eLetters

216 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Bowing hand precedes the fingering hand by IHTT
    Iraj Derakhshan

    Dear Editor,

    I recently read the article by Satoh and colleagues (1) with great interest and have the following question and comments for authors. Their right handed violinist patient became unable to coordinate the movements of bowing and fingering hands as a result of a callosal infarct affecting the entire anterior aspect of the callosum per MRI. From what appears in the figure, as published, the splenium per...

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  • Arteriovenous malformations and pregnancy
    Dennis R Buis

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the excellent review by Ng and Kitchen regarding neurosurgery and pregnancy(1). We would like to make two additional remarks. In our opinion the authors failed to address the issue of the pregnant patient with a spinal or dural arteriovenous malformation (sAVM).

    Due to the absence of valves in the epidural venous plexus, the increased intra-abdominal pressure, the additio...

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  • Perceived memory complaints and memory function in the elderly
    Kao-Chang Lin

    Dear Editor,

    We did a similar study about perceived memory complaints and memory function in polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) exposed elderly in Taiwan. PCBs are lipid-soluble and known to affect central nervous functioning. The previous report that developmental delay in children and memory decline in the elderly are merit (1-4). We recruited subjects from Yu- Cheng cohort and selected exposed and unexposed con...

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  • Anaesthetic Considerations
    Catherine T Sheehan

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the review of Neurosurgery and pregnancy by Ng and Kitchen.(1) Although reference is made to teamwork including, among others, a neuroanaesthetist, we wish to raise awareness of some specific obstetric anaesthetic issues that may not be familiar to your readers, including some neuroanaesthetists.

    First, general anaesthesia, recommended by Ng and Kitchen for cerebral aneury...

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  • Do we really need a new antihelminthic drug for neurocysticercosis?
    Amit Prasad

    Dear Editor,

    First of all, we would like to congratulate Carpio et al., (2008) for their paper entitled “The effects of albendazole treatment on neurocysticercosis: a randomized controlled trial”. However, we are not in agreement with the authors urge for a new antihelminthic drug for the treatment of neurocysticercosis (NCC). Therapy for NCC aims at clearance of cysts in the brain and reduced risk of seizure in futu...

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  • Omental transplantation for post-traumatic hypopituitarism
    Hernando Rafael

    Dear Editor

    In a recent review about the prevalence and the natural history of pituitary dysfunction after traumatic brain injury(TBI),Behan et al(1) concluded that TBI is a major public health problem that exerts a high cost for both the individual and society at large,and moreover,marked changes of the hypothalamo-pituitary axis have been documented in the acute phase of TBI such as: 1)gonadotrophin deficiency...

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  • Unapparent seizures as cause of recurrent asystole
    Adam Strzelczyk

    Dear Editor

    The authors present a very interesting case of recurrent asystole in the acute phase of ischemic stroke. However, the pathophysiology of this rare event remains speculative. We agree that a Cushing reflex due to intracranial hypertension is very unlikely to be the culprit as the asystole occurred well before the mass effect developed. An interruption of sympathetic cardiac tone as proposed by the aut...

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  • Model of DBS Lead Employed Affects Clinical Outcome
    Ron L Alterman

    Dear Editor

    We read with great interest the report from Maks et al entitled: “Deep brain stimulation activation volumes and their association with neurophysiological mapping and therapeutic outcomes”. This paper supports previously published articles and the clinical experience of many centers by suggesting that the true therapeutic target for subthalamic DBS may include the white matter dorsal to the subthalamic...

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  • Historical corrections to van Kooten at al.
    Brian E Harrington

    Dear Editor

    van Kooten et al. are to be commended for their outstanding recent contribution to the literature concerning the epidural blood patch.(1) However, I would like to correct some historical comments made in their introduction regarding the original epidural blood patch technique by Dr. James B. Gormley.

    van Kooten et al. incorrectly describe Gormley as “locating the epidural space with the “han...

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  • Hypoceruloplasminemia vs. aceruloplasminemia
    Alberto J Espay

    Dear Editor

    We enjoyed the well-documented case of aceruloplasminemia by Skidmore et al.1 The authors may not have been aware, however, that Miyajima and colleagues (2001)2 drew a distinction between aceruloplasminemia (aCp) and hypoceruloplasminemia (hCp), by describing three Japanese patients with the latter condition, highly resembling the phenotype and imaging reported by Skidmore et al. The Miyajima patients h...

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