Cecilia Perin

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Fifty-eight HIV-positive drug abusers and 22 HIV-positive nondrug abusers at stages II-III and IV of the Centers for Disease Control classification were evaluated neuropsychologically. The study confirmed previous findings that drug abuse has a negative influence on cognitive function. It also emerges that seropositivity affects cognitive function, although(More)
In patients with AIDS, cerebral infection due to cytomegalovirus (CMV) results in two distinct neuropathological patterns: microglial nodular encephalitis (MGNE) and ventriculoencephalitis (VE). In order to identify clinical features to facilitate the differential diagnosis of these two forms of CMV encephalopathy in living patients, we retrospectively(More)
This retrospective study aims to assess cognitive involvement in pre-AIDS, not drug abuser subjects and to determine whether CD4 status or disease stage best correlates with cognitive changes that may portend development of ADC. 328 cases were analyzed. No differences in psychometric performance in relation to CDC stage were found. Instead, patients with(More)
Twenty-five HIV-seropositive drug abusers (DA+HIV+) (groups II-III and IV [A, C2 and E] of the CDC classification) were evaluated by use of the WAIS scale to determine any possible involvement of cognitive functions in the not yet overt phases of AIDS. The results were compared with those obtained in two control populations composed of 19 seronegative drug(More)
In Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) do not have a unique classification as they can be found within different categories: conversion, dissociative, and somatization disorders. The ICD-10, instead, considers PNES within dissociative disorders, merging the dissociative disorders(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the involvement of cognitive function in HIV-seropositive drug users (DU) in a pre-AIDS state. DESIGN Fifty-six HIV-positive DU were prospectively evaluated. They belonged to groups II, III and IV (subgroups A, C2 and E) of the 1987 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classification, with anamnesis negative for neurological(More)
About 20%-30% of patients undergoing neurological rehabilitation report visual field defects, one of the most frequent of which is homonymous hemianopsia (loss of the same half of the visual field in both eyes). There is still no consensus as to whether homonymous hemianopsia is best treated in a restorative or compensatory manner. The aim of this review is(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this review was to examine the possible link between psychological trauma in a patient's medical history and the onset of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). METHODOLOGY An electronic search of published reports was made using the search engines PubMed-MedLine, EBSCO, PsycINFO, SFX, and Embase and the keywords "PNES",(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of a post-traumatic psychiatric disorder in patients with acute injuries may have adverse effects on outcomes. AIM In this study our aims were: (1) to assess the frequency of psychiatric disorders after a cerebrovascular accident or traumatic injury requiring rehabilitation; (2) to examine whether there was any correlation between(More)