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Modern techniques have defined the hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies (HMSN) as a genetically heterogeneous group of disorders. This includes a rare variant with X-linked dominant inheritance. We have traced this disorder through 6 generations of a large Canadian kindred; neurological and electrophysiological examinations were performed in 57 family(More)
Thirty patients with definite or probable chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) of chronic progressive (16 patients) or relapsing (14 patients) course were randomly assigned to receive intravenous immunoglobulin (IvIg) 0.4 g per kg body weight or a placebo treatment on 5 consecutive days in a double-blind, cross-over trial.(More)
When multiple sclerosis (MS) presents late in life (after the age of 50), it frequently gives diagnostic difficulty. In a large MS clinic population (N = 838), 9.4% of the patients had late onset of MS. Slow deterioration of motor function characterized the initial symptoms and subsequent course of this group of older patients. Progression of disability was(More)
Eighteen patients with definite, untreated chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) of chronic progressive (nine patients) or relapsing course (nine patients) were randomized prospectively to receive 10 plasma-exchange (PE) or sham plasma-exchange (SPE) treatments over 4 weeks in a double-blind trial. After a wash-out period of 5(More)
Five patients with a clinical diagnosis of acute Guillain-Barré polyneuropathy (GBP) had electrically inexcitable motor nerves. All were quadriplegic. One patient died and 3 of the 4 survivors showed poor recovery. Autopsy studies on the patient who died showed severe axonal degeneration in nerve roots and distal nerves without inflammation or(More)
The two main electrophysiological abnormalities seen in the first two weeks of the acute Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) were conduction block and, in some patients, low maximum M response amplitudes. In this study period, maximum motor and sensory conduction velocities were often in the normal range and temporal dispersion was relatively less common. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy of carotid endarterectomy for stroke prevention in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients with internal carotid artery stenosis. Additional clinical scenarios, such as use of endarterectomy combined with cardiac surgery, are also reviewed. METHODS The authors selected nine important clinical questions. A systematic search(More)
Conduction block was detected in patients with neuropathy by measuring a decrease in the size of the compound muscle action potential of more than 20% on proximal versus distal stimulation of the peroneal, median or ulnar nerve in the absence of excess temporal dispersion of the potential. The teased fibre analyses of nerve biopsies from four patients with(More)
BACKGROUND It has been proposed by Zamboni and colleagues that multiple sclerosis is caused by chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, a term used to describe ultrasound-detectable abnormalities in the anatomy and flow of intra- and extracerebral veins. We conducted a meta-analysis of studies that reported the frequency of chronic cerebrospinal venous(More)