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OBJECTIVE To evaluate apathy and its relation to verbal fluency tasks in a consecutive series of 19 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) submitted to deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (DBS of STN). METHODS 19 consecutive PD patients submitted to bilateral DBS of STN were studied for apathy pre-operatively and 17 months after surgery. The(More)
Our purpose was to explore antidepressant drug (AD) prescribing patterns in Italian primary care. Overall, 276 Italian general practitioners (GPs) participated in this prospective study, recruiting patients >18 years who started AD therapy during the enrolment period (January 2007 to June 2008). During visits at baseline and 3, 6, and 12 months, data about(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed at investigating the neuropsychological effect of DBS of the Subthalamic Nucleus in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS A standardized neuropsychological test battery, assessing reasoning, memory and executive functions, was administered to 27 PD patients who underwent DBS-STN (DBS group) and to a matched(More)
Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus is an effective treatment for advanced Parkinson's disease. The benefits of bilateral subthalamic stimulation are well documented, and some studies reported outcomes with a follow-up of 5 to 6 years; nevertheless, few data are available beyond 5 years. We report a long-term prospective evaluation of 14(More)
BACKGROUND Deep Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus (STN-DBS) is an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD), but only few studies investigated its long-term efficacy. Furthermore, little is known about the role of PD-subtype on STN-DBS long-term outcome. OBJECTIVE To report the results of a long-term follow-up (mean 11 years, range(More)
Investigated the incidence and severity of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in childhood cancer using informant methodology. The parents of pediatric cancer patients (n = 30) and off-treatment survivors (n = 42) completed a modified version of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Scale (PSS) on their children (M age = 8.8: SD = 4.0), in addition to(More)
INTRODUCTION Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) has been recently compared to a possible "second therapeutic honeymoon" for Parkinson's disease, as it might prevent the development of severe motor complications and lessen the social adjustment associated to disease progression. This study aims to evaluate whether an early surgical(More)
Duodenal infusion of levodopa/carbidopa gel (Duodopa) is an effective treatment option for advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). Long-term clinical experience up to 16 years suggests that the safety of this procedure is acceptable, while several observational studies showed that Duodopa reduces motor fluctuations and dyskinesias improving patients' quality of(More)
Myositis ossificans traumatica (MOT) is a pathological condition characterized by extraskeletal formation of bony tissue, induced by violent or repeated trauma. Reports of this pathology occurring in the region of the head and neck are rare, and even more so in the muscles of mastication. We present the case of patient with MOT of the temporal muscle, the(More)
Clinical findings in Parkinson's disease suggest that most patients progressively develop disabling non-levodopa-responsive symptoms during the course of the disease. Nevertheless, several heterogeneous factors, such as clinical phenotype, age at onset and genetic aspects may influence the long-term clinical picture. In order to investigate the main(More)