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A deficiency of succinate dehydrogenase is a rare cause of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy. Three patients, 2 sisters and 1 boy from an unrelated family, presented with symptoms and magnetic resonance imaging signs of leukoencephalopathy. Localized proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy indicated a prominent singlet at 2.40ppm in cerebral and cerebellar(More)
The interictal hypometabolism in patients with focal epilepsy is usually regarded as stationary. In this study we investigated to which extent the hypometabolism may depend on the activity of the epileptic focus. In focal penicillin-induced epilepsy in rats the epileptic focus is hypermetabolic. This focus is accompanied by hypometabolism in widespread(More)
Angiocentric glioma has recently been described as a novel epilepsy associated tumor with distinct clinico-pathologic features. We report the clinical and pathologic findings in 8 additional cases of this rare tumor type and extend its characterization by genomic profiling. Almost all patients had a history of long-standing drug-resistant epilepsy.(More)
Postmortem concentrations of phenobarbital (PB), carbamazepine (CBZ), and its metabolite carbamazepine-10,11-epoxide (CE) were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography in the serum (total and free) and in specified areas of the brain (frontal, temporal, occipital cortex, and white matter, as well as cerebellum) of 51 deceased epileptic patients.(More)
Postmortem concentrations of phenytoin (PHT) were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography in the serum (total and free) and in specified areas of the brain (frontal, temporal, occipital cortex and white matter, as well as cerebellum) of 18 epileptic patients who died following chronic diseases (group A) and of six otherwise healthy epileptic(More)
A 75-year old patient was admitted to hospital in June 1989. She was suffering from headache since three months. In the neurological examination a mild hemiparesis on the left side, personal changes and apractic disturbances could be found. 10 years before a granulosa-cell tumour of the left ovary was extirpated, postoperatively the patient received(More)
The free fraction of antiepileptic drugs can, in certain diseases, be greatly increased in the serum. In order to study the significance of this increase for the concentration in the brain, the postmortem concentrations of phenytoin (PT), phenobarbital (PB), carbamazepine (CBZ), and its metabolite carbamazepine-10,11-epoxide (CE) in the serum (total and(More)
A case of thoracic diastematomyelia associated with acute disc herniation is reported. The female patient noted sensory and motor symptoms at 49 years of age, four months before hospitalization. Myelography, myelo-computerized tomography and nuclear resonance tomography of the thoracic spine and cord showed the region of diastematomyelia with an additional(More)
Intensive abalone farming--specifically of the red abalone (Haliotis rufescens) and the green (or Japanese) abalone (Haliotis discus hannai)--has expanded rapidly in Chile since the late 1990s, and this article presents an overview of the challenges facing the industry and the factors which favour its development. At present, 100% of Chile's abalone(More)