Ghislaine C. Cespedes

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Granulomatous amebic encephalitis (GAE), or meningoencephalitis due to Acanthamoeba spp. and leptomyxid ameba are uncommon CNS infections that generally occur in immunocompromised hosts. We describe a case of GAE caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris previously designated as a leptomyxid ameba, in an apparently healthy 14-year-old Venezuelan boy. This case was(More)
1. In this study we investigated the effect of 7-nitroindazole (7-NI), a preferential inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), on kainic acid (KA) induced neurotoxicity in rats. Choline acetyltransferase activity (CAT), a cholinergic marker, and histological changes were employed to assess neurotoxicity. 2. In control rats, the local(More)
A sural nerve dissected from a recently dead patient displayed an unusual X-ray diffraction pattern, suggesting that in situ and at the time of the patient's death the myelin sheaths were in a swollen state. Diffraction patterns of the swollen type were also recorded from: (1) a sural nerve from the corpse of a neurologically healthy person after soaking(More)
Coinfections with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and infectious agents have been recognized since the early 90s. In the central nervous system (CNS) of HIV(+) patients, parasitic protozoans like Toxoplasma gondii have been described as responsible for the space occupying lesions (SOL) developed. However, the involvement of Trypanosoma cruzi is also(More)
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