Laura Cecotti

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To identify the target of IgG autoimmune response in Hashimoto's encephalopathy (HE), we studied the binding of IgG present in serum and cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) from six patients with HE and 15 controls to human central nervous system (CNS) white matter antigens by 2D-PAGE and immunoblotting and by immunohistochemistry. We found that CSF IgG from HE(More)
BACKGROUND We conducted a retrospective population-based study to estimate the incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, from 2001 to 2009. METHODS Multiple sources were used for case ascertainment: Health databases, archives of the neurology departments and of the regional chapter of the Italian ALS Association.(More)
Post-malaria neurological syndrome (PMNS) is a rare complication of malaria. It follows recovery from an episode of Plasmodium falciparum malaria and is characterised by symptoms and signs of encephalopathy. Patients usually improve without any specific treatment. The pathogenesis is unknown, but it is probably immunologically mediated. The objective of(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalent use of antidepressants (ATDs) in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) varies across cross-sectional and clinic-based published studies. This population-based cohort study assesses the real-world prevalence of the use of ATDs, its trajectory and the association of incident use with clinical characteristics. METHODS All(More)
Hemifacial spasm (HFS) is a movement disorder characterised by involuntary paroxysmal facial movements that usually involve the orbicularis oculi and then spread to the other facial muscles. A microvascular compression and demyelination of the seventh nerve at its exit from the brain stem is considered to be the main aetiology of HFS. In addition to rare(More)
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