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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814047/a-simple-tool-to-measure-spasticity-in-spinal-cord-injury-subjects
#1
Arash Arami, Nevio L Tagliamonte, Federica Tamburella, Hsieng-Yung Huang, Marco Molinari, Etienne Burdet
This work presents a wearable device and the algorithms for quantitative modelling of joint spasticity and its application in a pilot group of subjects with different levels of spinal cord injury. The device comprises light-weight instrumented handles to measure the interaction force between the subject and the physical therapist performing the tests, EMG sensors and inertial measurement units to measure muscle activity and joint kinematics. Experimental tests included the passive movement of different body segments, where the spasticity was expected, at different velocities...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804760/autopsy-case-of-the-c12orf65-mutation-in-a-patient-with-signs-of-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#2
Hideaki Nishihara, Masatoshi Omoto, Masaki Takao, Yujiro Higuchi, Michiaki Koga, Motoharu Kawai, Hiroo Kawano, Eiji Ikeda, Hiroshi Takashima, Takashi Kanda
OBJECTIVE: To describe the autopsy case of a patient with a homozygous 2-base deletion, c171_172delGA (p.N58fs), in the C12orf65 gene. METHODS: We described the clinical history, neuroimaging data, neuropathology, and genetic analysis of the patients with C12orf65 mutations. RESULTS: The patient was a Japanese woman with a history of delayed psychomotor development, primary amenorrhea, and gait disturbance in her 20s. She was hospitalized because of respiratory failure at the age of 60...
August 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801220/multiple-reflex-pathways-contribute-to-bladder-activation-by-intraurethral-stimulation-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Meredith J McGee, Brandon D Swan, Zachary C Danziger, Cindy L Amundsen, Warren M Grill
OBJECTIVES: To measure the urodynamic effects of electrical co-stimulation of two individual sites in the proximal and distal urethra in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). This work was motivated by preclinical findings that selective co-stimulation of the cranial urethral sensory nerve and the dorsal genital nerve, which innervate the proximal and distal portions of the urethra, respectively, increased reflex bladder activation and voiding efficiency. METHODS: Electrical co-stimulation of urethral afferents was conducted in persons with chronic SCI during urodynamics...
August 8, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798719/fulminant-acute-ascending-hemorrhagic-myelitis-treated-with-eculizumab
#4
Nang Boe Ohnmar Hsam, Klemens Angstwurm, Sebastian Peters, Kornelius Fuchs, Gerhard Schuierer, Ulrich Bogdahn, Robert Weissert
We describe an 18-year-old patient who developed back pain, rapidly ascending sensomotory deficits, bladder dysfunction, Lhermitte's sign, absent abdominal reflexes of all three levels, brisk tendon reflexes, and positive Babinski's sign. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spinal cord showed a long segment of cervical and thoracic intramedullary signal hyperintensity suggesting a longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis possibly within the course of a fast progressing ascending immune-mediated hemorrhagic myelopathy...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797588/longitudinal-assessments-in-discordant-twins-with-sma
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Marika Pane, Leonardo Lapenta, Emanuela Abiusi, Roberto de Sanctis, Marco Luigetti, Concetta Palermo, Domiziana Ranalli, Stefania Fiori, Francesco Danilo Tiziano, Eugenio Mercuri
We report longitudinal clinical and neurophysiological assessments in twins affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with discordant phenotypes. The boy had the homozygous deletion of SMN1, a typical type 1 SMA course, and died at the age of eight months. His twin sister, asymptomatic at the time of the diagnosis in her brother, had the same genetic defect but she developed clinical and electrophysiological signs of type 2 SMA. The reduction of tendon reflexes was the first clinical sign at the age of 4 months, followed within few weeks, by a mild decrement in the amplitude of the compound motor action potentials...
July 8, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794635/electrophysiological-findings-of-turkish-patients-with-restless-legs-syndrome
#6
Ahmet Özsimsek, Hasan Rifat Koyuncuoglu
We aimed to investigate changes in electrophysiological findings in Turkish patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS), including F-wave latency (FWL), peripheral silent period (PSP), and Hoffmann reflex. The study took place in a university hospital in Turkey and involved 30 newly diagnosed RLS patients and 30 healthy controls who were matched for age and gender. Participant's demographics (age, gender, weight, and height), laboratory findings, and electrophysiological test outcomes were gathered and analyzed...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790970/structural-and-functional-substitution-of-deleted-primary-sensory-neurons-by-new-growth-from-intrinsic-spinal-cord-nerve-cells-an-alternative-concept-in-reconstruction-of-spinal-cord-circuits
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Nicholas D James, Maria Angéria, Elizabeth J Bradbury, Peter Damberg, Stephen B McMahon, Mårten Risling, Thomas Carlstedt
In a recent clinical report, return of the tendon stretch reflex was demonstrated after spinal cord surgery in a case of total traumatic brachial plexus avulsion injury. Peripheral nerve grafts had been implanted into the spinal cord to reconnect to the peripheral nerves for motor and sensory function. The dorsal root ganglia (DRG) containing the primary sensory nerve cells had been surgically removed in order for secondary or spinal cord sensory neurons to extend into the periphery and replace the deleted DRG neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782691/first-case-of-autonomic-dysrefleixa-following-elective-lower-thoracic-spinal-cord-transection-in-a-spina-bifida-adult
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Juanita Garces, Mansour Mathkour, Tyler Scullen, Lora Kahn, Erin Biro, Olawale A R Sulaiman, Roger Smith, Cuong J Bui
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord transection is a radical but effective treatment for highly selective cases of symptomatic spinal re-tethering in paraplegic spina bifida patients. Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a potentially life-threatening syndrome involving a dysregulated sympathetic discharge reflex commonly seen following cervical and high thoracic spinal cord injury leading to a disconnect between autonomic pathways above and below the lesion that can lead to severe complications including uncontrolled hypertension, bradycardia, stroke, and potentially death...
August 3, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782237/comparison-of-bladder-inhibitory-effects-of-patterned-spinal-nerve-stimulation-with-conventional-neuromodulation-in-the-rat
#9
Xin Su, Heather A Simenson, Kunal Paralikar, Heather D Orser
OBJECTIVES: The present study compared the effectiveness of patterned frequency of spinal nerve stimulation (SNS) with continuous, fixed-frequency nerve stimulation in an animal model of the bladder reflex contraction (BRC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In anesthetized female rats, wire electrodes were placed under each of the L6 spinal nerve to produce bilateral SNS. A cannula was placed into the bladder via the urethra, and the urethra was ligated to ensure an isovolumetric bladder...
August 7, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781913/nursing-review-section-of-surgical-neurology-international-evaluation-of-cervical-disc-disease-and-when-surgery-is-warranted
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REVIEW
Nancy E Epstein, Renee D Hollingsworth
BACKGROUND: Patients with cervical disc disease may present with radiculopathy (root compression), myelopathy (cord compression), or myeloradiculopathy. These complaints must be correlated with x-ray, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and computed tomographic (CT) scans. Although most patients can be managed nonsurgically, those with significant neurological deficits and larger disc herniations may require surgery. METHODS: The symptoms of cervical radiculopathy include pain radiating down one or both arms, while myelopathy may result in more diffuse numbness tingling or weakness in the upper and/or lower extremities...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776505/effects-of-cathodal-trans-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-on-lower-urinary-tract-function-in-normal-and-spinal-cord-injury-mice-with-overactive-bladder
#11
Zaghloul Ahmed
OBJECTIVE: Lower urinary tract (LUT) dysfunction is a monumental problem affecting quality of life following neurotrauma, such as spinal cord injury (SCI). Proper function of the bladder and its associated structures depends on coordinated activity of the neuronal circuitry in the spinal cord and brain. Disconnection between the spinal and brain centers controlling the LUT causes fundamental changes in the mechanisms involved in the micturition and storage reflexes. We investigated the effects of cathodal trans-spinal direct current stimulation (c-tsDCS) of the lumbosacral spine on bladder and external urinary sphincter (EUS) functions...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763002/toll-like-receptor-4-inhibitor-tak-242-attenuates-motor-dysfunction-and-spinal-cord-pathology-in-an-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-mouse-model
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Avi Fellner, Yael Barhum, Ariel Angel, Nisim Perets, Israel Steiner, Daniel Offen, Nirit Lev
Neuroinflammation contributes to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) progression. TLR4, a transmembrane protein that plays a central role in activation of the innate immune system, has been shown to induce microglial activation in ALS models. TLR4 is up-regulated in the spinal cords of hSOD1(G93A) mice. We aimed to examine the effects of specific TLR4 inhibition on disease progression and survival in the hSOD1(G93A) mouse model of ALS. Immunologic effect of TLR4 inhibition in vitro was measured by the effect of TAK-242 treatment on LPS-induced splenocytes proliferation...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758117/neurocardiology-cardiovascular-changes-and-specific-brain-region-infarcts
#13
REVIEW
Rongjun Zou, Wanting Shi, Jun Tao, Hongmu Li, Xifeng Lin, Songran Yang, Ping Hua
There are complex and dynamic reflex control networks between the heart and the brain, including cardiac and intrathoracic ganglia, spinal cord, brainstem, and central nucleus. Recent literature based on animal model and clinical trials indicates a close link between cardiac function and nervous systems. It is noteworthy that the autonomic nervous-based therapeutics has shown great potential in the management of atrial fibrillation, ventricular arrhythmia, and myocardial remodeling. However, the potential mechanisms of postoperative brain injury and cardiovascular changes, particularly heart rate variability and the presence of arrhythmias, are not understood...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751267/detrusor-contraction-during-rapid-bladder-filling-caused-by-cold-or-warm-water-a-randomized-controlled-double-blind-trial
#14
Marko Kozomara, Ulrich Mehnert, Burkhardt Seifert, Thomas M Kessler
PURPOSE: We investigated if the detrusor contraction during rapid bladder filling is provoked by cold or warm water. PATIENTS & METHODS: Patients suffering from neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (NLUTD) were included into this randomized controlled double-blind trial. At the end of standard urodynamic investigation, the patients received 2 fillings of the bladder using a 4°C (ice water test, IWT) or 36°C (warm water test, WWT) saline solution with a speed of 100 mL/min...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747602/inflammation-amplifier-and-gateway-reflex-the-regulation-of-inflammation-by-neuroimmune-interaction
#15
Ikuma Nakagawa, Masaaki Murakami
  Central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of brain and spinal cord, is protected from the invasion of harmful agents, such as various pathogens, chemical products or immune cells by a special structure "Blood Brain Barrier (BBB)". BBB highly preserves the homeostasis of CNS environment. On the other hand, there are many diseases in CNS regions which is associated with infection or autoimmunity, that means there may exist the "gateway" for pathogens or immune cells to attack CNS. Until recently, the molecular mechanism of the gateway formation has not been elucidated...
2017: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743726/why-new-spinal-cord-plasticity-does-not-disrupt-old-motor-behaviors
#16
Yi Chen, Lu Chen, Yu Wang, Xiang Yang Chen, Jonathan R Wolpaw
When new motor learning changes the spinal cord, old behaviors are not impaired; their key features are preserved by additional, compensatory, plasticity. To explore the mechanisms responsible for this compensatory plasticity, we transected the spinal dorsal ascending tract (DA) before or after female rats acquired a new behavior -- operantly conditioned increase or decrease in the right soleus H-reflex - and examined an old behavior - locomotion. Neither DA transection nor H-reflex conditioning alone impaired locomotion...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743454/convergence-of-primary-sensory-cortex-and-cerebellar-nuclei-pathways-in-the-whisker-system
#17
REVIEW
Carmen B Schäfer, Freek E Hoebeek
To safely maneuver through the environment the brain needs to compare active sensory information with ongoing motor programs. This process occurs at various levels in the brain: at the lower level, i.e., in the spinal cord, reflexes are generated for the most primitive motor responses; at the intermediate level, i.e., in the brainstem, various nuclei co-process sensory- and motor-related inputs; and, at the higher level cerebellum and thalamo-cortical networks individually compute suitable commands for fine-tuned motor output...
July 22, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734171/muscle-synergies-reveal-impaired-trunk-muscle-coordination-strategies-in-individuals-with-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
#18
Matija Milosevic, Hikaru Yokoyama, Murielle Grangeon, Kei Masani, Milos R Popovic, Kimitaka Nakazawa, Dany H Gagnon
Spinal cord injury (SCI) can result in paralysis of trunk muscles, which can affect sitting balance. The objective of this study was to analyze trunk muscle coordination of individuals with thoracic SCI and compare it to able-body individuals. A total of 27 individuals were recruited and subdivided into: (a) high thoracic SCI; (b) low thoracic SCI; and (c) able-body groups. Participants were seated and asked to lean their trunk in eight directions while trunk muscle activity was recorded. Muscle coordination was assessed using the non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) method to extract muscle modules, which are the synergistic trunk muscle activations, and their directional activation patterns...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728939/autonomic-dysreflexia-somatosympathetic-and-viscerosympathetic-vasoconstrictor-responses-to-innocuous-and-noxious-sensory-stimulation-below-lesion-in-human-spinal-cord-injury
#19
Rachael Brown, Alexander R Burton, Vaughan G Macefield
Autonomic dysreflexia is a dangerous elevation in blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury (SCI), produced by a spinally-mediated reflex activation of sympathetic vasoconstrictor neurones supplying skeletal muscle and the gut. Current dogma states that, apart from visceral inputs - such as those originating from a distended bladder or impacted colon - autonomic dysreflexia is triggered by noxious inputs below the lesion. However, while selective stimulation of small-diameter afferents in muscle or skin evokes a sustained increase in muscle sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure, and a transient increase in skin sympathetic nerve activity and decrease in skin blood flow in able-bodied subjects, such noxious inputs have no effects on blood pressure and skin blood flow in SCI individuals...
July 13, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725191/bilateral-reflex-fluctuations-during-rhythmic-movement-of-remote-limb-pairs
#20
Rinaldo A Mezzarane, Tsuyoshi Nakajima, E Paul Zehr
The modulation of spinal cord excitability during rhythmic limb movement reflects the neuronal coordination underlying actions of the arms and legs. Integration of network activity in the spinal cord can be assessed by reflex variability between the limbs, an approach so far very little studied. The present work addresses this question by eliciting Hoffmann (H-) reflexes in both limbs to assess if common drive onto bilateral pools of motoneurons influence spinal cord excitability simultaneously or with a delay between sides...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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