Clinical Neuroscience

[Hungarian Society of Neurologists and Mental Doctors]

SEPTEMBER 20, 1993

Clinical Neuroscience - 1993;46(09-10)

[Summary of the renewal general meeting of the Hungarian Society of Neurologists and Mental Health Practitioners held on 24 June 1993.]

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[Pharmaco-EEG investigation on sedative effect of antiallergic drugs. Setastin is a non-sedative antihistamina]

RAJNA Péter, VERES Judit

[Effect of setastine on pharmaco-EEG was investigated in a double blind placebo controlled study in ten healthy volunteers. Changes caused by setastine were compared with those of two referent antihistamine drugs (chloropyramine and hismanal) having great differences in their sedative side effect. The themporo-occipital alpha per theta ratio was the most sensitive EEG marker in differentiating the two referent drugs. The EEG effect showed by setastine was very similar to that to hismanal and opposite to that of chloropyramine. In addition an increase of the total power and the power of beta was also measured. The latter changes might refer to an inherent EEG effect of setastine. EEG changes of setastine cannot be evaluated as signs of hypovigilance and the similarity of EEG effect of hismanal and setastine also supports the non-sedative nature of setastine estabilished by clinical studies. The pharmaco-EEG method utilized gives possibility for an objective investigation of psychotropic side effects of the particular drugs. ]

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[Efficacy of cinolazepam on insomnia generated under shift-work conditions]

KÖVES Péter

[The efficacy of cinolazepam (a benzodiazepine with middle half life time and light pharmacological potential) on insomnia generated under shift-work conditions was investigated, and shown to be an efficent hypnotic. Cinolazepam (daytime dose 20 mg, night dose 40 mg) improved significantly both sleep and awakening quality: there were no hangover effects, drug provoked intrasleep or early morning insomnia. During the time cinolazepam was administered drug tolerance was not observed. The structure of cinolazepam-induced sleep could be characterised by shortened sleep latency, increase of deep slow wave sleep, improvment of sleep continuity and unchange of REM sleep parameters both during night- and daytime.]

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[Observation of embolic events during carotis constructive surgery]

RÓZSA András, ENZT László, JÁRÁNYI Zsuzsa

[The changes of middle cerebral artery circulation during carotid artery surgery in 65 patients were monitored, and the observed embolic events are discussed. Of the 65 patients, 37 were operated with shunt protection (group A) and 28 without (group B). In 31 of all cases 55 embolic events were noted. In 22 of the group A patients 37 embolic events were observed, one of them occured during the declamping of the external caruiid circulation. Eighteen emboli were observed in 9 of the Group B cases. There were embolic events in 5 cases due to external declamping. All the above mentioned embolic events occured without postoperative clinical sings.]

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[Experiences with carotid-doppler examinations on patients with arterial bypass operation on the lower extremities]

OLÁH László, FÜLESDI Béla, VALIKOVICS Atilla, CSIBA László, OLVASZTÓ Sándor, BÁNFI Csaba, KOZLOVSZKI Bertalan

[Carotis-Doppler examinations were performed on 83 patients with severe, obliterative disease of the arteries of the lower extremities and on 96 age-matched controls without signs and symptoms. In the group with obliterative arterial disease, severe or moderate stenosis of the carotid arteries was found in 20 and 40% of the patients, respectively, whereas in the control group the proportion of moderate carotid-stenosis was 2% and no case of severe stenosis was found. The role of risk factors was also studied. Based on their results the authors suggest, that because patients with obliterative disease on the arteries of the lower extremities have higher risk for stenosis, ultrasound investigations and regular follow up of the carotid arteries are needed.]

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[Brachioradial syndrome: superficial radial neuropathy]

KISS Gábor

[Damage of the superficial branch of the radial nerve represents a rare, and rarely recognized, mononeuropathy. The first three cases in the Hungarian literature are presented. The essential role of electrodiagnosis in detecting of the disease is stressed. Special attention should be paid to avoid any lesion which might result from improper patient-care.]

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