Eustachio D’Errico

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Urate is a natural antioxidant, and high serum urate levels could be protective against the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To determine if serum urate concentrations were lower in ALS patients than in healthy controls, we compared serum urate levels in 132 ALS patients and 337 age/sex-matched controls. Median urate levels were lower in(More)
The pathophysiological mechanism of the pain in ALS is still unclear. The aim of the study was to evaluate the laser evoked potentials (LEPs) in ALS patients in relation to their clinical features. Twenty-four ALS patients were selected. Pain features were assessed and their intensity was measured by a 0-10 VAS. LEPs were recorded in all patients and in 23(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has heterogeneous clinical features that could be translated into specific patterns of brain atrophy. In the current study we have evaluated the relationship between different clinical expressions of classical ALS and measurements of brain cortical thickness. Cortical thickness analysis was conducted from 3D-MRI using(More)
BACKGROUND N -acetylaspartate (NAA) level is a biomarker of functional integrity and vitality in neurons. In vivo multisection proton ((1)H)-magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies indicate that NAA level decreases in specific cortical brain areas of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). OBJECTIVE To study NAA level in serum samples as a(More)
Copper-zinc superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1) is the second most common mutated gene in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). To date more than 150 missense mutations of SOD1 have been reported. The objective of this study was to describe a novel SOD1 mutation and its phenotypic expression. We describe a 74-year-old Caucasian man who began to complain of(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate the frequency and the clinical correlations of pseudobulbar affect (PBA) in a population-based incident cohort of ALS patients. Incident ALS cases, diagnosed in 2011 and 2012, according to El Escorial criteria were enrolled from a prospective population-based registry in Apulia, Southern Italy. Neurological status was(More)
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