Richard C. J. M. Donders

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Patients with transient monocular blindness (TMB) can present with many different symptoms, and diagnosis is usually based on the history alone. In this study, we assessed the risk of vascular complications according to different characteristics of TMB. We prospectively studied 341 consecutive patients with TMB. All patients were interviewed by a single(More)
Thromboembolic complications are frequently observed in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Significant associations have been reported between these complications and the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies, notably the lupus anticoagulant and anticardiolipin antibodies. Factor V Leiden is a genetic disorder associated with an increased(More)
Several case studies have reported on neurological complications caused by a primary Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. We aimed to investigate the viral loads and the clinical and inflammatory characteristics of this disease entity. We evaluated all 84 cases in which the EBV polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) was requested on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)(More)
Symptoms of transient loss of vision in one eye differ widely. They may have different causes and therefore carry a different prognosis. We studied the influence of differences between characteristics of transient monocular blindness on the diagnosis and management by general practitioners (GPs). A postal questionnaire, was sent to 1600 GPs in The(More)
BACKGROUND Major thrombotic and embolic complications of atherosclerosis are closely associated with irregularity and rupture of atheromatous plaques in both the carotid and coronary arteries. Plaque instability is partly determined by local factors, but systemic factors, such as infection, autoimmunity, or genes, may also be important. If plaque stability(More)
PURPOSE To assess whether patients with transient monocular blindness (TMB) and patients with hemispheric transient ischemic attacks (hTIA) differ from each other with respect to cerebral hemodynamic parameters. METHODS Seventeen TMB patients and 23 hTIA patients with a moderate to severe stenosis or an occlusion of the internal carotid artery (ICA)(More)
Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) characterize patients at risk for both arterial and venous thrombotic complications. Recently it has been recognized that the presence of plasma proteins such as beta 2-glycoprotein I(beta 2 GPI) and prothrombin are essential for the binding of aPL to phospholipids and that these proteins are probably the real target of(More)
BACKGROUND Retinal infarction and transient monocular blindness (TMB) are associated with an increased risk of future ischaemic stroke. Little information is available on the type of subsequent ischaemic strokes that may occur (anterior or posterior circulation and small vessel or large vessel). AIM To analyse the type of stroke after TMB. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (APA), notably the lupus anticoagulant, and anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) characterizes a subset of patients with a thrombotic tendency. During the regular follow-up care of patients with SLE, we noticed that many described(More)
To assess which features of transient monocular blindness (TMB) are associated with atherosclerotic changes in the ipsilateral internal carotid artery (ICA), 337 patients with sudden, transient monocular loss of vision were prospectively studied. History characteristics of the attack were compared with the presence of atherosclerotic lesions of the(More)