H. J. Schmitt

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PURPOSE During presurgical evaluation, 14 patients with medically intractable focal epilepsies underwent magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings for focus localization. To increase the number of epileptic discharges required for MEG analysis, we administered methohexital (MHT), a short-acting barbiturate known to provoke epileptic activity. We also(More)
We report a new apparatus to determine the quasistatic, three-dimensional, load-displacement characteristics of spines including muscle forces. The loading frame can be adapted to mono- and polysegmental specimens from the lumbar or cervical spine as well as to entire spines. Three force and three moment components can be applied in either direction(More)
We simultaneously determined the neuromuscular blocking effect of mivacurium 0.2 mg kg(-1) at five muscles in 20 women undergoing gynaecological surgery. Evoked electromyographic responses were obtained using surface electromyography (EMG) at the adducting laryngeal muscles, the diaphragm (lateral to vertebrae T12/L1 or L1/L2) and the adductor pollicis(More)
PURPOSE During presurgical evaluation, 14 patients with medically intractable focal epilepsies underwent magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings to localize the epileptogenic focus. To increase the number of epileptiform discharges required for MEG analysis, methohexital a short-acting barbiturate that is known to activate epileptiform activity, was used.(More)
We determined the neuromuscular blockade of 0.2 mg. kg(-1) mivacurium at the diaphragm by using two new methods of electromyographic (EMG) monitoring and compared it with acceleromyography of the orbicularis oculi (OO) and the corrugator supercilii (CS) muscle. After the induction of anesthesia in 15 patients undergoing gynecologic laparoscopic surgery,(More)
BACKGROUND The benefit of the sitting position for surgery of the posterior fossa and cervical spine is still a matter of controversy. In our study we analyzed the outcome after sitting position surgery at our institution. We compared the incidence of venous air embolism (VAE) as recognized with different monitoring techniques and the severity of(More)
BACKGROUND The Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disorders are a group of hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies characterized clinically by peripheral muscle wasting and weakness. We hypothesized that unknown involvement of the muscle used for monitoring neuromuscular block may account for the conflicting reports about the effect of nondepolarizing(More)
We report detection of an epileptic mirror focus approximately 2 h after administration of oral clonidine 150 micrograms in a patient with an intractable complex partial seizure disorder. The specific epileptic activity was documented by electroencephalographic (EEG) and magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings. The case illustrates a possible role of(More)