OBJECTIVE To evaluate seizures as first clinical manifestation of brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), in relation to angioarchitectural features of these vascular anomalies. METHODS We performed a prospective observational study, collecting records of patients with AVMs consecutively admitted to the Neurological and Neurosurgery Units of Perugia… (More)
The presence of a dense appearance of the horizontal part of the middle cerebral artery (the "dense middle cerebral artery sign") was looked for on CT scans taken on admission in 90 consecutive patients with ischemic stroke in the carotid artery distribution. The outcome of the 14 patients with the sign was poorer than that of 76 patients without the sign… (More)
PURPOSE To describe the CT and MR findings in the brain and spinal cord of patients with cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis and to seek possible correlations between clinical, biochemical (cholestanol levels), and neuroimaging findings. METHODS Ten patients with well-defined clinical and biochemical diagnoses of cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis were examined.… (More)
The SEPIVAC study is a community-based epidemiological survey of incidence and outcome of acute cerebrovascular disease in the Sixth Local Health Unit, Umbria, Italy (population 49,218). The study was carried out from 1 September 1986 to 31 August 1989. There were 375 patients who were registered with a first ever stroke, with a crude rate of 2.54 (95%… (More)
We report a case of bilateral orbital sarcoidosis without other systemic lesions. Steroid therapy did not improve the clinical status of the patient.
Multi-infarct dementia (MID) indicates a dementia disorder primarily caused by multiple cerebral infarcts. Since other pathogenetic mechanisms cause vascular dementia we evaluated clinical, CT scan and CSF neurochemical parameters of 134 MID and 67 PVD (probable vascular dementia) patients. We found no differences with regard to the presence of major risk… (More)
The authors describe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in 15 subjects with different clinical stages of Leber's disease. A few and no characteristic abnormalities of the optic nerve signal were found. Nevertheless, MRI can be considered as a useful tool to differentiate optic neuritis together with visual and brainstem auditory evoked potentials.
The SEPIVAC study is a community-based epidemiological survey of incidence and outcome of transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) and strokes in the territory of the 6th Local Health Unit, Umbria, Italy, where 49,218 people live, from 1 September 1986 to 31 August 1989. All cases were registered with the study either by notification from general practitioners… (More)
BACKGROUND Visual perception deficits are a recurrent manifestation in Parkinson's disease (PD). Recently, structural abnormalities of fronto-parietal areas and subcortical regions, implicated in visual stimuli analysis, have been observed in PD patients with cognitive decline and visual hallucinations. The aim of the present study was to investigate the… (More)
Since the clinical distinction between haemorrhagic and ischaemic stroke cannot be achieved with a simple clinical evaluation, and it is virtually impossible to submit all stroke patients to CT, a weighted clinical score may offer some advantages to physicians who are involved in stroke management. The Allen score (also referred to as the Guy's Hospital… (More)