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The Initial Development Of Peripheral Nerves

Given the close association between axons and Schwann cell precursors in growing nerves, it is surprising that the Schwann cell precursors are not required for nerves to grow out to their targets (Grim et al. 1992 Riethmacher et al. 1997 Woldeyesus et al. 1999). Rather, Schwann cell precursors have five main functions. One important function is to give rise to Schwann cells. Schwann cell precursors represent an intermediate stage between the neural crest stem cells that they derive from and the Schwann cells that populate mature nerves. In addition, they provide essential trophic support for both sensory and limb level motor neurons (Garratt et al. 2000a). Schwann cell precursors are also necessary for normal nerve fasciculation (Morris et al. 1999 Wolpowitz et al. 2000 Lin et al. 2000). Furthermore, postjunctional folds are absent at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) in those nerves that do form synapses, suggesting that perisynaptic Schwann cells (PSCs), discussed in detail in...

Sodium channel expression in experimental painful diabetic neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathies often accompany disease states, including diabetes mellitus, herpes zoster and HIV, and are a major cause of pain syndromes in these patients. While the molecular mechanisms underlying the neuropathic pain are largely unknown, recent work with a model of peripheral neuropathy, the rodent strepto-zotocin-induced diabetic neuropathy, has provided some insight into processes that may contribute to the painful condition. In these studies, alterations of sodium channel expression have been linked to the development of painful neuropathy 53, 82, 83 , and may provide a molecular mechanism underlying this condition. Craner et al. 82 studied the rodent streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes, a well-established model for the study of diabetic neuropathy 84-87 . In this model, injection of STZ results in a significant increase in blood glucose levels after 4 days (479 27 mg dl diabetic compared to 126 3 mg dl control), which is maintained for at least 8 weeks (513 29 mg...

Hiv1associated Peripheral Neuropathy Syndromes

Acute demyelinating polyneuropathy, brachial plexopathy, and mononeuritides may occur at the time of acute infection or seroconversion. Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating neuropathy (CIDP), although rare, are the most common form of peripheral neuropathy during the latent, asymptomatic, or mildly symptomatic stage of HIV- 1 disease when CD4+ cell counts are greater than or equal to 500 cells mm. 3 As immunodeficiency progresses and as CD4+ cell counts decline to the 200 to 500 cells mm3 range, the most frequent neuropathies encountered are mononeuritis multiplex and herpes zoster neuropathy. With HIV-1 disease progression (CD4+ cell counts are less than 200 cells mm 3 ), the occurrence of distal symmetrical polyneuropathy increases, as does the prevalence of other types of neuropathies such as autonomic neuropathy, mononeuritis multiplex, cranial mononeuropathies, mononeuropathies-radiculopathies associated with neoplasms, and...

Peripheral Nerve Metastases

Cancer can affect peripheral nerves either by compression or direct invasion. Direct invasion occurs either from hematogenous spread of tumor to peripheral nerves or dorsal root ganglia or by direct extension to nerve from surrounding structures. Typically, head and neck malignancies, melanoma, lung and breast cancer, and abdominal and pelvic tumors cause either cranial or peripheral nerve dysfunction. Occurring either early or late in the disease process, the clinical signs and symptoms are reflective of the anatomical sites and nerves involved. Frequently pain, sensory symptoms, or weakness are manifested by involvement of either single or multiple cranial nerves, spinal roots, nerve plexi, or peripheral nerves. Complications of therapy including radiation fibrosis and chemotherapy-induced neuropathy can mimic peripheral nerve metastases. Acute ischemic or inflammatory neuropathies and complications of paraneoplastic neurological syndromes should also be considered. Diagnosis may be...

What Is The Role Of Peripheral Neuropathy In Restless Legs Syndrome

Peripheral neuropathy is an assumed cause of secondary RLS and reviewed in detail in Chapter 19. It is thought that at the basic perceptual level sensory stimuli are distorted, possibly leading to a hypersensitization of the sensory pathway that may induce a circulus vitiosus maintaining restless legs symptoms. Peripheral neuropathy can be evoked by a broad range of medical diseases, toxins, and drugs. The overall prevalence is about 2 to 4 , and in persons older than 55 years rises to about 8 of the population (32). In unselected groups of RLS patients, the prevalence of neuropathy or abnormal electrophysiological results ranged from 10 (33,34) to 30 (1,35). These abnormal results may be more frequent in sporadic vs. familial RLS (36) and in those with older age at onset of RLS (1) and mostly point to an axonal type of neuropathy (29,33,37). In a study of 154 consecutive patients with neuropathy, the prevalence of RLS was only 5.2 (38). However, all other studies with patients...

Lesions in the Retroparotid or Retropharyngeal Spaces and Distal Peripheral Nerve Lesions

CN XI and XII may be affected by a number of distal peripheral nerve lesions resulting from surgical trauma, y y local infections, stretch,y , y neck irradiation, 41 or local tumors.y y A dissecting carotid aneurysm may result in hypoglossal nerve palsy. y A self-limited idiopathic hypoglossal nerve palsy also has been reported. y , 49 The resultant findings (i.e., weakness and atrophy) in peripheral nerve lesions have been described earlier. Occasionally, a lesion may affect CN IX through XII, with a resultant Collet-Sicard syndrome, characterized by the same features as Vernet's syndrome described earlier, with the addition of weakness of the ipsilateral tongue.y , y

Other Peripheral Nerve Tumors

Benign tumors of the peripheral nerves are often localized to single sites and are related to pressure or trauma. For example, Morton's neuroma is commonly associated with increased pressure or tight-fitting shoes and represents fibrotic swelling of the nerve in response to repeated insult. Located on the plantar surface of the foot, it is treated with excision or observation. Symptoms include localized pain, tenderness, and weakness of the distally affected muscles innervated by the nerve. Ganglion cysts may result from repeated trauma, leading to undue inflammation and cystic degeneration. In other cases, transected stump nerves undergo unorganized sprouting, leading to a large clump of disorganized cells and their processes.

Gain Control in Human Primary Afferent Transmission Over Ascending Paths

Excitation of primary afferents in peripheral nerves at low stimulus intensities rapidly results (from arms, in 15+ ms from legs, in 25+ ms) in somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) measured from scalp electrodes recording from the somatosensory reception areas of the cerebral cortex. As previously described for spinal Ia reflexes, the ascending path from fast-conducting afferents to the brain can be attenuated at spinal levels by activation of other Ia afferents (Staines, Brooke, Misiaszek, & McIlroy, 1997). The effect is observed as reduced magnitudes of SEPs, despite nonvary-ing stimulation. Further, just as the brain can centrifugally control primary afferent transmission in Ia spinal reflexes, so it can also control the transmission through the ascending path (Rudomin et al., 1998). For example, SEPs are at

Evaluation Guidelines

Routine EEG may be indicated when a diagnosis of sleep-related seizures is suspected. Likewise, electromyography may provide valuable information if peripheral neuropathy is suspected associated with RLS, or if neuromuscular disorders are thought to be predisposing to sleep apnea. The standard test of sleep is overnight PSG. PSG is an overnight recording of sleep, monitoring EEG, eye movements, chin muscle tone, muscle activity of the limbs, electrocardiogram, respiratory effort, nasal airflow, and oxygen saturation. During polysomnography, a patient is closely monitored by a technician PSG to indicate whether secondary to other sleep disorder EMG evidence of peripheral neuropathy in somepatients with RLS

Chairs introduction sodium channels and neuronal dysfunction emerging concepts converging themes

The molecular diversity of Na+ channels appears to be paralleled by diversity in terms of physiological and pharmacological properties, and in terms of functional roles. We are learning that Na+ channel diversity contributes to the tuning of neurons, so that different types of neurons can sing different songs, or at least produce music in different keys. In some cases the songs of neurons can be discordant, or even shrill. This can contribute to neuropathic pain, which we will discuss during this meeting. The fourth theme is pathophysiology. At this meeting we will be talking about the potential contributions of Na+ channels to neuronal hyperexcitability. We will see that anomolously expressed Na+ channels can contribute to altered excitability by their function as inward current generators at a given time. We will also see that sodium channels can contribute to pathophysiology when they are expressed in acquired channelopathies in abnormal ways. Abnormal Na+ channel expression has...

Type 1 Neurofibromatosis NF1

NF1 is more common than NF2, but the disease may be so mild that an affected individual may never present to their doctor. The main manifestations are in the skin, with the appearance of cafe au lait patches and cutaneous neurofi-bromas in the first and second decades, respectively. The most famous potential misdiagnosis of NF1 was Joseph Merrick, the 'elephant man,' who in reality probably had Proteus syndrome (Clark, 1994). One potential serious complication of NF1 is optic gliomas, which may occur in up to 15 of cases (Listernick et al., 1989). These are usually very low grade and asymptomatic and if they are not specifically sought levels of around 1.5 are found. Other CNS gliomas do occur but their frequency is probably well below 5 . Meningiomas and vestibular schwannomas do not occur in excess frequency in NF1 (McGaughran et al., 1999). Phaeochromocytoma and spinal neurofibromas may develop as well as rhabdomyosarcomas, but these are relatively rare. Malignant change in...

Sodium channel expression in DRG neurons in the CCI model of peripheral injury

The rodent chronic constriction injury (CCI) is a well-established model that has been utilized to examine the mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain 2 . CCI results in Wallerian degeneration of a substantial number of, but not all, axons distal to the loose ligatures, with greater than 80 loss of myelinated fibers and 60-80 loss of unmyelinated fibers 71 . Proximal to the loose ligatures, the proximal stumps of degenerating axons intermingle with spared axons 71, 72 , leading to injured and uninjured neurons residing in L4 and L5 DRG. Behaviorally, CCI is associated with signs of spontaneous pain and mechanical hyperalgesia 2 abnormal spontaneous activity has been recorded in vivo and in vitro in some DRG neurons following CCI 22, 57, 73, 74 . Current evidence strongly suggests that alterations in sodium channel expression contribute to the spontaneous activity observed in CCI neurons, which may play a major role in the development of ongoing and stimulus-driven neuropathic pain 75 ....

Interaction Transactional Theories and Research

As depicted in Figure 3.2, the controllability of the stimulus was clearly related to the type of cortical response that occurred. In a situation that provoked a threat to an organism, the fight-flight response was triggered, resulting in the defense reaction characterized by fleeing or displaying aggression. In contrast, if the situation resulted in a loss of control by the organism, the defeat reaction occurred, characterized by limited activity and subordination. These two systems clearly were differentiated behaviorally as well as physiologically. Not only were they associated with distinct observable behavioral differences, they also involved different brain mechanisms, different neurotransmitter systems, and different peripheral manifestations of the response in the peripheral nervous system.

Mechanisms of action

All the amphetamines enhance activity at dopamine, noradrenaline and 5HT synapses. They cause pre-synaptic release of preformed transmitters, and also inhibit the re-uptake of dopamine and noradrenaline. These actions are most prominent in the brainstem ascending reticular activating system and the cerebral cortex. Amphetamines also cause release of norad-renaline from peripheral nerve terminals which leads directly to enhanced sympathetic activity.

The Generation Of Immature Schwann Cells

The transition from Schwann cell precursors to immature Schwann cells involves a major change in cellular architecture within the nerve (Figure 2.6). As described earlier, peripheral nerves at E14 in rat (E12 in mouse) consist of axons and Schwann cell precursors, which are found both at the surface and within the developing nerve. The Schwann cells are connected by adherens junctions and form a network of long sheet-like processes that communally envelop large groups of axons, dividing the nerve into territories longitudinally (Ziskind-Conhaim 1988 Wanner et al. 2006). The nerve is devoid of blood vessels and connective tissue. By E18 19, when immature Schwann cells populate the nerve, the overall architecture is transformed and is essentially as described by Webster and Favilla (1984) for newborn nerve. The nerves consist of Schwann cell families, each enclosing smaller groups of axons than at E14, each of which is surrounded by basal lamina and connective tissue spaces containing...

Expression of some Na channel genes is downregulated in injured neurons

In parallel with the down-regulation of SNS and NaN mRNA and protein, the slowly-inactivating and persistent TTX-resistant Na+ currents produced by these channels are reduced in axotomized neurons (Cummins & Waxman 1997, Sleeper et al 2000) (Fig. 6A, B). These physiological changes persist for at least 60 days post-axotomy (Cummins & Waxman 1997). Loss of NaN (persistent TTX-resistant) channels would be expected to shift resting potential in a hyperpolarizing direction, reducing resting inactivation of fast Na+ channels, and thereby producing DRG neuron hyperexcitability which can contribute to pain and parasthesia (Cummins & Waxman 1997). Consistent with a contribution of these changes to the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain, Dib-Hajj et al (1999c) observed a similar (although quantitatively smaller) down-regulation in SNS and NaN channels and their currents in DRG neurons in the chronic constriction injury model of neuropathic pain.

Other actions and sideeffects

5 Restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movements in sleep. The effect of alcohol has not been studied in detail, but while the sedative effect of acute alcohol intake may prevent arousals from periodic limb movements, chronic alcohol ingestion appears to worsen this condition. This may be due to nutritional deficiencies, particularly iron, or to the development of an alcoholic peripheral neuropathy, or to more direct effects of alcohol on the neurological systems responsible for leg movements during sleep.

Retroperitoneal Sarcoma

Retroperitoneal sarcomas tend to be large at presentation, and occur in close proximity to vital structures (Fig. 4.3). Most patients present with a palpable abdominal mass. Less commonly, patients will have neurologic signs and symptoms due to compression of peripheral nerves or lumbosacral nerve roots. Gastrointestinal symptoms are uncommon, with intestinal obstruction occurring in less than 5 of patients at presentation .

Somatosensory Evoked Potentials

Most of the components that indicate the different stages of both sensory and cognitive processing of the somatesthetic inputs are shown in Fig. 10a. The positive components P10, P12, P13, and P14, not represented in the figure and indicating the very early latency of the first phases of the processing, are thought to reflect, respectively, discharge of the peripheral nerve, arrival in the dorsal root of the spinal cord, and then arrival in the mesencephalon (13-14 msec). On the other hand there are indications that the P15 (see Fig. 10b) could be generated in the medial lemniscus, or in the thalamus (Allison, 1984). The N20, the P20, and the P25 are thought to reflect activity of the primary somatosensory cortex. All of the other components up to P100 reflect potentials generated in the primary somatosensory cortex or surrounding areas. Desmedt and Robertson (1977) demonstrated that the N140 and the P190, also called vertex potentials, are strongly...

Adrenergic Sympathomimetic Drugs

The sympathetic nervous system plays an important role in the involuntary regulation of cardiac activity, vascular tonicity, functional activity of smooth muscle, and glands by releasing endogenic adrenergic substances, catecholines, from peripheral nerve endings into the synapses of the central nervous system (CNS).

Evaluation Guidelines Table132

Proximal peripheral nerves Cerebellopontine angle lesion Middle peripheral nerve lesion at base of skull or nasopharynx Far distal peripheral nerve lesions Fluid and Tissue Analysis. Occasionally, biopsy of tissue outside the CNS may be productive in establishing a diagnosis involving the ninth and tenth cranial nerves. Amyloid neuropathy involving the cranial nerves may be demonstrated on peripheral nerve biopsy. Sarcoidosis with basilar meningitis and cranial neuropathies may be evident on lung or lymph node biopsy.

Management of Patients with Retroperitoneal STS

Delivery of tumoricidal doses is associated with the development of significant short and long term complications, including acute and chronic enteritis, obstruction and stricture. The liver and kidney are also quite susceptible to the toxicity of EBRT. For this reason, there has been an interest in developing alternative methods of delivering radiation to the tumor bed by using intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT). This is accomplished at the time of operation after the tumor has been removed. All uninvolved organs and areas are shielded with lead barriers, leaving the tumor bed exposed. Afterloading catheters are then placed and high doses of radioactivity are delivered while the surgical, anesthesia, and nursing personnel monitor the patient remotely. Following delivery of the radiation, the barriers are removed and the operation is completed. Prospective randomized trials have demonstrated that using IORT for retroperitoneal sarcoma decreases local recurrence but does...

Dietary Sources And Recommended Intakes

Although no adverse effects of high intakes of vitamin B6 from food sources has been reported, peripheral neuropathy has been reported in individuals with chronic supplemental intakes between 1 and 4 g d. Based on dose-response studies and the lack of reported adverse effects at doses less than 200 mg d, the Tolerable Upper Intake Limit (UL) for vitamin B6 has been set at 100 mg d.5

History And Definitions

The terms lower motor neuron and upper motor neuron are often used to differentiate two basic types of weakness the first, due to a lesion of the motor neuron in the anterior spinal gray and its axon coursing to the muscle through the spinal roots and peripheral nerves and the second, due to a lesion that interrupts the descending motor pathways from supraspinal neurons that converge on the lower motor neuron pool. These very useful terms in clinical neurology derive from the concept that pools of upper motor neurons exist in a hierarchical order in the brain stem and motor cortex and converge via several different pathways on the lower motor neuron pool consisting of alpha and gamma motor neurons.

Iistress Proteins In The Normal

Most cells within the normal CNS express constitutive forms of stress proteins. This was demonstrated in our laboratory using a panel of 20 monoclonal antibodies with specificities either for the 65-kDa stress protein of mycobacteria, the human 70 72-kDa stress protein, or the human 60-kDa stress protein. A rabbit polyvalent antibody to the Escherichia coli stress proteins was also used. These antibodies were used to immunocytochemically stain normal CNS (1). Patterns of staining varied with the particular antibody. Most monoclonals to the 65-kDa mycobacterial stress protein stained neuronal, glial, and microglial cell bodies. Similar staining patterns were seen with the polyvalent rabbit antiserum. Little, if any, staining was noted of oligodendrocytes with any of the monoclonals tested. Three monoclonals bound to normal central and peripheral nervous system myelin. One such monoclonal was IH9, specific for an epitope of the Mycobacterium leprae 65-kDa stress protein. Another...

Associated Neurological Findings

Deep tendon reflexes are important in differentiating various causes of weakness and altered tone that might influence posture and gait. Hyperreflexia is common in patients with corticospinal tract disorders hyporeflexia is common in those with peripheral nerve diseases that produce weakness and proprioceptive sensory loss.

Evaluation Guidelines j Table194

The most important supplement to the history and physical examination in the patient with possible peripheral nervous system disease is an electrodiagnostic examination consisting of nerve conduction studies and electromyography. The sensory nerve conduction studies directly assess the large fiber peripheral sensory nervous system distal to the dorsal root ganglion. This examination is useful in localization of mononeuropathies, generalized peripheral neuropathies, and plexopathies. Although the needle electrode examination (NEE) assesses only motor axon involvement, it can be helpful in localizing sensory complaints in the spinal nerve root proximal to the region assessed by the standard sensory nerve conduction studies. Somatosensory evoked potentials allow assessment of sensory impulse conduction along the entire sensory axis from peripheral nerve to sensory cortex. They have their greatest application in lesions proximal to the dorsal root ganglion. In the upper...

Clinical Syndromes Table195

In lesions of the peripheral nervous system the sensory loss tends to be intense, with fixed, clearly defined zones. With central nervous system sensory deficits the boundaries are vague and the deficit is more mild as compared with peripheral processes. There may be considerable variation in both the distribution of and intensity of this type of sensory deficit.

Growth Hormone [gh Somatotropin

The human anterior pituitary gland contains 5-10mg growth hormone (GH), which is synthesized and stored in cells referred to as somatotropes, which are located in the lateral wings of the gland. The human GH gene is on chromosome 17 and its mRNA transcript possesses 5 exons separated by 4 introns. The peptide contains 191 amino acids and has a plasma half-life of 20 minutes (Dinan, 1998). GH plays an important role in the regulation of growth and trophic metabolic processes. The peripheral physiology of GH and its salutary effects in models of peripheral nerve injury (Scheepens et al., 2001) is not the focus of the current summary the focus is how GH function may inform us about central nervous system (CNS) function in psychiatric disorders (Coplan et al., 1995).

Fibrinogen And Fibrin

Fibrinogen in plasma can extravasate in tissues after damage and be transformed in fibrin. In peripheral nerve damage therefore, fibrin becomes an additional ECM component (Akassoglou et al. 2000), which has been shown to have important functional effects on Schwann cells. Schwann cells bind fibrin through an integrin receptor, av 8 (Chernousov and Carey 2003), and activate intracellular signalling leading to Schwann cell de-differentiation (Akassoglou et al. 2002). Thus, fibrin is useful after acute nerve damage, when Schwann cells de-differentiate and proliferate to mediate removal of myelin debris and facilitate axonal regrowth. However, fibrin must be degraded at the time of remyelination, as it inhibits Schwann cell migration and differentiation.

Basal Lamina And Schwann Cell Myelination

Facing the basal lamina and a surface facing the lumen or the axon, respectively (Bunge and Bunge 1983). In vitro co-cultures of rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, seeded with Schwann cells, demonstrated that with the addition of serum and ascorbic acid, triple helical collagen could form, a basal lamina could be assembled, and myelination could proceed (Carey et al. 1986 Eldridge et al. 1987 Eldridge et al. 1989). Later, similar studies showed that partial myelination could be achieved in the absence of serum and ascorbic acid, as long as a defined medium (B27) containing antioxidant was provided (Podratz et al. 1998 Podratz et al. 2004). In this system, although myelin was formed in the absence of basal lamina, laminin was still present around Schwann cells (Podratz et al. 2001). This suggests that laminins themselves, but not the assembly of a complete basal lamina, are required for myelination. This conclusion is supported by several examples in vivo, where myelin can be...

Toxic Neuropathy With Dideoxynucleoside Therapy

In an open-label study conducted in individuals taking ZDV for at least 48 wk, ddC administered in a dosage of 0.75 mg every 8 h was associated with symptoms of painful neuropathy in 25 of 59 subjects. The pain was characterized as moderate or severe in 17 of patients, and 10 of patients withdrew from the study because of the neuropathic symptoms. Subjects entering the trial had CD4 counts of fewer than 200 cells mm3 and no known peripheral neuropathy, although the screening methodology is not elaborated in the report. A large community-based, open-label clinical trial compared 500 mg d ddl with 2.25 mg d ddC in subjects with up to 300 CD4 cells mm3 who had failed therapy with ZDV. Peripheral neuropathy was an exclusion criterion for entry, and occurred during the study at a rate of 22.1 per 100 patient-years with ddl compared with 45.1 per 100 patient-years for ddC, a statistically significant twofold increased risk in the ddC arm (41). A subsequent study evaluated the frequency of...

Evaluation Guidelines Table211

Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocities (NCVs) are useful in evaluating patients with peripheral neuropathy. However, the studies may be normal in conditions that selectively affect small nerve fibers. Small fiber function may be assessed using quantitative sensory testing to determine the sensory threshold for heat and cold sensation these sensory modalities are mediated by the C and A-delta nerve fibers. This technique measures the intensity of a stimulus necessary to evoke a specific sensation. Electromyography and NCVs are used to evaluate peripheral nerve injuries that may result in focal autonomic abnormalities. Nerve conduction velocity studies may also be used to identify the cause of the predominantly cholinergic autonomic abnormalities that accompany the prejunctional disorders of neuromuscular transmission (e.g., botulism, the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome and the autonomic abnormalities that accompany paraneoplastic sensory...

Laminins And Laminin Receptors

The first observation that signals from laminins were important for peripheral nerve development came from the discovery that mice (dystrophyc dy dy and dy2J dy2J) and patients with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy 1A (CMD1A - often called merosin-deficient CMD) that lack the a2 chain of laminin, manifest as a peripheral neuropathy (Shorer et al. 1995 Di Muzio et al. 2003 Quijano-Roy et al. 2004). Neurophysiological evidence of a neuropathy are found in most, if not all, of the CMD1A patients examined (Quijano-Roy et al. 2004). Lack of laminin signals in turn leads to abnormalities in Schwann cell interactions with axons. The defects observed in the animal model arise at different times in development and at different locations an early arrest in the process of radial sorting of axons is detected mainly in the proximal PNS, while later abnormalities in myelinated internodes and nodes of Ranvier are found postnatally and distally (Shorer et al. 1995 Brett et al. 1998 Deodato et al. 2002...

Toxic Neuropathy With Combined Agents

In a dose-finding, double-blind study comparing the effect of combinations of ddI and d4T on plasma viral load, there were 13 adverse events in 86 subjects followed for a median of 349 d (1-728 d). Patients with peripheral neuropathy and previous treatment with neurotoxic drugs were excluded, and most subjects were treatment naive, with CD4 cell counts greater than 200 cells mm3 (mean, 343 cells mm3). It seems, from the report, that determination of neurotoxicity was based solely on subject complaints and only two subjects were reported to develop neuropathy as a serious adverse event (2.3 ) (57). Another retrospective review found a frequency of peripheral neuropathy in 27 of a small group of subjects administered ddI plus d4T in conjunction with HU, compared with 10 in a group administered ddI plus d4T (60). Although the trend did not reach statistical significance, this report is consistent with the findings in the two studies described above (58,59).

Pathophysiology Of Nucleoside Toxic Neuropathy

It has been suggested that depletion of the mtDNA induced by nucleoside analogs results in the depletion of enzymes encoded by the mtDNA, leading to impaired oxidative phosphorylation. An analogy has been drawn to multiple symmetric lipomatosis, a hereditary condition in which mtDNA mutations and deletions impairing oxidative phosphorylation complex IV have been identified. This condition results in hypertriglyceridemia, insulin resistance, and fat deposition abnormalities similar to those associated with HAART, and is associated with peripheral neuropathy in almost all cases (65). The potential role of acetyl-carnitine deficiency as a result of mitochondrial damage in toxic neuropathy was suggested by Famularo and colleagues, after a study in which they demonstrated diminished serum levels of acetyl-carnitine but not total carnitine, in 12 subjects with symptoms of painful neuropathy while taking ddI, ddC, or d4T in comparison with 10 subjects taking ddI and 11 subjects taking ZDV,...

Reviews And Selected Updates

13. de Groat WC, Booth AM Autonomic systems to the urinary bladder and sexual organs. In Dyck PJ, Thomas PK (eds) Peripheral Neuropathy, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1993, pp 198-2(7. 38. Vallbo AB, Hagbarth KE, Torebjork HE, Wallin BG Somatosensory, proprioceptive, and sympathetic activity in human peripheral nerves. Physiol Rev 1979 59 919-957

Issues In The Current Data On Toxic Neuropathies Implications For Future Clinical Trials

The risk of acquiring HIV-associated DSP s appears to be related to both increased plasma HIV viral load and decreased CD4 count (25,26,81). Successful treatment with current HAART may have the capacity to improve peripheral nerve function, as demonstrated in a study using serial QST assessments (82), and as reported in an earlier study of ddI, described above (48). Thus, HIV-associated DSP may become less prevalent with successful retro-viral suppression and control of other, as yet unidentified factors, offsetting an increased frequency of neuropathy induced by dideoxynucleoside components of HAART regimens. This offsetting effect was suggested in a retrospective study of a German cohort, in which the prevalence of DSP in a 2-yr period Future controlled clinical trials which include longitudinal assessments both of symptomatic and asymptomatic neuropathy from onset of antiretroviral therapy, and epidemiological studies of the natural history of HIV-associated neuropathies in...

Mechanisms Of Toxicity

D4T emerged as a first-line HAART component. Similar to ddC (see Zalcitabine section), a painful peripheral neuropathy (92) was described with d4T treatment however, one study presented evidence to contest that relationship. A clinical proof-of-principle used acetyl-L-carnitine successfully to treat d4T-induced mitochondrial neuropathy (93). ddC is less frequently administered today. Nonetheless, painful peripheral neuropathy attributed to mitochondrial dysfunction has been associated with clinical ddC toxicity (107,108), and inhibition of mtDNA replication has been observed in vitro (6,40,109,110). ddI remains an important element in HAART regimens. Two principal toxicities are recognized from a clinical perspective. As with ddC, a painful peripheral neuropathy is documented with ddI therapy in humans. Early in the development of ddI, severe pancreatitis was identified as an important side effect (114). Experimental work documented pancreatic changes by flow cytometry (115). Fatal...

Prevention Of Sideeffects

It is possible to prevent the peripheral neuropathy caused by isoniazid. This neuropathy usually shows as a burning sensation of the feet. It occurs more commonly in HIV-positive individuals and in people who drink alcohol. These patients should receive preventive treatment with pyridoxine 10 mg daily. Ideally, where possible, pyridoxine 10 mg daily should routinely accompany isoniazid.

Central nervous system effects

Recent evidence affirms the rationale of applying NMES to paralyzed or paretic muscles in order modulate central nervous system (CNS) plasticity. NMES induces transmission of afferent inputs along sensory pathways originating from both muscular and non-contractile structures. Kimberley et al., (2004) Han et al. (2003) and Smith et al. (2003) have presented evidence of increased excitability in the contralateral hemisphere following excitation of selected peripheral nerves of both stroke survivors and healthy subjects (see Volume I, Chapters 6, 14 and 15).

Types of Detectable Abnormalities

Angiography may be useful in detecting vascular lesions causing focal or bilateral cerebral dysfunctions, subcortical dysfunctions, or brain stem or spinal cord abnormalities. Abnormal size and contour of the lumen, abnormal distribution of vessels, and abnormal sequences of vascularization (early or late) can be seen. Additionally, displacement of vessels by extrinsic lesions can be detected along with endovasculization from tumors. In the section that follows, angiography is discussed in relationship to diagnosis and management of patients with ischemic brain disease, intracranial aneurysms, vascular malformations, and neoplasms. Although intracranial masses and their mass effects classically distort the cerebral vasculature, the primary diagnosis of intracranial masses has shifted to CT and MRI and is not addressed in this section. Angiography is not currently useful in the evaluation of peripheral nervous system or neuromuscular diseases.

Making a map a two step process

Although spontaneous optic nerve regeneration in mammals is largely abortive (Zeng et al., 1995), RGC axon regeneration can be assisted by, for example, grafting a piece of peripheral nerve (PN) between the back of the eye and the superior colliculus (SC mammalian homologue of the optic tecum in lower vertebrates). After PN grafting, approximately 10 of RGCs survive but only a small proportion regenerate their axons along the graft, less than 1 enter the SC and precise topography is absent (Sauv et al., 2001). However, the number of RGC axons entering the SC falls well below the 20 minimum required to restore topography, suggesting that once sufficient neuroprotection and neuroregeneration can be stimulated in mammals, further steps may be required to restore topography and therefore useful vision. In searching for models lacking topography in visual projections, we turned our attention to reptiles, the class of vertebrate phylogenetically intermediate between the fish and amphibia...

Normal Experimental Control

Normal and damaged adult brain (reviewed, Dunlop and Steeves, 2003). Enhanced neural activity in the form of specific training improves functional outcome in a wide range of situations including peripheral nerve injury, stroke, spinal cord and head injury. We therefore assessed the influence of specific visual training on the outcome of optic nerve regeneration in lizard (Beazley et al., 2003). Food items were presented to the monocular field of the experimental eye in trained animals and to the unoperated eye in untrained animals twice weekly throughout the course of optic nerve regeneration. A topographic map was restored (Fig. 55.2) as well as glutamatergic excitation that was predominantly AMPA-mediated together with low levels of GABA-ergic inhibition (Beazley et al., 2003 Dunlop et al., 2003). Crucially, animals responded to and fed on prey items presented to the experimental eye indicating a return of useful vision.

Basic Principles and Technique

The electrical activity recorded from muscle, that is, the electromyogram (EMG), provides a guide to the pathological site in patients with disease of the motor units. Pathological processes can be localized to the neural, muscle, or junctional components of the motor units. In neuropathic diseases, the pattern of affected muscles also permits a lesion to be localized to the spinal cord, nerve roots, limb plexuses, or peripheral nerves. The EMG findings are not, however, pathognomonic of specific diseases and do not in themselves provide a definitive diagnosis.

Mutations in Nuclear Genes Affecting mtDNA Stability

Autosomal dominant progressive external ophthalmoplegia (adPEO) and mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy syndrome (MNGIE) are diseases caused by defective interplay of the mitochondrial and nuclear genome. Most of the adPEO patients carry mutations in one of three genes ANT1 (muscle-heart specific isoform of mitochondrial adeni-nenucleotide translocator), Twinkle (mtDNA helicase), or POLG1 (catalytic subunit of mtDNA polymerase) 38 . On the molecular level adPEO is associated with multiple mtDNA mutations 39 .AdPEO is clinically characterized by ophthalmoplegia (progressive muscle weakness affecting eye muscle), very often associated with ataxia, hypogonadism, severe depression, endocrine dysfunction, hearing loss, and peripheral neuropathy 39, 40 . Mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy (MNGIE) is associated with a loss of thymidine phosphorylase (TP) and is characterized by PEO, severe gastrointestinal syndrome, peripheral neuropathy,...

With Bortezomib in Multiple Myeloma

The most frequent grade 3 adverse events were thrombocytopenia (28 of patients), fatigue (12 ), peripheral neuropathy (12 ), neutropenia (11 ), anemia (8 ), and vomiting (8 ) (Richardson et al. 2003). In a parallel phase II trial (CREST trial), the patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma were randomized to receive 1.0 mg m2 or 1.3 mg m2 bortezomib with a permission of dexamethasone in patients with progressive or stable disease after 2 or 4 cycles of single-agent therapy. The response rates (CR and PR) were 30 and 38 with 1.0 mg m2 and 1.3mg m2 bortezomib, respectively. After addition of dexamethasone, the response rate for all patients rose to 37 and 50 in the 1.0 and 1.3 mg m2 bortezomib cohorts, which suggested some synergy between the both drugs (Jagan-nath et al. 2004). The first phase III trial (APEX trial) was performed in patients with multiple myeloma relapse after 1-3 prior therapies. The 669 patients were randomized in two...

In Leukemia and Lymphoma

To investigate maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) in patients with acute leukemias refractory to or relapsing after prior therapies, 15 patients were treated with escalated doses of bortezomib ranging from 0.75 and 1.5mg m2. The DLT included orthostatic hypotension, nausea, diarrhea, and fluid retention, all at 1.5 mg m2 bortezomib, suggesting the MDT in patients with acute leukemia at 1.25 mg m2 (Cortes et al. 2004). In a phase II trial for patients with relapsed or refractory lymphoma, 41 of the patients with mantle cell lymphoma could reach a PR or CR (Goy et al. 2005). The response rate for other types of NHL, including both high- and low-grade NHL, was 19 . Most grade 3 toxicities included thrombocytopenia (47 ). For patients with indolent NHL, a further phase II trial was conducted (O'Connor et al. 2005). The overall response rate was 58 , with best responses among patients with follicu-lar lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma. The response duration...

Noninfantile Refsums Disease

This lipidosis, also known as heredopathia atactica polyneuritiformis, is a familial disorder characterized clinically by retinitis pigmentosa, peripheral neuropathy, cerebellar ataxia, and high protein levels in the cerebrospinal fluid without pleocytosis. Cardiac involvement and nerve deafness occur in almost all patients as well. The accumulated material is phytanic acid. This condition is distinct from the peroxisomal disorder of infantile Refsum's disease, in which phytanic acid accumulation is not the primary metabolic defect but a secondary result of peroxisome assembly.

Gregory J Esper and Seward B Rutkove

Needle EMG remains an important part of the evaluation of the peripheral nervous system and can assist substantially in characterizing a variety of disease states. The needle electrode examination generally consists of three parts evaluation of spontaneous activity, evaluation of motor unit potential morphology, and evaluation of motor unit potential recruitment. Abnormal spontaneous activity includes the commonly observed fibrillation potential and positive sharp wave and the less frequent myotonic, myokymic, neuromyotonic, and complex repetitive discharges. Neurogenic disease produces prolonged duration and increased amplitude of motor unit potentials with reduced recruitment, whereas myopathic disease generally produces low-amplitude, short-duration motor unit potentials, with normal or early recruitment. An understanding of the basic mechanisms of these disease changes can greatly aid in the interpretation of EMG data. Finally, the distribution of abnormalities across muscles can...

Painful Legs Moving Toes Syndrome

Painful legs-moving toes syndrome (PLMIS) is a movement disorder associated with significant sensory symptoms. Ihe condition is idiopathic in origin but usually develops in association with back pain and often in the context of prior back injury or surgery. No specific pathophysiological mechanisms have been elucidated, and although a spinal cord or peripheral nervous system origin has been proposed, electrophysiological studies are often normal. y Because the condition sometimes follows herpes zoster infection, primary involvement of the posterior roots and ganglia has been suggested to explain the syndrome. Ihe movements are not a response to the pain because after local anesthesia or sympathetic blockade, the movements promptly recur. Clinically, the condition involves continuous writhing movements of the toes and pain in the legs. Ihe pain may range from mildly irritating to excruciatingly severe. y In most cases, it has a constant, boring quality, but it can be burning or...

Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3Machado Joseph Disease

Clinical Features and Associated Disorders. SCA3 begins at any time between early childhood and late adulthood with features of anticipation. On average, the disease starts around the age of 40 years. The clinical picture of SCA3-MJD is characterized by a wide range of clinical manifestations, the precise nature of which depends partly on the CAG repeat length. All SCA3-MJD patients suffer from a progressive syndrome marked by ataxia of gait and stance, ataxia of limb movements, and dysarthria. Vertical or horizontal gaze palsy is a frequent additional finding that occurs independently of age of onset. Saccade velocity is usually normal. Dementia, basal ganglia symptoms, pale optic discs, and bladder dysfunction are absent in most cases. In patients with a repeat length of more than 74, the disease begins early, usually before the age of 30 years, and clinical features of pyramidal tract and basal ganglia involvement are evident. Most of these patients have increased tendon reflexes,...

Familial Spastic Paraplegias

Molecular diagnosis is available only to family members within kindreds who have been linked to one of the identified loci. Electrophysiological studies are the most revealing. Somatosensory evoked potentials of the lower extremities show conduction delay in the dorsal column fibers, whereas cortical evoked potentials show reduced conduction velocity and amplitude in lumbar spinal segment muscles. Cortical evoked potentials of the arms are either normal or mildly slow. Nerve conduction studies are most often normal, although there may be subclinical sensory impairment of peripheral nerves and spinal pathways.

Channelopathies Myotonias and Periodic Paralysis

The channelopathies are disorders of ion channels that result in altered excitability of cellular membranes. At present, more is known about muscle and peripheral nerve than central nervous system channelopathies. Most of the well-characterized channelopathies are disorders of muscle membrane ion channels. A disturbance of ion channel function may result in muscle membrane hyperexcitability leading to myotonia as the dominant feature, or, alternatively, it may result in muscle membrane hypoexcitability leading to the episodic weakness seen in periodic paralysis. The muscle channelopathies can be grouped into sodium, calcium, and chloride channel disorders ( .Ta.bJ.e ,.3Z -.1 ). This chapter focuses on the inherited channelopathies, but it is important to be aware that there are acquired, usually autoimmune, channelopathies that also result in nerve and muscle disease.

Putative role in specific pain syndromes

As with the expression and distribution of VGSCs in TGs, evidence to date suggests that there are similarities between DRG and TG neurons with respect to the role of VGSCs in mediating specific pain syndromes. These include both inflammatory and neuropathic pain syndromes. For example, there is compelling evidence from the study of unlabelled DRG neurons in vitro as well as specific populations of somatic (i.e., those innervating the hindpaw 69 ) and visceral (i.e., those innervating the colon 70 ) afferents that NaV1.8 contributes to both the initiation and maintenance In preclinical models of neuropathic pain, injury to oral or craniofacial nerves, at least over the short-term (see below) results in changes similar to those observed following injury to other somatic nerves. These include a decrease in the expression of NaV1.8 63 and an increase in spontaneous activity 111 that appears to reflect the development of membrane potential oscillations 112 . Similar changes have been...

Difficulty in walking

The cause of difficulty walking in a TB HIV patient may be HIV-related (spinal cord myelopathy and occasionally peripheral neuropathy) or unrelated to HIV. A patient with difficulty walking and HIV myelopathy usually has a spastic paraparesis. It is only possible to make this diagnosis by excluding the causes of spinal cord disease unrelated to HIV.The table below shows the main causes of spinal cord disease unrelated to HIV, and the diagnostic tests. In HIV-related peripheral neuropathy, sensory disturbance tends to predominate over motor weakness.

Anatomic Considerations

Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves are formed from dorsal and ventral roots (8 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral, and 1 coccygeal). Ventral roots arise from motor neurons in the anterior and lateral gray columns of the spinal cord. Dorsal roots extend proximally from sensory neurons in the DRG, which lie within the neural foramen (outside the spinal canal). Ventral and dorsal roots join together just distal to the DRG, forming a spinal nerve on exiting the foramen, the nerve divides into dorsal and ventral rami. The dorsal rami supply the paraspinal muscles and skin overlying the paraspinous region ventral rami form the plexus, which branches into the individual peripheral nerves that supply the upper and lower limb and the sacral region.

Sodium channels in primary sensory neurons relationship to pain states

Abstract Electrophysiological studies of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, and the results of PCR, Northern blot and in situ hybridization analyses have demonstrated the molecular diversity of Na + channels that operate in sensory neurons. Several subtypes of a-subunit have been detected in DRG neurons and transcripts encoding all three -subunits are also present. Interestingly, one a subunit, Nav1.8, is selectively expressed in C-fibre and Ad fibre associated sensory neurons that are predominantly involved in damage sensing. Another channel, Nav1.3, is selectively up regulated in a variety of models of neuropathic pain. In this review we focus on Na+ channels that are selectively expressed in DRG neurons as potential analgesic drug targets. In the absence of subtype specific inhibitors, the production of null mutant mice provides useful information on the specialized functions of particular Na+ channels. A refinement of this approach is to delete Na+ channel genes flanked by lox-P...

Niacin and Nicotinic Acid

Pellagra, or rough skin, affects the skin, the gastrointestinal system, and the CNS. Hence, the classic triad of the three Ds--dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia. In industrialized countries, particularly among alcoholics, niacin deficiency may present only with encephalopathy. y y y Patients may have altered sensorium, diffuse rigidity of the limbs, and grasping and sucking reflexes. Dementia and confusion are the most constant findings, followed by diarrhea (50 percent), and dermatitis (30 percent). 27 Spinal cord and peripheral nerve defects have also been reported, particularly in prisoners of war. y Co-existing deficiencies of thiamine and pyridoxine are common, especially in alcoholics. Hartnup's disease, an autosomal recessive defect in tryptophan absorption by the gut and kidney, can give a clinical

Proteinenergy Malnutrition

In acute starvation, the nervous system sustains itself first on glucose derived from alanine, then on ketone bodies from the breakdown of fats. This process continues until fat is depleted, and then catabolism returns to visceral proteins. Death results from cardiac muscle resorption and eventual cardiac failure. In chronic PEM, the nervous system adapts poorly, and a retarded rate of brain growth, hypomyelination, and slowed conduction velocities of peripheral nerves results.

Altered Na channel activity in pain states

Strong evidence suggests that altered Na+ channel activity plays an important role in both inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Altered patterns of Na+ channel transcripts, as well as post-translational modifications of a subunits have been observed (Black et al 1999, Waxman et al 1999, Baker & Wood 2001). Inflammatory pain is associated with lowered thresholds of activation of nociceptors in the periphery and altered TTX-R functional activity has been proposed to underlie some elements of this phenomenon (Khasar et al 1998, Gold 1999). A variety of hyperalgesic mediators that alter pain thresholds (i.e. prostaglandin E2, serotonin) increase TTX-R currents in dissociated sensory neurons, and shift the activation voltage-dependence to more negative potentials (Gold et al 1996, England et al 1996) Good evidence that protein kinase A activation underlies these events has been obtained (Fitzgerald et al 1999). Neuropathic pain that results from direct damage to peripheral nerves is the most...

Differential and usedependent block by local anaesthetics

Using local anaesthetics, the concept of differential nerve block was noted with sensitivity for block of nerve fibres increasing from sharp pain, cold, warmth and contact or touch, to finally motor fibres 5 . This was subjected to quantitative neurophysiological analysis by Gasser and Erlanger in 1929 when they reported on the differential susceptibility of compound action potentials in nerves to pressure and cocaine-containing solutions based on fibre size and conduction velocity, from Aa (fastest) to C-fibres (slowest) 7 . They suspected that diameter might be the main parameter accounting for differential nerve block, because they felt the process responsible for impulse propagation was essentially similar in all fibres. With cocaine they observed that small fibres (slowly conducting) tended to be blocked before large ones, but in all cases a varying proportion of large fibres were blocked well before the compound action potential for small fibres had disappeared. They concluded...

Hydroxydopaminelesioned Rat Model

Pathologic data of people with RLS are sparse. However, the clinical features of RLS provide evidence to postulate pathoanatomic pathways. Foremost is that RLS is extremely responsive to very low doses of dopaminergic agents. This indicates that dopaminergic system is implicated in the pathogenesis of RLS. The preponderance of sensomotor disturbance in the limbs suggests spinal cord or possibly peripheral nerve involvement. The circadian pattern reflects input from circadian

Pleomorphic Carcinoma of Lung

Keratin may be positive in synovial sarcoma, meso-thelioma, epithelioid haemangioendothelioma, rarely in leiomyosarcoma, anaplastic large cell lymphomas and occasionally in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours. Therefore, reliance on a single cytokeratin will cause problems. In such problematic pulmonary tumours a battery of immunostains may be useful.

HIVAssociated Neuropathies

Peripheral neuropathies are a frequent complication of HIV-1 infection and in the setting of AIDS. A wide range of disorders has been described, and their causes are diverse. Some neuropathies are related to HIV-1 itself, or HIV-induced immune mediated mechanisms, and in other cases, it may be related to toxic complications of therapy, complications of systemic HIV-1 illness, nutritional deficiencies, metabolic derangements, opportunistic infections, or neoplasms ( ,iTablei44 ll ). The four major HIV-1- associated peripheral neuropathy syndromes have well-defined clinical characteristics ( Table - . ). Distinguishing clinical features that aid in the diagnosis, management, and, at times, prognosis of patients are stage of HIV-1 disease and CD4+ lymphocyte count, rate of symptom progression, degree of weakness relative to sensory loss, and characteristic electrophysiological findings.

Splice variants of sodium channels

Ly spliced forms were found in different tissues. One form with a premature stop codon occurred only in the peripheral nervous system while the two other functional forms differed in their sensitivity to pyrethroid insecticides such as deltamethrin. Remarkably, foetal mouse brain also contains transcripts of the SCN8A gene (NaV1.6) that contains a stop codon at the same site as the fly genes, predicting the production of two domain truncated sodium channel transcript 23 . The role of these transcripts is unknown.

Restless legs and periodic limb movements in sleep

These are present in up to 70 of those on dialysis, both peritoneal and haemodialysis. The cause is probably multifactorial, but includes iron deficiency due to dietary restriction and blood loss, changes in dopamine and possibly opioid availability in the brain, and a peripheral neuropathy due to the renal failure. The frequency of periodic limb movements has been shown to predict mortality in renal failure, but periodic limb movements and the restless legs syndrome improve with renal transplantation. They also respond to conventional drug treatment for restless legs and periodic limb movements in sleep, including dopaminergic agents and gabapentin.

Electrodiagnosis Lumbosacral Plexopathies

EMG is one of the most important electrodiagnostic tests in the evaluation of lumbosacral plexopathy. As in the upper extremity, a plexus lesion will produce abnormalities in multiple nerve and root territories, largely sparing related paraspinal muscles. Therefore, muscles from different myotomes supplied by different peripheral nerves need to be evaluated, and the sampling should include those innervated by both the lumbar and sacral plexus. When evaluating the lumbar plexus it is useful to examine muscles innervated by the femoral nerve and obturator nerves, as well as the iliopsoas and the high lumbar paraspinal muscles (Table 1). Lumbar plexus lesions are differentiated from femoral neuropathy by the presence of EMG abnormalities in the obturator-innervated adductor longus muscle, in addition to the quadriceps. The finding of abnormalities restricted to the iliopsoas and quadriceps is considered evidence of a femoral neuropathy, because the nerves innervating these muscles run in...

Hypocalcemia Cauese More Excitable Cells

Hypocalcemia Causes Nervous System Excitement and Tetany. When the extracellular fluid concentration of calcium ions falls below normal, the nervous system becomes progressively more excitable, because this causes increased neuronal membrane permeability to sodium ions, allowing easy initiation of action potentials. At plasma calcium ion concentrations about 50 per cent below normal, the peripheral nerve fibers become so excitable that they begin to discharge spontaneously, initiating trains of nerve impulses that pass to the peripheral skeletal muscles to elicit tetanic muscle contraction. Consequently, hypocalcemia causes tetany. It also occasionally causes seizures because of its action of increasing excitability in the brain.

Gasserian Ganglion Syndromes

Numerous pathological processes occurring within the middle cranial fossa can result in trigeminal dysfunction by affecting the gasserian ganglion. In children, osteitis of the petrous apex following suppurative otitis media or mastoiditis, which leads to inflammation and infection affecting the trigeminal ganglion, may result in Gradenigo's syndrome. The syndrome is characterized by facial pain, headache, or sensory loss and a sixth cranial nerve palsy, facial palsy (due to seventh nerve involvement), and deafness (due to eighth nerve involvement). The pain is described as boring or throbbing, worse at night. Pain is aggravated by jaw or ear movement. It has been hypothesized that some of the dysesthetic sensation patients experience before or during episodes of Bell's palsy may reflect involvement of the trigeminal ganglion or nuclei in the brain stem. y A benign, self-limited trigeminal sensory neuropathy has been reported in children 7 to 21 days following a nonspecific febrile...

Other differences andor unique features of the trigeminal system

Diverge in a number of potentially important ways. First, there is expression of ankyrin G, a multifunctional protein thought to be involved in anchoring VGSCs within the plasma membrane 121, 122 . Data from human peripheral nerve taken from somatic tissue suggests ankyrin G is colocalized with NaV1.7 and NaV1.3 in painful neuromas 123 . Importantly, there is significantly more ankyrin G present in painful neuromas than that observed in normal nerve. In contrast, injury to the inferior alveolar nerve is associated with a decrease in the expression of ankyrin G and this decrease persists for at least 13 weeks 63 . These observations suggest that mechanism controlling the distribution of VGSCs within spinal and trigeminal nerves is distinct. Second, there is the issue of nerve injury-induced changes in VGSCs. While a number of changes in VGSCs have been observed following injury to spinal nerves, NaV1.8 is the only channel studied to date in injured trigeminal nerves 63 . As indicated...

Martin Gruber Anastomosis

Martin Gruber Anastomosis

Peripheral nerve myelination begins at approximately the 15th week of gestation and continues through 3 to 5 yr of age. Therefore, for children younger than the age of 5 yr, special tables are required to evaluate NCS data. In term infants, the latency and conduction velocity values are approximately half those recorded in adults, and premature infants have even slower conduction velocities at the beginning of the third trimester, velocities are one-third of those measured in term infants. The Martin-Gruber anastomosis (MGA) is a common anatomic variant of peripheral nerve pathways in the forearm. It involves primarily motor fibers that cross over from the median nerve in the proximal forearm to the ulnar nerve at the wrist. Although the MGA is identifiable in up to 30 of people, many instances of MGA do not affect the interpretation of the NCS data and, thus, are not identified. The MGA can be inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern and can be unilateral or bilateral. In the MGA,...

Specific Disorders Of The Brachial Plexus

Lumbosacral Plexus Schematic

Neuralgic amyotrophy goes by many names, including idiopathic brachial neuritis and Parsonage-Turner syndrome. This immune-mediated disorder has a characteristic clinical and electrodiagnostic pattern which is distinctly different from structural lesions involving the brachial plexus. Rather than an upper trunk brachial plexopathy, the electrodiagnostic pattern in neuralgic amyotrophy is one of multifocal peripheral nerve involvement, with a predilection for motor nerves innervated by the upper trunk, as well as the anterior interosseous nerve, long thoracic nerve, and proximal median nerve. Often there are minimal sensory abnormalities on both the physical examination and the sensory nerve conduction studies may be normal, in contrast to structural lesions of the brachial plexus.

Summary Of Edx Findings In

Ongoing denervation and chronic reinnervation are present in varying degrees in different areas, reflecting abnormalities in multiple nerve and root distributions. The presence of fasciculation potentials should be sought although they are characteristic of the disorder, fasciculation potentials may be absent in MND and are not specific to MND. Abnormalities should be sought in the most clinically affected body regions, but at least three body regions must be examined, and abnormalities demonstrated in muscles innervated by different peripheral nerves and nerve roots.

Sympathetic System Often Responds by Mass Discharge In

At other times, activation occurs in isolated portions of the sympathetic nervous system. The most important of these are the following (1) During the process of heat regulation, the sympathetics control sweating and blood flow in the skin without affecting other organs innervated by the sympathetics. (2) Many local reflexes involving sensory afferent fibers travel centrally in the peripheral nerves to the sympathetic ganglia and spinal cord and cause highly localized reflex responses. For instance, heating a local skin area causes local vasodilation and enhanced local sweating, whereas cooling causes opposite effects. (3) Many of the sympathetic reflexes that control gastrointestinal functions operate by way of nerve pathways that do not even enter the spinal cord, merely passing from the gut mainly to the paravertebral ganglia, and then back to the gut through sympathetic nerves to control motor or secretory activity.

Hypothalamus a Major Control Headquarters for the Limbic System

The hypothalamus, despite its very small size of only a few cubic centimeters, has two-way communicating pathways with all levels of the limbic system. In turn, it and its closely allied structures send output signals in three directions (1) backward and downward to the brain stem, mainly into the reticular areas of the mes-encephalon, pons, and medulla and from these areas into the peripheral nerves of the autonomic nervous system (2) upward toward many higher areas of the diencephalon and cerebrum, especially to the anterior thalamus and limbic portions of the cerebral cortex and (3) into the hypothalamic infundibulum to control or partially control most of the secretory functions of both the posterior and the anterior pituitary glands.

Pyridoxine Vitamin B6

Pyridoxine is unique in that both the deficiency and toxic states result in a peripheral neuropathy. Deficiency affects the blood, skin, and nervous system. Ihe skin changes are indistinguishable from pellagra, probably due to the close interaction of niacin and pyridoxine. Pyridoxine improves the microcytic anemia of alcoholics as well as the anemia associated with pyridoxine-responsive seizures in infants. Pyridoxine-deficient peripheral neuropathy is seen primarily in patients on isoniazid or hydralazine, and it is characterized by sensory loss in distal limbs, weakness, and reflex changes. Patients describe burning feet and painful paresthesias. Excess pyridoxine also results in a peripheral neuropathy. Megadoses of pyridoxine produce a sensory neuropathy, generally in excess of 2 g day but has been reported with longstanding use of as little as 200 mg day. y , y Symptoms of paresthesias, ataxia, and burning feet occur 1 month to 3 years after starting pyridoxine. Sural nerve...

Directed Neurological Examination

Peripheral nerve and segmental root distributions ( , Fig.19-3 Fig.19-4 Fig 19-5 ) and verifying that sensation perception is symmetrical. If there are specific sensory Figure 19-3 A, Anterior view. The right side of the body depicts the cutaneous fields of the peripheral nerves. The unlabeled areas on the thorax are innervated by the cutaneous branches of the anterior primary rami. The left side of the body depicts the segmental (dermatomal) innervation of the skiiB, Posterior view. The right side of the body depicts the segmental (dermatomal) innervation of the skin. The left side of the body depicts the cutaneous fields of the peripheral nerves. The unlabeled area on the left back is innervated by the cutaneous branches of the posterior primary ram(Both figures modified from Haymaker W, Woodhall B Peripheral Nerve Injuries. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Company, 1953.) When a region of hypesthesia has been identified either subjectively by the patient or on the survey examination the...

Autoimmunity In Chronic Lyme Disease

B. burgdorferi 41-kDa flagellin and a human axonal protein is associated with neurological Lyme disease (39). Sera of patients with Lyme neurological disease were found to bind to normal human axons (39,40), as well as to cultured neural cells (41). This tissue and cell staining could be eliminated by pread-sorption to whole B. burgdorferi or a flagellin-enriched preparation (39,40). In contrast, diabetic neuropathy and Guillain-Barre syndrome sera were also found to bind to axon, but this binding could not be removed by preadsorption with B. burgdorferi or B. burgdorferi flagellin(40).

Lower Motor Neuron Pool

After leaving the spinal column, the cervical and lumbar nerves combine to form the brachial plexus and the lumbosacral plexus from which the peripheral nerves to the arm and leg are formed. As a result, motor axons from one spinal segment are distributed to several peripheral nerves. Looking at it from the standpoint of the muscle, each limb muscle receives motor axons from more than one spinal segment. As noted earlier, destruction of one spinal nerve therefore produces only a weakness rather than a paralysis of a muscle. Destruction of the peripheral nerve innervating the muscle, however, interrupts all of the motor innervation for that muscle, resulting in paralysis and atrophy of the muscle. Knowledge of the peripheral nerves, the spinal nerves contained in them, and the muscles innervated by them is crucial in localizing lesions in the subdivisions of the lower motor neuron, whether in the spinal nerve, plexus, or peripheral nerve. Diagrams of the important relationships are...

Dorsal Respiratory Group of Neurons Its Control of Inspiration and of Respiratory Rhythm

Rhythmical Inspiratory Discharges from the Dorsal Respiratory Group. The basic rhythm of respiration is generated mainly in the dorsal respiratory group of neurons. Even when all the peripheral nerves entering the medulla have been sectioned and the brain stem transected both above and below the medulla, this group of neurons still emits repetitive bursts of inspiratory neuronal action potentials. The basic cause of these repetitive discharges is unknown. In primitive animals, neural networks have been found in which activity of one set of neurons excites a second set, which in turn inhibits the first. Then, after a period of time, the mechanism repeats itself, continuing throughout the life of the animal. Therefore, most respiratory physiologists believe that some similar network of neurons is present in the human being, located entirely within the medulla it probably involves not only the dorsal respiratory group but adjacent areas of the medulla as well, and is responsible for the...

Other Possible Transmitter Substances Related to Sleep

When the sleep centers are not activated, the mes-encephalic and upper pontile reticular activating nuclei are released from inhibition, which allows the reticular activating nuclei to become spontaneously active. This in turn excites both the cerebral cortex and the peripheral nervous system, both of which send numerous positive feedback signals back to the same reticular activating nuclei to activate them still further. Therefore, once wakefulness begins, it has a natural tendency to sustain itself because of all this positive feedback activity.

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Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School Director, Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts Autonomic Nervous System Staff Neurologist, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio Demyelinating Disorders of the Peripheral Nervous System Nailah Siddique M.S.N. Director, EMG Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, Ohio Demyelinating Disorders of the Peripheral Nervous System Elaine Wyllie M.D.

Important Findings In The Pediatric Emg Laboratory

Peroneal neuropathy is the most common lower extremity mononeuropathy. It may be caused by direct trauma during sports activities, compression from casts and other devices attached to the leg, or entrapment from fibrous bands. Patients whose lesions were predominantly demyelinating had a better outcome than those with significant axonal loss, as indicated by a low-amplitude or absent peroneal CMAP.

Concept Of Divergence Of Signal Passing Through Neuronal Pool

Neuronal Pool

Convergence can also result from input signals (excitatory or inhibitory) from multiple sources, as shown in Figure 46-125. For instance, the interneurons of the spinal cord receive converging signals from (1) peripheral nerve fibers entering the cord, (2) propriospinal fibers passing from one segment of the cord to another, (3) corticospinal fibers from the cerebral cortex, and (4) several other long pathways descending from the brain into the spinal cord. Then the signals from the interneurons converge on the anterior motor neurons to control muscle function.

Outline Of The Schwann Cell Lineage

As stated earlier, Schwann cells in spinal nerves arise from the neural crest. In mature nerves two morphological variants of Schwann cells, both associated closely with axons, exist throughout peripheral nerves (Figure 2.1). These are myelinating and non-myelinating Schwann cells, which surround large- and small-diameter axons, respectively (Bunge 1993b Garbay et al. 2000 Jessen and Mirsky 1999 Jessen and Mirsky 2002 Lobsiger et al. 2002 Corfas et al. 2004 Jessen and Mirsky 2004 Sherman and Brophy 2005) (Figure 2.1). Other distinct glial cell types also exist within the mature PNS. These include olfactory cells, perisynaptic Schwann cells that cover the axon terminals at the skeletal NMJ, satellite cells that surround the cell bodies of sensory, sympathetic and parasympathetic neurons, enteric glia of the enteric

Are Perisynaptic Cells At The Nmj Of Schwann

Perisynaptic Cells

Although the differentiation of PSCs during embryonic development is not well understood, the involvement of PSCs in the development of NMJs has been investigated. To address the roles of PSCs in the formation of the NMJ, the first question one would like to raise is whether developing Schwann cells, which are in close association with growing axons, are necessary for the axon to grow out to target muscles. Harrison (1908, 1924) addressed this question by surgical removal of the neural crest in tadpoles, and found that the absence of Schwann cells did not prevent axonal outgrowth to target muscles. Although this finding was later confirmed in the chicken (Lewis et al. 1983), other studies have shown that migrating Schwann cells apparently lead axonal growth cones (Noakes and Bennett 1987) and the nerves would not grow into the limb in the absence of Schwann cells (Noakes et al. 1988 Yntema 1943). However, the controversy as to whether Schwann cells are necessary, and whether Schwann...

Common Referrals To The Pediatric Emg Laboratory

The differential diagnosis of hypotonia in infancy and early childhood is vast, and includes a number of peripheral nervous system processes. However, it is important to remember that the majority of cases of infant hypotonia arise from central causes. An extensive peripheral nervous system evaluation should be pursued only if supported by the history and examination. Peripheral nervous system lesions may localize to the anterior horn cell, peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction, or muscle. If a congenital myopathy or muscular dystrophy lies in the differential diagnosis, it is often useful to obtain a set of muscle enzymes (creatine kinase, aldolase, alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, and lactate dehydrogenase) before requesting or performing an EMG or muscle biopsy. It is important to remember that muscle enzymes may be artifactually elevated immediately after needle EMG is performed. A significant elevation of one or more enzymes (the elevated enzymes should...

Brains Opiate System Endorphins and Enkephalins

Thus, although the fine details of the brain's opiate system are not understood, activation of the analgesia system by nervous signals entering the periaqueductal gray and periventricular areas, or inactivation of pain pathways by morphine-like drugs, can almost totally suppress many pain signals entering through the peripheral nerves.

Primary Sensory Neuropathy Pure Sensory Distal Nerve Lesions

Primary sensory neuropathies reflect a focal mononeuropathy of a nerve that carries only sensory fibers. Examples (see Fig 19-3 and Fig 19-4 ) include the In generalized peripheral neuropathy the sensory loss is length dependent such that it begins symmetrically at the most distal aspect of the lower extremities and ascends proximally. Generally the distal upper extremities will begin to show involvement when the sensory deficit in the lower extremity has ascended to the level of the proximal calf. In the most severe stage of peripheral neuropathy only a midline strip over the posterior trunk and neck and the peripheral aspects of the face have sustained sensation.y Demyelinating disorders of the peripheral nervous system Examples of causes of diffuse sensory neuropathy include a dysproteinemic state (IgM monoclonal gammopathies with antimyelin-associated glycoprotein), amyloidosis (generally small fiber), hereditary, diabetes mellitus, uremia, hypothyroidism, immunological...

Basic principles in EMG

Localizing a lesion within the peripheral nervous system is best determined with the use of an EMG study. The EMG study can be tailored in such a fashion as to specifically localize the lesion to the nerve roots, plexus, trunks, or individual peripheral nerves. The clinician designing the EMG study must have intimate knowledge of the anatomy of the peripheral nervous system for precise lesion localization.

Eye Movements and Their Control

Neural Pathways for Control of Eye Movements. Figure 51-7 also shows brain stem nuclei for the third, fourth, and sixth cranial nerves and their connections with the peripheral nerves to the ocular muscles. Shown, too, are interconnections among the brain stem nuclei by way of the nerve tract called the medial longitudinal fasciculus. Each of the three sets of muscles to each eye is reciprocally innervated so that one muscle of the pair relaxes while the other contracts.

Lower Motor Neuron Syndromes

Diseases of the lower motor neuron may affect the cell body itself in the anterior spinal gray or its axon as it leaves the spinal cord in the spinal root and becomes a peripheral nerve. Signs of disease of the lower motor neuron include muscular weakness, atrophy, fasciculations, and loss of tendon reflexes. Lesions of the spinal nerves and roots produce weakness, atrophy, and sometimes fasciculations in the muscles innervated by the affected root or, in some cases, multiple roots. Localization of the specific nerve root affected by the lesion requires a knowledge of each group of muscles supplied by a single anterior spinal root (myotome) and each cutaneous area supplied by the posterior spinal root ( dermatome). Differentiation of these syndromes from peripheral nerve or plexus lesions thus depends on the distribution of the motor and sensory signs and whether the signs conform to those produced by a particular myotome or dermatome. Root lesions may interrupt the afferent or...

Restless Legs Syndrome Diagnostic Criteria and Differential Diagnosis

The discomfort is often difficult to characterize and usually bilateral. In a study by Ondo and Jankovic (10), the most common reported symptoms included ''need to move,'' ''crawling,'' '' tingling,'' restless, and '' crawling'' sensation. The exact semantics are often colloquial and education dependent, so an unusual description, such as ''maggots in my legs,'' ''soda in my veins,'' and ''Elvis (Presley) legs'' should not deter a diagnosis as long as there is an urge to move. These sensations are usually deep seated ''in my bones'' and not on the surface of the leg. Bassetti et al. (11) reported that more than 50 of their 55 RLS patients described pain as a primary component of their RLS. However, it should be emphasized that isolated pain without an urge to move is not RLS. The reported sensations tend to transverse a spectrum from a pure urge to move without any pain to mostly pain with some urge to move. Pain is associated with neuropathy in some cases. In fact, some patients may...

Sodium channel expression in DRG neurons during neuroma formation

Transection of peripheral nerve leads to formation of a neuroma, which in its distal 1,000 im is characterized by a tangle of axonal endbulbs and sprouts, de- and dys-myelinated axons, and extensive disorganized connective tissue 34 , and is accompanied by the development of abnormal spontaneous activity (ectopic discharge) in many primary sensory neurons 35, 36 . The aberrant electrical activity can arise at the site of injury 20, 37, 38 or within the DRG cell body 7, 22, 39 . Early studies demonstrated accumulations of sodium channels at the distal tips of transected axons 40-42 . More recent work has identified specific sodium channel isoforms that accumulate within neuromas 43, 44 and that may contribute to hyperex-citability in this region. Transection of the sciatic nerve is also accompanied by alterations in the expression of several sodium channel isotypes in the cell bodies of DRG neurons 33, 45, 46 . Three sodium channel isoforms - NaV1.3, NaV1.8 and NaV1.9 - markedly change...

Nerve Selection and Techniques

Biopsy of peripheral nerve is usually completed either as a full-thickness nerve biopsy (i.e., a complete transection of the nerve to remove a segment), or as a fascicular biopsy (i.e., a longitudinal dissection of the nerve to remove segments of only one or several fascicles), sparing at least a portion of the nerve. Full-thickness nerve biopsy is considered technically easier to perform and is preferable when the pathological evaluation should include both nerve fibers and surrounding connective tissue and vascular structures. Fascicular nerve biopsy usually produces a smaller deficit and is favored when larger nerves are biopsied. The choice of peripheral nerve biopsy site is limited by the potential deficits arising from nerve transection. The most common sites are the sural nerve or the superficial peroneal nerve, both subcutaneous sensory nerves in the lower extremity. In occasional cases, the superficial radial nerve in the upper extremity or the greater auricular nerve is also...

Suggested Reading

Neurology 1999 53 407-408. Chalk CH. Acquired peripheral neuropathy. In Acquired Neuromuscular Diseases, Vol. 15 (Pourmand University Press, Oxford, 2001. Lewis RA, Sumner AJ, Shy ME. Electrophysiological features of inherited demyelinating neuropathies a reappraisal in the era of molecular diagnosis. Muscle Nerve 2000 23 1472-1487. Mendell JR, Kissel JT, Cornblath JR. Diagnosis and Management of Peripheral Nerve Disorders.

Antisterility Vitamin In Human Beings

Thiamine Deficiency Causes Lesions of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems. The central nervous system normally depends almost entirely on the metabolism of carbohydrates for its energy. In thiamine deficiency, the utilization of glucose by nervous tissue may be decreased 50 to 60 per cent and is replaced by the utilization of ketone bodies derived from fat metabolism. The neuronal cells of the central nervous system frequently show chromatolysis and swelling during thiamine deficiency, changes that are characteristic of neuronal cells with poor nutrition. These changes can disrupt communication in many portions of the central nervous system. Thiamine deficiency can cause degeneration of myelin sheaths of nerve fibers in both the peripheral nerves and the central nervous system. Lesions in the peripheral nerves frequently cause them to become extremely irritable, resulting in polyneuritis, characterized by pain radiating along the course of one or many peripheral nerves. Also,...

Central nervous system stimulants and wakefulness promoting drugs

Caffeine is the usual first-line mild stimulant for excessive daytime sleepiness, and is often taken in tea, coffee, cola or 'energy' drinks, or as caffeine tablets. Nicotine is a stimulant in high doses and has a useful alerting effect. If excessive daytime sleepiness is more severe, modafinil should be considered before amphetamines and related drugs. It has a more specific sleep-promoting action with fewer central or peripheral nervous system stimulant effects. Side-effects and drug interactions are uncommon and it has little potential for dependency. It has a more gradual onset and a longer duration of action than dexam-phetamine, but lacks the 'lift' that amphetamines give. It is as effective as dexamphetamine as a wakefulness promoting drug, but should not be taken late in the day since its long duration of action may lead to insomnia.

Brief Review Of The Clinical Features Of Lyme Disease

Tion defects, myopericarditis, and very mild congestive heart failure. The organism has been seen in myocardial biopsies and grown from one biopsy specimen. Approximately 10-15 of patients with untreated early localized disease will develop neurological features of early disseminated LD in the same time period as carditis. This neurological syndrome was first described over 70 years ago as tick-borne meningopolyneuritis or Bannwarth's syndrome. Headache, mild neck stiffness, and photophobia may occur. Fever may be mild or absent, fatigue and malaise are common, and mild encephalopathy, usually difficulty with memory and concentration and emotional lability, may be prominent features. Cranial neuropathies, often associated with a lymphocytic meningitis, are common, most often affecting the facial nerve (occasionally bilateral). Peripheral neuropathy and radiculoneuropathy may affect the limbs or trunk. A lymphocytic pleocytosis is typically found in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF),...

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