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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921418/coping-with-phantom-limb-pain
#1
Damien P Kuffler
Phantom limb pain is a chronic neuropathic pain that develops in 45-85% of patients who undergo major amputations of the upper and lower extremities and appears predominantly during two time frames following an amputation: the first month and later about 1 year. Although in most patients the frequency and intensity of pain diminish over time, severe pain persists in about 5-10%. It has been proposed that factors in both the peripheral and central nervous systems play major roles in triggering the development and maintenance of pain associated with extremity amputations...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919807/effect-of-nerve-injury-on-the-number-of-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-and-autotomy-behavior-in-adult-bax-deficient-mice
#2
Chuang Lyu, Gong-Wei Lyu, Aurora Martinez, Tie-Jun Sten Shi
BACKGROUND: The proapoptotic molecule BAX, plays an important role in mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons depend on neurotrophic factors for survival at early developmental stages. Withdrawal of neurotrophic factors will induce apoptosis in DRG neurons, but this type of cell death can be delayed or prevented in neonatal Bax knockout (KO) mice. In adult animals, evidence also shows that DRG neurons are less dependent upon neurotrophic factors for survival...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915149/bulleyaconitine-a-preferably-reduces-tetrodotoxin-sensitive-sodium-current-in-uninjured-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-of-neuropathic-rats-probably-via-inhibition-of-protein-kinase-c
#3
Man-Xiu Xie, Rui-Ping Pang, Jie Yang, Kai-Feng Shen, Jing Xu, Xiong-Xiong Zhong, Shao-Kun Wang, Xiao-Long Zhang, Yan-Qing Liu, Xian-Guo Liu
Oral Bulleyaconitine A (BLA) is effective for treating neuropathic pain in human patients, but the underlying mechanism is poorly understood. Here, we tested whether BLA blocked voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. Compelling evidence shows that voltage-gated sodium channels are upregulated in uninjured DRG neurons but downregulated in injured ones following peripheral nerve injury. We found that BLA preferably inhibited Na currents in uninjured DRG neurons in neuropathic rats...
July 17, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914655/percutaneous-nucleoplasty-for-the-treatment-of-a-contained-cervical-disk-herniation
#4
Judith D de Rooij, Pravesh S Gadjradj, John S Soria van Hoeve, Frank J Huygen, Hans A Aukes, Biswadjiet S Harhangi
Cervical radiculopathy is characterized by compression of the roots of the nerve. When conservative treatment fails and symptoms persist or increase in severity, surgical treatment is considered. Anterior cervical discectomy with or without fusion is regarded as the standard treatment for cervical disk herniation. Recently, there is an evolving trend in spinal surgery towards less invasive techniques. Nucleoplasty is a minimally invasive technique in which radiofrequency technology is used for percutaneous decompression...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914617/distribution-patterns-of-the-vulnerable-vessels-around-cervical-nerve-roots-a-computed-tomography-based-study
#5
Donghwi Park
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of vulnerable vessels around the target of cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injection at the C3-C7 cervical nerve root levels in a clinical setting. DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional study was conducted. PARTICIPANTS: Patients complaining of neck or arm pain with no previous surgical history and who had undergone both precontrast and contrast-enhanced neck computed tomography were included retrospectively...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903493/editor-s-highlight-formulation-and-toxicology-evaluation-of-the-intrathecal-ayx1-dna-decoy-in-sprague-dawley-rats
#6
Julien Mamet, David C Yeomans, Tony L Yaksh, Donald C Manning, Scott Harris
The longevity of pain after surgery is debilitating and limits the recovery of patients. AYX1 is a double-stranded, unprotected, 23 base-pair oligonucleotide designed to reduce acute post-surgical pain and prevent its chronification with a single intrathecal perioperative dose. AYX1 mimics the DNA sequence normally bound by EGR1 on chromosomes, a transcription factor transiently induced in the dorsal root ganglia-spinal cord network following a noxious input. AYX1 binds to EGR1 and prevents it from launching waves of gene regulation that are necessary to maintain pain over time...
September 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902707/impact-of-human-ca8-on-thermal-antinociception-in-relation-to-morphine-equivalence-in-mice
#7
Eugene S Fu, Diana M Erasso, Gerald Z Zhuang, Udita Upadhyay, Mehtap Ozdemir, Timothy Wiltshire, Konstantinos D Sarantopoulos, Shad B Smith, William Maixner, Eden R Martin, Roy C Levitt
Recently, we showed that murine dorsal root ganglion (DRG) Car8 expression is a cis-regulated eQTL that determines analgesic responses. In this report, we show that transduction through sciatic nerve injection of DRG with human wild-type carbonic anhydrase-8 using adeno-associated virus viral particles (AAV8-V5-CA8WT) produces analgesia in naive male C57BL/6J mice and antihyperalgesia after carrageenan treatment. A peak mean increase of about 4 s in thermal hindpaw withdrawal latency equaled increases in thermal withdrawal latency produced by 10 mg/kg intraperitoneal morphine in these mice...
September 11, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894933/particulate-versus-non-particulate-corticosteroids-for-transforaminal-nerve-root-blocks-comparison-of-outcomes-in-494-patients-with-lumbar-radiculopathy
#8
Susanne Bensler, Reto Sutter, Christian W A Pfirrmann, Cynthia K Peterson
PURPOSE: We set out to compare outcomes in CT-guided lumbar transforaminal nerve root block patients receiving either particulate or non-particulate corticosteroids. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective comparative effectiveness outcomes study on two cohorts of lumbar radiculopathy patients. 321 received particulate and 173 non-particulate corticosteroids at CT-guided transforaminal lumbar nerve root injections. The particulate steroid was used from October 2009 until May 2014 and the non-particulate steroid was used from May 2014...
September 11, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894922/morphology-and-relationships-of-the-biceps-brachii-and-brachialis-with-the-musculocutaneous-nerve
#9
Masahito Yamamoto, Urara Kojyo, Nobuaki Yanagisawa, Keisuke Mitomo, Takeshi Takayama, Koji Sakiyama, Shinichi Abe
INTRODUCTION: Major anatomical textbooks generally state that the biceps brachii muscle (BB) is composed of long and short heads, whereas the brachialis muscle (BR) consists of a single head. However, the numbers of heads comprising the BB and the BR are very variable. The purpose of this study was to investigate how the branching patterns of the musculocutaneous nerve (MC) influence the number of heads of the BB and the BR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Morphological examinations of the BB and MC were conducted using cadavers of 22 Japanese individuals, and morphological examinations of the BR and the MC were conducted in 9 of those 22 individuals...
September 11, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894837/dental-occlusion-ties-a-rapid-safe-and-non-invasive-maxillo-mandibular-fixation-technology
#10
Alan W Johnson
OBJECTIVES: For decades, Erich arch bars have been a standard in establishing maxillo-mandibular fixation (MMF). While reliable, the approach risks sharps injury, consumes operating room time, and inflicts gingival trauma. Newer technologies including screw-based techniques and "hybrid" techniques have improved MMF by reducing sharps injuries and operating room time, but risk injury to tooth roots, nerves, and gingiva. This study aims to establish the application, strengths, and limitations of dental occlusion ties as a novel alternative in maxillo-mandibular fixation...
August 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894590/trpa1-channel-mediates-organophosphate-induced-delayed-neuropathy
#11
Qiang Ding, Sui Fang, Xueqin Chen, Youxin Wang, Jian Li, Fuyun Tian, Xiang Xu, Bernard Attali, Xin Xie, Zhaobing Gao
The organophosphate-induced delayed neuropathy (OPIDN), often leads to paresthesias, ataxia and paralysis, occurs in the late-stage of acute poisoning or after repeated exposures to organophosphate (OP) insecticides or nerve agents, and may contribute to the Gulf War Syndrome. The acute phase of OP poisoning is often attributed to acetylcholinesterase inhibition. However, the underlying mechanism for the delayed neuropathy remains unknown and no treatment is available. Here we demonstrate that TRPA1 channel (Transient receptor potential cation channel, member A1) mediates OPIDN...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892581/direct-current-stimulation-modulates-the-excitability-of-the-sensory-and-motor-fibres-in-the-human-posterior-tibial-nerve-with-a-long-lasting-effect-on-the-h-reflex
#12
Francesco Bolzoni, Roberto Esposti, Carlo Bruttini, Giuseppe Zenoni, Elzbieta Jankowska, Paolo Cavallari
Several studies demonstrated that transcutaneous direct current stimulation (DCS) may modulate CNS excitability. However, much less is known about how DC affects peripheral nerve fibres. We investigated the action of DCS on motor and sensory fibres of the human posterior tibial nerve, with supplementary analysis in acute experiments on rats. In forty human subjects, electric pulses at the popliteal fossa were used to elicit either M-waves or H-reflexes in the Soleus, before (15 min), during (10 min) and after (30 min) DCS...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891864/photosensitization-of-trpa1-and-trpv1-by-7-dehydrocholesterol-implications-for-the-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome
#13
Alexandru Babes, Cosmin I Ciotu, Tal Hoffmann, Tatjana I Kichko, Tudor Selescu, Cristian Neacsu, Susanne K Sauer, Peter W Reeh, Michael J M Fischer
Loss of function mutations in the enzyme 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase are responsible for the Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, in which 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) levels are markedly increased in the plasma and tissues of patients. This increase in 7-DHC is probably associated with the painful and itchy photosensitivity reported by the large majority of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome patients. In order to identify the molecular targets involved in the activation and photosensitization of primary afferents by 7-DHC we focused on TRPA1 and TRPV1, two ion channels expressed in nociceptive nerve endings and previously shown to respond to ultraviolet and visible light under pathophysiological circumstances...
September 1, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891819/factors-influencing-successful-lumbar-puncture-in-alzheimer-research
#14
Krista L Moulder, Lilah M Besser, Duane Beekly, Kaj Blennow, Walter Kukull, John C Morris
OBJECTIVE: Lumbar puncture (LP) is increasingly common in Alzheimer disease research; however, agreement to undergo LP varies. We sought to determine factors influencing LP consent at Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) in the United States. METHODS: A 3-part survey was distributed to each ADC: (1) ADC LP Experience; (2) LP Requestor Experience; and (3) Patient LP Experience (both Initial and Follow-up). In all, 64 LP Requestor, 579 Patient/Initial, and 404 Patient/Follow-up surveys were collected...
September 7, 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890164/directed-differentiation-of-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-to-fate-committed-schwann-cells
#15
Sa Cai, Yat-Ping Tsui, Kin-Wai Tam, Graham Ka-Hon Shea, Richard Shek-Kwan Chang, Qiang Ao, Daisy Kwok-Yan Shum, Ying-Shing Chan
Our ultimate goal of in vitro derivation of Schwann cells (SCs) from adult bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) is such that they may be used autologously to assist post-traumatic nerve regeneration. Existing protocols for derivation of SC-like cells from BMSCs fall short in the stability of the acquired phenotype and the functional capacity to myelinate axons. Our experiments indicated that neuro-ectodermal progenitor cells among the human hBMSCs could be selectively expanded and then induced to differentiate into SC-like cells...
August 29, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889233/adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-the-cavernous-sinus-otolaryngological-sequelae-of-therapy-case-report
#16
Edyta Dzięciołowska-Baran, Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Sroka
A 60-year-old woman, otherwise in a good health condition, was first admitted to the hospital with a year-long tingling sensations of the right half of the face, which gradually turned into severe neuralgia corresponding to maxillary (V2) and mandibular (V3) branches of the right trigeminal nerve. MRI scans of the head revealed an unusual hyperplastic or inflammatory changes along the brain base, cavernous sinus extending toward the pterygopalatine fossa, and lateral pterygoid on the right side. Meningioma was suspected and neuralgia was treated conservatively...
September 10, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882562/candesartan-prevents-resiniferatoxin-induced-sensory-small-fiber-neuropathy-in-mice-by-promoting-angiotensin-ii-mediated-at2-receptor-stimulation
#17
Flavien Bessaguet, Aurore Danigo, Laurent Magy, Franck Sturtz, Alexis Desmoulière, Claire Demiot
Sensory defects associated with small-fiber neuropathy (SFN) can lead to profound disabilities. The relationship between the sensory nervous system and modulation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) has been described and focused on pain and neurodegeneration in several animal models. We have recently developed an experimental model of functional sensory neuropathy showing thermal hypoalgesia and neuropeptide depletion without nerve fiber degeneration. Here, we aimed to determine whether the modulation of angiotensin II (Ang II) activity could prevent sensory neuropathy induced by RTX...
September 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882526/extra-foraminal-microscopic-assisted-percutaneous-nucleotomy-for-foraminal-and-extraforaminal-lumbar-disc-herniations
#18
Ahmed Shawky, Dusko Babic, Ahmed Ezzat Siam, Ali Ezzati
Background Foraminal and extraforaminal lumbar disc herniations are uncommon. The main presentation is radicular pain related to the exiting nerve root at the affected level. Different approaches for surgical intervention have been described. Purpose To evaluate the clinical outcome, complications recurrence and reoperation rate of extraforaminal microscopic assisted percutaneous nucleotomy with literature review focusing on complications and recurrence rate Study Design Prospective cohort study done in a high flow spine center in Germany Patient Sample Between October 2012 and October 2015, 76 patients (35 females and 41 males) with foraminal or extraforaminal lumbar disc prolapse were operated upon...
September 4, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882525/multi-level-posterior-foraminotomy-with-laminoplasty-versus-laminoplasty-alone-for-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-with-radiculopathy-a-comparative-study
#19
Dong-Ho Lee, Jae Hwan Cho, Chang Ju Hwang, Choon Sung Lee, Chunghwan Kim, Jung-Ki Ha
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Conventional laminoplasty is useful for expanding a stenotic spinal canal. However, it has limited use for the decompression of accompanying neural foraminal stenosis. As such, an additional posterior foraminotomy could be simultaneously applied, although this procedure carries a risk of segmental kyphosis and instability. PURPOSE: The aim was to elucidate the long-term surgical outcomes of additional posterior foraminotomy with a laminoplasty for cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) with radiculopathy...
September 4, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882520/dynamic-foraminal-dimensions-during-neck-extension-and-rotation-in-fusion-and-artificial-disc-replacement-an-observational-study
#20
Yener N Yeni, Timothy Baumer, Daniel Oravec, Azam Basheer, Colin P McDonald, Michael J Bey, Stephen W Bartol, Victor Chang
BACKGROUND: Changes in the dimensions of the cervical neural foramina (CNF) are considered to be a key factor in nerve root compression and development of cervical radiculopathy. However, to what extent foraminal geometry differs between patients who underwent anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and those who underwent total disc arthroplasty with an artificial disc (AD) during physiological motion is largely unknown. PURPOSE: The objective of this study is to compare compare CNF dimensions during physiological neck motion between ACDF and AD...
September 4, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
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