalence of AED use and of epileptic seizures in the elderly nursing home residents in our country,(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODS In order to obtain further information on the pathophysiology of functional tremor, we assessed tactile discrimination threshold and proprioceptive temporal discrimination motor threshold values in 11 patients with functional tremor, 11 age- and sex-matched patients with essential tremor and 13 healthy controls. RESULTS Tactile(More)
Sleep paralysis (SP) is a common parasomnia. The diagnostic criteria for SP, as reported in the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, are essentially clinical, as electroencephalography (EEG)-polysomnography (PSG) is not mandatory. We describe a subject whose sleep-related events fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for SP, even though her visual(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the yield of interictal EEG spiking in standard and whole-night sleep EEGs in elderly subjects with recent-onset focal seizures compared to younger patients. METHODS Detection of interictal epileptiform abnormalities (IEAs) and rating of mean spike index (number of interictal discharges/minute) values for different sleep stages (NREM(More)
OBJECTIVE Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis (MTLE-HS) may involve extrahippocampal areas of structural and functional damage. The incidence and the features of this damage are still a matter of debate and vary depending on the method applied. Memory guided saccades (MGSs) with a memorization delay longer than 20s can be used reliably(More)
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare occurrence in patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Two patients with neuroradiological evidence of PRES without central nervous system (CNS) symptoms were recently reported. We present the case of a GBS patient with minimal CNS symptoms and magnetic resonance imaging findings consistent(More)
Etoricoxib is a newer cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitor anti-inflammatory drug with a favorable safety profile. However, several randomized trials have provided evidence of an increased risk for acute myocardial infarction associated with the use of COX-2 inhibitors. Fewer data are available concerning the risk for ischemic stroke associated with COX-2(More)
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