Michael Albani

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A boy and a girl born to a consanguineous Tunisian couple are suffering from a slowly progressive nervous disorder. Initially they both had normal psychomotor development with acquisition of gait and speech. First symptoms in the boy were athetoid movements during the second year of life. He later lost all motor and language skills and developed muscular(More)
At the age of five years a male child started to develop a progressive rigid spine, torsion scoliosis, and flexion contractures of his elbows, knees, hips, and ankles owing to severe proximal and distal muscle weakness. He had three muscle biopsies from three different muscles at ages 7, 11, and 14 years, respectively. Myopathologically, these muscle(More)
Peripheral neuropathy marked by reduced nerve conduction velocities was found in four unrelated children, between the ages of 15 months and 9 years, whose autopsies revealed Leigh's subacute necrotizing encephalomyelopathy. Sural nerve biopsies disclosed primary demyelination and remyelination, as well as loss of myelinated and unmyelinated axons. The use(More)
We report on a child in whom severe nutritional vitamin B12 deficiency was exacerbated by a genetic impairment of the folate cycle, causing reduced CSF concentrations of the methyl group donor 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. Some patients with vitamin B12 deficiency may benefit from high dose folic acid supplementation, even if plasma concentrations are high.
BACKGROUND Continuous oral treatment with topotecan may be more effective than the typical 1-day and 5-day treatment schedules. In previous studies of continuous treatment with topotecan, increased intestinal side effects were reported in adult patients; however, the experience in pediatric patients and patients with high-grade glioma is quite limited. (More)
The specific nitrogen flame-ionization detector was used for the rapid simultaneous determination of eight anticonvulsant drugs and one drug metabolite in plasma and for three of the drugs in tissues. The system of analysis allows the occasional rapid estimation of barbiturate in plasma. No derivative formation is required and the whole range of drugs can(More)
We report on a 6-month-old boy with craniosynostosis, pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1a (PHP1A), and a GNAS gene mutation. He had synostoses of the coronal, frontal, and sagittal sutures, brachyturricephaly, and hydrocephaly. He also had congenital hypothyroidism, round face, full cheeks, shortness of limbs, mild developmental delay, and muscular hypotonia.(More)
The clinical courses of 17 JNCL patients were analyzed retrospectively with the use of a simple, disease-specific scoring system. The mean observation period was 14 years (range 8-18 years). Scores of 0 (maximal dysfunction) to 3 (normal function) were assigned to each patient's vision, intellect, language, motor function, and epilepsy for each year of(More)
By means of polygraphic sleep recording, the sleep apnea profile with respect to the number and duration of inactive, obstructive and mixed apneic episodes as well as periodic breathing has been investigated in infants born preterm at 40, 52 and 64 weeks conceptional age and compared to that of term infants. At 40 weeks preterm infants showed significantly(More)