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  • Toluene-induced leukodystrophy from glue sniffing.
    A 33-year-old man with a history of chronic toluene abuse through glue sniffing, developed tremors, cerebellar signs and cognitive decline. MR scan of the brain showed global cerebral and cerebellar atrophy with symmetrical T2-weighted hypointensities in the basal ganglia, thalami and midbrain. After stopping glue sniffing, his tremors, ataxia of gait, speech and cognition partially […]
  • Subthalamic deep brain stimulation affects heading perception in Parkinson’s disease.
    Parkinson’s disease (PD) presents with visuospatial impairment and falls. It is critical to understand how subthalamic deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) modulates visuospatial perception. We hypothesized that DBS has different effects on visual and vestibular perception of linear motion (heading), a critical aspect of visuospatial navigation; and such effects are specific to modulated STN location. […]
  • Nucleus basalis of Meynert damage and cognition in patients with multiple sclerosis.
    The nucleus basalis of Meynert (NBM), representing the major source of cerebral cholinergic innervations, is vulnerable to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.To determine associations between NBM properties and cognitive outcomes in patients with multiple sclerosis (PwMS).84 PwMS and 19 controls underwent 3T MRI, the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT) and subtests of the […]
  • Thalamic versus midbrain tremor; two distinct types of Holmes’ Tremor: a review of 17 cases.
    Holmes Tremor (HT) is a unique and debilitating movement disorder. It usually results from lesions of the midbrain and its connection but can also result from posterior thalamic injury. Clinical examination can help lesion localization between these two areas. We studied the clinical features and their radiological correlations to distinguish midbrain HT (HT-m) from thalamic […]
  • Efficacy of dance for Parkinson’s disease: a pooled analysis of 372 patients.
    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that presents with motor and nonmotor symptoms such as bradykinesia, resting tremor, postural instability, and cognitive and neuropsychiatric manifestations. Dance therapy or complex motor activity, besides pharmacological treatment, may have benefits in PD patients.To assess the effect of dance in patients with PD.We searched for clinical trials in […]
  • Functional motor phenotypes: to lump or to split?
    Functional motor disorders (FMDs) are usually categorized according to the predominant phenomenology; however, it is unclear whether this phenotypic classification mirrors the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms.To compare the characteristics of patients with different FMDs phenotypes and without co-morbid neurological disorders, aiming to answer the question of whether they represent different expressions of the same disorder or […]
  • Baseline cognitive profile is closely associated with long-term motor prognosis in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease.
    To investigate the association between cognitive function at baseline and the progression of motor disability in Parkinson’s disease (PD).We consecutively enrolled 257 drug-naïve patients with early-stage PD (follow-up > 2 years) who underwent a detailed neuropsychological test at initial assessment. Factor analysis was conducted to yield four cognitive function factors and composite scores thereof: Factor 1 (visual memory/visuospatial), […]
  • Iron-sensitive magnetic resonance imaging in Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
    To evaluate the diagnostic performance of iron-sensitive sequences targeting the substantia nigra for distinguishing patients with Parkinson’s disease from control participants and to identify factors causing heterogeneity.A systematic literature search in the Ovid-MEDLINE and EMBASE databases was performed for studies reporting the relevant topic before March 6, 2020. The pooled sensitivity and specificity values with […]
  • Memory enhancement by multidomain group cognitive training in patients with Parkinson’s disease and mild cognitive impairment: long-term effects of a multicenter randomized controlled trial.
    Meta-analyses indicate positive effects of cognitive training (CT) in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), however, most previous studies had small sample sizes and did not evaluate long-term follow-up. Therefore, a multicenter randomized controlled, single-blinded trial (Train-ParC study) was conducted to examine CT effects in PD patients with mild cognitive impairment (PD-MCI). Immediately after CT, an […]
  • Challenges in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
    Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and its prevalence has been projected to double over the next 30 years. An accurate diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease remains challenging and the characterisation of the earliest stages of the disease is ongoing. Recent developments over the past 5 years include the validation of clinical diagnostic […]
  • RFC1 AAGGG repeat expansion masquerading as Chronic Idiopathic Axonal Polyneuropathy.
    A biallelic intronic AAGGG repeat expansion in the Replication Factor C subunit 1 (RFC1) gene has been recently associated with Cerebellar Ataxia, Neuropathy, Vestibular Areflexia Syndrome, a disorder often presenting as a slowly evolving sensory neuropathy at the onset. “Chronic Idiopathic Axonal Polyneuropathy” (CIAP) is a common indolent axonal neuropathy of adulthood which remains without […]
  • SARS-CoV-2-related encephalitis with prominent parkinsonism: clinical and FDG-PET correlates in two patients.
    Considering the similarities with other pandemics due to respiratory virus infections and subsequent development of neurological disorders (e.g. encephalitis lethargica after the 1918 influenza), there is growing concern about a possible new wave of neurological complications following the worldwide spread of SARS-CoV-2. However, data on COVID-19-related encephalitis and movement disorders are still limited. Herein, we […]
  • Gastrointestinal dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease: molecular pathology and implications of gut microbiome, probiotics, and fecal microbiota transplantation.
    Gastrointestinal symptoms and gut dysbiosis may occur before the onset of motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Prediagnostic and prodromal features, such as constipation and α-synuclein pathology, can be detected several years before the clinical diagnosis of PD and have the potential to develop as early PD biomarkers. Environmental toxins and gut dysbiosis may trigger […]
  • Neuropsychological and neuroimaging characteristics of classical superficial siderosis.
    To define the neuropsychological and neuroimaging characteristics of classical infratentorial superficial siderosis (iSS), a rare but disabling disorder defined by hemosiderin deposition affecting the superficial layers of the cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord, usually associated with a slowly progressive neurological syndrome of deafness, ataxia and myelopathy.We present the detailed neuropsychological and neuroimaging findings in 16 patients […]
  • Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis revisited.
    Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis is a rare autosomal recessive lipid storage syndrome defined clinically by the triad of progressive neurodegeneration, juvenile cataracts and tendon xanthomas in adults. It is treatable, and a prompt diagnosis can improve outcomes. We describe a patient with this condition who presented with progressive ataxia. View the full article @ Practical neurology Get […]
  • Brain hypometabolic changes in 14 adolescent-adult patients with Niemann-Pick disease type C assessed by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography.
    Niemann Pick disease type C (NPC) is a rare progressive neurovisceral lysosomal disorder caused by autosomal recessive mutations in the NPC1 or NPC2 genes. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is a positron-emitting glucose analogue for non-invasive imaging of brain metabolism. FDG PET is commonly used for dementia imaging but its specific application to NPC is rarely described.This is […]
  • A de novo STUB1 variant associated with an early adult-onset multisystemic ataxia phenotype.
    Biallelic STUB1 variants are a well-established cause of autosomal-recessive early-onset multisystemic ataxia (SCAR16). Evidence for STUB1 variants causing autosomal-dominant ataxia (SCA48) so far largely relies on segregation data in larger families. Presenting the first de novo occurrence of a heterozygous STUB1 variant, we here present additional qualitative evidence for STUB1-disease as an autosomal-dominant disorder.Whole exome […]
  • Prognostic predictors relevant to end-of-life palliative care in Parkinson’s disease and related disorders: a systematic review.
    Parkinson’s disease and related disorders (PDRD) are the second most common neurodegenerative disease and a leading cause of death. However, patients with PDRD receive less end-of-life palliative care (hospice) than other illnesses, including other neurologic illnesses. Identification of predictors of PDRD mortality may aid in increasing appropriate and timely referrals. To systematically review the literature […]
  • Opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia syndrome in children.
    Opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia syndrome is a rare neuroimmunologic disorder typically presenting in previously healthy infants and toddlers. It is characterized by a clinical triad of (1) erratic saccadic intrusions; (2) myoclonus and/or ataxia; (3) behavioral features, typified by developmental plateauing, irritability and insomnia. About half of cases are associated with an underlying neuroblastoma and diagnostic imaging is […]
  • Neurophysiological and ophthalmological findings of SPG7-related spastic ataxia: a phenotype study in an Irish cohort.
    Mutations in SPG7 are increasingly identified as a common cause of spastic ataxia. We describe a cohort of Irish patients with recessive SPG7-associated phenotype.Comprehensive phenotyping was performed with documentation of clinical, neurophysiological, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and genetic data from individuals with SPG7 attending two academic neurology units in Dublin, including the National Ataxia Clinic.Thirty-two […]
  • Progression characteristics of the European Friedreich’s Ataxia Consortium for Translational Studies (EFACTS): a 4-year cohort study.
    The European Friedreich’s Ataxia Consortium for Translational Studies (EFACTS) investigates the natural history of Friedreich’s ataxia. We aimed to assess progression characteristics and to identify patient groups with differential progression rates based on longitudinal 4-year data to inform upcoming clinical trials in Friedreich’s ataxia.EFACTS is a prospective, observational cohort study based on an ongoing and […]
  • Diagnostic value of video-oculography in progressive supranuclear palsy: a controlled study in 100 patients.
    The eponymous feature of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is oculomotor impairment which is one of the relevant domains in the Movement Disorder Society diagnostic criteria.We aimed to investigate the value of specific video-oculographic parameters for the use as diagnostic markers in PSP.An analysis of video-oculography recordings of 100 PSP patients and 49 age-matched healthy control […]
  • Sleep disturbance in movement disorders: insights, treatments and challenges.
    Sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances are central features of many movement disorders, exacerbating motor and non-motor symptoms and impairing quality of life. Understanding these disturbances to sleep is clinically important and may further our understanding of the underlying movement disorder. This review evaluates the current anatomical and neurochemical understanding of normal sleep and the recognised […]
  • The cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome scale reveals early neuropsychological deficits in SCA3 patients.
    The cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome scale (CCAS-S) was recently developed to detect specific neuropsychological deficits in patients with cerebellar diseases in an expedited manner.To evaluate the discriminative ability of the CCAS-S in an etiologically homogeneous cohort of spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) patients and to examine relationships between cognitive deficits and motor symptom severity.The CCAS-S was […]
  • Decade of progress in motor functional neurological disorder: continuing the momentum.
    Functional neurological disorder (FND) is a prevalent, disabling and costly condition at the neurology-psychiatry intersection. After being marginalised in the late 20th century, there has been renewed interest in this field. In this article, we review advances that have occurred over the past decade (2011-2020) across diagnosis, mechanisms, aetiologies, treatments and stigma in patients with […]
  • Correlates of the discrepancy between objective and subjective cognitive functioning in non-demented patients with Parkinson’s disease.
    Subjective complaints of cognitive deficits are not necessarily consistent with objective evidence of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Here we examined the factors associated with the objective-subjective cognitive discrepancy.We consecutively enrolled 90 non-demented patients with PD who completed the Parkinson’s Disease Cognitive Functional Rating Scale (subjective cognitive measure) and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA; […]
  • Sympathetic and sensory nerve fiber function in multiple system atrophy and idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.
    To explore small fiber somatosensory and sympathetic function in PD and MSA.We recruited 20 PD patients (7 women, median age 65.5 years; IQR 54.75-70.0), 10 MSA patients (4 women; median age 68 years; IQR 66.25-74.0), and 10 healthy subjects (HC; 4 women, median age 68; IQR 59.0-71.0 years). Autonomic testing included forehead cooling, intradermal microdialysis of norepinephrine (NE; […]
  • New pathogenic variants in COQ4 cause ataxia and neurodevelopmental disorder without detectable CoQ10 deficiency in muscle or skin fibroblasts.
    COQ4 is a component of an enzyme complex involved in the biosynthesis of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a molecule with primary importance in cell metabolism. Mutations in the COQ4 gene are responsible for mitochondrial diseases showing heterogeneous age at onset, clinical presentations and association with CoQ10 deficiency. We herein expand the phenotypic and genetic spectrum of […]
  • Biallelic RFC1-expansion in a French multicentric sporadic ataxia cohort.
    Cerebellar ataxia with neuropathy and vestibular areflexia syndrome (CANVAS) is a recessively inherited multisystem ataxia compromising cerebellar, vestibular, and sensory nerves, which has been associated to a pathogenic AAGGG(n) biallelic expansion repeat in the RFC1 gene. Our objective was to assess its prevalence in a French cohort of patients with idiopathic sporadic late-onset ataxia (ILOA), […]
  • Genetic counseling and testing practices for late-onset neurodegenerative disease: a systematic review.
    To understand contemporary genetic counseling and testing practices for late-onset neurodegenerative diseases (LONDs), and identify whether practices address the internationally accepted goals of genetic counseling: interpretation, counseling, education, and support.Four databases were systematically searched for articles published from 2009 to 2020. Peer-reviewed research articles in English that reported research and clinical genetic counseling and testing […]
  • Contribution of neuropsychiatric symptoms in Parkinson’s disease to different domains of caregiver burden.
    Caregiver burden is high among caregivers of PD patients (CPD). Neuropsychiatric symptoms are leading contributors to CPD burden, but whether different symptoms differentially impact domains of caregiver burden is not known. Our objective was to examine which neuropsychiatric symptoms and demographic factors contribute to different domains of caregiver burden in PD.This was a cross-sectional online […]
  • Huntington’s disease: lessons from prion disorders.
    Decades of research on the prion protein and its associated diseases have caused a paradigm shift in our understanding of infectious agents. More recent years have been marked by a surge of studies supporting the application of these findings to a broad array of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Here, we present […]
  • Phenotypic and molecular diversities of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 in Japan.
    We intended to clarify the phenotypic and molecular diversities of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) in Japan.DNA was extracted from the peripheral blood of 436 patients, including 126 patients with chronic neuropathy, 108 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and 202 with cerebellar ataxia. We then PCR-amplified and sequenced the ATXN2 gene. The biopsied sural nerves of […]
  • Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with a poor response to levodopa in patients with Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
    Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection has been reported to be associated with increased severity of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and have negative effects on drug response in patients. We aimed to investigate the influence of HP infection on patients with PD using a systematic review and meta-analysis approach.PubMed and EMBASE databases for relevant articles published before October […]
  • Myoclonus and cerebellar ataxia associated with COVID-19: a case report and systematic review.
    Since the beginning of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in December 2019, neurological manifestations have been recognized as potential complications. Relatively rare movement disorders associated with COVID-19 are increasingly reported in case reports or case series. Here, we present a case and systematic review of myoclonus and cerebellar ataxia associated with COVID-19.A systematic review […]
  • CIDP associated with Sjögren’s syndrome.
    This study addresses the challenging characterisation and differentiation of CIDP versus CIDP in association with Sjögren’s syndrome to facilitate the process in clinical routine.Patients with both CIDP and Sjögren’s syndrome and CIDP without Sjögren’s syndrome were compared concerning relevant differences in clinical, laboratory and electrophysiological findings. 154 patients who fulfilled the diagnostic EFNS/PNS criteria for […]
  • Detection of α-synuclein in CSF by RT-QuIC in patients with isolated rapid-eye-movement sleep behaviour disorder: a longitudinal observational study.
    Isolated rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder (IRBD) can be part of the prodromal stage of the α-synucleinopathies Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) analysis of CSF has high sensitivity and specificity for the detection of misfolded α-synuclein in patients with Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. We investigated whether […]
  • Long term follow-up in advanced Parkinson’s disease treated with DBS of the subthalamic nucleus.
    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, affecting both motor and non-motor systems. Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) has been an approved treatment for PD for more than 30 years, but few data are available regarding its long-term effectiveness.The aim of this study is to evaluate patients’ outcome, both from […]
  • Head tremor and pain in cervical dystonia.
    Although head tremor (HT) and pain are prevalent in cervical dystonia (CD), their joint relationship to phenotypic features of focal dystonia remains unclear.We examined how severity of HT and pain are associated with age of CD onset and duration, and whether HT subtypes (“jerky” or “regular”) exhibit distinct relationships between severity of HT and pain.The […]
  • Expanding the clinical spectrum of STIP1 homology and U-box containing protein 1-associated ataxia.
    STUB1 has been first associated with autosomal recessive (SCAR16, MIM# 615768) and later with dominant forms of ataxia (SCA48, MIM# 618093). Pathogenic variations in STUB1 are now considered a frequent cause of cerebellar ataxia.We aimed to improve the clinical, radiological, and molecular delineation of SCAR16 and SCA48.Retrospective collection of patients with SCAR16 or SCA48 diagnosed […]
  • Wearables in the home-based assessment of abnormal movements in Parkinson’s disease: a systematic review of the literature.
    At present, the standard practices for home-based assessments of abnormal movements in Parkinson’s disease (PD) are based either on subjective tools or on objective measures that often fail to capture day-to-day fluctuations and long-term information in real-life conditions in a way that patient’s compliance and privacy are secured. The employment of wearable technologies in PD […]
  • Differential effects of sex on longitudinal patterns of cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease.
    Cognitive impairment is an important and diverse symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Sex is a purported risk variable for cognitive decline in PD, but has not been comprehensively investigated.This cross-sectional and longitudinal study examined sex differences in global and domain-specific cognitive performance in a large PD cohort.Cognitive function was evaluated using the Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination […]
  • Accuracy of non-guided versus ultrasound-guided injections in cervical muscles: a cadaver study.
    The col-cap concept encouraged neurologists to inject a large group of muscles in the treatment of cervical dystonia. This includes deep muscles such as the obliquus capitis inferior or the semispinalis capitis, and muscles close to vascular or neurological structures such as scalene muscles. Our aim was to determine the accuracy of injections in cervical […]
  • Suicidal ideation in early-onset Parkinson’s disease.
    Patients with early-onset Parkinson’s disease (EOPD) often suffer from more frequent depression than those with late-onset Parkinson’s disease (LOPD). However, the clinical characteristics of suicidal ideation (SI) in EOPD remains unknown. This study aimed to explore the prevalence, related factors, and predictive factors of SI in EOPD patients as well as comparison of the prevalence […]
  • Superficial siderosis of the central nervous system associated with ventral dural defects: bleeding from the epidural venous plexus.
    Superficial siderosis of the central nervous system is a rare intractable disease induced by chronic subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurological deficits, such as cerebellar ataxia and hearing difficulties, gradually progress if left undiagnosed. Hemosiderin deposition is irreversible because standard medical treatment has not yet been established. Interventions at the source of bleeding may be the key to […]
  • Biochemical markers for severity and risk in GBA and LRRK2 Parkinson’s disease.
    The phenotype of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is variable with mutations in genes such as LRRK2 and GBA explaining part of this heterogeneity. Additional genetic and environmental factors contribute to disease variability.To assess the association between biochemical markers, PD severity and probability score for prodromal PD, among GBA and LRRK2 mutation carriers.Levels of uric acid, vitamin […]
  • Parameters for subthalamic deep brain stimulation in patients with dystonia: a systematic review.
    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used for treating dystonia, commonly targeting the subthalamic nucleus (STN). Optimal stimulation parameters are required to achieve satisfying results. However, recommended parameters for STN-DBS remain to be identified. In this review, we aimed to assess the optimal stimulation parameters by analyzing previously published STN-DBS data of patients with dystonia.We examined […]
  • Characterization of gait variability in multiple system atrophy and Parkinson’s disease.
    Gait impairment is a pivotal feature of parkinsonian syndromes and increased gait variability is associated with postural instability and a higher risk of falls.We compared gait variability at different walking velocities between and within groups of patients with Parkinson-variant multiple system atrophy, idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, and a control group of older adults.Gait metrics were recorded […]
  • Brainstem and cerebellar involvement in MOG-IgG-associated disorder versus aquaporin-4-IgG and MS.
    To determine the frequency and characteristics of brainstem or cerebellar involvement in myelin-oligodendrocyte-glycoprotein-antibody-associated-disorder (MOGAD) versus aquaporin-4-IgG-seropositive-neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (AQP4-IgG-NMOSD) and multiple sclerosis (MS).In this observational study, we retrospectively identified 185 Mayo Clinic MOGAD patients with: (1) characteristic MOGAD phenotype, (2) MOG-IgG seropositivity by live cell-based assay and (3) MRI lesion(s) of brainstem, cerebellum or […]
  • The sleep and circadian problems of Huntington’s disease: when, why and their importance.
    Mounting evidence supports the existence of an important feedforward cycle between sleep and neurodegeneration, wherein neurodegenerative diseases cause sleep and circadian abnormalities, which in turn exacerbate and accelerate neurodegeneration. If so, sleep therapies bear important potential to slow progression in these diseases.This cycle is challenging to study, as its bidirectional nature renders cause difficult to […]
  • Randomized Trial of Focused Ultrasound Subthalamotomy for Parkinson’s Disease.
    The subthalamic nucleus is the preferred neurosurgical target for deep-brain stimulation to treat cardinal motor features of Parkinson’s disease. Focused ultrasound is an imaging-guided method for creating therapeutic lesions in deep-brain structures, including the subthalamic nucleus.We randomly assigned, in a 2:1 ratio, patients with markedly asymmetric Parkinson’s disease who had motor signs not fully controlled […]
  • Levodopa-carbidopa intrajejunal infusion in Parkinson’s disease: untangling the role of age.
    Levodopa-Carbidopa Intrajejunal gel (LCIG) infusion is an effective intervention for people with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). Although age may not be a limiting factor for LCIG implant, no data are available on late elderly PD (LE-PD) subjects. In this cross-sectional, we aimed to demonstrate if older age may impact on quality of life (QoL), motor […]
  • Genetic determinants of survival in progressive supranuclear palsy: a genome-wide association study.
    The genetic basis of variation in the progression of primary tauopathies has not been determined. We aimed to identify genetic determinants of survival in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).In stage one of this two stage genome-wide association study (GWAS), we included individuals with PSP, diagnosed according to pathological and clinical criteria, from two separate cohorts: the […]
  • Investigating the 1-year decline in midbrain-to-pons ratio in the differential diagnosis of PSP and IPD.
    A reliable measure of PSP-specific midbrain atrophy, the midbrain-to-pons ratio (MTPR) has been reported to support the differential diagnosis of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) from idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (IPD). Since longitudinal analyses are lacking so far, the present study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of the relative change of MTPR (relΔt_MTPR) over a 1-year […]
  • The erythrocyte sedimentation rate in male adolescents and subsequent risk of Parkinson’s disease: an observational study.
    Systemic inflammation may be implicated in the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Since PD occurs usually in later life, most studies of causal factors are conducted in older populations, so potentially important influences from early life cannot be adequately captured. We investigated whether the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) in early adulthood is associated with the […]
  • Late onset depression: dopaminergic deficit and clinical features of prodromal Parkinson’s disease: a cross-sectional study.
    Late onset depression (LOD) may precede the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). We aimed to determine the rate of clinical and imaging features associated with prodromal PD/DLB in patients with LOD.In a cross-sectional design, 36 patients with first onset of a depressive disorder (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental […]
  • Axial muscle weakness.
    Axial myopathy is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterised by selective involvement of the paraspinal muscles, and presenting either as a bent spine and/or dropped head syndrome. The axial muscles can be involved in various conditions, including neuromuscular disease, movement disorders, spinal disease and metabolic disorders. There have been recent descriptions of disorders with selective axial […]
  • Serum vitamin D, vitamin D receptor and binding protein genes polymorphisms in restless legs syndrome.
    Several studies showed lower serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in patients with idiopathic restless legs syndrome (RLS) compared with matched controls, and a single study showed an association between the rs731236 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene and the risk for RLS. We aimed to study the relationship between the serum […]
  • Placebo response in degenerative cerebellar ataxias: a descriptive review of randomized, placebo-controlled trials.
    Placebo response in degenerative cerebellar ataxias (CAs) has never been studied despite the large number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that have been conducted. In this descriptive review, we aimed to examine the placebo response in patients with CAs. We performed a literature search on PubMed for RCTs on CAs that were published from 1977 […]
  • Serum BDNF discriminates Parkinson’s disease patients with depression from without depression and reflect motor severity and gender differences.
    To evaluate the diagnostic value of serum Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels for discriminating PD with depression from without depression, and to investigate whether serum BDNF levels were associated with motor severity and gender in depressed PD patients.Demographic and clinical data were collected from 122 PD patients with depression, 137 without depression and 110 healthy […]