Marie-Helene Marion

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The rates of spontaneous remission and progression of dystonia to other sites were studied in 72 patients who first presented with adult-onset torticollis, and who were followed up for a mean of 7.7 years. Dystonia had progressed to sites other than the neck (mainly the face and upper limbs) in 23 patients (32%). The latter cases were not differentiated(More)
We review the existing literature on the involuntary facial movement disorders-benign essential blepharospasm, apraxia of eyelid opening, hemifacial spasm, and aberrant facial nerve regeneration. The etiology of idiopathic blepharospasm, a disorder of the central nervous system, and hemifacial spasm, a condition involving the facial nerve of the peripheral(More)
Twenty-three children (aged less than 18 years) and 17 adults with severe widespread dystonia were treated with high doses of benzhexol (up to 130 mg daily introduced slowly over many weeks). Children tolerated higher doses (median 30 mg/day) than adults (median 20 mg/day). 52% of the children gained useful benefit, many (43%) without unwanted side effects.(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the sequence of occurrence of REM-sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) and dementia and their frequency among a population of patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS We performed a cross-sectional study on 65 PD patients seen in a movement disorder clinic and their bed partner, and asked them to complete the validated Mayo(More)
Pharmacokinetic studies in parkinsonian patients and healthy volunteers have shown that Madopar HBS behaves as a slow-release formulation of L-dopa and benserazide. In comparison with standard Madopar the rate of absorption is reduced, providing lower peak concentrations of L-dopa. The drug is released and absorbed over a period of 4-5 h, thus maintaining(More)
Anterior and posterior sagittal shift of the head are less common postures in cervical dystonia and, as such, have not been comprehensively studied. In this article, we have detailed both our clinical and electromyography (EMG) findings in 11 patients with prominent dystonic sagittal shift of the head. A new technique of injection of the longus colli, based(More)
Eight patients with Friedreich's ataxia showed profound reduction in the density of large myelinated fibers in sural nerve biopsies. The density of small myelinated fibers was normal, but the axonal size and myelin thickness were reduced. Demyelination, presumably secondary to axonal dysfunction, was observed in 3% of the isolated fibers. There was axonal(More)
The short-term efficacy of continuous intravenous infusions of levodopa (with oral peripheral decarboxylase inhibitor) in abolishing or reducing "on-off" fluctuations in patients with Parkinson's disease is well established. However, there are suggestions that clinical response may be less good with longer infusions, or infusions on consecutive days. We(More)