Tommaso Bovi

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We recently found that patients with drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) may have normal (group I) or abnormal (group II) putamen [(123)I]FP-CIT DAT (dopamine transporter) binding. In this study we reassessed clinical features and DAT binding in 19 of the original 32 patients (10 of group I and 9 of group II) after a 19-39-month follow-up period and tested the(More)
Similarly to subjects with degenerative parkinsonism, (123)I-FP-CIT SPECT has been reported either normal or abnormal in patients with drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP), challenging the notion that parkinsonism might be entirely due to post-synaptic D2-receptors blockade by antipsychotic drugs. In a previous multicenter cross-sectional study conducted on a(More)
Pisa Syndrome is clinically defined as the sustained lateral bending of the trunk worsened by a prolonged sitting position or by walking. Pisa syndrome, also termed lateral trunk flexion (LTF), has been rarely reported in patients affected by Parkinson's disease (PD) and, therefore, the pathophysiology has been poorly investigated. In some cases, the(More)
The pathophysiology of postural abnormalities in patients with Parkinson's disease is poorly understood. In the present study, 13 patients with Pisa syndrome (PS) underwent EMG study of paraspinal lumbar (L2-L4) and thoracic (T8-T10) muscles, and of non-paraspinal muscles. Patients also underwent a whole spine X-ray and an MRI assessment of paraspinal(More)
Drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) in patients treated with antipsychotic drugs is considered a form of post-synaptic parkinsonism, caused by D2-receptor blockade. Recent studies, however, carried out on small and heterogeneous patient samples, have shown that DIP may be associated with [(123)I]FP-CIT single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)(More)
Olfactory impairment has been reported in drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP), but the relationship between dopaminergic dysfunction and smell deficits in DIP patients has not been characterized. To this end, we studied 16 DIP patients and 13 patients affected by Parkinson's disease (PD) using the "Sniffin' Sticks" test and [(123)I] FP-CIT SPECT (single-photon(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether psychophysical techniques assessing temporal discrimination could help in differentiating patients who have tremor associated with dystonia or essential tremor. METHODS We tested somatosensory temporal discrimination thresholds (TDT) and temporal discrimination movement thresholds (TDMT) in 39 patients who had tremor(More)
The Movement Disorder Society-sponsored revision of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS) has been available in English since 2008. As part of this process, the MDS-UPDRS organizing team developed guidelines for development of official non-English translations. We present here the formal process for completing officially approved(More)
Erythrocyte structure and function depend upon interactions between proteins in and associated with the membrane, centered around band 3. This protein harbours physiological removal signals and, as a main component of the links between the cytoskeleton and the lipid bilayer, plays a central role in deformability. Also, as a binding partner of hemoglo-bin(More)