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INTRODUCTION Erythropoietin (EPO) enhances the circulating level of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), which has been reported to be associated with prognostic outcome in ischemic stroke (IS) patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the time course of circulating EPC level and the impact of EPO therapy on EPC level and clinical outcome in patients(More)
PURPOSE Use Taiwanese version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) in evaluating patients in different stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and correlate with white matter change. METHODS Ninety-seven normal controls (NC), 52 very-mild AD (clinical dementia rating [CDR] = 0.5), 48 mild AD (CDR = 1) and 38 moderate AD (CDR = 2) patients were enrolled(More)
OBJECTIVES Cheiro-oral syndrome is characterized by sensory impairment confined to perioral area and ipsilateral fingers/hand. It results from an involvement of the ascending sensory tracts above the pons. However, a crossed pattern of perioral and acral paresthesia was rarely reported before. PATIENTS AND METHODS This study reports the neuroanatomic(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been reported that leukocyte ROCK activity is elevated in patients after ischemic stroke, but it is unclear whether leukocyte ROCK activity is associated with clinical outcomes following acute stroke events. The objective of this study is to investigate if leukocyte ROCK activity can predict the outcomes in patients with acute ischemic(More)
Although the somatosensory afferent of the tip of the tongue runs proximal and parallel along the spinothalamocortical and trigeminothalamocortical pathway up to the sensory cortex, central involvement has been rarely described in cases of nongustatory sensory disturbance at the tip of the tongue. In a hypertensive woman who experienced an acute onset of an(More)
Two patients presented with sensory impairments confined to their right intraoral cheek and right first three fingers. An objective decrease of pinprick pain was detected at these sites. Neuroimaging illustrated recent infarcts in the contralateral ventral thalamus of both patients. The intraoral and cheiral sensory impairments resolved within two months(More)
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