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Pain with Diseases of the Peripheral Nerves and Roots Neuropathic Pain

Diabetic, vasculitic, toxic, and amyloid polyneuropathies are often painful. The pains are described as stabbing, cutting, twisting, and aching and are usually associated with varying degrees of sensory loss. Some patients with alcoholic-nutritional polyneuropathy complain of burning pain in the feet and hands, and these parts are inordinately sensitive to tactile stimulation and superficial pressure (hyperesthesia or allodynia). Also in these patients, one can usually demonstrate sensory loss. One hypothetical explanation for the pain is that the larger sensory fibers have been lost, upsetting the balance in favor of the smaller fibers. Dyck and colleagues were unable to identify any single feature of a nerve lesion or the location or pattern of fiber loss that correlated with neuropathic pain, except possibly axonal injury. Asbury and Fields

Peripheral Nervous System

The peripheral nervous system consists of the sensory receptors such as those that recognize touch or heat in the skin or visual stimuli in the retina of the eye, and the nerves which communicate the stimuli to the brain. The peripheral nervous system is often subdivided into two parts, according to function the somatic portion, which recognizes stimuli in the external environment such as on the skin, and the autonomic portion, which recognizes changes in the internal environment, such as hormone or mineral concentrations in the bloodstream. The somatic portion of the peripheral nervous system in humans consists of twelve pairs of nerves which originate in the brain and which transmit sensory input from the body. For example, nerve endings in the retina of the eye transmit images to the brain sensory fibers in the face transmit impulses affecting the skin or teeth. An additional thirty-one pairs of nerves emerge from the spinal cord, subdivide into branches, and innervate various...

Therapies For Injured Peripheral Nerve

Crush injuries of peripheral nerves regenerate relatively well because the proximal and distal segments of the nerve remain aligned so that proximal axon stumps can regenerate into distal endoneurial tubes. Transections, or injuries that necessitate removing segments of nerve, are more difficult to repair. The cut ends of the nerves retract, and it is difficult to suture them back together. Fibroblasts invade the wound space, resulting in the formation of scar tissue that leads sprouting proximal axons to form neuromas. Continuous longitudinal sutures have been used successfully to bridge small gaps in the rat sciatic nerve (Scherman et al., 2004), but this does not suffice for larger gaps. trunks from elsewhere in the body are currently the treatment of choice to bridge gaps in nerves because they contain endoneurial tubes to guide regenerating axons and blood vessels that can quickly connect to the local circulation. The current gold standard is a sensory nerve autograft, such as...

Microsurgical Techniques for Peripheral Nerve Repair

Nowadays, surgical resolution of a disability resulting from a peripheral nerve lesion is no longer an impossible task for the surgeon even if diagnosis and treatment still require a thorough knowledge of the pathophysiology of the nervous system together with the most recent sophisticated microsurgical techniques. Basic knowledge of the pathophysiological processes in a nerve trunk and its neurons after transection injury (degeneration and regeneration) is essential in order to choose the correct surgical treatment, its timing and the rehabilitation program.

Lesions of Single Peripheral Nerves and Roots

With respect to peripheral nerve lesions, the clinical findings will vary depending on whether the affected nerve is predominantly muscular, cutaneous, or mixed. With interruption of a cutaneous nerve, the area of sensory loss is always less than its anatomic distribution because of overlapping innervation from adjacent nerves. Also, for reasons given above, loss of tactile sensation is usually a more accurate measure of a cutaneous nerve lesion than is loss of pain and temperature. Sensory nerve fibers of different sizes and degrees of myelination are susceptible to certain pathologic agents and resistant to others. For example, compression may ablate the function of large touch and pressure fibers and spare the small pain, thermal, and autonomic fibers an opposite effect is produced by ischemia and procaine. Partial nerve lesions, especially after some degree of regeneration, may cause mixtures of hypes- FIG. 9-3 The cutaneous fields of peripheral nerves. (From W Haymaker, B...

Contribution Of The Nervous System In Tendon Healing

Using immunohistochemical techniques, this group showed that abundant neuronal ingrowth was present in the early phases of healing rat tendon. Interestingly, there was effective, complete regression of these neurons by 12-16 wk after the start of healing. Furthermore, a temporal pattern of specific neuropeptide expression was observed that correlated with the nociceptive responses of experimental animals. They hypothesized that the peripheral nervous system may modulate neuropeptide expression in relation to the phase of tendon healing (10). These findings seem to raise the question of whether coupling of nociceptive and healing responses in animals may provide a protective function by optimizing the physical environment in which tendons undergo healing.

Additional Reading

Asbury AK, Fields HL Pain due to peripheral nerve damage An hypothesis. caused by sensitized C nociceptors. Brain 112 621, 1989. Dyck PJ, Lambert EH, O'Brien PC Pain in peripheral neuropathy related to rate peripheral nerve injury. Science 251 1608, 1991. Scadding JW Neuropathic pain, in Asbury AK, McKhann GM, McDonald WI

Peripheral Sensory Mechanisms

Each afferent channel consists of a cell body located in the dorsal root ganglion and two extensions (1) a peripheral nerve fiber (axon) with its multiple terminal endings (unitary receptive field) and (2) a central axon connected to the spinal cord or, in the case of a cranial sensory nerve, to a sensory nucleus in the brainstem. The ensemble of the nerve cell body and its peripheral and central axons is called the pri-

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

This is the name applied to a group of painful states that commonly affect the arm and hand the leg and foot are less frequently involved. The syndrome occurs in a number of clinical settings, so varied as to suggest more than one mechanism. These include shoulder injury, stroke, myocardial infarction (all of which result in immobilization of the arm), and partial traumatic interruption of peripheral nerves. Pain in the shoulder, arm, and hand, often causalgic (intense burning pain with allodynia), is accompanied by dystrophic and autonomic disturbances that may exceed sensory loss. When osteoporosis develops in the forearm and hand, the condition is called Sudeck's atrophy. Causalgic-type pain is relieved temporarily by prolonged cooling. The pathogenesis is not fully understood. Since sympathetic block abolishes the pain in more than half the cases, ephaptic excitation of pain fibers by post-ganglionic sympathetic fibers is one of the postulated mechanisms. Another hypothesis...

The Role of Wound Contraction in Dermal Repair

To decrease the area that needs to be covered by epidermis and filled in by scar tissue. Contraction is characterized by the sliding and stretching of perilesional skin over the defect and should not be confused with contracture, which is the shortening of scar tissue, leading to deformity and loss of function. Dermal contraction accounts for a much greater percentage of wound closure in rodents than in pigs or humans (figure 2.5). In vivo, contraction accounts for up to 90 of wound closure in mice (Yannas, 2001). In humans, less than 50 of excisional wound closure is due to contraction the majority is due to scar tissue formation. In addition to dermis, contraction has been shown to help close wounds in peripheral nerve, ligaments, ureter, esophagus, and duodenum (Yannas, 2001).

Positioning injuries as seen by the neurologist

Ries can be avoided as a rule 13, 26, 52, 53 . The basic principles in the pathogenesis of position-induced nerve lesions have been clarified for a long time. Prevention of such lesions entails all doctors and nursing staff responsible for positioning being acquainted with these principles and being capable of recognising which positioning endangers the peripheral nerves. All physiological movements subject the peripheral nerves to a certain stretching load. Their histological structure prepares them well for such load. Sustained, extreme stretching load can cause nerve paralysis. When a critical stretching limit is exceeded, this causes occlusion of the intraneural blood vessels, initially the venules, then also the arterioles and capillaries. Greater stretching causes histologically verifiable changes to the myelin sheaths, axons and connective tissues. The extent of structural injuries depends on the strength and duration of stretching. Abrupt extreme stretching is not well...

Examples of Specific Isozyme Functions

However, one striking difference between knockout and wild-type mice has been characterized mice lacking protein kinase Cy display reduced responses to nonnoxious pain stimuli following painful stimulation such as resulting from nerve injury, reduction in a phenomenon referred to as neuropathic pain. Studies with knockout mice in protein kinase Ce have also implicated this isozyme as a potential target for pain and, also, anxiety, for example, mice lacking this isozyme display less anxiety in response to threatening situations. Targeted disruption of the gene encoding protein kinase CP results in mice with an impaired immune response, with analysis of B cells from these mice revealing that the P isozymes are involved in B-cell activation. However, the molecular basis for many of the physiological differences observed in knockout mice is largely unresolved.

Diagnostic Utility

Chromogranin A is expressed by other neural tumors in the skin, none of which would be in the histologic differential diagnosis of Merkel cell carcinoma (Table 3). These tumors include primary mucinous eccrine carcinomas, a minority of cellular neurothekeomas, and occasional malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (32-34). In all cases, however, there are antibodies that are more useful in arriving at these diagnoses than anti-chromogranin A. While not totally specific for Merkel cell carcinomas, the presence of chromogranin A positivity in a primary cutaneous neoplasm with histologic features of a Merkel cell carcinoma would certainly be strong confirmatory evidence. However, neuroendocrine carcinomas metastatic to the skin would not be excluded based upon this finding (35).

Cii Regional analgesia

Single shot brachial plexus and major peripheral nerve blocks can provide 12 to 24 hours analgesia. To avoid the sudden return of severe pain as the block wears off, start suitable sequential analgesia (see section 8.c.i) before the block fully wears off and ensure that it is taken regularly.

Central Nervous System

The brain is subdivided into four major functional areas. The cerebrum, the largest portion of the brain, regulates sensory and motor functions. The convolutions characteristic of the human brain represent the physical appearance of the cerebrum. The brain stem connects the brain with the spinal cord, carrying out both sensory and motor functions. The diencephalon consists of the thalamus, the relay center for sensory functions entering the cerebrum, and the hypothalamus, which controls much of the peripheral nervous system activity and regulates endocrine processes. The fourth portion of the brain is the cerebellum, the rear of the brain where voluntary muscle activity is controlled.

Endorphins and the Placebo Effect

Enkephalins, discovered in 1975, block pain impulses within the central nervous system in ways similar to the drug morphine. The second class of molecules, subsequently called endorphins, was discovered soon afterward. They appear to act through suppression of pain impulses through suppression of a chemical called substance P. Substance P is released by neurons in the brain, the result of pain impulses from receptors in the peripheral nervous system. By inhibiting the release of substance P, these neuropeptides suppress sensory pain mechanisms. In support of a physiological basis for the placebo effect, patients treated with the endorphin antagonist naloxon produced no discernable response to placebo treatment.

Specific recommendations for inhibitor use

Analysis of a second myelin protein, in this case one from the peripheral nervous system, showed that the use of TICK does not provide a universal answer to myelin-associated proteolytic problems. The 170 kDa protein is detected by immunoblotting using specific antiserum and, in addition to a major 170 kDa band, a series of faster (lower Mr) bands are apparent, a symptom characteristic of stepwise proteolytic degradation (Figure 2b). Proteinase inhibitors, including TLCK, were again screened but no single agent afforded complete protection. The problem was solved by using a cocktail of inhibitors. The 170 kDa protein is probably especially vulnerable to proteolytic attack because of its size and needs far more stringent protection than the CNPase despite the similarity of the source material.

Syndrome Of Progressive Ataxia

A large number of heredodegenerative diseases fall into this category. No single classification of these diseases is entirely satisfactory, but the one presented in Table 38-1, modified from Greenfield and from Harding, has proved clinically useful. Most begin in adolescence or early adult life, are slowly progressive, and variably associated with ocular palsies, retinal degeneration, deafness, and peripheral neuropathy. One group affects mainly the Portuguese (Machado-Joseph disease). An account of the hereditary ataxias, even the most clearly defined ones, is beyond the scope of this handbook the reader is referred to the Principles and to the monographs of Greenfield and of Harding, listed in the references.

Neurotoxicity 751 Isoniazid

As well as being implicated as a hepatotoxin, the antitubercular drug isoniazid may also cause peripheral neuropathy with chronic use. In practice this can be avoided by the concomitant administration of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). In experimental animals, however, chronic dosing with isoniazid causes degeneration of the peripheral nerves. The biochemical basis for this involves interference with vitamin B6 metabolism. Isoniazid In man peripheral neuropathy due to isoniazid is influenced by the acetylator phenotype (see page 135), being predominantly found in slow acetylators. This is probably due to the higher plasma level of isoniazid in this phenotype. In this case, therefore, acetylation is a detoxication reaction, removing the isoniazid and rendering it unreactive towards pyridoxal phosphate.

Antiangiogenesis agents

Thalidomide is a glutamic acid derivative thought to have antiangiogenic activity. A randomized, phase II trial of 63 patients utilized low-dose (200 mg daily) and high-dose (up to 1200 mg daily) thalidomide in AIPC patients.47 Prior cytotoxic treatment was allowed. The high-dose arm was terminated early as none of the 13 patients enrolled had a 50 reduction in PSA. The low-dose arm was then expanded to 50 patients. Nine patients (14 ) had a 50 decline in PSA. Four patients (6 ) had a PSA decline of 50 that was sustained for > 150 days. No complete or partial responses were seen in patients with measurable disease on CT scan or bone scan. A total of 560 adverse events were reported. The most common complaints were fatigue, constipation and peripheral neuropathy. Median survival for all 63 patients is 15.8 months.

Mononeuropathies And Plexopathies

Here the diagnosis rests on the finding of motor, reflex, or sensory changes confined to the territory of a single nerve (or a plexus of nerves) and the presence of other data pointing to the cause. Table 45-2 lists the most frequent entities that make up this category of peripheral nerve disease. Table 45-3 provides a somewhat different perspective namely, listing particular muscle actions, the principal muscles involved in these actions, and their radicular and peripheral innervation.

A Recommended reading

Plasticity in the spinal cord sensory map following peripheral nerve injury in rats. J Neurosci 1981 1 679-684. Koltzenburg M, Torebjork HE, Wahren LK. Nociceptor modulated central sensitization causes mechanical hyperalgesia in acute chemogenic and chronic neuropathic pain. Brain 1994 117 579-591.

Treatment of Local Recurrences

Local recurrent RC represents a major problem to the surgical oncologist, occurs in 4-5 of patients after apparently curative resection and is resectable in only 15-20 of cases. This type of pelvic tumour causes significant morbidity and accounts for 90 of disease-related deaths within five years. Surgical resection is the initial choice of treatment. The objective, if feasible, is removal of both the tumour and primary nodal drainage with as wide a margin around them as possible. If recurrence occurs in patients not previously treated with radiation therapy, pre-operative radiochemotherapy is highly recommended and it is possible to complete the radiation treatment in case of suboptimal resection of the tumour with intraoperative radiation therapy boost (IORT). Patients who achieve a gross total resection at the time of IORT have a markedly better prognosis than those with residual gross disease. The major IORT-related post-operative complications are leakage from anastomoses, deep...

Inhibiting Misfolding by Endogenous Amyloid Binding Proteins

Transthyretin (TTR), a homotetramer with 127 amino acid residue in each chain, is synthesized in the liver and is found in blood plasma and cerebrospi-nal fluid (57). TTR is able to form amyloid which accumulate in different peripheral nerves of patients affected by familial amyloid polyneuropathy or in the heart of people affected by familial amyloid cardiomyopathy (58). It has been published that TTR is a major AP-binding protein in cerebrospinal fluid (59), and further studies demonstrated that TTR is able to prevent formation of AP fibrils in vitro, sequestering AP from cerebrospinal fluid by a stable complex formation (49).

Unconscious Proprioception

The corticospinal tract and related motor pathways synapse in the spinal cord, just before leaving the cord. This anatomic feature is important because motor neurons above the level of this synapse are upper motor neurons (UMN), whereas the peripheral nerve cell bodies in the anterior horn of the cord, and their axonal extensions outside the cord are lower motor neurons (LMN). Upper and lower motor neuron injuries produce different clinical signs. Although lesions at either level result in weakness, the presentations differ.

Potential of Nonregenerating Tissues

Regenerating Cells Muscle

Second, regenerative responses have been induced or enhanced in a number of tissues of experimental animals. Biodegradable, cell-free artificial regeneration templates have been used to induce dermal regeneration in excisional skin wounds and improve regeneration across gaps in peripheral nerves, though the results have been far from perfect (Yannas, 2001). A variety of neuroprotective agents, as well as agents that neutralize molecules inhibitory to axon regeneration, and enzymes that degrade glial scar, have been used to improve spinal cord regeneration and slow the loss of neurons in Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Cell-free ceramic templates can induce bone regeneration across large gaps (Constanz et al., 1995 Yaszemski et al., 1995). Attempts to induce epimorphic limb regeneration from the non- or poorly regenerating limbs of adult frogs have also elicited or enhanced regenerative responses.

Genetic Principles and Technologies in the Study of Immune Disorders

This model for dominant inheritance is called haploinsufficiency. In contrast, more than two copies of a gene may also cause disease inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, as is seen with duplication of the PMP22 gene in Charcot-Marie-Tooth IA peripheral neuropathy (Boerkel et al., 2002) or triplication of the a-synuclein gene in familial Parkinson disease (Singleton et al., 2003).

Clinical Aspects Of Pain

Neuropathic pain is a term that designates painful sensations consequent on lesions in some part of the sensory system, peripheral or central. There is no demonstrable disease in the innervated organs. Scadding has specified the main attributes of neuropathic pain it is usually accompanied by some degree of sensory deficit often it is of burning, aching type, with paroxysms of shooting or stabbing pain there may be hyperesthesia, hyperalgesia, allodynia, or hyperpathia often there are sudomotor or vasomotor sympathetic changes.

Factors Influencing Nerve Regeneration

Different Suture Patterns Pictures

After its reconstruction the peripheral nerve must be kept in a soft and well-vascularized bed. If the lesion is associated to skin problems or necrotic surrounding tissues, the best possible local conditions have to be created with the use of local or distant flaps The more proximal the lesion, the more difficult it will be to obtain a good functional result as fiber mixing increases at the proximal levels. The nerve becomes simpler distally as it leaves its collateral motor or sensory branches. Distally, the terminal branches organize to reach their final targets, so, the best results can be obtained at a distal level. Therefore, from a prognostic point of view, we may divide the possible lesion sites into 4 groups with inferior results from proximal to distal plexus nerve trunks well defined peripheral nerves terminal branches. Scar formation is another factor which has to be technically contrasted as already stated, tension must be avoided while reconstructing peripheral nerve...

Subacute Combined Degeneration SCD and Pernicious Anemia see also p 410

Long-standing deficiency of cobalamin (vitamin B12) has two major effects (1) a macrocytic megaloblastic (pernicious) anemia and (2) a degeneration of the posterior and lateral columns of the spinal cord (and sometimes of brain and peripheral nerves), which may occur independently and precede the hematologic effects. The neurologic disease has been traced to a failure of a cobalamin-dependent enzyme methyl-malonyl-CoA mutase, which is essential for the maintenance of myeli-nated fibers. Clinicalfindings Distressing and persistent paresthesias of the feet and hands are usually the initial symptoms, followed by other signs of posterior column involvement (imbalance, loss of joint position and vibration senses, Romberg sign) and then by weakness and signs of corticospinal disease. In rare instances, visual impairment is an early manifestation of B12 deficiency. The signs of optic neuropathy, if they should appear, occur late in the disease. This is true also of the peripheral nerve...

Clinical Findings and Diagnosis

Leprosy is a chronic disease that affects not only the skin but particularly the peripheral nerves bilaterally. The hands and feet are the anatomical sites where inflammation, characteristic skin lesions, and nerve damage occur in the course of leprosy. The commonest skin lesions are nodules, erythematous plaques, or hypopigmented patches. Symptoms like hypo- or dysaesthesia, together with motor sensory nerve abnormalities and obvious thickening of peripheral nerve branches, suggest the characteristic demyelinating neuropathy of leprosy. Advanced disease manifests with skin atrophy, pigmentary changes, and in severe cases chronic ulceration leading to mutilation and disability (Figure 9.15). Mutilating lesions of the hands and feet result from bone resorption, mechanical trauma, and secondary bacterial infection.

B C to U Rna Editing of NF1

What is the relationship of this form of C to U RNA editing to that described for apoB We have recently revisited the question of C to U RNA editing of NF1 in tumors from patients with neurofibromatosis. These latest findings suggest that C to U RNA editing occurs in only a subset of peripheral nerve sheath tumors and was undetectable in tissues from unaffected subjects. In exploring the features that distinguish tumors, in which C to U RNA editing was demonstrated, two defining characteristics emerged. First, tumors that demonstrated C to U RNA editing were all found to express apobec-1 mRNA, the catalytic deaminase of the apoB RNA-editing holoenzyme (31). This feature is considered particularly relevant since the underlying mechanism of NF1 RNA editing and its relationship, if any, to apoB RNA editing was previously unresolved. It bears emphasis that only those tumors, in which C to U RNA editing of NF1 was found, demonstrated the presence of apobec-1 mRNA. Secondly, alignment of...

Skeletal Muscle Dedifferentiation Produces Progenitor Cells for Limb Regeneration

A major question since the beginning of regeneration research has been which tissues contribute cells to the blastema and by what mechanism. Experiments tracing the origin of the blastema through transplantation of marked tissues showed that the blastema derives from multiple tissues, including dermis, peripheral nerve, bone and muscle.26-31 In these classical experiments, however, the grafted tissue constituted a complex mix of differentiated cells including connective tissue and blood vessels. Therefore the transplantation of tissue did not completely resolve the cellular origin and the mechanism by which the blastema was formed.

Diagnosis Of Paralytic States

An atrophic monoplegia with loss of tendon reflexes points to a lesion of the anterior horn cells or, if there are also sensory or auto-nomic changes, to a lesion of the peripheral nerves. In the absence of atrophy or reflex loss, monoplegia suggests a unilateral spinal cord or, rarely, a cerebral cortical-subcortical lesion. Paraplegia with retained or heightened tendon reflexes (except during the period of spinal shock, when reflexes are absent) indicates involvement of the motor pathways in the thoracic or upper lumbar cord quadriplegia, or tetraplegia, points to interruption of motor tracts in the cervical cord, brainstem, or both cerebral hemispheres. Triplegia is usually a transitional state in the development of quadriplegia, due most often to lesions at the cervicomedullary junction. Lesions of the gray matter of the spinal cord may cause an atrophic, areflexive paralysis of the legs or arms. Paralysis of individual muscles points to a lesion of anterior horn cells or a...

Electrodiagnostic Tests

Muscle weakness and atrophy may be due to a primary disease of muscle (dystrophy or a myopathy of metabolic, toxic, traumatic, or inflammatory type) or to denervation (from disease of anterior horn cells or peripheral nerves), and the two can be readily differentiated by electro-diagnostic methods. The two standard procedures are (1) the demonstration of fibrillation potentials and changes in the size and shape of motor unit potentials (MUPs) by the insertion of needle electrodes into muscles (electromyogram, or EMG) and (2) the percutaneous stimulation of peripheral nerve fibers and recording of muscle and sensory action potentials (motor and sensory nerve conduction studies), expressed as amplitudes compound muscle action potential (CMAP) conduction velocities, and distal latencies. Nerve conduction studies are standard procedures in the study of peripheral nerve disease. Slowing of velocity of nerve conduction, dispersion of the CMAPs, and prolongation of terminal latencies...

Differential Diagnosis

Once it has been ascertained from existent symptoms and signs that there is disease involving many peripheral nerves, three questions must be answered (1) Is the disease in question a polyneuropathy, a radiculopathy or a polyradiculopathy, or a random affection of multiple nerves (mononeuropathy multiplex) (2) What is the time course (3) Is the deficit predominantly due to demyelination or to axonal degeneration The features that distinguish polyneuropathy from mononeuropathy multiplex have already been described, and from an inspection of Tables 45-1 and 45-2 it is apparent that the two categories have a different causation. The multiple neuropathies usually prove to have a systemic vascular, or arteritic, cause whereas the polyneuropathies are of inflammatory, paraproteinemic, metabolic, toxic, nutritional, or heredodegenerative nature. The time course provides helpful etiologic clues. Most acute polyneuropathies, developing over 2 to 3 days, are inflammatory (GBS), vasculitic, or...

Optic Nerve Visual Pathway and Orbit I Optic Nerve and Visual Pathway

Similarly to the olfactory system, the optic nerve is not a peripheral nerve, as it is mostly an evagination of the telencephalon. Retinic photoreceptors, cones and rods, relay the signal for further processing to other retinic neurons bipolar cells, horizontal cells, amacrine cells, retinal ganglion cells, and interplexiform cells. Axons from the ganglion cells form the optic nerve. The potentials generated are transmitted via the optic nerve to the lateral geniculate nucleus (visual information), superior colliculus (somatic reflexes), and pretectal areas (autonomic reflexes). In mammals, visual information is relayed to the thalamic lateral geniculate body, from which optic information is directed to the primary visual cortex through the geniculo-striate projection, or optic radiation. In humans, the cortical area surrounds both walls

Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injuries in Adults

Knowledge of the anatomy of the brachial plexus and of the pathological changes of peripheral nerve lesions allows better understanding of the clinical symptoms and the findings of paraclinical diagnostic examination. Classification of nerve injuries on the other hand, is essential for the therapeutic approach and for the evaluation of the results. In the majority of cases, the injury is the result of motorcycle accidents involving young adults and the lesions are usually more severe. Although a small number of patients spontaneously recover in the early months following trauma, the majority of cases with total palsies diagnosed in the emergency department, do not recover spontaneously.

Multiorgan Toxicity Metals

Toxic metal to which there is wide exposure. Exposure is via inhalation (main source leaded petrol) and ingestion (water, old paint). Multi-organ toxicity occurs with kidneys, central and peripheral nervous system, testes, red cells, bones and gastrointestinal tract all damaged. After initial distribution into red blood cells it is eventually deposited in bone. The main biochemical effect is interference with haem synthesis at several points. Kidney toxicity may be due to lead-protein complexes and inhibition of mitochondrial function. Damage to nerves leads to peripheral neuropathy. Treatment involves use of chelating agents (EDTA).

Nerve Lesions

The surgical treatment of these lesions must take into consideration the various factors which condition nerve regeneration. Therefore, the different techniques of nerve repair are described through the analysis of these factors together with the indications for the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries.

Pain Syndromes

With a few important exceptions (acute headache and acute pain of spinal origin), neurologists are called upon to deal with pain that is chronic or recurrent. The latter types of pain have been subdivided by Gybels and Sweet into two categories One, designated as somatic pain, is thought to be based on prolonged or intermittent activation of noci-ceptors, the same ones that are responsible for the perception of acute pain the other, referred to as central or deafferentation pain, results from a variety of injuries to the nervous system and in our view equates with neuropathic pain. Headache and cervical and lumbosacral spine pains are the main examples of the first category and are considered in Chaps. 10 and 11, respectively. Painful neuropathies, avulsion of the brachial plexus, spinal cord trauma, postzoster neuralgia, and thalamic pain are examples in their classification of deafferentation pain and are described briefly below. The shortcoming of this simple classification is that...

Sensory Syndromes

The location and pattern of sensory findings are of value in topographic diagnosis and thereby, as stated in Chap. 2, in etiologic diagnosis. The type and location of the sensory changes depend strictly on the anatomy of the lesion. The spinal cord is essentially a segmental structure, each segment innervating its own area of skin and muscles thus, one need only consult a map, such as those illustrated in Figs. 9-1 and 9-2, to determine the location of a radicular or segmental spinal cord lesion. Similarly, each peripheral nerve has a more or less constant cutaneous and muscular distribution. Again, it is easier to consult a map, as in Fig. 9-3, than to commit to memory the details of innervation of every part of the body. Useful landmarks are dorsum of the thumb, C6 (radial nerve) fifth finger, C8 (ulnar nerve) nipple line, T4 umbilicus, T10 large toe, L5 (superficial peroneal nerve) and fifth toe, S1 (tibial nerve).

Nervous system

The nervous system, both peripheral and central, is a common target for toxic compounds, and the cells which make up the system are particularly susceptible to changes in their environment. Thus, anoxia, lack of glucose and other essential metabolites, restriction of blood flow, and inhibition of intermediary metabolism, may all underlie damage to cells of the nervous system as well as direct, cytotoxic damage. The nervous system is a highly complex network of specialized cells, and damage to parts of this system may have permanent and serious effects on the organism as there is little capacity to regenerate and little reserve functional capacity. Peripheral neuropathy is a toxic response to a variety of foreign compounds such as organophosphorus compounds, methyl mercury and isoniazid for example. The 'designer drug' contaminant, 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) causes specific damage to the dopamine containing cells in the substantia nigra area of the brain....


In diabetic rats, TRPV1 is enhanced on myelinated fibres and is hyperphos-phorylated by PKC 127 . In accordance with these findings, anti-TRPV1 antiserum was shown to ameliorate pain in a murine model of diabetic neuropathy 128 . In humans, the density of TRPV1-positive nerve fibres is increased in women with chronic breast pain 129 and with vulvodynia 19 . Disruption of TRPV1 gene causes attenuation of bone cancer pain in mice 130 . Pharmacological blockade of TRPV1 by agonists relieved pain in AIDS patients 131 .


Especially in or around the pituitary stalk, or elsewhere. Myelitis and polyradiculitis are being recognized with increasing frequency. Single or multiple cranial or peripheral nerves, particularly the facial nerve, are affected. A relatively common combination of abnormalities consists of chronic uveitis, parotitis, and facial nerve involvement (uveoparotid syndrome).

Example 103

The nervous system consists of millions of nerve cells known as neurons, which are responsible for receiving and processing sensory information and then controlling muscles to respond to external stimuli. It is divided into two primary components the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. Neurons (Figure 10.5) consist of the cell body or soma, where the nucleus resides an axonal portion, which extends outward from the soma and dendrites, which are short-branched structures extending from the soma. The junction between the axon terminus of one neuron and the dendrites of an adjacent neuron is termed the synapse or synaptic junction. Neurons are able to regulate the electrical potential across their cellular membrane as a part of normal cell function. In the nervous system, such membranes are responsible for the transmission of electrical impulses along the cell. Electrical signals are transmitted along the axon by an ionic pump. In its resting state, the neuron has...

Example 104

Lead is toxic to a number of organs and organ systems, including the nervous system, the blood, and the kidneys. The neurotoxicity of lead has been recognized for millennia (ATSDR 2005b). Human exposure to lead has historically been high, due to the many industrial uses of lead, such as fabrication of corrosion-resistant water pipes, as a paint additive, and as an additive in gasoline. The chemical similarity of lead and calcium allows lead to mimic calcium, thereby disrupting a variety of calcium-mediated effects. Lead neurotoxicity seems to be associated with interference with the normal neurotransmitter functions of the nervous system, due to its ability to mimic calcium chemically as well as its ability to interfere with synaptic receptor-ligand interactions. The peripheral nervous system effects of lead involve the degradation of motor nerve function due to damage to the myelin lamellae surrounding the axons.

Depressive State

The rotarod is an established test for evaluating pharmacological actions of psychotropic agents such as skeletal muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, and antidepressants in the central or peripheral nervous system (Dunhan and Miya, 1957). Morimoto and Kito (1994) have shown that this test is useful to evaluate the antidepressive effects of serotonergic and adrenergic antidepressants. As shown in Figure 5, chronic stress impaired the rotarod performance, concomitant with unchanged traction performance and locomotor activity, suggesting that the impaired rotarod performance is not due to muscle relaxation or motor dysfunction. As antidepressants increase the riding time on the rotating rod in normal rats (Morimoto and Kito, 1994), the impaired rotarod performance suggests a depressive behavioral state.

Axon Regeneration

A large body of evidence suggests that whether or not axons regenerate depends in large part on their associated glial cells (Yannas, 2001). Differences in the ability of peripheral and central glial cell populations to support regeneration have been well documented by experiments in which the regeneration of central axons was promoted by peripheral nerve sheaths grafted into the central nervous system, whereas central nerve sheaths inhibit the regeneration of peripheral axons (Aguayo, 1985). These differences appear to reside largely in the adhesion molecules and soluble signals synthesized by glial cells. Glial cells that support regeneration provide most or all of the molecules that are


FIGURE 5.6 Diagram showing adhesive relationships between Schwann cells (SC), axons (A) and basement membrane (BM). N-cadherin, L1 and N-CAM mediate adhesion between axons and between axons and Schwann cells. Integrins on the surface of axons mediate adhesion to laminin and tenascin in the basement membrane. Reproduced with permission from Fu and Gordon, The cellular and molecular basis of peripheral nerve regeneration. Mol Neurobiol 14 67-116. Copyright 1997, Humana Press, Inc.


The pathologic changes consist of swelling and central chromatoly-sis of cortical neurons and a symmetric degeneration of the dorsal columns and, to a lesser extent, of the corticospinal tracts. The peripheral nerve changes are indistinguishable from those of neuropathic beriberi.

The Couptf Family

The COUP-TFs are highly expressed in the developing nervous system indicating a possible involvement in neuronal development and differentiation. In the mouse, the COUP-TF genes (I and II) exhibit expression patterns that overlap extensively. Gene knockout studies demonstrate that mCOUP-TFI null animals die perinatally and mutant embryos show abnormal development of a subset of neurons in the peripheral nervous system. Interestingly, although COUP-TFI expression is widespread, the knockout phenotype is very specific, suggesting that in certain tissues COUP-TFI activity is compensated by COUP-TFII.

Side Effects1

Peripheral neuropathy None reported None reported 1) Studies did not consistently report common side effects. However, suc guidelines for dosing should be followed as risk of side effects and or complications may increase with dosage increases. 2) Do not exceed 100 mg daily secondary to the risk of peripheral neuropathy and other adverse effects. 3) Patients may elect to use over-the-counter agents, e.g., TUMS. It may be administered by chewing 4 tablets daily (two tablets twice daily). 4) A carbohydrate rich drink that was available for research purposes. There may be limited general availability.


Lesion-induced changes in cortical topography are furthermore accompanied by a rapid increase in the expression of neurotrophins, including BDNF and NT-3, and relevant receptors (Obata et al., 1999). Neurotrophins are important regulators of synaptic development and plasticity in both the central and peripheral nervous system. Neurotrophins can modulate synaptic transmission at the pre- and postsynaptic level in a target-specific fashion. In the visual cortex, BDNF can influence GABAergic intracortical inhibitory neurons and serotonergic afferents from the Raphe nucleus (Berardi et al., 2003). The observation that the elevation of the neurotrophin levels is sustained for up to two years after induction of retinal lesions may reflect the fact that even though visually driven activity restores in the cortical scotoma, the level of activity never fully returns to that of the surrounding cortex and some imbalance of activity persists (Das and Gilbert, 1995b).


SEA, the chemically modified form of andrographolid blocks endogenous furin PC dependent cleavages of both proBDNF and the viral glycoprotein gp160 of HIV in a dose-dependent manner. The proteolytic maturation of these precursor proteins has been the subject of intense research of many studies. This is primarily because of the implication of mature BDNF in survival, growth and maintenance of neurons in central and peripheral nervous system 44, 45 , while gp160 processing is required for viral pathogenesis of HIV 48, 49 . Intracellular cleavage of proneurotrophins such as proBDNF to produce active growth factors like BDNF occurs following pairs of basic amino acids and is mostly mediated by furin, PC5 and or PC7. Previously furin inhibitor PDX has been shown to block this cleavage and hence cell growth and proliferation indicating their possible role as anti-proliferative agents in cancer therapy 44, 45 . Present study revealed that like PDX, the nonpeptide PC-inhibitor SEA consisting...

Virus Spread

The option of spreading to contiguous cells (direct cell-to-cell spread) or to noncontiguous cells, which are surrounded by interstitial space. In the case of direct cell-to-cell spread, rabies virus spreads despite a continuous presence of serum virus-neutralizing antibody (VNA). Alternatively, virus that buds from an infected cell into the surrounding interstitial space must find another cell to infect. In this case, the spread of virus is limited by the presence, in vitro and in vivo, of VNA that blocks virus attachment to cellular receptors and subsequent virus entry into a susceptible cell (Dietzschold et al., 1985 Flamand et al., 1993). In vivo, rabies virus also can spread in the cell, particularly cells of peripheral nerves and neuronal cells of the CNS, through intraaxonal transport in a microtubule network-dependent process. Virus that moves intraaxonally can cover great distances, particularly in bipolar neurons, before reaching and crossing the synapse of one dendritic...


The concomitant use of antiretroviral agents with chemotherapy is generally accepted practice with the possible exceptions of zidovudine, which significantly adds to the myelosuppression of combination chemotherapy, and didanosine, which may worsen the peripheral neuropathy caused by vincristine. Little is known about the pharmokinetic interaction of protease inhib

Hydroxylator Status


For example, the aromatic hydroxylation of guanoxon, S-oxidation of penicillamine, oxidation of sparteine (figure 5.24) and the hydroxylation of bufuralol (figure 5.1) have all been shown to be polymorphic. There are now a number of adverse drug reactions which are associated with the poor metabolizer status. For example perhexiline may cause hepatic damage and peripheral neuropathy in poor metabolizers in


Affliction of the peripheral nerves is expressed by a number of motor, sensory, reflex, autonomic, and trophic symptoms and signs, various combinations of which stand as the clinical criteria for diagnosis. Most polyneuropathies are marked by weakness and reflex loss and, if chronic and axonal, by denervation atrophy. The pattern of motor loss varies. The common one is a symmetric involvement of the muscles of the feet and legs, followed by those of the hands and arms, because the largest and longest fibers are the most susceptible. This principle does not apply to certain demyelinating neuropathies or to mononeuropathy multiplex, in which any nerve or combination of nerves may be affected. Another pattern, observed in the Guillain-Barre syndrome, is one in which all nerves and roots of the limbs, trunk, and cranial musculature may be involved, leading to respiratory paralysis. B. Asymmetric and multifocal neuropathies (mononeuropathy multiplex) VI. Syndrome of mononeuropathy or...


This group of compounds is used as pesticides and nerve gases. The structure and therefore metabolism and potency varies. However, they all act in a similar manner. There are two toxic effects, cholinesterase inhibition and delayed neuropathy, but all OPs do not necessarily cause both. The cholinesterase inhibition results from the similarity between the organophosphorus compound and acetylcholine. The organophosphorus compound therefore acts as a pseudosubstrate but blocks the enzyme, in some cases permanently. This is because the organophosphate intermediate binds to the active site irreversibly or very strongly and the phosphorylated enzyme, unlike the natural acetylated enzyme, is only hydrolysed slowly. This enzyme blockade allows acetylcholine to build up and so the toxicity and symptoms are a result of excessive stimulation of receptors muscarinic receptors, leading to salivation, lacrimation, urination, defecation, bronchoconstriction, bradycardia,...

Delayed Neuropathy

Certain organophosphorus compounds, such as tri-orthocresyl phosphate, cause this toxic effect. The symptoms, which may result from a single dose, may not be apparent for 10-14 days afterwards. The result is degeneration of peripheral nerves in the distal parts of the lower limbs which may spread to the upper limbs. Pathologically it is observed that the nerves undergo 'dying back' with axonal degeneration followed by myelin degeneration. The effect does not seem to be dependent on cholinesterase inhibition as tri-orthocresyl phosphate is not a potent cholinesterase inhibitor but causes delayed neuropathy. It seems that there is a covalent interaction with a membrane-bound protein, known as neuropathy target esterase, and the organophosphorus compound which may disturb metabolism in the neurone. This is followed by an ageing process which involves loss of a group from the phosphorylated protein. This protein seems to have a function critical to the neurone. The reaction with the...


Although rabies virus receptors appear to coincide with the distribution of acetylcholine receptors, the virus can enter the cell independently of these receptors. The virus may access the peripheral nerves directly or it may replicate in the muscle tissue, remaining at or near the site of introduction into the host for most of the incubation period, essentially at motor endplates, replicating in monocytes and later involving the peripheral nerves via the neuromuscular junctions. The virus then moves cen-tripetally to the central nervous system for replication. Subsequently it moves centrifugally to many tissues, including the salivary glands. Pathological changes in the brain are not profound, apart from the pathognomonic Negri bodies. Few neurons are involved, there is limited tissue necrosis and some perivascular cuffing.

Carbon Monoxide

The spectrum of pathological effects includes peripheral neuropathy, brain damage, myocardial ischaemia and infarction, muscle necrosis and pulmonary oedema. However, the main target organs are the brain and heart. This is because these organs have a relative inability to sustain an oxygen debt and they utilize aerobic metabolic pathways extensively. The brain damage may be due to several mechanisms including metabolic acidosis, hypotension, metabolic inhibition and decreased blood flow and oxygen availability. The progressive hypotension which is observed may be an important contributor to the ischaemia which occurs. Neural damage may follow both acute and chronic exposure. Death is due to brain tissue hypoxia, and respiratory failure may also occur.

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