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Peripheral Neuropathy

The pain arising from damage to peripheral nerves can be extremely difficult to control satisfactorily. Patients will commonly describe their pain as a constant burning, tearing or pricking sensation. Diabetic neuropathy is a good example and for some patients the use of tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants is satisfactory. However, for others, these may be ineffective. Conventional analgesics are often of little use. Two patients with diabetic neuropathy achieved good pain relief with nabilone but only one continues to use it. The other has found that the dysphoric side effects interfered too much with her daily life. She therefore opted for less satisfactory pain relief, using tramadol. However, from a functional point of view, she was better.

Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors Grades

These grade 3 and 4 tumors, previously called neuro-genic sarcoma, are malignant schwannomas that may arise primarily from peripheral nerves or secondarily from neurofibromas. They involve large- and medium-sized nerves. Grossly, the tumors appear as a fusiform or globoid enlargement of the nerves. Histologically, they are highly cellular, with spindle-shaped cells forming interlacing bundles. Mitoses are frequent, and necroses and hemorrhages are common. Metaplasia with bone, cartilage, and muscles may occur (Fig. 11.36).

Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors

Peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNSTs) are a diverse group of neoplasms with distinct clinico-pathological profiles. Although these tumors arise from peripheral nerve, their significance to the CNS can be seen in their ability to compress the CNS when they occur on cranial nerves or in paraspinal locations. The three major forms of PNST are schwannomas, neurofibromas, and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs). Schwannomas are benign tumors of the peripheral nerve, although they may arise on cranial nerves. Histologically, these lesions typically demonstrate two distinct architectural patterns 1. Antoni A areas contain densely packed cells in fascicles and focally forming Verocay bodies and 2. Antoni B areas are looser in texture, with microcystic changes. Schwannoma cells are elongated, sometimes with blunt nuclei, and commonly display considerable pleomorphism. Immuno-histochemically, these tumors stain strongly for the S-100 protein. Malignant transformation of...

P2X Expression after Peripheral Nerve Injury

In recent years an increasing number of studies have reported changes in the expression of P2X receptors after PNS injuries, supporting the idea that purinergic receptors are involved in the modulation of the cellular response to damage. P2X receptor subunits are expressed physiologically in DRG neurons,4,104 and they are involved in the processing of noxious information.15'6 Transection of peripheral nerves induces a down-regulation of the P2X3 subunit mRNA and protein content in DRG neurons. This down-regulation is blocked by intrathecal delivery of the glial derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF).65'105 Two different mechanisms were proposed to explain the effect of GDNF administration on P2X3 receptor subunit expression an increase in protein synthesis or a protection against cell death.106 Although at present it is not possible to discriminate between these two hypotheses, it is conceivable that P2X3 receptors are involved in mediating cell responses to both injures and trophic...

Diabetic Neuropathy and Digestive System Dysfunction

Diabetic neuropathic cachexia is a much rarer form of peripheral neuropathy and is characterised by profound weight loss, painful dysaes- thesias over the limbs and trunk with spontaneous resolution usually occurring within a year. In 1974, Ellenberg reported on six patients with diabetic neuropathy who complained of profound weight loss and severe neuropathic pain. These patients were all males, chiefly in the sixth decade of life, had bilateral symmetrical peripheral neuropathy, severe emotional disturbance, anorexia, impotence, mild diabetes, simultaneous onset of neuropathy and diabetes, the absence of other specific diabetic complications, and a uniformly spontaneous recovery in about 1 year. Neurologic examination revealed severe muscle wasting and atrophy in all patients. Motor nerve conduction velocity studies and electromyographic studies corroborated the presence of neuropathy in all cases. Biopsies of muscle and nerve showed neu-rogenic atrophy in muscle and marked...

Use in Prevention and Therapy

Because thiamin deficiency can reduce pain tolerance, supplemental thiamin may ease chronic pain. Thiamin may be effective in peripheral neuropathy,5 particularly in inflammatory nerve disorders (such as trigeminal neuralgia). It may also be effective in diabetic neuropathy.

Mechanisms of SensitizationCNS Changes

Many of the processes underlying central sensitization are analogous to those observed in the peripheral nervous system. For example, there is evidence that central sensitization reflects an increase in synaptic strength (analogous to transduction in the periphery), which reflects changes in the biophysical properties (144), density (145-148), and or distribution of receptors critical to enabling postsynaptic neurons in the spinal cord dorsal horn (or at higher sites) to respond to excitatory input from nociceptive afferents. Similarly, there is evidence of changes in VGSCs (149) and VGPCs (150) associated with tissue injury, which mediate increases in the excitability of dorsal horn neurons. Interestingly, upregulation of a VGSC a subunit NaV1.3 occurs in both the spinal cord and the thalamus following spinal cord injury, where it appears to be critical for mediating sensitization of these CNS neurons (151). There is also evidence of phenotypic changes in CNS neurons following injury...

Inflammatory Vascular Diseases

Polyarteritis nodosa usually occurs in middle-aged adults and involves the medium-sized and small lepto-meningeal and parenchymal arteries and the nutrient arterioles of the peripheral nerves. In the acute stage, the vessel wall undergoes fibrinoid necrosis, with massive polymorphonuclear infiltration. In the chronic stage, dense fibrosis with residual inflammatory cells replaces the vessel wall (Fig. 4.29). The kidneys, liver, and gastrointestinal tract are commonly involved.

Hereditary Arteriopathies

Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) affects young and middle-aged adults. It is associated with mutations of Notch 3 gene on chromosome 19. The disease involves the leptomeningeal and small paren-chymal arteries, and the small arteries of the peripheral nerves, muscles, and skin. The vessel walls are fibrotic and hyalinized, and basophilic and PAS-positive granules are deposited in the media. Skin biopsy and genetic studies confirm the diagnosis.

Glutamate Is A Physiological Neurotransmitter

The amino acids glutamate and aspartate, abundantly present in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS), are the major excitatory neurotransmitters. These excitatory amino acids (EAAs), acting on glutamate receptors, play an important role in many physiological functions, including learning, memory, development, and other forms of synaptic plasticity (1). More recently, glutamate has received some recognition as a neurotransmitter in the peripheral nervous system, and glutamate receptors have been detected in several sites outside the CNS (2,3).

Theories of pain Specificity Theory

The principle behind this approach is that there are specific nerves and nerve endings that send signals to specific pain centres in the brain so that pain can be experienced. This theory has had a long life, and was clearly described in the seventeenth century by the philosopher Descartes (see Melzack and Wall (1996) for a critical review of these theories). However, although it does seem attractive and there is some evidence as to how nerves and parts of the central nervous system work which might support it, there is also strong evidence that offers the alternative view, that it is not an adequate explanation. For example, the theory does acknowledge the role of thin A-delta fibres and C fibres in the nociceptive process, and also the spino-thalamic tracts as playing a part in the transmission of signals to the brain. However, there is much evidence to show that there is not necessarily a direct link between site of injury and experience of pain by the individual, for example...

Spinocerebellar Degenerations

The cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord are usually affected. Additional lesions occur in various subcortical gray structures and peripheral nerves. The presence of neuronal nuclear inclusions that derive from aggregations of expanded polyglutamine-containing proteins are characteristic of triplet-repeat diseases.

Control of Glial Scar Formation

The initiation and control of scar formation is an extremely complex subject that needs a review to itself. A recent review summarises current knowledge in this area.3 The control of scar formation has been most extensively studied in the type of reactive gliosis that occurs when a peripheral nerve is injured. Many of the studies have been performed in the facial nerve nucleus, where there is recruitment and activation of microglia and reactive astrocytosis after nerve crush. However oligodendrocyte precursors are not activated in these lesions. The control of glial reactivity involves a complex interplay between microglia, neurones and astrocytes with signals probably passing in both directions between these three cell types. The molecules involved include IL-6, TGFbeta, FGF-2, MCSF and other cytokines.

Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors

Didanosine (DDI) has a much longer intracellular duration than zidovudine and thus prolonged antiretroviral activity. Didanosine is rapidly but incompletely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and is widely distributed in body water 30-65 is recovered unchanged in the urine which it enters both by glomerular filtration and tubular secretion (t' 21 h). Didanosine may cause pancreatitis with an incidence of 7 at a dose of 500 mg d a reduced dose may be tolerated after symptoms have resolved. Other adverse effects include peripheral neuropathy, hyperuricaemia and diarrhoea, any of which may give reason to reduce the dose or discontinue the drug. It reduces gastric acidity, which Zalcitabine (DDC) (t 1 h) is similar. Adverse effects include peripheral neuropathy, hepatitis and pancreatitis which are reason to discontinue the drug. Oral ulceration, gastrointestinal symptoms and bone marrow suppression have also been reported. Stavudine (t' 2 1 h). Hepatic toxicity and pancreatitis...

The Glial Scar and Axon Regeneration

Numerous in vivo experiments have shown that the glial scar inhibits axon regeneration. There is obviously a correlation between the environment in which axon regeneration fails and scar formation, since a scar will form where ever axons are cut. Even very small lesions, which are insufficient to excite an visible disruption of glial architecture can cause changes in the CNS environment sufficient to block axon regrowth.9 In order to show more than a correlation between glia scarring and inhibition of axon growth various transplant experiments have been performed. CNS tissue, even immature CNS tissue containing largely astrocytes and few oligodendrocytes blocks axon regeneration when it is transplanted to peripheral nerves, and tissue removed from scarred areas is very inhibitory.10 13 Until recently the question of whether all CNS tissue is equally inhibitory to axon regeneration, or whether scar tissue is particularly inhibitory was not resolved. Two experiments from Davies and...

Continued Production of Myelin

As far as can be determined, there are no other studies of the effects of age on the thickness of myelin sheaths in primates, but there have been a number of such studies in rodents. The authors have reached various conclusions. For example, Sturrock 60 examined the anterior and posterior limbs of the anterior commissure in the brains of 5- and 18-month-old mice and concluded that there is no change in the numbers of lamellae with age. In contrast, Godlewski 61 found that the myelin sheaths in the corpus callosum and optic nerves of 2.5-year-old rats were thicker than those of 4-month-old rats. In the peripheral nervous system of rodents, Caselli et al. 62 found no change in the numbers of lamellae in the sciatic nerves of rats with age, while Cebellos et al. 63 reported that in the tibial nerve of mice, myelin sheaths become thicker between 6 and 33 months of age, with some sheaths becoming very thick, as we have found in monkey visual cortex 58 . With such variations in the data, it...

Inhibitory Glial Boundaries

In addition to the inhibition of axon regeneration by normal and damaged CNS tissue, there are situations where axon growth stops at places where the glial environment changes sharply from one type of glial cell to another these are called glial boundaries. The most studied of these boundaries is that found between peripheral nerve tissue and CNS tissue, where the Schwann cell environment of peripheral nerve changes to the astrocytic environment of the CNS, as is seen at the dorsal root entry zone (DREZ). Axons will regenerate within the dorsal root following a crush, particularly if the regenerative response is increased by a concomitant crush of the peripheral nerve attached to the same dorsal root ganglia. However the axons stop precisely at the DREZ, being unable to transit from a Schwann cell environment to an astrocyte oligodendrocyte environment.16'19 A similar situation occurs when a peripheral nerve or a Schwann cell transplant is placed in the CNS. These transplants attract...

Rosmediated Cytotoxicity Of Antitumor Drugs

Peripheral neuropathy.3132 The mechanism of nephrotoxicity is still not understood completely, but generation of free oxygen radicals by the proximal tubular cells has been proposed as a major pathogenic mechanism.33 Cisplatin treatment resulted in depletion of glutathion (GSH) and protein thiols34 in the kidney. Studies performed on renal cortical slices revealed that depletion of mitochonrial GSH was an early event after cisplatin treatment that was followed by increased lipid peroxidation (measured by the amount of thiobarbituric acid reactive substance) and decreased mitochondrial protein concentration.35 The imbalance of the antioxidant system was partly caused by decreased activity of the antioxidant enzymes, as decreased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and GSH peroxidase activity (GSH-Px) were detected in vivo in cisplatin-treated kidney.36 The dysfunction of mitochondria caused by oxidative damage may maintain a prolonged increase of oxygen free radical...

Injuries From Handcuffs

Nerve conduction studies may be used to distinguish between a compressive mononeuropathy and a radiculopathy. The majority of cases with significant nerve damage either involve detainees who are intoxicated or have a clear history of excessive pressure being applied by the officers (5). Intoxication may cause problems through a decreased awareness of local pain, marked uncooperativeness, or poor memory for the restraining episode when a significant struggle occurred. It is possible to have nerve damage with no skin breakage, reflecting undue pressure. Although some of the quoted studies predate the introduction of rigid handcuffs, because of the similar ratchet mechanism, direct pressure problems are still possible. Sensory nerve damage causes loss of pain, touch, and temperature sensation over an area of skin that is smaller than the nerve's sensory supply because of the considerable overlap between the sensory territories of adjacent peripheral nerves. Lesser degrees of...

Caspase Independent Pathways

The importance of caspases in the apoptotic process is well established, however, there is also strong evidence for a caspase-independent pathway in the nervous system. Evidence for this comes on one hand from the analysis of programmed cell death in caspase null mice, in which in contrast to the striking perturbances in the forebrain, the extent of cell death of brain stem and spinal cord motoneurons as well as ganglia of the peripheral nervous system may be delayed but in essence is unaltered. 51 Cell death may be mediated via other mitochondrially regulated pathways, 52,36 such as via the apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF). 53

Schwann CeUAstrocyte Boundaries

Boundaries between Schwann cells and astrocytes occur wherever peripheral nerves contact the CNS, for instance at the dorsal and ventral roots. Schwann cells and astrocytes show no ability to mix, leading to sharp boundaries between the cell types and dorsal root and ventral root entry zones.20'61 63 The form of myelination changes at these entry zones, so that motor and sensory axons as they enter or leave the CNS have a node of Ranvier with an oligodendrocyte on one side, a Schwann cell on the other. If motor axons are damaged within the spinal cord, they can usually regenerate out of the CNS across the ventral root entry zone and into peripheral nerve, indicating that these axons can cross from astrocytes onto Schwann cells.16 However if the dorsal root is crushed the axons will regenerate back towards the spinal cord, particularly if the peripheral nerve is crushed at the same time to increase the vigour of regeneration, but when the axons encounter astrocytes at the dorsal root...

Challenges in Expression Analysis of Gap Junction Proteins

Quantitative and qualitative changes of connexin expression were demonstrated under certain developmental and pathological circumstances (see above). Thus, analysis of gap junctional coupling can only provide a depiction of the actual connexin expression, irrespective of a putative diverse molecular make-up at different developmental stages or under the influence of pathological conditions including de- and regeneration. Examples of pathological changes in connexin expression include an increase of Cx46 protein in Schwann cells during peripheral nerve regeneration (Chandross et al. 1996), neuronal expression of Cx45 (increase) and Cx36 (decrease) upon kainate treatment (Condorelli et al. 2003), increased expression of Cx32 and Cx36 in CA1 neurons after global ischemia (Oguro et al. 2001), and the expression of Cx30 in apoptotic neuronal cells after kainate-induced seizures (Condorelli et al. 2002). One example of temporary developmental expression is the transient coupling of...

Preoperative and Intraoperative Electrophysiologic Assessment of Brachial Plexus Injuries

Nerve conduction studies (NCSs) and needle electromyography (EMG) are extensions of the neurologic examination that allow the examiner to study the physiology of healthy and diseased components of the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS is organized into motor, sensory, and autonomic units. The motor unit consists of all muscle fibers innervated by the terminal branches of a single alpha motor neuron. The sensory unit is represented by the terminal endorgan branches and receptors connected to a single dorsal root ganglion (DRG) cell. The autonomic unit is composed of pre- and postganglionic neurons that synapse in ganglia associated with craniosacral (parasympathetic) or thoracolumbar (sympathetic) spinal segments. The study of autonomic physiology requires special techniques, which are not discussed in this article. The motor unit is studied with motor NCSs, needle EMG, and specialized techniques, such as motor evoked potentials (MEPs). The sensory unit is studied with sensory...

Paraneoplastic Syndromes

In addition to the above mentioned myasthenia-like Eaton-Lambert syndrome, other neuromuscular manifestations include polymyositis, peripheral neuropathy, encephalomyelopathy and cerebellar degeneration. Other manifestations include skeletal manifestations with generalized hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy with periosteal proliferation and new bone formation. The incidence has been reported to be between 2 and 12 however, this phenomenon is not found in patients with small cell tumors, although its incidence in patients with the other three major cell types was equally distributed.

Effects of Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors

The DNA polymerase hypothesis explains the mitochondrial toxicity of NRTIs as an effect of the inhibition of mtDNA polymerase-y 121, 158, 159, 150 . Mitochondrial structure and function are altered and energy production impaired with intracellular lipid accumulation, hepatic steatosis, lactic acidosis, myopathy, pancreatitis, peripheral neuropathy, nephrotoxicity, and lipodystrophy.

Spinal Cord

Posterior Spinocerebellar Tract

Peripheral nerve Peripheral nerve The corticospinal pathway synapses in the anterior horn (motor grey matter) of the spinal cord just prior to leaving the cord. This is important, for motor neurons above the level of this synapse (connecting the cerebral cortex and anterior horn) are termed upper motor neurons (UMN), whereas those beyond this level (the peripheral nerve neurons) are termed lower motor neurons (LMN). These terms are actually somewhat misleading and probably would better have been phrased as first order motor neurons (UMN) and second order motor neurons (LMN), as either of these categories may have axons that lie in the upper or lower part of the body. Upper and lower motor neuron injuries result in different clinical signs. Although both result in paralysis, they differ as follows Patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome (Fig. 18E) experience sensory and lower motor neuron loss because of peripheral nerve involvement.

General Organization

Basal Ganglia Organization

The basic functional unit in the CNS is the neuron (Fig. 2). Electrophysiological impulses travel down a neuron from its dendrites to the cell body and axon. Information then is chemically transmitted to other neurons via connections known as synapses. A chain of such communicating neurons is called a pathway. Within the CNS, a bundle of pathway axons is called a tract, fasciculus, peduncle, or lemniscus. Outside the CNS (i.e., in the peripheral nerves, which connect the CNS with the skin, muscles, and other organ systems), bundles of axons are called nerves. So you can immediately see the problem with neuroanatomy. There are too many names for the same thing. But the basic logic of neuroanatomy is simple. We shall try to restrict names to a minimum.

Myoclonus Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers

Myoclonus epilepsy with ragged red fibers (MERRF) affects children and adults. Cardinal clinical manifestations include short stature, seizures, polymyoclonus, optic atrophy, sensory-neuronal hearing loss, cerebellar ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, and myopathy. The disease is maternally transmitted and is associated with point mutations in tRNA gene.

Evidence for Alterations in Descending Pain Modulation

Since the beginning of the 20th century it has been known that the brain can tonically inhibit spinal cord excitability, thereby regulating the amount of peripheral sensory information reaching the central nervous system. More recent evidence has demonstrated the activity of both pain-inhibitory and -facilitatory mechanisms that can tonically and phasically regulate spinal cord excitability (55,62,63). While top-down tonic pain-inhibitory modulation appears to predominate in healthy individuals, an upregulation of descending pain-facilitatory systems has been demonstrated in the maintenance of hyperalgesia in animal models of peripheral nerve injury (64). An alteration in the balance between inhibitory and facilitatory pain-modulatory systems has been proposed as a possible mechanism underlying chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia (65) and IBS (66,67). Zambreanu et al. were the first to

Neuroanatomy Of Visceral Pain

Celiac Ganglion

Basic science studies have demonstrated that from the level of gross anatomy to the microscopic determination of both peripheral and central afferent terminals, visceral sensory pathways are diffusely organized and distributed (diagrammatic summary in Fig. 1). Rather than mimicking the precise organization of cutaneous sensory afferent pathways, which travel in defined peripheral nerves and extend into a limited number of spinal segmental nerves organized in a unilateral, somatotopic fashion, visceral sensory afferent nerve fibers originate from multiple branchings of nerve fascicles organized into weblike plexuses scattered through the thoracic and abdominal cavities that extend from the prevertebral region to reach the viscera by predominantly perivascular routes. Injection of neuronal tracing agents into focal sites within viscera may easily result in the labeling of cell bodies in the dorsal root ganglia of 10 or more spinal levels in a bilaterally distributed fashion (27). The...

Preoperative electrodiagnosis

Sensory Localization Diagnosis

NCSs and needle EMG are the primary studies used to gain information on the location, number, and pathophysiology of lesions affecting the brachial plexus and other peripheral nerves before surgical exploration. NCSs are often accurate enough to localize lesions within several centimeters along the course of a nerve segment. In motor NCSs, a mixed or pure motor nerve is stimulated at several places along the nerve. The summated electrical response of all muscle fibers innervated by the activated axons (typically recorded with surface electrodes) is called the compound muscle action potential (CMAP). The size of the CMAP recorded after supramaximal stimulation of the peripheral nerve is directly related to the number of functioning motor axons. The size of the CMAP quantifies the number of activated axons, whereas the conduction velocity and distal latency measure conduction along the course of the motor axons.

Adult Adrenomyeloneuropathy

Adult adrenomyeloneuropathy presents with a slowly progressive spastic paraparesis and peripheral neuropathy. It may be associated with cerebral ALD. Demyelin-ation is prominent in the spinal cord, particularly in the posterior columns and pyramidal tracts, but lympho-cytic infiltrations are rare or absent.

Functionalized Polymer Matrices for Tissue Regeneration

As discussed in this chapter, the modification of material surfaces is an attractive route to develop new and improved smart biomaterials. A natural extension of this technology is to move from two-dimensional surfaces to three-dimensional (3D) polymer matrices, or scaffolds, to accelerate tissue regeneration by fabrication with various bioactive molecules (e.g., peptides, growth factors). 3D polymer matrices have been studied extensively in numerous tissue engineering initiatives, including the regeneration of bone (111,112), cartilage (113,114), blood vessels (115), and peripheral nerves (116). When isolated cells are seeded into the scaffolds, the 3D structures guide the cells' organization and development into tissue both

Electrodiagnostic studies

The presence of an SEP suggests continuity between the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system by means of a dorsal root. A positive response is determined by the integrity of few hundred intact fibers. The actual state of the ventral root is not tested directly by this technique instead, it is inferred from the state of the sensory nerve rootlets, although there is not always perfect correlation between dorsal and ventral root avulsions. SEPs are absent in post-ganglionic or combined pre- and postganglionic lesions. Motor evoked potentials can assess the integrity of the motor pathway by means of the ventral root. This technique using transcranial electrical stimulation recently has been approved in the United States 28 . CMAPs are not useful in complete distal lesions because of the necessary time for regeneration to occur into distal muscles. CMAPs are useful in partial lesions where their size is proportional to the number of...

Systemic Amyloidosis See Also Chapter

AL amyloidosis complicates the course of myeloma in 7-10 of patients.185 It is more commonly associated with myeloma of X light-chain type. Amyloidogenic light chains preferentially involve certain Vk and VA germline genes. The specific V gene is often associated with a propensity for a specific pattern of organ infiltration, suggesting an organ tropism of amyloidogenic light chain.86 87 Amyloid protein may deposit in many organs in the body.88 Serious organ dysfunctions develop when the kidneys, peripheral nervous system, and heart are involved. Cardiac amyloidosis results in arrhythmia, conduction defect, and restrictive cardiomyopathy. Involvement of the GI tract may produce mobility disorders and malabsorption. Pulmonary amyloidosis precipitates respiratory failure. Amyloid angiopathy causes spontaneous skin and mucosal bleeding. Amyloid may also deposit in the skin, endocrine organs, joints, and other tissues, occa

Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy

Grossly, the brain shows moderately severe generalized atrophy. Histologically, axonal spheroids are distributed widely in the gray matter of the cerebrum and spinal cord, in the peripheral nerves, and in the auto-nomic ganglia. Additional findings are moderate neuronal losses in the cerebral cortex, neuronal and myelin losses in the pallidum, and Purkinje and granule cell degenerations in the cerebellar cortex. The clinical diagnosis is supported by demonstration of axonal spheroids in sural nerve biopsy.

Clinical Features

Peripheral neuropathy was present in all of our 99 patients and usually dominates the clinical picture.52 Symptoms usually begin in the feet and consist of tingling or paresthesias. Motor involvement follows the sensory symptoms. Both begin distally and are symmetric and progress proximally. More than half of the patients have severe weakness and may have difficulty in climbing stairs, rising from a chair, or gripping objects firmly. In contrast to the neuropathy associated with primary amyloidosis (AL), autonomic symptoms are not a feature. Bone pain and pathologic fractures are major findings in symptomatic myeloma, but occur rarely in POEMS syndrome.

Clinical Assessment Symptoms

Other similar symptom scoring systems, such as the Diabetic Neuropathy Symptom (DNS) Score, have also been described (Feldman et al. 1996). The DNS Score is a four-item symptom score, consisting of the following items 1) unsteadiness in walking 2) pain, burning or aching at legs or feet 3) prickling sensation in the legs or feet and 4) numbness in legs or feet. Presence is scored 1, absence 0, with a maximum score of 4 points.

Changing Therapeutics in the Management of Intractable Pain in Children at the End of Life 19952005

A retrospective study published in 1995 examined the opioid requirements of children with terminal malignancy (27). Twelve (6 ) of the patients in this study required therapies beyond conventional pediatric opioid dosing. The majority of the patients had neuropathic pain related to tumor location as the basis of their intractability. Eleven patients had spinal cord compression, solid tumor metastatic to the spinal nerve roots, nerve plexus, or large peripheral nerves. Of the patients, 50 had adequate analgesia with either regional anesthesia or high-dose opioid infusion alone. The remaining patients required the prescription of sedation to control refractory pain. of their utility in pediatrics other than for procedural pain management. Despite this, clinical usage is increasing, particularly in the setting of severe neuropathic pain and rapid opioid dose escalation and perceived tolerance.

Quantitative sensory testing

The limitations of QST are also clear. No matter what the instrument or procedure used, QST is only a semiobjective measure, affected by the subject's attention, motivation and cooperation, as well as by anthropometric variables such as age, sex, body mass and history of smoking and alcohol consumption (Gerr & Letz 1994 Gelber et al. 1995). Expectancy and subject bias are additional factors that can exert a powerful influence on QST findings (Dyck et al. 1998). Further, QST is sensitive to changes in structure or function along the entire neuroaxis from nerve to cortex it is not a specific measure of peripheral nerve function (Arezzo 2003). QST testing for vibratory and cooling thresholds receives a class II rating as a diagnostic test. It is designated as safe, effective and established. Thus QST is accepted and commonly used in clinical trials of diabetic neuropathy.

Pathogenesis And Epidemiology 31 Tuberculosis

The clinical manifestations of tuberculoid leprosy consist of skin macules with clear tenter that are insensitive to pain stimuli because of the involvement of peripheral nerves. The skin lesions of lepromatous leprosy consist of numerous, symmetric, small, hypopigmented, or erythematous papules in the initial phase, whereas nodules develop later in the course of the disease. Then the lesions diffuse to the eyes, upper respiratory tract, and many other organs and tissues. The damage to peripheral nerves lead to loss of sensation, deformity, and mutilation. The borderline forms of leprosy show lesions that have characteristics intermediate between the two main forms of the disease.

Noninvasive assessment MRI

MRI has been used to assess involvement of the spinal cord in neuropathy. In an exploratory study, Eaton et al. (2001) used MRI of the cord and demonstrated that patients with DPN had a lower cross-sectional cord area than healthy control subjects in the cervical and thoracic regions, leading them to suggest that DPN is not simply a disease of the peripheral nerves. However, progression or regression of this abnormality has not been evaluated in prospective studies and, therefore, the potential for its use as an endpoint in clinical trials of human DPN is not established.

Corneal Confocal Microscopy CCM

Density, branching and tortuosity in patients with mild diabetic neuropathy, and these alterations relate to the severity of somatic neuropathy (Malik et al. 2003 Kallinikos et al. 2004). Corneal nerve fibre density has recently been shown to improve with improved glycaemic control (Iqbal et al. 2005). Therefore, the ability of CCM to visualise and define the extent of nerve damage and repair occurring in diabetic patients is significant (Hossain et al. 2005). The noninvasive facility of CCM provides a means of expediting drug development programmes for therapies deemed to be beneficial in the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

S100 Proteins in Cell Proliferation

S100B has been reported to stimulate sciatic nerve regeneration and may function as a growth factor for peripheral nerve axons (Haglid et al. 1997). Growth may be regulated by a homeostasis of cell proliferation and apoptotic loss of cells. S100B has been reported to rescue motor neurones from apoptotic death (Iwasaki et al. 1997). The ability of S100B to influence actin dynamics might be involved in this effect. The status of actin polymerisation has been found to regulate apoptosis. Induction of polymerisation leads to apoptosis, whereas inhibitors of polymerisation block apoptosis (J.Y. Rao et al. 1999). As alluded to above, S100B can inhibit actin polymerisation. Therefore the findings of Iwasaki et al. (1997) are compatible with those of J.Y. Rao et al. (1999). On the other hand, it has been found that S100B may lead to apoptotic death by releasing nitric oxide (Hu et al. 1997).

Neurofibromatosis Type 1 NF1 and Neurofibromatosis Type 2 NF2

NF1 and NF2 share several features both are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. About 50 of cases, however, occur sporadically because of a high rate of spontaneous mutations. Tumors of the peripheral nerves are the diagnostic hallmarks of both syndromes. Clinically, they may present from early childhood to adulthood. The expressivity varies from a monosymptomatic abortive form to a broad range of manifestations including seizures, mental retardation, and systemic disorders. T2-weighted MRI may show hyperintense lesions in the white matter and basal ganglia, corresponding to hetero-topia and failure of myelination.

Canavans Disease or Spongy Degeneration

Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

Juvenile metachromatic leukodystrophy. The disease of an 8-year-old boy began with a decline in his school performance, daydreaming, and aimless scribbling. At age 11, he had his first grand mal seizure. Over the ensuring years, his mental and motor functions rapidly deteriorated. First, he became speechless and unable to stand or walk then he became bedridden, with his extremities in flexion contractures. After a 12-year course, at age 20 years, he died. His younger sister developed a similar illness and died before him. A and B. On transverse sections the hemispheric white matter from the frontal to the occipital lobes is reduced in volume, sunken, yellow, and gelatinous. C. Occipital lobe shows total loss of myelin and relative sparing of arcuate fibers. D. Myelin loss is total in the cerebellum and almost total in the pons (Weil stain). E. Brown, metachromatically stained myelin breakdown products are abundant in the subcortical white matter. F. Peripheral nerve shows myelin...

Tfa vuiniwal ukihopaedic examination

Positive Straight Leg Test Findings

Suspected prolapsed intervertebral disc (5) Test sensation to pinprick in the dermatomes of the lower limb. Test perineal sensation in suspected central disc prolapse. Diminution of sensation at the side of the foot (SI) is one of the commonest findings (see also Segmental and Peripheral Nerves of the Limbs). Note also that stocking anaesthesia may be found in diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, and is not necessarily evidence of a nonorganic problem.

Regulation ofDSDlPGPhosphacan and Other CSPGs by Cytokines in Lesions Role ofTGFBeta

Decorin.51 In contrast, DSD-l-PG phosphacan core glycoprotein levels have been shown to be decreased in cerebral cortex lesions during the first week following injury241 and also in kainate-induced seizures models and Ihara's epileptic rats.193'194 The phosphacan diminution during the first week postlesion in cerebral cortex lesions could result, at least in part, from a reduced production since it was shown that the phosphacan mRNA level is downregulated at 2 days posdesion (dpi).241 However, extracellular degradation might also contribute to the rapid decrease in phosphacan protein levels as the decrease of phosphacan in the hippocampus after kainate-induced seizure is largely due to its proteolysis by plasmin.193 After 7 dpi the phosphacan mRNA levels are slightly increased in cerebral cortex lesions as observed following deafferenta-tion of the hippocampus.123 Following peripheral nerve crush, phosphacan mRNA is significantly induced in the distal segments of the sciatic nerve.192...

Therapeutic Angiogenesisvasculogenesis Promises And Limitations

This approach is based on the concept that supplementation with GFs would overcome the endogenous deficit of cytokines and result in more robust angiogenic response (48). Potentiation of microcirculation by therapeutic angiogenesis has been applied in models of myocardial and peripheral ischemia and subsequently exploited for the treatment of wound-healing and peripheral neuropathy. Following successful application in animal models, these concepts have been transferred from the bench to the bedside. However, the results of first controlled clinical trials using VEGF165 or FGF-2 in patients with ischemic heart disease did not result in the level of efficacy for which researchers had hoped. A list of phase 2 and 3 clinical trials is provided in Table 2.

DSDlPGPhosphacan and RPTPBeta Isoforms in the Regulation of Cell Substrate Interactions and Cell Motility

The importance of ECM molecules for cell motility could be demonstrated in several culture models of cellular migration. For example, neural crest cells migrate through the embryo to differentiate into peripheral nervous system, facial skeleton or pigment cells using migration pathways comprising collagens, laminin-1 or fibronectin.214 Directional restraints may be imposed by substrates unfavourable for migration, e.g., CSPGs.37'215'216 An example of extensive migration in the CNS relates to the 02A (oligodendrocyte-type 2 astrocyte) precursor cells that are generated outside the optic nerve and immigrate from its chiasmal side to the retina.217 Likewise, oligodendrocyte precursors in the developing spinal cord are generated in the subventricular zone and subsequendy migrate away to populate the spinal cord.218 In the adult CNS, a progenitor cell type with limited migratory potential, termed 02A-adult, is retained in the postnatal brain.219 Migration of oligodendrocyte precursors...

Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome

Table 10.3 Genetic predisposing conditions. CHRPE Congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium, MPNST malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor Table 10.3 Genetic predisposing conditions. CHRPE Congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium, MPNST malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor

How do analgesic drugs work

Peripheral nerves have their endings in the tissues, the skin, the joints and visceral organs. There they are sensitive to certain changes in their environment which stimulate the electrical nerve impulse which travels along the nerve fibre to its links at synapses with other nerve fibres into the central nervous system. These changes are usually the result of tissue damage caused by external agents or factors, such as heat, chemicals, injury, or by disease.

Anne D Zurn and Christine E Bandtlow Introduction

Traumatic injuries to the brain and spinal cord cause severe and irreversible disabilities due to the inability of the CNS, in contrast to the peripheral nervous system, to regenerate injured fibers. CNS axons initially start to sprout, but they fail to regenerate over long distances and cannot contact appropriate target cells, resulting in a permanent loss of function. This lack of regeneration appears to be due to both the intrinsic inability of central fibers to grow, and an inhospitable environment. The present review focuses on the cellular and molecular aspects of intrinsic differences in growth potential and of axonal growth inhibition, in particular on the recent advances in the characterization of growth-inhibitory molecules and their mode of action. Additional details may be found in other recent reviews.1 6

Frailty And The Neuromuscular System

There is growing evidence that the core target of the frailty syndrome is motor organization, specifically the muscular and nervous systems. Disease, disuse and aging trigger a mechanism that impoverishes the redundancy of muscular and nervous backup systems, leading to a measurable decline of motor performance. Once the process is activated, its consequences follow a common pathway leading to a more generalized loss of motor functioning. There is good evidence that measures that are related to mobility and motor performance are interpretable as proxy markers of frailty. However, the diagnosis of frailty, as a syndrome, hides an array of different pathologic processes that may involve the integrity and functionality of selected physiological subsystems implicated in motor performance 2. Some of these subsystems include bone, joints, muscles, peripheral nerves, metabolic efficiency, aerobic capacity and energy production. Clinically, the best criteria for screening of frailty are tests...

Expression of Growth Associated Molecules

Experimental sensory fiber lesions have brought additional evidence that expression of growth-associated molecules may be a prerequisite for axonal regeneration. Primary sensory neurons with their cell bodies in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) possess two axonal branches, a peripheral axon that can regenerate, and a central axon, located in the spinal cord that cannot regenerate upon injury. Interestingly, lesion of the central ascending sensory axons, in contrast to lesion of the peripheral branches, does not lead to the up-regulation of GAP-43, c-Jun, and JAK in the DRG neurons.26 29 Overexpression of GAP-43 alone, however, allows only sprouting and not regeneration of CNS neurons.30 32 Only the combined expression of GAP-43 with another growth cone protein, CAP-23, permits regrowth of sensory axons from the spinal cord lesion site into a peripheral nerve graft.33 In addition to a reactivation of growth associated genes expressed during development, peripheral axotomy leads to the...

Clinical Review

Dermatomal Distribution Map Hand

9-1 What general principles are useful in determining whether a lesion lies at the level of the cerebral cortex, internal capsule, cerebellum,basal ganglia, brain stem, spinal cord or peripheral nerve Ans. Cerebellar and basal ganglia lesions result in motor problems, specifically in aberrations in the quality of coordinated movements, as opposed to paralysis. Cerebellar dysfunction is characterized by awkwardness of intentional movements. Basal ganglia disorders are more characterized by meaningless, unintentional, unexpected movements. Peripheral nerve injuries result in ipsilateral motor and sensory defects. Peripheral nerve lesions may be distinguished from internal capsule and cerebral cortical lesions by the presence of lower motor neuron signs (see pg. 23) and motor and sensory defects along a derma-tome-like distribution (Figure 53). In distinguishing a spinal nerve root lesion from a more peripheral nerve lesion, several points should be considered. Severing a single spinal...

Neuroaxonal Dystrophy with Brain Iron Deposition

Axonal Spheroids Lfb Stain

Neuroaxonal dystrophy with iron deposition. An infant girl developed normally until 1 year of age, when she began to stumble and gradually lost her ability to walk. At 3 years of age, she was speechless, had pale optic discs, searching nystagmus, and stiff extremities. Over the ensuing years, she developed seizures and myoclonic jerks. At nine and a half years of age, she died. Thalamus shows (A) eosinophilic (HE) and (B) argyrophilic axonal spheroids (Bodian stain). C. Basophilic-iron-positive granules are deposited in basal ganglia (HE). D. The cerebellum shows extensive Purkinje cell losses (HE). E. Peripheral nerve shows myelin degeneration and small axonal spheroids (LFB-CV). Neuroaxonal dystrophy with iron deposition. An infant girl developed normally until 1 year of age, when she began to stumble and gradually lost her ability to walk. At 3 years of age, she was speechless, had pale optic discs, searching nystagmus, and stiff extremities. Over the ensuing years, she developed...

Intrisic Differences in Growth Potential

Different subtypes of CNS neurons appear to have distinct growth potentials. For instance, peripheral nerve grafts implanted in the CNS promote regeneration of inferior olivary axons from deep cerebellar nuclei, but not from Purkinje cells.44 In addition, distinct classes of neurons react differendy to the same non-permissive CNS environment since biotin-dextran labeled ascending sensory axons, but not the subgroup labeled with CGRP, can regenerate after spinal cord crush in mice.45

Cellular Response to Injury

Failure of regeneration in the CNS is also due to an environment unfavorable for axonal growth. For instance, peripheral neurons that grow well in peripheral tissues often show only limited growth when transplanted into the brain or spinal cord of adult vertebrates. On the other hand, some injured CNS neurons can grow through peripheral nerve grafts transplanted as bridges into the brain or spinal cord of adult rats, but they cease to grow when they re-enter the CNS tissue.39'46'47 These experiments demonstrate that (1) adult CNS tissue is unfavorable for axonal growth and (2) some adult CNS neurons can extend long processes when provided with a permissive environment.

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Multiple endocrine neoplasia - one of several inherited endocrine gland syndromes caused by a defect in tumor suppressor genes multiple myeloma - a malignant disease characterized by the infiltration of bone and bone marrow by neoplastic plasma cells multiple sclerosis - a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the axons of nerves in the area surrounding the ventricles of the brain but not the peripheral nerves

Experimental Strategies to Promote Nerve Regeneration Following CNS Injury

Several experimental strategies have been developed to overcome inhibition after CNS injury. They involve the use of antibodies to neutralize growth inhibitors, Nogo peptides binding to NGR and blocking its activity, and blockers of the intracellular pathways mediating growth inhibition (for recent reviews see refs. 3,5,213,214) In addition, rather than blocking inhibitors, receptors, or their signaling pathways, growth of dorsal column ascending sensory axons has been improved by intraganglionic administration of cAMP98'209 or by application of rolipram.212 To decrease its inhibitory properties, the biochemical composition of the ECM has also been altered by treatment with chondroitinase ABC, the enzyme which cleaves the GAG side chains of CSPGs.164 166 Furthermore, attempts to reduce glial scarring have been made using pharmacological agents to decrease collagen deposition in the ECM.228 Matrix and ADAMs metalloproteinases, enzymes that can degrade ECM proteins and CSPGs, are also...

Nervous Systemrelated Samples

The proteomics characterization of the CNS and, to a lesser extent, the peripheral nervous system (PNS) in normal and neurological disease states is mostly and directly determined by the samples under investigation. There are as many pro-teomes as different sample types such as tissues, cells, cell fractions, or fluids (in this context, mainly the cerebrospinal fluid - CSF). Furthermore, we anticipate an increased complexity with further more specific and fractionated samples. Comparisons between all these CNS-related proteomes may show that they overlap substantially, clarifying the origin and significance of some key proteins. It is therefore of major importance to accurately determine the various physiological proteomes relevant to neuroscience and subsequently how they are altered by pathological processes. In theory, samples can be obtained from the entire brain, gray or white matters, anatomically defined brain structures (cortex, basal ganglia, brainstem, cerebellum, spinal...

Description of the authors work

As the authors showed in their dissection research, broad laminoarthrectomy gives access to the lateral cord if the spinal cord is carefully rotated. Through a suitable incision, a graft consisting of a fragment of a peripheral nerve can be implanted at a depth of 1 mm and secured in place with a biologic adhesive. The graft technique precludes the need for delicate, microscopically guided manipulations of obliquely angled rootlets in the tiny intradural space. Moreover, it is rare that all the rootlets in the intradural compartment are torn out in a patient with severe injury and multiple avulsions. Therefore, the length of the rootlets has no repercussions on the surgical method because the graft is long enough to cope with all eventualities. After traumatic avulsion of a ventral nerve root followed by reimplantation into the cervical cord, neurophysiologic data show that motor neurons are capable of projecting new axons through the reimplanted rootlets or across a peripheral nerve...

The sympathetic trunk

Clinical Sympathetic Trunk

The sympathetic trunk bears a series of ganglia along its course which contain motor cells with which preganglionic medullated fibres enter into synapse and from which non-medullated postganglionic axons originate. Developmentally, there was originally one ganglion for each peripheral nerve, but by a process of fusion these have been reduced in man to three cervical, twelve or less thoracic, two to four lumbar and four sacral ganglia. Only the ganglia of T1 to L2 receive white rami directly the higher and lower ganglia must receive their preganglionic supply from medullated nerves which travel through their corresponding ganglia without relay and which then ascend or descend in the sympathetic chain. Still other preganglionic fibres pass intact through the ganglia to peripheral visceral ganglia for relay.

Brachial Plexus Injury C5 C6 Ka Treatment Ka Video

Intercostal neurotization of the peripheral nerves in avulsion plexus injuries. In Terzis JK, editor. Microreconstruction of nerve injury. Philadelphia WB Saunders 1987. p. 425-34. 22 Songcharoen P. Neurotization in the treatment of brachial plexus injury. In Omer G, Spinner M, Van Beek A, editors. Management of peripheral nerve problems. Philadelphia WB Saunders 1998. p. 458-64.

Further research on fluorocarbon emulsions and applications

Pfcs Blood Transfusion

Exchange transfusion with a PFC emulsion helped reduce the hemoglobin signal in a study of the functional organization of the brain, using optical signals evoked by peripheral nerve simulation in rat cortex (Nomura et al., 2000). An emulsion of F-15-crown-5-ether (20 magnetically equivalent fluorines) and 19F magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), used as a 'gold standard' allowed validation of an 1H MRI method to quan-titate changes in tumor oxygenation in carbogen (95 O2 5 CO2)-breathing rats (Fan et al., 2002). Assays that allow detection of PFCs in blood by headspace solid-phase microextraction combined with gas chromatography mass spectrometry have been developed as part of anti-doping in sport efforts (Mathurin et al., 2001). The benefits of PFCs and PFC emulsions to cell cultures have been reviewed (Lowe, 2002). Reverse, i.e., water-in-PFC emulsions, gel-emulsions and PFC microemulsions are also being investigated (Krafft et al., 2003).

Antituberculosis Drugs

Isoniazid is a structural analogue of pyridoxine and accelerates its excretion, the principal result of which is peripheral neuropathy with numbness and tingling of the feet, motor involvement being less common. Neuropathy is more frequent in slow acetylators, malnourished people, the elderly and those with HIV infection, liver disease and alcoholism. Such patients should receive pyridoxine 10mg d by mouth, which prevents neuropathy and does not interfere with the therapeutic effect some prefer simply to give pyridoxine to all patients. Other adverse effects include mental disturbances, incoordination, optic neuritis and convulsions.

Injury classification

The most common pattern of incomplete supraclavicular injury is an upper trunk palsy. These types of injuries represent approximately 35 of all supraclavicular injuries and are typically characterized by avulsion or proximal rupture of C5 C6, with or without an injury of C7. The lower trunk is characteristically spared, or recovers relatively quickly from a transient neuro-praxia. The avulsion of C6-C8, with sparing or recovery of C5 and T1, occurs much less frequently and represents 8 of all supraclavicular injuries. Isolated C8 and T1 avulsion or trunk rupture is rare, occurring in only 3 of all supraclavicular injuries. It is important to remember that 15 of supraclavicular injuries have concomitant segmental injuries at or below the clavicle where the peripheral nerves branch from the plexus 2 . The musculocutaneous, axillary, and suprascapular nerves are particularly vulnerable to traction injury because of soft tissue tethers near their origins. In addition, a prefixed (C4...

Justification for Short Dialysis

The first such formula was developed in the early 1970s. Uremic peripheral neuropathy was a common complication of hemodialysis and very resistant to treatment. This complication was not dependent on urea and creatinine concentrations, but was rare with 24-27 h weekly hemodialysis on standard Kiil dialyzers and in patients on peritoneal dialysis. Based on these observations, Babb et al. 13 first proposed the idea that toxins responsible for neuropathy might be in the molecular weight range of 2,000-5,000 Daltons. They originated the term 'middle molecules' (MMs) and calculated that their clearance is the product of the overall mass transfer coefficient and the membrane area. This hypothesis led to the 'square meter-hour hypothesis', which implied that by doubling the surface area of a hemodialyzer the time of dialysis could be halved for equivalent MM removal 13-15 . This was an important step in the justification of high efficiency, short time dialysis. Ultimately 'a dialysis index',...

Marbps And Disease Manifestation

Diet Cure Lipomas

Likewise, the SAR binding domain of SAF-A loses its DNA binding potential upon proteolytic cleavage during apoptosis (Gohring and Fackelmayer, 1997). There are reports that nuclear matrix proteins associate with granular nuclear bodies and undergo modifications in cells that undergo apoptosis (Zweyer et al., 1997). In most of the cases, the loss of DNA binding ability of MARBPs becomes central to the altered function. For example, Ku deficiency leads to extreme radiation sensitivity and high levels of chromosomal aberrations (Gu et al., 1997). This is due to the fact that the Ku heterodimer (Ku 70 80) binds to DNA double strand breaks and facilitate repair by non-homologus end joining pathway (Walker et al., 2001). In case of invasive breast cancer, a specific nuclear matrix binding protein called NMP has been identified, that recognizes a unconventional MAR in the promoter, stimulates the levels of NFkB, that in turn increases the DNA binding activity of NFkB observed in c-erb2 and...

Preoperative planning

Different physical examination findings are associated with infraclavicular injuries. There may be sparing of peripheral nerves originating from the cords for example, the subscapularis nerves (upper, middle, lower) and the pectoral nerves (medial, lateral). Patients may have decreased or absent peripheral sympathetic tone. A strongly positive Tinel's sign is almost always present in an infraclavicular lesion.

Anatomy And Physiolo

Labeled Brain Cancer

This section deals briefly with structures, functions, and concepts that relate directly to the neurologic examination. After a short description of the brain, spinal cord, cranial and peripheral nerves, and reflexes, it summarizes important motor and sensory pathways. Common or concerning symptoms, health promotion and counseling, and a preview of the pertinent write-up then follow. Next comes Techniques of Examination for the nervous system, including mental status, the cranial nerves, the motor and sensory systems, and reflexes. As you review this material, note that the central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system consists of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves and the spinal and peripheral nerves. Most of the peripheral nerves contain both motor and sensory fibers.

Small Joint Position Sense Test And B12 Deficiency

Here all sensation in the hand is lost. Repetitive testing in a proximal direction reveals a gradual change to normal sensation at the wrist. This pattern fits neither a peripheral nerve nor a dermatome (see pp. 542-546). If bilateral, it suggests the glove and stocking sensory loss of a polyneuropathy, often seen in alcoholism and diabetes. Vibration sense is often the first sensation to be lost in a peripheral neuropathy. Common causes include diabetes and alcoholism. Vibration sense is also lost in posterior column disease, as in tertiary syphilis or vitamin B12 deficiency. Loss of position sense, like loss of vibration sense, suggests either posterior column disease or a lesion of the peripheral nerve or root.

Lysosomal Disorders

Krabbe Disorder Infants

Early infantile Krabbe's disease is characterized by spastic-ity, motor regression, and seizures. Irritability is a significant feature described as typical of presentation at this age. Peripheral neuropathy with areflexia may be a prominent initial symptom (44) or develop as the disease progresses. A rapid comprehensive decline of neurologic function with optic atro Late-onset Krabbe's disease has onset of symptoms from the middle of the second decade. The course is much more slowly progressive. Peripheral neuropathy is more commonly a presenting feature (45). It is often associated with a slowly progressive spastic paraparesis or quadriparesis that may be asymmetric. The clinical symptomatology of a combined central and peripheral nervous system disorder is reflected in the imaging findings. There are a few cases where optic nerve enlargement has been noted to be a prominent feature (61,62). Spinal nerve and cranial nerve enhancement may be a prominent, even isolated, finding and...

Nicotine Pharmacodynamics

Pharmacodynamics Nicotine

It is not only due to the pharmacokinetic properties of nicotine administered by smoking, mentioned earlier, that nicotine is as addicting as it is, its pharmacodynamics play an important role as well. Nicotine interacts with the nicotinic cholinergic receptors in both the central and peripheral nervous system. The effect of nicotine can be stimulating but in a high dose it can be dampening too, due to complex electrochemical processes.

Axonal Sprouting in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

The following examples should serve to illustrate the two-faced aspect of axonal sprouting Young children, by whom the cortex had to be removed from one side of the brain, compensate their motor deficits via axon collateral sprouting processes. What is probably involved here are the intact motor axons of the other hemisphere, which are capable of crossing over the midline at spinal cord level. These fibers sprout into the deafferented spinal chord and can thereby regulate movements on both sides of the body.115'116 In contrast to these favorable aspects of axonal sprouting behavior, one also finds instances of detrimental connectivities that can result in the CNS via axonal sprouting. So the report by Woolf and coworkers117 describing how, following injury of a peripheral nerve, collateral sprouting occurs on the part of sensible fibers in the spinal chord. In the process, these fibers gain access to the spinal chord's pain pathways, which in turn can trigger painful sensations at a...

Targeting the Nucleus using Motorproteins and the Microtubule Network Herpes Simplex Virus Poliovirus and Retroviruses

Herpes Simplex Virus Structure

Viruses which infect the large, polarized cells of the peripheral nervous system have the most dramatic need for a means of spreading over long distances, since the distance between their site of entry and their site of replication can reach several centimeters in length 12 . Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) the causative agent of cold sores infects sensory neurons and spreads via synapses. Within a neuron, viral capsids must first move from the synapse, along the length of the axon to the cell body, where replication is possible. Progeny virus must then make the return journey, along the axon to the synapse, where they emerge in order to spread to neighboring cells (Figure 19.1). It has been calculated that were this movement to occur by diffusion alone, a journey of a single centimeter would take 231 years, and so it is essential that herpes virus moves by an active transport mechanism. HSV-1 capsids have long been observed to be aligned with axonal microtubules using the...

Naa Clones Are Frequently Committed To Malignant Transformation

A peripheral neuropathy is observed in about 5 of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia patients 50, 51 . In a majority of these cases MIg display an antibody activity against a myelin associated glycoprotein (MAG). The epitope recognized corresponds to a gly-curonyl sulfate group. However, the pathogenic role of the MIg is not definitively established. Brouet et al. 51 , reported a recurrent idiotype among 9 MIg with anti-MAG activity. Six out of these 7 MIgs for which studies could be performed were expressing VH3 and the remaining VH2. Interestingly the rare V cIV family was found in 3 cases, VkI in 2 and V cII in 1 and the remaining patient expressed X light chain.


Electromagnetic Radiation And Cancer

AT patients rarely have functional abnormalities as infants. However, the vast majority develop gait abnormalities in their second year of life. All patients lose cere-bellar function over time, resulting in progressive ataxia, ocular apraxia, dysarthric speech, drooling, and choreoathetoid movements (4,5). Most index cases are initially thought to have a form of cerebral palsy (6). The classic AT patient is wheelchair-bound by the end of the first decade of life, and older AT patients may develop intellectual arrest. Dysphagia and silent aspiration become major problems when the neurodegeneration reaches an advanced stage (7). Functional neurological abnormalities in AT patients are accompanied by a continual loss of neurons from both the central and peripheral nervous system (reviewed in Ref. 4). The cerebellum is particularly affected owing to the cumulative effects of ongoing Purkinje cell death (Fig. 1).

Transthyretin or Prealbumin

Part of the interest in TTR stems from the occurrence of mutations in the molecule leading to the extracellular deposition in tissues as amyloid. The main sites of deposition are the peripheral nerves and or the heart, associated with neuropathies and or cardiomyopathies, respectively 30 . Over 80 different disease-causing mutations in TTR have been reported. The vast majority are inherited in an autosomal-dominant manner and are related to amyloid deposition, affecting predominantly peripheral nerves and or the heart. A small portion of TTR mutations are apparently non-amyloidogenic. Among these are mutations responsible for hyperthyroxinaemia 31 . Identification and characterisation of TTR mutations in healthy and diseased subjects will help to unravel the unknown pathogenetic mechanisms underlying TTR amyloidosis.

Lymphoid Malignancies

A number of specificities have been assigned to MIg, including binding to red blood cells, lipoprotein, fibrin monomers, transferrin, albumin, a2-macroglobulin, cardiolipin and heparin 37 . Interestingly, MIg frequently bind to nuclear components, e.g., DNA, Ro SSA-La SSB and Sm RNP 38 , IgM derived from a patient with WM has also been described to react with several cytoskeletal components 39 , Such autoantibodies have even been implicated in the pathogenesis of peripheral neuropathy, since they react with myelin-associated glycoprotein. MIg preparations from patients with MM, WM, CLL and BMG have been analyzed, using a panel of autoantigens 40 . In this study, MIg preparations from all, except two patients, showed evidence of reactivity with at least one of the autoantigens, whereas, there was little binding of the control monoclonal IgG. This is in keeping with the concept of the origin of natural autoantibodies and the data put forward by Dighiero et al. 41 , The latter...

M Spinal Reflexes The Deep Tendon Response

The deep tendon or muscle stretch reflexes are relayed over structures of both the central and peripheral nervous systems. Recall that a reflex is an involuntary stereotypical response that may involve as few as two neurons, one afferent (sensory) and one efferent (motor), across a single synapse. The deep tendon reflexes in the arms and legs are such monosynaptic reflexes. They illustrate the simplest unit of sensory and motor function. (Other reflexes are polysynaptic, involving interneurons interposed between sensory and motor neurons.) To elicit a deep tendon reflex, briskly tap the tendon of a partially stretched muscle. For the reflex to fire, all components of the reflex arc must be intact sensory nerve fibers, spinal cord synapse, motor nerve fibers, neuromuscular junction, and muscle fibers. Tapping the tendon activates special sensory fibers in the partially stretched muscle, triggering a sensory impulse that travels to the spinal cord via a peripheral nerve. The stimulated...

Pain Intervention 101 Techniques

Peripheral nerve blocks have fewer side effects than major conduction blocks, such as epidural analgesia. However, transient nerve damage, local anesthetic toxicity, and inadequate blockade are concerns (117-119). Patient-controlled regional analgesia has been reported to provide safe analgesia for postoperative pain control after lower limb surgery (120). Decreased responsiveness of pain to opioids may be seen in neuropathic pain because of hyperalgesia, by which the mechanism of upregulation of neurokinin-1 and substance P receptors is implicated (124). G proteins form a superfamily of essential regulators that signal myriad cellular activities, including transduction, organization of the cytoskeleton, and opioid receptor function. Upregulation of the regulator of G protein signaling can lead to a decrease of signaling in G Go coupling of the opioid receptor (125). This results in both hyperalgesia and decreased responsive to opioids. Hence, neuropathic pain can be associated with...

Paraneoplastic Syndromes Of The Nervous System

The presence of these antibodies has been associated with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) in about 90 of patients with this type of neoplasm. Nevertheless, 1520 of patients harbor these antibodies without having paraneoplastic syndromes. The onconeural antigen termed Hu antigen refers to a family of predominantly nuclear proteins expressed in all neurons of the central and peripheral nervous system. The Hu antigen corresponds to a set of proteins with a molecular weight of 35-40 kD expressed both in neurons and SCLC cells 26 , The Hu proteins constitute a family of RNA-binding proteins (HuD, HuC, Hel-Nl. and Hel-N2) characterized by an RNA recognition motif of about 80 amino acids. All Hu proteins are thought to have a role in the development and maintenance of the nervous system because of their restricted expression in neurons and their homology to the drasophila protein elav 27 , The anti-Hu antibodies have shown specific binding capacity to neurons in both the central and peripheral...

Perineurinomas Grade

The intraneural perineurinoma most often affects the peripheral nerves of the extremities of young adults. Grossly, it appears as a focal enlargement of the nerve. The histology is characterized by onion bulb formation that is, a concentric arrangement of perineural cells around the myelin and axon. The cells immunoreact for epidermal membrane antigen (EMA) and are negative for S-100 protein.

Polyglucosan Diseases

Round or spheroid filamentous aggregates, measuring 1 to 30 microns in diameter, occur in the central and peripheral nervous system and various organs. They have a basophilic core in hematoxylin-eosin (HE)-stained section, stain intensely with PAS and Alcian blue, and immunoreact for ubiquitin.

Neurofibromatosis Type

Characteristic nerve sheath tumors are the schwannomas (neurinomas) of the cranial and spinal nerve roots and peripheral nerves. Bilateral acoustic neurinomas are hallmarks of the syndrome. Additional CNS tumors are the meningiomas, single or multiple, spinal ependy-moma, and astrocytoma. Heterotopia and cerebral cal-cifactions add to the pathology.

Chronic Health Effects Of Acute Exposure

Many OP pesticides produce delayed peripheral neuropathy, a phenomenon known for more than 50 years, whereas nerve agents have caused polyneuropathy in animals only at doses manifold greater than the LD50 a phenomenon only seen in the presence of massive pretreatment and therapy with atropine and oxime.18

Etiology Of Neurodegeneration In At

The one facet of the AT phenotype with the greatest clinical impact is neurodegeneration due to the gradual but inexorable loss of Purkinje cells, and, to a lesser extent, other neurons in the brain and the peripheral nervous system. Why mutations in a gene that controls cell cycle checkpoints should affect the fate of post-mitotic neurons remains a major unanswered question in AT research. Several hypotheses have been proposed over the years. Building on histopathologic analyses of cerebella from AT patients, Vinters et al. (192) proposed that AT Purkinje cells are placed at risk for cell death by abnormal positioning within the cerebellum during embryonic development. Although this hypothesis accounts for the fate of Purkinje cells, it does not provide a ready explanation for the ongoing loss of other neurons in AT patients (4). Meyn (84), noted that AT cerebella contain a high frequency of abnormal Purkinje and granule cells that exhibit the highly condensed, pyknotic nuclei...

TABLE 162 m Disorders of Speech

Dysarthria refers to a defect in the muscular control of the speech apparatus (lips, tongue, palate, or pharynx). Words may be nasal, slurred, or indistinct, but the central symbolic aspect of language remains intact. Causes include motor lesions of the central or peripheral nervous system, parkinsonism, and cerebellar disease.

HIVRelated Nervous System Diseases

The viruses may infect the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Involvement of the peripheral nerves manifests as bilateral distal symmetric neuropathies and, less often, as sensory or autonomic neuropathies, polyradiculopa-thies, and mononeuropathy multiplex. Segmental demy-elination, axonal degeneration, perivascular lymphocytic infiltrations, and vasculitis are common (Fig. 6.16). Several etiologies include direct infection by HIV or cytomegalovirus, an immunologic mechanism, and nutritional, metabolic, and toxic factors.

Chronic Pain and Sexual Relations

Sexual dysfunction, while relatively common in the general population, is influenced significantly by aging and disease. Seagraves and Seagraves (1995), in their review of the literature on sexuality and aging, noted in both sexes that the evidence of a gradual decline in sexual activity at around age 50 was incontrovertible. Nevertheless, one had to be cognizant of individual variations. Advancing years were normally associated with disease and disability, which had profound impact on sexuality. The authors concluded that decline in sensory sensitivity, genital vascular profusion, peripheral nerve conduction, sex hormone production, and end-organ sensitivity to sex hormones all occur with age. The impact of disease on sexual function was investigated in a Dutch study (Diemont et al., 2000). Four hundred patients with kidney disease, 300 of whom had a renal transplant, were compared with 591 controls drawn from the general population. Among the control population 8.7 of men and 14.9...

Special Drugs For Urinarytract Infections

Nitrofurantoin, a synthetic antimicrobial, is active against the majority of urinary pathogens except pseudomonads. It is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and is concentrated in the urine (t' 2 1 h) but plasma concentrations are too low to treat infection of kidney tissue. Excretion is reduced when there is renal insufficiency, rendering the drug both more toxic and less effective. The main use of nitrofurantoin is now for prophylaxis. Adverse effects include nausea and vomiting (much reduced with the macrocrystalline preparation) and diarrhoea. Peripheral neuropathy occurs especially in patients with significant renal impairment, in whom the drug is contraindicated. Allergic reactions include rashes, generalised urticaria and pulmonary infiltration with lung consolidation or pleural effusion. It is safe in pregnancy, except near to term because it may cause neonatal haemolysis, and it must be avoided in patients with glucoses-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (see p....

Proteasome Inhibitor Bortezomib

Drug-related adverse events of any grade occurring in 25 of patients included nausea (55 ), diarrhea (44 ), fatigue (41 ), thrombocytopenia (40 ), peripheral neuropathy (31 ), vomiting (27 ), and anorexia (25 ). The most common grade III adverse events included thrombocytopenia (28 ), fatigue (12 ), peripheral neuropathy (12 ), and neutropenia (11 ). The most common grade IV events included thrombocytopenia (3 ) and neutropenia (3 ). Peripheral neuropathy was more likely to occur in patients who suffered from neuropathy at baseline (80 ). Among the 33 patients who did not have evidence of peripheral neuropathy on study entrance, 17 developed peripheral neuropathy during the course of therapy. Most of the adverse events reported during the trial were manageable with standard supportive symptomatic therapy.

For Cellbased Interventive Therapies

Chronic neuropathic pain following damage to the peripheral or CNS has been difficult to treat clinically (14). As an illustration of the severity of pain following spinal cord injury (SCI), patients often report pain, rather than immobility, as the major deterrent to good quality of life (15). Pharmacological pain management is based on nonopioid and opioid analgesics, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) inhibitors (16), calcium channel blockers (17), capsaicin (18), nicotine receptor agonists (19), and opioids (20) (e.g., morphine and its derivatives). Adjunct drugs, such as antidepressants and anticonvulsants, often accompany more antinociceptive agents in certain types of pain, like diabetic neuropathy (21). Gabapentin, an anticonvulsant, has become the most common medication for SCI pain (22), probably owing to its calcium channel-blocking functions (23). Combination of medications, such as NSAIDs with opioids, seems to be more...

Attempts to Restore Visual Function after Optic Nerve Damage in Adult Mammals

Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and their axons, i.e., optic nerve (ON) fibers, provide a good experimental model for research on damaged CNS neurons and their functional recovery. After the ON transection most RGCs undergo retrograde and anterograde degeneration but they can be rescued and regenerated by transplantation of a piece of peripheral nerve (PN). When the nerve graft was bridged to the visual center, regenerating RGC axons can restore the central visual projection. Behavioral recovery of relatively simple visual function has been proved in such PN-grafted rodents. Intravitreal injections of various neurotrophic factors and cytokines to activate intracellular signaling mechanism of RGCs and electrical stimulation to the cut end of ON have promoting effects on their survival and axonal regeneration. Axotomized RGCs in adult cats are also shown to survive and regenerate their axons through the PN graft. Among the cat RGC types, Y cells, which function as visual motion detector,...


Nerve agents are highly toxic organophosphorous (OP) compounds that are chemically related to some insecticides (parathion, malathion). The four most common nerve agents are tabun (o-ethyl N,N-dimethyl phosphoramidocyanidate military designation, GA), sarin (isopropyl methyl phosphonofluoridate military designation, GB), soman (pinacolyl methyl phosphonofluoridate military designation, GD), and VX (o-ethyl S-2-N,N-diisopropylaminoethyl methyl phosphonofluoridate). These compounds exist as colorless and relatively odorless liquids and are meant for use in weapon systems (shells, rockets, bombs) that are designed to deliver them as aerosols or fine sprays. They exert their toxic effects by inhibiting the cholinesterase (ChE) family of enzymes to include acetylcholinesterase (AChE E.C., a critically important central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) enzyme that hydrolyzes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). Although the nerve agents can inhibit other...

Pain Terminology

With peripheral neuropathy is pain in response to light brushing of skin, a normally innocuous stimulus (29). Pain in response to such innocuous stimuli is referred to as dynamic mechanical allodynia. Hyperalgesia may reflect an increase in the excitability of tissue nociceptors, as well as neurons in the CNS involved in nociceptive processing. This increase in excitability is referred to as sensitization. In contrast, dynamic mechanical allodynia appears to be conveyed by low-threshold afferents impinging on a sensitized CNS (30). The vast majority of dorsal horn neurons receiving input from visceral structures also receive input from somatic structures (so-called convergent input), in particular, those overlying the visceral organ in question. Consequently, injury or inflammation of a visceral structure may result in hyperalgesia or allodynia in the somatic structure overlying the inflamed visceral organ. Such hyperalgesia and allodynia is called referred hyperalgesia and referred...


Nonrhabdomyo-sarcoma STS, including synovial sarcoma, liposar-coma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, account for the rest. Leukemias and lymphomas are also distributed differently in older adolescents than in young children. The incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) declines steadily with age from the 0- to 5-year age group upwards it accounts for 30 of all cancers in children younger than 15 years, but only 6 of cancers in adolescents aged 15 to 19 years. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is nearly as common as ALL in 15- to 19-year-olds, and is more common than ALL in 20- to 29-year-olds. The incidence of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) increases steadily with age from birth on, but it is not as common as either ALL or AML from 15 to 29 years of age. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia is uncommon in all four 5-year age groups before age 20 years, but especially in the 15- to 19-year age group....

Chronic consumption

Chronic heavy alcohol use is associated with hepatic cirrhosis, deteriorating brain function (psychotic states, dementia, seizures, Wernicke's encephalopathy, episodes of loss of memory) peripheral neuropathy and, separately, myopathy (including cardiomyopathy) cancer of the upper alimentary and respiratory tracts (many alcoholics also smoke heavily, and this contributes), hepatic carcinoma and breast cancer in women chronic pancreatitis cardiomyopathy bone marrow depression, including megaloblastosis (due to the alcohol and to alcohol-induced folate deficiency) deficiency of vitamin K-dependent blood clotting factors (due to liver injury) psoriasis multiple effects on the hypothalamic pituitary endocrine system (endocrine investigations should be interpreted cautiously) Dupuytren's contracture.

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