Three years of experience: the Italian registry and safety data update.

Dipartimento di Neuroscienze, Oftalmologia e Genetica, Università degli Studi di Genova, Genova, Italy.
Neurological Sciences (Impact Factor: 1.41). 01/2011; 31 Suppl 3:295-7. DOI: 10.1007/s10072-010-0356-8
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