Jonathan D. Fratkin

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We present a two-generation family consisting of a father and two daughters, who had an adult-onset leukodystrophy characterized by widespread destruction of cerebral white matter with neuroaxonal spheroids. The mode of inheritance appears to be autosomal dominant. All three patients presented with a variety of motor and cognitive symptoms, including(More)
The use of hydromorphone and clonidine, delivered intrathecally by an implanted infusion pump, is described in a patient with intractable cancer pain. The patient was a 48-year-old woman with uterine cervical cancer-related pain that was poorly responsive to conventional oral narcotics. Hydromorphone was used because of the patient's history of morphine(More)
Primary tumors of the gasserian ganglion are usually benign, and secondary tumors are malignant. We report two cases of a malignant primary tumor of the gasserian ganglion, bringing the total in the world literature to five. The presentation, etiological features, and treatment of these cases are reviewed, together with a review of the literature.(More)
Deposits of amyloid beta-protein (A beta) form the cores of the pathological plaques which characterize Alzheimer's disease. The mechanism of formation of the deposits is unknown; one possibility is failure of a clearance mechanism that would normally remove the protein from brain parenchyma. This study has investigated the capacity of the central nervous(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia-1 (SCA-1), like other polyglutamine diseases, is associated with aggregation of mutant protein ataxin-1 in the nuclei of susceptible neurons. The role of ataxin-1 aggregates in the pathogenesis of susceptible neurons, especially cerebellar Purkinje cells, is unknown. The present study was initiated to determine the temporal(More)
Earlier we have shown alterations in immunoreactivity (IR) to the calcium-binding proteins parvalbumin (PV) and calbindin D-28k (CaB) in surviving Purkinje cells of patients with spinocerebellar ataxia-1 (SCA-1). In the present study we determined PV and CaB expression (by immunohistochemical and immunoblot analyses) in Purkinje cells of transgenic mice(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia-1 (SCA1) is caused by the expansion of a polyglutamine repeat within the disease protein, ataxin-1. The overexpression of mutant ataxin-1 in SCA1 transgenic mice results in the formation of cytoplasmic vacuoles in Purkinje neurons (PKN) of the cerebellum. PKN are closely associated with neighboring Bergmann glia. To elucidate the role(More)
Metastatic tumors to the choroid plexus are rare. We report a case of renal cell carcinoma metastasizing to the choroid plexus of the lateral ventricular atrium. This tumor was shown by magnetic resonance imaging, followed by craniotomy and histologic confirmation. Computed tomography of the abdomen showed the primary tumor. We also reviewed 40 years of the(More)
A 50-year-old female presented to the Neurosurgery clinic with dimness of vision and proptosis of her right eye. Maxillofacial CT showed a hyperostotic mass involving the right sphenoid ridge, anterior clinoid process, orbital roof, and lateral wall with mass effect on the intraorbital contents and lateral wall of the sphenoid sinus. MRI of the brain and(More)