Karen Kaye Bloom

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The alien hand sign was first described by Brion and Jedynak as a "feeling of estrangement between the patient and one of his hands." The affected hand frequently shows a grasp reflex and an instinctive grasp reaction as well as elements of what Denny-Brown referred to as a "magnetic apraxia" associated with frontal lobe damage. Most notably, however, the(More)
OBJECT The objectives of this multicenter study were to monitor the performance of a 10-ml pump infusing intrathecal baclofen to treat 100 children with cerebral spasticity, to monitor complications associated with the pump, and to correlate pump-related complications with body habitus. METHODS Age at implantation of the pump ranged from 1.4 to 16.8 years(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess whether reduction of muscle tone by continuous intrathecal baclofen infusion affects the progression of hip subluxation in persons with cerebral palsy. This prospective, open-label, case series was conducted at multiple specialty referral centers. There were 33 subjects, ages 4 to 31 years. All had a pretreatment(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess whether there is an improvement in motor function in persons with cerebral palsy (CP) who have had a reduction of muscle tone by continuous intrathecal baclofen infusion. This was a prospective, open label, non-blinded case series without a control group, conducted at multiple centres. There were 31 subjects, aged(More)
9545 Background: Carcinoma of Unknown Primary (CUP) accounts for up to 10% of new cancer cases. CUP is defined as a biopsy-proven carcinoma with no identifiable source as determined by a series of analyses which include physical examination, blood and urine tests, X-ray, and tomography as well as examination of the biopsy via tumor morphology (H&E), and(More)
Hydrocephalus commonly occurs after traumatic brain injury. Normal pressure hydrocephalus after traumatic brain injury is usually associated with a failure to progress in therapy and a plateauing or regression of functional abilities. Behavior disturbances are commonly seen as unfortunate sequelae of traumatic brain injury. However, normal pressure(More)
This study used the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory as a functional assessment tool for children with spastic cerebral palsy undergoing selective posterior rhizotomy. Sixteen patients were followed for 3–12 months following surgery. Improvement in self-care, mobility, and social functional skills were found. Overall, the patients required less(More)
The purpose of this case report is to record the unusual combination of occipital neuralgia and hypoglossal nerve palsy causing dysarthria, dysphagia, and unilateral weakness of tongue protrusion, with no other neurological findings. The cause was a discrete tumor in the clivus and the right occipital condyle. Following surgical resection of the tumor,(More)
Somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) have been studied in many disease states since they were first described by Dawson in 1947. However, there have been very few reports of SEP findings in patients with spinal cord hemisection. On the basis of clinical correlation, Giblin first postulated that the activity giving rise to the initial cortical components(More)
Paraplegia, a rare complication of schistosomiasis has been reported in the literature. However, a detailed description of neurological recovery and long-term functional follow-up has not been published. In the cases presented, one patient experienced slow recovery over several years and remains nonambulatory. The other patient, infected at the same time(More)