Dimitri Hemelsoet

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Data on the prevalence of Fabry disease in patients with central nervous system pathology are limited and controversial. In this study, we assessed the prevalence of Fabry disease in young patients presenting with cerebrovascular disease in Belgium. METHODS In this national, prospective, multicenter study, we screened for Fabry(More)
Though the genetic background of ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke is often polygenetic or multifactorial, it can in some cases result from a monogenic disease, particularly in young adults. Besides arteriopathies and metabolic disorders, several connective tissue diseases can present with stroke. While some of these diseases have been recognized for(More)
OBJECTIVE In the Belgian Fabry Study (BeFaS), the prevalence of Fabry disease was assessed in 1000 young patients presenting with stroke, unexplained white matter lesions or vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia. The results of the BeFaS suggested that Fabry disease may play a role in up to 1% of young patients presenting with cerebrovascular disease. However, the(More)
BACKGROUND Seizures occur more frequently in patients with an intracerebral haematoma (ICH) than in those with a cerebral infarct. However, the risk factors for seizures in association with an ICH are less well known. PURPOSE The characteristics of medically treated patients with spontaneous ICHs, who developed seizures, were retrospectively compared to(More)
Computerized as well as paper-and-pencil tasks are applied in mapping visuospatial neglect in experimental research and clinical practice. This article presents a new kind of computer-based assessment method, using an electronic pen display and user-friendly software. The approach is tailored to specific spatial processes and highlights the usefulness of a(More)
Tapia’s syndrome is characterized by unilateral paralysis of the tongue and vocal cord, and is caused by a concurrent lesion of both the recurrent laryngeal and hypoglossal nerves. The proposed mechanism in most patients is compression or stretching of these nerves on their extracranial course due to airway manipulation under general anaesthesia. As Tapia’s(More)
BACKGROUND Lacunes are small deep infarcts due to occlusion of long-perforating arterial branches. The clinical presentation and outcome are variable. The present study investigates the prognostic value of comparing repeated computed tomographic (CT) scans in patients with a lacunar syndrome (LACS). PATIENTS AND METHODS From a series of 220 patients,(More)
OBJECTIVE It is unclear whether carotid revascularization can improve the cognitive problems often observed in patients with carotid stenosis. We examined the presence of preoperative disturbances and the effects of different types of carotid revascularization on cognition. METHOD Forty-six patients treated for significant carotid stenosis [26 carotid(More)
Clinical trials have shown a beneficial effect of mechanical thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke patients treated within six up to even 12 h after symptom onset. This treatment was already performed in selected hospitals in Belgium before completion of the randomized controlled trials. Outcome data on these procedures in Belgium have not been published.(More)
OBJECTIVE Contraversive pushing (CP) is a neurologic disorder characterized by a lateral postural imbalance. Pusher patients actively push toward their contralesional side due to a misperception of the body's orientation in relation to gravity. Although not every patient with CP suffers from spatial neglect (SN), both phenomena are highly correlated in(More)