Rodolfo M. Antonello

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Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus has been recognized as one of the most promising techniques to decrease 'off' motor symptoms and motor fluctuations, allowing a reduction of drug therapy and limiting side effects of drug therapy. However, there is still open debate on the possible consequences of chronic subthalamic stimulation on general(More)
We describe 14 patients having been diagnosed as suffering from motor neuron disease (MND). These patients underwent a detailed and sequential neuropsychological evaluation, with particular care of neurolinguistic assessment. Their results have been compared to those obtained by a group of healthy volunteers. The most obvious disclosure was the finding of 4(More)
OBJECTIVES To establish the relationship between the presence and titer of virus-specific serum- and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-antibodies in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and disease severity measured with different quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. METHODS We investigated an association between clinical and MRI measures of(More)
One hundred and one patients suffering from chronic daily headache (CDH) and medication overuse were treated, in an in-patient setting, with abrupt discontinuation of the medication overused, intravenous hydrating, and intravenous administration of benzodiazepines and ademetionine. The mean time to CDH resolution was 8.8 days. The in-patient withdrawal(More)
OBJECTIVE This preliminary open-label study aims to investigate the effects of rivastigmine, an inhibitor of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE), in 20 patients diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). PATIENTS AND METHODS Study subjects were men and women 60-75 years of age diagnosed with probable FTD. The rivastigmine(More)
We studied seven patients with corticobasal degeneration (CBD) from a clinical and imaging perspective. We describe the main morphological features of CBD and, using functional MRI, try to define the possible role of the parietal lobe in simple and complex learned motor sequences. We showed decreased activation of the parietal lobe contralateral to the more(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular dementia is one of the most frequent forms of dementia, where behavioral and cognitive symptoms coexist. Negative signs, such as apathy, abulia, opposition, and agnosia, are badly tolerated and dramatically experienced by caregivers, even worse than the other signs of cognitive decline. REVIEW SUMMARY We have studied 120 subjects(More)
In cross-sectional studies, low levels of folate and B12 have been shown to be associated with cognitive decline and dementia Evidence for the putative role of folate, vitamin B12 in neurocognitive and other neurological functions comes from reported cases of severe vitamin deficiencies, particularly pernicious anemia, and homozygous defects in genes that(More)
We decided to evaluate a patient who was diagnosed with cortical-basal ganglionic degeneration from a clinical, instrumental and neuropsychological perspective. Our aim was to employ a new instrumental tool, functional magnetic resonance, in order to evaluate his cortical damage. We then followed the pathological course for 1 year and tested the patient(More)