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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221302/diagnostic-criteria-for-small-fiber-neuropathy
#1
Derrick Blackmore, Zaeem A Siddiqi
OBJECTIVES: Despite its relative common occurrence, definitive diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy (SFN) remains problematic. In practice, patients with pain, numbness, and/or paresthesias in their lower limbs are diagnosed with SFN if found to have dissociated sensory loss in their feet, that is, impaired pinprick perception (PP) but relatively preserved vibration. We sought to assess the sensitivity and specificity of clinical examination and various diagnostic tools available for screening SFN...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211272/effects-of-dimethyloxalylglycine-embedded-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-fiber-meshes-on-wound-healing-in-diabetic-rats
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Qiankun Zhang, Joung-Hwan Oh, Chan Ho Park, Jeong-Hwa Baek, Hyun-Mo Ryoo, Kyung Mi Woo
Impaired wound healing in diabetic patients is associated with altered inflammatory responses, poor angiogenesis, deficient extracellular matrix (ECM) component, and peripheral neuropathy. To develop a wound dressing that is capable of the controlled delivery of bioactive small molecules that can improve diabetic wound healing, dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG)-embedded poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) fiber (PCLF/DMOG) meshes are fabricated by electrospinning, and the effects of the PCLF/DMOG meshes on wound healing in diabetic rats are evaluated...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203223/impaired-axonal-regeneration-in-diabetes-perspective-on-the-underlying-mechanism-from-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-experimental-studies
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REVIEW
Kazunori Sango, Hiroki Mizukami, Hidenori Horie, Soroku Yagihashi
Axonal regeneration after peripheral nerve injury is impaired in diabetes, but its precise mechanisms have not been elucidated. In this paper, we summarize the progress of research on altered axonal regeneration in animal models of diabetes and cultured nerve tissues exposed to hyperglycemia. Impaired nerve regeneration in animal diabetes can be attributed to dysfunction of neurons and Schwann cells, unfavorable stromal environment supportive of regenerating axons, and alterations of target tissues receptive to reinnervation...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129214/biomarkers-of-neuropathic-pain-in-skin-nerve-degeneration-neuropathy-contact-heat-evoked-potentials-as-a-physiological-signature
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Shao-Wei Wu, Yi-Chia Wang, Paul-Chen Hsieh, Ming-Tsung Tseng, Ming-Chang Chiang, Chih-Pang Chu, Fang-Ping Feng, Yea-Huey Lin, Sung-Tsang Hsieh, Chi-Chao Chao
Contact heat-evoked potentials (CHEPs) have become an established method of assessing small-fiber sensory nerves; however, their potential as a physiological signature of neuropathic pain symptoms has not been fully explored. To investigate the diagnostic efficacy in examining small-fiber sensory nerve degeneration, the relationship with skin innervations, and clinical correlates with sensory symptoms, we recruited 188 patients (115 men) with length-dependent sensory symptoms and reduced intraepidermal nerve fiber (IENF) density at the distal leg to perform CHEP, quantitative sensory testing, and nerve conduction study...
March 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128860/assessment-of-small-sensory-fiber-function-across-the-spectrum-of-severity-in-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-patients
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Christopher Clarke, Christopher Christensen, Matthew W T Curran, K Ming Chan
INTRODUCTION: In compressive neuropathies, large myelinated nerve fibers are generally thought to be more susceptible. In this study, we investigated small myelinated Aδ and unmyelinated C fiber function in patients with mild, moderate, and severe carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: Forty-four healthy controls and 81 carpal tunnel syndrome patients in the mild, moderate, or severe categories were recruited. Small fiber sensation in the affected hand was determined with quantitative sensory testing...
January 27, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063170/assessing-mnis-7ionis-and-international-neurologists-proficiency-in-an-fap-trial
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Peter J Dyck, John C Kincaid, P James B Dyck, Vinay Chaudhry, Namita A Goyal, Christina Alves, Hayet Salhi, Janice F Wiesman, Celine Labeyrie, Jessica Robinson-Papp, Márcio Cardoso, Matilde Laura, Katherine Ruzhansky, Andrea Cortese, Thomas H Brannagan, Julie Khoury, Sami Khella, Márcia Waddington-Cruz, João Ferreira, Annabel K Wang, Marcus V Pinto, Samar S Ayache, Merrill D Benson, John L Berk, Teresa Coelho, Michael Polydefkis, Peter Gorevic, David H Adams, Violaine Plante-Bordeneuve, Carol Whelan, Giampaolo Merlini, Stephen Heitner, Brian M Drachman, Isabel Conceição, Christopher J Klein, Morie A Gertz, Elizabeth J Ackermann, Steven G Hughes, Michelle L Mauermann, Rito Bergemann, Karen A Lodermeier, Jenny L Davies, Rickey E Carter, William J Litchy
INTRODUCTION: Polyneuropathy signs (Neuropathy Impairment Score, NIS), neurophysiologic tests (m+7Ionis ), disability, and health scores were assessed in baseline evaluations of 100 patients entered into an oligonucleotide familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) trial. METHODS: We assessed: 1) Proficiency of grading neurologic signs and correlation with neurophysiologic tests, and 2) clinometric performance of mNIS+7Ionis and its subscores and correlation with disability and health scores...
January 7, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926760/epidermal-nerve-fiber-quantification-in-patients-with-erythromelalgia
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William G Mantyh, P James B Dyck, Peter J Dyck, Janean K Engelstad, William J Litchy, Paola Sandroni, Mark D P Davis
Importance: Erythromelalgia is a clinical diagnosis based on intermittent warmth, erythema, and pain in the distal extremities. One problem facing physicians is how to objectively test for this disease. Given that other painful conditions of the distal extremities (ie, neuropathy related to human immunodeficiency virus, diabetes, or Fabry disease) can be evaluated with a skin biopsy to visualize pathologically decreased densities of the small nerve fibers that innervate the epidermis, one hypothesis is that erythromelalgia could similarly be associated with a loss of epidermal nerve fiber density (ENFD)...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922760/nervecheck-for-the-detection-of-sensory-loss-and-neuropathic-pain-in-diabetes
#8
Georgios Ponirakis, Maria N Odriozola, Samantha Odriozola, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Shazli Azmi, Maryam Ferdousi, Hassan Fadavi, Uazman Alam, Andrew Marshall, Maria Jeziorska, Anthony Miro, Ahmad Kheyami, Mitra Tavakoli, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Maria B Odriozola, Ariel Odriozola, Rayaz A Malik
BACKGROUND: Accurate and economic detection of nerve damage in diabetes is key to more widespread diagnosis of patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and painful diabetic neuropathy. This study examined the diagnostic performance of NerveCheck, an inexpensive ($500) quantitative sensory testing (QST) device. METHODS: One hundred forty-four subjects (74 with and 70 without diabetes) underwent assessment with NerveCheck, neuropathy disability score (NDS), nerve conduction studies (NCS), intraepidermal and corneal nerve fiber density (IENFD and CNFD), and McGill questionnaire for neuropathic pain...
December 2016: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913968/post-ganglionic-autonomic-neuropathy-associated-with-anti-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-antibodies
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E Fileccia, R Rinaldi, R Liguori, A Incensi, R D'Angelo, M P Giannoccaro, V Donadio
PURPOSE: Antibodies to glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD-Abs) have been associated with several conditions, rarely involving the autonomic nervous system. Here, we describe two patients complaining of autonomic symptoms in whom a post-ganglionic autonomic neuropathy has been demonstrated in association with significantly elevated serum and CSF GAD-Abs levels. METHODS: Patients underwent nerve conduction studies, sympathetic skin response testing, evaluation of autonomic control of the cardiovascular system and skin biopsy...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906877/association-between-small-fiber-neuropathy-and-higher-skin-accumulation-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
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Aleksandra Araszkiewicz, Agnieszka Gandecka, Michał Nowicki, Aleksandra Uruska, Agnieszka Malińska, Katarzyna Kowalska, Bogna Wierusz-Wysocka, Dorota Zozulińska-Ziółkiewicz
INTRODUCTION Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to assess the skin accumulation of AGEs in patients with long‑lasting type 1 diabetes in relation to the presence of DPN. PATIENTS AND METHODS We evaluated 178 patients with type 1 diabetes (99 men; age, 43 years [interquartile range [IQR], 34-54 years]; disease duration, 25 years [IQR, 18-31 years]). DPN was diagnosed if 2 or more of the following 5 abnormalities were present: symptoms of neuropathy, lack of ankle reflexes, and impaired sensation of touch, temperature, and/or vibration...
November 22, 2016: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898216/characterization-of-prostacyclin-associated-leg-pain-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Gabriel L Pagani-Estévez, Keith M Swetz, Michael D McGoon, Robert P Frantz, Susan K Tointon, Ann M Karnyski, Louise A Durst, James C Watson
RATIONALE: Prostacyclin-associated leg pain is a potentially debilitating adverse effect of prostacyclin therapy for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, to our knowledge, this entity has not been systematically studied. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the clinical features and metabolic risk factors for prostacyclin-associated leg pain. METHODS: At one academic medical center, we assembled and analyzed a case series of patients with PAH and prostacyclin-associated leg pain...
February 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871444/polyneuropathy-in-levodopa-treated-parkinson-s-patients
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Karol Szadejko, Krzysztof Dziewiatowski, Krzysztof Szabat, Piotr Robowski, Michał Schinwelski, Emilia Sitek, Jarosław Sławek
Recently published studies show that the prevalence of polyneuropathy (PNP) is higher in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) than in age-matched controls. Its pathogenesis, however is a matter of controversy. The major hypothesis is the toxicity of high concentrations of homocysteine (Hcy) possibly related to levodopa (LD) therapy. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of PNP, independent of other etiologies, and to determine the relationship to demographic and clinical factors in LD-treated Parkinson's patients...
December 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866728/what-is-new-in-2015-in-dysimmune-neuropathies
#13
REVIEW
T Kuntzer
This review discusses and summarizes the concept of nodopathies, the diagnostic features, investigations, pathophysiology, and treatment options of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, and gives updates on other inflammatory and dysimmune neuropathies such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, sensory neuronopathies, small-fiber-predominant ganglionitis, POEMS syndrome, neuropathies associated with IgM monoclonal gammopathy and multifocal motor neuropathy. This field of research has contributed to the antigenic characterization of the peripheral motor and sensory functional systems, as well as helping to define immune neuropathic syndromes with widely different clinical presentation, prognosis and response to therapy...
December 2016: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851774/skin-globotriaosylceramide-3-load-is-increased-in-men-with-advanced-fabry-disease
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Nurcan Üçeyler, Nils Schröter, Waldemar Kafke, Daniela Kramer, Christoph Wanner, Frank Weidemann, Claudia Sommer
BACKGROUND: The X-chromosomally linked life-limiting Fabry disease (FD) is associated with deposits of the sphingolipid globotriaosylceramide 3 (Gb3) in various tissues. Skin is easily accessible and may be used as an additional diagnostic and follow-up medium. Our aims were to visualize skin Gb3 deposits in FD patients applying immunofluorescence and to determine if cutaneous Gb3 load correlates with disease severity. METHODS: At our Fabry Center for Interdisciplinary Therapy we enrolled 84 patients with FD and 27 healthy controls...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824912/laser-doppler-flare-imaging-and-quantitative-thermal-thresholds-testing-performance-in-small-and-mixed-fiber-neuropathies
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Alon Abraham, Majed Alabdali, Abdulla Alsulaiman, Ari Breiner, Carolina Barnett, Hans D Katzberg, Leif E Lovblom, Bruce A Perkins, Vera Bril
INTRODUCTION: Small fiber neuropathy might be a part of typical mixed small and large fiber neuropathy, or a distinct entity, affecting exclusively small nerve fibers. OBJECTIVES: Explore the utility of small nerve fiber testing in patients with clinical presentation suggesting small fiber neuropathy, with and without evidence for concomitant large fiber neuropathy. METHODS: Patients attending the neuromuscular clinic from 2012 to 2015 with a clinical presentation suggesting small nerve fiber impairment, who had Laser Doppler flare imaging (LDIFlare) and quantitative thermal testing (QTT) were evaluated for this study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821467/a-painful-neuropathy-associated-nav1-7-mutant-leads-to-time-dependent-degeneration-of-small-diameter-axons-associated-with-intracellular-ca2-dysregulation-and-decrease-in-atp-levels
#16
Harshvardhan Rolyan, Shujun Liu, Janneke Gj Hoeijmakers, Catharina G Faber, Ingemar Sj Merkies, Giuseppe Lauria, Joel A Black, Stephen G Waxman
Small fiber neuropathy is a painful sensory nervous system disorder characterized by damage to unmyelinated C- and thinly myelinated Aδ- nerve fibers, clinically manifested by burning pain in the distal extremities and dysautonomia. The clinical onset in adulthood suggests a time-dependent process. The mechanisms that underlie nerve fiber injury in small fiber neuropathy are incompletely understood, although roles for energetic stress have been suggested. In the present study, we report time-dependent degeneration of neurites from dorsal root ganglia neurons in culture expressing small fiber neuropathy-associated G856D mutant Nav1...
2016: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794111/schwann-cell-and-endothelial-cell-damage-in-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy
#17
Haruki Koike, Shohei Ikeda, Mie Takahashi, Yuichi Kawagashira, Masahiro Iijima, Yohei Misumi, Yukio Ando, Shu-Ichi Ikeda, Masahisa Katsuno, Gen Sobue
OBJECTIVE: To examine the morphology of Schwann cells and endoneurial microvessels with electron microscopy. METHODS: Sural nerve biopsy specimens from 49 patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) with transthyretin Val30Met mutation were assessed. Patients included 11 early-onset cases from endemic foci and 38 late-onset cases from nonendemic areas. RESULTS: Loss of nerve fibers with or without neighboring amyloid deposition was a common feature...
November 22, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781142/pathological-nociceptors-in-two-patients-with-erythromelalgia-like-symptoms-and-rare-genetic-nav-1-9-variants
#18
Inge P Kleggetveit, Roland Schmidt, Barbara Namer, Hugh Salter, Tormod Helås, Martin Schmelz, Ellen Jørum
INTRODUCTION: The sodium channel Nav 1.9 is expressed in peripheral nociceptors and has recently been linked to human pain conditions, but the exact role of Nav 1.9 for human nociceptor excitability is still unclear. METHODS: C-nociceptors from two patients with late onset of erythromelalgia-like pain, signs of small fiber neuropathy, and rare genetic variants of Nav 1.9 (N1169S, I1293V) were assessed by microneurography. RESULTS: Compared with patients with comparable pain phenotypes (erythromelalgia-like pain without Nav-mutations and painful polyneuropathy), there was a tendency toward more activity-dependent slowing of conduction velocity in mechanoinsensitive C-nociceptors...
October 2016: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743736/effects-of-small-fiber-neuropathy-induced-by-resiniferatoxin-on-skin-healing-and-axonal-regrowth-after-burn
#19
Betty Laverdet, Dorothée Girard, Audrey Bayout, Nelly Bordeau, Claire Demiot, Alexis Desmoulière
BACKGROUND: Damage to the peripheral nervous system influences wound healing and, after a deep burn, imperfect cutaneous nerve regeneration occurs. A third-degree burn model was developed in rats combined with the use of resiniferatoxin (RTX), known to promote sensory neuropathy. METHODS: Rats were injected intraperitoneally either with RTX or vehicle. A mechanical sensory assay and the hot plate thermal sensory test were performed. The structural integrity of the sciatic nerve was assessed using transmission electron microcopy...
October 12, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730494/intraepidermal-nerve-fiber-density-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-relevance-in-the-management-of-chronic-pruritus-a-review
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REVIEW
Manuel P Pereira, Sebastian Mühl, Esther M Pogatzki-Zahn, Konstantin Agelopoulos, Sonja Ständer
In recent years, measurement of the intraepidermal nerve fiber (IENF) density has gained relevance in the diagnostics of chronic pruritus. This method allows the objectification and quantification of a small-fiber neuropathy, which may manifest clinically with pruritus, pain or dysesthetic sensory symptoms, such as burning, stinging and tingling sensations or numbness. Upon suspicion of a small-fiber neuropathy as a cause for chronic pruritus, targeted diagnostic procedures are essential for the early detection of the neuroanatomical changes...
December 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
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