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OBJECTIVE A characteristic feature of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is saccadic slowing at early disease stages. We sought to determine whether this sign is detectable before clinical manifestation and quantifies the disease progression throughout life in linear fashion. METHODS In a specialized ataxia clinic, 54 presymptomatic carriers of SCA2(More)
Data on saccadic latency in patients with Spinocerebellar Ataxia 2 (SCA2) are sparse and contradictory. In order to determine whether saccadic latency is definitely prolonged, identify its possible determinants and evaluate it as disease biomarker we assessed the saccadic latency by electronystagmography in 110 SCA2 patients and their paired controls. Mean(More)
Our goal was to improve spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) cognitive profile characterization by testing the hypothesis that strategy, planning and rule acquisition capacities are affected in SCA2. Forty one patients with SCA2 were evaluated with the Spatial Working Memory (SWM), the Stockings of Cambridge (SOC), and the Intra-Extra Dimensional Shift(More)
BACKGROUND Saccadic eye movement abnormalities are common in patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 2, but it is unclear how these alterations progress over time. The aim of this study was to assess the progression of saccade involvement in spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 patients, identify its main determinants, and evaluate its usefulness as outcome(More)
Clinical signs of corticospinal tract dysfunction are a common feature of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) patients. The objective of this study is to assess dysfunction of the corticospinal tract in SCA2 using corticomuscular coherence. Testing corticomuscular coherence and rating of ataxia severity and non-ataxia symptoms were performed in 19 SCA2(More)
Periodic leg movements (PLMs) are a common sleep disorder in spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) being associated to higher disease severity and altered sleep patterns. To assess the efficacy and safety of lisuride for the treatment of PLMs in SCA2 patients, an open-label clinical trial was conducted in 12 SCA2 patients suffering from PLMs associated to(More)
Although antisaccadic task is a sensitive research tool in psychopathology, it has not been systematically studied in patients with spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2). To identify putative biomarkers of executive dysfunction in SCA2 we assessed the antisaccade performance in 41 SCA2 patients and their sex-and-age matched controls using an(More)
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