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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Bilateral globus pallidus deep brain stimulation (GPi-DBS) represents an effective and relatively safe therapy for different forms of refractory dystonia. The aim of this study was to assess, retrospectively, the effect of two different stimulation settings during GPi-DBS in 22 patients affected by primary generalized or… (More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Sleep disorders have been mentioned since the first descriptions of extrapyramidal diseases in James Parkinson's Essay on the Shaking Palsy, but only recently they have become the subject of attention, thanks to new acquisitions in clinical knowledge and electroencephalographic technology. In the late 1960s, the introduction of L-dopa… (More)
BACKGROUND Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) improves sleep in patients affected by Parkinson's disease (PD). Since microsubthalamotomy (mSTN) shows positive effects on motor symptoms, it could improve sleep in PD patients. Our goals were: to assess the effects of mSTN on sleep in patients affected by advanced PD; and to look for a… (More)
Rasagiline is a monoamine oxidase type-B inhibitor used as monotherapy or in addition to levodopa in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). This naturalistic single-blind study was aimed at evaluating the rapidity of onset effect of rasagiline on motor symptoms in a cohort of early relatively elderly PD patients. 102 outpatients (55 males, median age 71… (More)
Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) has acquired a relevant role in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). Despite being a safe procedure, it may expose patients to an increased risk to experience cognitive and emotional difficulties. Impairments in emotion recognition, mediated both by facial and prosodic expressions, have been… (More)
There are few reports about drug-related effects on PD pregnancy. We describe the case of a woman affected by PD treated with pramipexole monotherapy during pregnancy. The child, born by caesarean delivery, is healthy, whereas motor disability of the mother progressively increased to the point that levodopa therapy was necessary.