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Somatosensory Evoked Potentials

Min Cheol Joo, Chul Hwan Jang, Jong Tae Park, Seung Won Choi, Seungil Ro, Min Seob Kim, Moon Young Lee
Although electrical stimulation is therapeutically applied for neural regeneration in patients, it remains unclear how electrical stimulation exerts its effects at the molecular level on spinal cord injury (SCI). To identify the signaling pathway involved in electrical stimulation improving the function of injured spinal cord, 21 female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to three groups: control (no surgical intervention, n = 6), SCI (SCI only, n = 5), and electrical simulation (ES; SCI induction followed by ES treatment, n = 10)...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Massimiliano Valeriani, Costanza Pazzaglia, Vincenzo Rizzo, Angelo Quartarone, Catello Vollono
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the mechanism subtending the analgesic effect of high frequency non-painful somatosensory stimulation. METHODS: Laser evoked potentials (LEPs) and laser-pain rating were obtained from healthy subjects to stimulation of different parts of the body. LEPs were recorded at baseline and during non-painful electrical stimulation of the superficial branch of the right radial nerve (RRES). RESULTS: RRES reduced N2/P2 LEP amplitude to right radial (F(8,10)  = 82...
February 24, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Antonella Macerollo, Matt J N Brown, James M Kilner, Robert Chen
Measurements of somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs), recorded using electroencephalography during different phases of movement, have been fundamental in understanding the neurophysiological changes related to motor control. SEP recordings have also been used to investigate adaptive plasticity changes in somatosensory processing related to active and observational motor learning tasks. Combining noninvasive brain stimulation with SEP recordings and intracranial SEP depth recordings, including recordings from deep brain stimulation electrodes, has been critical in identifying neural areas involved in specific temporal stages of somatosensory processing...
March 14, 2018: Trends in Neurosciences
A Galvez-Pol, B Calvo-Merino, A Capilla, B Forster
Working memory (WM) supports temporary maintenance of task-relevant information. This process is associated with persistent activity in the sensory cortex processing the information (e.g., visual stimuli activate visual cortex). However, we argue here that more multifaceted stimuli moderate this sensory-locked activity and recruit distinctive cortices. Specifically, perception of bodies recruits somatosensory cortex (SCx) beyond early visual areas (suggesting embodiment processes). Here we explore persistent activation in processing areas beyond the sensory cortex initially relevant to the modality of the stimuli...
March 13, 2018: NeuroImage
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
Ine Vandewauw, Katrien De Clercq, Marie Mulier, Katharina Held, Silvia Pinto, Nele Van Ranst, Andrei Segal, Thierry Voet, Rudi Vennekens, Katharina Zimmermann, Joris Vriens, Thomas Voets
Acute pain represents a crucial alarm signal to protect us from injury. Whereas the nociceptive neurons that convey pain signals were described more than a century ago, the molecular sensors that detect noxious thermal or mechanical insults have yet to be fully identified. Here we show that acute noxious heat sensing in mice depends on a triad of transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels: TRPM3, TRPV1, and TRPA1. We found that robust somatosensory heat responsiveness at the cellular and behavioural levels is observed only if at least one of these TRP channels is functional...
March 14, 2018: Nature
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
Braulio Hernández-Godínez, Adrián Poblano, Herlinda Bonilla-Jaime, Marcela Artega-Silva, Stephanie Sánchez-Torres, Rodrigo Mondragón-Lozano, Alejandra Ibáñez-Contreras
BACKGROUND: Somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) make it possible to obtain functional data on the activity of somatosensory pathway. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the ontogeny of electrical nerve conduction in male rhesus monkeys using SEPs in correlation with the development of the musculoskeletal system based on somatometry and musculoskeletal enzymes. METHODS: Somatosensory evoked potentials of the medial and tibial nerves were performed, and somatometric measurements were obtained: total length, arm and forearm length, and thigh and calf length...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Primatology
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
Jingwei Zhao, Xuying Luo, Zheng Zhang, Kai Chen, Guangzhi Shi, Jianxin Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To explore the application value of short latency somatosensory evoked potentials (SLSEP) as a tool for preoperative assessment of surgical or interventional treatment in patients with severe aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). METHODS: A prospective observational cohort study was conducted. The patients with severe aSAH with a WFNS grade of IV or V admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Beijing Tiantan Hospital of Capital Medical University from November 2016 to April 2017 were enrolled...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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
Sung Wook Kim, Joo Suk Oh, Jungtaek Park, Hyun Ho Jeong, Ji Hoon Kim, Jung Hee Wee, Sang Hoon Oh, Seung Pill Choi, Kyu Nam Park
OBJECTIVES: The absence of N20 somatosensory evoked potential after cardiac arrest is related to poor outcome. However, discrimination between the low-amplitude and the absence of N20 is challenging. P25 and P30 are short-latency positive peaks with latencies between 25 and 30 ms following N20 (P25/30). P25/30 is evident even with an ambiguous N20 in patients with good outcome. Therefore, we evaluated the predictive value of P25/30 after cardiac arrest. DESIGN: A retrospective observational study...
March 1, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
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
Konstantina Kalogianni, Jan C de Munck, Guido Nolte, Alistair N Vardy, Frans C T van der Helm, Andreas Daffertshofer
BACKGROUND: The accuracy of source reconstruction depends on the spatial configuration of the neural sources underlying encephalographic signals, the temporal distance of the source activity, the level and structure of noise in the recordings, and - of course - on the employed inverse method. This plenitude of factors renders a definition of 'spatial resolution' of the electro-encephalogram (EEG) a challenge. NEW METHOD: A proper definition of spatial resolution requires a ground truth...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Vinod Kumar Tewari, Rituj Somvanshi, Ravindra Bihari Trivedi, Mazhar Hussain, H K Das Gupta, R S Dubey
Tethering of the spinal cord in the lumbosacral region with myelomeningocele is a well-known phenomenon. Only sporadic cases of tethering along the rest of the neuraxis, including the hindbrain, cervical, and thoracic spinal cord have been documented, always along with some associated congenital malformations (hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, myelomeningocele, meningocele, hamartomatous stalk, spina bifida occulta, intramedullary lipoma, intradural fibrous adhesions, the fusion of the sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae, split cord malformation, or low-lying cord)...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
A V Strobel, H Tankisi, N B Finnerup, A Fuglsang-Frederiksen, P Jennum, K B Svendsen, F I Kirov, M Otto
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic REM sleep behaviour disorder (iRBD) has been recognised as a significant biomarker for developing a neurodegenerative alpha-synucleinopathy, which is why iRBD is considered to be a prodromal state for alpha-synucleinopathies including Parkinson's disease (PD). Many patients with PD suffer from complaints of pain and present impaired somatosensory function. We hypothesized that pain perception and somatosensory function could be altered already in a preclinical stage of PD including iRBD...
February 2018: Sleep Medicine
Mayo Faulkner, Sana Hannan, Kirill Y Aristovich, James Avery, David S Holder
<i>Objective</i>. Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) can image impedance changes associated with evoked physiological activity in the cerebral cortex using an array of epicortical electrodes. An impedance change is observed as the externally applied current, normally confined to the extracellular space is admitted into the conducting intracellular space during neuronal depolarisation. The response is largest at DC and decreases at higher frequencies due to capacitative transfer of current across the membrane...
February 16, 2018: Physiological Measurement
Hilary Z Hu, Nicolas Granger, S Balakrishna Pai, Ravi V Bellamkonda, Nick D Jeffery
Many hundreds of thousands of people around the world are living with the long-term consequences of spinal cord injury and they need effective new therapies. Laboratory research in experimental animals has identified a large number of potentially translatable interventions but transition to the clinic is not straightforward. Further evidence of efficacy in more clinically-relevant lesions is required to gain sufficient confidence to commence human clinical trials. Of the many therapeutic candidates currently available, intraspinally applied chondroitinase ABC has particularly well documented efficacy in experimental animals...
February 9, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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