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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728619/restless-genital-syndrome-differential-diagnosis-and-treatment-with-pramipexole
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Emilia Sforza, David Hupin, Frédéric Roche
Restless genital syndrome refers to excessive and persistent sensations of genital and clitoral arousal with the absence of conscious feeling of sexual desire. These sensations have been linked to symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS) or an overactive bladder. Restless genital syndrome may be related to small fiber sensory neuropathy of the dorsal nerve of the clitoris, so it more frequently occurs in women. The association with RLS suggests a possible dopaminergic mechanism. We report a case of a 74-year-old woman who presented restless genital symptoms every night in association with RLS symptoms...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722694/early-life-vincristine-exposure-evokes-mechanical-pain-hypersensitivity-in-the-developing-rat
#2
Katie A Schappacher, Lauren Styczynski, Mark L Baccei
Vincristine (VNC) is commonly used to treat pediatric cancers, including the most prevalent childhood malignancy, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Although clinical evidence suggests that VNC causes peripheral neuropathy in children, the degree to which pediatric chemotherapeutic regimens influence pain sensitivity throughout life remains unclear, in part because of the lack of an established animal model of chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain during early life. Therefore, this study investigated the effects of VNC exposure between postnatal days (P) 11 and 21 on mechanical and thermal pain sensitivity in the developing rat...
May 30, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685718/clinical-characteristics-electrophysiology-and-skin-biopsy-of-38-peripheral-neuropathy-cases-with-small-fiber-involvement-of-various-etiologies
#3
Bo Sun, Li-Zhi Liu, Yi-Fan Li, Zhao-Hui Chen, Li Ling, Fei Yang, Fang Cui, Xu-Sheng Huang
BACKGROUND: In small fiber neuropathy (SFN), thinly myelinated Aδ and unmyelinated C fibers are primarily affected, resulting in sensory and/or autonomic symptoms. Various etiologies have been shown to be associated with SFN. This study was aimed to analyze a variety of features in peripheral neuropathy (PN) with small fiber involvement, and to compare disease severity among patients with idiopathic PN, PN associated with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), and metabolic syndrome (MS) PN...
July 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678039/familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy
#4
David Adams, Cécile Cauquil, Céline Labeyrie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy is the most disabling hereditary polyneuropathy of adult onset because of a point mutation of transthyretin gene. This review updates our knowledge about natural history of the disease, phenotypes, diagnosis tools for small and large fibers involvement, expert's consensus for both symptomatic and asymptomatic follow-up, and treatment's research. RECENT FINDINGS: Access to TTR gene sequencing permit diagnosis and first reports of the disease in nonendemic countries (EU countries, United States, China, India)...
July 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667178/a-new-potential-biomarker-for-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-skin-nerve-%C3%AE-synuclein-deposits
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Vincenzo Donadio, Alex Incensi, Giovanni Rizzo, Sabina Capellari, Roberta Pantieri, Michelangelo Stanzani Maserati, Grazia Devigili, Roberto Eleopra, Giovanni Defazio, Federico Montini, Agostino Baruzzi, Rocco Liguori
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether (1) phosphorylated α-synuclein (p-syn) deposits in skin nerves could be useful in differentiating dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) from different forms of dementia and (2) small fiber neuropathy (SFN) is associated with DLB. METHODS: We studied 18 well-characterized patients with DLB (11 with autonomic dysfunction), 23 patients with nonsynucleinopathy dementia (NSD; 13 with young-onset Alzheimer disease dementia, 6 frontotemporal dementia, and 4 vascular dementia), and 25 healthy controls...
June 30, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639956/small-fiber-neuropathy-a-disabling-and-underrecognized-syndrome
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Mareye Voortman, Daan Fritz, Oscar J M Vogels, Filip Eftimov, Diederik van de Beek, Matthijs C Brouwer, Marjolein Drent
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss cause, clinical manifestations, diagnostics, and treatment of small fiber neuropathy (SFN). The diagnosis is difficult and can be easily missed. RECENT FINDINGS: SFN causes high morbidity with disabling symptoms and impact on quality of life. Patients may benefit from being diagnosed with SFN, even if no underlying cause is identified and no specific treatment is yet available. Recently, genetic mutations as a possible cause of SFN were identified...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636612/laminin-211-inhibits-protein-kinase-a-in-schwann-cells-to-modulate-neuregulin-1-type-iii-driven-myelination
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Monica Ghidinelli, Yannick Poitelon, Yoon Kyoung Shin, Dominique Ameroso, Courtney Williamson, Cinzia Ferri, Marta Pellegatta, Kevin Espino, Amit Mogha, Kelly Monk, Paola Podini, Carla Taveggia, Klaus-Armin Nave, Lawrence Wrabetz, Hwan Tae Park, Maria Laura Feltri
Myelin is required for proper nervous system function. Schwann cells in developing nerves depend on extrinsic signals from the axon and from the extracellular matrix to first sort and ensheathe a single axon and then myelinate it. Neuregulin 1 type III (Nrg1III) and laminin α2β1γ1 (Lm211) are the key axonal and matrix signals, respectively, but how their signaling is integrated and if each molecule controls both axonal sorting and myelination is unclear. Here, we use a series of epistasis experiments to show that Lm211 modulates neuregulin signaling to ensure the correct timing and amount of myelination...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616394/new-method-of-sudomotor-function-measurement-to-detect-microvascular-disease-and-sweat-gland-nerve-or-unmyelinated-c-fiber-dysfunction-in-adults-with-retinopathy
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John E Lewis, Steven E Atlas, Ammar Rasul, Ashar Farooqi, Laura Lantigua, Oscar L Higuera, Andrea Fiallo, Lianette Laria, Renata Picciani, Ken Wals, Zohar Yehoshua, Armando Mendez, Janet Konefal, Sharon Goldberg, Judi Woolger
BACKGROUND: Diabetes-associated microvascular complications such as retinopathy and neuropathy often lead to end-organ and tissue damage. Impaired skin microcirculation often precedes the detection of other advanced diabetic complications. The ANS-1 system contains a redesigned sympathetic skin response (ANS-1 SSR) device that measures sudomotor function, a photoplethysmography sensor, and a blood pressure device to comprehensively assess cardiac autonomic neuropathy and endothelial dysfunction...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612296/kinesin-5-blocker-monastrol-protects-against-bortezomib-induced-peripheral-neurotoxicity
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Ilja Bobylev, Dominik Peters, Maulik Vyas, Mohammed Barham, Ines Klein, Elke Pogge von Strandmann, Wolfram F Neiss, Helmar C Lehmann
Neurotoxicity is a relevant side effect of bortezomib treatment. Previous reports have shown that the development of peripheral neuropathy caused by anti-neoplastic agents may be a result of reduced axonal transport. Based on evidence from prior studies that the kinesin-5 inhibitor monastrol enhances axonal transport and improves neuronal regeneration, we focused on the neuroprotective role of monastrol during the chemotherapeutic treatment with bortezomib. Prolonged treatment of C57BL/6 mice with bortezomib induced a length-dependent small-fiber neuropathy with axonal atrophy and loss of sensory nerve fibers...
June 13, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594979/use-of-corneal-confocal-microscopy-to-evaluate-small-nerve-fibers-in-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus
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Harriet I Kemp, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Andrew S C Rice, Jan Vollert, Christoph Maier, Dietrich Sturm, Marc Schargus, Tunde Peto, Scott Hau, Reena Chopra, Rayaz A Malik
Importance: Objective quantification of small fiber neuropathy in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated sensory neuropathy (HIV-SN) is difficult but needed for diagnosis and monitoring. In vivo corneal confocal microscopy (IVCCM) can quantify small fiber damage. Objective: To establish whether IVCCM can identify an abnormality in corneal nerve fibers and Langerhans cells in patients with and without HIV-SN. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective, cross-sectional cohort study was conducted between July 24, 2015, and September 17, 2015...
July 1, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584314/is-ulnar-nerve-entrapment-at-wrist-frequent-among-patients-with-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-occupationally-exposed-to-monotype-wrist-movements
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Magdalena Lewańska, Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa
OBJECTIVES: Association between carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and ulnar nerve entrapment at wrist remains controversial. The aim of the study has been to investigate the prevalence of Guyon's canal syndrome amongst patients diagnosed with the CTS, occupationally exposed to repetitive wrist movements. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The retrospective analysis of 310 patients (268 females, 42 males) representing the mean age of 52±7 years old hospitalized for the suspected occupational CTS was performed...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579207/peripheral-nerve-involvement-in-fabry-s-disease-which-investigations-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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J Franques, P Sahuc, B Dussol, G Penaranda, L Swiader, R Froissart, S Attarian, C Stavris, L Chiche, J Pouget
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve system (PNS) involvement is common in Fabry's disease (FD), predominantly affecting the small nerve fibers that are difficult to investigate with conventional electrophysiological methods. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighteen patients followed for Fabry's disease underwent a prospective series of electroneurophysiological explorations, including a study of the cardiac parasympathetic autonomic nervous system (ANS) and electrochemical skin conductance (ESC) tests...
June 1, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566165/peripheral-neuropathy-in-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Panagiotis Zis, Richard A Grünewald, Ray Kallol Chaudhuri, Marios Hadjivassiliou
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) has been associated with peripheral neuropathy (PN). PN has been demonstrated in some rare genetic forms of PD (e.g. PARK2 mutations) but has also been linked to levodopa exposure. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review is to clarify any evidence of peripheral nervous system involvement in idiopathic PD. METHODS: A systematic computer-based literature search was conducted on PubMed database. FINDINGS: The pooled estimate of the prevalence of large fiber PN in PD was 16...
July 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561925/evolution-of-sensory-neuropathy-after-initiation-of-antiretroviral-therapy
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Chad M Centner, Francesca Little, Johan J van der Watt, John-Randel Vermaak, Joel A Dave, Naomi S Levitt, Jeannine M Heckmann
INTRODUCTION: We studied the evolution of sensory neuropathy after antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV-infected South Africans. METHODS: Enrolment commenced before ART with 6-monthly follow-up for 24 months. Symptomatic distal sensory polyneuropathy (SDSP) was defined as one symptom and sign. Symptom/sign scores were compared between visits. RESULTS: We enrolled 184 participants. Pre-ART, 16% had SDSP. After 18 months of ART, pain prevalence decreased in those with pre-ART SDSP (odds ratio [OR] 0...
May 31, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556268/incidence-of-non-amyloidogenic-mutations-in-the-transthyretin-gene-in-patients-with-autonomic-and-small-fiber-neuropathy
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Todd D Levine, Ruth J Bland Fnp
Introduction Mutations of the transthyretin (TTR) gene have been associated with polyneuropathy; the protein product has a tendency to form amyloid deposits in the peripheral nervous system. METHODS: Patients with small fiber neuropathy (SFN) with or without autonomic symptoms were given skin biopsies to assess nerve fiber density. Any patient with autonomic symptoms was assessed for autonomic neuropathy (AN). If testing revealed no clear cause of neuropathy, the TTR gene was sequenced...
May 26, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526993/microvascular-complications-associated-with-rapid-improvements-in-glycemic-control-in-diabetes
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REVIEW
Christopher H Gibbons, Ann Goebel-Fabbri
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Aggressive glycemic control has become the standard clinical approach to diabetes care. Unintended consequences have included the development of microvascular complications that are related to the rapidity of glycemic improvement. RECENT FINDINGS: Diabetic neuropathy may develop in up to 10% of individuals secondary to aggressive glycemic control. The neuropathy is predominantly small fiber sensory and autonomic, and the severity of the neuropathy is tied to the change in the glycosylated hemoglobin A1C...
July 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522768/a-model-for-in-vivo-analysis-of-sudomotor-sympathetic-c-fiber-activation-and-human-sweat-gland-output
#17
Gary W Mack
Quantitative assessment of small fiber peripheral neuropathy often involves an evaluation of the interaction between the C-fiber sudomotor nerve and local sweat rate (SR). Typically, some sort of quantitative sudomotor axon reflex test (QSART) is performed to aid in diagnosing small fiber dysfunction. The currently used QSART demonstrates only moderate test-retest reliability and therefore limits its usefulness in tracking small fiber dysfunction. A new experimental model to examine small C-fiber function in the skin using intradermal electrical stimulation and simultaneous monitoring of SR is proposed...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521198/clinical-characteristics-and-risk-factors-of-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-of-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-patients
#18
Xia Zhang, Chen Fang, Xiang Li, Yong-Jun Cao, Qi-Lin Zhang, Hong-Hong Zhang, Yun Huang, Ji Hu, Chun-Feng Liu
BACKGROUND: Small nerve fibers are more easily injured than large ones for diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). The study investigated the characteristics and related risk factors of DPN of T1DM patients using nerve conduction velocity and CPT values, which provided evidences for its early diagnosis. METHODS: 70 T1DM patients and 48 healthy volunteers were included. All subjects accepted nerve conduction velocity and CPT examinations for four limbs. Detailed clinical indicators were recorded...
July 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493226/-etiology-and-pathophysiology-of-fibromyalgia-syndrome-updated-guidelines-2017-overview-of-systematic-review-articles-and-overview-of-studies-on-small-fiber-neuropathy-in-fms-subgroups
#19
N Üçeyler, M Burgmer, E Friedel, W Greiner, F Petzke, M Sarholz, M Schiltenwolf, A Winkelmann, C Sommer, W Häuser
BACKGROUND: The regular update of the guidelines on fibromyalgia syndrome, AWMF number 145/004, was planned for April 2017. METHODS: The guidelines were developed by 13 scientific societies and 2 patient self-help organizations coordinated by the German Pain Society. Working groups (n =8) with a total of 42 members were formed balanced with respect to gender, medical expertise, position in the medical or scientific hierarchy and potential conflicts of interest...
June 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475703/cibinetide-improves-corneal-nerve-fiber-abundance-in-patients-with-sarcoidosis-associated-small-nerve-fiber-loss-and-neuropathic-pain
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Daniel A Culver, Albert Dahan, Daiva Bajorunas, Maria Jeziorska, Monique van Velzen, Leon P H J Aarts, Jinny Tavee, Martijn R Tannemaat, Ann N Dunne, Rita I Kirk, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Anthony Cerami, Rayaz A Malik, Michael Brines
Purpose: Sarcoidosis frequently is complicated by small nerve fiber loss (SNFL), which can be quantified using corneal confocal microscopy (CCM). Prior studies suggest that the innate repair receptor agonist cibinetide reverses corneal nerve loss. This phase 2b, 28-day, randomized trial of 64 subjects with sarcoid-associated SNFL and neuropathic pain assessed the effect of cibinetide on corneal nerve fiber area (CNFA) and regenerating intraepidermal fibers (GAP-43+) as surrogate endpoints for disease modification, pain severity, and functional capacity (6-minute walk test [6MWT])...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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