Lesley R Bridges

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We describe a new neuromuscular disorder in the kyphoscoliotic mouse mutant (ky). Mice were killed at ages from birth to 210 days, and tissues were taken for standard light microscopy, histochemistry, nerve ending studies, and electron microscopy. At birth a few myofibers showed phagocytosis ultrastructurally. Between 6 and 25 days there was prominent(More)
BACKGROUND Laing early onset distal myopathy (MPD1) is an autosomal dominant myopathy caused by mutations within the slow skeletal muscle fibre myosin heavy chain gene, MYH7. It is allelic with myosin storage myopathy, with the commonest form of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and with one form of dilated cardiomyopathy. However, the clinical picture(More)
AIMS To evaluate the efficacy of 50% autologous serum drops against conventional treatment in ocular surface disorders refractory to normal treatments in a prospective randomised crossover trial. METHOD Patients fulfilling ophthalmological and haematological entry criteria were randomised to either 3 months of autologous serum 50% followed by 3 months of(More)
The clinical features of Hashimoto's encephalopathy have been attributed to a cerebral vasculitis, but pathologic material is rarely available. The authors describe an individual with Hashimoto's encephalopathy complicated by fatal status epilepticus. Postmortem examination demonstrated mild perivascular lymphocytic infiltration throughout the brain and(More)
Lafora disease (LD) is the most common teenage-onset progressive myoclonus epilepsy. It is caused by recessive mutations in the EPM2A or EPM2B genes. The authors describe a family with three affected members with no mutations in either gene. Linkage and haplotype analyses exclude both loci from causative involvement in this family. Therefore, a third LD(More)
A large English family with autosomal dominant segregation of presenile dementia, ataxia and other neuropsychiatric features is described. Diagnoses of demyelinating disease, Alzheimer's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome have been attributed to particular individuals at different times. An Irish family,(More)
Primary leptomeningeal gliomatosis is a rare, fatal neoplastic syndrome. A 71 year old man is reported on, who after a 2 month history of back stiffness, epigastric pain, and weight loss developed visual blurring. Cranial CT and MRI studies showed no leptomeningeal enhancement. Examination of CSF 10 weeks premortem showed an increase in protein and decrease(More)
Two groups of "mdx" mice, totalling 36 animals of both sexes aged between 8 and 30 weeks, have been studied. In the first group of 10 males and 10 females, 8 males (at 8, 12, 20 and 30 weeks) and 4 females (at 12 and 30 weeks) showed severe limb muscle degeneration and inflammation with prominent regeneration and central nucleation of myofibres; fibrosis(More)
The authors present a case of neuromuscular hamartoma of the cochlear nerve, an unusual occurrence in the internal auditory meatus (IAM). A review of the literature shows no previous report of neuromuscular hamartoma of the cochlear nerve. This tumour was clinically and radiologically difficult to distinguish from acoustic neuroma. It is important to(More)