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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279730/introducing-a-standardized-acupuncture-protocol-for-peripheral-neuropathy-a-case-series
#1
Alexandra Dimitrova
Background: Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is defined as damage to the peripheral nervous system caused by a primary lesion or dysfunction. Multiple recent trials have suggested that acupuncture is beneficial for treating neuropathic pain. One challenge in acupuncture research is the lack of standardization of point selection, number of needles used, needle-retention time, needling depth, amount of needle manipulation, and use of moxibustion and electroacupuncture (EA). Objectives: This article presents a standardized acupuncture protocol for the treatment of PN that incorporates structural acupuncture principles based on proximity to peripheral nerves and on traditional approaches to the treatment of neuropathic pain...
December 1, 2017: Medical Acupuncture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277966/role-of-inflammatory-biomarker-in-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy
#2
Heung Yong Jin, Tae Sun Park
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is the most common chronic neurological complication of diabetes1 . Small and large peripheral nerve fibers may be involved in DPN. Large nerve fiber damage causes paresthesia, sensory loss, and muscle weakness and small nerve fiber damage is associated with pain, anesthesia, foot ulcer, and autonomic symptoms. However, the exact pathogenic mechanisms and diagnostic criteria for DPN are not firmly established currently. The present DPN prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies are incomplete and unsuccessful due to the various pathogenesis of systemic and cellular disturbance in glucose and lipid metabolism...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275546/age-ocular-magnification-and-circumpapillary-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-thickness
#3
Mengyu Wang, Tobias Elze, Dian Li, Neda Baniasadi, Kerstin Wirkner, Toralf Kirsten, Joachim Thiery, Markus Loeffler, Christoph Engel, Franziska G Rauscher
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) manufacturers graphically present circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (cpRNFLT) together with normative limits to support clinicians in diagnosing ophthalmic diseases. The impact of age on cpRNFLT is typically implemented by linear models. cpRNFLT is strongly location-specific, whereas previously published norms are typically restricted to coarse sectors and based on small populations. Furthermore, OCT devices neglect impacts of lens or eye size on the diameter of the cpRNFLT scan circle so that the diameter substantially varies over different eyes...
December 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250555/a-comparison-of-screening-tools-for-the-early-detection-of-peripheral-neuropathy-in-adults-with-and-without-type-2-diabetes
#4
Jennifer J Brown, Shana L Pribesh, Kimberly G Baskette, Aaron I Vinik, Sheri R Colberg
Objective: Examine the effectiveness of the 128 Hz tuning fork, two monofilaments, and Norfolk Quality of Life Diabetic Neuropathy (QOL-DN) questionnaire as tools for the early detection of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in overweight, obese, and inactive (OOI) adults or those who have prediabetes (PD) or type 2 diabetes (T2D). Research Design and Methods: Thirty-four adults (mean age 58.4 years ± 12.1) were divided by glycemia (10 OOI normoglycemic, 13 PD, and 11 T2D)...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249054/transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-an-update
#5
Violaine Plante-Bordeneuve
Transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy (TTR-FAP) is a progressive, fatal, inherited disorder first identified in Portugal and now recognized in all continents. Over the past decade, thanks to the availability of the genetic test, our knowledge on the range of clinical expressions of this disorder has expanded, including different patterns and progression rates of the neuropathy, as well as aspects of the cardiomyopathy, which can be prominent. In the mean time, new tools are being developed to detect earlier TTR amyloid deposition such as cardiac scintigraphy with technetium-labelled pyrophosphate tracers or small nerve fiber alterations from skin biopsies, or using neurophysiological approaches as well as magnetic resonance neurography (MRN)...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239767/everyday-cognitive-failure-and-depressive-symptoms-predict-fatigue-in-sarcoidosis-a-prospective-follow-up-study
#6
Celine Hendriks, Marjolein Drent, Willemien De Kleijn, Marjon Elfferich, Petal Wijnen, Jolanda De Vries
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is a major and disabling problem in sarcoidosis. Knowledge concerning correlates of the development of fatigue and possible interrelationships is lacking. OBJECTIVE: A conceptual model of fatigue was developed and tested. METHODS: Sarcoidosis outpatients (n = 292) of Maastricht University Medical Center completed questionnaires regarding trait anxiety, depressive symptoms, cognitive failure, dyspnea, social support, and small fiber neuropathy (SFN) at baseline...
November 20, 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214093/should-skin-biopsies-be-performed-in-patients-suspected-of-having-parkinson-s-disease
#7
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Timo Siepmann, Ana Isabel Penzlin, Ben Min-Woo Illigens, Heinz Reichmann
In patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), the molecularly misfolded form of α-synuclein was recently identified in cutaneous autonomic nerve fibers which displayed increased accumulation even in early disease stages. However, the underlying mechanisms of synucleinopathic nerve damage and its implication for brain pathology in later life remain to be elucidated. To date, specific diagnostic tools to evaluate small fiber pathology and to discriminate neurodegenerative proteinopathies are rare. Recently, research has indicated that deposition of α-synuclein in cutaneous nerve fibers quantified via immunohistochemistry in superficial skin biopsies might be a valid marker of PD which could facilitate early diagnosis and monitoring of disease progression...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203371/high-glucose-up-regulates-semaphorin-3a-expression-via-the-mtor-signaling-pathway-in-keratinocytes-a-potential-mechanism-and-therapeutic-target-for-diabetic-small-fiber-neuropathy
#8
Liang-Yan Wu, Mei Li, Min-Li Qu, Xin Li, Lin-Hua Pi, Zi Chen, Shan-Lei Zhou, Xiao-Qing Yi, Xia-Jie Shi, Jing Wu, Shan Wang
Small fiber neuropathy (SFN) is a common complication in diabetes, and is characterized by decreased intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD). Semaphorin 3A (Sema3A), which is produced by keratinocytes, has a chemorepulsive effect on intraepidermal nerve fibers. mTOR signaling can mediate local protein synthesis that is critical for growth of axons and dendrites. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate whether Sema3A is up-regulated in diabetic keratinocytes via the mTOR-mediated p70 S6K and 4E-BP1 signaling pathways, and furthermore whether it is involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic SFN...
December 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175104/cramps-frequency-and-severity-are-correlated-with-small-and-large-nerve-fiber-measures-in-type-1-diabetes
#9
Alon Abraham, Carolina Barnett, Leif E Lovblom, Bruce A Perkins, Vera Bril, Hans D Katzberg
OBJECTIVES: To explore the correlations between different muscle cramp characteristics including cramp frequency and severity and clinical and large and small nerve fiber measures in patients with diabetes type 1 (DM 1) and 2 (DM 2). METHODS: Prospective cross sectional study of healthy controls and patients with DM 1 and DM 2 recruited between April 2009 and November 2012. Participants underwent clinical evaluation and large and small nerve fiber studies, and the frequency and correlations of muscle cramps were explored...
November 11, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154979/small-fiber-neuropathy-diagnosis-causes-and-treatment
#10
Damien Sène
Small fiber neuropathy, which affects the sensory A≏ and C fibers, is now a major diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Nearly 7% of the general population have chronic neuropathic pain responsible for severe quality-of-life impairments. Awareness must therefore be raised among clinicians of the somatosensory and autonomic symptoms that can reveal small fiber neuropathy, appropriate diagnostic investigations, most common causes, and best treatment options for each patient profile. To help achieve this goal, the present review article discusses the clinical presentation of neuropathic pain and paresthesia and/or autonomic dysfunction due to involvement of nerves supplying exocrine glands and smooth muscle; normal findings from standard electrophysiological investigations; most informative diagnostic tests (epidermal nerve fiber density in a skin biopsy, laser-evoked potentials, heat- and cold-detection thresholds, electrochemical skin conductance); main causes, which consist chiefly of metabolic diseases (diabetes mellitus, glucose intolerance), dysimmunity syndromes (Sjögren's syndrome, sarcoidosis, monoclonal gammopathy), and genetic abnormalities (familial amyloidosis due to a transthyretin mutation, Fabry disease, sodium channel diseases); and the available symptomatic and etiological treatments...
November 15, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154935/ghrelin-alleviates-paclitaxel-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-by-reducing-oxidative-stress-and-enhancing-mitochondrial-anti-oxidant-functions-in-mice
#11
Nobuyuki Ishii, Hironobu Tsubouchi, Ayako Miura, Shigehisa Yanagi, Hiroaki Ueno, Kazutaka Shiomi, Masamitsu Nakazato
Paclitaxel is an effective chemotherapeutic agent, but has some treatment-limiting adverse effects that markedly decrease patients' quality of life. Peripheral neuropathy is one of these, and no treatment for it has been established yet. Ghrelin, an endogenous ligand for the growth hormone secretagogue receptor, is secreted from the stomach and has widespread effects on multiple systems. We investigated the pharmacological potential of ghrelin in preventing paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy using wild-type mice, ghrelin-null mice, and growth hormone secretagogue receptor-null mice...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154084/penetration-of-gold-nanoparticles-across-the-stratum-corneum-layer-of-thick-skin
#12
Gayathri Raju, Neeraj Katiyar, Sajini Vadukumpully, Sahadev A Shankarappa
BACKGROUND: Transdermal particulate penetration across thick-skin, such as that of palms and sole, is particularly important for drug delivery for disorders such as small fiber neuropathies. Nanoparticle-based drug delivery across skin is believed to have much translational applications, but their penetration especially through thick-skin, is not clear. OBJECTIVE: This study specifically investigates the effectiveness of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) for thick-skin penetration, especially across the stratum corneum (SC) as a function of particle size...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153916/a-case-with-cmtx1-disease-showing-transient-ischemic-attack-like-episodes
#13
Zehra Aktan, Nihan Hande Akcakaya, Pinar Tekturk, Engin Deniz, Bahar Koyuncu, Zuhal Yapici
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is a hereditary neurologic disease which affects the sensorial and motor fibers of the peripheral nerves. CMTX1 is an X-linked dominantly inherited subtype of CMT and is caused by mutations in gap junction beta 1 gene (GJB1). A small proportion of GJB1 mutations are associated with recurrent central nervous system findings. We describe a 15-year-old male patient with CMTX1 who had stroke-like findings along with foot deformities and peripheral neuropathy. Strokes and stroke-like attacks are rarely seen in children and adolescents...
November 9, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135602/ocular-surface-alterations-in-the-context-of-corneal-in-vivo-confocal-microscopic-characteristics-in-patients-with-fibromyalgia
#14
Kadriye Erkan Turan, Sibel Kocabeyoglu, Isin Unal-Cevik, Figen Bezci, Aysen Akinci, Murat Irkec
PURPOSE: To quantify the morphology of corneal basal epithelium and subbasal nerves and to evaluate the ocular surface alterations in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS: Patients with FM (n = 34) and healthy controls (n = 42) were enrolled. All participants underwent ocular surface tests in the following order: corneal sensitivity, tear film breakup time, lissamine green staining, Schirmer test, and the Ocular Surface Disease Index questionnaire. Basal epithelial cells and subbasal nerves were evaluated using in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM)...
November 9, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114916/hierarchical-models-for-epidermal-nerve-fiber-data
#15
Claes Andersson, Tuomas Rajala, Aila Särkkä
While epidermal nerve fiber (ENF) data have been used to study the effects of small fiber neuropathies through the density and the spatial patterns of the ENFs, little research has been focused on the effects on the individual nerve fibers. Studying the individual nerve fibers might give a better understanding of the effects of the neuropathy on the growth process of the individual ENFs. In this study, data from 32 healthy volunteers and 20 diabetic subjects, obtained from suction induced skin blister biopsies, are analyzed by comparing statistics for the nerve fibers as a whole and for the segments that a nerve fiber is composed of...
November 7, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112785/associated-conditions-in-small-fiber-neuropathy-a-large-cohort-study-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Bianca T A de Greef, Janneke G J Hoeijmakers, Carla M L Gorissen-Brouwers, Margot Geerts, Catharina G Faber, Ingemar S J Merkies
BACKGROUND: Small fiber neuropathy (SFN) is a common disorder, leading to neuropathic pain and autonomic symptoms. The objective of this study was to investigate associated conditions in a large cohort of SFN patients and compare the prevalence to healthy individuals. METHODS: A total of 921 patients with pure SFN were screened according to a standardized comprehensive diagnostic algorithm and compared with literature findings. RESULTS: In 53% of the patients, no associated condition could be found...
November 7, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106982/distinct-trka-and-ret-modulated-negative-and-positive-neuropathic-behaviors-in-a-mouse-model-of-resiniferatoxin-induced-small-fiber-neuropathy
#17
Yu-Lin Hsieh, Hung-Wei Kan, Hao Chiang, Yi-Chen Lee, Sung-Tsang Hsieh
Neurotrophic factors and their corresponding receptors play key roles in the maintenance of different phenotypic dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, the axons of which degenerate in small fiber neuropathy, leading to various neuropathic manifestations. Mechanisms underlying positive and negative symptoms of small fiber neuropathy have not been systematically explored. This study investigated the molecular basis of these seemingly paradoxical neuropathic behaviors according to the profiles of TrkA and Ret with immunohistochemical and pharmacological interventions in a mouse model of resiniferatoxin (RTX)-induced small fiber neuropathy...
October 26, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077516/sfn-siq-sfnsl-and-skin-biopsy-of-55-cases-with-small-fiber-involvement
#18
Bo Sun, Yifan Li, Lizhi Liu, Zhaohui Chen, Li Ling, Fei Yang, Jiexiao Liu, Hong Liu, Xusheng Huang
INTRODUCTION: To date, there are no validated screening scales for small fiber neuropathy (SFN). This study investigated the Small-Fiber Neuropathy and Symptom Inventory Questionnaire (SFN-SIQ) as well as the Small Fiber Neuropathy Screening List (SFNSL) for SFN diagnosis. METHODS: Fifty-five patients were divided into SFN and mixed fiber damage groups. Relevant scales, nerve conduction studies (NCS) and skin biopsies were performed. Relationships between the intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) and different scales as well as the diagnostic and cut-off values (score at which Youden's index is largest) were determined...
October 27, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052170/the-histopathological-evaluation-of-small-fiber-neuropathy-in-patients-with-vitamin-b12-deficiency
#19
Hafize Nalan Güneş, Can Ebru Bekircan-Kurt, Ersin Tan, Sevim Erdem-Özdamar
Small fiber neuropathy (SFN), due to loss of A-delta and unmyelinated C fibers, is a cause of neuropathic pain. Although the patients with vitamin B12 deficiency are included in SFN studies in the literature, there is no histopathological study investigating the small fiber loss solely in patients with vitamin B12 deficiency. In this pilot study, we aim to demonstrate the intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) in skin punch biopsy of patients with vitamin B12 deficiency. Ten patients with vitamin B12 deficiency suffering from neuropathic pain and as control group ten patients with vitamin B12 deficiency without neuropathic pain were included...
October 19, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042446/clinical-and-metabolic-consequences-of-l-serine-supplementation-in-hereditary-sensory-and-autonomic-neuropathy-type-1c
#20
Mari Auranen, Jussi Toppila, Saranya Suriyanarayanan, Museer A Lone, Anders Paetau, Henna Tyynismaa, Thorsten Hornemann, Emil Ylikallio
Hereditary sensory neuropathy type 1 (HSAN1) may be the first genetic neuropathy amenable to a specific mechanism-based treatment, as L-serine supplementation can be used to lower the neurotoxic levels of 1-deoxysphingolipids (1-deoxySL) that cause the neurodegeneration. The treatment is so far untested in HSAN1C caused by variants in the serine palmitoyl transferase subunit 2 (SPTLC2) gene. The aim of this study was to establish whether oral L-serine lowers 1-deoxySL in a patient with HSAN1C, to perform a dose escalation to find the minimal effective dose, and to assess the safety profile and global metabolic effects of the treatment...
October 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
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