Frederic Macia

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It has been suggested that the underactivity of mesial frontal structures induced by dopamine depletion could constitute one of the main substrates underlying akinesia in Parkinson's disease. Functional imaging and movement-related potential recordings indicate an implication of the frontal lobes in this pathological process, but the question has not yet(More)
Adult polyglucosan body disease (APGBD) is a rare disorder affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems and in which parkinsonism is unusual. A 71-year-old man presented levodopa-unresponsive parkinsonism with urinary incontinence and recurrent syncopes of 6 years standing masquerading as atypical parkinsonism of the multiple system atrophy (MSA-P)(More)
During a period of intensive practice, 2 petanque players developed freezing of shoulder flexion impeding boule throwing. This movement disorder was consistent with the diagnosis of task-specific focal dystonia. Polymyography showed that freezing was associated with bursts of low amplitude. In the absence of motor or sensory deficits, a motor apraxia could(More)
Recent data suggest that a decreased basal ganglia output may occur in dystonia, resulting in an increased thalamic drive to the mesial premotor cortex. In a previous work we found that injection of the GABAA antagonist bicuculline into the rostral motor thalamus induced contralateral dystonic postures, whereas myoclonic jerks were frequent after injection(More)
The purpose of the study was to evaluate electrophysiologically phrenic nerve involvement in multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). The response latencies following phrenic nerve stimulation were increased in 11 of 14 (80%) patients in the CIDP group but in only 1 of 14 (8%) patients in the MMN group.(More)
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