Erle C H Lim

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We investigated changes in oxidative damage after ischemic stroke using multiple biomarkers. METHODS Serial blood and urine samples of ischemic stroke subjects and age-matched control subjects were assayed for F₂-isoprostanes, hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid products, F₄-neuroprostanes, 24-hydroxycholesterol, allantoin, and urate. (More)
Significant differences in frequency of the different spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) subtypes have been described to occur in different populations. A 'blunderbuss' diagnostic DNA testing approach would entail unnecessary healthcare cost. In this study, we determine the prevalence of SCA subtypes and predictive features of a positive DNA test in consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND Hemifacial spasm (HFS) can be disabling and affect quality of life. There is a lack of a validated scale for evaluating botulinum toxin (BTX) response in HFS. OBJECTIVE We examined the validity and reliability of a self-rating health-related quality of life (HRQOL) questionnaire (HFS-30) in HFS and investigated the correlation of this(More)
Spastic toe clawing describes extension at the metatarsophalangeal joints of the feet, flexion at the proximal interphalangeal joints and flexion at the distal interphalangeal joints that results from upper motor neuron lesions, such as stroke, intracranial hemorrhage, cervical myelopathy and brain tumors. Even though toe clawing is often asymptomatic, it(More)
Damage to the median nerve within the carpal tunnel gives rise to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), which is associated with a wide spectrum of symptoms. The predominant classic symptoms are nocturnal pain of the hand, and sensory disturbances within the distribution of the median nerve, both of which are characteristically relieved by hand movements. Ancillary(More)
We describe two Chinese families with a mild form of the myotonia congenita due to novel chloride channel (ClCN1) mutations. In one case, heterozygous I553F and H555N mutations were found. The patient shared the I553F mutation with his healthy father, and his mother had a history of mild myotonia when she was younger. In another family, autosomal dominant(More)
'Placebo' was used to describe fake substances or rituals used by medieval physicians to 'please', or assuage discomfort, in patients for whom no cure was available. This placatory perception of placebos led many to regard them as obsolete, permissible only as a comparator agent in clinical trials. Yet, placebo use by healthcare workers is relatively(More)
A young Chinese male was admitted for a generalised tonic-clonic seizure preceded by a week-long history of fever. Subsequently, he developed continuous myoclonic jerks in all four limbs, with clear left sided predominance, and no accompanying clouding of consciousness. Contrast MRI of the brain demonstrated a venous angioma in the right cingulate gyrus.(More)
We describe a 68 year-old Chinese man who presented with segmental dystonia involving the neck and right upper limb, which was exacerbated with action. EEG and MRI of the cervical spine were unremarkable, but MRI of the brain revealed a small cavernous angioma measuring one centimeter in diameter in the left centrum semiovale. The dystonia was ameliorated(More)