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Peripheral nerve stimulation

A peripheral nerve supplying a discrete muscle group is stimulated transcutaneously with a current of 50 mA. The resulting contractions are observed or measured. One arrangement is to stimulate the ulnar nerve at the wrist whilst monitoring the contractions (twitch) of the adductor pollicis. Although most often done by looking at or feeling the response, measuring either the force of contraction or the compound action potential is more objective. Sequences of stimulation used include

Peripheral Nervous System

Nerve fibers in the peripheral nervous system transmit signals between the central nervous system and receptors and effectors in all other parts of the body. As noted earlier, the nerve fibers are grouped into bundles called nerves. The peripheral nervous system consists of 43 pairs of nerves 12 pairs of cranial nerves and 31 pairs that connect with the spinal cord as the spinal nerves. The cranial nerves and a summary of the information they transmit were listed in Table 8-8. In general, of the spinal nerves, eight cervical nerves control the muscles and glands and receive sensory input from the neck, shoulder, arm, and hand. The 12 thoracic nerves are associated with the chest and abdominal walls. The five lumbar nerves are associated with the hip and leg, and the five sacral nerves are associated with the genitals and lower digestive tract. (A single pair of coccygeal nerves brings the total to 31 pair.) TABLE 8-10 Divisions of the Peripheral Nervous System A nerve contains nerve...

Peripheral Nerve Injuries And Repair

Each peripheral nerve contains many nerve fascicles. The fascicles and intervening connective tissue are bound by a sheath of epineurium. Fascicles contain many individual nerve fibres surrounded by perineurium. A nerve fibre consists of an axon with a Schwann cell covering, bound by endoneurium.

Peripheral Nerves

Connecting the CNS to all parts of the body are individual organs known as nerves. A nerve is a collection of neuron processes together and outside of the CNS. Peripheral nerves are nerves which pass from the CNS to the periphery of the body. Together, they are referred to as the peripheral nervous system. (1) Bilateral. This means that the peripheral nerves occur in pairs. In each pair, there is one nerve to the right and one to the left. (2) Segmental. The pairs of peripheral nerves occur in intervals, corresponding to the segments of the human embryo. b. Peripheral nerves connected to the brainstem are called cranial nerves. They are numbered from I through XII and also have individual names. c. Peripheral nerves connected to the spinal cord are called spinal nerves. They are identified by a letter representing the region of the vertebral column and a number representing the sequence in the region

Clinical Features Of Cobalamin And Folate Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency All infants show signs of developmental delay, apathy, weakness, irritability, or evidence of neurodevelopmental delay, loss of developmental milestones, particularly motor achievements (head control, sitting, and turning). Athetoid movements, hypotonia, and loss of reflexes occur. In older children signs of subacute dorsolateral degeneration of the spinal cord may occur. The usual symptoms are paresthesias in the hands or feet and difficulty in walking and use of the hands. Symptoms arise because of a peripheral neuropathy (especially paresthesias and numbness) associated with degeneration of posterior and lateral tracts of the spinal cord. Loss of vibration and position sense with an ataxic gait and positive Romberg's sign are features of posterior column and peripheral nerve loss. Spastic paresis may occur, with knee and ankle reflexes increased because of lateral tract loss, but flaccid weakness may also occur when these reflexes are lost but the Babinski...

Brain Structure and Capacities

The nervous system consists of a central part and a peripheral part. The nerves arising from the spinal cord and the nodes of certain neurons in the body (ganglia, retina, and olfactory epithelium), serve to innervate the organs, muscles and skin and comprise the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The brain and the spinal cord are referred to as the central nervous system (CNS), whereby the spinal cord is the means through which the CNS is able to communicate with the PNS. The CNS receives input from the body and from the environment through sensory, auditory and visual organs as well as chemicals (including hormones). This information is processed and either generates an output in the form of bodily, emotional, cognitive and anticipatory reactions or is kept and stored as memory for future challenges. The individual brain acquires and accommodates these mechanisms in its developmental period, but these mechanisms remain subject to active self-organising and reorganising changes...

Neurological features

Cases, and are often associated with vasculitis of the blood vessels supplying nerves. This vasculitis results in neurovascular disease, which can range from mild sensory neuropathy to severe sensorimotor neuropathy. Cases at the severe end of the spectrum are often termed 'mononeuritis multiplex', as multiple peripheral nerves are involved. Marked vascular damage can be seen in nerve biopsies in this condition.

Interaction Mechanisms and Biological Bases for Limiting Exposure

Threshold rates of change of MRI switched gradient magnetic fields for perception, discomfort and pain resulting from peripheral nerve stimulation has been extensively reviewed by Nyenhuis et al. (2001). Median minimum threshold rates of change of magnetic field during periods of less than 1 ms for perception were generally 15-25 T s_1 depending on orientation, and showed large inter-individual differences (Bourland et al., 1999). Cells of the central nervous system (CNS) are considered to be sensitive to induced electric fields that are below the stimulation threshold of nerve axons (in-vitro threshold of ca. 4-5 V m_1 Jefferys et al., 2003). Such electric field interactions have been demonstrated in experimental studies using isolated animal brain tissue. However, the CNS in vivo is considered to be more sensitive to induced low-frequency electric fields and currents than in-vitro preparations, due to the larger number of interacting nerve cells the data...

Chediak Higashi Syndrome

An accelerated phase occurs in 85 of cases. It is characterized by infiltration of the central nervous system and peripheral nerves, liver, spleen, and other organs by histiocytes and atypical lymphocytes. A lymphoma-like picture with fever, jaundice, hepatosplenomegaly, lymphadenopathy, bleeding tendency, and pancytopenia develops.

Safety Aspects of Gene Transfer

Therapeutic gene may be the constitutive over-expression of the synthesised protein, its effect for the transduced cell and, if released, for cells that do not need the treatment. In other words, an uncontrollable, long term local effect that changes the functional balance of nervous pathways and circuits not affected by the disease, which may lead to unwanted structural or molecular alterations and thus to unwanted activities in the CNS. The application of NGF, for instance, has been shown to induce neuropathic pain in human patients (Pezet and McMahon 2006). This quite likely results from the neu-rite growth-stimulatory potency of this protein, which could have led to an abnormal pattern of synaptic connectivity between nerve cells or its modulatory role on the action of BDNF also involved in pain. However, as the brain is a very heterogeneous structure each substructure of which is acting in many physiological and mental functions, one cannot say that gene therapy with, for...

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.

Brain Microvessels Are Sensitive to CO2 and H

Reactions of cerebral blood flow to chemicals released by increased brain activity, such as CO2, H + , and K+, are part of the overall process of matching the brain's metabolic needs to the blood supply of nutrients and oxygen. The 10 to 30 increase in blood flow in brain areas excited by peripheral nerve stimulation, mental activity, or visual activity may be related to these three substances released from active nerve cells. The cerebral vasculature also dilates when the oxygen content of arterial blood is reduced, but the vasodilatory effect of elevated CO2 is much more powerful.

Medical Complications of Glucose Intolerance and Diabetes Mellitus

Macrovascular disease in the form of atherosclerosis increases the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events such as myocardial infarction and stroke, accounting for much of the disability and death among diabetic patients (Haupt and Newcomer 2001 Henderson 2001a). According to data amassed by Gerstein and his colleagues from large samples of patients without diabetes (Gerstein et al. 1999), even modest increases in fasting plasma glucose levels that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for diabetes mellitus put patients at increased risk for coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, and other vascular problems. In peripheral sites, atherosclerosis can cause claudication and diabetic foot, a condition in which patients develop nonhealing ulcers that are prone to infection on their lower extremities and feet as a result of vascular insufficiency and sensory deficits from impairments in the peripheral nervous system. Diabetic neuropathy is a complication that contributes...

Promoting an Optimal Response to Therapy

When giving these drugs orally, the nurse encourages the patient to drink a full glass of water with the drug. When barbiturates are administered intramuscularly, the nurse gives the drug in the gluteus maximus, vastus lat-eralis, or other areas where there is little risk of encountering a nerve trunk or major artery. Injection near or into peripheral nerves results in permanent nerve damage. When giving oral paraldehyde, the nurse mixes the drug with cold orange or tomato juice to eliminate some of the pungent taste. When paraldehyde is ordered for rectal administration, the nurse dissolves the dose of the drug (usually 10-20 mL) in one to two parts of oil or isotonic sodium chloride and gives it as a retention enema.

Inhibitors of Reverse Transcriptase Zidovudine and Homologs

Other dideoxynucleosides, such as dideoxycytidine (ddC) and dideox-yinosine (ddl), do not show cross-resistance with AZT, nor do several different types of nonnucleoside inhibitors, such as the TIBO compounds that block HIV RT activities in different ways. Hence, the probability of emergence of drug resistance can be minimized by (1) combined chemotherapy or (2) alternating courses of different drugs, for example, AZT with ddC or interferon a. This regimen also alleviates the problem that the principal serious side effect of prolonged AZT usage is bone marrow toxicity, whereas ddl and ddC tend rather to cause peripheral neuropathy. Further details about the chemoprophylaxis and chemotherapy of AIDS with AZT and other drugs are given in Chapter 35.

Organization Of The Nervous System

The billions of neurons that make up the nervous system of the human body can be categorized into two divisions the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Each has subdivisions that function in specialized ways. (sensory) part of the peripheral nervous system, and both can send signals to the muscles and glands by connecting with the efferent (motor and autonomic) part of the PNS.

Pathogenetic Considerations

The correlation of neurological complaints and lipid storage is hampered by the presence of a combination of neuronal storage, angiopathic infarcts in nervous tissue, and deposition of glycosphingolipids in end-organs such as the sweat glands in the skin. The episodic limb pain typical of FD has been ascribed to dorsal root ganglia neuropathy, peripheral small-fiber neuropathy, involvement of substantia gelatinosa neurons, and peripheral nerve ischemia due to involvement of the vasa nervorum. Autonomic dysfunction could arise from involvement of the autonomic nervous system at either central or peripheral level, but anhidrosis could also be explained by dysfunction of sweat glands. The episodic fever may be related to lesions of the hypothalamus and to the inability to sweat. The clinical correlate of the cerebral neuronal glycosphingolipid deposition is unclear. Psychosis,personality changes, and dementia have been described in FD but are not prominent phenomena. Seizures are rare....

Assessment of Diastolic Function

Diastolic dysfunction is the hallmark of diabetic cardiomyopathy and echocardi-ography is invariably the most commonly employed test at the present time to reliably assess diastolic functional abnormalities. Left ventricular diastolic filling abnormalities in patients with diabetes do not correlate with the duration of diabetes nor with the presence of other complications such as retinopathy, nephropathy, or peripheral neuropathy. In diabetic cardiomyopathy, the initial abnormality of diastolic filling is characterized by a slowed or impaired myocardial relaxation as is the case for most other cardiac diseases. It should be noted that there is a gradual impairment of myocardial relaxation with normal aging, but in pathological states it is more pronounced than what is usually expected for the patient's age. With continued progression of the disease, LV compliance is reduced and elevation in left atrial pressure results in a restrictive LV filling pattern, which initially may be...

The Pattern of the Vertebrate Nervous System

Although the various vertebrates show differences in the organization of their respective nervous systems, they all follow a similar anatomical pattern. The nervous system can be partitioned conveniently into two major divisions the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and the central nervous system (CNS). These divisions are determined by their location and function. The CNS consists of the spinal cord and the brain. The PNS, that part of the nervous system outside the CNS, connects the CNS with the various sense organs, glands, and muscles of the body.

Chemical Pathology

Polyglucosan bodies are composed principally of glucose polymers and occur in various conditions. The polyglucosan bodies of APBD greatly resemble and may be identical to corpora amylacea, which accumulate in the CNS with normal aging, Lafora bodies present in Lafora body disease, and Bielschowsky bodies. Corpora amylacea are seen in a characteristic topography in the healthy nervous system with aging. They develop in astrocytic processes and are mainly distributed subpially, subependymally, and perivas-cularly, although intra-axonal corpora amylacea may also occur. Lafora bodies are found in association with Lafora body disease, a progressive myoclonus epilepsy. Lafora bodies appear in neuronal perikarya and processes, especially in the cerebral cortex, thalamus, globus pallidus, substantia nigra, and dentate nucleus. Bielschowsky bodies are found in the peri-karya and processes of neurons. They differ from Lafora bodies in their much more limited distribution and pleiomorphic...

Basic Sensory Processes

The study of basic sensory processes often is called psychophysics, the measurement of the functioning of the senses that looks at the physical nature of stimuli and the responses that are provoked. No matter which sensation is being described, a certain sequence of events appears to be necessary for the sense to operate. First, a stimulus appropriate to that sense must be present in sufficient strength to initiate reception. The signal is picked up by a receptor (a nerve ending that is specialized for this task) and transmitted through the sensory (or somatic) peripheral nervous system to the brain. The signal activates a part of the brain that records the signal as a sensation. Not until the signal reaches the brain does sensation occur.

Nervous systems process information

In vertebrates, most of the cells of the nervous system are found in the brain and the spinal cord, the sites of most information processing, storage, and retrieval (Figure 44.1d). Therefore, the brain and spinal cord are called the central nervous system (CNS). Information is transmitted from sensory cells to the CNS and from the CNS to effectors via neurons that extend or reside outside of the brain and the spinal cord these neurons and their supporting cells are called the peripheral nervous system.

Gap Junction Channels

Gap junctions provide a means of coordinating the activity of adjacent cells or groups of cells. In excitable cells, gap junctions act as electrical synapses, enabling the fast transmission of electrical impulses between cells. They are important in synchronizing the electrical activity (and hence contraction) of cardiac and smooth muscle and the output of certain neuronal circuits, and their ability to relay information rapidly between pre- and postsynaptic neurones is utilised in escape behaviours such as the tail flip of the crayfish. They also synchronise exocytosis from endocrine cells, such as the islets of Langerhans. In non-excitable cells, the function of gap junctions is to permit the exchange of nutrients and regulatory signals between cells, such as intermediary metabolites and second messengers (Ca2+, cyclic AMP and IP3 are all permeant). They are involved in buffering the extracellular K+ concentration in the brain the local increase in K+ which results from neuronal...

Clinical Features

Neurologic disease is now recognized to be an extremely common and sometimes the first observed manifestation of HIV infection. The spectrum of HIV-associated neurologic disease includes dementia and its early forms, a severe encephalopathy (especially in children), myelopathy, and motor dysfunction. The patients may notice diminished concentration and memory, together with motor disturbances such as action tremor and loss of balance, as in Parkinson's disease. They often also display signs of coexistent myelopathy and peripheral neuropathy (e.g., ataxia and parasthesia). Other CNS manifestations include cerebral toxoplasmosis, cryptococcal meningitis, primary CNS lymphoma, CMV-associated encephalomyelitis, and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (see Fig. 18-4).

Infertility in Mice Cx37

We have seen that gap junction channels form a pathway between the cytoplasm of adjacent cells. They are composed of two hemichannels (connexons), each of which is made up of six subunits (connexins). Multiple types of connexins exist and gap junctions may be formed from identical or different types of connexin. Mutations in one type of connexin, Cx32, produce CMTX, a disease in which the peripheral nerves degenerate. This appears to result because the gap junctions in the Schwann cells which surround the axons are no longer functional. Gross cardiac malformations result from mutations in Cx43 and congenital deafness from mutations in Cx26.

Assessment of the safety and effectiveness of intervertebral disc replacement

Perioperative complications vary according to the surgeon's experience. One study that looked at complication rates according to the surgeon's experience found that the most experienced surgeon's complication rate (2.2 ) was statistically different from that of less experienced surgeons (10.7 ) 79 . Possible gastrointestinal injuries include peritoneal or intestinal tears leading to bowel perforation, peritoneal scarring, and adhesions. Genitourinary complications such as retrograde ejaculation, incontinence, or ureter damage might occur. Peripheral nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, dural tear, epidural hematoma, or herniated nucleus pulposus may occur 80 . Postoperative complications include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus and infection. Late complications may include pain and leg edema.

And Mitochondrial Leukoencephalopathies

Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Mri

Pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency results in a wide spectrum of neurological disorders. Patients may have a neonatal or early-infantile-onset severe encephalopathy with profound lactic acidosis and early death. Some patients have a neurodegenerative course of the disease with an infantile or childhood onset and milder lactic acidosis (often typical of Leigh encephalopathy). At the mild end of the spectrum patients have mild, intermittent ataxia and normal intelligence. In patients with pyruvate dehydro-genase complex deficiency, worsening may be provoked by infections. Peripheral neuropathy has been reported in patients with a Leigh-like presentation and patients with intermittent ataxia. Patients with a neonatal presentation often have dysmorphic features, including a broad nasal bridge, upturned nose, micrognathia, low-set and posteriorly rotated ears, short fingers and arms, simian creases, hypospadias, and anteriorly placed anus. Most patients have a defect in the Eia...

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.

Inborn Errors of TAG Storage and Metabolism

On the above view, NLSD is primarily a disease of defective phospholipid metabolism and the TAG-derived route of phospholipid biosynthesis is essential for the normal functioning of skin, muscle, liver, and the central nervous system. Further studies on the fatty liver dystrophic mouse which bears a close resemblance to human NLSD 103 may identify the defective gene. Defective neutral phospholipid metabolism in this mouse model is reflected by a decreased phospholipid content of peripheral nerve myelin 109 . The nature of the lipase(s) involved in normal TAG-to-phospholipid acyltransfer has not been characterized, but may be similar to a previously described microsomal neutral lipase 110 or to a carboxylesterase 111 .

Entrapment Neuropathies of the Shoulder and Elbow in the Athlete

In the setting of entrapment neuropathies, MRI can confirm the presence of nerve compression or entrapment, assess for space-occupying lesions, and exclude other lesions that can present in a similar clinical fashion to entrapment neuropathy (eg, rotator cuff tear). Normal peripheral nerves are depicted on MR images as low-to-intermediate signal intensity structures highlighted by fat. MRI neurography and high resolution studies often depict the honeycomb, fascicular pattern of the nerves. Spurious mild increased signal of the nerve is often seen on water-sensitive sequences.

Is Lazer Treatment For Crps Type 1 Dangerous

Bier Block Technique

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) have been well studied in neuropathic pain. TCAs (amitriptyline, nortriptyline, desipramine) inhibit monoaminergic transmitters by blocking reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. The dose used for treatment of neuropathic pain is typically much less than antidepressant doses. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (paroxetine, sertraline), although used anec-dotally in chronic CRPS, have not been formally studied for this purpose. Membrane stabilizing medications are also used. This category includes anticonvulsants, local anesthetics, and antiarrhythmic agents. Gabapentin, a selective voltage-gated Ca2+ channel blocker, has shown some efficacy in managing pain in CRPS. Gabapentin has reduced side effects and an improved efficacy-to-toxicity ratio when compared with phenytoin and carbamazepine. Lidocaine, mexiletine, and tocainide effect sodium channels. Lidocaine has been used intravenously in the management of neuropathic pain. Intravenous...

Charcot MarieTooth Disease Cx32

Charcot Marie Tooth Disease Cx32

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is the most common inherited peripheral neuropathy, affecting about 1 in 2500 individuals. The disease causes progressive degeneration of the peripheral nerves. It presents in childhood or adolescence, generally beginning with a weakness in the legs, which causes difficulty in walking, and progressing later to the arms. CMT is also characterized by foot deformities, muscle wasting, ataxia, decreased tendon reflexes and distal sensory loss. The disease is both pathologically and genetically heterogeneous. Traditionally, two main forms of CMT have been distinguished, based on electrophysiological differences (Vance, 1991). CMT1 is associated with a decreased nerve conduction velocity which results from demyelination of the peripheral nerves, whereas CMT2 is a non-demyelinating disease in which nerve conduction velocity is nearly normal. The CMT1 form of the disease is genetically heterogeneous and has been linked to chromosomes 17 (CMT1A), 1 (CMT1B) and...

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1 Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Peripheral neuropathy disease CRPS (RSD) is often a diagnosis of exclusion. Other causes of similar pain complaints include peripheral neuropathies, which may also present with neuropathic pain. Traumatic injuries to nerves may present with dysesthesia and hyperpathia, but without the sympathetic component. Inflammatory and infectious causes for pain needed to be ruled out when autonomic dysfunction is the primary presenting symptom. Examples of this would include tenosynovitis and bursitis. Vasculitis and vascular disorders can also manifest with similar findings. In many instances vascular diseases present with bilateral symptoms. Raynaud's disease produces vasospasm that will lead to findings of pallor, cold skin, and potentially cyanosis. Connective tissue disorders also have to be ruled out. Myofascial pain may also present with a nondermatologic distribution of pain. These patients may report burning pain as a symptom and have tender trigger points in the affected muscles....

Common abnormalities

Impaired vibration sense over bony prominences occurs with age and is often lost al he ankles over the age of 70. However, loss of vibration sense is seen in patients at an earlier stage than impairment of JPS. For example, it is an early feature in diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Lesions of individual peripheral nerves or sensory nerve roots commonly give rise to subjective feeling of numbness and diminution of all sensory modalities in their areas of distribution (Figs 6.45 and 6.46). Less commonly, partial lesions of the peripheral nerve give rise to pain of a burning, unpleasant quality, as in eausalgia, a condition occurring infrequently after injury to either the median or sciatic nerve. In polyneuropathies the numbness or paresthesia and objective sensory features affect the distal parts of Ihe limbs and often involve the legs before the arms. Superficial sensory loss in a polyneuropathy is found over the distal parts of the extremities and extends up...

Functional Classes of Neurons

Nerve Cell Function

The cell bodies and dendrites of efferent neurons are within the central nervous system, but the axons extend out into the periphery. The axons of both the afferent and efferent neurons, except for the small part in the brain or spinal cord, form the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. Note that a nerve fiber is a single axon, and a nerve is a bundle of axons bound together by connective tissue. Three classes of neurons. The dendrites are not shown. The arrows indicate the direction of transmission of neural activity. The stylized neurons in this figure show the conventions that we will use throughout this book for the different parts of neurons. As discussed later, there are efferent components of the peripheral nervous system that consist of two neurons, not one as shown here. Three classes of neurons. The dendrites are not shown. The arrows indicate the direction of transmission of neural activity. The stylized neurons in this figure show the conventions that we will use...

Neuroeffector Communication

Thus far we have described the effects of neurotrans-mitters released at synapses. Many neurons of the peripheral nervous system end, however, not at synapses on other neurons but at neuroeffector junctions on muscle and gland cells. The neurotransmitters released by these efferent neurons' terminals or varicosities provide the link by which electrical activity of the nervous system is able to regulate effector cell activity.

Lateral Folding Of The Embryo

Cephalocaudal Folding

The ectodermal germ layer gives rise to the organs and structures that maintain contact with the outside world (a) central nervous system (b) peripheral nervous system (c) sensory epithelium of ear, nose, and eye (d) skin, including hair and nails and (e) pituitary, mammary, and sweat glands and enamel of the teeth. Induction of the neural plate is regulated by inactiva-tion of the growth factor BMP-4. In the cranial region, inactivation is caused by noggin, chordin, and follistatin secreted by the node, notochord, and prechordal mesoderm. Inactivation of BMP-4 in the hindbrain and spinal cord regions is effected by WNT3a and FGF. In the absence of inactivation, BMP-4 causes ectoderm to become epidermis and mesoderm to ventralize to form intermediate and lateral plate mesoderm.

Neural Control Mechanisms

Brainstem Cerebellum Forebrain Peripheral Nervous System divided into two parts (1) the central nervous system (CNS), composed of the brain and spinal cord and (2) the peripheral nervous system, consisting of the nerves, which extend between the brain or spinal cord and the body's muscles, glands, and sense organs (Figure 8-1). For example, branches of the peripheral nervous system go between the base of the spine and the tips of the toes and, although they are not shown in Figure 8-1, between the base of the brain and the internal organs.

Isolated angiitis of the central nervous systen is a recently recognized vasculitic disorder primarily involving the

The majority of patients present with constitutional symptoms (malaise, fever, weight loss), peripheral neuropathy, and gastrointestinal or cutaneous involvement. Peripheral neuropathy is most commonly in the form of painful mononeuritis multiplex or multiple mononeuropathies. Cutaneous lesions are present in 27 to 60 of patients. Vascular purpura is typically papulopetechial. Inflammatory lesions are infrequent, but when present they are the ideal site for biopsy. Livedo reticularis is common. When possible, the biopsy specimen should include the dermis to detect medium-sized vessel involvement. Myalgias and arthralgias are also common. Kidney involvement is diverse and can be vascular or glomerular. According to the type of tissue involvement, it is possible to diagnose two different diseases microscopic polyangiitis when glomerulonephritis is seen, and PAN when vascular nephropathy is observed. Gastrointestinal involvement can be severe and present with...

Mitochondrial Diversity Evidence from Mitochondrial Diseases

In Friedrich's ataxia, an autosomal recessive disease that results in cerebellar ataxia, peripheral neuropathy, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the mutant protein, frataxin, is targeted to the mitochondrial inner membrane and functions to transport iron out of the mitochondrion (47). With the loss of this protein, iron accumulates in the mitochondrial matrix, stimulating the conversion of H202 to by the Fenton reaction. This inactivates the mitochondrial Fe-S center enzymes (complexes I, II, III, and aconitase), which in turn reduces mitochondrial energy production (47). The phenotype of this ataxia is restricted to the central nervous system (CNS) and the heart.

Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency

Chromosomal Perivascular Spaces

The early-childhood form is the usual, or classic, form of MSD. The clinical features are those of infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy with mild signs of mucopolysaccharidosis. Early development can be normal or delayed. Affected children usually acquire the ability to stand and to say a few words, but their development is less well advanced in the presympto-matic period than that of children with infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy. During the 2nd year of life the children develop signs of a progressive en-cephalopathy with loss of acquired abilities, progressive dementia, spasticity, microcephaly, blindness, hearing loss, and difficulties in swallowing. Tendon reflexes are variable. In the final stages there is often areflexia caused by the peripheral neuropathy. Features similar to those of mucopolysaccharidosis may occur early or later in the course of the disease. These include ichthyosis, mild coarsening of the facial features, hepatosplenomegaly, stiff joints, growth...

Structure Function and Information Flow

Forebrain Structure And Function

The human nervous system consists of three major components. The brain and spinal cord together constitute the central nervous system (CNS). Information is transmitted to and from the CNS by means of an enormous network of nerves that make up the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS reaches every tissue of the body. It connects to the CNS via spinal nerves and cranial nerves. The major avenues of information flow through the nervous system are illustrated in Figure 46.1. The afferent portion of the peripheral nervous system carries information to the CNS. We are consciously aware of much of the information that moves through these afferent pathways (for example, vision, hearing, temperature, pain, the position of limbs). We are not consciously aware of other afferent information that is important for physiological regulation (for example, blood pressure, deep body temperature, blood oxygen supply). The efferent portion of the peripheral nervous system carries information from the...

The Th1Th2 Balance Determines Disease Outcomes

The progression of some diseases may depend on the balance between the TH1 and TH2 subsets. In humans, a well-studied example of this phenomenon is leprosy, which is caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an intracellular pathogen that can survive within the phagosomes of macrophages. Leprosy is not a single clinical entity rather, the disease presents as a spectrum of clinical responses, with two major forms of disease, tuberculoid and lepromatous, at each end of the spectrum. In tuberculoid leprosy, a cell-mediated immune response forms granulomas, resulting in the destruction of most of the mycobacteria, so that only a few organisms remain in the tissues. Although skin and peripheral nerves are damaged, tuberculoid leprosy progresses slowly and patients usually survive. In lepromatous leprosy, the cell-mediated response is depressed and, instead, humoral antibodies are formed, sometimes resulting in hypergammaglobulinemia. The myco-bacteria are widely disseminated in macrophages, often...

Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy Krabbe Disease

Krabbe Disease Pictures

Clinical features and course of disease are fairly uniform in early-infantile GLD. During the first few months of life the infants are healthy and their psy-chomotor development is normal. The onset of clinical symptoms occurs between 1 and 6 months of age. Hagberg et al. (1969) distinguish three clinical stages. Stage I is characterized by hyperirritability and periods of crying, particularly when the infants are handled and nursed. They seem to be extremely sensitive to light and noise and often have excessive startle responses. Periods of fever often occur without signs of infection. The muscular tone increases. At the onset of the disease the deep tendon reflexes are normal. There is a stagnation of mental and motor development, soon followed by regression. In sporadic cases convulsions, hemiplegia, or predominant signs of peripheral neuropathy are the presenting abnormalities. Within 2-4 months of onset most patients reach stage II. This stage comprises the subsequent period of...

Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy


Gait, loss of vision, and impaired auditory discrimination. The course of the disease is relentlessly progressive and spastic tetraplegia and dementia become manifest in months. Decreased vision is caused by optic atrophy or bilateral occipital white matter lesions or, more often, a combination of the two. Initially, neurological findings are often asymmetrical with hemiparesis or hemianopia. Frequently noted subsequent problems are dysarthria, dysphagia, and hearing loss. Cerebellar ataxia or sensory disturbances may be present, but are not usually prominent. There are no clinical signs of peripheral nerve dysfunction. Progressive dementia occurs. Epileptic seizures occur and are often multifocal in origin. The pace of deterioration is variable. In the final stage a spastic quadri-plegia is present and a variable degree of decorticate posturing. The affected boys are blind, deaf, and mute. A vegetative state or death is reached in 1-5 years. Most patients die within 2 or 3 years...

Focal High Frequency Electrical Brain Stimulation

Progressive Spastic Ataxia

Interaction with the stimulator becomes feasible through an external device which communicates with the implanted stimulator by means of a wireless connection. Thereby it is possible to vary different stimulation parameters (frequency, amplitude, pulse width etc.), to change the separate electrical contacts into anode, cathode or neutral and to obtain the history of the stimulation and the battery life. Radio-frequency systems, which obviate the need to replace the stimulator once the battery is empty, also exist, but are no longer frequently used because with this system an antenna is stuck to the skin on top of the implanted stimulator. This antenna is connected to an external stimulator via a wire. The patient can then only receive stimulation when carrying the external stimulator, wire and antenna, meaning that stimulation cannot be continued, for example, when bathing or swimming. It may also lead to skin irritation above the implanted stimulator....

Laboratory Aids to Diagnosis

This ratio should be calculated on at least two 24-hour urine collections, as day-to-day variability may occur. A ratio above 6 in adults is elevated. Urinary studies for heavy metals may be useful if a peripheral neuropathy is suspected. Myoglobinuria occurs in several diseases of muscle. Both hemoglobin and myoglobin give positive reactions to orthotolidine and benzidine. Immunoassay and electrophoresis techniques can measure myoglobin. The ammonium sulfate test has often proved unreliable or difficult to interpret. Excretion of acid maltase is decreased in acid maltase deficiency.

Subacute Or Chronic Meningitis

Initiation of empiric chemotherapy should not await the results of CSF cultures (20). Isoniazid and pyrazinamide have excellent penetration of the blood-CSF and blood-brain barriers even under noninflamed conditions and hence form the backbone of all antituberculosis therapy. Treatment of tuberculous meningitis in non-AIDS patients should be initiated with isoniazid, rifampicin, and pyrazinamide. Pyridoxine is given to prevent isoniazid-induced peripheral neuropathy. If antimicrobial resistance is suspected, ethambutol may also be added. Once a clinical response is noted, pyrazi-namide and ethambutol may be discontinued (usually after 2 mo of treatment). Isoniazid and rifampicin should be continued for 9-12 mo. In patients with HIV infection it is recommended that treatment be initiated with four drugs isoniazid rifampicin the third drug, which should be either ethambutol or pyrazinamide to and the fourth drug, which should be streptomycin, rifabutin, or clofazimine. The recommended...

Current Limitations Possible Solutions and Enhancement Technologies

Second, implants today are placed in sensory pathways that have been severed before. With a lesion in the central nervous system there usually is little chance of natural regeneration. To the contrary, other elements in the severed pathway degenerate, too, when not in use. An early station in the auditory pathway for instance, the spiral ganglion, may lose as many as 75 of its cells when the hearing nerve is severed. The same is true for the peripheral sensory and motor elements one a peripheral nerve is cut off. Degeneration may be delayed by delivering protective substances or continuous electrical stimulation to the structures at risk of degeneration. There are also attempts to place implants at a higher level in the sensory pathway (e.g. the colliculus inferior or the hearing cortex in the auditory path) where degeneration after nerve injury is minimal.

The Pathophysiology Of Pain Production

The sensation of pain represents a complex series of events designed to protect the central nervous system (CNS). The integration of multiple components of the neuroaxis begins with activation of specific nociceptors, signaling potential injury to sensory fibers and potential damage to the CNS. This type of neuropathic pain is considered maladaptive, yielding harmful sequelae. Nocice-ptive pain is, however, more of a warning to the rest of the body, indicating some form of injury, signifying that further investigation and action is warranted (5). Nociceptors are not specialized pain receptors, but rather they are simply bare nerve endings in the periphery. In 1965, Melzack and Wall first described the gate control theory of pain, which integrates the anatomic pain pathways and several psychological pain models (6). The gate control theory of pain proposes a neural mechanism in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord that acts like a gate, blocking or allowing the transmission of pain...

Parsonageturner Syndrome

The clinical symptoms and signs of Parsonage-Turner syndrome can mimic a wide range of disease entities, such as rotator cuff disease, cervical radiculop-athy, spinal cord tumor, and peripheral nerve compression. Differentiation of the entity from compressive neuropathy of the suprascapular nerve can be particularly confusing. Useful features in distinguishing Parsonage-Turner syndrome from suprascapular nerve entrapment include the more insidious onset of pain and lack of spontaneous resolution of symptoms noted in the latter entity. MRI detection of paralabral ganglions or other impinging mass lesions within the suprascapular notch is also supportive of suprascapular nerve entrapment 34 . MRI can also be useful in excluding other disease entities such as rotator cuff tear, which can clinically mimic Parsonage-Turner syndrome.

Metachromatic Leukodystrophy

Metachromatic Leukodystrophy Mri

On rare occasions the clinical picture is dominated by extrapyramidal features. Clinical symptoms of a peripheral neuropathy are often lacking, and deep tendon reflexes are usually brisk. Optic atrophy develops. Seizures occur in about 50 of the patients. Eventually complete tetraplegia with decerebration posture, brain stem dysfunction, and profound dementia evolves. Death usually occurs 5-10 years after onset. The adult form usually reveals itself between 16 and 30 years. Onset of the disease at 60 years or later has also been described. Most patients experience a gradual decline in intellectual abilities. At onset the clinical picture is often dominated by emotional lability, behavioral abnormalities, or psychiatric symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations. It is not uncommon for the patient to be treated initially for schizophrenia or a psychotic depression. After several months or years progressive spastic paresis of the arms and legs develops, with increased tendon...

Classification of Myelin Disorders

Interest in CNS myelin dates back to the nineteenth century. In 1854, Virchow was the first to suggest the name 'myelin' when he described the sheaths around axons in the CNS. It is not certain when Schwann (1810-1882) first described the cells since named after him, which supply the myelin sheaths around the peripheral nerve fibers. In 1878, Ranvier described the nodes that have since been given his name in his Le ons sur l'histologie du syst me nerveux. He believed that the nodes prevented the essentially liquid myelin from flowing to the bottom of the nerve fiber (axon). But despite this conviction, he showed considerable insight into the functional role of the myelin sheath,both as an insulator and as a facilitatory agent in CNS functions. It was not until 1960-1961 that the role of the oligodendrocyte in the formation of myelin in the CNS became clear, and this was due to the work of Bunge.

Glial cells are also important components of nervous systems

Schwann Cell

In the peripheral nervous system, Schwann cells wrap around the axons of neurons, covering them with concentric layers of insulating plasma membrane (Figure 44.3). Other glial cells called oligodendrocytes perform a similar function in the central nervous system. Myelin is the covering produced by Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes, and it gives many parts of the nervous system a glistening white appearance. Later in this chapter we will see how the electrical 44.3 Wrapping Up an Axon (a) Schwann cells wrap axons in the peripheral nervous system with layers of myelin, a type of plasma membrane that provides electrical insulation. (b) A myelinated axon, seen in cross section through an electron microscope. 44.3 Wrapping Up an Axon (a) Schwann cells wrap axons in the peripheral nervous system with layers of myelin, a type of plasma membrane that provides electrical insulation. (b) A myelinated axon, seen in cross section through an electron microscope.

Cannabinoid Receptors

Receptor pharmacology studies in the 1980s strongly suggested the existence of specific receptors in the brain mediating cannabinoid effects. In 1990, the first receptor (CB1) was cloned from a rat brain cDNA library and the predicted amino acid sequence identified it as a seven-transmembrane G protein-coupled receptor (Matsuda et al. 1990). The human homolog of the receptor was cloned in 1991 (Gerard et al. 1991) and a second receptor, CB2, was cloned in 1993 from the leukocyte cell line, HL60, and rat spleen (Munro et al. 1993). Both receptors are coupled through Gi and G0 and inhibit adenylyl cyclase as well as a variety of other second messenger and signaling components found in neural and immune tissues (Klein et al. 2003 Howlett et al. 2004). CBi receptor orthologs have been demonstrated in many species from invertebrate sea squirt to humans and the structure is well conserved among these organisms (Anday and Mercier 2005). On the contrary, the structure of CB2 is less conserved...

Saltatory Conduction on Myelinated Axons

Schwann Cell Micrograph

FIGURE 1.2-5 Electron micrograph of the cross section of a myelinated nerve axon. A living glial (Schwann) cell wraps itself around a peripheral nerve axon much like one would wrap electrical tape around a bare wire. The myelin wrapping has two major effects It speeds the conduction of the nerve action potential and it mechanically protects and insulates the axon. (From University of Delaware, Mammalian Histology B408 Web site FIGURE 1.2-5 Electron micrograph of the cross section of a myelinated nerve axon. A living glial (Schwann) cell wraps itself around a peripheral nerve axon much like one would wrap electrical tape around a bare wire. The myelin wrapping has two major effects It speeds the conduction of the nerve action potential and it mechanically protects and insulates the axon. (From University of Delaware, Mammalian Histology B408 Web site

The General Reflex

Reflex Arc Components

From the receptor organ, the stimulus is carried to the CNS by way of an afferent (sensory) neuron within the appropriate peripheral nerve. The cell body of this afferent neuron is located in the posterior root ganglion of a spinal nerve or the individual ganglion of a cranial nerve. d. In the spinal cord, the cell bodies of the efferent (motor) neurons make up the anterior column of the gray matter. In the brainstem, the motor neurons make up the individual nuclei of the cranial nerves. The axon of the motor neuron passes out of the CNS by way of the appropriate peripheral nerve. Command information is thus carried away from the CNS.

Active and passive motion of the MTP and interphalangeal joints

Ulceration may be the consequence of underlying bony prominences, altered protective sensation as in diabetic neuropathy, or systemic vascular insufficiency. 1. Charcot's arthropathy may develop in diabetics with peripheral neuropathy. The resulting destruction of normal foot architecture leads to deformity and ulceration.

Structure Of The Nervous System

We shall now survey the anatomy and broad functions of the major structures of the nervous system future chapters will describe these functions in more detail. First, we must deal with some potentially confusing terminology. Recall that a long extension from a single neuron is called an axon or a nerve fiber and that the term nerve refers to a group of many nerve fibers that are traveling together to the same general location in the peripheral nervous system. There are no nerves in the central nervous system. Rather, a group of nerve fibers traveling together in the central nervous system is called a pathway, a tract, or, when it links the right and left halves of the central nervous system, a commissure. The cell bodies of neurons having similar functions are often clustered together. Groups of neuron cell bodies in the peripheral nervous system are called ganglia (singular, ganglion), and in the central nervous system they are called nuclei (singular, nucleus), not to be confused...

Mitochondrial Encephalopathy with Lactic Acidosis and Strokelike Episodes

Hashimoto Encephalopathy Mri

Mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes constitute the MELAS acronym. The disease shows maternal inheritance with considerable intrafamilial variation in expression of the disease. The age at onset varies between 3 months and 40 years, but in most cases first signs and symptoms occur before adulthood. Early development is normal in the majority of patients. The first manifestations of disease usually belong to the group of general features of encephalomyopathies. Growth disturbance and epileptic seizures are the most frequent first symptoms. The disease is progressive with increasing symptomatology. Learning disabilities, cognitive regression, exercise intolerance, and limb weakness are frequent manifestations of the disease. The myopathic features are rarely very prominent in MELAS. Stroke-like episodes are rarely early signs of the disease but have occurred before the age of 40 years in almost all patients. The stroke-like events give rise...

Neurochemical Transmission

The details of synaptic events in chemical transmission were originally described for PNS synapses. CNS synapses appear to use similar mechanisms, with the important difference that muscle and gland cells are the targets of transmission in peripheral nerves, whereas neurons make up the postsynaptic elements at central synapses. In the central nervous system, glial cells also play a crucial role in remov-

Congenital Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism

Congenital abnormalities leading to hypogonadotropic hypogonadism are rare but are well described (Table 1). Congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CHH) is usually the consequence of deficient GnRH secretion or function. CHH can occur by itself (normosmic CHH) or can be associated with anosmia and other midline defects and is termed Kallmann syndrome. Mutations in both LH-P and FSH-P subunits have been reported to cause CHH. Recently, leptin and leptin-R gene mutations have also been demonstrated to cause hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. CHH may also be associated with impaired production of other pituitary hormones, often resulting from reduced or absent expression of transcription factors such as PROP-1 or HEXS-1. Finally, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism can be a component of complex syndromes with multiple somatic abnormalities, such as morbid obesity (Prader-Willi), cerebellar ataxia (26), cranial nerves palsies and peripheral neuropathy (27), congenital spherocy-tosis (28). CHH is...

Mechanical incongruity of the joint

Loss of pain or proprioception leads to decreased joint protection and subsequent secondary OA. Examples of diseases responsible for the development of neuropathic arthropathy include diabetes, syphilis, pernicious anemia, spinal cord trauma, and peripheral nerve injury. Radiographic findings reveal severe OA changes with loss of cartilage, exuberant osteophyte formation, bizarre bony overgrowth, fragmentation of subchondral bone with pathologic fractures, and eventually disintegration of the joint structure.

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).

Compression Fractures

Thoracic Vertebral Compression Fracture

Mild weakness may persist for days or weeks. If the fracture compromises the cord, reflex changes from cor-ticospinal tract dysfunction can follow and include hyper-reflexia, sensory loss, loss of sphincter control, and weakness of the lower extremities. Deep tendon reflexes can be helpful in clinical assessment. Absence of deep tendon reflexes implies dysfunction at the peripheral nerve or root level. In the setting of diffuse reduction of the deep tendon reflexes, the test for Babinski's sign of upper motor neuron involvement may help determine whether there is brain or cord involvement. Stroking along the plantar surface of the foot may cause dorsiflexion of the great toe and fanning of the others (Fig. 9).

An Overview Of The Autonomic Nervous System

Coordination of the body's activities by the nervous system was the process of sympathy in classical anatomic and physiological thinking. Regulation of the involuntary organs came to be associated with the portions of the nervous system that were located, at least in part, outside the standard spinal cord and peripheral nerve pathways. The ganglia, located along either side of the spine in the thorax and abdominal regions and somewhat detached from the nerve trunks destined for the limbs, were found to be associated with involuntary bodily functions and, therefore, desig

Clostridium botulinum Botulism

Classic botulism results from eating spoiled foods in which the toxin has been produced under anaerobic conditions by C. botulinum. The toxin is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, and then transported to the peripheral nervous system in the bloodstream.

Endocrine myopathies

EMG reveals myopathic changes and characteristic afterpotentials of myotonia. Serum muscle enzymes are usually normal, and creatinuria is rare. Histopathologic features are similar to those of other dystrophies however, there may be prominent rows of sarcolemmal nuclei, spirals of myofibrils, and areas of clear sarcoplasm, devoid of myofibrils. Type 1 fiber atrophy is present. Peripheral nerves and anterior horn cells are normal. This disease is associated with an expanded cytosine-thymine-guanine (CTG) repeating motif in the noncoding region of the myotonin protein kinase gene. B. Toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasma gondii has been proved to cause myositis in an occasional patient. A recent case report of a patient with polymyositis and cerebellar ataxia is an example of this problem. The patient had severe muscle cramps, coarse fasciculations, and no weakness or muscle tenderness. Serum CK was markedly elevated. EMG indicated a chronic peripheral neuropathy. Muscle biopsy...

Herpes Virus Infections 51 Varicella Zoster

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the presence of pain more than 1 mo after onset of the eruption (86). PHN afflicts the elderly much more frequently than the young, occurring in 27-68 of persons age 60 and older, compared with 3-10 of persons under age 50 (88). In addition to age, severity of acute pain, rash severity, prodromal symptoms, and the degree of sensory impairment are predictors of PHN (89). Approx 20 of persons with PHN who are over age 60 will have pain for more than 1 yr. The pathological changes seen in PHN include fibrosis and loss of neurons in the dorsal ganglion and axon and myelin loss in the affected side (86). Once PHN develops, treatment of pain is often ineffectual. The great variety of treatments that are available for PHN is an indication that none are very effective. Topical formulations of aspirin and anesthetics, such as lidocaine and prilocaine, may provide some short-term benefit (86). Capsaicin cream, which depletes the neurotransmitter, substance P, is...

Evolutionary Development of the Vertebrate Brain

In vertebrates, the nervous system is much more advanced than the primitive systems of invertebrates. The vertebrate brain is an anterior enlargement of the dorsal hollow nerve cord that develops above the notochord in all chordates. This swelling of the nerve cord allows development of a large collection of neurons that receive, process, and store information, and determine what the organism's response to that information will be. The central nervous system consists of the brain at the anterior end of the nerve cord and the spinal cord behind it, encased in a skull and vertebral column of bone or cartilage. The rest of the vertebrate nervous system is called the peripheral nervous system, with nerve fibers bundled into nerves. Clusters of the cell bodies of neurons in the central nervous system are called nuclei, while the same kind of clusters in the peripheral nervous system are called ganglia.

Clinical Focus Box 351

Diabetic neuropathy typically involves symmetric sensory loss in the distal lower extremities or autonomic neuropathy, leading to impotence, GI dysfunction, or anhidrosis (lack of sweating) in the lower extremities. The diabetic foot is an example of several complicating factors exacerbating one another. About 50 to 70 of non Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is also a common complication of long-standing diabetes. This disorder usually involves sensory nerves and those of the autonomic nervous system. Many persons with diabetes experience diminished sensation in the extremities, especially in the feet and legs, which compounds the problem of diminished blood flow to these areas (see Clinical Focus Box 35.1). Often, impaired sensory nerve function results in lack of awareness of severe ulcerations of the feet caused by reduced blood flow. Men may develop impotence, and both men and women may have impaired bladder and bowel function.

Future Directions

New Laser Solders and Dyes to Assist Soldering. New biocompatible materials for tissue bonding will broaden the scope and applicability of tissue bonding. A major emphasis is to use light activation at the wavelengths and outputs provided by inexpensive diode lasers. For example, McNally et al. (1999) have reported the use of solid protein solder strips containing indo-cyanine green dye that strongly absorbs at the commonly available GaAlAs diode laser wavelength of 800nm for peripheral nerve repair.

Symptoms related to involvement of the internal carotid artery

Central nervous system disease can occur in TA secondary to involvement of any of the intracerebral arteries and produce seizures, cerebral vascular accidents, or abnormal mental status. Peripheral nerve involvement is rare. As a result of the relative inaccessibility of intracranial vessels and the high prevalence of arteriosclerotic vascular disease in older patients, the frequency with which TA leads to significant ischemic central nervous system disease is not known.

Tricyclic Antidepressants

Tricyclic antidepressants have multiple mechanisms of action and have been most thoroughly studied in the treatment of neuropathic pain. They function by decreasing depression and, thereby decreasing the amplification of pain. They also decrease the inhibitory neurotrans-mitters norepinephrine and serotonin, thereby amplifying the impact of the body's own mechanisms to inhibit pain transmission.

Non CancerRelated Pain

In the American study, two thirds of the patients were suffering pain of noncancerous origin. The most common pain type was failed back syndrome (42.4 ). Other pain syndromes treated included complex regional pain syndrome (5.6 ), postherpetic neuralgia (5.1 ), and peripheral nerve injury (3.7 ). The most common screening technique was continuous epidural infusion (35.3 ), followed by bolus intrathecal injection (33.7 ). More than half (77.6 ) underwent psychological screening. Morphine was by far the most commonly infused drug (95.5 ), but a wide variety of medications were used. Doses for neuropathic pain tended to be higher at 6 months than for somatic or visceral pain. Nearly one fifth (19.8 ) of patients were treated with a local anesthetic (bupiv-acaine) as an adjuvant to morphine. These patients exhibited a linear increase in dose over time, eventually reaching stable levels by one year at 9.2 mg 24 h. By physician report, 52.4 of the patients had excellent pain relief, 42.9...

General considerations

In 'developed' countries clinical examination often reveals evidence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in patients over the age of 60. In the great majority of cases the underlying pathology is atherosclerosis affecting large and medium-sized vessels. The general history should accordingly focus on the family history of premature arterial disease and on the risk factors associated with atheroma. Diabetes is particularly important because it is associated with atheroma that develops early, progresses rapidly, and is widespread in distribution. Furthermore, the clinical manifestations of diabetic arterial disease are frequently exacerbated by coexisting peripheral neuropathy and microangiography.

Nervous Systems Of Vertebrates

Axon an extension of a neuron's cell membrane that conducts nerve impulses from the neuron to the point or points of axon termination gray matter the part of the central nervous system primarily containing neuron cell bodies and unmyelinated axons interneuron a central nervous system neuron that does not extend into the peripheral nervous system and is interposed between other neurons myelinated axon an axon surrounded by a glistening sheath formed when a supporting cell has grown around the axon neural integration continuous summation of the incoming signals acting on a neuron

Postinfectious Complications

GBS is an acute inflammatory polyneuropathy resulting in neuromuscular paralysis. Approximately 5 of patients with GBS die, and 20 of patients are left with some chronic disability (Altekruse et al., 1999). Approximately 1 in 1000 C. jejuni infections may be complicated by GBS (Nachamkin et al., 2000 Allos and Blaser, 1995b). Recent studies suggest that antibody cross-reactivity occurs between C. jejuni surface polysaccharides and GM1 or other peripheral nerve gangliosides (Jacobs et al., 1996, 1998 Moran, 1997). Most GBS-related C. jejuni strains belong to the specific Penner serotypes 0 19 and 0 41 (Fujimoto et al., 1992 Kuroki et al., 1993, Lastovica et al., 1997).

Two Major Subdivisions

In the ANS, there are always two neurons (one after the other) connecting the CNS with the visceral organ. The cell bodies of the second neurons form a collection outside the CNS, called a ganglion. Processes of these postganglionic neurons extend to the visceral organs. Those processes going to peripheral visceral organs are included with the peripheral nerves.

And Laboratory Investigations

Adult polyglucosan body disease (APBD) is a rare autosomal recessive neurological disorder with an onset in the fifth to seventh decade of life. The clinical features consist of pyramidal tract signs, peripheral neuropathy with motor deficits, and usually pronounced distal sensory loss predominantly involving the lower limbs, hyper- or hypoactive reflexes, and urinary incontinence due to a neurogenic bladder. Most patients develop dementia, especially in the later stages of the disease. Cerebellar ataxia, extrapyramidal movement abnormalities, and seizures may occur. Some patients have predominantly signs of upper and lower motor dysfunction, prominent wasting of muscles, and fasciculations, suggesting a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The clinical course is progressive. The interval between onset of symptoms and death ranges from 3 to 21 years. CSF protein levels are usually elevated. Neurophys-iological studies show signs of an axonal sensorimo-tor peripheral neuropathy...

Side Effects and Complications

Technical problems due to the limited life of batteries. The most important problem the Leuven-Antwerp team was confronted with initially was the battery power source of the stimulation devices. It needed to be replaced surgically every four to twelve months. This kind of surgery can be undertaken as outpatient treatment and under local anaesthetic, but puts the patient at risk of infections and can damage the extension cables. In patients 7, 9 and 10 the amplitudes employed approached the level of amplitudes used for the electrical brain stimulation in movement disorders and chronic pain. However, it is too early to state that the battery problem has been solved. On the other hand, Medtronic Inc. has built a stimulator with a rechargeable battery, which is being tested in patients with chronic neuropathic pain, and which could be recharged by wearing a belt now and then for a period of

Invasion of the Central Nervous System

The other important route of infection of the central nervous system is via the peripheral nerves, as seen, for example, in rabies, varicella, and herpes simplex. Viruses may pass either (1) centripetally from the body surface to the sensory ganglia or (2) centrifugally from the ganglia to the skin, as in the reactivation of herpes simplex or varicella (as zoster). 1 he rate of travel is quite slow, at up to 10 mm per hour Herpesvirus capsids travel to the central nervous system in axon cytoplasm, and while doing so also sequentially infect the Schwann cells of the nerve sheath. Rabies virus travels to the central nervous system in axon cytoplasm without infecting cells of the nerve sheath. Following an animal bite, the virus enters the axon cytoplasm from motor axon terminals at neuromuscular junctions less commonly, after exposure to rabies virus aerosols (as among speleologists in some parts of the world), it passes up the olfactory nerve.

Time Varying Magnetic Gradient Fields

From a safety standpoint, the primary concern with regard to time-varying magnetic fields is cardiac fibrillation, because it is a life-threatening condition. In contrast, peripheral nerve stimulation is of practical concern because uncomfortable or intolerable stimulations would interfere with the examination (e.g., patient movements) or would even result in a termination of the examination. Recommendations on limiting patient and volunteer exposure to time-varying magnetic fields are based primarily on the extensive investigations on peripheral nerve stimulation in humans performed at Purdue University (Schaefer et al., 2000 Nyenhuis et al., 2001). In the reported studies, data were obtained for the perception threshold, the threshold for uncomfortable stimulation, and the threshold for intolerable stimulation during exposure to gradient fields. The results indicate that the lowest percentile for intolerable stimulation is approximately 20 above the median...

Local Anesthetics

Also used in the treatment of neuropathic pain have been intravenous lidocaine and oral mexiletine. While these drugs clearly have central effects, they also have peripheral effects because they decrease the spontaneous activity of peripheral pain generators. Years ago, studies indicated that there may be an increase in the incidence of cardiac arrhythmia in patients who received these agents immediately after experiencing a myocardial infarction. Thus, local anesthetics must be used cautiously in patients with comorbid cardiac disease.

Word About Anatomy

Three fairly distinct components make up the nervous system in the human body the central nervous system, which is somewhat analogous to the main processing unit of a computer the peripheral nervous system (PNS), which links the CNS to the muscles and the sympathetic nervous system, which links the CNS to the internal organs (see figure). The CNS has two major parts, the brain and spinal cord, which in turn have several subdivisions, each of which plays a unique role in regulating the functions of the body. The peripheral nervous system (PNS) is responsible for transmitting electrical messages between the spinal cord and the muscles, including those of the arms and legs. This system also contains myelin, although it is made by a different cell type than the oligo, a cell that does not appear to be affected by MS. Thus, although it is not uncommon to find leg or arm weakness in MS, the problem lies in the central conduction system (the brain and spinal cord), not in the peripheral...


Opioids, which have demonstrated efficacy in both nonneuropathic and neuropathic pain, remain one of the more controversial agents used in the management of pain. There is no ceiling effect for opioids used to treat pain, and patients rarely become addicted to the medications when appropriately prescribed. Whenever possible, opioids should be given according to a time-contingent rather than a pain-contingent regimen. Physicians who adopt modern behavioral approaches believe that this minimizes the risk of psychological dependence.

Neoplasms C00D48

C47 I Malignant neoplasm of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system Includes sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves and ganglia C47.0 Peripheral nerves of head, face and neck Excludes peripheral nerves of orbit ( C69.6 ) C47.1 Peripheral nerves of upper limb, including shoulder C47.2 Peripheral nerves of lower limb, including hip C47.3 Peripheral nerves of thorax C47.4 Peripheral nerves of abdomen C47.5 Peripheral nerves of pelvis C47.6 Peripheral nerves of trunk, unspecified C47.8 Overlapping lesion of peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system See note 5 at the beginning of this chapter C47.9 Peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system, unspecified peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system ( C47.- ) peritoneum ( C48.- ) retroperitoneum ( C48.0 )


Connective tissue of orbit Extraocular muscle Peripheral nerves of orbit Retrobulbar tissue Retro-ocular tissue peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system ( D36.1 ) retro-ocular tissue ( D31.6 ) D36.1 Peripheral nerves and autonomic nervous system Excludes peripheral nerves of orbit ( D31.6 ) D36.7 Other specified sites

MarkS Cohen

Roentgenograms were obtained of the hand including the wrist. They were within normal limits. Electrical studies were obtained and revealed a complete ulnar nerve lesion at the wrist level with denervation present in all ulnar nerve innervated intrinsic muscles tested (interossei and hypothenar muscles). No reinnervation potentials were present. The thenar muscles were electrically normal and there was no evidence of a peripheral neuropathy or radiculopathy. Brachial plexus injury Upper plexus Lower plexus Cervical root compression Peripheral nerve dysfunction

Adult Human Cells

When it became obvious that adrenal implants had failed in the case of PD, the idea of autologous transplants did not vanish, because of the advantage of avoiding immunological problems and the absence of the need for a donor. Combined adrenal chromaffin peripheral nerve tissue (Date et al. 1997) or chromaffin Sertoli cell implants (Date et al. 1997 Sanberg et al. 1997), stellate ganglion or globoid bodies (Itakura et al. 1997 Nakao et al. 2001 Arjona et al. 2003) were used in small cohorts of PD patient as a corollary of successful studies in rat and or monkey models. The ethical evaluation in these cases concerns the possible loss of function due to the removal of (dopamine-producing) cells elsewhere in the body. This aspect is a minor one if cells for transplantation originate from e.g. a skin biopsy, as in the studies in AD patients with genetically modified NGF-producing fibroblasts (Tuszynski et al. 2005). An obvious exclusion criterion will be the autologous cellular treatment...


Bernstein et al. 17 , in an open study with metronidazole 20 mg kg day on patients with longstanding perianal fistulae, observed an initial clinical response in 20 21, with complete healing at 8 weeks in 56 of cases. However, at follow-up, 78 of these patients recurred 4 months after discontinuation and only 5 of 18 patients could discontinue the metronidazole 18 . Other open studies with metronidazole confirmed closure rates of perianal Crohn's fistula of 35-50 19-21 . Clinical improvement is usually seen within the first 6-8 weeks. So far, no controlled trials have been performed on the short and long-term efficacy of metronidazole on fistulae healing. Based on a cost-utility analysis 21 , metronidazole in combination with an immunomodulatory medication, such as azathioprine (AZA), may be the most cost-effective initial therapy for fistulizing CD. Metronidazole is often poorly tolerated because of adverse effects including paresthesias, dyspepsia, a metallic-taste and a...


Striving for increased mobility means working with whatever strengths and weaknesses you have. Muscle weakness that results from loss of strength in a muscle or group of muscles may occur for many reasons and is common to many diseases. Weakness in muscle itself is seen in muscular dystrophy in diabetic neuropathy the problem lies in the nerve that leads to the muscle and in MS it is caused by a problem in the transmission of electrical impulses to the muscle from within the CNS. This difficulty is the result of demyelination of the involved nerves, usually in the spinal cord but occasionally in the brain.

The Nervous System

The nervous system is a complex part of the human body concerned with the regulation and coordination of body activities such as movement, digestion of food, sleep, and elimination of waste products. The nervous system has two main divisions the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Figure 22-1 illustrates the divisions of the nervous system.

Tumor analysis

Tumors are usually sent out for processing and analysis by a pathologist, but it is worthwhile to try to identify the tissues yourself. Using the illustrations in Chapter 13, it should be possible to identify neural tube, gut, muscle, epithelial (retinal) pigment cells, and cartilage. A wide distribution of structures such as these means that the cells have differentiated into multiple derivatives and were therefore pluripotent before transplant. Although it is common in publications to state that all three embryonic germ layers are represented in a teratoma, this is a naive assessment of the rich complexity of the tissues and structures that differentiate. Ectoderm, for example, gives rise to neural tissue and skin, but also the neural crest, which forms bone, cartilage, peripheral nervous system, and melanocytes.

Laboratory studies

The temporal arteries may occasionally be histologically involved in patients with polyarteritis (see Chapter s ) however, these arteries are rarely abnormal on physical examination, and clinical signs of TA are rarely seen, even in patients with involvement of the temporal arteries. Finally, kidney and peripheral nervous system involvement is rare in TA, even when large vessels are involved.

Neurologic Causes

Peripheral nerve disease presents with loss of deep tendon reflexes and hypotonia. Sensory abnormalities may or may not occur. Characteristically, several peripheral nerves are involved simultaneously. Distal weakness occurs early. These diseases can easily be confused with primary myopathies, especially during later stages when a primary myopathy may have features of proximal and distal weakness, muscle atrophy, and loss of deep tendon reflexes.


The pathology of the nervous system is mostly related to vascular changes. Pathological lipid storage occurs in vascular endothelium throughout the brain and spinal cord, leading to thickening of vessel walls and obstruction of vessels resulting in infarcts. Small vessels are particularly involved. Lacunar infarcts are seen in the basal nuclei and central white matter. Larger infarcts may also be seen. The blood vessels of the peripheral nerves are involved as well.


In addition, the brainstem contains nuclei involved in processing information for 10 of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves. These are the peripheral nerves that connect with the brain and innervate the muscles, glands, and sensory receptors of the head, as well as many organs in the thoracic and abdominal cavities (Table 8-8).


To date therapy has been entirely supportive. Hemato-poietic stem cell transplantation has been performed in fucosidase-deficient animals. Following successful engraftment, increased levels of fucosidase activity were found in leukocytes, plasma, and neural and visceral tissue. The enzyme reaches viscera and peripheral nerves rapidly via phagocytes, but it takes months to achieve substantial levels of enzyme activity in the CNS. Long-term engraftment from an early age reduced the severity and slowed the progression of clinical neurological disease in these animals transplantation after the onset of clinical signs was not effective. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been performed in a few patients and the results are promising in those undergoing the transplantation early. At present, it is still uncertain whether early treatment will completely prevent the clinical signs of disease.


This syndrome is not due to direct involvement of the central nervous system (CNS) by tumor or due to the production of catecholamines. It is associated with well-defined IgG and IgM autoantibodies that bind to the cytoplasm of cerebellar Purkinje cells and to some axons in the white matter. They also bind to the large and small axons of the peripheral nerves. Western blot analysis shows a distinctive pattern of binding to several neural proteins of the neurofilaments. The role of these autoantibodies in the pathogenesis of OM is unclear at the present time. Diffuse and extensive lymphocytic infiltration with lymphoid follicles is a characteristic histologic feature of OM. This observation suggests an immune-mediated mechanism for this rare syndrome.

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