Erle C H Lim

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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)
" If you were to rush into this room right now and announce that you had struck a deal – Bill Gates, whomever – in which the ten years since my diagnosis could be magically taken away, traded in for ten more years as the person I was before, I would, without a moment's hesitation, tell you to take a hike. The ten years since my diagnosis have been the best(More)
The demographic and laboratory predictors of long-stay patients with ischemic stroke were sought in this retrospective hospital-based study. In the univariate and multivariate analysis, advanced age, male gender, leukocytosis, elevated creatinine, low-serum albumin, elevated alkaline transaminases, and lactate dehydrogenase were identified as independent(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)
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)
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)