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The case reports of two Swedish girls with initially pseudostationary clinical pictures, one simulating ataxic and the other dyskinetic cerebral palsy, are presented. It was eventually revealed that they had a slowly progressive encephalopathy with pronounced gross motor disability and signs of severe dyskinesia, but only mild intellectual delay. Electron(More)
Heart rate variation (HRV) was measured in 12 children with brain death. Computer analysis demonstrated an overall heart rate variation (RMSM) of 3.5 to 9.6 msec (mean, 6.0 msec). The respective figures for beat-to-beat variation (RMSSD) were 4 to 16 msec (mean, 7.7 msec). Normal infants (RMSM, 20 to 30 msec) and children (RMSM, 50 to 90 msec) and infants(More)
Sir: Liver and pancreatic toxities are the best known side-effects of valproic acid, a widely used anticonvulsant [2], but alterations in blood cells have also been described [1-8]. Immune thrombocytopenia is the most frequent haematological finding [1], but dose-related suppression of haematopoiesis has also been reported [8]. We describe a serious(More)
The results of follow-up of 76 children with progressive ataxia first reported in 1988 are described with special reference to type of potential underlying metabolic diseases. In 70% of cases the clinical follow-up did not lead to reconsideration of diagnoses. Six of 23 biochemically and morphologically re-examined children got a new and definite diagnosis:(More)
61 obese schoolchildren aged seven to 15 years were treated in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Turku, Finland, in years 1976 to 1980 for their obesity. The treatment was based on diet and increased physical exercise. The duration of the treatment was two years. The children were divided into two different groups: the active group (41 children)(More)
Described are 76 children with a picture of progressive encephalopathy and ataxia as the principal or joint principal leading signs. The series was hospital-based in Gothenburg between 1973 and 1983, and not representative for epidemiologic analyses. The children were divided in groups by using a combined pathogenetic and clinical grouping system: lysosomal(More)
The neurological outcome of dissimilar twins was studied in 22 pairs of babies having a birth weight difference of 25% or more (mean 1748 vs. 2531 g). In weight, height and head circumference no statistically significant difference could be found at the study time (mean age of the children 9.4 years) between the groups. In gross motor performance and mean(More)
Quantitative vibratory perception threshold (VPT) measurements were performed on 102 healthy children and 79 children receiving anti-epileptic medication. Their ages ranged from three to 16. The VPTs correlated significantly with age and height. The rise in VPT with age may be associated with decreased receptor density. The level of mental alertness seemed(More)