Myriam Ben Hamida

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Despite the involvement of cerebellar ataxia in a large variety of conditions and its frequent association with other neurological symptoms, the quantification of the specific core of the cerebellar syndrome is possible and useful in Neurology. Recent studies have shown that cerebellar ataxia might be sensitive to various types of pharmacological agents,(More)
Autosomal recessive Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease (CMT4) is a complex group of severe childhood motor and sensory neuropathies, characterized by an early age of onset with rapidly progressive distal limb weakness and atrophy. One subgroup designated CMT4 type A (CMT4A) was selected from a series of Tunisian CMT4 families according to the following(More)
Forty-three patients with hereditary motor system diseases belonging to 17 families were studied. The clinical features consisted of a bilateral pyramidal syndrome, weakness with atrophy and fasciculation of the hands and/or the legs, with or without a bulbar or a pseudobulbar syndrome and without sensory disturbance. Electromyography in 31 cases (including(More)
The authors reported a large study of 93 children presenting a severe form of progressive muscular dystrophy. The first clinical symptoms were noticed between 3 to 12 years. The atrophy affects, predominantly, the girdle and truncal muscles. The hypertrophy of the calves is almost consistent. The progression of the disease is severe, often like that the(More)
Autosomal recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophies represent a genetically heterogeneous group of diseases characterized by a progressive involvement of skeletal muscles. They show a wide spectrum of clinical courses, varying from very mild to severe. Eight loci responsible for autosomal recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophies have been mapped and six(More)
'Pure' familial spastic paraplegias (FSP) are neurodegenerative disorders that are clinically characterized by progressive spasticity of the lower limbs and are inherited as autosomal dominant (DFSP) or autosomal recessive (RFSP) traits. The primary defect in FSP is unknown. Genetic linkage analysis was applied to five RFSP families from Tunisia. In four of(More)
Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias (ADCA) type 1 are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative disorders. We report a large Tunisian ADCA type 1 family in which 17 patients (mean age at onset +/- SD = 35.6 +/- 15.3 years) were examined. There was mean anticipation of 10.3 +/- 15.4 years in this family; anticipation was greater(More)
Friedreich's ataxia (FA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder, the disease locus (FRDA) of which has been assigned to 9q13-q21.1 by genetic linkage analysis in affected families. We report two large inbred Tunisian families with FA manifestations that did not show the expected linkage. The disease locus could be excluded from a large (12(More)
We report the clinical and genetic linkage analysis of a large Tunisian family with thirteen affected patients suffering from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease with pyramidal involvement. The inheritance is autosomal recessive. The clinical phenotype is consistent in all patients. It is characterized by onset during the first decade, a progressive course and(More)