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inflammation and muscle weakness

Costansia Bureta, Hiroyuki Tominaga, Takuya Yamamoto, Takao Setoguchi, Hideki Kawamura, Satoshi Nagano, Ichiro Kawamura, Masahiko Abematsu, Hironori Kakoi, Yasuhiro Ishidou, Setsuro Komiya
BACKGROUND: Here we report a rare case of lumbar spine epidural abscess and facet joint septic arthritis caused by Streptococcus agalactiae, which had spread to the iliopsoas muscles, leading to urine retention. CASE PRESENTATION: A 68-year-old woman with low back pain experienced a sudden onset of bilateral lower limb weakness, it was followed 14 days later by urine retention. At consultation, magnetic resonance imaging and identification of serum β-hemolytic streptococci provided a diagnosis of Streptococcus agalactiae infection...
March 13, 2018: BMC Surgery
Nitin Seth, Heather A Simmons, Farah Masood, William A Graham, Douglas L Rosene, Susan V Westmoreland, Sheila M Cummings, Basia Gwardjan, Ervin Sejdic, Amber F Hoggatt, Dane R Schalk, Hussein A Abdullah, John B Sledge, Shanker Nesathurai
Here we present the results of experiments involving cynomolgus macaques, in which a model of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) was created by using a balloon catheter inserted into the epidural space. Prior to the creation of the lesion, we inserted an EMG recording device to facilitate measurement of tail movement and muscle activity before and after TSCI. This model is unique in that the impairment is limited to the tail: the subjects do not experience limb weakness, bladder impairment, or bowel dysfunction...
February 1, 2018: Comparative Medicine
Kushan Karunaratne, Dimitri Amiras, Matthew C Pickering, Monika Hofer, Stuart Viegas
Statins lower serum cholesterol concentrations by inhibiting the enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR). Muscle side effects are relatively common and include asymptomatic elevation of serum creatine kinase (CK), myalgia, proximal muscle weakness and rhabdomyolysis. More recently, a subset of cases of immune-mediated necrotising myopathy has been found to have antibodies against HMGCR. It is often an aggressive and debilitating myopathy and has a complex pathogenesis characterised by fibre necrosis, usually with minimal associated inflammation...
February 8, 2018: Practical Neurology
Charlene G Echague, John M Csokmay
BACKGROUND: Rhabdomyolysis is characterized by muscle necrosis and release of intracellular constituents, causing muscle pain, weakness, and myoglobinuria. This can be attributed to muscle injury after strenuous exercise. If the abdominal wall is involved, clinical presentation may resemble an acute abdomen. CASE: A 27-year-old woman, gravida 4 para 2, presented with swelling and pain of the mons pubis and abdominal pain after intense powerlifting 2 days prior. A computed tomography scan was performed, revealing abdominal wall inflammation...
March 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yanan Zhu, Chaohui Sun, Xin Zhang, Xingchao Shentu
RATIONALE: Ptosis is a rare complication of periocular steroid use. Studies report that local injections of steroids produce ptosis. We describe the first 2 cases of ptosis because of long-term treatment with topical steroid eye drops. PATIENT CONCERNS: Two cases admitted to our hospital because of ptosis of their right eye after long-term treatment with topical steroid eye drops. Both of them had uncontrolled Posner-Schlossman syndrome. DIAGNOSIS: Two cases were diagnosed as steroid-related ptosis...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Juan Chen, Jingyang Wang, Jiyan Zhang, Chuanqiang Pu
Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies are a group of rare muscular diseases that are characterized by acute, subacute or chronic proximal and symmetric muscle weakness, muscle fiber necrosis and infiltration of inflammatory cells, particularly activated CD8+ cytotoxic T cells and phagocytes. 3-n-butylphthalide (NBP) protects mitochondria and reduces the inflammatory response in multiple disease models. In myositis, it has remained elusive whether NBP can protect muscle cells from muscle fiber injury. Experimental autoimmune myositis (EAM) was induced in a total of 40 guinea pigs by myosin immunization...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Maartje G Huijbers, Jaap J Plomp, Silvère M van der Maarel, Jan J Verschuuren
Immunoglobulin 4 (IgG4) is one of four human IgG subclasses and has several unique functional characteristics. It exhibits low affinity for complement and for most Fc receptors. It furthermore has generally high affinity for its antigen, with binding occurring in a monovalent fashion, as IgG4 can exchange Fab-arms with other IgG4 molecules. Because of these characteristics, IgG4 is believed to block its targets and prevent inflammation, which, depending on the setting, can have a protective or pathogenic effect...
January 28, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
K Truflandier, E Beaumont, E Charbonney, K Maghni, Michel De Marchie, J Spahija
RATIONALE: Spinal cord injury (SCI) may induce significant respiratory muscle weakness and paralysis, which in turn may cause a patient to require ventilator support. Central nervous system alterations can also exacerbate local inflammatory responses with immune cell infiltration leading to additional risk of inflammation at the injury site. Although mechanical ventilation is the traditional treatment for respiratory insufficiency, evidence has shown that it may directly affect distant organs through systemic inflammation...
January 17, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
J K Burgess, A Ketheson, A Faiz, K A Limbert Rempel, B G Oliver, J P T Ward, A J Halayko
Asthma is an obstructive respiratory disease characterised by chronic inflammation with airway hyperresponsiveness. In asthmatic airways, there is an increase in airway smooth muscle (ASM) cell bulk, which differs from non-asthmatic ASM in characteristics. This study aimed to assess the usefulness of hTERT immortalisation of human ASM cells as a research tool. Specifically we compared proliferative capacity, inflammatory mediator release and extracellular matrix (ECM) production in hTERT immortalised and parent primary ASM cells from asthmatic and non-asthmatic donors...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yuanyuan Huang, Zhaojian Ying, Weiwei Quan, Weiwei Xiang, Dewei Xie, Yiyun Weng, Xiang Li, Jia Li, Xu Zhang
BACKGROUND: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) was a severe peripheral nervous disease that leading to muscle weakness and areflexia. We now commonly accept a synthesis that inflammation and immunity play a key role in GBS pathogenesis. Many studies pointed out that neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and monocyte-to-lymphocyte ratio (MLR) are novel promising markers of inflammation or immunity. Our study aimed to evaluate whether the NLR and the MLR were associated to GBS or not. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We measured blood cell count in 334 individuals, including 117 GBS and 217 healthy controls...
December 18, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
Wasan Lafi Alanazi, Nagah Mohamed Abo El-Fetoh, Shahad Lafi Alanazi, Mohammed Abdullah Alkhidhr, Mohammed Abdullah Alanazi, Dounia Saleh Alonazi, Atheer Bader Alanzi, Reem Homoud Alshammari, Mashael Jaza Alshammari, Basmah Abdullah Alanazi, Samiyah Sarhan Alanazi
Background: The term facial palsy generally refers to weakness of the facial muscles, mainly resulting from temporary or permanent damage to the facial nerve. Common causes of facial paralysis include infection or inflammation of the facial nerve, head trauma, head or neck tumor, stroke. Objective: To outline the incidence of several etiologies and the profile of patients with peripheral facial paralysis attending the outpatient clinic of the neurology department in Hospitals of Arar City, Saudi Arabia...
October 2017: Electronic Physician
Gwladys Bourdenet, Benjamin Dubourg, Lionel Nicol, Paul Mulder, Jérémie Martinet, Yves Allenbach, Christian Boitard, Olivier Boyer
Inflammatory myopathies or myositides represent a group of severe skeletal muscle diseases characterized by muscle weakness, elevation of serum creatine kinase levels and muscle inflammatory cell infiltrates. Despite the contribution of a growing number of myositis-specific autoantibodies and the existence of characteristic dermatological features in dermatomyositis, the definitive diagnosis of myositis requires pathological examination of a muscle biopsy [1, 2]. To limit false negatives, this biopsy should be performed in an area of active disease [2]...
December 12, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
Savant S Thakur, Kristy Swiderski, James G Ryall, Gordon S Lynch
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common and severe of the muscular dystrophies, a group of inherited myopathies caused by different genetic mutations leading to aberrant expression or complete absence of cytoskeletal proteins. Dystrophic muscles are prone to injury, and regenerate poorly after damage. Remorseless cycles of muscle fibre breakdown and incomplete repair lead to progressive and severe muscle wasting, weakness and premature death. Many other conditions are similarly characterized by muscle wasting, including sarcopenia, cancer cachexia, sepsis, denervation, burns, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
January 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Michelle Goody, Denise Jurczyszak, Carol Kim, Clarissa Henry
INTRODUCTION: Both genetic and infectious diseases can result in skeletal muscle degeneration, inflammation, pain, and/or weakness. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common congenital muscle disease. DMD causes progressive muscle wasting due to mutations in Dystrophin. Influenza A and B viruses are frequently associated with muscle complications, especially in children. Infections activate an immune response and immunosuppressant drugs reduce DMD symptoms. These data suggest that the immune system may contribute to muscle pathology...
October 25, 2017: PLoS Currents
Arjan H de Zwart, Joost Dekker, Willem Lems, Leo D Roorda, Martin van der Esch, Marike van der Leeden
OBJECTIVE: Muscle weakness is common and strongly related to clinical outcome in patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis. To date, there is no clear overview of the information on factors associated with muscle strength in knee and hip osteoarthritis. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of current knowledge on factors associated with upper leg muscle strength in this population. DESIGN: The framework of a scoping review was chosen. MEDLINE database was searched systematically up to 22 April 2017...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
L Tay, B P Leung, S Wee, K S Tay, N Ali, M Chan, W S Lim
BACKGROUND: With lean mass declining early in Alzheimer's disease, muscle quality beyond quantity is relevant to physical performance. We sought to identify potentially modifiable factors for the differential loss of muscle mass (pre-sarcopenia) and its performance (sarcopenia) in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study of 108 community-dwelling older adults with MCI and mild-to-moderate AD...
March 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Wei Wei, Yuxiao Li, Huazhe Yang, Reza Nassab, Fatemeh Shahriyari, Ali Akpek, Xiaofei Guan, Yanhui Liu, Shahrouz Taranejoo, Ali Tamayol, Yu Shrike Zhang, Ali Khademhosseini, Hae Lin Jang
Sutures are one of the most widely used devices for adhering separated tissues after injury or surgery. However, most sutures require knotting, which can create a risk of inflammation, and can act as mechanically weak points that often result in breakage and slipping. Here, an anchoring suture is presented with a design that facilitates its propagation parallel to the suturing direction, while maximizing its resistive force against the opposite direction of external force to lock its position in tissues. Different microstructures of suture anchors are systematically designed using orthogonal arrays, and selected based on shape factors associated with mechanical strength...
December 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
Young Jin Jang, Hyo Jeong Son, Yong Min Choi, Jiyun Ahn, Chang Hwa Jung, Tae Youl Ha
Apigenin, a natural flavone abundant in various plant-derived foods including parsley and celery, has been shown to prevent inflammation and inflammatory diseases. However, the effect of apigenin on skeletal muscle hypertrophy and myogenic differentiation has not previously been elucidated. Here, we investigated the effects of apigenin on quadricep muscle weight and running distance using C57BL/6 mice on an accelerating treadmill. Apigenin stimulated mRNA expression of MHC (myosin heavy chain) 1, MHC2A, and MHC2B in the quadricep muscles of these animals...
October 3, 2017: Oncotarget
Raolat M Abdulai, Tina Jellesmark Jensen, Naimish R Patel, Michael I Polkey, Paul Jansson, Bartolomé R Celli, Stephen I Rennard
Important features of both stable and acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are skeletal muscle weakness and wasting. Limb muscle dysfunction during an exacerbation has been linked to various adverse outcomes, including prolonged hospitalization, readmission, and mortality. The contributing factors leading to muscle dysfunction are similar to those seen in stable COPD: disuse, nutrition/energy balance, hypercapnia, hypoxemia, electrolyte derangements, inflammation, and drugs (i...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Karlien Mul, Sanne C C Vincenten, Nicol C Voermans, Richard J L F Lemmers, Patrick J van der Vliet, Silvère M van der Maarel, George W Padberg, Corinne G C Horlings, Baziel G M van Engelen
OBJECTIVE: To add quantitative muscle MRI to the clinical trial toolbox for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) by correlating it to clinical outcome measures in a large cohort of genetically and clinically well-characterized patients with FSHD comprising the entire clinical spectrum. METHODS: Quantitative MRI scans of leg muscles of 140 patients with FSHD1 and FSHD2 were assessed for fatty infiltration and TIRM hyperintensities and were correlated to multiple clinical outcome measures...
November 14, 2017: Neurology
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