Patrizia Ventura

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OBJECTIVE To determine whether there is MRI-detectable mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS) in patients with sporadic benign temporal lobe epilepsy (BTLE). METHODS Brain MRIs were obtained from 101 consecutive, unrelated patients (51 women; mean age 37.3 +/- 17.5 years; range 10 to 83 years) with BTLE, who reported rarely or never having had seizures at the(More)
Diagnosis of neurofibromatosis 1 is based on clinical criteria. In a large number of children with neurofibromatosis 1, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reveals high-signal T(2)-weighted intensities in different brain regions, defined as unidentified bright objects. These lesions are asymptomatic; most of them regress spontaneously with age, but the(More)
PURPOSE To clarify the possible role of other factors including the ApoE epsilon4 allele for memory decline in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS We conducted a neuropsychological and molecular study in 138 consecutive patients (78 female patients; mean age, 50.2 years, SD +/- 17.9; range, 14 to 87 years) with mild nonlesional TLE, who rarely or never(More)
The aim of our study was to provide a psychosocial and psychiatric evaluation of patients with epidermolysis bullosa (EB; a rare genetic disorder characterized by skin fragility), to assess psychological status, ascertain the presence of any psychiatric disorders and understand the impact of EB on quality of life. Twenty-five patients were assessed using a(More)
The clinical involvement of the facial nerve is a rare finding among the initial symptoms of acoustic neurinomas. However, compression of the facial nerve is a common intraoperative finding. Blink reflex was recorded in 20 patients affected by cerebellar-pontine angle tumor confirmed at surgery. Recordings were also made of the M-response of the facial(More)
The influence of pivalic acid (PIV), a compound often used to make pro-drugs, and of the structurally related trichloroacetic acid (TCA), on several hepatic and renal enzymes was investigated in Sprague-Dawley rats, following a 4-day treatment period. The PIV and TCA treatments resulted in a similar and selective induction (2–3 times) of peroxisomal(More)
We report a family with 6 members affected by a long-lasting paroxysmal exertion-induced dyskinesia. Fasting and stress were precipitating factors. All the patients of this family had also epileptic seizures mainly of generalised type with a favourable outcome. All patients were submitted to a neurophysiological study which included somatosensory evoked(More)
Paroxysmal dyskinesias are a rare heterogeneous group of neurologic disorders, characterized by transient sudden choreoathetoid or dystonic attacks without loss of consciousness. This study reports a family with six affected members in three generations, and two sporadic cases of paroxysmal dyskinesia. Familial cases of paroxysmal dyskinesia are affected by(More)
Only few sporadic and familial cases of paroxysmal exercise-induced dyskinesia (PED) have been described in literature. PED associated with familial epilepsy has been rarely reported. We describe a family in which six members in different generations were affected by a long-lasting PED, with childhood onset in five cases. Fasting and stress were also(More)