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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325000/mechanomyography-signals-in-spastic-muscle-and-the-correlation-with-the-modified-ashworth-scale
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E L Santos, M C Santos, E Krueger, G N Nogueira-Neto, P Nohama
The modified Ashworth scale (MAS) is the most widely used measurement technique to assess levels of spasticity. In MAS, the evaluator graduates spasticity considering his/her subjective analysis of the muscular endurance during passive stretching. Therefore, it is a subjective scale. Mechanomyography (MMG) allows registering the vibrations generated by muscle contraction and stretching events that propagate through the tissue until the surface of the skin. With this in mind, this study aimed to investigate possible correlations between MMG signal and muscle spasticity levels determined by MAS...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324774/methylation-changes-of-sirt1-klf4-dapk1-and-spg20-in-b-lymphocytes-derived-from-follicular-and-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Raffaele Frazzi, Eleonora Zanetti, Mariaelena Pistoni, Ione Tamagnini, Riccardo Valli, Luca Braglia, Francesco Merli
Diffuse large-B cell lymphomas (DLBCL) and follicular lymphomas (FL) are the most represented subtypes among mature B-cell neoplasms and originate from malignant B lymphocytes. Methylation represents one of the major epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation. Silent information regulator 1 (SIRT1) is a class III lysine-deacetylase playing several functions and considered to be a context-dependent tumor promoter. We present the quantitative methylation, gene expression and tissue distribution of SIRT1 and some key mediators related to lymphoma pathogenesis in B lymphocytes purified from biopsies of follicular hyperplasias, FL and DLBCL...
March 9, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324754/effects-of-sit-to-stand-training-combined-with-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-on-spasticity-muscle-strength-and-balance-ability-in-patients-with-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Kyoung-Sim Jung, Tae-Sung In, Hwi-Young Cho
Sit-to-stand is a fundamental movement of human being for performing mobility and independent activity. However, Stroke people symptoms experience difficulty in conducting the sit-to-stand due to paralysis and especially ankle spasticity. Recently, transcutaneouselectrical- stimulation (TENS) is used to reduce pain but also to manage spasticity. The purpose of this study was to determine (1) whether TENS would lead to ankle spasticity reduction and (2) whether sit-to-stand training combined with TENS would improve spasticity, muscle strength and balance ability in stroke patients...
March 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320130/spg2-mimicking-multiple-sclerosis-in-a-family-identified-using-next-generation-sequencing
#4
Anna Rubegni, Carla Battisti, Alessandra Tessa, Alfonso Cerase, Stefano Doccini, Alessandro Malandrini, Filippo M Santorelli, Antonio Federico
Several single gene disorders can potentially be overlooked in the differential diagnostic evaluation of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease and spastic paraplegia type 2 are allelic X-linked disorders associated with defective myelination of the central nervous system and mutations in PLP1. Neurological symptoms are occasionally observed in female carriers of these mutations. Two women - the proposita (Pt1) and her mother (Pt2) - reported walking difficulties since adolescence and showed progressive cognitive decline...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320127/measurement-properties-of-a-new-wireless-electrogoniometer-for-quantifying-spasticity-during-the-pendulum-test-in-arsacs-patients
#5
Hung Tien Bui, Cynthia Gagnon, Olivier Audet, Jean Mathieu, Mario Leone
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix/Saguenay (ARSACS) is a neuromuscular disorder that induces spasticity in lower limbs. The Wartenberg pendulum test is a classical method of assessing lower limb spasticity based on the dynamics of the pendular leg motion. However, in its original form, this test only provides subjective results and do not allow accurate assessment of spasticity. METHODS: Thirteen ARSACS patients were assessed using a new wireless electrogoniometer to measure spasticity by quantifying oscillation amplitudes and relaxation indices during the Wartenburg pendulum test...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319551/a-contemporary-medicolegal-analysis-of-implanted-devices-for-chronic-pain-management
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Christopher R Abrecht, Penny Greenberg, Ellen Song, Richard D Urman, James P Rathmell
BACKGROUND: Analysis of closed malpractice claims allows the study of rare but serious complications and likely results in improved patient safety by raising awareness of such complications. Clinical studies and closed claims analyses have previously reported on the common complications associated with intrathecal drug delivery systems (IDDS) and spinal cord stimulators (SCS). This study provides a contemporary analysis of claims from within the past 10 years. METHODS: We performed a closed claims analysis for a period January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013 for cases with pain medicine as the primary service...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319490/position-between-trunk-and-pelvis-during-gait-depending-on-the-gross-motor-function-classification-system
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Jose Manuel Sanz-Mengibar, Natalie Altschuck, Paloma Sanchez-de-Muniain, Christian Bauer, Fernando Santonja-Medina
PURPOSE: To understand whether there is a trunk postural control threshold in the sagittal plane for the transition between the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels measured with 3-dimensional gait analysis. METHOD: Kinematics from 97 children with spastic bilateral cerebral palsy from spine angles according to Plug-In Gait model (Vicon) were plotted relative to their GMFCS level. RESULTS: Only average and minimum values of the lumbar spine segment correlated with GMFCS levels...
March 17, 2017: Pediatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317070/lumbar-translaminar-fenestration-for-insertion-of-intrathecal-baclofen-catheter-a-novel-technique
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Manraj K S Heran, Hisham Al-Shikarchy, Carolyn Chowne
Intrathecal baclofen has long been known to be an efficacious treatment of spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. Test bolus administration is often necessary to ensure patients will benefit from this treatment. The introduction of a intrathecal catheter for test bolus administration can prove challenging in a subset of this population, particularly those who have received surgery with postoperative spinal fusion masses. We outline a novel technique of inserting a spinal catheter for test bolus administration in a patient with a postoperative fusion mass whereby a fenestration is created through the lamina using an osteotomy needle...
March 20, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315725/vibration-training-after-chronic-spinal-cord-injury-evidence-for-persistent-segmental-plasticity
#9
Chu-Ling Yen, Colleen L McHenry, Michael A Petrie, Shauna Dudley-Javoroski, Richard K Shields
H-reflex paired-pulse depression is gradually lost within the first year post-SCI, a process believed to reflect reorganization of segmental interneurons after the loss of normal descending (cortical) inhibition. This reorganization co-varies in time with the development of involuntary spasms and spasticity. The purpose of this study is to determine whether long-term vibration training may initiate the return of H-reflex paired-pulse depression in individuals with chronic, complete SCI. Five men with SCI received twice-weekly vibration training (30Hz, 0...
March 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315666/feasibility-and-safety-of-a-powered-exoskeleton-for-assisted-walking-for-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-a-single-group-preliminary-study
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Allan J Kozlowski, Michelle Fabian, Dipan Lad, Andrew Delgado
OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility, safety, and secondary benefit potential of exoskeleton-assisted walking with one device for persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) DESIGN: Single-group longitudinal preliminary study with 8-week baseline, 8-week intervention, and 4-week follow-up. SETTING: Outpatient MS clinic at tertiary care hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The 13 participants were mostly female who ranged in age from 38-62 years and on Expanded Disability Status Scale scores from 5...
March 15, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306712/are-cannabinoids-effective-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Rodrigo Meza, Javier Peña, Karen García, Oscar Corsi, Gabriel Rada
Multiple beneficial effects have been proposed lately for cannabinoids in different clinical situations. Among them, it has been postulated they would control symptoms of multiple sclerosis. However, there is no consensus about their real clinical role. To answer this question, we searched in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple databases. We identified 25 systematic reviews including 35 studies overall, of which 26 were randomized trials. We extracted data, conducted a meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table using the GRADE approach...
March 10, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302242/vanishing-white-matter-vwm-disease-presenting-as-neuro-ovarian-failure
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Abidullah Khan, Mohammad Humayun, Maimoona Ayub, Iqbal Haider, Fahad Ajmal, Syed Saad Shah
A 19-year girl was admitted with a one-month history of worsening spastic paraparesis, cerbellar ataxia, visual decline and worsening headaches on a background of walking difficulty, progressive quadriparesis and migraine since the age of 10 years. She had no sensory loss, and cranial nerves examination was notable for optic atrophy with crescent formation only. She had primary amenorrhea and underdeveloped secondary sexual characteristics. Ultrasonograhic studies of the pelvis confirmed small ovaries, and uterus...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302064/a-sibship-with-duplication-of-xq28-inherited-from-the-mother-genomic-characterization-and-clinical-outcomes
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Dong Keon Yon, Ji Eun Park, Seung Jun Kim, Sung Han Shim, Kyu Young Chae
BACKGROUND: Loss-of-function mutations in methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2; MIM *300005) results in the Rett syndrome, whereas gain-of-function mutations are associated with the MECP2 duplication syndrome. METHODS: We did research on a family with two brothers showing Xq28 duplication syndrome using various molecular cytogenetic techniques such as multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification and array-based genomic hybridization. RESULTS: The duplicated region had several genes including MECP2 and interleukin-1 receptor associated kinase 1 (IRAK1; MIM *300283)...
March 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300820/children-born-at-32-to-35-weeks-with-birth-asphyxia-and-later-cerebral-palsy-are-different-from-those-born-after-35-weeks
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J Garfinkle, P Wintermark, M I Shevell, M Oskoui
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to (1) establish the proportion of cerebral palsy (CP) that occurs with a history suggestive of birth asphyxia in children born at 32 to 35 weeks and (2) evaluate their characteristics in comparison with children with CP born at ⩾36 weeks with such a history. STUDY DESIGN: Using the Canadian CP Registry, children born at 32 to 35 weeks of gestation with CP with a history suggestive of birth asphyxia were compared with corresponding ⩾36 weeks of gestation children...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295203/pla2g6-mutations-associated-with-a-continuous-clinical-spectrum-from-neuroaxonal-dystrophy-to-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia
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Burcak Ozes, Nazan Karagoz, Rebecca Schüle, Adriana Rebelo, María-Jesús Sobrido, Florian Harmuth, Matthis Synofzik, Samuel Ignacio Pascual Pascual, Melek Colak, Beyza Ciftci-Kavaklioglu, Batuhan Kara, Andrés Ordóñez-Ugalde, Beatriz Quintáns, Michael A Gonzalez, Aysun Soysal, Stephan Zuchner, Esra Battaloglu
PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration (PLAN) and hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) are two groups of heterogeneous neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we report PLA2G6 gene mutations in three families from Turkey, Morocco, and Romania. Two affected Turkish siblings presenting HSP adds the disease to PLAN phenotypes. They were homozygous for the PLA2G6 missense c.2239C>T, p.Arg747Trp variant and the ages of onset were 9 and 21. Parkinsonism, dystonia or cognitive decline were not the clinical elements in these patients contrary to the cases that has been previously reported with the same variant, however, iron accumulation was evident in their cranial MRI...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293911/delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol-oromucosal-spray-sativex-%C3%A2-a-review-in-multiple-sclerosis-related-spasticity
#16
Gillian M Keating
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)/cannabidiol (CBD) oromucosal spray (THC/CBD, Sativex(®), nabiximols) is available in numerous countries worldwide for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS)-related moderate to severe spasticity in patients who have not responded adequately to other anti-spasticity medication and who demonstrate clinically significant improvement in spasticity-related symptoms during an initial trial of therapy. Twelve weeks' therapy with THC/CBD improved MS-related spasticity in patients with an inadequate response to other anti-spasticity agents who had undergone a successful initial trial of THC/CBD therapy, according to the results of a pivotal phase 3 trial...
March 14, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293314/clinical-spectrum-of-cerebral-palsy-and-associated-disability-in-south-egypt-a-local-survey-study
#17
Osama Abas, Faten Abdelaziem, Ayman Kilany
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of motor disability in children with a prevalence of 2-10/1,000 live births in the developing areas. AIM: The epidemiology, clinical picture, and associated comorbidities in CP have been extensively studied in high-resource countries, but in low-resource areas, including Africa, those studies are still lacking. METHODS: Cerebral palsy cases were prospectively recruited from every physiotherapy centre in Bani-Mazar city, Egypt, in a cross-sectional study from May 2015 to November 2015...
March 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293169/brain-metabolism-changes-in-patients-infected-with-htlv-1
#18
Manuel Schütze, Luiz C F Romanelli, Daniela V Rosa, Anna B F Carneiro-Proietti, Rodrigo Nicolato, Marco A Romano-Silva, Michael Brammer, Débora M de Miranda
The Human T-cell leukemia virus type-I (HTLV-1) is the causal agent of HTLV-associated myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis (HAM/TSP). HAM/TSP is the result of demyelination and cell death in the spinal cord and disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), mediated by a virus-induced inflammatory response. In this study, we applied Positron Emission Tomography with 18F-fluordeoxyglucose (18F-FDG PET) to evaluate brain metabolism in a group of 47 patients infected with HTLV-1, and 18 healthy controls. Patients were divided into three groups according to their neurological symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291215/-complications-of-intrathecal-baclofen-therapy
#19
D L Paskhin, A V Dekopov, A A Tomsky, E D Isagulyan, E M Salova
AIM: To analyze complications of intrathecal baclofen therapy and identify high-risk groups. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We implanted 52 pumps to spastic patients for chronic intrathecal baclofen infusion. Two groups of patients were distinguished: 23 patients with spinal spasticity (group 1) and 29 patients with cerebral spasticity (group 2). The mean patient age was 37.2±14.6 years in group 1 and 17.3±10.3 years in group 2. Surgery was performed according to a standard procedure...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291181/total-hip-arthroplasty-in-patients-with-cerebral-palsy-a-cohort-study-matched-to-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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Matthew T Houdek, Chad D Watts, Cody C Wyles, Robert T Trousdale, Todd A Milbrandt, Michael J Taunton
BACKGROUND: The spasticity and increased muscle tone observed in patients with cerebral palsy can lead to hip degeneration, subluxation, and pain. Currently, there is hesitation to perform total hip arthroplasty in patients with cerebral palsy because of fears of early wear and dislocation. The purpose of this study was to review the outcomes of total hip arthroplasty in patients with cerebral palsy and to compare outcomes with those of matched patients with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
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