Fifty-five patients with obstructive sleep apnea each completed a Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS), Twenty-five patients (45%) had SDS scores greater than or equal to 50, consistent with depression. The SDS scores did not correlate with age, the number of respiratory events per hour sleep, antihypertensive medication, or the oxygen saturation… (More)
A survey of 301 sleep apnea patients demonstrated that obstructive sleep apnea may cause nocturnal panic attack symptoms. Sleep apnea should be considered in the differential diagnosis of nocturnal panic disorder.
The phenomenology of panic attacks and of complex partial seizures overlap, and at times distinguishing between the two entities is difficult. The authors report five patients with recurrent panic attacks and temporal lobe EEG abnormalities whose symptoms did not warrant a clinical diagnosis of partial seizures but who responded well to anticonvulsant… (More)
The relationship between borderline personality disorder and primary major depression was studied prospectively using Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia-Lifetime Version (SADS-L) interviews and electroencephalographic (EEG) sleep studies. Ten consecutively admitted borderline patients (a prospective sample), defined by Gunderson's Diagnostic… (More)
A 64-year-old woman developed complex visual hallucinations consisting of snakes crawling out of people's head and on her body. She had become blind 14 years before the onset of the hallucinations. Neurosurgical removal of a large suprasellar meningioma was followed by disappearance of her hallucinations. This case suggests that the complex hallucinations… (More)
OBJECTIVE With the increased routine use of advanced imaging in clinical diagnosis and treatment, it has become imperative to provide patients with a means to view and understand their imaging studies. We illustrate the feasibility of a patient portal that automatically structures and integrates radiology reports with corresponding imaging studies according… (More)
This report describes a 70-year-old man with obstructive sleep apnea who deteriorated rapidly when nasal continuous positive airway pressure was begun. The patient was found to have normal-pressure hydrocephalus, which was possibly exacerbated by the nasal continuous positive airway pressure. A review of the literature indicates several significant… (More)
Patient portals have the potential to provide content that is specifically tailored to a patient's information needs based on diagnoses and other factors. In this work, we conducted a survey of 41 lung cancer patients at an outpatient lung cancer clinic at the medical center of the University of California Los Angeles, to gain insight into these perceived… (More)