J M Boulesteix

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Paraplegia caused by irreversible lesions of the spinal cord is one of the major possible complications after scoliosis surgery. Several monitoring methods have been proposed but none are completely satisfactory. Since 1986 the authors assessed motor pathways during scoliosis surgery, using electrical stimulation of the motor cortex and lower limb muscle(More)
BACKGROUND Antiamphiphysin antibodies react with a 128-kd protein found in synaptic vesicles. They were first described in patients with paraneoplastic stiff-man syndrome and breast cancer, but studies suggest that they can also occur in patients with other tumors and neurological disorders. OBJECTIVE To determine if antiamphiphysin antibodies are(More)
Motor evoked potentials (MEP) were recorded in 23 patients with definite relapsing multiple sclerosis before and after treatment with a short course of high dose of methylprednisolone. MEP were performed together with clinical examination just before treatment, and 6 and 60 days later. The following results were observed: (1) a statistically significant(More)
Evoked motor potentials can be elicited by magnetic cortical or electric spinal stimulations. The central conduction time (CCT) corresponds to the difference in latencies between the total conduction time (from cortex to muscle) and the peripheral conduction time (from spinal cord to muscle). CCT is the sum of the conduction time in the cortico-spinal(More)
Ulnar nerve electrical stimulations from motor roots to wrist were used in the early Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), to improve the electrophysiological diagnosis yield. 22 patients with a GBS were investigated with this technique between 3 to 17 days after the onset. Conventional electrophysiological examination was sufficient to diagnose an Acute(More)
Several epidemiologic studies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have shown a uniform repartition over the world. We report the results of a retrospective study and the preliminary results of a prospective study carried out in the Limousin area. The mean incidence per/year is 0.97/100,000 in the retrospective study and 1.3/100,000 in the prospective study.(More)
Central motor conduction was investigated by way of magneto-electric cortico-spinal stimulation in 6 patients with sporadic olivo-ponto-cerebellar atrophy. Two patients were found to have reduced leucocyte GDH activity. Only the 3 patients with corticospinal deficits displayed increased central conduction rates, which were predominant in the lower limbs.(More)
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