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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145167/contraction-response-to-muscle-percussion-a-reappraisal-of-the-mechanism-of-this-bedside-test
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Christoph Czarnetzki, André Truffert, Abdelhafid Mekideche, Antoine Poncet, Christopher Lysakowski, Martin R Tramèr, Michel R Magistris
OBJECTIVE: To study whether the contraction evoked by muscle percussion stems from the excitation of the muscle or of the nerve and to discuss the changes of this response in neuromuscular disorders. METHODS: In 30 neurologically healthy patients undergoing surgery (for ear, nose, or throat problems unrelated to the study) under general anesthesia with propofol and sufentanil we measured with an electrogoniometer the maximal dorsiflexion of the ankle evoked by reflex hammer percussion of the tibialis anterior muscle before and under neuromuscular junction blockade with rocuronium bromide...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142792/spinal-muscular-atrophy-the-treatment-approved
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Rabih Tabet, Sandy El Bitar, Julie Zaidan, Garbis Dabaghian
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder resulting in progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. It is universally fatal, especially if the respiratory muscles are involved leading to repetitive aspiration and respiratory failure. Historically, the treatment for this disease was only supportive. Herein we describe an adult patient who presented with worsening weakness and fatigue and was subsequently diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. Increased awareness of this condition and a new treatment modality is required...
September 2, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138928/mechanisms-of-drug-binding-to-voltage-gated-sodium-channels
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M E O'Leary, M Chahine
Voltage-gated sodium (Na(+)) channels are expressed in virtually all electrically excitable tissues and are essential for muscle contraction and the conduction of impulses within the peripheral and central nervous systems. Genetic disorders that disrupt the function of these channels produce an array of Na(+) channelopathies resulting in neuronal impairment, chronic pain, neuromuscular pathologies, and cardiac arrhythmias. Because of their importance to the conduction of electrical signals, Na(+) channels are the target of a wide variety of local anesthetic, antiarrhythmic, anticonvulsant, and antidepressant drugs...
November 15, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137918/spinobulbar-muscular-atrophy-combined-with-atypical-hereditary-neuropathy-with-liability-to-pressure-palsy
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Kyomin Choi, So Hyun Ahn, Seol-Hee Baek, Jun-Soon Kim, Seok-Jin Choi, Je-Young Shin, Sung-Min Kim, Yoon-Ho Hong, Jung-Joon Sung
Spinobulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is an X-linked recessive disease, presenting motor weakness and wasting of facial, bulbar and limb muscles. Hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsy (HNPP) is autosomal dominant disorder characterized by recurrent neuropathies at common entrapment sites. We report a case of co-existence of SBMA and atypical HNPP with genetic confirmation of CAG expansion in the androgen receptor (AR) gene and deletion of the peripheral myelin protein 22 (PMP22) gene. A 62-year-old man presented with progressive muscle weakness, fasciculations in upper and lower limbs and dysesthesia predominantly in the distal regions...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130599/interstitial-microdeletion-of-17q11-2-is-associated-with-hypotonia-fatigue-intellectual-disability-and-a-subtle-facial-phenotype-in-three-unrelated-patients
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Deborah Osio, Julia Rankin, Hannele Koillinen, Adele Reynolds, Hilde Van Esch
Over the past decade chromosomal microarray analysis (array CGH) has allowed the discovery of many novel disease-causing recurrent microdeletion and microduplication syndromes. Here we present three unrelated patients (2F; 1M) from three different countries, with developmental delay, intellectual disability, hypotonia, fatigue, and highly similar dysmorphic facial features. Shared facial features are a broad and wide forehead, similar shape of the eyes with long palpebral fissures, a bulbous tip of the nose and thick lips...
November 12, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130502/cardiac-involvement-in-the-muscular-dystrophies
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Nicholas J Silvestri, Haisam Ismail, Peter Zimetbaum, Elizabeth M Raynor
Cardiac disease is a common clinical manifestation present in a variety of neuromuscular disorders, most notably the muscular dystrophies. Heart disease may produce the presenting or predominant symptoms in these disorders but more often does not result in clinical features at the time of initial presentation. Cardiac involvement in the muscular dystrophies results from pathologic changes in the myocardium and the cardiac conduction system, leading to cardiomyopathy and/or rhythm disturbances including supraventricular arrhythmias, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death...
November 11, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125635/a-review-of-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-periodic-paralysis
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Jeffrey M Statland, Bertrand Fontaine, Michael G Hanna, Nicholas Johnson, John T Kissel, Valeria A Sansone, Perry B Shieh, Rabi N Tawil, Jaya Trivedi, Stephen C Cannon, Robert C Griggs
Periodic paralyses (PP) are rare neuromuscular disorders caused by mutations in skeletal muscle sodium, calcium, and potassium channel genes. PP include hypokalemic paralysis, hyperkalemic paralysis, and Andersen-Tawil Syndrome. Common features of PP include autosomal dominant inheritance, onset typically in the first or second decades, episodic attacks of flaccid weakness, which are often triggered by diet or rest after exercise. Diagnosis is based on the characteristic clinic presentation then confirmed by genetic testing...
November 10, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125502/congenital-myasthenic-syndromes-or%C3%A2-inherited-disorders-of-neuromuscular-transmission-recent-discoveries-and%C3%A2-open%C3%A2-questions
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Sophie Nicole, Yoshiteru Azuma, Stéphanie Bauché, Bruno Eymard, Hanns Lochmüller, Clarke Slater
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) form a heterogeneous group of rare diseases characterized by fatigable muscle weakness. They are genetically-inherited and caused by defective synaptic transmission at the cholinergic neuromuscular junction (NMJ). The number of genes known to cause CMS when mutated is currently 30, and the relationship between fatigable muscle weakness and defective functions is quite well-understood for many of them. However, some of the most recent discoveries in individuals with CMS challenge our knowledge of the NMJ, where the basis of the pathology has mostly been investigated in animal models...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125194/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report-and-mechanistic-review-of-the-association-with-toluene-and-other-volatile-organic-compounds
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Marcia H Ratner, Joe F Jabre, William M Ewing, Mohamed Abou-Donia, L Christine Oliver
Unmasking of latent neurodegenerative disease has been reported following exposure to chemicals that share one or more mechanisms of action in common with those implicated in the specific disease. For example, unmasking of latent Parkinson's disease (PD) has been associated with exposure to anti-dopaminergic agents, while the progression of pre-existing mild cognitive impairment and unmasking of latent Alzheimer's disease has been associated with exposure to general anesthetic agents which promote Aβ protein aggregation...
November 10, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125190/lambert-eaton-myasthenic-syndrome-mouse-passive-transfer-model-illuminates-disease-pathology-and-facilitates-testing-therapeutic-leads
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Stephen D Meriney, Tyler B Tarr, Kristine S Ojala, Man Wu, Yizhi Li, David Lacomis, Adolfo Garcia-Ocaña, Mary Liang, Guillermo Valdomir, Peter Wipf
Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is an autoimmune disorder caused by antibodies directed against the voltage-gated calcium channels that provide the calcium ion flux that triggers acetylcholine release at the neuromuscular junction. To study the pathophysiology of LEMS and test candidate therapeutic strategies, a passive-transfer animal model has been developed in mice, which can be created by daily intraperitoneal injections of LEMS patient serum or IgG into mice for 2-4 weeks. Results from studies of the mouse neuromuscular junction have revealed that each synapse has hundreds of transmitter release sites but that the probability for release at each one is likely to be low...
November 10, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125079/-relapse-of-chronic-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyneuropathy-following-treatment-with-zoledronic-acid
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M Loef, E C T Geijteman, K J Beelen, M Bornebroek, D H Schweitzer
BACKGROUND: Zoledronic acid is a nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate that is frequently used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Many patients experience a so-called acute-phase reaction during initial treatment; this is characterized by flu-like symptoms and fever. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe a 61-year-old woman who suffered from chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), and who was started on intravenous zoledronic acid treatment as adjuvant therapy for breast cancer...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118959/congenital-myasthenic-syndrome-due-to-dok7-mutations-in-a-family-from-chile
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Jorge A Bevilacqua, Marian Lara, Jorge Díaz, Mario Campero, Jessica Vázquez, Ricardo A Maselli
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) are neuromuscular transmission disorders caused by mutations in genes encoding neuromuscular junction proteins. A 61-year-old female and her older sister showed bilateral ptosis, facial and proximal limb weakness, and scoliosis since childhood. Another female sibling had milder signs, while other family members were asymptomatic. Facial nerve repetitive stimulation in the proband showed decrement of muscle responses. Single fiber EMG revealed increased jitter and blocking...
June 27, 2017: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115704/recessive-distal-motor-neuropathy-with-pyramidal-signs-in-an-omani-kindred-underlying-novel-mutation-in-the-sigmar1-gene
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Ramachandiran Nandhagopal, Douja Meftah, Sami Al-Kalbani, Patrick Scott
BACKGROUND: Distal hereditary motor neuropathy (dHMN) due to sigma nonopiod intracellular receptor 1 gene (SIGMAR1) mutation (OMIM 601978.0003) is a rare neuromuscular disorder characterized by prominent amyotrophic distal limb weakness and co-existing pyramidal signs initially described in a Chinese family in the recent year. We report an extended consanguineous Omani family segregating dHMN with pyramidal signs in an autosomal recessive pattern and describe a novel mutation in the SIGMAR1 gene underlying this motor phenotype...
November 8, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114849/risk-of-skin-cancer-among-patients-with-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-based-on-primary-care-physician-data-from-the-united-kingdom-clinical-practice-research-datalink
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Youjin Wang, Ruth M Pfeiffer, Rotana Alsaggaf, Wilhelmine Meeraus, Julia C Gage, Lesley A Anderson, Renée C Bremer, Nikoletta Nikolenko, Hanns Lochmuller, Mark H Greene, Shahinaz M Gadalla
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an inherited multisystem neuromuscular disorder caused by a CTG trinucleotide repeat expansion in the DMPK gene. Recent evidence documents that DM1 patients have an increased risk of certain cancers, but whether skin cancer risks are elevated is unclear. Using the U.K. Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), we identified 1,061 DM1 patients and 15,119 DM1-free individuals matched on gender, birth year (±2 years), attending practice, and registration year (±1 year). We calculated the hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the association of DM1 diagnosis with skin cancer risk using Cox proportional hazards models, for all skin cancers combined and by histological subtype...
November 7, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108502/colonic-adventitial-fibromuscular-dysplasia-a-nonspecific-arteriopathy-associated-with-hirschsprung-disease-and-other-obstructive-disorders
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Ameet I Thaker, Raj P Kapur
Background Smooth muscle differentiation ("adventitial fibromuscular dysplasia," AFD) was purported as specific to arteries in the transition zone of Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) patients. We investigated AFD in an HSCR population and controls and consider the pathogenesis and significance of the vascular pathology. Design Vascular histology in sections from colonic HSCR resections (n = 55) was compared with age- and site-matched controls with (n = 19) and without (n = 28) non-HSCR obstructive conditions...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098300/-ultrasound-of-muscular-diseases-in-children-and-adolescents
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REVIEW
L von Rohden, Julian H W Jürgens
BACKGROUND: The increasing number of treatable hereditary neuromuscular diseases in children requires a diagnostic tool that can quickly, safely, and noninvasively identify affected patients directly after birth or when showing initial clinical symptoms. With clinical analysis alone, this is very difficult. IMAGING MODALITY: Near-field sonography of skeletal muscles has gradually become established as a successful method over the last 35 years. METHODOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS: Examination is performed using a strictly standardized protocol in isotopic muscle regions and with standardized sections and application parameters...
November 2, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095413/segmental-pedicle-screw-instrumentation-and-fusion-only-to-l5-in-the-surgical-treatment-of-flaccid-neuromuscular-scoliosis
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Masashi Takaso, Toshiyuki Nakazawa, Takayuki Imura, Michinari Fukuda, Kazuhisa Takahashi, Seiji Ohtori
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study was performed. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of stopping segmental pedicle screw instrumentation constructs at L5 in the treatment of neuromuscular scoliosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy are flaccid neuromuscular disorders in which gradual deterioration is the hallmark and have a lot of characteristics in common despite differences in etiology...
October 31, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095329/novel-gfap-variant-in-adult-onset-alexander-disease-with-progressive-ataxia-and-palatal-tremor
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Jennifer M Gass, Anvir Cheema, Jessica Jackson, Patrick R Blackburn, Jay Van Gerpen, Paldeep S Atwal
INTRODUCTION: Alexander disease is a rare neurodegenerative disease caused by variants in the glial fibrillary acidic protein gene (GFAP). This disorder can develop as an infantile, juvenile or adult-onset form and is characterized by several clinical features, including macrocephaly, seizures, ataxia, and bulbar/pseudobulbar signs. While the majority of these patients have the more progressive infantile form which causes severe leukodystrophy and early death; the less common adult form is more variable (ie, onset age, symptoms), with bulbar dysfunction as the primary feature...
November 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091763/aberrant-myokine-signaling-in-congenital-myotonic-dystrophy
#19
Masayuki Nakamori, Kohei Hamanaka, James D Thomas, Eric T Wang, Yukiko K Hayashi, Masanori P Takahashi, Maurice S Swanson, Ichizo Nishino, Hideki Mochizuki
Myotonic dystrophy types 1 (DM1) and 2 (DM2) are dominantly inherited neuromuscular disorders caused by a toxic gain of function of expanded CUG and CCUG repeats, respectively. Although both disorders are clinically similar, congenital myotonic dystrophy (CDM), a severe DM form, is found only in DM1. CDM is also characterized by muscle fiber immaturity not observed in adult DM, suggesting specific pathological mechanisms. Here, we revealed upregulation of the interleukin-6 (IL-6) myokine signaling pathway in CDM muscles...
October 31, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091741/skeletal-muscle-and-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder
#20
Semone B Myrie, Mark A Pinder
Skeletal muscle is critical for mobility and many metabolic functions integral to survival and long-term health. Alcohol can affect skeletal muscle physiology and metabolism, which will have immediate and long-term consequences on health. While skeletal muscle abnormalities, including morphological, biochemical and functional impairments are well documented in adults consuming excessive alcohol, there is a scarcity of information about skeletal muscle in the prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) offspring. This review examines the available studies addressing skeletal muscle abnormalities due to PAE...
November 1, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
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