Rita Calabrese

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UNLABELLED Abnormalities of central pain processing play an important role in the pathophysiology of fibromyalgia (FM). The aims of the present study were to: 1) evaluate habituation of laser-evoked potentials (LEP) to repeated painful stimulation of 1 tender and 2 nontender points; and 2) determine correlations between LEP abnormalities and major clinical(More)
Motor Unit Number Estimation (MUNE), a technique allowing to estimate the number of functioning Motor Units (MU) in single muscles, was used to score the disease's severity and progression rate in a group of 58 patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). All patients underwent MUNE in the abductor digiti minimi (ADM) muscle during the diagnostic(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the clinical effectiveness of combined hepatobiliary scintigraphy (HBS) and MR-cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) studies in the postcholecystectomy syndrome. MATERIAL AND METHODS June 1997, to February 1998, we examined with HBS and MRCP five women, three of them submitted to surgical and two to laparoscopic cholecystectomy. All(More)
Visually induced analgesia has been correlated with the affective content of pleasant, neutral or unpleasant pictures. The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of affective images vision on laser evoked potentials and pain perception, in a cohort of healthy subjects and migraine patients. Twenty-two healthy subjects and 24 migraine without aura(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the function of Adelta fibers at the hand level in patients with clinical symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) using CO(2) laser evoked potentials (LEPs), in light of the intensity and distribution of sensory symptoms and pain. METHODS Thirty-four CTS outpatients (62 hands) were compared to 23 sex- and(More)
The pathophysiological mechanism of the pain in ALS is still unclear. The aim of the study was to evaluate the laser evoked potentials (LEPs) in ALS patients in relation to their clinical features. Twenty-four ALS patients were selected. Pain features were assessed and their intensity was measured by a 0-10 VAS. LEPs were recorded in all patients and in 23(More)
This paper describes the clinical features of two patients with chronic renal failure and uremic anaemia treated with recombinant human erythropoietin (9000 I.U. subcutaneously subdivided in 3 times weekly at the end of haemodialysis treatment) who developed seizures and status epilepticus. This treatment has unequivocal benefits but in some patients has(More)
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