Helena Alessi

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The cerebellum is no longer considered a purely motor control device, and convincing evidence has demonstrated its relationship to cognitive and emotional neural circuits. The aims of the present study were to establish the core cognitive features in our patient population and to determine the presence of Cerebellar Cognitive Affective Syndrome (CCAS) in(More)
Cognitive and olfactory impairments have been demonstrated in patients with Machado-Joseph disease (MJD), and a possible relationship with dopaminergic dysfunction is implicated. However, there is still controversy regarding the pattern of striatal dopaminergic dysfunction in patients with MJD. In this study, we investigated whether these patients had(More)
Cognitive and olfactory impairments have previously been demonstrated in patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), also known as Machado–Joseph disease (MJD)—SCA3/MJD. We investigated changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) using single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging in a cohort of Brazilian patients with SCA3/MJD. The(More)
Early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease (EOFAD) is a condition characterized by early onset dementia associated with a positive family history [1]. Presenilin 1 (PS1) mutations account for the majority cases and comprise an enormous phenotype variability. In special cases, ataxia has also been reported during the course of the disease, but not as a major(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 or Machado–Joseph disease is the most common spinocerebellar ataxia. In this neurological disease, anatomical, physiological, clinical, and functional neuroimaging demonstrate a degenerative process besides the cerebellum. We performed neurophysiological and neuroimaging studies—polysomnography, transcranial sonography,(More)
UNLABELLED Neuro-Behçet's disease (NBD) presents cognitive and behavioral symptoms possibly explained by secondary dysfunction of frontal and temporal cortices due to subcortical damage, as NBD commonly involves the brainstem and basal ganglia. Nonetheless, there are reports of cognitive impairment in patients without neurological manifestations. (More)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease involving multiple organs, characterized by the production of autoantibodies and the development of tissue injury. The etiology of SLE is partially known, involving multiple genetic and environmental factors. As many as 50% of patients with SLE have neurological involvement during the course(More)
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