Monica Ferlisi

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Super-refractory status epilepticus is defined as status epilepticus that continues or recurs 24 h or more after the onset of anaesthetic therapy, including those cases where status epilepticus recurs on the reduction or withdrawal of anaesthesia. It is an uncommon but important clinical problem with high mortality and morbidity rates. This article reviews(More)
In a previous paper, we reviewed the range of therapies available for the treatment of super-refractory status epilepticus. Here we report a review of the outcome of therapies in refractory and super-refractory status epilepticus. Patients (n = 1168) are reported who had therapy with: thiopental, pentobarbital, midazolam, propofol, ketamine, inhalational(More)
AIM adult epilepsy clinic population: (a) to identify the frequency of seizure precipitants (triggering factors) and their relative frequency in those with psychiatric disorders, and in those in remission or with active epilepsy, differences in frequency with regard to gender, seizure duration, number of drugs taken; (b) to determine which precipitants(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate whether electroneurography could help in differentiating between vincristine-induced neuropathy and acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy. We performed electroneurography in 7 children from September 2006 to March 2009 admitted to receive chemotherapy including vincristine for acute lymphoblastic(More)
The Tower of London (TOL) task is frequently used to assess executive functioning in both adults and children, although there remains considerable controversy over what it measures and how to score it. In this study we compare two scoring methods and find that correlations between them were high for 7-year-olds (.86), and dropped to a low of .47 for adults.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate in a single-center randomized control trial whether a single IVIg course improves short-term outcome in patients with postpolio syndrome (PPS). METHODS Fifty-one patients with PPS were randomly allocated to receive 2g/kg IVIg body weight or placebo infused over 5 consecutive days. The primary endpoint was health-related quality of(More)
Sleep disturbance and excessive daytime sleepiness have been reported in patients with hepatic cirrhosis. The objective of this study was to evaluate daytime somnolence and sleep complaints in a group of 178 patients with cirrhosis compared to a control group. Sleep features and excessive daytime sleepiness were evaluated by the Basic Nordic Sleep(More)
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a clinical syndrome of new weakness, fatigue and musculoskeletal pain occurring in a variable proportion of polio survivors decades after acute disease. To date, several risk factors for PPS development have been reported, although the etiology of this disorder remains elusive. Using a case–control design, we aimed to assess(More)
Affective seizures consist of fear, depression, joy, and (rarely) anger. A correct diagnosis is often delayed as the behavioral features, like fear, are interpreted as psychiatric disorders. We describe a patient with affective focal status epilepticus (AFSE) in which fear was the only clinical manifestation. We present electroencephalographic correlates(More)