Piero Meineri

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A descriptive epidemiological survey of hereditary ataxias and spastic paraplegias was conducted in the province of Torino, Italy (2 327 996 inhabitants). On prevalence day (31 December 1982) 142 patients were alive. Total prevalence was 6.1 cases/100,000 inhabitants (95% confidence limits=5.1–7.0). The prevalence rate was 2.6 for recessive or sporadic(More)
Chronic migraine (CM) is an invalidating condition affecting a significant population of headache sufferers, frequently associated with medication overuse headache (MOH). Controlled trials and guidelines for the treatment of MOH are currently not available. We studied the efficacy of a therapeutic regimen for the withdrawal of the overused drug and(More)
Eight cases of malignancies with concurrent motor neuron disease (MND), derived from an unselected population representing all cases of MND diagnosed during a 15-year period in two Italian provinces, were studied to verify the existence of paraneoplastic forms of the disease. No statistically significant association between the two diseases was found.(More)
We present a retrospective clinical study of 18 cases of new daily persistent headache (NDPH), a rare chronic headache, included in the fourth chapter of the II IHS classification; the pathophysiology of NDPH is unknown but a link with viral infections (especially Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)) has been suggested. Comparing our series with the other two(More)
BACKGROUND Medication overuse headache (MOH) is a secondary headache, whose diagnostic criteria were settled by the Second Edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders and its subsequent revisions. Its diagnosis and treatment represent a growing problem worldwide and a challenge for headache specialists. OBJECTIVE The aim of this(More)
60 cases of chronic spinal muscular atrophy (CSMA) were followed-up for a period varying from 5 to 40 years. The neuromuscular impairment was evaluated by Norris’ ALS score, both at the time of last examination and retrospectively at the time of diagnosis. Age at onset of symptoms was the most important factor in the progression of the neuromuscular damage.(More)
In this study we compared systemic autonomic involvement in episodic cluster headache during active and silent periods. Seventeen patients were studied with sympathetic skin response, lying to standing test, Valsalva manoeuvre, deep breathing test and orthostatic hypotension evaluation. Each of them underwent these tests during active and silent periods.(More)
A clinical, genetic and epidemiological study of hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies (HMSN) was performed in the province of Turin, Italy. The patients were allocated to 5 groups, according to genetic and electroneurographic features. The high proportion of males among recessive and sporadic cases in the present series may suggest the existence of a(More)
SUNCT syndrome (shortlasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing) is a rare, debilitating headache that is difficult to be treated. We describe a SUNCT patient, initially treated with lamotrigine, with a positive response but with an unbearable side-effect (somnolence) that lead to withdrawal. The drug was(More)
mutation to Xql3 (Beckett et al., J. Neurogenetics 3 : 225, 1986). Over 40 members of 4 generations were studied by neurological and electrophysiological examination, Affected individuals showed a variable degree of pes cavus, peroneal weakness, reflex changes and sensory abnormalities. Males were severely affected whereas heterozygote females had mild or(More)