Sachiko Irie

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Plasmapheresis is widely performed as treatment for patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) in the acute phase. As tryptophan-immobilized column-based immunoadsorption (Tr-IA) is a safer method than either double-filtration plasmapheresis (DFPP) or plasma exchange (PE), we investigated whether or not Tr-IA is as effective as other methods, and should be(More)
Once developed, tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a challenging condition to treat. The recent evidence has indicated that zonisamide, an antiepileptic drug indicated for partial-onset seizures, may also have beneficial effects for ameliorating dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease. However, this finding has not systematically been tested in psychiatric patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE Rapid detection of serum anti-ganglioside antibodies in Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) could facilitate early diagnosis and early initiation of treatment, which might shorten the term of illness and reduce sequelae. We examined serum anti-ganglioside antibodies in patients with GBS using the latex agglutination assay developed by Alaedini and Latov(More)
Many patients with variant forms of Guillain-Barré syndrome (vGBS) associated with anti-ganglioside antibodies, including Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS), sometimes exhibit miniature endplate potential (MEPP) frequency increases (MFI, described as alpha-latrotoxin-like effects in a previous report) and the factor to produce this effect is present in their(More)
We report a 50-year-old woman who developed localized proximal muscle weakness, in addition to transient elevation of antibodies to GM1 ganglioside, without multifocal conduction block. She was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) and steroid pulse therapy, which were effective for over 10 years. Her clinical course and laboratory tests were(More)
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