Jan-Paul van den Berg

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OBJECTIVE To examine the effect of multidisciplinary ALS care on the quality-of-life (QoL) in patients with ALS and their caregivers. METHODS In a cross-sectional study, 208 patients with ALS and their caregivers were interviewed. QoL was assessed using the 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) and two visual analogue scales (VAS). Criteria for(More)
A case-control study was carried out to investigate whether type III collagen deficiency plays a role in the pathogenesis of spontaneous cervical arterial dissections. In 16 patients with spontaneous cervical arterial dissections and in 41 healthy controls, protein analysis of type III collagen (ratio of type III/type I collagen) was performed. Furthermore,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Marfan syndrome is a heritable disorder of connective tissue caused by a deficiency of the glycoprotein fibrillin. In several publications and neurological textbooks, a relationship between Marfan syndrome and intracranial aneurysms has been assumed. METHODS The records of 135 patients classified as having Marfan syndrome who(More)
Our objective was to estimate the economic burden of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and to examine the effect of treatment in a multidisciplinary ALS treatment centre versus general care on costs and to describe differences in costs according to clinical characteristics. In a cross-sectional study 208 patients with ALS and their(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Familial occurrence of intracranial aneurysms suggests a genetic factor in the development of these aneurysms. In this study, we present the identification of a susceptibility locus for the development of intracranial aneurysms detected by a genome-wide linkage approach in a large consanguineous pedigree. METHODS Patients with(More)
Since application of the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities, and Handicaps (ICIDH) in its full form proved to be impractical, the use of selected parts, or of instruments based on the ICIDH, has been suggested. We have assessed the inter- and intra-rater reliability of disability ratings using a screening instrument, based on the D(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We sought to determine whether there are mutations in the COL3A1 gene in patients with saccular intracranial aneurysms with a type III collagen deficiency and whether there is an association between a marker in the COL3A1 gene and saccular intracranial aneurysms. One of the heritable factors possibly involved in the pathogenesis of(More)
A 19-month-old girl presented with severe neurologic symptoms associated with exanthem subitum. Human herpesvirus type 7 (HHV-7) DNA was detected in the CSF and serum, and supported by serologic studies. The patient was diagnosed with encephalopathy due to an acute HHV-7 infection. Neuron-specific enolase in the CSF was strongly elevated during the acute(More)
A reduced production of type III collagen has been reported in previous studies to be associated with intracranial aneurysms. The purpose of this prospective case-control study was to assess the possible role of a reduced type III collagen production as a risk factor for having an intracranial aneurysm. The study group consisted of 41 consecutively admitted(More)
Diuretics, in particular furosemide, are generally recommended as a supportive treatment in the advanced stages of heartwater in ruminants. However, after what appeared to be possible adverse effects accompanying its use in field cases of heartwater, the effects of this drug on certain blood and urine parameters were investigated in normal sheep at the same(More)