Ileana Minciotti

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Previous studies have reported that patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) show, in the "off medication" state, a reduced activation of tibialis anterior (TA) in the late swing-early stance phase of the gait cycle. In PD patients the pathophysiological picture may cause differences among the stride cycles. Our aims were to evaluate how frequently TA(More)
We performed a prospective study to evaluate the prevalence of bifid median nerve (BMN) and if it has a higher prevalence in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) patients than symptom-free subjects. We evaluated by ultrasound (US) 162 median nerves at wrist of 89 consecutive patients with symptoms suggestive of CTS and 104 of 52 consecutive symptom-free subjects.(More)
OBJECTIVE Nerve ultrasound (US) has been used to study peripheral nerve disease, and increase of the cross-sectional area (CSA) has been described in demyelinating polyneuropathy. The objective of the current study is to characterise the US features of the sural nerve in a sample of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) 1A patients. METHODS A total of 20 CMT1A(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the clinical effect of repetitive focal muscle vibration (rMV) on the motor function of the upper extremity 1 month after treatment in patients with chronic stroke. DESIGN We performed a pilot randomized controlled trial using a double-blind, parallel-group study design. SETTING Medical center. PARTICIPANTS Patients with chronic(More)
OBJECTIVE In carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) distribution of paresthesias is related to the degree of the nerve impairment. To improve the clinical ability in detecting the damage severity, we have introduced the criteria "distribution of paresthesias" in a previous clinical scale: the historical-objective scale (Hi-Ob). METHODS We evaluated 100 consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the short-term effects of local microwave hyperthermia on pain and function in patients with mild to moderate idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome. DESIGN Double-blind randomized sham-controlled trial. SETTING Outpatient clinic of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospital. PARTICIPANTS Twenty-two(More)
OBJECTIVE Acupuncture is known to reduce clinical pain, although the exact mechanism is unknown. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of acupuncture on laser-evoked potential amplitudes and laser pain perception. METHODS In order to evaluate whether abdominal acupuncture is able to modify pain perception, 10 healthy subjects(More)
BACKGROUND Dysfunctions of the upper limbs occur in the 66% of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. To date, no data, about the persistence of the effects of a rehabilitation treatment and no prognostic markers of functional improvement, have been established. AIM The aim of this study was to define clinical data supporting the efficacy of a rehabilitation(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the presence of multiple spinothalamic pathways for warmth in the human spinal cord. METHODS Laser evoked potentials to C-fiber stimulation (C-LEPs) were recorded in 15 healthy subjects after warmth stimulation of the dorsal midline at C5, T2, T6, and T10 vertebral levels. This method allowed us to calculate the spinal conduction(More)
BACKGROUND Nonpainful tactile and electrical stimulation of the large myelinated fibers reduces spontaneous pain and the amplitude of laser-evoked potentials (LEPs), which represent the most reliable technique to assess the nociceptive pathway function. Focal mechanical vibration stimulates the Aβ afferents selectively; thus, it is conceivable its action on(More)
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