K A Stolp-Smith

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We examined 502 subjects, 247 of whom had occupational elemental mercury exposures 20 to 35 years previously, to identify potential exposure-related neurological abnormalities. Few significant (p less than 0.05) differences existed between exposed and unexposed subjects. However, multiple linear regression analysis demonstrated several significant(More)
BACKGROUND Immunoglobulin (Ig) administration induces remyelination in the Theiler's virus model of MS. METHODS A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of IV immunoglobulin (IVIg) was performed in patients with MS who had persistent muscle weakness that had been stable for between 4 and 18 months to determine whether this would improve(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency, severity, prognosis, and patterns of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in pregnancy. DESIGN Descriptive retrospective chart review using the Rochester Epidemiology Project medical record diagnostic indexing system to identify patients with new CTS occurring during pregnancy from 1987 to 1992 at our institution. SETTING(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors sought to determine acute ambulatory- and hospital-billed charges for the Olmsted County, Minnesota Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Disability Prevalence Cohort and compare them to those incurred by the general population. METHODS Billed charges for 155 people with clinically definite or laboratory-supported MS were compared with those of(More)
A 29-year-old man with C6 tetraplegia (ASIA A) using an implanted baclofen pump and intrathecal catheter infusion system for spasticity control developed severe spasticity, hyperthermia, hypotension, rhabdomyolysis, and disseminated intravascular coagulation after catheter disconnection. Tracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation were necessary.(More)
We studied functional status of MS patients in a geographically based cohort in Olmsted County, Minnesota. The 162 definite MS patients who were alive and residing in the study area on December 1, 1991, constituted the MS prevalence disability cohort. We identified 179 cases of definite or probable MS, providing an overall sex- and age-adjusted prevalence(More)
We performed a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of intrathecal baclofen (ITB) in stiff-man syndrome. Three patients, unresponsive to current therapy, received 50 micrograms of ITB or placebo on sequential days. Following ITB, all patients demonstrated improvement in reflex EMG activity. The mean reduction in total EMG activity (from all muscles)(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the incidence of and risk factors for venous thromboembolism in patients with acute traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and evaluate the effectiveness of sequential pneumatic compression devices (SCD), gradient elastic stockings (GES), and heparin in preventing thromboembolism. DESIGN Prentice's case-cohort design. SETTING All(More)
Patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) may develop depression. This may be related to adjustment to living with an SCI in addition to dealing with complications of the injury, such as spasticity. Pharmacologic treatment of depression can be difficult because of neurochemical and receptor changes that are associated with SCI. Newer antidepressant agents are(More)
In this article, we update management measures for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) that can improve or prevent impairment, disability, and handicap and include those factors that a primary-care physician can implement or facilitate. The medical literature since 1989 was reviewed. Although new drug trials hold promise to decrease impairment from MS,(More)