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 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)
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)
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)
Spectrum of gross motor and cognitive functions in children with c erebral palsy: Gender differences. Assessment of muscle overactivity and spasticity with dynamic polyelectromyography and motion analysis. In " Surface Electromyography during walking " Suppl. The setting and its role in the evaluation of gait of children with cerebral palsy. In " Surface(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)
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