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Worldwide investigation of the epidemiology of epilepsy has suggested wide variations in the frequency of convulsive disorders. However, descriptive studies in general populations cannot be completely comparable because of a remarkable methodological dishomogeneity in definition of epilepsy, classification of seizures, and ascertainment, collection, and(More)
On the basis of previous epidemiologic studies, Parkinson disease was thought to be evenly distributed throughout the world. These studies, however, were conducted only on North European populations. The position with regard to the Mediterranean peoples was still unknown, and we therefore studied the frequency of Parkinson disease on the island of Sardinia,(More)
This investigation was conducted to clarify the epidemiology of ALS disease in Sardinia. During the years 1965-1974, the average annual incidence was found to be 0.64/100,000 inhabitants. On prevalence day, October 24th, 1974, the prevalence rate was 1.56/100,000 inhabitants. A significant male predominance was found, the average annual incidence rates for(More)
Hashimoto’s encephalopathy and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) often have similar clinical features and may be confused, especially at onset. A 61-year-old woman developed rapidly progressive ataxia, myoclonus and dementia, with abnormalities seen on electroencephalography (EEG). Serum analysis disclosed high titers of antithyroid autoantibodies. Both(More)
This case report concerns a patient who developed reversible bilateral internuclear ophthalmoplegia as an immediate consequence of head trauma. To our knowledge, only one case of internuclear ophthalmoplegia related to head trauma has been previously reported in the literature. The mechanism by which trauma can produce a relatively isolated brain stem(More)
Out of 54 patients requiring haemodialysis approximately one quarter were found to have periosteal new bone associated with severe renal osteodystrophy. This feature has been analysed and correlated with biochemical, clinical, and histological parameters. No direct correlation was found with the duration of haemodialysis, but there is a good correlation(More)
Recent investigations on multiple sclerosis (MS) distribution in Italy, based on relatively small population groups, contradict the current thesis, derived from studies undertaken in populations exceeding 300,000, of a lower spreading of the disease in Mediterranean Europe. Intensive surveys on small populations strengthen the suggestion that Italy is a(More)