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Neuroleptic-induced akathisia (NIA) is motor restlessness caused by dopamine receptor blocking antipsychotic agents. Nine patients with NIA and 11 patients with idiopathic restless legs syndrome (RLS) were studied polysomnographically. The sleep disturbances were milder in NIA than idiopathic RLS but increased numbers of awakenings and decreased sleep(More)
Ten patients with idiopathic restless leg syndrome (RLS) were asked to rate their symptoms at baseline during 2 weeks of placebo and 2 weeks of clonidine treatment by using a four-point scale. On two consecutive nights each treatment period, polysomnography (PSG) and actigraphic studies were performed. Patients subjectively reported improvement in leg(More)
We are reporting a neurophysiologic analysis of two patients presenting with thoracoabdominal spontaneous muscle jerks. Polymyographic recordings showed myoclonic bursts with onset in the upper rectus abdominis or lower intercostal muscles followed by rostral propagation to the upper intercostal and caudal propagation to the abdominal muscles by slowly(More)
In a double-blind randomized crossover trial, oxycodone or placebo was given in divided night-time doses to 11 patients with idiopathic restless legs syndrome (RLS) for 2 weeks prior to appropriate polysomnographic studies. Under double-blinded conditions, patients were asked to do daily ratings of their leg sensations, motor restlessness and daytime(More)
The syndrome of painful legs and moving toes consists of continuous or semicontinuous involuntary writhing movements of the toes associated with pain in the affected extremity. We report a 57-year-old man with a 33-year history of painless and semicontinuous involuntary movements of the toes of the left foot similar to those seen in painful legs and moving(More)
Diabetic amyotrophy is a disabling illness that is distinct from other forms of diabetic neuropathy. It is characterized by weakness followed by wasting of pelvifemoral muscles, either unilaterally or bilaterally, with associated pain. Sensory impairment is minimal in the cutaneous distribution sharing the same root or peripheral nerve as affected(More)
In order to understand which neural elements are excited after percutaneous magnetic coil (MC) stimulation over the cervical vertebral column we have performed such study in 8 normal subjects and 4 patients. On moving the coil rostrocaudally up to 3 cm and horizontally up to 2 cm from the midline we found no change in the latencies of the compound muscle(More)
After verifying the diagnosis of restless legs syndrome (RLS) in 105 patients who are part of a nationwide support group, we undertook a telephone survey of their symptomatology. We then compared the answers with those of 33 of our own RLS patients who had undergone a neurologic examination and had a periodic limb movement in sleep (PLMS) index of > 5(More)
We studied six restless legs syndrome (RLS) patients with [F18]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET). We also studied four of these same patients with [F18]fluorodopa (FDOPA) PET. The patients' FDG and FDOPA PET scans were compared with those from age-matched healthy control subjects. No significant differences between the two groups(More)