Daniel Michel

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Turning attention towards or away from a painful heat stimulus is known to modify both the subjective intensity of pain and the cortical evoked potentials to noxious stimuli. Using PET, we investigated in 12 volunteers whether pain-related regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) changes were also modulated by attention. High (mean 46.6 degrees C) or low (mean(More)
BACKGROUND The etiology of stroke or transitory ischemic attack (TIA) remains frequently unknown. While paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often suspected, its presence remains difficult to establish. Therefore, we investigated the occurrence of PAF episodes in such a population using a long-term automatic cardiac event recorder. METHODS We(More)
We used PET to study regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) changes in nine patients with unilateral central pain after a lateral medullary infarct (Wallenberg's syndrome). All patients presented, on the abnormal side, a combination of hypaesthesia to noxious and thermal stimuli and allodynia to rubbing of the skin with a cold object (i.e. abnormal pain to(More)
BACKGROUND Antiamphiphysin antibodies react with a 128-kd protein found in synaptic vesicles. They were first described in patients with paraneoplastic stiff-man syndrome and breast cancer, but studies suggest that they can also occur in patients with other tumors and neurological disorders. OBJECTIVE To determine if antiamphiphysin antibodies are(More)
We performed a study of the distribution of PrP27-30, the proteinase-K-resistant form of prion protein, in the central and peripheral nervous system of a patient with a Glu200Lys mutation of the prion protein gene, cerebellar ataxia, subcortical dementia, rigidity, and demyelinating peripheral neuropathy. In the CNS, there was neuron loss and spongy(More)
Technetium-99m sestamibi (MIBI), an alternative radiopharmaceutical for myocardial perfusion imaging, has also been proposed for use as an imaging agent for various tumours, including breast cancer, lung cancer, lymphomas, melanomas and brain tumours. After routine radiation therapy, deteriorating clinical status or treatment failure may be due to either(More)
Subacute sensory neuronopathy with anti-Hu antibodies is the best-characterized paraneoplastic peripheral neuropathy associated with carcinoma. Anti-CV2 antibodies, another group of paraneoplastic antibodies, react with a 66-kd brain protein belonging to the family of Ulip/CRMP proteins. The manifestations associated with anti-CV2 antibodies include(More)
Although paraneoplastic subacute sensory neuronopathy is the most frequent presentation of peripheral neuropathy in patients with anti-Hu antibodies, other neuropathies have been reported. In order to investigate the clinical and electrophysiological manifestations of neuropathies associated with anti-Hu antibodies, we conducted a retrospective study of 20(More)
OBJECTIVE When to suspect a paraneoplastic disorder is a puzzling problem that has not recently been studied in a large series of patients referred for peripheral neuropathy. METHODS From 422 consecutive patients with peripheral neuropathy, 26 were analysed who concomitantly had carcinoma but no tumorous infiltration, drug toxicity, or cachexia. Their(More)
Parietal, insular and anterior cingulate cortices are involved in the processing of noxious inputs and genesis of pain sensation. Parietal lesions may generate central pain by mechanisms generally assumed to involve the 'medial' pain system (i.e. medial thalamic nuclei and anterior cingulate cortex (ACC)). We report here PET and fMRI data in a patient who(More)