Lawrence M Samkoff

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BACKGROUND Thalamic tremor is typically characterized by resting and intention components; a postural element is often present as well. Previously reported cases of acquired thalamic tremor have demonstrated lesions in the posterior thalamus or dentatorubrothalamic tract. OBJECTIVES To report a case of dystonic-postural tremor of the upper extremity that(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe a patient with a spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma associated with cocaine use and to present issues related to pathogenesis and management of this potential complication. DESIGN Case report. SETTING Municipal hospital. CASE A spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma developed at the thoracic level in a 62-year-old man in(More)
A patient with progressive spastic paraparesis originally ascribed to multiple sclerosis developed recurrent encephalopathy and seizures. A diagnosis of HTLV-I-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis was established prior to death. Autopsy confirmed chronic inflammatory myelopathy and active inflammation in the white matter of the temporal lobes.
PURPOSE Cocaine can provoke seizures, exacerbate a preexisting seizure disorder, or cause an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke that leads to seizures. To determine the importance of cocaine use in patients with and without epilepsy, we studied these relations and other risk factors for seizures and the mode of cocaine use. METHODS We reviewed all charts of(More)
Use of cocaine in the USA, has reached epidemic proportions since 1983, when "crack" was introduced, its higher potency compared with cocaine HCl has been associated with a tremendous increase in the incidence of strokes. This study reports our experience with 55 cases of neurovascular events (25 ischemic and 30 hemorrhagic) related to cocaine use in 54(More)
The development of immunomodulatory therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS) has had significant impact in altering the natural history of the disease. Although these agents reduce relapse rate and MRI-associated disease activity, they are only partially effective and do not ameliorate irreversible axonal injury, which produces much of the symptomatic burden(More)