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Plate 24 Peripheral Nerve

Peripheral nerves are composed of bundles of nerve fibers held together by connective tissue and a specialized layer (or layers) of cells, the perineurium. The connective tissue consists of an outer layer, the epineurium, surrounding the whole nerve the perineurium, surrounding bundles of nerve fibers and the endoneurium, associated with individual neurons. Each nerve fiber consists of an axon that is surrounded by a cellular investment called the neurilemma, or the sheath of Schwann. The fiber may be myelinated or unmyelinated. The myelin, if present, is immediately around the axon and is formed by the concentric wrapping of the Schwann cell around the axon. This, in turn, is surrounded by the major portion of the cytoplasm of the Schwann cell, forming the neurilemma. Unmyelinated axons rest in grooves in the Schwann cell.

Peripheral Nervous system

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) consists of the nerves that branch from the central nervous system (CNS), connecting it to other body parts. The PNS includes the cranial nerves that arise from the brain and the spinal nerves that arise from the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system can also be subdivided into somatic and autonomic nervous systems. Generally, the somatic nervous system consists of the cranial and spinal nerve fibers that connect the CNS to the skin and skeletal muscles, so it oversees conscious activities. The autonomic nervous system (awto nom'ik ner'vus sis'tem) includes fibers that connect the CNS to viscera such as the heart, stomach, intestines, and various glands. Thus, the autonomic nervous system controls unconscious actions. Table 11.8 outlines the subdivisions of the nervous system.

Interactions Between Nmda Receptormediated Mechanisms Of Opioid Tolerance And Neuropathic Pain

Opioid Tolerance and Neuropathic Pain As discussed above, NMDA receptor-mediated cellular and intracellular changes occur within the rat's spinal cord following repeated exposure to opioids. Similar cellular and intracellular changes have been observed at the spinal cord level in animal models of neuropathic pain. Several lines of evidence suggest that these NMDA receptor-mediated changes are the neural basis of spinal cord neuroplastic changes responsible for the behavioral manifestations of both opioid tolerance and hyperalgesia (a sign of neuropathic pain) (62). Because these changes occur at the same spinal cord loci, it is possible that interactions may occur between NMDA receptor-mediated changes following repeated opioid exposure and neuropathic pain that is, opioids may exacerbate hyperalgesia associated with at least certain types of neuropathic pain and lead to hyperalgesia even in the absence of pre-existing neuropathic pain. A corollary of this is that neuroplastic...

Pathophysiology Of Neuropathic Pain

Many theories have been proposed for explaining the pathophysiology of chronic pain after injury to peripheral nerves, dorsal roots, or dorsal root ganglia. The various proposed mechanisms of chronic pain production remain controversial, but it is generally accepted that hyperactivity in noci-ceptive pathway neurons as well as neuronal hypersensitivity to abnormal discharges from injured peripheral ganglia or neurons are involved in the pathophysiology of chronic neuropathic pain.

Diabetic Neuropathy

A number of theories have been proposed to account for the development of neuropathy in diabetes. These include activation of the polyol pathway, depletion of myoinositol, impaired fatty acid metabolism, a reduction in the blood supply to nerves, and inadequate trophic support by the target (see Refs. 305-308). There is some evidence that all of these factors contribute to diabetic neuropathy, and they are not mutually exclusive. However, they cannot adequately explain why some nerves degenerate in diabetes while others do not. One factor that may be of significance in this is oxidative stress, which is known to occur in diabetes (309,310). The potential importance of oxidative stress is indicated by the fact that clinical studies are already investigating the administration of antioxidants as treatment for diabetic autonomic neuropathy (311).

Diabetic neuropathies

Diabetic neuropathies are the most frequent complications of diabetes mellitus, which affect 50 per cent of all patients. Clinically, the sensory neuropathies dominate motor weakness develops rather rarely. The primary cause of nerve damage is associated with blood glucose levels aggressive glycaemic control substantially reduces the prevalence of neuropathies. The primary target of the impaired glucose homeostasis is, however, debatable. Traditionally, the leading aetiological factor was associated with abnormalities in neurovascular circulation, which indeed suffers remarkably. According to these theories, the nerve damage was a direct consequence of poor circulation, ischaemia and oxidative injury. Yet, in many cases neuropathies develop without any obvious degradation in neurocirculation. An alternative theory stresses the pathogenetic importance of Schwann cells, which are particularly sensitive to hyperglycaemia the latter damage glial cells mostly through oxidative stress....

Electrical Stimulation Of The Spinal Cord And Peripheral Nerves

Centuries before the nature of electricity was understood, observant people discovered that electrical stimulation (caused by the proximity of electrical eels) relieved pain. When electricity was controlled, healers replaced the eels with hand-cranked generators and continued to practice electrical therapy without understanding how it relieved pain (12). Eventually, in the mid-20th century, Melzack and Wall crafted a gate-control theory of pain that permitted the incorporation of electrical stimulation with modern medicine (13). Now, despite recognition of the shortcomings of this theory, it is known that SCS can effectively relieve pain (14), and multichannel, computerized systems with percutaneous electrodes allow stimulation of the spinal cord, nerve roots, and peripheral nerves simultaneously (see Fig. 6A,B). In a review of experience with SCS during an 18-year period, North et al. found that, at 7-year mean follow-up, 52 of 171 patients with permanent implants reported at least...

Connective Tissue Components of a Peripheral Nerve

The bulk of a peripheral nerve consists of nerve fibers and their supporting Schwann cells. The individual nerve fibers and their associated Schwann cells are held together by connective tissue organized into three distinctive components, each with specific morphologic and functional characteristics (Fig. 11.24 also, see Fig. 11.3). These components are Epineurium, which includes dense irregular connective tissue that surrounds a peripheral nerve and fills the spaces between nerve fascicles permit its demonstration. At the electron microscope level, collagen fibrils that constitute the endoneurium are readily apparent (see Figs. 11.12 and 11.13). The fibrils run both parallel to, and around, the nerve fibers, functionally binding them together into a fascicle, or bundle. Because fibroblasts are relatively sparse in the interstices of the nerve fibers, it is likely that most of the collagen fibrils are secreted by the Schwann cells. This conclusion is supported by tissue culture...

Peripheral Nerves

A peripheral nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers held together by connective tissue The cell bodies of peripheral nerves may be located within the CNS or outside the CNS in peripheral ganglia. Ganglia contain clusters of neuronal cell bodies and the nerve fibers leading to and from them (see Fig. 11.17). The cell bodies in dorsal root ganglia as well as ganglia of cranial nerves belong to sensory neurons (somatic and visceral afferents), whose distribution is restricted to specific locations (Table 11.1 and Fig. 11.3). The cell bodies in the paravertebral, prevertebral, and terminal ganglia belong to postsynaptic motor neurons (visceral efferents) of the ANS (see Table 11.1 and Fig. 11.17). The cell bodies of motor neurons that innervate skeletal muscle (somatic efferents) are located in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. The axons leave the CNS and travel in peripheral nerves to the skeletal muscles that they innervate. A single neuron conveys impulses from the CNS to the effector...

Neuropathic Pain

In contrast, neuropathic pain is believed to be associated with sustained activity at a site of aberrant somatosensory processing in the peripheral or central nervous system resulting from neural injury or irritation. Typically, neuropathic pain persists long after the precipitating event. Neuropathic pain is clinically diverse. Patients may describe unfamiliar burning, electric shock-like or shooting dysesthesias, which may be spontaneous or evoked by movement. Examination may reveal allodynia, hypal-gesia or hyperalgesia, hypesthesia or hyperesthesia, or hyperpathia. There may be other focal neurological deficits, including weakness or autonomic changes, such as swelling or vasomotor instability. Trophic changes in the form of alterations of skin, subcutaneous tissues, hair, and nails may also occur. However, neuropathic pain is not always dysesthetic. The neurological deficit may be very subtle, thus the diagnosis is not always straightforward. Neuropathic pain may result from a...

Varying Electric and Magnetic Fields

Many of the effects ascribed to magnetic fields that vary over time are in fact related to the associated electric field. Switching the magnetic field gradients on and off may induce electric currents capable of affecting the cell membrane potential and, if sufficiently intense, of stimulating the peripheral nervous system and the cardiac muscle. The stimulation threshold of peripheral nerves may be painful but is reversible and is used as a safety reference indicator for cardiac stimulation, which in contrast carries the risk of fibrillation. In fact, with ramp durations of less than 1 ms, the former threshold is always lower than, and is reached before, the latter 13 . For instance, if during an examination a localization ramp from 0 to 20 mT m in 200 is is launched from a 1 m coil, then the temporal variation of the magnetic fieldwillbe 100 T s, andfor an abdomen 0.4min diameter the value of the electric field calculated using the above model will be 10 V m, which exceeds the 6 V m...

Chemotherapy and Anti Epileptic Drug Interactions

ABSTRACT Patients with primary or metastatic brain tumors are often on medications that alter the pharmacokinetics of chemotherapeutic agents (CTAs). The most common drugs administered to neuro-oncology patients that can affect their chemotherapy are anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Oncology patients who require chemotherapy may also be on AEDs for pre-existing epilepsy, neuropathic pain or headaches. These enzyme-inducing anti-epiletic drugs (EIAEDs) induce the production and activity of hepatic enzymes that are responsible for the metabolism of many drugs. The most common mechanism for this effect is induction of the cytochrome p450 (CYP) system. The induction of CYP by EIAEDs can affect the metabolism and effectiveness of CTAs. When patients require chemotherapy, it is important to know, how their concomitant medications affect the pharamacokinetics of the chosen CTA, because significant under or overdosing can occur. It is also important that these interactions be taken into account...

Embryonic Stem Cells Modulation By Wnt Signaling Components

The Wnt signaling has been implicated in early stages of neural crest development, such as neural crest induction and melanocyte formation. Neural crest cells generate most structures of the peripheral nervous system and nonneural tissues such as cells in the the heart, craniofacial bone and cartilage, connective tissue, and melanocytes of the skin 15 . In neural crest stem cells (NCSCs), the genetic ablation of P-catenin results in lack of melanocytes and sensory neural cells in dorsal root ganglia. In fact NCSCs without P-catenin emigrate and proliferate normally but are unable to acquire a sensory neuronal fate. Constitutive expression of P-catenin in neural stem progenitor cells results in an expansion of the entire neural tube 16,17 , supporting a role of P-catenin in progenitor proliferation. On the other hand, effects of ablation of wntl and wnt3 suggest a role of Wnt signaling in expansion of dorsal neural tube cells, including the premigratory neural crest. Similar to other...

Modes of IgSuperfold Interaction

Cis Interactions Modulating Avidity In general, cell adhesion molecule interactions are individually low affinity interactions. However, several crystal structures have provided significant evidence for the occurrence of homophilic cis interactions between IgSF molecules, interactions that could mediate the formation of stable, zipper-like arrays in the context of a cell-cell interface. The crystal structure of P0, the major structural protein of peripheral nerve myelin, provided one of the first such examples, with crystal lattice contacts suggesting that cis interactions mediate formation of P0 tetramers that in turn mediate an array of trans interactions to clusters of tetramers on the opposed membrane 29 . Array-wise interactions have also been proposed for the neural cell adhesion molecules exemplified by axonin-1 10 . Heterophilic examples include the dimeriza-tion of B7-1 33 , which, when combined with the dimeric molecular structure of its IgSF ligand CTLA-4, could result in...

Sensation And Perception

Neural impulses containing sensory information are conveyed from specialized receptors by way of efferent (sensory) nerves to the central nervous system (spinal cord and brain). Then, neural impulses are conveyed from the central nervous system by way of efferent (motor) nerves to the muscles and glands. Combined with the secretions of certain glands, the two types of peripheral nerves afferent and efferent make up the information highway of the body. The efficiency with which sensory information is received, conducted, processed, and acted upon determines how effectively the individual is able to sustain and enhance his or her existence. Conducting information from the external world to the spinal cord and brain is, of course, not only a matter of the intactness of neural transmission pathways but also the specialized receptors connected to those pathways. At least since Aristotle's time, over 2000 years ago, it has been commonly asserted that there are five senses vision, hearing,...

Nervous system and sensory organs

Snake Vomeronasal Organ

The reptilian nervous system is organized into identifiable regions based on structure and function. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord and contains most of the body's nerve cells or neurons. Collections of neurons that have similar function are called nuclei, and the bundles of axons that extend from the cell bodies and transmit messages are called tracts. The peripheral nervous system consists of sensory and motor nerves that communicate between the brain or spinal cord and various other parts of the body. The motor neurons that control contraction of skeletal muscles compose the voluntary nervous system. The autonomic nervous system, consisting of sympathetic and parasympa-thetic branches, provides unconscious control of the heart and lungs and activity of smooth muscles and various glands.

Cholinergic Mechanisms

But not exclusively, ventricular function (140). Acute decentralization of intrathoracic ganglia from the CNS attenuates, but does not eliminate, such effects (140). In time, following chronic decentralization of intrathoracic ganglia, including those on the heart as with cardiac transplantation, peripheral nerve networks remodel to sustain cardiac function (123).

Postherpetic Neuralgia and Other Neurologic Complications

Although histopathological studies have demonstrated peripheral and central degenerative changes in many PHN patients, i.e. ganglion cell loss, fibrosis and atrophy of the dorsal horn, dorsal root ganglion, dorsal root and peripheral nerve 3-7 , the most incapacitating symptom of PHN is the nearly intractable pain and not just simple sensory loss. Most patients with PHN are able to distinguish three distinct components of their discomfort (1) a constant, spontaneous usually deep burning pain, (2) a brief recurrent shooting tic-like pain and (3) a sharp radiating pain of burning character evoked by very light touching of the skin, which is called dynamic mechanical allodynia (evoked-pain). The patient may undergo extraordinary efforts to protect the diseased area from innocuous mechanical stimuli. Yet, firm compression of the skin mostly does not exacerbate the pain and may even provide relief. Clinical investigations show that negative (i.e. sensory deficits) and positive (i.e....

Dissection Of Fresh Brain In Fetuses And Infants

DISSECTION OF SPINAL CORD For routine examination, after the dura has been opened along the anterior midline and the cord surface has been examined, series of cross-sections are prepared. Marking the right side of the cord with India ink may help later when segmental and long pathway pathology need to be reconstructed. The dura should be left attached to the cord to keep the sectioned spinal cord and roots together. This allows to orient roots for cross sections during embedding. When specific radicular-level involvement has been reported premortem, the involved roots should be identified and processed separately (see Peripheral Nerves). With a sharp scalpel blade, the spinal cord is sectioned approx at 1-cm intervals. Occasionally, longitudinal sections can be made to emphasize the rostral-caudal extent of the lesion, such as in traumatic contusion. However, it is often difficult to get a straight plane of section. In most instances, the cross-sectional extent of the lesion at any...

Selection Of Tissue Blocks For Histologic Examination

PERIPHERAL NERVES The cervical and lumbar plexuses can be removed totally and in continuity with the spinal roots and ganglia, as outlined for removal of the spinal cord. As a routine procedure, this is too time-consuming. In cases in which detailed clinical studies were performed on the peripheral nervous system, the affected nerves should be sampled at autopsy. When incisions are made in the extremities for sampling of muscles, as described in the next section, the nerves innervating them can be removed conveniently. In a diffuse neuropathic condition, one may select the sciatic nerve and its distal ramifications for detailed studies. To this end, the body is turned over and an incision is made in the back of the thigh to free the sciatic nerve, which has been severed previously at its pelvic exit. The incision may be extended caudally to allow the removal of the peroneal and tibial nerves in the leg. More conservatively, a 15-cm longitudinal incision in the popliteal region exposes...

Clinical Features Of Patients With Megaloblastic Anemia

Megaloblastic anemia is usually a disease of middle-aged to older age with a high predilection for women. Severe anemia, in which the hemoglobin drops to 7 to 8 g dL, is accompanied by symptoms of anemias such as shortness of breath, light-headedness, extreme weakness, and pallor. Patients may experience glossitis (sore or enlarged tongue), dyspepsia, or diarrhea. Evidence of neurological involvement may be seen with patients experiencing numbness, vibratory loss (paresthesias), difficulties in balance and walking, and personality changes. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes a demyeliniza-tion of the peripheral nerves, the spinal column, and the brain, which can cause many of the more severe neurological symptoms such as spasticity or paranoia. Jaundice may be seen, because the average red cell life span in megaloblastic anemia is 75 days, a little more than one half of the average red cell life span of 120 days. The bilirubin level is elevated, and the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level is...

Pernicious Anemia As A Subset Of Megaloblastic Anemias

Pernicious anemia is more common in individuals with Irish and Scandinavian ethnicity. Pernicious anemia patients will experience all of the symptoms of a patient with megaloblastic anemia, but they have a higher tendency for neurological involvement including those already mentioned as well as degeneration of peripheral nerves and the spinal column. Neurological symptoms may be slow to develop but include a vast array of symptomatology. Patients may experience paresthesias in the limbs, an abnormal or clumsy walking pattern or stiffness in the limbs. Treatment will usually reverse these symptoms.

Adjuvant Therapy For The Individual Patient

Adjuvant therapies now available and currently being investigated have been described in this chapter. For the individual patient assessed in the clinic, a decision must be made by the multidisciplinary team as to whether the patient is fit to receive any of these therapies. All treatments administered are likely to induce some toxic reaction, and these must be weighed against the benefits likely to be achieved. The different regimes with different drugs have their own individual side-effect profiles. These have been detailed in this text and in Chapter 17 when the drugs have been discussed in the metastatic colorectal setting. The risks of infection and thrombophlebitis associated with prolonged venous access, and the likelihood of inducing neutropenic incidents, as well as risks of other physical harm, must be assessed by the physician and presented to the patient. Patients would also have their own views as to which side effects are acceptable to them. Some may find the alopecia...

Ricardo C Sampaio And Charles L Truwit

Myelin is a wrapping of surface membrane of oligodendrocytes (Schwann cells in the peripheral nervous system) around the axons, with little or no cytoplasm in between (Everett, 1971). The process of myelin formation occurs in two, partially overlapping stages. Initially, oligodendrocytes proliferate and differentiate. Subsequently, myelin is synthesized. Although the precise chemical structure has been only partially elucidated (Kinney et al., 1994), myelin, like other membranes, is composed of a lipid bilayer with several large proteins. Proteolipid protein (PLP) and myelin basic protein (MBP) are two such proteins, both of which are necessary for membrane compaction and span the bilayer. The outer layer of the membrane is composed mainly of cholesterol and glycolipids while the inner portion of the lipid bilayer is composed mainly of phospholipids (Braun,1984).

Peripheral Myelin Protein 22 Pmp22 Gene Dosage Abnormalities Cause Neuropathy

The fact that the phenotype in CMT1A duplication and HNPP deletion patients results from abnormal PMP22 gene dosage was supported by multiple lines of independent experimental evidence including (1) quantitative PMP22 mRNA and (2) PMP22 protein studies in the peripheral nerves from patients with the duplication and deletion rearrangement (52-59). Moreover, rodent models that overexpress PMP22, or disrupt it by gene targeting or antisense, recapitulated the respective CMT1A and HNPP phenotypes (60-65). Strategies aimed at normalizing the PMP22 gene dosage may provide therapeutic approaches as recently demonstrated in rodent models (66-68).

Origin Of Nerve Tissue Cells 303

ORGANIZATION OF THE PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM 303 Peripheral Nerves 303 Connective Tissue Components of a Peripheral Nerve 304 Organization of the Spinal Cord 306 Afferent (Sensory) Receptors 307 Autonomic Nervous System 307 A Summarized View of Autonomic Distribution 310 Head 310 Thorax 310

Clinical Involvement Among Carriers of Premutation Alleles of the FMR1 Gene

More recently, the neurodegenerative disorder, FXTAS, has been described in older (primarily male) carriers of the fragile X premutation (Hagerman et al. 2001 Brunberg et al. 2002 Jacquemont et al. 2003). The core features of FXTAS include progressive intention tremor, gait ataxia, and parkinson-ism associated features include peripheral neuropathy as well as cognitive deficits involving loss of memory and executive function. Approximately 60 of carriers with clinical features of FXTAS display symmetric hyperinten-sities on T2-weighted magnetic resonance images of the middle cerebellar peduncles (Brunberg et al. 2002 Jacquemont et al. 2004b). Furthermore, Greco et al. (2002, 2006) identified ubiquitin-positive intranuclear inclusions in both neurons and astrocytes, broadly distributed throughout the brain, in postmortem brain tissue from adult male premutation carriers with FX-TAS. Although female premutation carriers tend to be spared from FXTAS (Berry-Kravis et al. 2003 Jacquemont...

Possible Involvement Of Tumor Suppressor Gene Products P53 And Prb In Zebrafish Aging

Most recently, stable p53-deficientzebrafishmutant lines were isolated by using target-selected mutagenesis strategy, from 2,679 individual N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)-mutagenized F1 male fish (Berghmans et al., 2005). Homozygote p53M214K mutant fish were characterized for DNA damage (IR) response, and the mutants appeared resistant to apoptosis induction in response to irradiation. Unlike wild-type control fish embryos, irradiated p53 mutants were resistant to apoptosis induction and failed to up-regulate p21 with aberrant cell-cycle checkpoint. More importantly, within 1 year of age, more than one quarter of the mutant fish developed malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. With the use of

Classification of Neurons

Nervous Impulse Pathway Effector

Central nervous system Peripheral nervous system Central nervous system Peripheral nervous system Sensory (afferent) neurons carry information into the central nervous system (CNS), interneurons are completely within the CNS, and motor (efferent) neurons carry instructions to the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Sensory (afferent) neurons carry information into the central nervous system (CNS), interneurons are completely within the CNS, and motor (efferent) neurons carry instructions to the peripheral nervous system (PNS).

Functions of the Cerebrum

Within the spinal cord, the corticospinal fibers synapse with motor neurons in the gray matter of the anterior horns. Axons of the motor neurons lead outward through peripheral nerves to voluntary muscles. Impulses transmitted on these pathways in special patterns and frequencies are responsible for fine movements in skeletal muscles. More specifically, as figure 11.18 shows, cells in the upper portions of the motor areas send impulses to muscles in the thighs and legs those in the middle portions control muscles in the arms and forearms and those in lower portions activate muscles of the head, face, and tongue.

Nonpsychotic Disorders

Because alcohol is rich in carbohydrates but low in proteins and vitamins, long-term users can develop cirrhosis of the liver due to protein deficiency or Korsakoff's syndrome due to vitamin B deficiency. The symptoms of Korsakoff's syndrome, a chronic brain disorder occurring most often in chronic alcoholics in their fifties and sixties, include disorientation, impulsiveness, memory loss, confabulation,1 and inflammation of the peripheral nerves of the body.

Plate 31 Arterioles And Lymphatic Vessels

Thus, their nuclei are seen here as cross-sectioned profiles. The arteriole 011 the right is a very small arteriole, having only a single layer of smooth muscle. Again, the muscle cell nuclei are seen in longitudinal profile. The endothelial cell nuclei appear as the small round profiles at the luminal surface. A venule is seen in proximity to the larger arteriole, and a cross section of peripheral nerve (N) is seen in proximity to the smaller arteriole. Compare the wall of the venule, consisting only of endothelium and a thin layer of connective tissue, with the arterioles. Also, note the relatively large lumen of the venule.

Molecular Basis Of Neurofibromatosis

Virtually all subjects affected with NF1 develop multiple benign neurofibromas, which are tumors of superficial and deep peripheral nerves that increase in number with age, along with pigmentation changes of caf au lait macules, axillary inguinal freckling, and hamartomas of the iris of the eye (2). Neurofibromas are unpredictable with regards to number, location, rate of growth, and potential for malignant transformation. Additional complications unrelated to neurofibroma development are legion, and include learning disabilities, scoliosis and other bone abnormalities, optic glioma, and malignancies of various organ systems, such as malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST), rhabdomyosarcoma, and myeloid leukemias (3). Although a deletion or other constitutional inactivating mutation of one NF1 allele predisposes to benign or malignant tumorigenesis, a somatic inactivating mutation of the remaining NF1 allele in a tumor progenitor cell is an early, if not initiating, event in...

Neuropsychiatric complications

Korsakov's syndrome, a more chronic disorder, is also believed to result from thiamine deficiency. It may be a sequel of delirium tremens or Wernicke's encephalopathy. Haemorrhage, necrosis, and gliosis are present in the mammil-lary bodies and hippocampus. A gross defect of short-term memory leads to disorientation, for which some patients attempt to compensate by confabulation. Peripheral neuropathy often co-exists. Peripheral neuropathy results from thiamine deficiency, and affects motor, sensory, and autonomic nerves. Presenting symptoms include impotence or burning pain in the feet.

Cme Questionschapter

In the treatment of neuropathic pain, gabapentin has fewer adverse effects and drug interactions than phenytoin or carbamazepine. b. In the treatment of neuropathic pain in older adults, secondary amines are often preferred to tertiary amines because they cause fewer sedative effects. c. Neuropathic pain can most often be controlled by opioids alone. d. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants have not demonstrated significant efficacy in treating neuropathic pain.

Upper Limb Abnormalities

The upper limb is of about the same importance in neurological assessment as eye movements and vision. Diseases of the upper motor neuron, parietal lobe, cerebellum, and basal ganglia may each produce characteristic changes in the tone, power, posture, or function of the limb and are dealt with elsewhere. Diseases of the spinal cord, nerve roots, brachial plexus, and individual nerves present their own distinctive problems. Herewith are a few comments on plexus and peripheral nerve lesions.

Solutions To Exercises Lesson

The urethra is a tube conducting urine from the urinary bladder to the outside of the body. It begins at the anterior base of the urinary bladder. There is an internal urethral sphincter and an external urethral sphincter. The internal urethral sphincter is located in the floor of the urinary bladder. It is controlled by nerves of the autonomic nervous system. The external urethral sphincter is more inferior, in the area of the pelvic floor. It is controlled by nerves of the peripheral nervous system. (para 8-6a)

Physical examination

General inspection of the patient with CRF will usually reveal a sallow complexion with yellow-brown pigmentation in the skin, which is often dry and pruritic. The patient's mental state should be noted. The respiratory and pulse rates are usually rapid because of anaemia and metabolic acidosis. Other findings may include bruising, uraemic foetor, reduced mental status, pericarditis and peripheral neuropathy. The abdomen should be carefully palpated especially in the renal areas. A rectal examination is indicated to detect prostatomegaly or other rectal or pelvic pathology. Ophthalmoscopic examination may show hypertensive or diabetic retinopathy. Urinalysis should test glucose, blood and protein. Proteinuria should be confirmed with a 24-hour urine protein estimation.

Preventing Diabetic Complications

Preliminary evidence suggests a possible antinociceptive activity of quercetin, probably through modulation of opioidergic mechanism, suggesting a potential for the treatment of diabetic neuropathic pain (Anjaneyulu & Chopra 2003). Topical application of quercetin in combination with ascorbyl palmitate and vitamin D3 has been tested in a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of 34 men and women (age 21-71 years) with diabetic neuropathy. The QR-333 preparation or placebo was applied three times daily for 4 weeks to each foot experiencing symptoms. QR-333 was well tolerated and reduced the severity of numbness, jolting pain, and irritation from baseline values and improved QOL scores (Valensi et al 2005).

General Functions of the Nervous System

Nissl Bodies

The organs of the nervous system can be divided into two groups. One group, consisting of the brain and spinal cord, forms the central nervous system (sen'tral ner'vus sis'tem) or CNS, and the other, composed of the nerves (cranial and spinal nerves) that connect the central nervous system to other body parts, is called the peripheral nervous system (pe-rif'er-al ner'vus sis'tem) or The nervous system includes the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (cranial nerves and spinal nerves). The nervous system includes the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (cranial nerves and spinal nerves). Sensory receptors convert their information into nerve impulses, which are then transmitted over peripheral nerves to the central nervous system. There the signals are integrated that is, they are brought together, creating sensations, adding to memory, or helping produce thoughts. Following integration, conscious...

The ENS is Derived from the Neural Crest

The restriction of the levels of the premigratory crest that contribute precursors to the ENS raises the possibility that the crest cells in these regions might be predetermined to migrate to the bowel and give rise to enteric neurons and or glia. Such a predestination, however, is not supported by experimental evidence, which indicates instead that premigratory crest cells are pluripotent. For example, when levels of the crest are interchanged so as to replace a region that normally colonizes the gut with one that does not, the heterotopic crest cells still migrate to the bowel and there give rise to neurons the pheno-types of which are ENS-appropriate, not level of origin-appropriate 62, 63 . An analogous process, moreover, is seen when the interchange of crest cells is reversed. Vagal and sacral crest cells give rise to non-enteric neurons in ectopic locations, such as sympathetic ganglia, when they are grafted so as to replace crest cells at other axial levels. Clones derived from...

Indications And Prognostic Factors

The conditions that respond favorably to DBS include failed back syndrome, causalgia, radiculopathies, peripheral neuropathies, trigeminal neuropathies, and phantom limb pain 10-12 . Conditions that respond poorly to DBS include paraplegic pain, thalamic pain syndromes, and postherpetic neuralgia. In general, nociceptive pain responds more favorably to PVG stimulation, whereas neuropathic pain responds to STh stimulation. Patients with pain syndromes who have had multiple operations to a given body area experience a greater degree of benefit than those without prior surgical intervention. Gender and age do not statistically affect the degree of pain relief. Depression is a very common accompaniment to chronic pain syndromes and needs to be treated before undertaking definitive surgery. We have found that patients who did not require therapy for depression had a better prognosis than those who did.

Sodium Channelopathies

The human genome contains a number of almost identical genes coding for slightly different voltage-gated Na+ channels. The different channel genes are specific for expression in the various tissues and this specialization may help restrict the consequence of a mutation to a single type of cell or tissue. The various isoforms of voltage-gated Na+ channels are heterome-tric proteins containing a large, heavily glycosylated a subunit and one or two small 0 subunits. In heart and skeletal muscle, only the subunit has been identified, whereas in the brain, the and a disulfide-linked subunit copurify with the a subunit. Eight different genes (SCN1A-SCN8A) are known so far to encode a sub-units, most of them being expressed in heart, brain, muscle, and peripheral nerve (84). Among them, SCN5A, located on human chromosome 3p21 (85), is expressed in adult cardiac muscle (2, 3) and in fetal skeletal muscle (skM2), and its gene product is characterized by low te-trodotoxin sensitivity. A single...

Pathological Conditions

Peripheral nerve tumours relatively common at this site, although not as frequent as in the mediastinum. Schwannomas may be quite large and show cystic degeneration neurofibromas and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours are also described. Rarer tumours include lesions such as paraganglioma (chemodectoma aortic body tumour), ganglioneuroma, neuroblastoma and other small, round, blue cell tumours such as Ewing's sarcoma PNET and intra-abdominal desmoplastic small cell tumour.

Acquired Delayed Ejaculation

The onset of ejaculation delay may be sudden or gradual and deteriorates progressively to global unremitting ejaculatory inhibition. A rather normal delay of ejaculation occurs during aging. Androgen deficiency or hypogonadism may be accompanied by loss of sexual desire and delay of ejaculation. Any neurological disease, injury, or surgical procedure that traumatizes the lumbar sympathetic ganglia and the connecting nerves (multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy, abdo-minoperineal resection, lumbar sympathectomy) may lead to a delay or failure of ejaculation. A wide range of drugs (SSRIs, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotics, alpha-sympathicolytics) can impair the ejaculatory process through central and peripheral mechanisms. Alcohol can delay or abolish ejaculation by a direct effect after acute abuse and indirectly by neurological or hormonal disturbances during chronic abuse.

Initiating Intrathecal Therapy

Drug properties, such as receptor affinity and lipophilicity, and patient factors, such as age, pain severity, and the presence of neuropathic pain, can make predicting the effects of the preliminary infusion rate challenging. To avoid overdosing, only 50 of the calculated dose should be programmed when initiating therapy, changing to other narcotics, or adding adjunctive medications. Breakthrough narcotics with a short onset of action, adminis-

Development of the Nervous System

Embryology Brain

Development of the neural tube and crest. The alar plate gives rise to sensory neurons. The basal plate gives rise to motor neurons. The neural crest gives rise to the peripheral nervous system. Figure 4-1. Development of the neural tube and crest. The alar plate gives rise to sensory neurons. The basal plate gives rise to motor neurons. The neural crest gives rise to the peripheral nervous system. A. The peripheral nervous system (PNS) i.e., peripheral nerves and sensory and autonomic ganglia

Emotion From A Systems Perspective

A useful working definition can be gleaned from a systems perspective on emotions (e.g., Bradley & Lang, 2000), which holds that emotion is a multi-faceted construct inferred from multiple indicators. The multiple facets of emotions are manifest in multiple response systems. According to Lang's bioinformational theory (1979), the systems of primary importance are the behavioral system, the language system, and the physiological system. Each of these systems, in turn, consists of multiple subsystems. For example, the language system contains evaluative self-reports of emotion as well as vocal and paravocal features of speech associated with emotions. The physiological system contains subsystems such as the central nervous system (brain), the peripheral nervous system (sympathetic, parasympathetic), and the hormonal system. Each of these subsystems can be thought of as a channel that carries potential information about the emotional state of the person. arousal, the multiple response...

Adjunctive Alpha Agonists

Idine, tizanidine, and dexmedotomidine have been used, but clonidine is the most common of these agents. It is thought to produce analgesic effects by inhibition of substance P release, thereby inhibiting nociceptive neurons 18 . Clonidine has been found to potentiate the antinociceptive effects of morphine approximately fivefold. It is especially effective in cases of neuropathic pain. Dose-limiting side effects include hypotension and bradycar-dia. Abrupt withdrawal may result in rebound hypertension.

Methods For Measuring Emotion

Tive self-reports of experience, modifications of speech patterns by emotions, and expressive communications (b) behavior, which includes overt acts and functional behavior sequences, such as flight or fight, approach, and threat behavior, as well as the modulation of other behaviors by emotion and (c) physiology, which includes central and peripheral nervous system changes that support emotional behavior or prepare the person for responding, as well as somatic expressive changes and hormonal changes that coordinate the discharge and replacement of energy stores. As presented by Bradley and Lang (2000), these three output systems provide a three-dimensional framework for considering measures of emotion. We present this framework in the form of a data box (Cattell, 1988 Larsen, 1989).

Krabbe Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy

Krabbe globoid cell leukodystrophy is largely a disease of early infancy characterized by marked irritability, progressive neurodeterioration with signs of peripheral neuropathy, elevated cerebrospinal fluid protein levels, and with a clinical onset of 4 to 6 mo (1). Older patients (juvenile and adult onset variants) constitute about 10 of all proven cases and display the same neurological features of the infantile form, but with a more protracted course. In all variants the nervous system, particularly the central and the peripheral system myelin (see Fig. 1), is the exclusive site of clinical and pathological

AIDSHuman Immunodeficiency Virus

Central nervous system disease is present in 69 of cases, with the peripheral nervous system affected in 8 of HIV cases. Of the peripheral nervous system dysfunctions, the facial nerve is most common, found in approximately 5 of patients (61). A similar study of 170 AIDS patients found a 4.1 incidence of facial paralysis (62). Facial paralysis is abrupt in onset and usually unilateral (63). The mechanism of facial nerve injury may be a direct effect of the neurotropic virus, secondary involvement due to parotid or other neoplastic processes, or immunosuppression leading to reactivation of herpes zoster or other viruses. Multidrug therapy is the current standard therapy for HIV infection. Reverse transcriptase and protease inhibitors are effective and block HIV replication fusion inhibitors are also used and block HIV entry into the cell. The prognosis for facial paralysis is good, with the majority of patients having complete or near-complete recovery of facial function (64).

Idiopathic Diseases Sarcoidosis

Neurologic involvement can be central or peripheral. Diabetes insipidus, basal leptomeningitis, and peripheral neuropathy are frequent manifestations (76). An estimated 12 of all patients with sarcoidosis and 50 of patients with neurosarcoi-dosis have facial paralysis, which remains the most frequent neurological presentation of the disorder. The paralysis can be either unilateral or bilateral in up to 33

Polyneuropathy and Polyradiculopathy

Peripheral neuropathies may complicate all stages of HIV infection. During the early asymptomatic stages peripheral neuropathies are uncommon, but electrodiag-nostic testing reveals subclinical evidence of peripheral nerve involvement in about 10 of cases. In later stages, symptomatic neuropathies occur in some 30-50 of patients. Neuropathological studies have shown pathological changes with a prevalence approaching 100 in patients with AIDS.

Polyarteritis Nodosum

Polyarteritis nodosum is a vasculitis involving medium-sized arteries, most commonly at their bifurcations. Presentation usually involves the gastrointestinal tract as postprandial abdominal pain with nausea. Patients may also demonstrate kidney dysfunction, subcutaneous palpable nodules, fevers, livedo reticularis, and mononeuritis multiplex. Unlike Wegener's granulomatosis, lung involvement is not typically seen. Nervous system involvement is most often a peripheral neuropathy. Although cranial nerve palsies are uncommon, the facial nerve is the most frequently involved nerve and has been reported by several investigators (100-102). Diagnosis is confirmed with biopsy demonstrating granulomatous vasculitis as well as an elevated serum perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (p-ANCA) and an elevated ESR with anemia. Without treatment, the overall prognosis is dismal. Treatment involves high-dose corticosteroids. Dudley and Goodman performed decompression surgery on a patient...

Introduction And Background

Since its introduction almost a quarter of a century ago, the indications for DREZ lesioning have expanded to include the treatment of many types of intractable pain including traumatic plexus avulsions, conus medullaris and cauda equina lesions, postherpetic pain, postamputation pain, brachial plexus radiation injuries, brachial plexus stretch injuries, cancer pain, postoperative (postrhizotomy and postthoracotomy) pain, and peripheral nerve injury pain. In addition, a specialized variation of the spinal cord DREZ lesion, the nucleus caudalis DREZ operation, was developed to treat intractable facial pain and is often indicated for other refractory cranial pain Nashold, 1992 , including trigeminal neuralgia that has failed other procedures, anesthesia dolorosa complicating prior procedures, peripheral nerve pain after infection or trauma (including dental procedures), cluster headaches, and others.

Myocardial Infarction

PGs play important roles in a number of organ systems, including the central nervous system, blood platelets (as described in this chapter), smooth muscles of the respiratory tract (also described here in connection with asthma), peripheral nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, and cardiovascular system. In the kidney, PGs, possibly mainly PGAs, produce vasodilation and accelerate the removal of sodium ion into the urine. PGs apparently can act in the opposite direction by stimulating the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. In this case, as in many others, opposing actions of PGs occur as a homeostatic mechanism. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, if administered chronically, can compromise the hypotensive activity of PGs in the kidney.


An unusual severe, atypical peripheral neuropathy characterized by the presence of severe neuropathic foot pain and marked motor weakness of the lower extremities without an associated weakness of the upper extremities has been described in patients receiving vincristine-containing chemotherapy for NHL (119). Comparing the frequency of this neuropathy in 54 patients receiving either filgrastim or sargramostim or no CSF, there was a strong association between CSF exposure and the occurrence of the neuropathy (39 vs 4 , p 0.0024). It is speculated that the relationship between sargramostim exposure and neuropathy may be caused by a chemotherapy-induced modulation of CSF effect on nerve growth or to an alteration in vincristine clearance.

Nautilids octopods cuttlefishes squids and relatives

Mollusks bearing a radula (toothed tongue) and well-developed heads mouth characterized by a dorsoventral pair of horny jaws known as beaks and encircled by the bases of 8-ca. 60 grasping appendages single pair of lateral, image-forming eyes well-developed brain and peripheral nervous system

Twopoint Discrimination

The ability to tell one from two touches that are close together may be defective in lesions of peripheral nerves, the posterior columns of the spinal cord, and the cerebrum. A pair of dividers with dull points or an unwound wire paper clip can be used to test this sensation.

Transcription Sites and Nuclear Territories Functional Organization ofInterphase Nuclei

A growing number of human diseases have been shown to result from abnormal chromatin structure (87). Dysfunctions in proper chromatin remodeling can affect epigenetic interactions and in turn lead to gene expression multi-system disorders and neoplasias (88). The importance of chromatin-nuclear envelope interactions has been emphasized further in laminopathies, a new group of genetic diseases, wherein mutations in lamin A C, a constituent of the nuclear envelope, can presumably deregulate chromatin-nuclear envelope interactions that manifest with a broad spectrum of disorders. These include Emery-Dreifuss and limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (skeletal muscles), Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy (peripheral nerves), dilated cardiomyopathy (heart), Dunnigan familial partial lipodystrophy (adipose tissue), and mandibuloacral dysplasia (skeletal system) (89,90). The best known example of disease resulting from abnormal chromatin structure or function is probably facioscapulohumeral muscular...

Important drugdrug interactions in HIV therapy NRTIs

Drug-drug interactions during intracellular phosphorylation have been shown to occur in vitro when ribavirin is co-administered with zidovudine (AZT), stavudine (D4T) or DDI. Whereas plasma concentrations of AZT and active D4T metabolites decrease in the presence of ribavirin, plasma concentrations of active DDI metabolites increase. The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System describes 24 patients who developed toxic symptoms (pancreatitis, peripheral neuropathy and symptomatic hyperlactatemia lactic acidosis), on average one month after initiation of therapy containing these drugs (FDA Announcement). These symptoms also occur when AZT and DDI are combined (Piscitelli 2001).

Clinical Manifestations

Leprosy has a wide spectrum of clinical presentations involving primarily the skin and nervous system. Due to involvement of peripheral nerves, which can become enlarged and palpable, cutaneous lesions of leprosy exhibit hypesthesia or anesthesia. Some peripheral Lepromatous leprosy, the form with the least cell-mediated immunity, has the greatest number of bacilli and is characterized by poorly defined, widespread, symmetric erythematous macules, papules, and nodules initially. The most common sites of involvement are the face, buttocks, and lower extremities. Involvement of the face can lead to leonine facies due to diffuse infiltration with the M. leprae bacilli (Fig. 8). Later signs include infiltration of the ear lobes, saddle nose, madarosis, ichthyosis of the lower extremities, and stocking-glove peripheral neuropathy. In severe cases, ocular symptoms develop due to infiltration of facial and trigeminal nerve branches (17).

Regeneration of Nerve Axons

Neurone Bout Distal Proximal

Injury to the cell body usually kills the neuron, and because mature neurons do not divide, it is not replaced. However, a damaged peripheral axon may regenerate. For example, if injury or disease separates an axon in a peripheral nerve from its cell body, the distal portion of the axon and its myelin sheath deteriorate within a few weeks. Macrophages remove the fragments of myelin and other cellular debris. The proximal end of the injured axon develops sprouts shortly after the injury. Influenced by nerve growth factors that nearby glia secrete, one of these sprouts may grow into a tube formed by remaining basement membrane and connective tissue. At the same time, any remaining Schwann cells proliferate along the length of the degenerating portion and form new myelin around the growing axon. If an axon of a neuron within the central nervous system is separated from its cell body, the distal portion of the axon will degenerate, but more slowly than a separated axon in the peripheral...

Hippocampal Formation

Meynert Projects

Acetylcholine is the major transmitter of the peripheral nervous system, neuromuscular junction, parasympathetic nervous system, preganglionic sympathetic fibers, and postganglionic sympathetic fibers that innervate sweat glands and some blood vessels in the skeletal muscles (Figure 22-1). Acetylcholine is found in the neurons of the somatic and visceral motor nuclei in the brain stem and spinal cord. It is also found in the basal nucleus of Meynert, which degenerates in Alzheimer's disease.

Combined Motor And Sensory Lesions

PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM (PNS) LESIONS. An example of a PNS lesion is Guillain-Barre syndrome (acute idiopathic polyneuritis, or postinfectious polyneuritis). It primarily affects the motor fibers of the ventral roots and peripheral nerves, and it produces LMN symptoms (i.e., muscle weakness, ascending flaccid paralysis, and areflexia.) Guillain-Barre syndrome has the following features

Wallerian degeneration

Degeneration Peripheral Nerve

Figure 9.2 General scheme of Wallerian degeneration in the peripheral nervous system Figure 9.2 General scheme of Wallerian degeneration in the peripheral nervous system For many years, axonal degeneration following intersection was regarded as a result of ceased support form the cell body. Recently it became obvious, however, that Wallerian degeneration in the PNS is a specialized active process, which is not very dependent on the links with neuronal somata, but rather involves activation of localized signals in both axons and surrounding glial cells. This change in perception was initiated by the discovery of a spontaneously mutated mouse strain (called Wlds or 'ola'), in which peripheral nerves survive without any obvious changes for many weeks after transection. The full description of the local signals that initiate and control Wallerian degeneration is still wanting, yet it is clear that the enzyme system known as the ubiquitin-proteasome system (which includes ubiquitin...

Nerve Growth Factor

Other growth factors with homology to NGF do exist. Examples of these are neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Two other factors fall into this class of NGF homologues, but they have not been well described. Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) is a survival factor for chick ciliary ganglia parasympathetic neurons however, it is different from neurotrophins NT-3 and BDNF. CNTF is expressed throughout the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and is a survival factor for neurons in these regions at various developmental stages. It is

Acquired inflammatory neuropathies

Usually follows viral infection the latter triggers an immune response, which turns into an autoimmune reaction aimed at myelin or protein components of Schwann cells. Important roles are played by antibodies against viral oligosaccharide components, which are, incidentally, identical to gangliosides (GM1 or GD1a) of the peripheral nerve as a result, antibodies produced against viruses attack the body's own tissue. In addition, certain infections may produce antibodies against myelin proteins, most frequently against protein PMP22. The autoreactive T cells, bearing the autoantibodies, migrate towards the peripheral nerve, and (by release of cytokines and chemokines) recruit macrophages, which attack both Schwann cells and myelin sheaths. Initially, macrophages form infiltrations within the peripheral nerve, and destroy the myelin subsequently, they phagocytose the remnants of the glial cells and demyelinated axons.

Cellular Basis Of fru Functions In Male Courtship Behavior

Manoli et al. (2005) and Stockinger et al. (2005) independently generated homologous recombination knockin transgenic strains, in which the Gal4-coding sequence is inserted downstream of the P1 promoter, whereas the fru-coding sequences are inactivated. They recapitulated the pattern of the cell body localization of fru-expressing neurons in the CNS, which has been observed by anti-Fru antibody staining. An unexpected finding in these experiments is the strong Gal4 expression in the peripheral nervous system, where no endogenous Fru expression has been reported, with exceptions of motor nerves projecting to the internal reproductive organ and MOL (Billeter and Goodwin, 2004 Lee and Hall, 2001). Many sensory neurons that play olfactory and gustatory roles in the antenna, labellum, labrum, maxillary palp, and foreleg express fru-Gal4 (Manoli et al., 2005 Stockinger et al., 2005). Mechanosensory neurons in the wing joint and male genitalia are also positive for Gal4 (Manoli et al.,...

Combined Ocular Motor Nerve Palsies

Miller Fisher syndrome is considered to be a variant of Guillain-Barre syndrome. However, there is some controversy as to the site of the lesion in Miller Fisher syndrome,8,315,414,415,488 whereas Guillain-Barre is clearly a peripheral neuropathy. Clinical observations suggesting the possibility of CNS involvement in Miller Fisher syndrome have included apparently supranuclear eye movement abnormalities314,459 and clouding of consciousness.8,50 In some cases, evoked potentials232 and MRI416 have been normal in others, CT images121541 and MRI136 163 have displayed clear abnormalities in the brainstem as well as in the cerebral white matter and cerebellum. In yet another group, absent F waves and H reflexes on peripheral nerve testing and

The Reflex Arc and Reflexes

Most reflexes demonstrated in this lab are stretch reflexes. When a tendon is stretched by a tap over its tendon, stretch receptors called muscle spindles are stretched within the muscle, which initiates an impulse over a reflex arc. The stretched muscle responds by contracting to resist or reverse further stretching. These stretch reflexes are important to maintain proper posture, balance, and movements. Observations of many of these reflexes in clinical tests on patients may indicate damage to a level of the spinal cord or peripheral nerves of the particular reflex arc.

Lunar Farms Herbal Specialists

Variation To soothe pain, try a massage oil made with St.-John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum). St.-John's-wort oil is a good remedy of choice for inflamed muscle and nerve pain. It's effective for bruises, contusions, inflamed arthritic joints, and even sunburn, says pharmacist and herbalist Lynn Shumake of Blue Mountain Herbal Apothecary in Glenelg, Maryland.

Causes and symptoms

Sexual anhedonia is a rare variant of HSDD seen in the male, in which the patient experiences erection and ejaculation, but no pleasure from orgasm. The cause is attributed to penile anesthesia, due to psychological or emotional factors in a hysterical or obsessive person. Psychiatric referral is indicated unless there is evidence of spinal cord injury or peripheral neuropathy. Loss of tactile sensation of the penis is unlikely to be organic in cause unless there is associated anesthetic areas in the vicinity of the anus or scrotum.

Classification Of Pain

Neuropathic Pain Neuropathic pain occurs as the result of invasion or compression of neural tissue by tumor or, less commonly, as the side effect of the administration of chemotherapeutic agents or radiation therapy. Peripheral neuropathy that arises following the administration of some chemotherapeutic agents (such as the vinca alkaloids, cisplatin, and oxali-platin) is associated with dysesthesia and burning of the hands and feet and is frequently accompanied by paresthesias. The qualitative nature of neuropathic pain is the sensation of burning, squeezing, or shooting, with electric shock-like feelings in the distribution of the affected nerve. Allodynia, the sensation of pain resulting from a non-noxious stimulus, is common in addition to paresthesia and dysesthesia. Neuropathic pain does not respond well to opioid therapy alone, but the addition of appropriate adjuvant medication (Table 26-1) will provide the most effective relief. Consideration should be given to invasive...

Current Routine Autopsy Techniques

Special attention must be paid to the removal of the neck organs and the floor of the mouth. Whether these structures are removed together with the chest organs or as a separate tissue block, lacerations of the skin in the neck area or even of the lips may occur if the prosector is inexperienced or works hastily. Furthermore, the prosector can easily cut or stab the assisting hand during the removal of the soft palate and the floor of the mouth. These procedures should not be attempted without the guidance of an experienced preceptor work should be slow and deliberate in these areas. (See also below under, Lesions of Face, Arms, or Hands.) In medicolegal autopsies, particularly in cases of suspected strangulation, extensive skin incisions of the neck area are indicated and permitted (6). In these instances, the brain should be removed first so that blood is drained from the neck and the chance of an artifactual hemorrhage is minimized (6). For further details, see references by V.I....

Schwann Cells Electrically Excitable

Camillo Golgi

There are two major classes of cells in the brain - neurones and glia (Figure 1.1). The fundamental difference between these lies in their electrical excitability -neurones are electrically excitable cells whereas glia represent nonexcitable neural cells. Neurones are able to respond to external stimulation by generation of a plasmalemmal 'all-or-none' action potential, capable of propagating through the neuronal network, although not all neurones generate action potentials. Glia are unable to generate an action potential in their plasma membrane (although they are able to express voltage-gated channels). Glial cells are populous (as they account for 90 per cent of all cells in the human brain) and diverse. In the central nervous system (CNS) they are represented by three types of cells of neural (i.e. ectodermal) origin, often referred to as 'macroglial cells' (which may also be properly called 'neuroglial cells'). These are the astrocytes, the oligodendrocytes and the ependymal...

Dean Filandrinos Thomas R Yentsch and Katie L Meyers

John's wort has demonstrated clinical efficacy for mild to moderate depression and compares favorably to other more potent or toxic antidepressants. Low side effects and potential benefits warrant its use as a first-line agent for select patients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety-related conditions. Benefits related to other reported uses such as an antimicrobial, agent to treat neuropathic pain, antiinflammatory, treatment alternative for atopic dermatitis, and antioxidant are either not well documented or evidence is encouraging but not conclusive and further study is needed. St. John's wort has an inherently wide margin of safety when taken by itself, with most reported adverse drug reactions (ADRs) being related to skin reactions. Isolated, but more significant ADRs have been reported in relation to neurological effects, impact on thyroid function, and increased prothrombin time. Of greatest concern is the potential for interactions between St. John's wort and...

Sacrococcygeal Teratoma And Oxcarbamazepine

For neuropathic pain, 326t Immature teratomas ovaries, 45, 45f Inbred strain mouse for neuropathic pain, 326t Knife therapy, 209, 211, 213f for neuropathic pain, 326t Liver metastases, 66, 66f, 118f, 119f, 125f Lodine for neuropathic pain, 326t Mexitil, 333 for neuropathic pain, 326t Mitomycin-C, 186 Mitoxantrone, 186 Mixed germ cell tumor, 41, 44-45 computed tomography, 176f ultrasonography, 59f Mobic for neuropathic pain, 326t Neuropathic pain, 325 for neuropathic pain, 326t Nortriptyline (Pamelor) for neuropathic pain, 326t NSAID for neuropathic pain, 326t Oxycodone, 330t for neuropathic pain, 326t Para-aortic drainage, 227f Para-aortic field, 220f, 231f Para-aortic nodes, 125f Paratracheal residual tumor, 122f Patient compliance for neuropathic pain, 326t Physician Data Query (PDQ) for neuropathic pain, 326t Social workers, 289-290 Somatic pain, 325 Spermatic cord, 95f Spermatic fascia, 32f Spermatocytic seminoma, 1, 43 Spermatogenesis, 9f Splanchnic nerves, 334f

Removal Of Spinal Cord In Adults

Posterior dissection of the spinal cord may be limited to the upper thoracic and cervical cord or extended down to the sacral segments. However, compared with the anterior approach, this dissection method is much less suited for pursuing the course of peripheral nerves for any length in contiguity with the spinal cord. The posterior approach is used by us only on special occasions such as excision of an occipital encephalocele, in situ exposure of an Arnold-Chiari malformation, or removal of a spinal meningomyelocele (see below). ANTERIOR APPROACH The anterior approach is simple and quick and does not require turning the body over. It also permits removal of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves in continuity when indicated. Immediate examination of the vertebral bodies is an added advantage. Kernohan's hemivertebral section method, devised as a quick anterior approach with the advantage of providing rigidity to the spinal column, fails to expose one side of the spinal cord (7)....

Somatosensory Symptoms

The symptoms are often perplexing for the clinician, especially during the onset bout, because they are frequently unassociated with objective signs on the neurological examination. In addition, the anatomical distribution is often peculiar, not corresponding to recognized dermatomal, peripheral nerve, or homuncular patterns. Patients usually complain of numbness, but more often are referring to a subjective positive sensation than to diminished or absent sensation. Common complaints include tingling, burning, tightness, a feeling like ''procaine (Novocaine) wearing off,'' or a sensation that a garment, such as a glove or a girdle, is being worn. Often the abnormal sensation occurs in a band-like fashion around a limb or the abdomen. Sometimes only a patch of abnormal sensation is reported.

Pharmacological Toxicological Effects

Neuropathic Pain Neuropathic pain is commonly treated with tricyclic antidepressants. Although generally efficacious, these drugs do have the potential to cause serious side effects. A crossover trial was conducted in which participants received St. John's wort standardized to 2700 of hypericin per day or placebo for 5 weeks, with a 1-week washout period between treatments. Patients rated several types of pain on a scale of 1-10. A total of 47 patients completed the trial, which showed a trend toward lower total pain with the St. John's wort treatment however, it was not statistically significant. There was also a trend toward people reporting moderate to complete pain relief during their treatment with St. John's wort. When the study population was further broken down into patients with and without diabetes, it was found that in the 18 participants with diabetes, there was still a trend toward lower total pain and a significant reduction in lancinating pain, whereas in the 29...

The Normal Enteric Nervous System

The mature ENS is absolutely unique and different from any other region of the peripheral nervous system (PNS). First, the ENS is independent and can function in the absence of input from the brain or spinal cord 3, 4 . Second, in contrast to the remainder of the PNS, the ENS can mediate reflexes, even when it is isolated from the central nervous system (CNS). This ability of the ENS is often overlooked, even though it has long been known to be true. As the 19th Century turned to the 20th, Bayl-iss and Starling reported that enteric reflexes could be mediated by the local nervous mechanism of the gut 14, 15 . These investigators described what they called the law of the intestine (now known as the peristaltic reflex) in extrinsically denervated loops of dog intestine. This is a reflex, evoked by increased intraluminal pressure, that consists of a wave of oral excitation and anal relaxation that descends in the bowel and is propulsive.

Natural Products

The vinca alkaloids, vincristine, and vinblastine, are derived from the periwinkle plant and function as cell-cycle-specific spindle poisons (see Figs. 2.6A,B) 8,21 . They enter cells via an energy dependent carrier-mediated transport system and bind to tubulin during S-phase, preventing polymerization and inducing metaphase arrest. Both the agents are water soluble, penetrate the blood-brain barrier poorly, undergo extensive metabolism in the liver, and are excreted primarily in the bile. Vincris-tine has demonstrated activity (1.4 mg m2 IV maximum 2 mg) against low-grade and malignant PBT (e.g., medulloblastoma, oligodendroglioma, anaplastic astrocytoma) as part of multi-agent regimens, such as PCV or CCNU and vincristine 71-73, 87,101,103 . The dose-limiting toxicity is usually peripheral neuropathy.


Based on studies with animal models, it appears that Momordica charantia increases the renewal of beta-cells in the pancreas, or may permit the recovery of partially destroyed beta-cells (Ahmed et al 1998), and stimulates pancreatic insulin secretion (Welihinda et al 1982). It also improves peripheral glucose uptake (Welihinda & Karunanayake 1986). A study with streptozocin-induced diabetic animals found that bitter melon juice normalises the structural abnormalities of peripheral nerves, regulates glucose uptake into thejejunum membrane brush border vesicles and stimulates glucose uptake into skeletal muscle cells (Ahmed et al 2004).

S Nerve Tissue

In the central nervous system (CNS), i.e., the brain and spinal cord, the supporting cells are called neuroglial cells. In the peripheral nervous system (PNS), i.e., the nerves in all other parts of the body, the supporting cells are called Schwann (neurilemmal) cells and satellite cells. Supporting cells are responsible for several important functions. They separate neurons from one another, produce the myelin sheath that insulates and speeds conduction in certain types of neurons, provide active phagocytosis to remove cellular debris, and contribute to the blood-brain barrier in the CNS.


A Ma I lory-stained section of a peripheral nerve. Nerve tissue consists of a vast number of thread-like myelinated axons held together by connective tissue. The axons have been cross-sectioned and appear as small, red, dot-like structures. The clear space surrounding the axons previously contained myelin that was dissolved and lost during preparation of the specimen. The connective tissue is stained blue. It forms a delicate network around the myelinated ax


Somatostatin (GIH)-containing neurons reside in the median eminence, the periventricular nuclei of the hypothalamus, the peripheral nervous system, and the gut. GIH has also been located in cells of the gastroent-eropancreatic endocrine system (see Chapter 7) and in the thyroid, as well as in several areas of the CNS.


The Multicentre International Study of Oxaliplatin 5-Fluorouracil Leucovorin in the Adjuvant Treatment of Colon Cancer (MOSAIC) investigators have recently published their findings (16). A large trial randomizing 2246 patients who had undergone curative resection for stage II (899 patients) or III (1347 patients) colon cancer to receive fluorouracil and LV (FL) alone or with oxaliplatin for six months was carried out. The FL regime consisted of a two-hour infusion of 200-mg leucovorin per m2 followed by a bolus of 400 mg m2, and then a 22-hour infusion of 600 mg m2 of fluorouracil given on two consecutive days every 14 days, for 12 cycles. Those patients receiving oxaliplatin also were administered the same 5-FU regimen plus a two-hour infusion of 85-mg m2 oxaliplatin per m2 on day one given simultaneously with the LV. The primary end point of the trial was DFS. At three years, this was seen to be 78.2 (95 CI 75.6-80.7 ) for the FL + oxaliplatin group and 72.9 (95 CI 70.2-75.7 ) in...

Clinical Summary

S was 45 years old at the time of his death. He had smoked cigarettes for 25 years, had hypertension, and was a known non-insulin dependent diabetic (type II) controlled with oral hypoglycemic drugs. He was moderately obese, weighing 105 kg and 175 cm length (BMI 34 kg m2). He also had a history of illicit intravenous drug use with scarred veins in the antecubital fossa. He had clinical evidence of diabetic neuropathy, and peripheral vascular disease (intermittent claudication and sexual dysfunction). He was admitted to the hospital because of complaints of indigestion and progressive discomfort radiating to both arms. The presumptive diagnosis was acute inferior wall myocardial infarction, and he was treated with tissue plasminogen activator (TPA). The patient slowly became clinically stable after his creatine kinase (CK) peaked at 1555 U L. On medication, and 3 days later, he had a low level stress exercise ECG, which was negative for ischemia. He was discharged home with a plan...

Figure 1110

Photomicrographs of a peripheral nerve in cross and longitudinal sections, a. Photomicrograph of an osmium-fixed, toluidine blue-stained peripheral nerve cut in cross section. The axons (A) appear clear. The myelin is represented by the dark ring surrounding the axons. Note the variation in diameter of the individual axons. In some of the nerves the myelin appears to consist of two separate rings (asterisks). This is due to the section passing through a Schmidt-Lanterman cleft. Epi, epineurium. x640. b. Photomicrograph showing

Figure 1124

Electron micrograph of a peripheral nerve and its surrounding perineurium. a. Electron micrograph of unmyelinated nerve fibers and a single myelinated fiber (MF). The perineurium (P), consisting of several cell layers, is seen at the left of the micrograph. Perineurial cell processes (arrowheads) have also extended into the nerve to surround a group of axons (A) and their Schwann cell as well as a small blood vessel (BV). The enclosure of this group of axons represents the root of a small nerve branch that is joining or leaving the larger fascicle, xi0,000. The area within the circle encompassing the endothelium of the vessel and the adjacent perineurial cytoplasm is shown in the inset at higher magnification. Note the basal (external) laminae of the vessel and the perineurial cell (arrows). The junction between en

Figure 1133

Division of Schwann cells is the first step in the regeneration of a severed or crushed peripheral nerve. The Schwann cells then bridge the scar. In the second step in regeneration, large numbers of new nerve processes (neu-rites) sprout from the proximal stump (Fig. 11.33c). The Schwann cell bridges then serve as guides for the regenerating axons to grow across the scar, thus maintaining the normal pathways of the growing axons.

Transgenic Models

Transgenesis has also been used to induce dwarfism, either by widespread expression of a functional GH antagonist (129) or by targeting, directly or indirectly, the somatotrophs. Dwarf mice have been produced by selective or total ablation of GH-expressing cells (130), whereas transgenic dwarf rats have been produced by expressing an antisense GH transgene in the pituitary to suppress endogenous GH synthesis (131). Paradoxically, dwarfism can also be induced by targeted expression of GH itself. This was first noticed in a line of mice that fortuitously expressed hGH in the CNS (71). In contrast to the giantism generated by peripherally overexpressed hGH transgenes, mice with such central hGH expression exhibited a dwarf phenotype caused by local short-circuit feedback on hypothalamic GHRH and SRIF (71). This has prompted the production of another mouse model in which hGH was targeted more specifically to the CNS and peripheral nervous system using the tyrosine hydroxylase promoter...


Some materials safety data sheets (MSDS) for welding consumables list parkinsonism as a potential hazard of welding, although the data upon which this claim is based is unclear. There are several clinical reports (80,83-85) of parkinsonism in welders, although many patients had atypical features, including cognitive abnormalities, disturbances of sleep, peripheral nerve complaints, and mild motor slowing. In a study of magnetic field exposed workers, Noonan et al. (70) found that welders were over-represented in PD deaths (70). Blood manganese (85) and aluminum (84) levels may be elevated in welders, but no study convincingly demonstrates an association between motor signs and these metals. However, a small study (84) suggests that welders with exposure to manganese may be slower on peg-board and finger-tapping scores compared to welders without these exposures. In one study, 15 career welders were compared to consecutively ascertained and age-matched PD controls. Welders with PD were...

Other GPCRs

It is now becoming clear that effective analgesia can be separated from psychotropic effects by selective modulation of CB receptors. Data from animal models demonstrated high efficacy analgesia in response to all types of nociception (acute and inflammatory states) tested with a number of agents currently under investigation.169170 Clinical trials using synthetic cannabinoids and extracts of whole plant cannabis (including delta-9-tetrahydocannabinol and cannabidiol) have shown mixed results for efficacy in treating pain and muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis and various neuropathic pain conditions.170174 The results of future trials using more selective agents with properties that allow oral dosing are eagerly awaited.


The neuron may have associated with it specialized cells called Schwann cells. Within the peripheral nervous system, the Schwann cell is responsible for the formation of the myelin sheath and neurolemma. Within the central nervous system, the myelin sheath is formed by oligodendrocytes. The presence of a myelin sheath imparts a whitish color, hence the term white matter, insulates the neuron, and increases the speed of nerve impulse conduction. The neurolemma is necessary for the regeneration of a nerve fiber. Since the Schwann cell is an actual living cell, it has a nucleus. Breaks or gaps at regular intervals in the myelin sheath are called nodes of Ranvier.

Chronic Pain

Coincident with development of the lesion gradual reduction in chronic pain occurs in the contralateral body and face without any loss of normal sensory function in about two thirds of patients. Nociceptive pain responds better than neuropathic pain to medial thalamotomy. Larger lesions may be made with two or three adjacent isocenters, which results in a higher success rate in terms of pain relief, but also a much higher rate of complications caused by excessively large lesions. We do not recommend multi-isocenter medial thalamotomies any longer.

Marburg MS

The Marburg variant of MS, recognized as a fulminant and lethal subtype of multiple sclerosis by Otto Marburg in 1906 (138), is characterized by rapid progression and an exceptional severity. The course is generally monophasic and relentlessly progressive, with death consequent to brainstem involvement or mass effect with herniation. Peripheral nervous system involvement may also occur in this variant of MS. Pathologically, the lesions are more destructive than typical MS and characterized by a large confluent area of white matter destruction with massive macrophage infiltration, pronounced acute axonal injury, and frank tissue necrosis (Figure 12). Uncommonly, multiple small lesions may be disseminated throughout the brain and spinal cord, or may coalesce to form large confluent areas of destruction. In some cases, areas of remyelination are observed. An autopsied case of Marburg disease documented pronounced post-translational changes, in which MBP was converted to an extensively...


Gabapentin is used in combination with other antiseizure (anticonvulsant) drugs to manage partial seizures with or without generalization in individuals over the age of 12. Gabapentin can also be used to treat partial seizures in children between the ages of three and 12. Off-label uses (legal uses not specifically approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration FDA ) include treatment of severe, chronic pain caused by nerve damage (such as occurs in shingles, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, or post-herpetic neuralgia). Studies are also looking at using gabapentin to treat bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive disorder).

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