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Electrical Stimulation Of The Spinal Cord And Peripheral Nerves

Centuries before the nature of electricity was understood, observant people discovered that electrical stimulation (caused by the proximity of electrical eels) relieved pain. When electricity was controlled, healers replaced the eels with hand-cranked generators and continued to practice electrical therapy without understanding how it relieved pain (12). Eventually, in the mid-20th century, Melzack and Wall crafted a gate-control theory of pain that permitted the incorporation of electrical stimulation with modern medicine (13). Now, despite recognition of the shortcomings of this theory, it is known that SCS can effectively relieve pain (14), and multichannel, computerized systems with percutaneous electrodes allow stimulation of the spinal cord, nerve roots, and peripheral nerves simultaneously (see Fig. 6A,B). In a review of experience with SCS during an 18-year period, North et al. found that, at 7-year mean follow-up, 52 of 171 patients with permanent implants reported at least...

Diabetic neuropathies

Diabetic neuropathies are the most frequent complications of diabetes mellitus, which affect 50 per cent of all patients. Clinically, the sensory neuropathies dominate motor weakness develops rather rarely. The primary cause of nerve damage is associated with blood glucose levels aggressive glycaemic control substantially reduces the prevalence of neuropathies. The primary target of the impaired glucose homeostasis is, however, debatable. Traditionally, the leading aetiological factor was associated with abnormalities in neurovascular circulation, which indeed suffers remarkably. According to these theories, the nerve damage was a direct consequence of poor circulation, ischaemia and oxidative injury. Yet, in many cases neuropathies develop without any obvious degradation in neurocirculation. An alternative theory stresses the pathogenetic importance of Schwann cells, which are particularly sensitive to hyperglycaemia the latter damage glial cells mostly through oxidative stress....

Neuropathic pain

Peripheral neuropathic chronic pain is a severe and debilitating pathological condition which affects many millions of people. Neuropathic pain is a consequence of either neurotropic infections (most notably HIV) or injuries of peripheral nerves, which may occur following trauma, nerve compression or diabetes. The mechanisms of neuropathic pain are poorly understood and existing therapy is often ineffective. Very recently the role of glial cells, particularly microglia and to a lesser extent astroglia, as primary mediators of chronic pain, has begun to be considered and gained substantial experimental support. It is now firmly established that injury to peripheral nerve causes rapid and significant activation of microglia in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord on the side of the peripheral nerve entry (Figure 10.8). The activated microglial cells in spinal cord express pain related signalling molecules - P2X4 purinoreceptors and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK). The...

Embryonic Stem Cells Modulation By Wnt Signaling Components

The Wnt signaling has been implicated in early stages of neural crest development, such as neural crest induction and melanocyte formation. Neural crest cells generate most structures of the peripheral nervous system and nonneural tissues such as cells in the the heart, craniofacial bone and cartilage, connective tissue, and melanocytes of the skin 15 . In neural crest stem cells (NCSCs), the genetic ablation of P-catenin results in lack of melanocytes and sensory neural cells in dorsal root ganglia. In fact NCSCs without P-catenin emigrate and proliferate normally but are unable to acquire a sensory neuronal fate. Constitutive expression of P-catenin in neural stem progenitor cells results in an expansion of the entire neural tube 16,17 , supporting a role of P-catenin in progenitor proliferation. On the other hand, effects of ablation of wntl and wnt3 suggest a role of Wnt signaling in expansion of dorsal neural tube cells, including the premigratory neural crest. Similar to other...

Modes of IgSuperfold Interaction

Cis Interactions Modulating Avidity In general, cell adhesion molecule interactions are individually low affinity interactions. However, several crystal structures have provided significant evidence for the occurrence of homophilic cis interactions between IgSF molecules, interactions that could mediate the formation of stable, zipper-like arrays in the context of a cell-cell interface. The crystal structure of P0, the major structural protein of peripheral nerve myelin, provided one of the first such examples, with crystal lattice contacts suggesting that cis interactions mediate formation of P0 tetramers that in turn mediate an array of trans interactions to clusters of tetramers on the opposed membrane 29 . Array-wise interactions have also been proposed for the neural cell adhesion molecules exemplified by axonin-1 10 . Heterophilic examples include the dimeriza-tion of B7-1 33 , which, when combined with the dimeric molecular structure of its IgSF ligand CTLA-4, could result in...

Sensation And Perception

Neural impulses containing sensory information are conveyed from specialized receptors by way of efferent (sensory) nerves to the central nervous system (spinal cord and brain). Then, neural impulses are conveyed from the central nervous system by way of efferent (motor) nerves to the muscles and glands. Combined with the secretions of certain glands, the two types of peripheral nerves afferent and efferent make up the information highway of the body. The efficiency with which sensory information is received, conducted, processed, and acted upon determines how effectively the individual is able to sustain and enhance his or her existence. Conducting information from the external world to the spinal cord and brain is, of course, not only a matter of the intactness of neural transmission pathways but also the specialized receptors connected to those pathways. At least since Aristotle's time, over 2000 years ago, it has been commonly asserted that there are five senses vision, hearing,...

Sympathoadrenal system

The actions of the sympatho-adrenal system are central and peripheral, direct and indirect, with the release of noradrenaline from peripheral nerve ganglia and the release of both adrenaline and noradrenaline from the adrenal medulla. The rapid rise in plasma catecholamine concentration produces its effect via a- and p-adrenergic receptors. Cardiovascular changes occurring in the early response to injury result in the redistribution of blood from the skin and viscera (a) to the vital organs (02) and increased contractility of the heart (01).

Clinical Involvement Among Carriers of Premutation Alleles of the FMR1 Gene

More recently, the neurodegenerative disorder, FXTAS, has been described in older (primarily male) carriers of the fragile X premutation (Hagerman et al. 2001 Brunberg et al. 2002 Jacquemont et al. 2003). The core features of FXTAS include progressive intention tremor, gait ataxia, and parkinson-ism associated features include peripheral neuropathy as well as cognitive deficits involving loss of memory and executive function. Approximately 60 of carriers with clinical features of FXTAS display symmetric hyperinten-sities on T2-weighted magnetic resonance images of the middle cerebellar peduncles (Brunberg et al. 2002 Jacquemont et al. 2004b). Furthermore, Greco et al. (2002, 2006) identified ubiquitin-positive intranuclear inclusions in both neurons and astrocytes, broadly distributed throughout the brain, in postmortem brain tissue from adult male premutation carriers with FX-TAS. Although female premutation carriers tend to be spared from FXTAS (Berry-Kravis et al. 2003 Jacquemont...

Cholinergic Mechanisms

But not exclusively, ventricular function (140). Acute decentralization of intrathoracic ganglia from the CNS attenuates, but does not eliminate, such effects (140). In time, following chronic decentralization of intrathoracic ganglia, including those on the heart as with cardiac transplantation, peripheral nerve networks remodel to sustain cardiac function (123).

Human factors in functional neuroimaging

Electromagnetic fields can cause heating of tissue if applied with sufficient intensity and over enough time. This is typically not an issue, as most MRI scanners have built-in safeguards to prevent too much RF power deposition into the subject. However, should there be any metal conductors inside the RF coil, they can become quite hot because of induced currents, and they cause burns even at RF power levels that would otherwise be harmless to the participant. This is the same principle that underlies the production of sparks when you put metal objects in the microwave oven. Third, in some rare instances, changes in the magnetic field produced by the gradient coils can induce electric currents in long nerves causing them to depolarize and produce mild twitching. This is referred to as peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) and occurs only rarely during fast imaging sequences but is more likely at higher field strength.

Regeneration of a Cut Axon

When an axon in a peripheral nerve is cut, the distal portion of the axon that was severed from the cell body degenerates and is phagocytosed by Schwann cells. The Schwann cells, surrounded by the basement membrane, then form a regeneration tube (fig. 7.9) as the part of the axon that is connected to the cell body begins to grow and exhibit amoeboid movement. The Schwann cells of the regeneration tube are believed to secrete chemicals that attract the growing axon tip, and the regeneration tube helps to guide the regenerating axon to its proper destination. Even a severed major nerve may be surgically reconnected and the function of the nerve largely reestablished if the surgery is performed before tissue death occurs.

Dean Filandrinos Thomas R Yentsch and Katie L Meyers

John's wort has demonstrated clinical efficacy for mild to moderate depression and compares favorably to other more potent or toxic antidepressants. Low side effects and potential benefits warrant its use as a first-line agent for select patients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety-related conditions. Benefits related to other reported uses such as an antimicrobial, agent to treat neuropathic pain, antiinflammatory, treatment alternative for atopic dermatitis, and antioxidant are either not well documented or evidence is encouraging but not conclusive and further study is needed. St. John's wort has an inherently wide margin of safety when taken by itself, with most reported adverse drug reactions (ADRs) being related to skin reactions. Isolated, but more significant ADRs have been reported in relation to neurological effects, impact on thyroid function, and increased prothrombin time. Of greatest concern is the potential for interactions between St. John's wort and...

Ricardo C Sampaio And Charles L Truwit

Myelin is a wrapping of surface membrane of oligodendrocytes (Schwann cells in the peripheral nervous system) around the axons, with little or no cytoplasm in between (Everett, 1971). The process of myelin formation occurs in two, partially overlapping stages. Initially, oligodendrocytes proliferate and differentiate. Subsequently, myelin is synthesized. Although the precise chemical structure has been only partially elucidated (Kinney et al., 1994), myelin, like other membranes, is composed of a lipid bilayer with several large proteins. Proteolipid protein (PLP) and myelin basic protein (MBP) are two such proteins, both of which are necessary for membrane compaction and span the bilayer. The outer layer of the membrane is composed mainly of cholesterol and glycolipids while the inner portion of the lipid bilayer is composed mainly of phospholipids (Braun,1984).

Review Activities

The supporting cells that form myelin sheaths in the peripheral nervous system are 1. Grafting peripheral nerves onto the two parts of a cut spinal cord in rats was found to restore some function in the hind limbs. Apparently, when the white matter of the peripheral nerve was joined to the gray matter of the spinal cord, some regeneration of central neurons occurred across the two spinal cord sections. What component of the peripheral nerve probably contributed to the regeneration Discuss the factors that promote and inhibit central neuron regeneration.

Peripheral Myelin Protein 22 Pmp22 Gene Dosage Abnormalities Cause Neuropathy

The fact that the phenotype in CMT1A duplication and HNPP deletion patients results from abnormal PMP22 gene dosage was supported by multiple lines of independent experimental evidence including (1) quantitative PMP22 mRNA and (2) PMP22 protein studies in the peripheral nerves from patients with the duplication and deletion rearrangement (52-59). Moreover, rodent models that overexpress PMP22, or disrupt it by gene targeting or antisense, recapitulated the respective CMT1A and HNPP phenotypes (60-65). Strategies aimed at normalizing the PMP22 gene dosage may provide therapeutic approaches as recently demonstrated in rodent models (66-68).

Cranial and Spinal Nerves

The central nervous system communicates with the body by means of nerves that exit the CNS from the brain (cranial nerves) and spinal cord (spinal nerves). These nerves, together with aggregations of cell bodies located outside the CNS, constitute the peripheral nervous system. As mentioned in chapter 7, the peripheral nervous system (PNS) consists of nerves (collections of axons) and their associated ganglia (collections of cell bodies). Although this chapter is devoted to the CNS, the CNS cannot function without the PNS. This section thus serves to complete our discussion of the CNS and introduces concepts pertaining to the PNS that will be explored more thoroughly in later chapters (particularly chapters 9, 10, and 12).

Possible Involvement Of Tumor Suppressor Gene Products P53 And Prb In Zebrafish Aging

Most recently, stable p53-deficientzebrafishmutant lines were isolated by using target-selected mutagenesis strategy, from 2,679 individual N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)-mutagenized F1 male fish (Berghmans et al., 2005). Homozygote p53M214K mutant fish were characterized for DNA damage (IR) response, and the mutants appeared resistant to apoptosis induction in response to irradiation. Unlike wild-type control fish embryos, irradiated p53 mutants were resistant to apoptosis induction and failed to up-regulate p21 with aberrant cell-cycle checkpoint. More importantly, within 1 year of age, more than one quarter of the mutant fish developed malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. With the use of

Nonpsychotic Disorders

Because alcohol is rich in carbohydrates but low in proteins and vitamins, long-term users can develop cirrhosis of the liver due to protein deficiency or Korsakoff's syndrome due to vitamin B deficiency. The symptoms of Korsakoff's syndrome, a chronic brain disorder occurring most often in chronic alcoholics in their fifties and sixties, include disorientation, impulsiveness, memory loss, confabulation,1 and inflammation of the peripheral nerves of the body.

Molecular Basis Of Neurofibromatosis

Virtually all subjects affected with NF1 develop multiple benign neurofibromas, which are tumors of superficial and deep peripheral nerves that increase in number with age, along with pigmentation changes of caf au lait macules, axillary inguinal freckling, and hamartomas of the iris of the eye (2). Neurofibromas are unpredictable with regards to number, location, rate of growth, and potential for malignant transformation. Additional complications unrelated to neurofibroma development are legion, and include learning disabilities, scoliosis and other bone abnormalities, optic glioma, and malignancies of various organ systems, such as malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST), rhabdomyosarcoma, and myeloid leukemias (3). Although a deletion or other constitutional inactivating mutation of one NF1 allele predisposes to benign or malignant tumorigenesis, a somatic inactivating mutation of the remaining NF1 allele in a tumor progenitor cell is an early, if not initiating, event in...

Cme Questionschapter

In the treatment of neuropathic pain, gabapentin has fewer adverse effects and drug interactions than phenytoin or carbamazepine. b. In the treatment of neuropathic pain in older adults, secondary amines are often preferred to tertiary amines because they cause fewer sedative effects. c. Neuropathic pain can most often be controlled by opioids alone. d. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants have not demonstrated significant efficacy in treating neuropathic pain.

Upper Limb Abnormalities

The upper limb is of about the same importance in neurological assessment as eye movements and vision. Diseases of the upper motor neuron, parietal lobe, cerebellum, and basal ganglia may each produce characteristic changes in the tone, power, posture, or function of the limb and are dealt with elsewhere. Diseases of the spinal cord, nerve roots, brachial plexus, and individual nerves present their own distinctive problems. Herewith are a few comments on plexus and peripheral nerve lesions.

The Normal Enteric Nervous System

The mature ENS is absolutely unique and different from any other region of the peripheral nervous system (PNS). First, the ENS is independent and can function in the absence of input from the brain or spinal cord 3, 4 . Second, in contrast to the remainder of the PNS, the ENS can mediate reflexes, even when it is isolated from the central nervous system (CNS). This ability of the ENS is often overlooked, even though it has long been known to be true. As the 19th Century turned to the 20th, Bayl-iss and Starling reported that enteric reflexes could be mediated by the local nervous mechanism of the gut 14, 15 . These investigators described what they called the law of the intestine (now known as the peristaltic reflex) in extrinsically denervated loops of dog intestine. This is a reflex, evoked by increased intraluminal pressure, that consists of a wave of oral excitation and anal relaxation that descends in the bowel and is propulsive.

Mcam Muc18 expression in melanomas

MUC-18 is a 113 kDa glycoprotein expressed on the cell surface. The gene MCAM encoding MUC-18 is a member of the immunoglobulin family. The MCAM glycoprotein is an adhesion molecule bearing homology to other cell adhesion molecules such as NCAM and ICAM and also to the DCC gene product (see page 177), as well as to MHC-2 and MHC-1. MCAM is found in some mesenchymal tissues, e.g. smooth muscle cells, endothelial cells and Schwann cells but not in epithelial or haemopoietic cells. MCAM is found consistently in mesenchymal neoplasms of both smooth muscle and endothelial origin and bears obvious relationship to malignancy with the exception that, although it is expressed consistently in neurofibromas and schanno-mas, it is not found in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours (Shih et al., 1996). Interestingly, MCAM is expressed in a subset of capillaries and tumour endothelia but it is not found in the endothelia of arteries or large veins (Sers et al., 1994). MCAM is not found in...

Sodium Channelopathies

The human genome contains a number of almost identical genes coding for slightly different voltage-gated Na+ channels. The different channel genes are specific for expression in the various tissues and this specialization may help restrict the consequence of a mutation to a single type of cell or tissue. The various isoforms of voltage-gated Na+ channels are heterome-tric proteins containing a large, heavily glycosylated a subunit and one or two small 0 subunits. In heart and skeletal muscle, only the subunit has been identified, whereas in the brain, the and a disulfide-linked subunit copurify with the a subunit. Eight different genes (SCN1A-SCN8A) are known so far to encode a sub-units, most of them being expressed in heart, brain, muscle, and peripheral nerve (84). Among them, SCN5A, located on human chromosome 3p21 (85), is expressed in adult cardiac muscle (2, 3) and in fetal skeletal muscle (skM2), and its gene product is characterized by low te-trodotoxin sensitivity. A single...

The ENS is Derived from the Neural Crest

The restriction of the levels of the premigratory crest that contribute precursors to the ENS raises the possibility that the crest cells in these regions might be predetermined to migrate to the bowel and give rise to enteric neurons and or glia. Such a predestination, however, is not supported by experimental evidence, which indicates instead that premigratory crest cells are pluripotent. For example, when levels of the crest are interchanged so as to replace a region that normally colonizes the gut with one that does not, the heterotopic crest cells still migrate to the bowel and there give rise to neurons the pheno-types of which are ENS-appropriate, not level of origin-appropriate 62, 63 . An analogous process, moreover, is seen when the interchange of crest cells is reversed. Vagal and sacral crest cells give rise to non-enteric neurons in ectopic locations, such as sympathetic ganglia, when they are grafted so as to replace crest cells at other axial levels. Clones derived from...

Polyneuropathy and polyradiculopathy

Peripheral neuropathies may complicate all stages of HIV infection. During the early asymptomatic stages peripheral neuropathies are uncommon, but electrodiag-nostic testing reveals subclinical evidence of peripheral nerve involvement in about 10 of cases. In later stages, symptomatic neuropathies occur in some 30-50 of patients. Neuropathological studies have shown pathological changes with a prevalence approaching 100 in patients with AIDS.

Somatosensory Symptoms

The symptoms are often perplexing for the clinician, especially during the onset bout, because they are frequently unassociated with objective signs on the neurological examination. In addition, the anatomical distribution is often peculiar, not corresponding to recognized dermatomal, peripheral nerve, or homuncular patterns. Patients usually complain of numbness, but more often are referring to a subjective positive sensation than to diminished or absent sensation. Common complaints include tingling, burning, tightness, a feeling like ''procaine (Novocaine) wearing off,'' or a sensation that a garment, such as a glove or a girdle, is being worn. Often the abnormal sensation occurs in a band-like fashion around a limb or the abdomen. Sometimes only a patch of abnormal sensation is reported.

Krabbe Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy

Krabbe globoid cell leukodystrophy is largely a disease of early infancy characterized by marked irritability, progressive neurodeterioration with signs of peripheral neuropathy, elevated cerebrospinal fluid protein levels, and with a clinical onset of 4 to 6 mo (1). Older patients (juvenile and adult onset variants) constitute about 10 of all proven cases and display the same neurological features of the infantile form, but with a more protracted course. In all variants the nervous system, particularly the central and the peripheral system myelin (see Fig. 1), is the exclusive site of clinical and pathological

Structure and function

The brain is composed of neurons, neuroglia, and blood vessels. Each neuron is composed of a cell body, dendrites, which are short non-myelinated processes, and one or more axons whose length varies from a few millimetres to over 1 m. Neurons may be unipolar, bipolar or multipolar the first two are primarily afferent and convey sensory information from receptor endings to the central nervous system (CNS). The majority of neurons in the CNS are of the multipolar type. In the peripheral nervous system (PNS), axons are ensheathed by neurilemmal cells which form myelin in myelinated axons, although unmyelinated axons have a sheath but no myelin. The myelinated axon has regular gaps in the myelin called nodes of Ranvier. In the CNS, axons may be myelinated or unmyelinated, and some neurons, such as those in the anterior horn cell of the spinal cord, have very long axons.

Polyarteritis Nodosum

Polyarteritis nodosum is a vasculitis involving medium-sized arteries, most commonly at their bifurcations. Presentation usually involves the gastrointestinal tract as postprandial abdominal pain with nausea. Patients may also demonstrate kidney dysfunction, subcutaneous palpable nodules, fevers, livedo reticularis, and mononeuritis multiplex. Unlike Wegener's granulomatosis, lung involvement is not typically seen. Nervous system involvement is most often a peripheral neuropathy. Although cranial nerve palsies are uncommon, the facial nerve is the most frequently involved nerve and has been reported by several investigators (100-102). Diagnosis is confirmed with biopsy demonstrating granulomatous vasculitis as well as an elevated serum perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (p-ANCA) and an elevated ESR with anemia. Without treatment, the overall prognosis is dismal. Treatment involves high-dose corticosteroids. Dudley and Goodman performed decompression surgery on a patient...

Long Term Effects of Diabetes

Catterall and colleagues (1984) examined the potential role of diabetic neuropathy, hypothesizing that this may result in sleep apnea, which could explain sudden death in diabetes patients. Polysomnography-derived measures did not differ between the groups and therefore it was concluded that neuropathy-induced sleep apneas are not responsible for sudden unexplained deaths in diabetic neuropathy patients. This conclusion may, however, be deemed premature due to the limited sample size (eight patients and eight controls).


An unusual severe, atypical peripheral neuropathy characterized by the presence of severe neuropathic foot pain and marked motor weakness of the lower extremities without an associated weakness of the upper extremities has been described in patients receiving vincristine-containing chemotherapy for NHL (119). Comparing the frequency of this neuropathy in 54 patients receiving either filgrastim or sargramostim or no CSF, there was a strong association between CSF exposure and the occurrence of the neuropathy (39 vs 4 , p 0.0024). It is speculated that the relationship between sargramostim exposure and neuropathy may be caused by a chemotherapy-induced modulation of CSF effect on nerve growth or to an alteration in vincristine clearance.

Twopoint Discrimination

The ability to tell one from two touches that are close together may be defective in lesions of peripheral nerves, the posterior columns of the spinal cord, and the cerebrum. A pair of dividers with dull points or an unwound wire paper clip can be used to test this sensation.

Transcription Sites and Nuclear Territories Functional Organization ofInterphase Nuclei

A growing number of human diseases have been shown to result from abnormal chromatin structure (87). Dysfunctions in proper chromatin remodeling can affect epigenetic interactions and in turn lead to gene expression multi-system disorders and neoplasias (88). The importance of chromatin-nuclear envelope interactions has been emphasized further in laminopathies, a new group of genetic diseases, wherein mutations in lamin A C, a constituent of the nuclear envelope, can presumably deregulate chromatin-nuclear envelope interactions that manifest with a broad spectrum of disorders. These include Emery-Dreifuss and limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (skeletal muscles), Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy (peripheral nerves), dilated cardiomyopathy (heart), Dunnigan familial partial lipodystrophy (adipose tissue), and mandibuloacral dysplasia (skeletal system) (89,90). The best known example of disease resulting from abnormal chromatin structure or function is probably facioscapulohumeral muscular...

Acquired inflammatory neuropathies

Usually follows viral infection the latter triggers an immune response, which turns into an autoimmune reaction aimed at myelin or protein components of Schwann cells. Important roles are played by antibodies against viral oligosaccharide components, which are, incidentally, identical to gangliosides (GM1 or GD1a) of the peripheral nerve as a result, antibodies produced against viruses attack the body's own tissue. In addition, certain infections may produce antibodies against myelin proteins, most frequently against protein PMP22. The autoreactive T cells, bearing the autoantibodies, migrate towards the peripheral nerve, and (by release of cytokines and chemokines) recruit macrophages, which attack both Schwann cells and myelin sheaths. Initially, macrophages form infiltrations within the peripheral nerve, and destroy the myelin subsequently, they phagocytose the remnants of the glial cells and demyelinated axons.

Nucleoside Analogue Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors

Dideoxyinosine has a short plasma half-life and somewhat erratic bio-availability. It requires antacids to be delivered to neutralize stomach acid, as it is acid-labile. The drug was simultaneously approved in October 1991 for children and adults. Administration improves CD4 counts and T cell helper function, and decreases p24 antigen levels.2021 Dideoxyinosine does not penetrate well into the cerebrospinal fluid therefore, most children do not show improvement in neurocognitive scores when given didanosine mono-therapy. It is generally well tolerated, but adverse effects include peripheral neuropathy, retinal depigmentation, pancreatitis, and hyperamylasemia Zalcitabine is a modestly potent nucleoside analogue which has a short plasma half-life and poor penetration into the central nervous system. Adverse effects include painful and sometimes irreversible peripheral neuropathy. Pharmacokinetic information is available for children. It may play a role in a salvage regimen. Stavudine...

Clinical Manifestations

Leprosy has a wide spectrum of clinical presentations involving primarily the skin and nervous system. Due to involvement of peripheral nerves, which can become enlarged and palpable, cutaneous lesions of leprosy exhibit hypesthesia or anesthesia. Some peripheral Lepromatous leprosy, the form with the least cell-mediated immunity, has the greatest number of bacilli and is characterized by poorly defined, widespread, symmetric erythematous macules, papules, and nodules initially. The most common sites of involvement are the face, buttocks, and lower extremities. Involvement of the face can lead to leonine facies due to diffuse infiltration with the M. leprae bacilli (Fig. 8). Later signs include infiltration of the ear lobes, saddle nose, madarosis, ichthyosis of the lower extremities, and stocking-glove peripheral neuropathy. In severe cases, ocular symptoms develop due to infiltration of facial and trigeminal nerve branches (17).

Clinical Features Of Patients With Megaloblastic Anemia

Megaloblastic anemia is usually a disease of middle-aged to older age with a high predilection for women. Severe anemia, in which the hemoglobin drops to 7 to 8 g dL, is accompanied by symptoms of anemias such as shortness of breath, light-headedness, extreme weakness, and pallor. Patients may experience glossitis (sore or enlarged tongue), dyspepsia, or diarrhea. Evidence of neurological involvement may be seen with patients experiencing numbness, vibratory loss (paresthesias), difficulties in balance and walking, and personality changes. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes a demyeliniza-tion of the peripheral nerves, the spinal column, and the brain, which can cause many of the more severe neurological symptoms such as spasticity or paranoia. Jaundice may be seen, because the average red cell life span in megaloblastic anemia is 75 days, a little more than one half of the average red cell life span of 120 days. The bilirubin level is elevated, and the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level is...

Pernicious Anemia As A Subset Of Megaloblastic Anemias

Pernicious anemia is more common in individuals with Irish and Scandinavian ethnicity. Pernicious anemia patients will experience all of the symptoms of a patient with megaloblastic anemia, but they have a higher tendency for neurological involvement including those already mentioned as well as degeneration of peripheral nerves and the spinal column. Neurological symptoms may be slow to develop but include a vast array of symptomatology. Patients may experience paresthesias in the limbs, an abnormal or clumsy walking pattern or stiffness in the limbs. Treatment will usually reverse these symptoms.

Nautilids octopods cuttlefishes squids and relatives

Mollusks bearing a radula (toothed tongue) and well-developed heads mouth characterized by a dorsoventral pair of horny jaws known as beaks and encircled by the bases of 8-ca. 60 grasping appendages single pair of lateral, image-forming eyes well-developed brain and peripheral nervous system

Zebrafish as a model to study behavior

These cells migrate in streams to produce multiple cell types including craniofacial cartilage, pigment and neurons and glia of the peripheral nervous system (Knight and Schilling, 2006). Of importance to our studies into Disc1 function, neural crest and neural cells of the developing brain share many features including their ectodermal origin, ability to migrate long distances, the ability to give rise to multiple cell types, and their responsiveness to the same intracellular and extracellular signaling molecules (Lefcort et al., 2007). Therefore, understanding the function of Disc1 in this well-characterized and easily observable cell population may provide valuable insights into the function of this protein in the developing brain.

Cellular Basis Of fru Functions In Male Courtship Behavior

Manoli et al. (2005) and Stockinger et al. (2005) independently generated homologous recombination knockin transgenic strains, in which the Gal4-coding sequence is inserted downstream of the P1 promoter, whereas the fru-coding sequences are inactivated. They recapitulated the pattern of the cell body localization of fru-expressing neurons in the CNS, which has been observed by anti-Fru antibody staining. An unexpected finding in these experiments is the strong Gal4 expression in the peripheral nervous system, where no endogenous Fru expression has been reported, with exceptions of motor nerves projecting to the internal reproductive organ and MOL (Billeter and Goodwin, 2004 Lee and Hall, 2001). Many sensory neurons that play olfactory and gustatory roles in the antenna, labellum, labrum, maxillary palp, and foreleg express fru-Gal4 (Manoli et al., 2005 Stockinger et al., 2005). Mechanosensory neurons in the wing joint and male genitalia are also positive for Gal4 (Manoli et al.,...

Idiopathic Diseases Sarcoidosis

Neurologic involvement can be central or peripheral. Diabetes insipidus, basal leptomeningitis, and peripheral neuropathy are frequent manifestations (76). An estimated 12 of all patients with sarcoidosis and 50 of patients with neurosarcoi-dosis have facial paralysis, which remains the most frequent neurological presentation of the disorder. The paralysis can be either unilateral or bilateral in up to 33

Classification Of Pain

Neuropathic Pain Neuropathic pain occurs as the result of invasion or compression of neural tissue by tumor or, less commonly, as the side effect of the administration of chemotherapeutic agents or radiation therapy. Peripheral neuropathy that arises following the administration of some chemotherapeutic agents (such as the vinca alkaloids, cisplatin, and oxali-platin) is associated with dysesthesia and burning of the hands and feet and is frequently accompanied by paresthesias. The qualitative nature of neuropathic pain is the sensation of burning, squeezing, or shooting, with electric shock-like feelings in the distribution of the affected nerve. Allodynia, the sensation of pain resulting from a non-noxious stimulus, is common in addition to paresthesia and dysesthesia. Neuropathic pain does not respond well to opioid therapy alone, but the addition of appropriate adjuvant medication (Table 26-1) will provide the most effective relief. Consideration should be given to invasive...

Psychophysiological Science Interdisciplinary Approaches to Classic Questions About the Mind

The first Handbook of Psychophysiology was published more than three decades ago (Greenfield & Sternbach, 1972). Coverage in that Handbook emphasized the peripheral nervous system, an emphasis that many still identify with the term psychophysiology in accord with the history of psychophysiology. As is the case for physiological and other scientific fields, however, psychophysiology has changed dramatically since the appearance of its first Handbook. With the advent of new and powerful probes of the central nervous system (e.g., brain imaging techniques), there is an increased emphasis in the field on investigating the brain and central nervous system as they relate to behavior. Investigations of elementary physiological events in normal thinking, feeling, and interacting individuals are commonplace, and new techniques are providing additional windows through which the neural events underlying psychological processes can be viewed unobtrusively. Instrumentation now makes it possible...

Pharmacological Toxicological Effects

Neuropathic Pain Neuropathic pain is commonly treated with tricyclic antidepressants. Although generally efficacious, these drugs do have the potential to cause serious side effects. A crossover trial was conducted in which participants received St. John's wort standardized to 2700 of hypericin per day or placebo for 5 weeks, with a 1-week washout period between treatments. Patients rated several types of pain on a scale of 1-10. A total of 47 patients completed the trial, which showed a trend toward lower total pain with the St. John's wort treatment however, it was not statistically significant. There was also a trend toward people reporting moderate to complete pain relief during their treatment with St. John's wort. When the study population was further broken down into patients with and without diabetes, it was found that in the 18 participants with diabetes, there was still a trend toward lower total pain and a significant reduction in lancinating pain, whereas in the 29...

Wallerian degeneration

Figure 9.2 General scheme of Wallerian degeneration in the peripheral nervous system Figure 9.2 General scheme of Wallerian degeneration in the peripheral nervous system For many years, axonal degeneration following intersection was regarded as a result of ceased support form the cell body. Recently it became obvious, however, that Wallerian degeneration in the PNS is a specialized active process, which is not very dependent on the links with neuronal somata, but rather involves activation of localized signals in both axons and surrounding glial cells. This change in perception was initiated by the discovery of a spontaneously mutated mouse strain (called Wlds or 'ola'), in which peripheral nerves survive without any obvious changes for many weeks after transection. The full description of the local signals that initiate and control Wallerian degeneration is still wanting, yet it is clear that the enzyme system known as the ubiquitin-proteasome system (which includes ubiquitin...

AIDSHuman Immunodeficiency Virus

Central nervous system disease is present in 69 of cases, with the peripheral nervous system affected in 8 of HIV cases. Of the peripheral nervous system dysfunctions, the facial nerve is most common, found in approximately 5 of patients (61). A similar study of 170 AIDS patients found a 4.1 incidence of facial paralysis (62). Facial paralysis is abrupt in onset and usually unilateral (63). The mechanism of facial nerve injury may be a direct effect of the neurotropic virus, secondary involvement due to parotid or other neoplastic processes, or immunosuppression leading to reactivation of herpes zoster or other viruses. Multidrug therapy is the current standard therapy for HIV infection. Reverse transcriptase and protease inhibitors are effective and block HIV replication fusion inhibitors are also used and block HIV entry into the cell. The prognosis for facial paralysis is good, with the majority of patients having complete or near-complete recovery of facial function (64).

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Neuron Copper Transporter

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an age-dependent degenerative disorder of motor neurons with sporadic and inherited forms. The disease is characterized by a progressive loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. The cause of ALS is not known. The incidence of the disease worldwide is 1-2 cases per 100,000. Pathologically, the degeneration of lower motor neurons of the spinal cord and brainstem and loss of large motor neurons in the cerebral cortex are prominent features causing weakness and spasticity (117). The selective vulnerability of motor neurons is relative because peripheral nerves reveal reduced numbers of large myelinated axons, axonal degeneration, and distal axonal atrophy (117).

Autonomic Neurons

As discussed in chapter 7, neurons of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) that conduct impulses away from the central nervous system (CNS) are known as motor, or efferent, neurons. There are two major categories of motor neurons somatic and autonomic. Somatic motor neurons have their cell bodies within the CNS and send axons to skeletal muscles, which are usually under voluntary control. This was briefly described in chapter 8 (see fig. 8.23), in the section on the reflex arc, and is reviewed in figure 9.1a. The control of skeletal muscles by somatic motor neurons is discussed in depth in chapter 12.

Transgenic Models

Transgenesis has also been used to induce dwarfism, either by widespread expression of a functional GH antagonist (129) or by targeting, directly or indirectly, the somatotrophs. Dwarf mice have been produced by selective or total ablation of GH-expressing cells (130), whereas transgenic dwarf rats have been produced by expressing an antisense GH transgene in the pituitary to suppress endogenous GH synthesis (131). Paradoxically, dwarfism can also be induced by targeted expression of GH itself. This was first noticed in a line of mice that fortuitously expressed hGH in the CNS (71). In contrast to the giantism generated by peripherally overexpressed hGH transgenes, mice with such central hGH expression exhibited a dwarf phenotype caused by local short-circuit feedback on hypothalamic GHRH and SRIF (71). This has prompted the production of another mouse model in which hGH was targeted more specifically to the CNS and peripheral nervous system using the tyrosine hydroxylase promoter...

Nervous System

Approximately two thirds of DI affects the nervous system. Although clinical features may be ambiguous a distinction is made between three potential locations of injury (1) the spinal cord, (2) cerebrum and (3) peripheral nerves. In each case, the primary mechanism may be vascular (embolic) or extra-vascular.


Some materials safety data sheets (MSDS) for welding consumables list parkinsonism as a potential hazard of welding, although the data upon which this claim is based is unclear. There are several clinical reports (80,83-85) of parkinsonism in welders, although many patients had atypical features, including cognitive abnormalities, disturbances of sleep, peripheral nerve complaints, and mild motor slowing. In a study of magnetic field exposed workers, Noonan et al. (70) found that welders were over-represented in PD deaths (70). Blood manganese (85) and aluminum (84) levels may be elevated in welders, but no study convincingly demonstrates an association between motor signs and these metals. However, a small study (84) suggests that welders with exposure to manganese may be slower on peg-board and finger-tapping scores compared to welders without these exposures. In one study, 15 career welders were compared to consecutively ascertained and age-matched PD controls. Welders with PD were...


Symptoms in the lower limbs may be described in this way I feel as though I'm walking on cotton wool (possibly a posterior column lesion) or My shoes are full of small stones my feet are on fire (a possible peripheral nerve lesion) as well as the more usual descriptions of numbness, tingling, and prickling. The proximal pain and peripheral paresthesia clue I have pain in my shoulder and down the back beside my shoulder blade and my little finger is asleep clearly tells you where the sensory signs should be.

Superficial Pain

If you find an abnormal area, are other sensations abnormal here as well Does the area conform to a spinal or peripheral nerve distribution Does it have a spinal cord configuration, and if so, is there a level Is it present in the homologous area of the trunk or limb of the opposite side


Sequelae are quite common and most often are seen as a peripheral neuropathy in the lower legs. The incidence of facial neuropathy in diabetic patients has been estimated between 0.5 and 2.5 without a clear link to blood glucose control (135,136). This incidence of facial involvement is elevated when compared to the incidence of facial paralysis in the general population of 0.1 . In fact, Korzyn reported that among 130 cases studied of facial palsy, 20 had diabetes with as many as 66 demonstrating impaired glucose tolerance (137).

Vibration Sense

Sistent with a peripheral nerve lesion or a degenerative disease of the posterior columns of the spinal cord. Vibratory sense and passive joint movements are each served by different portions of the posterior columns of the spinal cord and may not be equally abnormal. Apparently, otherwise normal older people have decreased or absent vibration sense at the ankles because of a segmental peripheral neuropathy of unknown cause. Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord is marked by a greater vibratory loss than passive joint movement loss. Tabes dorsalis is the reverse. Vibratory sense is not impaired in cerebral lesions above the thalamus, while defective sense of passive movement in one big toe may be a critical physical sign of the parasagittal, parietal meningioma (ie, it is a cortical sensation).

D4T Stavudine

Subjective tolerability is good the drug was long considered an important alternative to AZT. Due to the mitochondrial toxicity (lipoatrophy, lactic acidosis, peripheral neuropathy), particularly in combination with ddI, the (long-term) use of d4T is no longer recommended. Side effects more mitochondrial toxicity, and lipoatrophy than other NRTIs. Peripheral neuropathy (PNP), especially in combination with ddI (up to 24 ). Rare diarrhea, nausea, headache. Hepatic steatosis, pancreatitis. Very rare, but potentially fatal lactic acidosis, especially in combination with ddI (and in pregnancy ).

Isoniazid INH

Peripheral neuropathy Discontinue INH in severe cases and treat for several weeks with pyridoxine and vitamin B12. Psychosis, CNS symptoms. Fever, rash, nausea, vomiting, anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia. Comments Warnings contraindications are acute hepatitis and history of INH-associated hepatopathy or severe febrile reactions, peripheral neuropathy, macrohematuria.


The patients were recruited in the diabetes outpatient clinics of the University Hospital Utrecht (tertiary care hospital), four non-university hospitals (Diakonessenhuis Utrecht, Bosch Medicentrum 's Hertogenbosch, Catharinahospital Eindhoven) and the offices of seven general practitioners in The Netherlands. Women were included with either DM type 1 or DM type 2, age between 18-75 years. All patients were asked to collect two consecutive midstream urine specimens during a 2-4 month period. Exclusion criteria were Pregnancy, recent hospitalization or surgery ( 4 months), known urinary tract abnormalities, symptoms of a UTI or the use of antimicrobial drugs in the previous 14 days. Finally 636 women entered the study group. During the first visit of the study all patients were interviewed and the medical history was obtained from the hospital files using a standardized questionnaire, which included Age, type and duration of DM, medication, secondary complications of the DM...


If the onset of pain is sudden, an acute event such as a fracture or local hemorrhage should be suspected whereas a gradual onset might signify increasing tumor growth. Visceral pain is more likely to be episodic in nature, but intermittent pain can also occur during movement of an involved limb. When the source of the problem is bony metastasis, the pain is usually localized to the area or areas overlying the metastasis. Neuropathic pain will be experienced along the distribution of the nerve. For patients with multiple sites of pain, each site should be assessed separately to determine if multiple therapies will be required.2 Physical examination of the patient should include areas of tenderness and swelling or areas of allodynia, indicative of neuropathic pain. A neurologic examination will confirm sensory loss and motor weakness and is essential when cord compression is suspected. Palpation of the abdomen will reveal the presence of tenderness, masses, or bowel obstruction....

Invasive Therapy

Regional and Peripheral Nerve Blocks should be considered for patients who have not responded to conservative treatment and who have more than one type of pain. This therapy allows opioid doses (and thus, their adverse effects) to be reduced, with the possibility of adding agents that will be more effective for neuropathic pain. The condition of the patient and the expected prognosis will guide the clinician toward the most appropriate modality. Once a system has been implanted and the therapy instituted, monitoring and titration of medication by trained personnel will still be necessary.51 The intrathecal delivery system involves the placement of a subarachnoid catheter, which is then tunneled subcutaneously and attached to a small pump, which, in turn, is placed into a subcutaneous pocket anteriorly (Figure 26-4). The capacity of the pumps is up to 50 mL for the nonprogrammable models and up to 20 mL for the programmable models (Figure 26-5). The pumps can be accessed...

Marburg MS

The Marburg variant of MS, recognized as a fulminant and lethal subtype of multiple sclerosis by Otto Marburg in 1906 (138), is characterized by rapid progression and an exceptional severity. The course is generally monophasic and relentlessly progressive, with death consequent to brainstem involvement or mass effect with herniation. Peripheral nervous system involvement may also occur in this variant of MS. Pathologically, the lesions are more destructive than typical MS and characterized by a large confluent area of white matter destruction with massive macrophage infiltration, pronounced acute axonal injury, and frank tissue necrosis (Figure 12). Uncommonly, multiple small lesions may be disseminated throughout the brain and spinal cord, or may coalesce to form large confluent areas of destruction. In some cases, areas of remyelination are observed. An autopsied case of Marburg disease documented pronounced post-translational changes, in which MBP was converted to an extensively...


Cisplatin has been well documented to cause neuro-toxicity and ototoxicity. The peripheral neuropathy is predominantly sensory, manifested mostly by paresthesia and dysesthesia. These symptoms have been reported to persist beyond 6 years in about 30 to 40 of patients.1419 The long-term toxicity has been confirmed by other investigators.11 Nerve conduction studies have shown that the changes in conduction along peripheral and central pathways after tibial nerve stimulation are compatible with a toxic effect on the sensory root ganglia causing an axonal degeneration of central and peripheral nerve fibers. An increasing cumulative dose of cisplatin and simultaneous development of Raynaud's phenomenon increases the risk of neurotoxicity.15 The presence of abnormal nerve conduction studies in 50 of cases studied in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital series14 suggests that higher single doses of cisplatin (eg, 100 mg m2) may be more neurotoxic than are the more standard repeated daily low...


Neurologic involvement is usually of the peripheral nerves, the spinal nerve roots, and the autonomic ganglia, with the brain usually spared (116). Peripheral neuropathy in amyloidosis is found in 17 of patients. Cranial nerve involvement is rare in amyloidosis. Although cranial neuropathies are more common in familial amyloidosis, recent reviews

PNS myelin

The specific galactolipids found in PNS myelin are largely the same as CNS myelin, although some glycolipids such as sulphated glucoronyl paragloboside and its derivatives are specific for PNS myelin. The major CNS myelin proteins are also found in PNS myelin, and the main ones that are special to PNS myelin are peripheral myelin protein zero (P0), peripheral myelin protein 22 (PMP22), peripheral nerve P2 protein, and periaxin. apposing the basal lamina as myelin sheaths mature. The shift in localization suggests that periaxin participates in membrane-protein interactions that are required to stabilize the mature myelin sheath. Mutations in the periaxin gene cause autosomal recessive Dejerine-Sottas neuropathy and severe demyelinating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Periaxin knockout mice myelinate normally, but develop a demyelinating peripheral neuropathy.


Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, is caused by an infection with the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae. It is most common in warm, wet areas in the tropics and subtropics. This chronic infectious disease usually affects the skin, peripheral nerves, and mucous membranes of the aerodigestive tract and eyes. In 2002, the number of new cases detected worldwide was 763,917, with the majority occurring in the endemic areas of Brazil, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Nepal. The number of new cases detected in the United States for 2002 was 96 (10). M. leprae is usually spread from person to person in close contact by respiratory droplets. As the bacterium has a propensity to invade peripheral nerves, cranial neuropathies including the facial nerve are not uncommon. Leprosy remains one of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy worldwide, with some degree of nerve involvement in every case (11). Estimates of 3 to 5 involvement of the facial nerve in leprosy infections...

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