Eftichia Trachani

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OBJECTIVES Our aim was to investigate the impact of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) on the cardiovagal control of patients with advanced Parkinson's disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-four patients (mean age: 62.1 ± 9.4 years) were examined 3 days before and 6 months after DBS by a questionnaire, blood pressure monitoring and a(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of upper motor neuron damage upon motor units' function by means of two separate and supplementary electrophysiological methods. METHODS The abductor digiti minimi muscle of the non-paretic and the paretic side was studied in forty-six stroke patients with (a) motor unit number estimation (MUNE) - adapted multiple point(More)
PURPOSE To assess the impact of subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) on the sweating function in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS Nineteen patients with idiopathic PD (mean age+/-SD, 61.58+/-9.47) were examined immediately before and 6 months after DBS. Each examination session included registration of autonomic(More)
Purpose: Spectral analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) constitutes a useful tool for the evaluation of autonomic function. However, it is difficult to compare the published data because different mathematical approaches for the calculation of the frequency bands are applied. Our aim was to compare the HRV frequency domain parameters obtained by(More)
BACKGROUND The exact mechanism of weight gain (WG) after deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease remains unknown. OBJECTIVES To investigate a possible involvement of ghrelin, neuropeptide Y (NPY) and leptin in WG after DBS. METHODS Twenty-three Parkinson patients were submitted for(More)
To assess the function of fast somatic nerve fibers and sympathetic sudomotor system in patients with partial or generalized seizures, receiving various therapeutic regimes. The authors studied 60 patients (mean age 36.7 +/- 12.5 years) and 60 matched healthy controls by clinical, conventional nerve conduction study, and sympathetic skin responses (SSR)(More)
AIM To assess the function of parasympathetic heart control in patients with epilepsy by means of clinical routine neurophysiology. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seventy-one consecutive epileptic patients (mean age+/-S.D. 37.8+/-12.9 years) with partial or generalized seizures manifested for more than 6 months and receiving various therapeutic regimes and 71(More)
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