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Rasmussen encephalitis (RE) is a rare but severe immune-mediated brain disorder leading to unilateral hemispheric atrophy, associated progressive neurological dysfunction and intractable seizures. Recent data on the pathogenesis of the disease, its clinical and paraclinical presentation, and therapeutic approaches are summarized. Based on these data, we(More)
Rasmussen's encephalitis (RE) is a rare condition characterized by drug-resistant seizures, recurrent status epilepticus and progressive lateralized neurological deterioration. There is evidence of autoimmune involvement in the pathogenesis. We investigated the presence of anti-GluR3 antibodies against peptides A and B in patients with RE (n=11), partial(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the clinical and EEG features of the epileptic syndromes occurring in adult and infantile mitochondrial encephalopathies (ME). METHODS Thirty-one patients with recurrent and apparently unprovoked seizures associated with primary ME were included in the study. Diagnosis of ME was based on the recognition of a morphologic, biochemical,(More)
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (Kennedy disease) is an adult form of X-linked motor neuron disease caused by the expansion of a polymorphic CAG-repeat sequence in the first exon of the androgen receptor gene. We studied clinical and molecular features of 36 patients and 19 heterozygous females. Phenotypic manifestations and disease severity broadly(More)
Double-seronegative myasthenia gravis (dSN-MG, without detectable AChR and MuSK antibodies) presents a serious gap in MG diagnosis and understanding. Recently, autoantibodies against the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4 (LRP4) have been identified in several dSN-MG sera, but with dramatic frequency variation (∼2-50%). We have developed a(More)
We report that long-term selective immunoglobulin G immunoadsorption by protein A (PAI) improved seizure frequency and neuropsychological deficits in a 16-year-old patient with severe treatment-resistant Rasmussen's encephalitis (RE). Clinical improvement correlated with reduction of antiglutamate receptor 3 antibodies. The efficacy of PAI in our patient(More)
Azathioprine (Aza) has been used alone or in combination with steroids for two groups of myasthenic patients. Positive responses were noted in 75% of patients on Aza alone and in 70% receiving the combined regimen. The clinical course of the two groups differed in terms of respiratory crisis and need for plasma exchange. With an appropriate Aza(More)
Seronegative myasthenia gravis (MG) presents a serious gap in MG diagnosis and understanding. We applied a cell based assay (CBA) for the detection of muscle specific kinase (MuSK) antibodies undetectable by radioimmunoassay. We tested 633 triple-seronegative MG patients' sera from 13 countries, detecting 13% as positive. MuSK antibodies were found, at(More)
We studied the effect of riboflavin treatment on the clinical status and on the activities of beta-oxidation and respiratory chain enzymes in a 69-year-old patient with late-onset myopathy. Before treatment, she was very weak and wasted in the limbs and trunk muscles; also, she could not walk or attend to daily activities. Marked lipid storage was present(More)
Experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG), a model for human myasthenia (MG), is routinely induced in susceptible rat strains by a single immunization with Torpedo acetylcholine receptor (TAChR). TAChR immunization induces anti-AChR Abs that cross-react with self AChR, activate the complement cascade, and promote degradation of the postsynaptic(More)