Laura Solieri

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BACKGROUND The pathophysiology of periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS) in restless legs syndrome (RLS) is unclear. OBJECTIVE The authors neurophysiologically investigated PLMS in patients with idiopathic RLS in order to obtain information on the origin and pathophysiology of the movements. METHODS Ten patients with idiopathic RLS underwent(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether a battery of cardiovascular autonomic tests (Ewing's battery, EB) performed with a new integrated instrumental approach is useful in differentiating multiple system atrophy with predominant parkinsonism (MSA-P) from Parkinson's disease (PD) at an early stage. METHODS We retrospectively analyzed EB tests of all the patients (n(More)
In previous studies, addressing the association between orthostatic hypotension and cognitive decline, patients underwent neuropsychological evaluation in sitting position, and blood pressure values and cognition were not measured concurrently. Furthermore, no studies assessed the acute effects of orthostatic hypotension on cognitive performances. The aim(More)
Postural tachycardia syndrome associated with a vasovagal reaction was recorded in a young volleyball player after an excess intake of Red Bull® as a refreshing energy drink. Considering the widespread use of Red Bull® among young people who are often unaware of the drink’s drug content, this case report suggest Red Bull® be considered a possible cause of(More)
OBJECTIVE aims of the current study were 1) to evaluate global cognitive function in patients with autonomic failure (AF) of peripheral origin and 2) to investigate the effect of a documented fall in blood pressure (BP) fulfilling the criteria for orthostatic hypotension (OH) on cognitive performances. METHODS we assessed 12 consecutive patients (10(More)
The 24-hour rest-activity pattern and the amount of motor activity was studied in a patient with fatal familial insomnia (FFI) by means of wrist actigraphy. During the study, the patient underwent indirect calorimetry. The 52-day recording showed severe disruption of the 24-hour rest-activity pattern with increased motor activity up to 80%. The 24-hour(More)
The exact clinical and prognostic significance and the therapeutic implications of asystole induced by head-up tilt test are still a matter of debate. We assessed, by means of a semi-structured interview, the long-term outcome of cardioinhibitory syncope in all the patients who presented a tilt-induced sinus arrest of more than 3 s in our Autonomic Unit(More)
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