Florence Ghika-Schmid

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE To study consecutive patients with acute or delayed hyperkinetic movement disorders in the Lausanne Stroke Registry. METHODS We have identified 29 patients with acute or delayed movement disorders among 2500 patients who had their first-ever acute stroke in the Lausanne Stroke Registry. SETTING Department of Neurology, Lausanne(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between early depressive behavior after stroke onset and occurrence of poststroke depression (PSD) at 3- and 12-month follow-up evaluations. METHODS The study prospectively included 273 patients with first-ever single uncomplicated ischemic stroke. In the stroke unit, nurses scored crying, overt sadness, and apathy(More)
Using systematic investigations, including neurological and neuropsychological examinations and computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging analyzed on anatomical maps, we prospectively studied 12 patients (age range, 63+/-19 years) with an isolated anterior thalamic infarct. They had acute, severe, perseverative behavior, which was apparent in(More)
OBJECT The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of bilateral contemporaneous deep brain stimulation (DBS) in patients who have levodopa-responsive parkinsonism with untreatable motor fluctuations. Bilateral pallidotomy carries a high risk of corticobulbar and cognitive dysfunction. Deep brain stimulation offers new(More)
We report the cases of two patients presenting a peculiar speech disorder, which we have named “echoing approval”, in which the patients echo, in replying to questions in a dialogue with short phrases, the positive or negative syntactical construction of a question, or its positive or negative intonation, but without any repetition of whole or part of(More)
The authors report the underestimated cognitive, mood, and behavioral complications in patients who have undergone bilateral contemporaneous pallidotomy, as seen in their early experience with functional neurosurgery for Parkinson's disease (PD) that is accompanied by severe motor fluctuations before pallidal stimulation. Four patients, not suffering from(More)
A 70-year-old right-handed woman developed a complete Klüver-Bucy syndrome including psychic blindness, aberrant sexual behavior, hypermetamorphosis, aphasia and visual agnosia following left anterior temporal lobectomy for an anaplasic oligodendroglioma. MRI showed no argument for a contralateral ischemic infarct, tumoral growth or white matter damage.(More)
We report two patients with subacute diffuse encephalopathy characterized by confusion, myoclonic encephalopathy, and mild akineto-rigid extrapyramidal signs in one case and by apathy, memory deficit, and partial complex seizures in the other. Hashimoto's thyroiditis with high titers of anti-thyroglobulin antibodies was diagnosed in both patients, who were(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess subjective experience in acute stroke and to correlate it with stroke features, acute emotional behavior, and impact on seeking of medical care. METHODS The authors studied patients with acute first-ever stroke prospectively. During the first 4 days they rated subjective experience (happiness, sadness, irascibility, and fear);(More)
We prospectively studied motor symptoms in 32 patients with CT- or MRI-proven acute pure parietal stroke. A transient, mild, 'pseudoparesis' of the hand (90%), was noted, improved by visual attention and prompting, associated with non-awareness of muscle power (53%), transient soft pyramidal signs (50%), unilateral akinesia (100%) and motor hemineglect(More)