Kelly Graham Gwathmey

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Neurologists commonly use therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE, also known as plasmapheresis or therapeutic apheresis) to treat a number of conditions. This concise review examines the most common neurologic indications for therapeutic plasma exchange. It focuses on Guillain-Barrè syndrome and myasthenia gravis and also the role of TPE in chronic inflammatory(More)
Neurologists commonly use therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) to treat a number of conditions. This concise review considers the most common neurologic indications for TPE. It focuses on Guillain-Barré syndrome and myasthenia gravis and also the role of TPE in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, multiple sclerosis,(More)
The vasculitic neuropathies are a diverse group of disorders characterised by the acute-to-subacute onset of painful sensory and motor deficits that result from inflammatory destruction of nerve blood vessels and subsequent ischaemic injury. They are common in patients with primary systemic vasculitis and are seen in vasculitis secondary to disorders such(More)
The sensory neuronopathies (or ganglionopathies) are a small subcategory of neuropathies characterized by primary degeneration of the dorsal root ganglia and trigeminal ganglion sensory neurons, resulting in a distinctive clinical presentation. Patients typically have subacute onset of asymmetric, non-length-dependent sensory impairment and early ataxia.(More)
INTRODUCTION The MG-QOL15 is a validated, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measure for myasthenia gravis (MG). Widespread use of the scale gave us the opportunity to further analyze its clinimetric properties. METHODS We first performed Rasch analysis on >1,300 15-item Myasthenia Gravis Quality of Life scale (MG-QOL15) completed surveys. Results(More)
Dermatomyositis is a life-altering inflammatory disorder of skin and muscle. Details regarding the natural course of this disorder, the effects of specific therapies on its progression, and the optimal therapeutic dosage and duration of prednisone are limited. We performed a retrospective medical record review of dermatomyositis patients at four medical(More)
INTRODUCTION We describe two patients who developed gluteal compartment syndrome (GCS) in the context of drug overdose. One patient developed a sciatic neuropathy, and one patient developed a lumbosacral plexopathy. METHODS We reviewed the literature of atraumatic GCS and resultant neurological impairment. RESULTS We reviewed 26 cases (our two cases and(More)
Neurologists commonly use therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) to treat a number of conditions. This concise review examines the most common neurologic indications for TPE. It focuses on Guillain-Barre' syndrome and myasthenia gravis and also the role of TPE in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, multiple sclerosis,(More)
INTRODUCTION Generic health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) patient-reported outcome measures have been used in patients with chronic immune-mediated polyneuropathies. We have created a disease-specific HRQOL instrument. METHODS The chronic acquired polyneuropathy patient-reported index (CAP-PRI) was developed and validated in multiple steps. Items were(More)