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A lack of normative data for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)-related measures of the lower limb muscles in patients with stroke prevents us from understanding whether changes in TMS-related measures are induced by treatment or are due to their variability and/or the natural evolution of the disease. The purpose of this study was to determine the(More)
The few reports that have been published on the current International Classification of Headache Disorders, Second Edition (ICHD-II), criteria for migralepsy and hemicrania epileptica have highlighted the considerable confusion regarding this "hot topic" within both headache and epilepsy classifications (ICHD-II and International League Against Epilepsy(More)
The Supportive Care Task Force (SCTF) was established within the Medical Oncology Department at the University of L’Aquila in May 2002. The missions of the SCTF were to allow systematic evaluation and treatment of symptoms, to warrant continuity of care in all phases of disease and to provide medical oncology residents with training in the treatment of(More)
PURPOSE This multicenter, prospective study investigates the efficacy and safety of lacosamide adjunctive therapy in pediatric and adult patients with uncontrolled epilepsy. METHOD This study was carried out between September 2010 and December 2011 at 16 Italian and 1 German neurologic centers. Lacosamide was added to the baseline therapy at a starting(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of levetiracetam (LEV) monotherapy in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). The study group consisted of 32 patients with epilepsy (20 males, 12 females) with a mean age of 13 years 3 months (SD 7y 11mo) at seizure onset. LEV was administered as the first drug; all patients were followed up at(More)
AIM To evaluate safety and efficacy of gabapentin in the treatment of severe chronic hiccups in patients with advanced cancer. METHODS Charts of all patients observed in the palliative care unit of a 4-bed hospital and at home by our Home Care Service were reviewed retrospectively.The presence of hiccups was routinely assessed. Patients with severe(More)
The Authors report a rare case of detrusor areflexia due to a sacral column chordoma characterized as initial symptomatology, by dysuria and recurrent urinary tract infections. The patient was treated for a long time in a symptomatic way by her physicians. The Authors while discussing the case, underline the importance of an accurate differential(More)
The goal of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of palliative sedation at home (PSH) to approach refractory symptoms in dying cancer patients. Charts of 121 patients, observed by “L'Aquila per la Vita” Home Care Unit, from August 2006 to May 2008, were reviewed. Sixteen patients out of 44 who died at home (36.4%) were sedated. Indication(More)
AIM To evaluate the efficacy of a home care program, closely integrated with a medical oncology department. PATIENTS AND METHODS The charts, prospectively recorded, of all the patients treated at home by the "L'Aquila per la Vita" Home Care Unit from August 2006 to December 2011, were reviewed. The number of patients, home accesses, length of the home(More)