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Three total and three partial callosotomy patients underwent neuropsychological testing to evaluate interhemispheric transfer of tactile information. Tactile transfer is required to name objects presented to the left hand, to compare objects held in either hand, and to transfer topological information between hands. Tactile Naming, Same-Different(More)
Foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is a rare speech disorder characterised by the emergence of a new accent, perceived by listeners as foreign. FAS has usually been described following focal brain insults, such as stroke. We describe the unusual case of a woman presenting with FAS as the earliest symptom of progressive degenerative brain disease. At(More)
The aim of the present study is the definition of a brief structured interview (SI) providing scores useful for identification and quantification of pathogenetic factors of erectile dysfunction (ED). A SI was developed and applied to a consecutive series of 320 ED patients. A 13-item SI, with three-factor analysis-derived scales, was identified and applied(More)
The objective of the study was to compare the efficacy and safety of frovatriptan and almotriptan in women with menstrually related migraine (IHS Classification of Headache disorders) enrolled in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, cross-over study. Patients received frovatriptan 2.5 mg or almotriptan 12.5 mg in a randomized sequence: after treating 3(More)
The accuracy of ultrasonography (US) in diagnosing active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is assessed on the basis of a randomized prospective study of 61 patients. Twenty-six of the patients were affected with Crohn's disease (CD) and 12 with ulcerative colitis, while the remaining 23 patients were control subjects with no specific chronic IBD. The US(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The aim of this study was to explore the possible contribution of alterations in cerebral hemodynamics to the evolution of cognitive impairment in patients with Alzheimer disease (AD). METHOD Fifty-three patients with AD were investigated. The evolution of cognitive decline over 12 months was evaluated by means of changes in Mini(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate whether the presence of severe internal carotid artery stenosis may be associated with different cognitive performance in relation to the side of the stenosis and its hemodynamic consequences. METHODS Eighty-three patients with asymptomatic severe unilateral internal carotid stenosis were included. A(More)
Alzheimer disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder characterised by a progressive loss of memory and cognitive functions. The formation of nitric oxide (NO), by astrocytes, has been suggested to contribute to the neurodegnerative process. Some studies have described the participation of different isoforms of NOS in the progression of AD. The(More)
BACKGROUND Production of reactive oxygen species after ischaemic stroke may enhance tissue damage through multiple molecular pathways. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this study, we examined the serum levels of lipoperoxide and hydroperoxide, conjugated dienes and total antioxidant capacity levels in 50 patients with acute ischaemic stroke (T0) to evaluate the(More)
BACKGROUND Chest radiography has been reported to have low diagnostic accuracy in critically ill intensive care unit (ICU) patients, and chest computed tomography (CT) scans require patients to be transported out of the ICU, putting them at risk of adverse events. In this study we assessed the efficacy of routine bedside lung ultrasound (LUS) in the(More)