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Four cases of progressive non-infectious anterior vertebral fusion are described. Three cases remain relatively asymptomatic, but one has developed spinal cord compression secondary to an acute angled kyphosis. The clinical, radiological, and pathological features are reviewed and some comparisons with the spinal changes in thalidomide embryopathy are made.
The purposes of this paper were to complete factor and item analyses of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS) in a sample of mixed substance abusers and to examine the correlations between patients' TAS scores and other variables. Results indicate that the TAS is a reliable, valid measure of alexithymia for substance abusers. The factor structure we found is(More)
Investigators have suggested that alexithymia is a multidimensional construct and that it is responsive to situational stressors. We tested these hypotheses in a sample of 110 freshman medical students. We conducted factor analyses on the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS), the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and the state portion of the State-Trait Anxiety(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS) scores and derived subscale scores changed in a sample of newly abstinent alcoholic inpatients. Subjects completed the TAS and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) on the date of their application for care (Time 1) and at the end of their 3rd week in treatment(More)
Three unrelated patients with identical radiological features are presented. Hypotonia was noted at birth and one patient was diagnosed as having congenital fibre type disproportion in the neonatal period. Later muscle biopsies, however, were entirely normal. All patients, now in their teens and twenties, are of normal intelligence, show striking epiphyseal(More)
A 34-month-old boy with intermittent diarrhoea and abdominal distension from 2 months of age, a chronic microabscess of the cheek, gastric antral narrowing, and perianal abscesses containing granulomata was found at colonscopy to have extensive, noncaseating, submucosal ileal and colonic granulomata. He was initially thought to have Crohn's disease, but(More)