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OBJECTIVES Disorders of cardiovascular and other autonomic nervous system functions are often found in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Cardiovascular dysregulation in TLE has previously been quantified assessing traditional time and frequency domain measures of heart rate (HR) variability from short term ECG recordings. However, new complexity(More)
PURPOSE To measure interictal cardiovascular autonomic functions in patients with either refractory or well-controlled temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS For autonomic assessment, heart rate variation during normal and deep breathing, Valsalva maneuver, and tilting were measured in 19 patients with chronic refractory TLE, 19 patients with(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the interictal autonomic nervous system function in 84 patients with epilepsy: 37 with newly diagnosed, previously untreated epilepsy, and 47 patients receiving long-term carbamazepine (CBZ), phenytoin (PHT), or valproate (VPA) monotherapy, or CBZ plus PHT, or CBZ plus VPA for their seizure disorder. METHODS We assessed autonomic(More)
Selegiline (L-deprenyl), a selective inhibitor of monoamine oxidase type B, is an established adjuvant to levodopa therapy in Parkinson's disease (PD). To evaluate whether selegiline also effects the severity and progression of autonomic nervous system dysfunction in PD, we studied autonomic functions by measuring cardiovascular responses to normal(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiovascular responses as a marker of autonomic nervous system (ANS) disturbances in patients with untreated Parkinson's disease (PD) and to assess the relationship between them and the clinical characteristics of PD. The ANS functions were investigated in 50 patients with PD and 55 healthy subjects by measuring(More)
OBJECTIVES To survey the effects of pregnancy on mothers' sleep. METHODS Mothers were interviewed during and after pregnancy with a series of five questionnaires to assess alterations in their sleep. The first questionnaire covered the 3 months before becoming pregnant, the next three the trimesters of pregnancy and the last the 3 months after delivery.(More)
BACKGROUND Snoring children may present symptoms suggestive of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Different and controversial methods to establish the diagnosis and to choose the treatment modalities have been proposed. OBJECTIVES To study children with symptoms raising the suspicion of OSAS with overnight polysomnography (PSG). To evaluate the(More)
The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of nocturnal breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and snoring on developing dental arches. The study group comprised 41 children (22 males, 19 females, mean age 7.2 years, standard deviation 1.93) with diagnosed OSA. Age- and gender-matched groups of 41 snoring and 41(More)
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