Dominic G Zerbi

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Spinal subarachnoid bleeding of unknown etiology is extremely rare. It has been suggested that these lesions have to be divided into two subtypes with different behaviour and prognosis according to their location around the spinal cord. The dorsally located bleeding would invariably cause severe spinal cord compression while the ventral lesions would have a(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) are associated with thrombotic phenomena including cerebral ischemia in young adults. Although aCL are directed to a neoepitope formed by phospholipid and beta2-glycoprotein I (beta2-GPI), immunoassays based on cardiolipin as target antigen are widely used. We previously demonstrated that 47% of(More)
BACKGROUND There are few epidemiological studies on neurological disorders in Albania. METHODS A door-to-door survey was undertaken in two geographical areas (Tirana and Saranda) with different socioeconomic backgrounds. Two random samples of the local population underwent a structured interview to ascertain headache, epilepsy, dementia, parkinsonism,(More)
Data concerning 37 patients with inflammatory dysimmune polyneuropathy treated by discontinuous flow centrifugation, membrane plasma separation and cascade filtration are presented. Plasmapheresis was combined with immunosuppressants in patients with chronic or relapsing neuropathy (8 patients), cryoglobulinemic (6 patients) and paraneoplastic disease (2(More)
A 18-year-old woman in the 7th month of pregnancy had a mild enteritis followed within 8 days by a typical Guillain-Barré syndrome with respiratory failure requiring ventilatory support and bulbar palsy. After induction of delivery and discouraging results with steroid therapy, she was treated by plasma exchange. After 2 sessions on alternate days, a(More)
Small volume plasma exchange (PE) was evaluated in 6 patients with acute Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and in 1 with its chronic relapsing type. Patients were treated during the onset or progression of their neurologic involvement and no other combined therapy was provided. 6 of our patients had clear benefit following the first session. Two procedures on(More)
A peculiar type of periodic lateralized epileptiform discharges (PLEDs) was recorded on 22 EEGs performed in 11 patients. They were characterized by bursts of sinusoid activity around 7-9 Hz, usually followed by a slow wave, lasting less than 500 ms, with a period less than 2 s, and these sequences could be continuous over several days. We propose to name(More)
Four patients with GBs were treated by PE. In all cases the treatment was successful in that it halted the progression of the disease, induced regression of the signs of bulbar impairment, ventilatory failure and cranial nerve paralysis and improved motility. In all instances the response was quicker for the nerves affected last. Our results confirm that PE(More)
A case of a solitary brain stem abscess in a 55-year-old man is presented. The computed tomographic scan and clinical picture allowed the presumptive diagnosis to be made. The abscess resolved completely after treatment with chloramphenicol, vancomycin, and ceftazidime administered intravenously. Medical therapy should be considered as an effective(More)