Milena de Marinis

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OBJECTIVES Activation of the trigeminovascular system and sensitisation of brainstem trigeminal nuclei are thought to play an important role in migraine. The aim of this study was to investigate the blink reflex and its habituation in patients with "chronic migraine". METHODS We studied 35 patients suffering from "chronic migraine" (IHS classification(More)
OBJECTIVE Activation of the trigemino-vascular system as well as of brainstem trigeminal nuclei are thought to play an important role in migraine. The aim of this study was to investigate the habituation phenomenon of the blink reflex in 30 headache-free migraine patients and 30 control subjects. METHODS An electromyographic device with a specific(More)
Oculosympathetic function was studied in 20 headache-free migraine patients and in 20 controls. Pupillary investigation was performed under basal conditions, and after instillation of tyramine (2%) and phenylephrine (1%) eyedrops. Each test was performed twice shortly after a spontaneous attack and then repeated after 7 and 15 days. In the patients, the(More)
The relationship between sympathetic skin response (SSR) and cardiovascular autonomic function tests (CVTs) was investigated in 15 patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), 15 patients with clinical evidence of multiple system atrophy (MSA) with autonomic failure, and in 15 healthy control subjects. SSR was elicited by electrical stimulation of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess visual perception in 40 patients suffering from migraine with aura (MA), 40 patients suffering from migraine without aura (MO), and 40 controls. BACKGROUND Visual perception abnormalities are a common feature in both MA and MO. METHODS We performed luminance and color central perimetry. Black and white pattern reversal visual-evoked(More)
Four patients who had recurrent attacks of idiopathic unilateral neck pain and tenderness of the ipsilateral carotid artery are described. Two patients had never had headache. The other two had migraine without aura. All patients had dilatation of extracranial arteries during the attacks (telethermographic examination), oculosympathetic hypofunction(More)
We describe a woman who developed postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) located on the skin areas of the left ophthalmic division of the fifth cranial nerve without ocular involvement. PHN was associated with tinnitus, which was located ipsilaterally to the painful side and increased in proportion to the intensity of pain. Tinnitus was responsive to treatment with(More)
A study was carried out on headache after carotid endarterectomy. A specific type of headache, similar in its characteristics to "cluster headache", occurred on the operative side in 30% of 54 patients, whereas no such headache occurred after extra-intracranial bypass or peripheral vascular surgery. This postoperative headache was not spontaneously reported(More)
Lefetamine (SPA) combining amphetamine with opioid-like effects, a drug of wide abuse in Japan in the fifties, has now been introduced as such in Italy. In this study the drug was tested to verify its resemblance to opiates. Ten lefetamine abusers were hospitalized and then subjected to naloxone- and pentazocine-tests and detoxified. Moreover, lefetamine(More)