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Sensory neuropathy

Thomas Krøigård, Martin Wirenfeldt, Toke K Svendsen, Søren H Sindrup
Background: Cold-induced peripheral neuropathy has been described in individuals exposed to severe cold resulting in pain, hypersensitivity to cold, hyperhidrosis, numbness, and skin changes. Nerve conduction studies and thermal detection thresholds are abnormal in symptomatic patients, and intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) in skin biopsies is reduced. Case presentation: A 41-year-old male was included as a healthy subject in a study of the spontaneous variability of quantitative sensory testing (QST), nerve conduction studies (NCS), and IENFD...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
Masaki Kobayashi, Douglas W Zochodne
Diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN) continues to be generally considered as a "microvascular" complication of diabetes mellitus alongside nephropathy and retinopathy. The microvascular hypothesis, however, may be tempered by the concept that diabetes directly targets dorsal root ganglion sensory neurons. This neuron specific concept, supported by accumulating evidence, might account for important features of DPN, such as its early sensory neuron degeneration. Diabetic sensory neurons develop neuronal atrophy alongside a series of mRNA changes related to declines in structural proteins, increases in heat shock protein (HSP), increases in the receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE), declines in growth factor signaling and other changes...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Brigitte Tampin, Jan Vollert, Annina B Schmid
OBJECTIVE: Distal and proximal entrapment neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and cervical radiculopathy (CR) share similar etiologies. Experimental models suggest that despite comparable etiology, pathomechanisms associated with injuries of the peripheral and central axon branches are distinct. This study therefore compared self-reported and elicited sensory profiles in patients with distal and proximal entrapment neuropathies. METHODS: Patients with electrodiagnostically confirmed CTS (n = 103) and patients with CR (n = 23) were included in this study...
March 10, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Jagatkumar A Patel, Bryan J Ray, Camilo Fernandez-Salvador, Christopher Gouveia, Soroush Zaghi, Macario Camacho
OBJECTIVE: A collapsible upper airway is a common cause of obstructive sleep apnea. The exact pathophysiology leading to a more collapsible airway is not well understood. A progressive neuropathy of the soft palate and pharyngeal dilators may be associated with the progression of snoring to OSA. The purpose of this study is to systematically review the international literature investigating the neurophysiologic changes in the soft palate and uvula that contribute to progression from snoring to OSA...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Giulia Coarelli, Silvia Romano, Lorena Travaglini, Michela Ferraldeschi, Francesco Nicita, Maria Spadaro, Arianna Fornasiero, Marina Frontali, Marco Salvetti, Enrico Bertini, Giovanni Ristori
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) are a heterogeneous group of neurological disorders characterized primarily by a pyramidal syndrome with lower limb spasticity, which can manifest as pure HSP or associated with a number of neurological or non-neurological signs (i.e., complicated HSPs). The clinical variability of HSPs is associated with a wide genetic heterogeneity, with more than eighty causative genes known. Recently, next generation sequencing (NGS) has allowed increasing genetic definition in such a heterogeneous group of disorders...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Dan Ziegler, Rüdiger Landgraf, Ralf Lobmann, Karlheinz Reiners, Kristian Rett, Oliver Schnell, Alexander Strom
AIMS: We conducted a nationwide educational initiative to determine the prevalence and risk factors of diagnosed and undiagnosed painful and painless distal sensory polyneuropathy (DSPN). METHODS: Among 1,850 participants, 781 had no history of diabetes (ND), 126 had type 1 diabetes (T1D), and 943 had type 2 diabetes (T2D). Painful DSPN was defined as polyneuropathy detected by bedside tests with pain and/or burning in the feet, while painless DSPN was defined as polyneuropathy with paresthesias, numbness, or absence of symptoms...
March 5, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Bo Hu, Megan Mccollum, Vignesh Ravi, Sezgi Arpag, Daniel Moiseev, Ryan Castoro, Bret C Mobley, Bryan W Burnette, Carly Siskind, John W Day, Robin Yawn, Shawna Feely, Yuebing Li, Qing Yan, Michael E Shy, Jun Li
OBJECTIVE: Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 4J (CMT4J) is a rare autosomal recessive neuropathy caused by mutations in FIG4 that result in loss of FIG4 protein. This study investigates the natural history and mechanisms of segmental demyelination in CMT4J. METHODS: Over the past 9 years, we have enrolled and studied a cohort of 12 CMT4J patients, including 6 novel FIG4 mutations. We evaluated these patients and related mouse models using morphological, electrophysiological and biochemical approaches...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Lu-Mei Chi, Yu Gao, Guang-Xian Nan
RATIONALE: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) represent recurrent autoimmune diseases, generally beginning with optic nerve neuritis or acute transverse myelitis. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 57-year-old male with long-term alcohol intake was hospitalized because of limb numbness. EMG examination showed the peripheral sensory nerve was in demyelination and an axonal injury was found. His symptoms could not be improved by vitamin B injection but were later significantly attenuated by dexamethasone treatment...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Raji P Grewal, Kinsi Oberoi, Leema Reddy Peddareddygari
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4C, an autosomal recessive genetic neuropathy, is caused by mutations in the SH3TC2 (SH3 domain and tetratricopeptide repeats 2) gene. Interestingly, although mutations in this gene have been observed in European gypsies, a population that originated in India, there are few publications describing Indian patients. We report our analysis of a 50-year-old woman of Asian Indian descent with onset of progressive distal weakness and sensory loss in childhood. A clinical examination revealed the presence of a neuropathy with pes cavus without spinal abnormalities...
January 2018: Case Reports in Neurology
N Y Mapoure, M N Budzi, S A F B Eloumou, A Malongue, C Okalla, H N Luma
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern, with a high burden in Sub-Saharan Africa. There is growing evidence that chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection causes neurological complications. This study aimed at assessing the prevalence and factors associated with neurological manifestations in chronic hepatitis C patients. METHODS: Through a cross-sectional design, a semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect data from consecutive chronic HCV infected patients attending the outpatient gastroenterology unit of the Douala General Hospital (DGH)...
2018: PloS One
Alejandra Gonzalez-Duarte
PURPOSE: Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis (hATTR amyloidosis) is a progressive disease primarily characterized by adult-onset sensory, motor, and autonomic neuropathy. In this article, we discuss the pathophysiology and principal findings of autonomic neuropathy in hATTR amyloidosis, the most common methods of assessment and progression, and its relation as a predictive risk factor or a measure of progression in the natural history of the disease. METHODS: A literature search was performed using the terms "autonomic neuropathy," "dysautonomia," and "autonomic symptoms" in patients with hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis and familial amyloid polyneuropathy...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Rola A Mahmoud, Charles K Abrams
Peripheral neurological complications of lymphomas are rare and much less frequent than central complications. Nonetheless, on occasion, systemic non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may directly infiltrate the peripheral nervous system at various levels. This report describes a man with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leptomeningeal disease who developed progressive areflexic quadraparesis. Initial electromyography (EMG) was consistent with a polyradiculopathy and a repeat EMG performed 1 month later for worsening symptoms showed evidence of demyelination...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Ioannis Karakis, Sofia Georghiou, H Royden Jones, Basil T Darras, Peter B Kang
BACKGROUND: We analyzed the clinical and electrophysiologic patterns of nerve injury in pediatric patients with radial neuropathy. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of 19 children and adolescents with radial neuropathy. RESULTS: The mean subject age was 12 years (range one month to 19 years), 56% were female, and 53% had traumatic etiologies. Weakness in the finger and wrist extensors was the prevailing complaint (82%). Predominant localization was at the posterior interosseous nerve (37%), followed by the radial nerve below the spiral groove (32%), the radial nerve at the spiral groove (26%), and the radial nerve above the spiral groove (5%)...
January 31, 2018: Pediatric Neurology
Priyanka Chauhan, Wen S Sheng, Shuxian Hu, Sujata Prasad, James R Lokensgard
BACKGROUND: Peripheral neuropathy is currently the most common neurological complication in HIV-infected individuals, occurring in 35-50% of patients undergoing combination anti-retroviral therapy. Data have shown that distal symmetric polyneuropathy develops in mice by 6 weeks following infection with the LP-BM5 retrovirus mixture. Previous work from our laboratory has demonstrated that glial cells modulate antiviral T-cell effector responses through the programmed death (PD)-1: PD-L1 pathway, thereby limiting the deleterious consequences of unrestrained neuroinflammation...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Laura S Gilchrist, Lynn R Tanner
PURPOSE: To describe the incidence and short-term recovery of balance control in children and adolescents receiving neurotoxic treatment for noncentral nervous system cancers and to investigate the association of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and balance control. METHODS: Sixty-five children and adolescents diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or other solid tumors were tested 3 to 6 months into treatment and 3 and 6 months following treatment using the Bruininks-Oseretsky Balance Subscale and Pediatric Modified Total Neuropathy Scale scores of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Atsushi Sato, Hiroshi Shibuya
The with no lysine (WNK) protein kinase family is conserved among many species. Some mutations in human WNK gene are associated with pseudohypoaldosteronism type II, a form of hypertension, and hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 2A. In kidney, WNK regulates the activity of STE20/SPS1-related, proline alanine-rich kinase and/or oxidative-stress responsive 1, which in turn regulate ion co-transporters. The misregulation of this pathway is involved in the pathogenesis of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II...
2018: PloS One
Vincenzo Provitera, Christopher H Gibbons, Gwen Wendelschafer-Crabb, Vincenzo Donadio, Dino F Vitale, Adam Loavenbruck, Annamaria Stancanelli, Giuseppe Caporaso, Rocco Liguori, Ningshan Wang, Lucio Santoro, William R Kennedy, Maria Nolano
BACKGROUND: We aimed to test the clinical utility of leg to thigh intraepidermal nerve fiber (IENF) density ratio as a parameter to discriminate between length-dependent small fiber neuropathy (SFN) and small fiber sensory ganglionopathy (SFSG) in subjects with signs and symptoms of small fiber pathology. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated thigh and leg IENF density in 314 subjects with small fiber pathology (173 with distal symmetrical length-dependent SFN and 141 with non length-dependent SFSG)...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Nathalie Bernard-Marissal, Roman Chrast, Bernard L Schneider
Recent progress in the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases revealed that multiple molecular mechanisms contribute to pathological changes in neurons. A large fraction of these alterations can be linked to dysfunction in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria, affecting metabolism and secretion of lipids and proteins, calcium homeostasis, and energy production. Remarkably, these organelles are interacting with each other at specialized domains on the ER called mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs)...
February 28, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Masayoshi Yamamoto, Yoko Shibata, Nobuyuki Oka, Manabu Inoue, Naoko Tachibana, Toshiaki Hamano
The patient was a 58-year-old man, who was hospitalized with progressive bilateral leg weakness, and sensory impairment in all four extremities. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) was suspected based on an electrophysiological examination, and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy (IVIg) was initiated. However, his symptoms progressed. The serum and cerebrospinal fluid were positive for human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) antibodies; hence the patient was diagnosed as having HTLV-1 associated neuropathy...
February 28, 2018: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Mitsukuni Suenaga, Takashi Akiyoshi, Eiji Shinozaki, Yoshiya Fujimoto, Satoshi Matsusaka, Tsuyoshi Konishi, Satoshi Nagayama, Yosuke Fukunaga, Kazuyoshi Kawakami, Takashi Yokokawa, Takahito Sugisaki, Masashi Ueno, Toshiharu Yamaguchi
BACKGROUND/AIM: Past studies have suggested that adjuvant capecitabine and oxaliplatin (CAPOX) provides decreased tumor relapse and longer survival in patients with curatively resected colon cancer. We report the first evidence of the feasibility of adjuvant CAPOX in Japanese patients with early colon cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible patients had histologically-confirmed stage II/III colon cancer and received curative resection. The primary endpoint was completion rate of treatment after 8 cycles of adjuvant CAPOX...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
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