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Systemic decrease of dopaminergic cells, such as in Parkinson's disease may produce visual alterations in humans. In order to show possible pattern electroretinogram (PERG) spatial tuning function (STF) alterations due to impaired dopaminergic transmission in humans, we studied a group of Parkinson's disease patients before and during treatment with the(More)
A peculiar deficit of electrophysiological retinal responses to pattern reversal grating stimuli has been reported in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. A similar abnormality has been reproduced by means of non-selective dopaminergic antagonists in normal humans. Aim of this study was to verify, by means of a selective D2 antagonist (sulpiride) administered(More)
Acoustic P300 was recorded from Fz, Cz and Pz by means of an 'odd-ball' paradigm in 44 non-demented de novo Parkinson's disease patients (PD) or PD patients under treatment withdrawal, and in 31 age-matched normal subjects, to evaluate whether a P300 latency increase was present in PD patients. The influence of age and disease stage on latency was(More)
The amplitude and phase of the second harmonic (15 Hz) of the electroretinographic responses to three different spatial frequency grating stimuli (0.25, 1 and 4 c/deg), reversed at 7.5 Hz, were studied i normal human subjects, before and 30 min after the systemic administration of three doses (0.071, 0.357 or 1.428 mg/kg) of a selective D2 blocker,(More)
The human retina produces a tuned response to stimuli of increasing spatial frequency reversed at a steady state. The peak amplitude response, at medium spatial frequencies, is decreased in Parkinson's disease and in normal subjects (n = 18) treated with a D2 dopaminergic antagonist (l-sulpiride). Here, we report that a mixed D1-D2 receptor antagonist(More)
The frontal N30 wave amplitude of somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) has been studied in 41 Parkinson's disease (PD) patients (pts) in a basal condition and compared to that of 30 normal subjects; moreover the N30 amplitude and clinical motor score have been evaluated in a subgroup of 30 PD pts before and during apomorphine infusion and in a second(More)
We studied N20 and N30 waves of Somatosensory Evoked Potentials from median nerve stimulation in different pharmacological conditions. N30 wave amplitude was decreased in 33 parkinsonians without therapy in comparison with a group of age-matched normal subjects. In a group of 19 parkinsonians, N30 wave amplitude was significantly augmented during(More)
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