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An epidemiological survey has been conducted during a 3-month period in the Regional Hospital of S. Giovanni Rotondo, a small city in Southern Italy. A total of 1,878 patients aged 12 years and over admitted to the hospital were randomized during the study period. Each patient was asked 7 specific questions focusing on symptoms most likely due to(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to evaluate the benefits on frequency and severity of migraine recurrence after patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure in patients with subclinical brain lesions at magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). BACKGROUND Migraine improvement has been reported after PFO closure in patients with cerebrovascular symptomatic events. Subclinical brain(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether arterial hypertension (AH) is an independent risk factor for chronic symmetric polyneuropathy (CSP) in the elderly. BACKGROUND A strong relationship has been detected between AH and distal symmetric polyneuropathy in insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetes. However, the correlation between AH and polyneuropathy(More)
Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies in migraine patients have demonstrated lesions consisting of focal regions of increased signal intensity within the white matter. Antiphospholipid antibodies are known to have a role in many diseases including migraine. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the relationship between MRI-visualized(More)
Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure is reported to result in fewer episodes of clinically manifest recurrent cerebral ischemia than medical treatment. We evaluated by means of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) whether silent cerebral ischemic episodes are also decreased by PFO closure. Seventy-one patients with PFO were selected for percutaneous closure of(More)
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