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Motor Evoked Potentials

Bo-Lun Zhao, Wen-Tao Li, Xiao-Hua Zhou, Su-Qian Wu, Hong-Shi Cao, Zhu-Ren Bao, Li-Bin An
The purpose of the present study was to establish an effective robotic assistive stepping pattern of body-weight-supported treadmill training based on a rat spinal cord injury (SCI) model and assess the effect by comparing this with another frequently used assistive stepping pattern. The recorded stepping patterns of both hind limbs of trained intact rats were edited to establish a 30-sec playback normal rat stepping pattern (NRSP). Step features (step length, step height, step number and swing duration), BBB scores, latencies, and amplitudes of the transcranial electrical motor-evoked potentials (tceMEPs) and neurofilament 200 (NF200) expression in the spinal cord lesion area during and after 3 weeks of body-weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) were compared in rats with spinal contusion receiving NRSP assistance (NRSPA) and those that received manual assistance (MA)...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
V S Klimov, V V Kel'makov, N V Chishchina, A V Evsyukov
AIM: The study aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of intraoperative monitoring of motor evoked potentials (MEPs) for predicting changes in the neurological status of patients with cervical spinal cord tumors in the early postoperative period. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 74 patients with intradural cervical spinal cord tumors who were operated on using motor evoked potential monitoring in the period from 2013 to 2016. There were 29 (39%) males and 46 (61%) females...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Nancy E Epstein
Background: The risk of spinal cord injury (SCI) due to decreased cord perfusion following thoracic/thoracoabdominal aneurysm surgery (T/TL-AAA) and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) ranges up to 20%. For decades, therefore, many vascular surgeons have utilized cerebrospinal fluid drainage (CSFD) to decrease intraspinal pressure and increase blood flow to the spinal cord, thus reducing the risk of SCI/ischemia. Methods: Multiple studies previously recommend utilizing CSFD following T/TL-AAA/TEVAR surgery to treat SCI by increasing spinal cord blood flow...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Stefano Tozza, Raffaele Dubbioso, Rosa Iodice, Antonietta Topa, Marcello Esposito, Lucia Ruggiero, Emanuele Spina, Anna De Rosa, Francesco Saccà, Lucio Santoro, Fiore Manganelli
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a recessive lysosomal lipid storage disorder characterized by central nervous system involvement. Miglustat treatment might improve or stabilize neurological manifestations but there is still limited data on the long-term efficacy. The aim of our study was to report a four-year clinical, neuropsychological and electrophysiological follow-up of two sisters under treatment with miglustat. We report data at basal (T0) and after 4 years (T4) of treatment with miglustat from two sisters (P1 and P2) affected by NPC disease...
March 13, 2018: Neurological Sciences
Kimiya Fujio, Hiroki Obata, Taku Kitamura, Noritaka Kawashima, Kimitaka Nakazawa
Recent studies demonstrated that the corticospinal pathway is one of the key nodes for the feedback control of human standing and that the excitability is flexibly changed according to the current state of posture. However, it has been unclear whether this pathway is also involved in a predictive control of human standing. Here, we investigated whether the corticospinal excitability of the soleus (SOL) and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles during standing would be modulated anticipatorily when perturbation was impending...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Belinda J Poole, Marius Mather, Evan J Livesey, Irina M Harris, Justin A Harris
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the motor cortex produces motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) in contralateral muscles. The amplitude of these MEPs can be used to measure the excitability of the corticospinal tract during motor planning. In two experiments, we investigated learning-related changes in corticospinal excitability as subjects prepared to respond in a choice reaction-time task. Subjects responded with their left or right hand to a left or right arrow, and on some trials the arrow was immediately preceded by a warning cue that signaled which response would be required...
February 21, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
K M Lee, M C Joo, Y M Yu, M-S Kim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between mylohyoid motor-evoked potentials (MH-MEP) and swallowing function and determine the value of MH-MEP for predicting aspiration 3 months poststroke. METHODS: Subacute patients within a month of their first stroke were enrolled up for 2 consecutive years. Videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) were performed twice. Patients were evaluated during VFSS using the penetration aspiration scale (PAS) and videofluoroscopic dysphagia scale (VDS)...
March 13, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Wen Yin, Xing Li, Yannan Zhao, Jun Tan, Shuyu Wu, Yudong Cao, Juan Li, Hecheng Zhu, Weidong Liu, Guihua Tang, Li Meng, Lei Wang, Bin Zhu, Gousiyi Wang, Meizuo Zhong, Xingdong Liu, Dan Xie, Bing Chen, Caiping Ren, Zhifeng Xiao, Xingjun Jiang, Jianwu Dai
Treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI) remains a clinical challenge worldwide because of the complicated inhibitory microenvironment formed post-injury, reduced axonal regenerative ability of spinal cord neurons, and scarcity of endogenous neurogenesis within the lesion center. Taxol, in addition to stabilizing microtubules, has shown potential for decreasing axonal degeneration and reducing scar formation after SCI in rodents. In this study, we further verified the therapeutic effects and clinical potential of Taxol on restriction of scar formation and promotion of neuronal regeneration and functional recovery after severe spinal cord transection in a large animal (canine) model...
March 12, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Giovanni Berlucchi, Giuseppe Vallar
The development and change of knowledge on the function of the parietal lobe from the second half of the 19th century to the early 1970s are reviewed. Motor and somatosensory functions were initially localized in a broad frontoparietal region. At the beginning of the 20th century the motor cortex was restricted to the posterior frontal lobe. The separate attribution of somatosensory functions to the parietal lobe was initially based on anatomic considerations, but mostly on localized bodily sensations elicited by electric stimulation in awake patients...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Anja Püschel, Rasmus Ebel, Patricia Fuchs, Janet Hofmann, Jochen K Schubert, Jan P Roesner, Stefan Bergt, Andreas Wree, Brigitte Vollmar, Ernst Klar, Carsten M Bünger, Sabine Kischkel
BACKROUND: Paraplegia due to spinal cord ischemia (SCI) is a serious complication after repair of thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms. For prevention and early treatment of spinal ischemia intraoperative monitoring of spinal cord integrity is essential. This study was intended to improve recognition of SCI through a combination of transcranial motor-evoked potentials (tc-MEPs), serum markers and innovative breath analysis. METHODS: In nine female German landrace pigs, tc-MEPs were captured, markers of neuronal damage were determined in blood and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were analysed in exhaled air...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Sung Ho Jang, Younghyeon Kwon
RATIONALE: A 45-year-old right-handed female patient suffered head trauma after being hit by a truck that ran into a house. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient lost consciousness for 1 hour and experienced posttraumatic amnesia for 1 month after the accident. DIAGNOSES: She underwent conservative management for a subdural hematoma in the left frontotemporal lobes and intracerebral hematoma in the left frontal lobe. INTERVENTIONS: The patient's Glasgow Coma Scale score was 11...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Giuseppe Lanza, Mariagiovanna Cantone, Debora Aricò, Bartolo Lanuzza, Filomena Irene Ilaria Cosentino, Domenico Paci, Maurizio Papotto, Manuela Pennisi, Rita Bella, Giovanni Pennisi, Walter Paulus, Raffaele Ferri
Background: Based on the hyperexcitability and disinhibition observed in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) following transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), we conducted a study with low-frequency repetitive TMS (rTMS) over the primary motor (M1) and somatosensory cortical areas (S1) in patients with RLS. Methods: A total of 13 right-handed patients and 10 age-matched controls were studied using clinical scales and TMS. Measurements included resting motor threshold (rMT), motor-evoked potentials (MEPs), cortical silent period (CSP), and central motor conduction time (CMCT)...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
Michael R Riley, Adam T Doan, Richard W Vogel, Alexander O Aguirre, Kayla S Pieri, Edward H Scheid
Background Context Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) has gained rather wide-spread acceptance as a method to mitigate risk to the lumbar plexus during Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF) surgery. The most common approach to IONM involves using only electromyography (EMG) monitoring, and the rate of postoperative deficit remains unacceptably high. Other test modalities, such as transcranial electric motor-evoked potentials (tcMEPs) and somatosensory-evoked potentials (SSEPs), may be more suitable for monitoring neural integrity but they have not been widely adopted during LLIF...
March 2, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Orhan Bican, Charles Cho, Leslie Lee, Viet Nguyen, Scheherazade Le, Jeremy Heit, Jaime Lopez
A middle-aged patient underwent staged endovascular embolization of a Spetzler-Martin grade V right parietal arteriovenous malformation(AVM).In the fifth endovascular embolization, after methohexital 10 mg injection into a right posterior choroidal artery feeding the AVM nidus, there was an immediate change in the electroencephalogram (EEG) with simultaneous loss of motor evoked potentials (MEPs) in the bilateral upper and lower extremities and a delayed change in somatosensory evoked potential responses (SSEPs)...
February 25, 2018: Clinical Imaging
José Manuel Matamala, James Howells, Thanuja Dharmadasa, Terry Trinh, Yan Ma, Lydia Lera, Steve Vucic, David Burke, Matthew C Kiernan
Paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) using fixed test stimuli suffers from marked variability of the motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude. Threshold tracking TMS (TT-TMS) was introduced to overcome this problem. The aim of this work was to describe the absolute and relative reliability of short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI) using threshold tracking TMS (TT-TMS). Cortical excitability studies were performed on twenty-six healthy subjects over three sessions (two recordings on the same day and one seven days apart), with MEPs recorded over abductor pollicis brevis...
March 1, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Atsuhiro Kojima, Isako Saga, Mami Ishikawa
BACKGROUND: Hypoglossal nerve deficit is a possible complication caused by carotid endarterectomy (CEA). The accidental injury of the hypoglossal nerve during surgery is one of the major reasons for permanent hypoglossal nerve palsy. In this study, we investigated the usefulness of intraoperative mapping of the hypoglossal nerve to identify this nerve during CEA. METHODS: Five consecutive patients who underwent CEA for the treatment of symptomatic or asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis were studied...
February 28, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Michele Dileone, Laura Mordillo-Mateos, Antonio Oliviero, Guglielmo Foffani
BACKGROUND: Transcranial static magnetic field stimulation (tSMS) was recently added to the family of inhibitory non-invasive brain stimulation techniques. However, the application of tSMS for 10-20 min over the motor cortex (M1) induces only short-lasting effects that revert within few minutes. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether increasing the duration of tSMS to 30 min leads to long-lasting changes in cortical excitability, which is critical for translating tSMS toward clinical applications...
February 7, 2018: Brain Stimulation
Pooja Parikh, Justin Cheongsiatmoy, Parastou Shilian, Andres A Gonzalez
PURPOSE: Transcranial motor evoked potentials (TcMEPs) are the preferred modality to monitor the integrity of motor pathways during surgery. Recently, it has also been used as a method to help with detection of nerve roots injuries. Adequate baseline muscle responses are vital to detect nerve injury. We have observed that TcMEP responses are not homogeneous across multiple myotomes, but this has not been studied systematically. Our objective is to determine whether there are any relative differences in amplitude or morphology of TcMEPs across various lower extremity muscles...
March 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Lari M Koponen, Jaakko O Nieminen, Tuomas P Mutanen, Risto J Ilmoniemi
State-of-the-art noninvasive electromagnetic recording techniques allow observing neuronal dynamics down to the millisecond scale. Direct measurement of faster events has been limited to in vitro or invasive recordings. To overcome this limitation, we introduce a new paradigm for transcranial magnetic stimulation. We adjusted the stimulation waveform on the microsecond scale, by varying the duration between the positive and negative phase of the induced electric field, and studied corresponding changes in the elicited motor responses...
March 2, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Hikari Kirimoto, Hiroyuki Tamaki, Naufumi Otsuru, Koya Yamashiro, Hideaki Onishi, Ippei Nojima, Antonio Oliviero
Transcranial static magnetic field stimulation (tSMS) is a novel and inexpensive, non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) technique. Here, we performed non-invasive modulation of intra-epidermal electrical stimulation-evoked potentials (IES-EPs) by applying tSMS or sham stimulation over the primary motor (M1) and somatosensory (S1) cortices in 18 healthy volunteers for 15 min. We recorded EPs after IES before, right after, and 10 min after tSMS. The IES-EP amplitude was significantly reduced immediately after tSMS over M1, whereas tSMS over S1 and sham stimulation did not affect the IES-EP amplitude...
2018: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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