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  1. Phrenic nerve transfer to the musculocutaneous nerve for the repair of brachial plexus injury: electrophysiological characteristics

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    Ying Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Phrenic nerve transfer is a major dynamic treatment used to repair brachial plexus root avulsion. We analyzed 72 relevant articles on phrenic nerve transfer to repair injured brachial plexus that were indexed by Science Citation Index. The keywords searched were brachial plexus injury, phrenic nerve, repair, surgery, protection, nerve transfer, and nerve graft. In addition, we performed neurophysiological analysis of the preoperative condition and prognosis of 10 patients undergoing ipsilateral phrenic nerve transfer to the musculocutaneous nerve in our hospital from 2008 to 201 3 and observed the electromyograms of the biceps brachii and motor conduction function of the musculocutaneous nerve. Clinically, approximately 28% of patients had brachial plexus injury combined with phrenic nerve injury, and injured phrenic nerve cannot be used as a nerve graft. After phrenic nerve transfer to the musculocutaneous nerve, the regenerated potentials first appeared at 3 months. Recovery of motor unit action potential occurred 6 months later and became more apparent at 12 months. The percent of patients recovering ?excellent? and ?good? muscle strength in the biceps brachii was 80% after 18 months. At 12 months after surgery, motor nerve conduction potential appeared in the musculocutaneous nerve in seven cases. These data suggest that preoperative evaluation of phrenic nerve function may help identify the most appropriate nerve graft in patients with an injured brachial plexus. The functional recovery of a transplanted nerve can be dynamically observed after the surgery.

  2. Medial Antebrachial Cutaneous Nerve: Anatomical Relationship with the Medial Epicondyle, Basilic Vein and Brachial Artery / Nervio Cutáneo Antebraquial Medial: Relación Anatómica con el Epicóndilo Medial, Vena Basílica y Arteria Braquial

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    Aomjai, Damwan; Sithiporn, Agthong; Chavarin, Amarase; Pattarapol, Yotnuengnit; Thanasil, Huanmanop; Vilai, Chentanez.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available El recorrido del nervio cutáneo antebraquial medial (NCAM) proporciona la inervación sensorial medial del antebrazo. Su anatomía se ha descrito en parte, porque los datos relativos a su patrón de ramificación y distancias a puntos de referencia adyacentes son insuficientes. El propósito de este estu [...] dio fue proporcionar datos morfométricos sobre la anatomía del NCAM, comparando entre lados y sexos. Se disecaron 96 miembros superiores de 26 hombres y 22 mujeres. Se encontró que 5 ramos del NCAM traspasaron la fascia profunda y llegaron 4 hasta la línea interepicondilar (LIE). Presencia de 2 y 3 ramos se encontró en la mayoría de los casos (>80%). Las distancias de estos ramos a los puntos anatómicos variaron considerablemente. En caso de ausencia de ramos, la distancia medial al epicóndilo medial (EM) y arteria braquial (AB) fueron de aproximadamente 1,5 cm, mientras que a la vena basílica (VB) fueron 0,7 cm en ambos sexos. Independientemente del patrón de ramificación, el NCAM podría pasar sobre o cerca (a menos de 0,5 cm ) del EM, VB y AB. Asimetría en el patrón de ramificación se encontró en 50% de las muestras. Diferencias en algunos de los parámetros de medición se observaron según sexo, pero no por lado. Estos datos son relevantes para localizar el NCAM durante el bloqueo del nervio y la toma de injertos, sino también para evitar la lesión del nervio durante los procedimientos quirúrgicos. Abstract in english Medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve (MACN) courses in the medial arm to provide sensory innervation to the medial forearm. Its anatomy has been partly described since data regarding its branching pattern and distances to adjacent landmarks are still lacking. The purpose of this study was to provide [...] morphometric anatomy of the MACN with comparisons between sides and sexes. Ninety-six upper extremities from 26 males and 22 females were dissected. We found that up to 5 branches of MACN pierced the deep fascia with the maximum of 4 reaching the interepicondylar line (IEL). Presence of 2 and 3 branches was found in the majority of cases (> 80%). The distances from these branches to the landmarks varied considerably. In case of no branch, the mean distances to the medial epicondyle (ME) and brachial artery (BA) were approximately 1.5 cm while those to the basilic vein (BV) were 0.7 cm in both sexes. Regardless of the branching pattern, the MACN could pass over or close (within 0.5 cm) to the ME, BV and BA. Asymmetry in the branching pattern was found in 50% of specimens. Sex but not side differences were observed in some measurement parameters. These data are crucial for not only localizing the MACN during nerve block and graft harvest but also avoiding the nerve injury during surgical procedures.

  3. Human amniotic epithelial cell transplantation for the repair of injured brachial plexus nerve: evaluation of nerve viscoelastic properties

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    Hua Jin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The transplantation of embryonic stem cells can effectively improve the creeping strength of nerves near an injury site in animals. Amniotic epithelial cells have similar biological properties as embryonic stem cells; therefore, we hypothesized that transplantation of amniotic epithelial cells can repair peripheral nerve injury and recover the creeping strength of the brachial plexus nerve. In the present study, a brachial plexus injury model was established in rabbits using the C 6 root avulsion method. A suspension of human amniotic epithelial cells was repeatedly injected over an area 4.0 mm lateral to the cephal and caudal ends of the C 6 brachial plexus injury site (1 × 10 6 cells/mL, 3 ?L/injection, 25 injections immediately after the injury. The results showed that the decrease in stress and increase in strain at 7,200 seconds in the injured rabbit C 6 brachial plexus nerve were mitigated by the cell transplantation, restoring the viscoelastic stress relaxation and creep properties of the brachial plexus nerve. The forepaw functions were also significantly improved at 26 weeks after injury. These data indicate that transplantation of human amniotic epithelial cells can effectively restore the mechanical properties of the brachial plexus nerve after injury in rabbits and that viscoelasticity may be an important index for the evaluation of brachial plexus injury in animals.

  4. Brachial Neuritis Presenting with Isolated Long Thoracic Nerve Involvement

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    Hatice Rana Erdem

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Brachial neuritis is a sudden onset disorder characterized by severe pain and weakness of the shoulder and upper extremities. Pain is followed by motor weakness, sensory and reflex impairments. Electroneuromyography is the most valuable method for the diagnosis of brachial neuritis. Early and definite diagnosis is important to prevent unnecessary procedures including surgical interventions. Here we report a patient admitted to our outpatient clinics with a 3-4 day history of sudden onset of severe pain and motor weakness of shoulder muscles. Due to his scapular winging and specific ENMG findings, he was diagnosed as brachial neuritis presenting with isolated nervus thoracicus longus neuropathy. Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2009;55:83-6.

  5. Dorsal ulnar cutaneous nerve conduction: reference values

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    Garibaldi Solange G.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the reference values of the dorsal ulnar cutaneous nerve (DUC sensory nerve conduction (SNC in 66 healthy individuals. Measurements were processed using stimulating electrodes positioned between the ulnar bone and the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle, 11-13 cm proximal to the active electrode recording. Superficial recording electrodes were placed on the fourth intermetacarpal space. The mean sensory conduction velocity (SCV in males was 63.7 -- 0.16 x age ± 3.36 m/s and in females was 57.7 ± 3.37 m/s. The mean sensory nerve action potential (SNAP amplitude in males was 19.5 ± 10.7 µV and in females was 24.6 ± 5.8 µV. The mean SNAP duration was 0.96 ± 0.13 ms. No significant differences regarding the DUC-SCV, distal latency, and SNAP duration or amplitude were found between both sides of the same subject. The amplitude of the SNAP was higher in females than males. The effects of age on DUC-SCV were distinct for each gender.

  6. Chronic post-traumatic neuropathic pain of brachial plexus and upper limb: a new technique of peripheral nerve stimulation

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    Stevanato, Giorgio; Devigili, Grazia; Eleopra, Roberto; Fontana, Pietro; Lettieri, Christian; Baracco, Chiara; Guida, Franco; Rinaldo, Sara; Bevilacqua, Marzio

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect on pain relief in patients with peripheral neuropathic pain after brachial plexus injuries using an implanted peripheral nerve stimulator applied directly to the nerve branch involved into the axillary cavity. Seven patients with post-traumatic brachial plexus lesions or distal peripheral nerve complaining of severe intractable chronic pain were enrolled in a single-centre, open-label trial. Conventional drugs and traditional surgical treatment ...

  7. The technique comparison of brachial plexus blocks by ultrasound guided with blocks by nerve stimulator guided

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    Liu, Guo-Ying; Chen, Zhen-Qiang; Jia, Hai-Yan; Dai, Zhi-Gang; Zhang, Xue-Jun

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Brachial plexus perineural blocks provide specific analgesia for upper limb surgery. We present our experience with ultrasound-guided supraclavicular brachial plexus perineural blocks for distal upper limb surgery. Although single-injection ultrasound-guided supraclavicular blocks have been reported, little is known about the advantages using this approach compared with nerve stimulator guided. Methods: There were 60 patients who underwent upper limb surgery for orthopedic trauma and received a supraclavicular brachial plexus anesthesia. 30 patients (U-group) were injected by an ultrasound-guided technique with the needle tip remaining under direct vision. 30 patients (NS-group) were inserted by nerve stimulator guided. Recorded the onset time, puncture times, pains cases with tourniquet in each group. Compared the difference between two groups. Results: In U-group, all cases had successful perineural injection. Most of them, effect of anesthesia was fast onset and needed insert only once. No pains were reported under using tourniquet. There were no vessel punctures or other direct procedure-related complications. In NS-group, most injections were successful, but slow onset and needed multiply insert needle. 5 patients said pains under using tourniquet when surgery started and had to add opioid by vein. One patients’ lung were puncture and result in pneumothorax. One patient’s was intravascular injection. Conclusions: Supraclavicular brachial plexus perineural insertion using ultrasound guidance is feasible and almost have no complications, deserves further study with a randomized controlled trial comparing this relatively new technique with only using nerve stimulator. PMID:26629206

  8. Selective ultrasound guided pectoral nerve targeting in breast augmentation: How to spare the brachial plexus cords?

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    Desroches, Jean; Grabs, Ursula; Grabs, Detlev

    2013-01-01

    Subpectoral breast augmentation surgery under regional anesthesia requires the selective neural blockade of the medial and lateral pectoral nerves to diminish postoperative pain syndromes. The purpose of this cadaver study is to demonstrate a reliable ultrasound guided approach to selectively target the pectoral nerves and their branches while sparing the brachial plexus cords. After evaluating the position and appearance of the pectoral nerves in 25 cadavers (50 sides), a portable ultrasound machine was used to guide the injection of 10 ml of 0.2% aqueous methylene blue solution in the pectoral region on both sides of three Thiel's embalmed cadavers using a single entry point-triple injection technique. This technique uses a medial to lateral approach with the entry point just medial to the pectoral minor muscle and three subsequent infiltrations: (1) deep lateral part of the pectoralis minor muscle, (2) between the pectoralis minor and major muscles, and (3) between the pectoralis major muscle and its posterior fascia under ultrasound visualization. Dissection demonstrates that the medial and lateral pectoral nerves were well stained while leaving the brachial plexus cords unstained. We show that 10 ml of an injected solution is sufficient to stain all the medial and lateral pectoral nerve branches without a proximal extension to the cords of the brachial plexus. PMID:22730005

  9. Lateral Antebrachial Cutaneous Nerve injury induced by phlebotomy

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    Azadi Arezoo

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Phlebotomy is one of the routine procedures done in medical labs daily. Case presentation A 52 yr woman noted shooting pain and dysesthesia over her right side anterolateral aspect of forearm, clinical examination and electrodiagnostic studies showed severe involvement of right side lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve. Conclusion Phlebotomy around lateral aspect of antecubital fossa may cause lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve injury, electrodiagnostic studies are needed for definite diagnosis.

  10. Capnography as an aid in localizing the phrenic nerve in brachial plexus surgery. Technical note

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    Agarwal Anil

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To determine whether monitoring end- tidal Carbon Dioxide (capnography can be used to reliably identify the phrenic nerve during the supraclavicular exploration for brachial plexus injury. Methods Three consecutive patients with traction pan-brachial plexus injuries scheduled for neurotization were evaluated under an anesthetic protocol to allow intraoperative electrophysiology. Muscle relaxants were avoided, anaesthesia was induced with propofol and fentanyl and the airway was secured with an appropriate sized laryngeal mask airway. Routine monitoring included heart rate, noninvasive blood pressure, pulse oximetry and time capnography. The phrenic nerve was identified after blind bipolar electrical stimulation using a handheld bipolar nerve stimulator set at 2–4 mA. The capnographic wave form was observed by the neuroanesthetist and simultaneous diaphragmatic contraction was assessed by the surgical assistant. Both observers were blinded as to when the bipolar stimulating electrode was actually in use. Results In all patients, the capnographic wave form revealed a notch at a stimulating amplitude of about 2–4 mA. This became progressively jagged with increasing current till diaphragmatic contraction could be palpated by the blinded surgical assistant at about 6–7 mA. Conclusion Capnography is a sensitive intraoperative test for localizing the phrenic nerve during the supraclavicular approach to the brachial plexus.

  11. Brachial artery perforator-based propeller flap coverage for prevention of readhesion after ulnar nerve neurolysis.

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    Sekiguchi, Hirotake; Motomiya, Makoto; Sakurai, Keisuke; Matsumoto, Dai; Funakoshi, Tadanao; Iwasaki, Norimasa

    2015-02-01

    It is difficult for most plastic and orthopaedic surgeons to treat nerve dysfunction related to neural adhesion because the pathophysiology and suitable treatment have not been clarified. In the current report, we describe our experience of surgical treatment for adhesive ulnar neuropathy. A 58-year-old male complained of pain radiating to the ulnar nerve-innervated area during elbow and wrist motion caused by adhesive ulnar neuropathy after complex open trauma of the elbow joint. The patient obtained a good clinical outcome by surgical neurolysis of the ulnar nerve combined with a brachial artery perforator-based propeller flap to cover the soft tissue defect after resection of the scar tissue and to prevent readhesion of the ulnar nerve. This flap may be a useful option for ulnar nerve coverage after neurolysis without microvascular anastomosis in specific cases. PMID:25088214

  12. ANÁLISE DA ORIGEM E DISTRIBUIÇÃO DOS NERVOS PERIFÉRICOS DO PLEXO BRAQUIAL DA PACA (Agouti paca, LINNAEUS, 1766 ORIGIN AND DITRIBUTION ANALYSIS OF THE BRACHIAL PLEXUS PERIPHERAL NERVES OF PACA (Agouti paca, LINNAEUS, 1766

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    Sílvia Helena Brendolan Gerbasi

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O plexo braquial é um conjunto de nervos que surge na região medular cervicotorácica e que se distribui pelos membros torácicos e porção interna do tórax. O plexo braquial de oito pacas foi dissecado para evidenciação da origem e distribuição de seus nervos. O nervo supraescapular distribuía-se para os músculos supra e infra-espinhal, e o subescapular para o músculo subescapular. O nervo axilar ramificava-se para os músculos redondo maior, subescapular, redondo menor e deltóide. Os nervos ulnar e mediano ramificavam-se para a musculatura do antebraço, e o musculocutâneo para os músculos coracobraquial, bíceps braquial e braquial. O nervo radial abrangia o músculo tríceps braquial, tensor da fáscia do antebraço e ancôneo. O nervo torácico longo e o toracodorsal emitiam ramos para o músculo grande dorsal, e o torácico lateral para o músculo cutâneo do tronco. Os nervos peitorais craniais ramificavam-se no músculo peitoral profundo, e os nervos peitorais caudais distribuíam-se para o músculo peitoral superficial. O plexo braquial da paca é formado por doze pares de nervos com origens distintas, os quais surgem do quinto par de nervos cervicais até o segundo par de nervos torácicos, não havendo troncos ou cordões na formação destes.

    PALAVRAS-CHAVES: Agouti paca, distribuição, plexo braquial, sistema nervoso. The brachial plexus is a set of nerves originated in the cervicothoracic medular region and distributed in the thoracic limbs and inner thorax. The brachial plexus of eight pacas was dissected for study on the nerves origin and distribution. The suprascapular nerve went through the supra and infraspinal muscles and the subscapular gave off on the subscapular muscle. The axilar nerve was distributed on the teres major, subscapular, teres minor and deltoid muscles. The ulnar and the median nerves branched off on the forearm musculature, and the musculocutaneous branched on the coracobrachial, biceps brachial and brachial muscles. The radial nerve went through the triceps brachial, tensor fasciae latae and anconeus muscles. The long thoracic and the thoracodorsal nerves branched on the latissimus dorsi muscle, and the lateral thoracic gave off on the trunk cutaneous muscle. The cranial pectoral nerves branched on the deep pectoral muscle and the caudal pectoral nerves gave off on the superficial pectoral muscle. The brachial plexus of pacas is formed by 12 pairs of nerves presenting different origins, which arose from ventral roots from the fifth pair of cervical to the second pair of thoracic nerves, not occurring trunks or cords in those formation.
    KEY  WORDS: Agouti paca, brachial plexus, distribution, nervous system.

  13. Clinical and neuropathological study about the neurotization of the suprascapular nerve in obstetric brachial plexus lesions

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    Sellhaus Bernd

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The lack of recovery of active external rotation of the shoulder is an important problem in children suffering from brachial plexus lesions involving the suprascapular nerve. The accessory nerve neurotization to the suprascapular nerve is a standard procedure, performed to improve shoulder motion in patients with brachial plexus palsy. Methods We operated on 65 patients with obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP, aged 5-35 months (average: 19 months. We assessed the recovery of passive and active external rotation with the arm in abduction and in adduction. We also looked at the influence of the restoration of the muscular balance between the internal and the external rotators on the development of a gleno-humeral joint dysplasia. Intraoperatively, suprascapular nerve samples were taken from 13 patients and were analyzed histologically. Results Most patients (71.5% showed good recovery of the active external rotation in abduction (60°-90°. Better results were obtained for the external rotation with the arm in abduction compared to adduction, and for patients having only undergone the neurotization procedure compared to patients having had complete plexus reconstruction. The neurotization operation has a positive influence on the glenohumeral joint: 7 patients with clinical signs of dysplasia before the reconstructive operation did not show any sign of dysplasia in the postoperative follow-up. Conclusion The neurotization procedure helps to recover the active external rotation in the shoulder joint and has a good prevention influence on the dysplasia in our sample. The nerve quality measured using histopathology also seems to have a positive impact on the clinical results.

  14. Unusual brachial plexus lesion: Hematoma masquerading as a peripheral nerve sheath tumor

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    Khaled M Krisht

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs of the brachial plexus have unique radiographic and clinical findings. Patients often present with progressive upper extremity paresthesias, weakness, and pain. On magnetic resonance (MR imaging, lesions are isointense on T1-weighted and hyperintense on T2-weighted sequences, while also demonstrating marked enhancement on MR studies with gadolinium diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid. On the basis of their characteristic MR imaging features and rapid clinical progression, two brachial plexus lesions proved to be organizing hematomas rather than MPNST. Methods: A 51-year-old male and a 31-year-old female were both assessed for persistent and worsened left-sided upper extremity pain, paresthesias, and weakness. In both cases, the MR imaging of the brachial plexus demonstrated an extraspinal enhancing lesion located within the left C7-T1 neuroforamina. Results: Although the clinical and radiographic MR features for these 2 patients were consistent with MPNSTs, both lesions proved to be benign organizing hematomas. Conclusions: These two case studies emphasize that brachial plexus hematomas may mimic MPNSTs on MR studies. Accurate diagnosis of these lesions is critical for determining the appropriate management options and treatment plans. Delaying the treatment of a highly aggressive nerve sheath tumor can have devastating consequences, whereas many hematomas resolve without surgery. Therefore, if the patient has stable findings on neurological examination and a history of trauma, surgical intervention may be delayed in favor of repeat MR imaging in 2-3 months to re-evaluate the size of the mass.

  15. [Operative management in axillary brachial plexus blocks: comparison of ultrasound and nerve stimulation].

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    Schwemmer, U; Schleppers, A; Markus, C; Kredel, M; Kirschner, S; Roewer, N

    2006-04-01

    Given a case-by-case accounting system, the analysis of medical performance becomes increasingly important. Quality of treatment and the time effort attached play an important role. Anaesthesia procedures require a high level of quality and safety. Moreover, they are personnel intensive. In the area of regional anaesthesia, new procedures such as the use of high definition ultrasonography for nerve blocks, allow a possible time gain as well as improved quality. The aim of this investigation was to analyze the impact on time and results when using ultrasonography or nerve stimulation for axillary brachial plexus blocks. Therefore, over a time period of 9 months, the ultrasound-guided plexus anaesthesia (Sono) and the neurostimulation methods (NStim) were investigated based upon the anaesthesia documentation of patients undergoing hand surgery. Only those cases were included where an axillary brachial plexus block had been performed, incomplete protocols were excluded and 1.5% mepivacaine was used as medication. Overall, a total of 130 cases fulfilled these criteria. The success rates, time consumption and timelines were evaluated. All data was stored on an Excel-sheet and statistically evaluated. The results revealed a significant increase in the success rate for the patient group where ultrasound was used (98.2% Sono vs 83.1% NStim) and the operation could begin 15 min earlier in the Sono group (5 min vs. 20 min, p<0.001). Furthermore, the duration of anaesthesia was significantly shorter (85 min vs. 120 min, p<0.001) and the necessity for post-operative observation was less (5.4% vs. 32.4%, p<0.001). The data provided in the study indicate that the use of ultrasound for the identification of the nerves can clearly improve quality and time-scales of axillary brachial plexus blocks. PMID:16463076

  16. Bilateral variations of brachial plexus involving the median nerve and lateral cord: An anatomical case study with clinical implications

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    Butz, James J; Shiwlochan, Devina G; Brown, Kevin C; Prasad, Alathady M; Murlimanju, Bukkambudhi V; Viswanath, Srikanteswara

    2014-01-01

    During the routine dissection of upper limbs of a Caucasian male cadaver, variations were observed in the brachial plexus. In the right extremity, the lateral cord was piercing the coracobrachialis muscle. The musculocutaneous nerve and lateral root of the median nerve were observed to be branching inferior to the lower attachment of coracobrachialis muscle. The left extremity exhibited the passage of the median nerve through the flat tendon of the coracobrachialis muscle near its distal inse...

  17. Brachial plexopathy

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    ... direct injury to the nerve, stretching injuries (including birth trauma), pressure from tumors in the area (especially from lung tumors), or damage that results from radiation therapy . Brachial ... with: Birth defects that put pressure on the neck area ...

  18. Cutaneous Benign Epithelioid Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour: A Rare Entity

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    Rao, Anuradha CK; Rao, Lakshmi; Rao, G Chennakeshav; Somayagi, Vasudeva R

    2013-01-01

    Benign epithelioid peripheral nerve sheath tumor, a rare entity is an umbrella term describing benign, neural origin tumors with epithelioid morphology. Clinically indistinguishable from other benign cutaneous lesions, histopathology offers the only source of accurate diagnosis. Morphologic mimics include many benign and malignant soft tissue lesions. Besides a predominant epithelioid component, the lesion can also show a fair share of spindle cells. A circumscribed nodular tumour of low mito...

  19. Vascular endothelial growth factor gene therapy improves nerve regeneration in a model of obstetric brachial plexus palsy.

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    Hillenbrand, Matthias; Holzbach, Thomas; Matiasek, Kaspar; Schlegel, Jürgen; Giunta, Riccardo E

    2015-03-01

    The treatment of obstetric brachial plexus palsy has been limited to conservative therapies and surgical reconstruction of peripheral nerves. In addition to the damage of the brachial plexus itself, it also leads to a loss of the corresponding motoneurons in the spinal cord, which raises the need for supportive strategies that take the participation of the central nervous system into account. Based on the protective and regenerative effects of VEGF on neural tissue, our aim was to analyse the effect on nerve regeneration by adenoviral gene transfer of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in postpartum nerve injury of the brachial plexus in rats. In the present study, we induced a selective crush injury to the left spinal roots C5 and C6 in 18 rats within 24 hours after birth and examined the effect of VEGF-gene therapy on nerve regeneration. For gene transduction an adenoviral vector encoding for VEGF165 (AdCMV.VEGF165) was used. In a period of 11 weeks, starting 3 weeks post-operatively, functional regeneration was assessed weekly by behavioural analysis and force measurement of the upper limb. Morphometric evaluation was carried out 8 months post-operatively and consisted of a histological examination of the deltoid muscle and the brachial plexus according to defined criteria of degeneration. In addition, atrophy of the deltoid muscle was evaluated by weight determination comparing the left with the right side. VEGF expression in the brachial plexus was quantified by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Furthermore the motoneurons of the spinal cord segment C5 were counted comparing the left with the right side. On the functional level, VEGF-treated animals showed faster nerve regeneration. It was found less degeneration and smaller mass reduction of the deltoid muscle in VEGF-treated animals. We observed significantly less degeneration of the brachial plexus and a greater number of surviving motoneurons (P < 0·05) in the VEGF group. The results of this study confirmed the positive effect of VEGF-gene therapy on regeneration and survival of nerve cells. We could demonstrate a significant improvement on the motor-functional as well as on the histomorphological level. However, increased vascularization of the nerve tissue caused by VEGF does not seem to be the major reason for these effects. The clinical use of adenoviral VEGF-gene therapy in the newborn cannot be justified so far. PMID:25213596

  20. Nerve growth factor, neuropeptides and cutaneous nerves in atopic dermatitis

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    Hodeib Abeer

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Neurogenic components, as neurotrophic factors and neuropeptides, are probably involved in the pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD with the neuroimmunocutaneous system as they modify the functions of immunoactive cells in the skin. Nerve growth factor (NGF is the best-characterized member of the neurotrophin family. Both NGF and neuropeptides (NPs may be associated with the disease pathogenesis. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the plasma level of NGF and NPs in AD patients and correlate them with the disease activity and nerve changes in the skin by electron microscopy. Materials and Methods: Plasma levels of NGF and vasoactive intestinal peptide (+VIP were measured by an immunoenzymatic assay while plasma levels of calcitonine gene related peptide (CGRP and neuropeptide Y (NPY were measured by radioimmunoassay in 30 AD patients in comparison to 10 normal non-atopic controls. Electron microscopic study was done in 10 AD patients. Results: It has been found that there is significant increase of plasma levels of NGF and NPs in AD patients compared with controls. There is a positive correlation between the plasma levels of NGF and disease activity (correlation coefficient = 0.750, P< 0.005. There is a significant correlation between the number of Schwann axon complex, evidenced by electron microscopic examination and plasma level of NGF in AD patients. Conclusion: It has been concluded that these neurogenic factors; NGF and NPs modulate the allergic response in AD, probably through interactions with cells of the immune-inflammatory component. NGF might be considered as a marker of the disease activity.

  1. Unusual Communications between the Cutaneous Branches of Ulnar Nerve in the Palm

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    Sirasanagandla, Srinivasa Rao; Padavinangady, Abhinitha; Nayak, Satheesha B.; Jetti, Raghu

    2015-01-01

    Variations of dorsal and volar digital cutaneous branches of ulnar nerve are of tremendous clinical importance for successful regional nerve blocks, skin flaps, carpal tunnel release and placement of electrodes for electrophysiological studies. With the aforementioned clinical implications it is worth to report the variations of cutaneous branches of ulnar nerve. In the current case, we have encountered a rare variation (Kaplan`s anastomosis) of ulnar nerve, in the right upper limb. We have n...

  2. Facial nerve paralysis and partial brachial plexopathy after epidural blood patch: a case report and review of the literature

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    Radi Shahien

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Radi Shahien, Abdalla BowirratDepartment of Neurology, Ziv Medical Center, Zfat, IsraelAbstract: We report a complication related to epidural analgesia for delivery in a 24-year-old woman who was admitted with mild pre-eclampsia and for induction of labor. At the first postpartum day she developed a postdural puncture headache, which was unresponsive to conservative measures. On the fifth day an epidural blood patch was done, and her headache subsided. Sixteen hours later she developed paralysis of the right facial nerve, which was treated with prednisone. Seven days later she complained of pain in the left arm and the posterior region of the shoulder. She was later admitted and diagnosed with partial brachial plexopathy.Keywords: facial nerve paralysis, partial brachial plexopathy, epidural blood patch

  3. Origin, distribution, and insertion of the brachial plexus nerves in Blue-and-yellow Macaws (Ara ararauna, Linnaeus, 1758

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    Kamal Achôa Filho

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Brazil has about 80 species of parrots cataloged, and five of them are identified as Macaws. As the vast majority of birds, Macaws use flight as their primary means of locomotion. However, the strength and power generated during the cycle of beating wings require a mechanism of active neuromuscular control and specialized adaptations of muscles responsible for flight, which are innervated by the brachial plexus. This study aims to describe the origin and distribution of peripheral nerves that make up the brachial plexus in Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna, Linnaeus, 1758, in order to aid the veterinarian to recognize and locate neuromuscular lesions in this species. We used five dead bodies, obtained from the Screening Center for Wild Animals in Paraíba, Brazil, in which the nerves were identified by direct dissection. Four nerve roots were viewed, originating three nerve trunks, which stem from the intervertebral spaces between the tenth cervical vertebra and the second thoracic vertebra. Nerves from the dorsal cord innervated extensor muscles, while ventral cord nerves innervated flexor muscles of the wing, in addition to the pectoral branches, responsible to innervate the superficial thoracic and shoulder muscles.

  4. A Need for Logical and Consistent Anatomical Nomenclature for Cutaneous Nerves of the Limbs

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    Gest, Thomas R.; Burkel, William E.; Cortright, Gerald W.

    2009-01-01

    The system of anatomical nomenclature needs to be logical and consistent. However, variations in translation to English of the Latin and Greek terminology used in Nomina Anatomica and Terminologia Anatomica have led to some inconsistency in the nomenclature of cutaneous nerves in the limbs. An historical review of cutaneous nerve nomenclature…

  5. Sensory cutaneous nerve fine-needle aspiration in Hansen's disease: A retrospective analysis of our experience

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    Prasoon, Dev; Mandal, Swapan Kumar; Agrawal, Parimal

    2015-01-01

    Background: Leprosy affects peripheral nerves. As Mycobacterium leprae has unique tropism for Schwann cells, thickened sensory cutaneous nerves provide an easy target for the detection of lepra bacilli and other changes associated with the disease. Materials and Methods: The data of patients with sensory cutaneous nerve involvement were retrieved from our record for the period January 2006 to December 2014. The hematoxylin and eosin (H and E)- and May-Grünwald-Giemsa (MGG)-stained slides were...

  6. Unusual Communications between the Cutaneous Branches of Ulnar Nerve in the Palm.

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    Sirasanagandla, Srinivasa Rao; Padavinangady, Abhinitha; Nayak, Satheesha B; Jetti, Raghu

    2015-03-01

    Variations of dorsal and volar digital cutaneous branches of ulnar nerve are of tremendous clinical importance for successful regional nerve blocks, skin flaps, carpal tunnel release and placement of electrodes for electrophysiological studies. With the aforementioned clinical implications it is worth to report the variations of cutaneous branches of ulnar nerve. In the current case, we have encountered a rare variation (Kaplan`s anastomosis) of ulnar nerve, in the right upper limb. We have noticed that the dorsal cutaneous branch of ulnar nerve divided into three branches, the lateral two branches supplied the skin of the medial one and half fingers of the dorsum of hand. The medial branch established communications with the superficial branches of ulnar nerve and distributed to the skin of the one and half fingers of the volar aspect of hand. The possible outcome of this communications is discussed. Course and distribution of ulnar nerve on the contralateral side was found to be normal. PMID:25954612

  7. Cutaneous benign epithelioid peripheral nerve sheath tumour: A rare entity

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    Anuradha CK Rao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Benign epithelioid peripheral nerve sheath tumor, a rare entity is an umbrella term describing benign, neural origin tumors with epithelioid morphology. Clinically indistinguishable from other benign cutaneous lesions, histopathology offers the only source of accurate diagnosis. Morphologic mimics include many benign and malignant soft tissue lesions. Besides a predominant epithelioid component, the lesion can also show a fair share of spindle cells. A circumscribed nodular tumour of low mitotic activity, it often exhibits areas resembling schwannoma or neurofibroma. An awareness of this entity and its varied morphological aspects helps to arrive at the correct diagnosis and hence avoid unnecessary extensive surgical procedures. This case presents features of this benign tumor which occurred in a 47 years old man.

  8. [A pediatric case of rupture of the brachial artery and radial nerve palsy secondary to proximal humeral exostosis].

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    Parratte, S; Launay, F; Jouve, J-L; Malikov, S; Petit, P; Bollini, G

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    Rupture of the brachial artery associated with radial nerve palsy in a context of exostosis of the proximal humerus has not been described to date in the literature. Our patient was a fourteen-year-old girl with a history of violent pain occurring suddenly with no prodrome or triggering factor. The pain was localized at the level of the proximal left humerus. Physical examination revealed the presence of a hematoma and complete motor radial nerve palsy. The diagnosis was not confirmed by computed tomography with contrast injection but was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging which eliminated malignant transformation of the exostosis. After checking the neurovascular bundles and evacuating the hematoma, treatment consisted in resection of the exostosis and arterial repair with an autologous venous graft. We discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges which present vascular complications due to exostosis. PMID:17401293

  9. Técnicas de reconstrucción nerviosa en cirugía del plexo braquial traumatizado (Parte 1): Transferencias nerviosas extraplexuales / Nerve reconstruction techniques in traumatic brachial plexus surgery (Part 1): Extraplexal nerve transfers

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    J., Robla-Costales; M., Socolovsky; G., Di Masi; L., Domitrovic; A., Campero; J., Fernández-Fernández; J., Ibáñez-Plágaro; J., García-Cosamalón.

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    Full Text Available Tras el gran entusiasmo generado en las décadas de los años '70 y '80 del siglo pasado, como consecuencia entre otras de la incorporación de las técnicas de microcirugía, la cirugía del plexo braquial se ha visto sacudida en las últimas dos décadas por la aparición de las técnicas de transferencia n [...] erviosa o neurotizaciones. Se denomina así a la sección de un nervio que llamaremos dador, sacrificando su función original, para unirlo con el cabo distal de un nervio receptor, cuya función se ha perdido durante el trauma y se busca restablecer. Las neurotizaciones se indican cuando un nervio lesionado no posee un cabo proximal que pueda ser unido, mediante injerto o sin él, con el extremo distal. La ausencia de cabo proximal se produce en el plexo braquial cuando una raíz cervical se avulsiona de su origen a nivel de la médula espinal. Sin embargo, en los últimos años, y dados los resultados francamente positivos de algunas de ellas, las técnicas de transferencia nerviosa se han estado empleando inclusive en algunos casos en los que las raíces del plexo estaban preservadas. En las lesiones completas del plexo braquial, se recurre al diagnóstico inicial de la existencia o no de raíces disponibles (C5 a D1) para utilizarlas como dadores de axones. De acuerdo a la cantidad viable de las mismas, se recurre a las transferencias de nervios que no forman parte del plexo (extraplexuales) como pueden ser el espinal accesorio, el frénico, los intercostales, etc, para incrementar la cantidad de axones transferidos al plexo lesionado. En los casos de avulsiones de todas las raíces, las neurotizaciones extraplexuales son el único método de reinervación disponible para limitar los efectos a largo plazo de una lesión tan devastadora. Dada la avalancha de trabajos que se han publicado en los últimos años sobre las lesiones traumáticas del plexo braquial, se ha escrito el presente trabajo de revisión con el objetivo de clarificar al interesado las indicaciones, resultados y técnicas quirúrgicas disponibles en el arsenal terapéutico quirúrgico de esta patología. Dado que la elección de una u otra se toma generalmente durante el transcurso del mismo procedimiento, todos estos conocimientos deben ser perfectamente incorporados por el equipo quirúrgico antes de realizar el procedimiento. En esta primera parte se analizan las transferencias nerviosas extraplexuales, para luego hacer lo propio con las intraplexuales, en una segunda entrega. Abstract in english After the great enthusiasm generated in the '70s and '80s in brachial plexus surgery as a result of the incorporation of microsurgical techniques and other advances, brachial plexus surgery has been shaken in the last two decades by the emergence of nerve transfer techniques or neurotizations. This [...] technique consists in sectioning a donor nerve, sacrificing its original function, to connect it with the distal stump of a receptor nerve, whose function was lost during the trauma. Neurotizations are indicated when direct repair is not possible, i.e. when a cervical root is avulsed at its origin in the spinal cord. In recent years, due to the positive results of some of these nerve transfer techniques, they have been widely used even in some cases where the roots of the plexus were preserved. In complete brachial plexus injuries, it is mandatory to determine the exact numer of roots available (not avulsed) to perform a direct reconstruction. In case of absence of available roots, extraplexual nerve transfers are employed, such as the spinal accessory nerve, the phrenic nerve, the intercostal nerves, etc., to increase the amount of axons transferred to the injured plexus. In cases of avulsion of all the roots, extraplexal neurotizations are the only reinnervation option available to limit the long-term devastating effects of this injury. Given the large amount of reports that has been published in recent years regarding brachial plexus traumatic injuries, the present article has been written in order to clarify the concerne

  10. The cutaneous branches of the superior gluteal nerve with special reference to the nerve to tensor fascia lata.

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    Akita, K.; Sakamoto, H.(International Center for Elementary Particle Physics, Department of Physics, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan); Sato, T

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    Cutaneous branches from the superior gluteal nerve were studied in 39 half pelves (18 right, 21 left) of 23 adult Japanese cadavers. A detailed description of the branches is not currently available in the literature. Most of these branches perforated tensor fascia lata and were distributed to the centre of the lateral gluteal region.

  11. Técnicas de reconstrucción nerviosa en cirugía del plexo braquial traumatizado (Parte 2): Transferencias nerviosas intraplexuales / Nerve Reconstruction Techniques in Traumatic Brachial Plexus Surgery (Part 2): Intraplexal nerve transfers

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    J., Robla-Costales; M., Socolovsky; G., Di Masi; D., Robla-Costales; L., Domitrovic; A., Campero; J., Fernández-Fernández; J., Ibáñez-Plágaro; J., García-Cosamalón.

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    Full Text Available Tras el gran entusiasmo generado en las décadas de los '70 y '80 del siglo pasado, como consecuencia entre otras de la incorporación de las técnicas de microcirugía, la cirugía del plexo braquial se ha visto sacudida en las últimas dos décadas por la aparición de las técnicas de transferencia nervio [...] sa o neurotizaciones. Se denomina así a la sección de un nervio que llamaremos dador, sacrificando su función original, para unirlo con el cabo distal de un nervio receptor, cuya función se ha perdido durante el trauma y se busca restablecer. Las neurotizaciones se indican cuando un nervio lesionado no posee un cabo proximal que pueda ser unido, mediante injerto o sin él, con el extremo distal. La ausencia de cabo proximal se produce en el plexo braquial cuando una raíz cervical se avulsiona de su origen a nivel de la médula espinal. Sin embargo, en los últimos años, y dados los resultados francamente positivos de algunas de ellas, las técnicas de transferencia nerviosa se han estado empleando inclusive en algunos casos en los que las raíces del plexo estaban preservadas. En las lesiones completas del plexo braquial, se recurre al diagnóstico inicial de la existencia o no de raíces disponibles (C5 a D1) para utilizarlas como dadores de axones. De acuerdo a la cantidad viable de las mismas, se recurre a las transferencias de nervios que no forman parte del plexo (extraplexuales) como pueden ser el espinal accesorio, el frénico, los intercostales, etc., para incrementar la cantidad de axones transferidos al plexo lesionado. En los casos de avulsiones de todas las raíces, las neurotizaciones extraplexuales son el único método de reinervación disponible para limitar los efectos a largo plazo de una lesión tan devastadora. Dada la avalancha de trabajos que se han publicado en los últimos años sobre las lesiones traumáticas del plexo braquial, se ha escrito el presente trabajo de revisión con el objetivo de clarificar al interesado las indicaciones, resultados y técnicas quirúrgicas disponibles en el arsenal terapéutico quirúrgico de esta patología. Dado que la elección de una u otra se toma generalmente durante el transcurso del mismo procedimiento, todos estos conocimientos deben ser perfectamente incorporados por el equipo quirúrgico antes de realizar el procedimiento. En una primera entrega se analizaron las transferencias nerviosas extraplexuales; este trabajo viene a complementar al anterior revisando las transferencias intraplexuales, y así completando el análisis de las transferencias nerviosas disponibles en la cirugía del plexo braquial. Abstract in english After the great enthusiasm generated in the '70s and '80s in brachial plexus surgery as a result of the incorporation of microsurgical techniques and other advances, brachial plexus surgery has been shaken in the last two decades by the emergence of nerve transfer techniques or neurotizations. This [...] technique consists in sectioning a donor nerve, sacrificing its original function, to connect it with the distal stump of a receptor nerve, whose function was lost during the trauma. Neurotizations are indicated when direct repair is not possible, i.e. when a cervical root is avulsed at its origin in the spinal cord. In recent years, due to the positive results of some of these nerve transfer techniques, they have been widely used even in some cases where the roots of the plexus were preserved. In complete brachial plexus injuries, it is mandatory to determine the exact numer of roots available (not avulsed) to perform a direct reconstruction. In case of absence of available roots, extraplexual nerve transfers are employed, such as the spinal accessory nerve, the phrenic nerve, the intercostal nerves, etc., to increase the amount of axons transferred to the injured plexus. In cases of avulsion of all the roots, extraplexal neurotizations are the only reinnervation option available to limit the long-term devastating effects of this injury. Given the large amount of reports that has been published in rec

  12. Normal threshold values for a monofilament sensory test in sural and radial cutaneous nerves in Indian and Nepali volunteers.

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    Wagenaar, Inge; Brandsma, Wim; Post, Erik; Richardus, Jan Hendrik

    2014-12-01

    The monofilament test (MFT) is a reliable method to assess sensory nerve function in leprosy and other neuropathies. Assessment of the radial cutaneous and sural nerves, in addition to nerves usually tested, can help improve diagnosis and monitoring of nerve function impairment (NFI). To enable the detection of impairments in leprosy patients, it is essential to know the monofilament threshold of these two nerves in normal subjects. The radial cutaneous, sural, ulnar, median and posterior tibial nerves of 245 volunteers were tested. All nerves were tested at three sites on both left and right sides. Normal monofilament thresholds were calculated per test-site and per nerve. We assessed 490 radial cutaneous and 482 sural nerves. The normal monofilament was 2 g (Filament Index Number (FIN) 4.31) for the radial cutaneous and 4 g (FIN 4.56) for the sural nerve, although heavy manual laborers demonstrated a threshold of 10 g (FIN 5.07) for the sural nerve. For median and ulnar nerves, the 200 mg (FIN 3.61) filament was confirmed as normal while the 4 g (FIN 4.56) filament was normal for the posterior tibial. Age and occupation have an effect on the mean touch sensitivity but do not affect the normal threshold for the radial cutaneous and sural nerves. The normal thresholds for the radial cutaneous and sural nerves are determined as the 2 g (FIN 4.31) and the 4 g (FIN 4.56) filaments, respectively. The addition of the radial cutaneous and sural nerve to sensory nerve assessment may improve the diagnosis of patients with impaired sensory nerve function. PMID:25675652

  13. A cadaveric study to determine the minimum volume of methylene blue to completely color the nerves of brachial plexus in cats. An update in forelimb and shoulder surgeries

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    Rodrigo, Mencalha; Neide, Fernandes; Carlos Augusto dos Santos, Sousa; Marcelo, Abidu-Figueiredo.

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To determine the minimum volume of methylene blue (MB) to completely color the brachial plexus (BP) nerves, simulating an effective anesthetic block in cats. METHODS: Fifteen adult male cat cadavers were injected through subscapular approach with volumes of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 ml in both f [...] orelimbs, for a total of 30 brachial plexus blocks (BPB). After infusions, the specimens were carefully dissected preserving each nervous branch. The measurement of the effective area was indicated by the impregnation of MB. Nerves were divided into four segments from the origin at the spinal level until the insertion into the thoracic limb muscles. The blocks were considered effective only when all the nerves were strongly or totally colored. RESULTS: Volumes of 2, 3 and 4 ml were considered insufficient suggesting a failed block, however, volumes of 5 and 6 ml were associated with a successful block. CONCLUSIONS: The injection of methylene blue, in a volume of 6 ml, completely colored the brachial plexus. At volumes of 5 and 6 ml the brachial plexus blocks were considered a successful regional block, however, volumes of 2, 3 and 4 ml were considered a failed regional block.

  14. Electrical nerve stimulation as an aid to the placement of a brachial plexus block : clinical communication

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    K.E. Joubert

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Most local anaesthetic blocks are placed blindly, based on a sound knowledge of anatomy. Very often the relationship between the site of deposition of local anaesthetic and the nerve to be blocked is unknown. Large motor neurons may be stimulated with the aid of an electrical current. By observing for muscle twitches, through electrical stimulation of the nerve, a needle can be positioned extremely close to the nerve. The accuracy of local anaesthetic blocks can be improved by this technique. By using the lowest possible current a needle could be positioned within 2-5mm of a nerve. The correct duration of stimulation ensures that stimulation of sensory nerves does not occur. The use of electrical nerve stimulation in veterinary medicine is a novel technique that requires further evaluation.

  15. Surgical trainees neuropraxia? An unusual case of compression of the lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm.

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    Seoighe, D M

    2010-09-01

    Compression of the lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm is an uncommon diagnosis but has been associated with strenuous upper limb activity. We report the unique case of a 32-year-old male orthopaedic trainee who suffered this nerve palsy as a result of prolonged elbow extension and forearm pronation while the single assistant during a hip resurfacing procedure. Conservative measures were sufficient for sensory recovery to be clinically detectable after 12 weeks.

  16. Increased density of cutaneous nerve fibres in the affected dermatomes after herpes zoster therapy.

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    Zografakis, Charalampos; Tiniakos, Dina G; Palaiologou, Marina; Kouloukoussa, Mirsini; Kittas, Christos; Staurianeas, Nikos

    2014-03-01

    Herpes zoster neural injury was assessed by determining cutaneous nerve density in skin biopsies from the affected dermatomes of 35 adult patients with herpes zoster in the acute phase and 3 months post-treatment, using protein gene product 9.5 immunohistochemistry. In contrast to the significant increase in subepidermal nerve fibre density (11.77?±?4.88/mm vs. 13.29?±?5.74/mm, p?=?0.045) after 3 months, no differences were found in epidermal free nerve endings (2.43?±?2.35/mm and 2.8?±?2.86/mm, p?=?0.168). Patients with post-herpetic neuralgia had significantly lower subepidermal nerve fibre densities (9.7?±?2.05/mm vs. 14.72?±?6.13/mm, p?=?0.011) compared with non-post-herpetic neuralgia patients. No differences in cutaneous nerve density were found in relation to antiviral therapy. In conclusion, 3 months after acute infection, no sign of epidermal innervation recovery is observed, while the increased subepidermal nerve fibre density in the affected dermatomes probably reflects nerve regeneration that is not affected by antiviral agent type. Subepidermal nerve fibre density is decreased in patients with post-herpetic neuralgia 3-months post-acute herpes zoster infection. PMID:23995395

  17. The brain plasticity in patients with brachial plexus root avulsion after contralateral C7 nerve-root transfer: a FDG-PET study

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    Objectives: To study FDG-PET for imaging the brain plasticity in patients with brachial plexus root avulsion after contralateral C7 nerve-root transfer. Methods: One male patient with left brachial plexus root avulsion underwent a two-stage procedure (first phase: C7 root ? ulnar nerve; second phase: ulnar nerve ? recipient nerve) 4 years ago; Another with right brachial plexus root avulsion also underwent a two-stage procedure 3 years ago. First two patients underwent basic FDG-PET imaging, the next day FDG-PET scans were performed after initiative or passive limb movement. Using ROI and MPI tools to evaluate the images. The ratios of sensorimotor frontal cingulated Thalami to white matter were used as the semiquantitive index. Results: Whether brain plasticity had occurred was determined by whether the affected limb can perform initiative movement. The increases in glucose metabolism of left sensorimotor frontal cingulated Thalami in patient with left brachial plexus root avulsion were 40.1%, 37.9%, 48.3%, 31.9% after initiative movement, the right corresponding brain regions were 39.4%, 34.3%, 48.5%,35.4% respectively. However, the increases in glucose metabolism of left sensorimotor frontal cingulated Thalami in patient with right brachial plexus root avulsion were increased by 12.6%, 9.6%, 10.7%, 5.3% after passive movement, the right corresponding brain regions were respectively 17.9%, 12.9%, 15.4%, 10.1%. It was founded that the metabolism of bilateral sensorimotor frontal cingulated Thalami increased after initiative movement, while the metabolism of right sensorimotor frontal cingulated Thalami increased more obviously than that of the left brain regions when using MPI tool to substract the images before and after the affected limb movement. Conclusions: Sensorimotor frontal cingulated Thalami were necessary to the initiative movement. After being activated by movement, the metabolisms of plasticised brain regions increased obviously. However, the metabolisms of non-plasticised brain regions increased little. Therefore, FDG-PET can be used to evaluate the brain plasticity in brachial plexus root avulsion after contralateral C7 nerve-root transfer

  18. Resultado da neurotização do nervo ulnar para o músculo bíceps braquial na lesão do plexo braquial Results of ulnar nerve neurotization to brachial biceps muscle in brachial plexus injury

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    Marcelo Rosa de Rezende

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar de forma crítica os fatores que influenciam os resultados da neurotização do nervo ulnar no ramo motor do músculo bíceps braquial, visando a restauração da flexão do cotovelo em pacientes com lesão do plexo braquial. MÉTODOS: 19 pacientes, 18 homens e uma mulher, com idade média de 28,7 anos foram avaliados entre fevereiro de 2003 e maio de 2007. Oito pacientes apresentavam lesão das raízes C5-C6 e 11, das raízes C5-C6-C7. O intervalo de tempo médio entre a injúria e o tratamento cirúrgico foi 7,5 meses. Quatro pacientes apresentavam fraturas cervicais associadas à lesão do plexo braquial. O seguimento pós-operatório foi de 15,7 meses. RESULTADO: Oito pacientes recuperaram força de flexão do cotovelo MRC grau 4; dois, MRC grau 3 e nove, MRC OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the factors influencing the results of ulnar nerve neurotization at the motor branch of the brachial biceps muscle, aiming at the restoration of elbow flexion in patients with brachial plexus injury. METHODS: 19 patients, with 18 men and 1 woman, mean age 28.7 years. Eight patients had injury to roots C5-C6 and 11, to roots C5-C6-C7. The average time interval between injury and surgery was 7.5 months. Four patients had cervical fractures associated with brachial plexus injury. The postoperative follow-up was 15.7 months. RESULTS: Eight patients recovered elbow flexion strength MRC grade 4; two, MRC grade 3 and nine, MRC <3. There was no impairment of the previous ulnar nerve function. CONCLUSION: The surgical results of ulnar nerve neurotization at the motor branch of brachial biceps muscle are dependent on the interval between brachial plexus injury and surgical treatment, the presence of associated fractures of the cervical spine and occipital condyle, residual function of the C8-T1 roots after the injury and the involvement of the C7 root. Signs of reinnervation manifested up to 3 months after surgery showed better results in the long term. Level of Evidence: IV, Case Series.

  19. Combinación de transferencias nerviosas en el tratamiento de lesiones altas del plexo braquial / Combinaison des transferts nerveux dans le traitement des lésions du plexus brachial / Combined nerve transfers in the treatment of upper brachial plexus injuries

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    Enrique, Vergara Amador.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: en las lesiones altas del plexo braquial se dirige la recuperación de la abducción y flexión del hombro con transferencia del nervio espinal accesorio al nervio supraescapular. El nervio axilar se reconstruye con injertos nerviosos si hubiera disponibilidad de C5 o C6, o con transferen [...] cias nerviosas de ramas del tríceps o de intercostales. La flexión del codo se logra con fascículos nerviosos del cubital al nervio del bíceps. Objetivo: mostrar los resultados en una serie de pacientes con lesión alta del plexo braquial tratados con transferencias nerviosas. Métodos: se estudiaron 34 pacientes con lesión de C5-C6 operados entre 2003 y 2010. Se realizó neurotización del espinal al nervio supraescapular, transferencia de fascículos del cubital al nervio del bíceps y en algunos casos de rama del tríceps al nervio axilar. Las cirugías se hicieron entre los 4 y 12 meses de la lesión. Resultados: en los pacientes con neurotización del axilar con rama del tríceps se obtuvo 110 grados de abducción. La transferencia con fascículos del cubital al bíceps resultó buena, con 118 grados de flexión y fuerza M4; también fueron mejores y más rápidos que los reconstruidos con injertos de nervios. Con la transferencia del espinal accesorio se logró 35 grados de abducción del hombro a los 14 meses. Con el tiempo se recupera un poco más la abducción y aparece la rotación externa, esta última fue de 47 grados en 10 pacientes después de los 18 meses. Usar un nervio del tríceps al nervio axilar mejora la abducción del hombro, en 3 pacientes se logró 110 grados de abducción. Conclusión: hoy día se logran mejores resultados con técnicas de transferencias nerviosas en las lesiones altas del plexo braquial y es el estándar de tratamiento de las avulsiones de C5 y C6. Abstract in english Introduction: in upper brachial plexus injuries, recovery of shoulder abduction and flexion is based on spinal accessory to suprascapular nerve transfer. The axillary nerve is reconstructed with nerve grafts if there is availability of C5 or C6, or with nerve transfers of triceps or intercostal bran [...] ches. Elbow flexion is achieved with nerve fascicles from the cubital to the biceps nerve. Objective: present the results obtained in a series of patients with upper brachial plexus injuries treated with nerve transfers. Methods: a study was conducted of 34 patients with C5-C6 injuries operated on between 2003 and 2010. Spinal to suprascapular nerve neurotization was performed, as well as transfer of fascicles from the cubital to the biceps nerve, and in some cases of triceps branch to the axillary nerve. Surgery was performed within 4 to 12 months from the injury. Results: 110 degrees abduction was obtained in patients with axillary neurotization with triceps branch. Transfer with cubital to biceps fascicles was good, with 118 degrees flexion and M4 strength. They were also better and faster than those reconstructed with nerve grafts. 35 degrees shoulder abduction was achieved with spinal accessory transfer at 14 months. Over time, abduction is further restored, and external rotation appears. In 10 patients external rotation was 47 degrees after 18 months. Triceps to axillary nerve transfer improves shoulder abduction. 110 degrees abduction was achieved in 3 patients. Conclusion: better results are currently obtained with nerve transfer techniques in upper brachial plexus injuries. This is the standard treatment for C5 and C6 avulsions.

  20. Primary Cutaneous Carcinosarcoma: The first reported case with peripheral nerve sheath differentiation

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    Full Text Available Primary cutaneous carcinosarcomas (CS are extremely rare biphasic tumors mainly located on sun-exposed areas. Two hypotheses–multiclonal (convergence and monoclonal (divergence- have been suggested for the evolution of the tumor. According to multiclonal hypothesis two or more stem cells of epithelial and mesenchymal origin give rise to these tumors, while a single totipotential cell differentiatiate into epithelial and mesenchymal components, either synchronously or metachronously according to monoclonal hypothesis. Cutaneous CSs are subdivided into two distinct groups as epidermal and adnexal CSs, due to their epithelial content. We present an interesting cutaneous adnexal CS, showing peripheral nerve sheath differentiation and having the spiradenocarcinoma component derived from spiradenoma. As far as we know, it is the first case of the literature with this features.

  1. Mechanical sensitization of cutaneous sensory fibers in the spared nerve injury mouse model

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    Smith, Amanda K; O’Hara, Crystal L.; Stucky, Cheryl L

    2013-01-01

    Background The spared nerve injury (SNI) model of neuropathic pain produces robust and reproducible behavioral mechanical hypersensitivity. Although this rodent model of neuropathic pain has been well established and widely used, peripheral mechanisms underlying this phenotype remain incompletely understood. Here we investigated the role of cutaneous sensory fibers in the maintenance of mechanical hyperalgesia in mice post-SNI. Findings SNI produced robust, long-lasting behavioral mechanical ...

  2. Cutaneous sensory nerve as a substitute for auditory nerve in solving deaf-mutes’ hearing problem: an innovation in multi-channel-array skin-hearing technology

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    Li, Jianwen; Li,Yan; Zhang, Ming; Ma, Weifang; Ma, Xuezong

    2014-01-01

    The current use of hearing aids and artificial cochleas for deaf-mute individuals depends on their auditory nerve. Skin-hearing technology, a patented system developed by our group, uses a cutaneous sensory nerve to substitute for the auditory nerve to help deaf-mutes to hear sound. This paper introduces a new solution, multi-channel-array skin-hearing technology, to solve the problem of speech discrimination. Based on the filtering principle of hair cells, external voice signals at different...

  3. Brachial plexus variation involving the formation and branches of the cords

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    Fabian-Taylor FM

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available This case report is aimed at reporting a rare variation of brachial plexus involving the cords and its branches in the right upper limb. The musculocutaneous nerve was missing. The whole medial cord continued as a medial root of median nerve. The lateral cord gave off the lateral root of median nerve and an additional root joined with posterior cord to form a short common trunk. The short common trunk divided into two roots: one joined the median nerve; and the second one continued down as ulnar nerve. Median nerve supplied biceps brachii and brachialis muscles. The coracobrachialis muscle was supplied by radial nerve. The cutaneous innervation to the upper limb was derived from radial and ulnar nerves.

  4. Resultado da neurotização do nervo ulnar para o músculo bíceps braquial na lesão do plexo braquial / Results of ulnar nerve neurotization to brachial biceps muscle in brachial plexus injury

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    Marcelo Rosa de, Rezende; Neylor Teofilo Araújo, Rabelo; Clóvis Castanho, Silveira Júnior; Pedro Araújo, Petersen; Emygdio José Leomil de, Paula; Rames, Mattar Júnior.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar de forma crítica os fatores que influenciam os resultados da neurotização do nervo ulnar no ramo motor do músculo bíceps braquial, visando a restauração da flexão do cotovelo em pacientes com lesão do plexo braquial. MÉTODOS: 19 pacientes, 18 homens e uma mulher, com idade média de [...] 28,7 anos foram avaliados entre fevereiro de 2003 e maio de 2007. Oito pacientes apresentavam lesão das raízes C5-C6 e 11, das raízes C5-C6-C7. O intervalo de tempo médio entre a injúria e o tratamento cirúrgico foi 7,5 meses. Quatro pacientes apresentavam fraturas cervicais associadas à lesão do plexo braquial. O seguimento pós-operatório foi de 15,7 meses. RESULTADO: Oito pacientes recuperaram força de flexão do cotovelo MRC grau 4; dois, MRC grau 3 e nove, MRC Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the factors influencing the results of ulnar nerve neurotization at the motor branch of the brachial biceps muscle, aiming at the restoration of elbow flexion in patients with brachial plexus injury. METHODS: 19 patients, with 18 men and 1 woman, mean age 28.7 years. Eight pat [...] ients had injury to roots C5-C6 and 11, to roots C5-C6-C7. The average time interval between injury and surgery was 7.5 months. Four patients had cervical fractures associated with brachial plexus injury. The postoperative follow-up was 15.7 months. RESULTS: Eight patients recovered elbow flexion strength MRC grade 4; two, MRC grade 3 and nine, MRC

  5. The use of a catheter to provide brachial plexus block in dogs.

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    Moens, N.M.; Caulkett, N A

    2000-01-01

    The objective of the study was to devise a method to facilitate catheter placement to perform brachial plexus block in the dog. Lidocaine plus epinephrine was injected through a 3.5 French feeding tube secured in proximity of the brachial plexus. Cutaneous areas for the nerves of the distal forelimb were tested for nociceptive sensation by pinching the skin with hemostats. Five out of the 7 dogs developed a full motor and sensory block. The onset time for a full block and duration of blockade...

  6. Lesiones altas del plexo braquial. Reconstrucción con técnicas combinadas de neurotización e injertos nerviosos / Upper brachial plexus injuries. Reconstruction with combined techniques of neurotization and nerve grafts

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    Enrique, Vergara-Amador.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Antecedentes. Las lesiones altas del plexo braquial son reconstruidas con neurotización e injerto nervioso. El nervio espinal accesorio, la raíz C7, las ramas del tríceps y los nervios mediano y cubital son los más usados para transferencias. Objetivo. Mostrar la experiencia con neurotización de la [...] rama inferior del nervio espinal accesorio (NEA) al nervio supraescapular (NSE), transferencia nerviosa de fascículos del nervio cubital o del mediano y, en ocasiones, injertos nerviosos hacia el nervio musculocutáneo y al tronco posterior, y reconstrucción del nervio axilar en algunos casos. Materiales y métodos. Se revisan 42 pacientes con lesiones altas de plexo braquial, operados mediante combinación de neurotización e injertos nerviosos. Se hizo un seguimiento mínimo de 15 meses. Resultados. Las lesiones de 40 pacientes fueron producidas por accidente en moto. En 22 solo se transfirió el NSE con el NEA; con esto, se recuperó abducción de hombro de 33º. A 8 pacientes se les combinó con reparación del axilar; mejorando la abducción a 81º. En 30 pacientes con neurotización del nervio cubital o mediano para el bíceps, se obtuvo respuesta a los 3 o 4 meses. Al final, la flexión del codo era de 116º y M4. Conclusión. Los mejores resultados en hombro fueron con la combinación de NSE y del nervio axilar; con esta, se logró 81º de abducción. La rotación externa mejoró en 28,5% de los pacientes, con respuesta tardía. Mientras que la neurotización del bíceps con fascículos del cubital consiguió una flexión de 116º, muy comparable con otras series. Hoy esta técnica es el gold estandard para la reconstrucción de flexión del codo. Abstract in english Background. The upper brachial plexus injuries are reconstructed with neurotization and nerve grafting. The spinal accessory nerve, C7 root, branches of the triceps, and median and ulnar nerve are most commonly used for transfers. Objective. To show the experience with neurotization of the lower bra [...] nch of the spinal accessory nerve (NEA) to suprascapular nerve (NSE), nerve fascicles transfer of median or ulnar nerve, and sometimes nerve grafting to the musculocutaneous nerve and the posterior trunk, and axillary nerve reconstruction in some cases. Materials and methods. We reviewed 42 patients with upper brachial plexus injuries, operated by the combination transfer and nerve grafts. Minimum follow-up 15 months. Results. 40 patients were due to motorcycle accidents. In only 22 was transferred the NEA to NSE, recovering shoulder abduction of 33 °. In 8 patients to combine with axillary nerve repair, improved abduction to 81°. In 30 patients with ulnar or median nerve neurotization to the biceps, the response was obtained between 3 and 4 months. At follow- up elbow flexion was 116° and M4. Conclusion. The best results in shoulder were obtained with the combination of NSE and axillary nerve, achieving 81 ° of abduction. External rotation improved in 28.5% of patients, with a delayed response. Shoulder flexion of 116 was obtained with ulnar nerve neurotization, very comparable with other series. Today this technique is the gold standard for reconstruction of elbow flexion.

  7. Ultrasound Guided Transversus Abdominis Plane Block for Anterior Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment Syndrome.

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    Sahoo, Rajendra Kumar; Nair, Abhijit S

    2015-10-01

    Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES) is one the most common cause of chronic abdominal wall pain. The syndrome is mostly misdiagnosed, treated wrongly and inadequately. If diagnosed correctly by history, examination and a positive carnett test, the suffering of the patient can be relieved by addressing the cause i.e. local anaesthetic with steroid injection at the entrapment site. Conventionally, the injection is done by landmark technique. In this report, we have described 2 patients who were diagnosed with ACNES who were offered ultrasound guided transverses abdominis plane (TAP) injection who got significant pain relief for a long duration of time. PMID:26495084

  8. Sensory nerves contribute to cutaneous vasodilator response to cathodal stimulation in healthy rats.

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    Gohin, Stéphanie; Decorps, Johanna; Sigaudo-Roussel, Dominique; Fromy, Bérengère

    2015-09-01

    Cutaneous current-induced vasodilation (CIV) in response to galvanic current application is an integrative model of neurovascular interaction that relies on capsaicin-sensitive fiber activation. The upstream and downstream mechanisms related to the activation of the capsaicin-sensitive fibers involved in CIV are not elucidated. In particular, the activation of cutaneous transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1 (TRPV1) channels and/or acid-sensing ion channels (ASIC) (activators mechanisms) and the release of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and substance P (SP) (effector mechanisms) have been tested. To assess cathodal CIV, we measured cutaneous blood flow using laser Doppler flowmetry for 20min following cathodal current application (240s, 100?A) on the skin of the thigh in anesthetized healthy rats for 20min. CIV was studied in rats treated with capsazepine and amiloride to inhibit TRPV1 and ASIC channels, respectively; CGRP8-37 and SR140333 to antagonize CGRP and neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptors, respectively; compared to their respective controls. Cathodal CIV was attenuated by capsazepine (12±2% vs 54±6%, Preceptors suggests that cathodal CIV is the result of CGRP and SP released through activated capsaicin-sensitive fibers. Therefore cathodal CIV could be a valuable method to assess sensory neurovascular function in the skin, which would be particularly relevant to evaluate the presence of small nerve fiber disorders and the effectiveness of treatments. PMID:26205659

  9. Brachial plexopathy

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    Khadilkar, Satish V.; Khade, Snehaldatta S.

    2013-01-01

    Brachial plexus injury can occur as a result of trauma, inflammation or malignancies, and associated complications. The current topic is concerned with various forms of brachial plexopathy, its clinical features, pathophysiology, imaging findings, and management. Idiopathic brachial neuritis (IBN), often preceded with antecedent events such as infection, commonly present with abruptonset painful asymmetric upper limb weakness with associated wasting around the shoulder girdle and arm muscles....

  10. Brachial plexopathy

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    Satish V Khadilkar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Brachial plexus injury can occur as a result of trauma, inflammation or malignancies, and associated complications. The current topic is concerned with various forms of brachial plexopathy, its clinical features, pathophysiology, imaging findings, and management. Idiopathic brachial neuritis (IBN, often preceded with antecedent events such as infection, commonly present with abruptonset painful asymmetric upper limb weakness with associated wasting around the shoulder girdle and arm muscles. Idiopathic hypertrophic brachial neuritis, a rare condition, is usually painless to begin with, unlike IBN. Hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy is an autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by repeated episodes of paralysis and sensory disturbances in an affected limb, which is preceded by severe pain. While the frequency of the episodes tends to decrease with age, affected individuals suffer from residual deficits. Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome affects the lower trunk of the brachial plexus. It is diagnosed on the basis of electrophysiology and is amenable to surgical intervention. Cancer-related brachial plexopathy may occur secondary to metastatic infiltration or radiation therapy. Traumatic brachial plexus injury is commonly encountered in neurology, orthopedic, and plastic surgery set-ups. Trauma may be a direct blow or traction or stretch injury. The prognosis depends on the extent and site of injury as well as the surgical expertise.

  11. Augmentation of partially regenerated nerves by end-to-side side-to-side grafting neurotization: experience based on eight late obstetric brachial plexus cases

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    Moharram Ashraf N

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective The effect of end-to-side neurotization of partially regenerated recipient nerves on improving motor power in late obstetric brachial plexus lesions, so-called nerve augmentation, was investigated. Methods Eight cases aged 3 – 7 years were operated upon and followed up for 4 years (C5,6 rupture C7,8T1 avulsion: 5; C5,6,7,8 rupture T1 avulsion:1; C5,6,8T1 rupture C7 avulsion:1; C5,6,7 ruptureC8 T1 compression: one 3 year presentation after former neurotization at 3 months. Grade 1–3 muscles were neurotized. Grade0 muscles were neurotized, if the electromyogram showed scattered motor unit action potentials on voluntary contraction without interference pattern. Donor nerves included: the phrenic, accessory, descending and ascending loops of the ansa cervicalis, 3rd and 4th intercostals and contralateral C7. Results Superior proximal to distal regeneration was observed firstly. Differential regeneration of muscles supplied by the same nerve was observed secondly (superior supraspinatus to infraspinatus regeneration. Differential regeneration of antagonistic muscles was observed thirdly (superior biceps to triceps and pronator teres to supinator recovery. Differential regeneration of fibres within the same muscle was observed fourthly (superior anterior and middle to posterior deltoid regeneration. Differential regeneration of muscles having different preoperative motor powers was noted fifthly; improvement to Grade 3 or more occurred more in Grade2 than in Grade0 or Grade1 muscles. Improvements of cocontractions and of shoulder, forearm and wrist deformities were noted sixthly. The shoulder, elbow and hand scores improved in 4 cases. Limitations The sample size is small. Controls are necessary to rule out any natural improvement of the lesion. There is intra- and interobserver variability in testing muscle power and cocontractions. Conclusion Nerve augmentation improves cocontractions and muscle power in the biceps, pectoral muscles, supraspinatus, anterior and lateral deltoids, triceps and in Grade2 or more forearm muscles. As it is less expected to improve infraspinatus power, it should be associated with a humeral derotation osteotomy and tendon transfer. Function to non improving Grade 0 or 1 forearm muscles should be restored by muscle transplantation. Level of evidence Level IV, prospective case series.

  12. Cutaneous manipulation of vascular growth factors leads to alterations in immunocytes, blood vessels and nerves: evidence for a cutaneous neurovascular unit

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    Ward, Nicole L; Hatala, Denise A; Wolfram, Julie A; Knutsen, Dorothy A.; Loyd, Candace M

    2011-01-01

    Background Skin cells produce soluble factors which influence keratinocyte proliferation, angiogenesis, nerve innervation and immunocyte response. Objective To test the hypothesis that epidermal-dermal interactions influence neural outgrowth, vascular survival, immunocyte recruitment and keratinocyte proliferation. Methods We genetically manipulated the epidermis to express excess vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and/or angiopoietin-1 (Ang1) and then examined the epidermal and dermal phenotypes. We compared these findings with those occurring following overexpression of the Ang1 receptor Tie2 in endothelial cells or keratinocytes. Results Keratinocyte-overexpression of Ang1 resulted in increased epidermal thickness compared to control littermates. Keratinocyte-specific overexpression of Ang1 or VEGF increased dermal angiogenesis compared to control animals and combined Ang1-VEGF lead to further increases. Cutaneous leukocyte examination revealed increases in CD4+ T cell infiltration in mice with keratinocyte-specific overexpression of Ang1, VEGF and Ang1-VEGF combined; in contrast only keratinocyte-specific Ang1 overexpression increased cutaneous F4/80+ macrophage numbers. Interestingly, combined keratinocyte-derived Ang1-VEGF overexpression reduced significantly the number of F4/80+ and Cd11c+ cells compared to mice overexpressing epidermal Ang1 alone. Endothelial cell-specific Tie2 overexpression increased dermal angiogenesis but failed to influence the epidermal and immune cell phenotypes. Keratinocyte-specific Tie2 expressing mice had the highest levels of CD4+, CD8+ and CD11c+ cell numbers and acanthosis compared to all animals. Finally, increases in the number of cutaneous nerves were found in all transgenic mice compared to littermate controls. Conclusion These findings demonstrate that change to one system (vascular or epidermal) results in change to other cutaneous systems and suggest that individual molecules can exert effects on multiple systems. PMID:21129919

  13. Variation in the termination of musculocutaneous nerve

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    Thomas HR

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The present report describes a case of variation of the musculocutaneous nerve observed in a middle aged Indian male cadaver during routine educational dissection. We examined a variation in the termination of musculocutaneous nerve in right upper limb. After piercing coracobrachialis muscle musculocutaneous nerve divided into lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm and another branch that joined with median nerve below the insertion of the coracobrachialis. This abnormal branch coming from the musculocutaneous nerve had a very close oblique course over the brachial artery. Precise knowledge of variations of this report may help to plan a surgery in the region of axilla and arm, traumatology of the shoulder joint and plastic and reconstructive repair operations.

  14. Local cutaneous nerve terminal and mast cell responses to manual acupuncture in acupoint LI4 area of the rats.

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    Wu, Mei-Ling; Xu, Dong-Sheng; Bai, Wan-Zhu; Cui, Jing-Jing; Shu, Hong-Ming; He, Wei; Wang, Xiao-Yu; Shi, Hong; Su, Yang-Shuai; Hu, Ling; Zhu, Bing; Jing, Xiang-Hong

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    Previous studies have shown that the effects of manual acupuncture (MA) are contributed by collagen fibers and mast cells in local acupoints, at which acupuncture stimulation causes various afferent fiber groups to be excited. However what happens in local nerve fibers and mast cells after MA remains unclear. The aim of this study was to examine the response of cutaneous nerve fibers and mast cells to MA stimulation in acupoint Hegu (LI4). The contralateral LI4 of the same rat was used as a non-stimulated control. Immnohistochemistry analysis were carried out to observe the expression of histamine (HA), serotonin (5-HT) and nociceptive neuropeptides, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and substance P (SP), in the LI4 area. Mast cells were labeled with anti-mast cell tryptase antibody and simultaneously with HA or 5-HT primary antibodies to observe their co-expression. Our results showed that SP and CGRP were expressed more highly on the cutaneous nerve fibers of LI4 after MA stimulation than that of the control. Mast cells aggregated in close proximity to the blood vessels in intra-epidermis and dermis and some of them with degranulation in the lower dermis and subcutaneous tissue of LI4. Both mast cells and their granules appeared with HA (+) and 5-HT (+) expression at stimulated L14 sites, while a few intact mast cells with a little expression of 5-HT and HA were distributed in areas of non-stimulated L14. The results indicated that local cutaneous nerve terminals and mast cells responded to MA with higher expression of SP and CGRP in nerve fibers, as well as with aggregation and degranulation of mast cells with HA and 5-HT granules at acupoint LI4. These neuroactive substances may convey signals to certain pathways that contribute to the effects of acupuncture. PMID:26148746

  15. Suplantación del ramo superficial del nervio radial por el nervio cutáneo antebraquial lateral / Supplantation of the superficial branch of the radial nerve by the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve

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    Gloria, Baena Caldas; Elizabeth, Peña Tovar; Janneth, Zúñiga.

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    Full Text Available Introducción: la inervación sensorial del dorso de la mano proviene principalmente del ramo superficial del nervio radial, pero este territorio puede ser asumido por el nervio cutáneo antebraquial lateral. Objetivo: describir una rara variación anatómica del nervio cutáneo antebraquial lateral, hall [...] ada en el anfiteatro del Departamento de Morfología de la Universidad del Valle, en Cali, Colombia. Materiales y Métodos: cadáver masculino, colombiano, disecado por estudiantes de Medicina. Resultados: el ramo superficial del nervio radial estaba ausente y su territorio sensorial había sido asumido totalmente por el nervio cutáneo antebraquial lateral, el cual se prolongaba hasta el dorso de la mano y se dividía en nervios digitales dorsales que alcanzaban el dorso de los dedos pulgar, índice, medio y mitad lateral del anular. Discusión y Conclusiones: por las implicaciones clínico-quirúrgicas que puede tener la distribución de un nervio, es importante conocer con precisión su anatomía normal y sus posibles variaciones y orientarlas al conocimiento de las características morfológicas de cada población. (MÉD.UIS.2013; 26(3) :51-55) Abstract in english Introduction: the sensitive innervation of the dorsum of the hand comes mainly from the superficial branch of the radial nerve, but this territory can be assumed by the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve. Objective: to describe a rare variation of the lateral cutaneous nerve of the forearm found i [...] n the cadaver lab of the Department of Morphology, at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. Materials and Methods: male colombian cadaver, dissected by medical students. Results: the superficial branch of the radial nerve was absent and its sensory territory was totally assumed by the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve, which in the dorsum of the hand divided in the digital dorsal nerves for the thumb, index and middle fingers and the lateral half of the fourth digit. Discussion and Conclusion: considering the clinical and surgical implications that the distribution of a nerve can have, it is important to know precisely its normal anatomy and its possible variations, and direct them to the knowledge about the morphological characteristics of each population. (MÉD. UIS.2013;26(3):51-55)

  16. Transcriptional Profiling of Cutaneous MRGPRD Free Nerve Endings and C-LTMRs

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    Ana Reynders

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    Full Text Available Cutaneous C-unmyelinated MRGPRD+ free nerve endings and C-LTMRs innervating hair follicles convey two opposite aspects of touch sensation: a sensation of pain and a sensation of pleasant touch. The molecular mechanisms underlying these diametrically opposite functions are unknown. Here, we used a mouse model that genetically marks C-LTMRs and MRGPRD+ neurons in combination with fluorescent cell surface labeling, flow cytometry, and RNA deep-sequencing technology (RNA-seq. Cluster analysis of RNA-seq profiles of the purified neuronal subsets revealed 486 and 549 genes differentially expressed in MRGPRD-expressing neurons and C-LTMRs, respectively. We validated 48 MRGPD- and 68 C-LTMRs-enriched genes using a triple-staining approach, and the Cav3.3 channel, found to be exclusively expressed in C-LTMRs, was validated using electrophysiology. Our study greatly expands the molecular characterization of C-LTMRs and suggests that this particular population of neurons shares some molecular features with A? and A? low-threshold mechanoreceptors.

  17. Obstetric brachial plexus injury

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    Mukund R Thatte

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Obstetric brachial plexus injury (OBPI, also known as birth brachial plexus injury (BBPI, is unfortunately a rather common injury in newborn children. Incidence varies between 0.15 and 3 per 1000 live births in various series and countries. Although spontaneous recovery is known, there is a large subset which does not recover and needs primary or secondary surgical intervention. An extensive review of peer-reviewed publications has been done in this study, including clinical papers, review articles and systematic review of the subject. In addition, the authors? experience of several hundred cases over the last 15 years has been added and has influenced the ultimate text. Causes of OBPI, indications of primary nerve surgery and secondary reconstruction of shoulder, etc. are discussed in detail. Although all affected children do not require surgery in infancy, a substantial proportion of them, however, require it and are better off for it. Secondary surgery is needed for shoulder elbow and hand problems. Results of nerve surgery are very encouraging. Children with OBPI should be seen early by a hand surgeon dealing with brachial plexus injuries. Good results are possible with early and appropriate intervention even in severe cases.

  18. Musculocutaneous nerve substituting for the distal part of radial nerve: A case report and its embryological basis

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    A S Yogesh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present case, we have reported a unilateral variation of the radial and musculocutaneous nerves on the left side in a 64-year-old male cadaver. The radial nerve supplied all the heads of the triceps brachii muscle and gave cutaneous branches such as lower lateral cutaneous nerve of the arm and posterior cutaneous nerve of forearm. The radial nerve ended without continuing further. The musculocutaneous nerve supplied the brachioradialis, extensor carpi radialis longus and extensor carpi radialis brevis muscles. The musculocutaneous nerve divided terminally into two branches, superficial and deep. The deep branch of musculocutaneous nerve corresponded to usual deep branch of the radial nerve while the superficial branch of musculocutaneous nerve corresponded to usual superficial branch of the radial nerve. The dissection was continued to expose the entire brachial plexus from its origin and it was found to be normal. The structures on the right upper limb were found to be normal. Surgeons should keep such variations in mind while performing the surgeries of the upper limb.

  19. MR imaging of brachial plexus

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    The brachial plexus is a difficult region to evaluate with radiological techniques. MR imaging has great potentials for the depiction of the various anatomical structures of the branchial plexus - i.e., spinal ganglion, ventral nerve rami root exit of the neural foramina, trunks an cordes. Moreover, MR imaging, thanks to its direct multiplanarity, to its excellent soft-tissue contrast, and to its lack of motion artifacts, allows good evaluation of pathologic conditions in the branchial plexus, especially traumas and cancers. On the contrary CT, in spite of its high spatial resolution and good contrast, cannot demonstrate the anatomical structures of the brachial plexus. US detects superficials structures, and conventional radiographs depict only indirect changes in the adjacent lung apex and skeletal structures. From November 1989 to May 1990, 20 normal volunteers (15 males and 5 females; average age: 35 years) were studied with MR imaging. Multisection technique was employed with a dedicated coil and a primary coil. The anatomical structures of the brachial plexus were clearly demonstrated by T1-weighted sequences on the sagittal and axial planes. T2-weighted pulse sequences on the coronal plane were useful for the anatomical definition of the brachial plexus and for eventual tissue characterization. The correct representation of the anatomical structures of the brachial plexus allowed by MR imaging with author's standard technique makes MR imaging the most appropriate exam for the diagnosis of pathologic conditions in the brachial plexus, although its use must be suggested by specific clinical questions

  20. The medial cord to musculocutaneous (MCMc) nerve transfer: a new method to reanimate elbow flexion after C5-C6-C7-(C8) avulsive injuries of the brachial plexus--technique and results.

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    Ferraresi, S; Garozzo, D; Basso, E; Maistrello, L; Lucchin, F; Di Pasquale, P

    2014-04-01

    The aim of this paper is to report on our ample experience with the medial cord to musculocutaneous (MCMc) nerve transfer. The MCMc technique is a new type of neurotization which is able to reanimate the elbow flexion in multilevel avulsive injuries of the brachial plexus provided that at least the T1 root is intact. A series of 180 consecutive patients, divided into four classes according to the quality of hand function, is available for a long-term follow-up after brachial plexus surgery. The patients enrolled for the study have in common a brachial plexus palsy showing multiple cervical root avulsive injuries at two (C5-C6), three (C5-C6-C7) and four (C5-C6-C7-C8) levels. The reinnervation of the musculocutaneous nerve is obtained via an end-to-end transfer from two donor fascicles located in the medial cord. The selected fascicles are those directed principally to the flexor carpi radialis, ulnaris and, to a lesser degree, the flexor digitorum profundus. Under normal anatomic conditions, they are located in the medial cord, and their site corresponds to the inverted V-shaped bifurcation between the internal contribution of the median nerve and the ulnar nerve. The technique has no failure and no complications when the hand shows a normal wrist and finger flexion and a normal intrinsic function. In case of suboptimal conditions of the hand, the technique has proved technically more challenging, but still with 67% satisfactory results. In the four-root avulsive injuries, however, this method shows its limitations and an alternative strategy should be preferred when possible. EMG analysis shows a reinnervation in both the biceps and the brachialis muscles, explaining the high quality of the observed results. Moreover, this technique theoretically offers the possibility of a "second attempt" at a more distal level in case of failure of the first surgery. This procedure is quick, safe, extremely effective and easily feasible by an experienced plexus surgeon. The ideal candidate is a patient harbouring a C5-C6 avulsive injury of the upper brachial plexus with a normally functioning hand. PMID:24526364

  1. Malignant brachial plexopathy: A pictorial essay of MRI findings

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    Iyer Veena

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available For imaging, the brachial plexus is a technically and anatomically challenging region of the peripheral nervous system. MRI has a central role in the identification and accurate characterization of malignant lesions arising here, as also in defining their extent and the status of the adjacent structures. The purpose of this pictorial essay is to describe the MRI features of primary and secondary malignant brachial plexopathies and radiation-induced brachial nerve damage.

  2. Interaction between ultraviolet B-induced cutaneous hyperalgesia and nerve growth factor-induced muscle hyperalgesia

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    Lo Vecchio, Silvia; Petersen, Lars Jelstrup; Finocchietti, Sara; Gazerani, Parisa; Christensen, Steffan Wittrup; Arendt-Nielsen, Lars; Graven-Nielsen, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    interaction between muscle and cutaneous hyperalgesia was investigated in 16 healthy volunteers. Skin sensitization was induced unilaterally on the same randomly selected part of the body by ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation above the upper trapezius and low back muscles. The next day, muscle hyperalgesia was...

  3. Management of desmoid-type fibromatosis involving peripheral nerves

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    Mario G. Siqueira

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Desmoid-type fibromatosis is an uncommon and aggressive neoplasia, associated with a high rate of recurrence. It is characterized by an infiltrative but benign fibroblastic proliferation occurring within the deep soft tissues. There is no consensus about the treatment of those tumors. We present a surgical series of four cases, involving the brachial plexus (two cases, the median nerve and the medial brachial cutaneous nerve. Except for the last case, they were submitted to multiple surgical procedures and showed repeated recurrences. The diagnosis, the different ways of treatment and the prognosis of these tumoral lesions are discussed. Our results support the indication of radical surgery followed by radiotherapy as probably one of the best ways to treat those controversial lesions.

  4. Role of dexamethasone in brachial plexus block

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    To evaluate the effect of dexamethasone added to (lignocaine) on the onset and duration of axillary brachial plexus block. Study Design: Randomized controlled trial. Place and Duration of Study: Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, from September 2009 to March 2010. Patients and Methods: A total of 100 patients, who were scheduled for elective hand and forearm surgery under axillary brachial plexus block, were randomly allocated to group A in which patients received 40 ml 1.5% lidocaine with 2 ml of isotonic saline (0.9%) and group B in which patients received 40 ml 1.5% lidocaine with 2 ml of dexamethasone (8 mg). Nerve stimulator with insulated needle for multiple stimulations technique was used to locate the brachial plexus nerves. After the injection onset of action and duration of sensory blockade of brachial plexus were recorded at 5 minutes and 15 minutes interval. Results: Group A showed the onset of action of 21.64 ± 2.30 min and in group B it was 15.42 ± 1.44 min (p< 0.001). Duration of nerve block was 115.08 ± 10.92 min in group A and 265.42 ± 16.56 min in group B (p < 0.001). Conclusion: The addition of dexamethasone to 1.5% lignocaine solution in axillary brachial plexus block prolongs the duration of sensory blockade significantly. (author)

  5. Avaliação clínica da dor e sensibilidade cutânea de pacientes submetidas à dissecção axilar com preservação do nervo intercostobraquial para tratamento cirúrgico do câncer de mama Clinical evaluation of pain and cutaneous sensitivity in patients with preservation of intercostobrachial nerve during the axillary dissection for breast cancer treatment

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    Mônica Duarte Pimentel

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a dor e a sensibilidade cutânea superficial no dermátomo do nervo intercostobraquial (NICB em pacientes submetidas à dissecção axilar com preservação do NICB para tratamento cirúrgico do câncer de mama. MÉTODOS: realizamos estudo tipo coorte prospectivo de 77 pacientes divididas em Grupo NP (n=34, sem preservação do NICB, e Grupo ICB (n=43, com preservação do NICB. A sensibilidade cutânea foi avaliada um ano após a cirurgia, empregando-se: 1 questionário modificado de McGill; 2 exame clínico incluindo perimetria braquial, pesquisa de sensibilidade táctil e dolorosa; 3 aplicação dos monofilamentos de Semmes-Weinsten que permitem avaliar de forma objetiva, qualitativa e quantitativamente, lesões de nervo periférico. Para análise estatística, foram usados os testes do chi2, Kruskal-Wallis e exato de Fisher. RESULTADOS: a dor foi relatada com maior freqüência pelas pacientes do Grupo NP (23/33 do que pelas pacientes do Grupo ICB (17/42; p=0,012. A sensibilidade dolorosa estava preservada na maioria das pacientes do Grupo ICB (38/42 e em apenas 11/33 do Grupo NP (pPURPOSE: loss of cutaneous sensitivity has been related to lesions of the intercostobrachial nerve (ICBN during the axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer treatment. We evaluated pain and cutaneous sensitivity in the ICBN dermatome of patients in which the nerve was preserved during the axillary dissection. METHODS: we carried out a prospective cohort study of 77 patients divided into: NP group (n=34, patients without ICBN preservation, and ICB group (n=43, patients in which the nerve was preserved. Cutaneous sensitivity was evaluated one year after surgery using 1 a modified McGill Pain Questionnaire; 2 clinical examination including brachial perimetry and evaluation of pain and tactile sensitivity; 3 Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments which allow an objective, qualitative, and quantitative evaluation of peripheral nerve lesions. RESULTS: pain was more frequently reported in the NP group (23/33 than in patients from the ICB group (17/42; p=0,012. Painful sensitivity was preserved in the majority of patients from the ICB group (38/42 but in only 11/33 patients from the NP group (p<0,01. There was no significant difference in the number of lymph nodes dissected between the two groups (p=0,06. CONCLUSIONS: patients with ICBN preservation had less pain and more preservation of cutaneous sensitivity, with no decreased number of axillary lymph nodes removed during the axillary dissection.

  6. A misdiagnosed melanoma: a case of cutaneous epithelioid malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor.

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    Linos, Konstantinos; Warren, Simon

    2015-04-01

    Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor (MPNST) is a rare soft tissue sarcoma that can occur in superficial locations. Histologically it is categorized into two variants: a conventional/spindled and an epithelioid variant. The latter one is very rare and can be confused histologically with malignant melanoma as it is diffusely positive for S100-protein. Herein we present a case that was initially misdiagnosed as malignant melanoma and discuss morphological and immunohistochemical clues to reach a correct diagnosis. PMID:25933073

  7. Avulsion of the brachial plexus in a great horned owl (Bubo virginaus)

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    Moore, M.P.; Stauber, E.; Thomas, N.J.

    1989-01-01

    Avulsion of the brachial plexus was documented in a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). A fractured scapula was also present. Cause of these injuries was not known but was thought to be due to trauma. Differentiation of musculoskeletal injury from peripheral nerve damage can be difficult in raptors. Use of electromyography and motor nerve conduction velocity was helpful in demonstrating peripheral nerve involvement. A brachial plexus avulsion was suspected on the basis of clinical signs, presence of electromyographic abnormalities in all muscles supplied by the nerves of the brachial plexus and absence of median-ulnar motor nerve conduction velocities.

  8. División Alta del Nervio Fibular Superficial: Origen Precoz de los Nervios Cutáneos Dorsales del Pie High Division of Superficial Fibular Nerve: Early Origin of the Dorsal Cutaneous Nerves of the Foot

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    Full Text Available Los nervios cutáneos dorsales del pie se originan a partir del nervio fibular superficial (NFS, después que éste pasa desde el compartimiento lateral de la pierna a través de la fascia profunda, para luego distribuirse superficialmente en el dorso del pie. A veces, el nervio fibular superficial se divide precozmente, por lo que estos nervios se originan profundamente y con una disposición diferente. Con el propósito de dar a conocer en estos casos, los niveles de origen de los nervios cutáneos dorsales del pie y el punto de penetración en la fascia profunda de la pierna, se estudiaron 16 muestras de individuos, chilenos, adultos, fijadas en formaldehido al 10%. En 2 de ellas, su origen se observó a un nivel alto, cerca de la parte proximal de la fíbula. En el primer caso, el nervio cutáneo dorsal intermedio se originó directamente de la división posterior del NFS; la división anterior del NFS se subdividió en dos ramos, los que después de un corto trayecto se unieron y formaron el nervio cutáneo dorsal medial. En el segundo caso, los nervios cutáneos dorsales intermedio y medial se originaron directamente del NFS, que después de un corto trayecto se dividió en estos dos nervios. El origen de los nervios cutáneos dorsales del pie se registró en relación al epicóndilo lateral del fémur y el paso de éstos a través de la fascia profunda de la pierna hacia su distribución cutánea fue relacionado al maléolo lateral. Aunque el origen de los nervios cutáneos dorsales del pie ocurra a un nivel próximo a la cabeza de la fíbula, perforan la fascia mencionada, en su tercio distal. Un conocimiento detallado del NFS y de sus ramos y variaciones anatómicas puede reducir lesiones iatrogénicas en éstos durante los procedimientos quirúrgicos realizados en el compartimiento lateral de la pierna.The dorsal cutaneous nerves of the foot originate from the superficial fibular nerve (SFN, then pass from the lateral compartment of the leg piercing the deep fascia, thus distributed superficially in the dorsum of the foot. Sometimes SFN splits early, so these nerves originate deeply and with a different arrangement. The objective of this research was to study in these cases, the origin of the dorsal cutaneous nerves of the foot and pierce point level in the deep fascia of the leg. We studied 16 formolized samples of Chilean adult individuals. In two of them its origin was observed at a high level, near the proximal epiphysis of the fibula. In the first case the intermediate dorsal cutaneous nerve arose directly from the posterior division of SFN, of short course; the anterior division of SFN was subdivided into two branches, which after a short course, both branches joined to form the medial dorsal cutaneous nerve. In the second case the medial and intermediate dorsal cutaneous nerves originated directly from the SFN, which after a short course, it divided in these two nerves. The origin level was recorded in relation to the lateral epicondyle of the femur and the passage of these nerves through the deep fascia of the leg for its skin distribution was located in relation to the lateral malleolus. Although the origin of the dorsal cutaneous nerves of the foot occur very close to the proximal epiphysis of the fibula, passing through the mentioned fascia in its distal third. A detailed knowledge of the branches of the SFN and variations can reduce injuries in these nerves during surgical procedures in the lateral compartment of the leg.

  9. División Alta del Nervio Fibular Superficial: Origen Precoz de los Nervios Cutáneos Dorsales del Pie / High Division of Superficial Fibular Nerve: Early Origin of the Dorsal Cutaneous Nerves of the Foot

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    E, Olave; C, Galaz; P, Retamal; C, Cruzat.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Los nervios cutáneos dorsales del pie se originan a partir del nervio fibular superficial (NFS), después que éste pasa desde el compartimiento lateral de la pierna a través de la fascia profunda, para luego distribuirse superficialmente en el dorso del pie. A veces, el nervio fibular superficial se [...] divide precozmente, por lo que estos nervios se originan profundamente y con una disposición diferente. Con el propósito de dar a conocer en estos casos, los niveles de origen de los nervios cutáneos dorsales del pie y el punto de penetración en la fascia profunda de la pierna, se estudiaron 16 muestras de individuos, chilenos, adultos, fijadas en formaldehido al 10%. En 2 de ellas, su origen se observó a un nivel alto, cerca de la parte proximal de la fíbula. En el primer caso, el nervio cutáneo dorsal intermedio se originó directamente de la división posterior del NFS; la división anterior del NFS se subdividió en dos ramos, los que después de un corto trayecto se unieron y formaron el nervio cutáneo dorsal medial. En el segundo caso, los nervios cutáneos dorsales intermedio y medial se originaron directamente del NFS, que después de un corto trayecto se dividió en estos dos nervios. El origen de los nervios cutáneos dorsales del pie se registró en relación al epicóndilo lateral del fémur y el paso de éstos a través de la fascia profunda de la pierna hacia su distribución cutánea fue relacionado al maléolo lateral. Aunque el origen de los nervios cutáneos dorsales del pie ocurra a un nivel próximo a la cabeza de la fíbula, perforan la fascia mencionada, en su tercio distal. Un conocimiento detallado del NFS y de sus ramos y variaciones anatómicas puede reducir lesiones iatrogénicas en éstos durante los procedimientos quirúrgicos realizados en el compartimiento lateral de la pierna. Abstract in english The dorsal cutaneous nerves of the foot originate from the superficial fibular nerve (SFN), then pass from the lateral compartment of the leg piercing the deep fascia, thus distributed superficially in the dorsum of the foot. Sometimes SFN splits early, so these nerves originate deeply and with a di [...] fferent arrangement. The objective of this research was to study in these cases, the origin of the dorsal cutaneous nerves of the foot and pierce point level in the deep fascia of the leg. We studied 16 formolized samples of Chilean adult individuals. In two of them its origin was observed at a high level, near the proximal epiphysis of the fibula. In the first case the intermediate dorsal cutaneous nerve arose directly from the posterior division of SFN, of short course; the anterior division of SFN was subdivided into two branches, which after a short course, both branches joined to form the medial dorsal cutaneous nerve. In the second case the medial and intermediate dorsal cutaneous nerves originated directly from the SFN, which after a short course, it divided in these two nerves. The origin level was recorded in relation to the lateral epicondyle of the femur and the passage of these nerves through the deep fascia of the leg for its skin distribution was located in relation to the lateral malleolus. Although the origin of the dorsal cutaneous nerves of the foot occur very close to the proximal epiphysis of the fibula, passing through the mentioned fascia in its distal third. A detailed knowledge of the branches of the SFN and variations can reduce injuries in these nerves during surgical procedures in the lateral compartment of the leg.

  10. Dorsal ulnar cutaneous nerve conduction: reference values / Condução nervosa do nervo cutâneo ulnar dorsal: valores de referência

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    Solange G., Garibaldi; Anamarli, Nucci.

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Investigamos os valores de referência da condução nervosa sensitiva do nervo cutâneo ulnar dorsal em 66 indivíduos normais, por técnica de condução nervosa antidrômica. A velocidade de condução sensitiva (VCS) média, em homens foi 63,7 -- 0,16 x idade ± 3,36 m/s e nas mulheres 57,7 ± 3,37 m/s. A amp [...] litude média do potencial de ação nervoso sensitivo (PANS) em homens foi 19,5 ± 10,7 µV e nas mulheres foi 24,6 ± 5,8 µV. A duração média do PANS foi 0,96 ± 0,13 ms. A dominância manual não interferiu nos valores da VCS, latência distal, amplitude e duração do PANS. Nas mulheres a amplitude do PANS foi maior do que nos homens. Os efeitos da idade na VCS foram distintos para cada sexo. Abstract in english We investigated the reference values of the dorsal ulnar cutaneous nerve (DUC) sensory nerve conduction (SNC) in 66 healthy individuals. Measurements were processed using stimulating electrodes positioned between the ulnar bone and the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle, 11-13 cm proximal to the active ele [...] ctrode recording. Superficial recording electrodes were placed on the fourth intermetacarpal space. The mean sensory conduction velocity (SCV) in males was 63.7 -- 0.16 x age ± 3.36 m/s and in females was 57.7 ± 3.37 m/s. The mean sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) amplitude in males was 19.5 ± 10.7 µV and in females was 24.6 ± 5.8 µV. The mean SNAP duration was 0.96 ± 0.13 ms. No significant differences regarding the DUC-SCV, distal latency, and SNAP duration or amplitude were found between both sides of the same subject. The amplitude of the SNAP was higher in females than males. The effects of age on DUC-SCV were distinct for each gender.

  11. Avaliação clínica da dor e sensibilidade cutânea de pacientes submetidas à dissecção axilar com preservação do nervo intercostobraquial para tratamento cirúrgico do câncer de mama / Clinical evaluation of pain and cutaneous sensitivity in patients with preservation of intercostobrachial nerve during the axillary dissection for breast cancer treatment

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    Mônica Duarte, Pimentel; Luiz Cláudio dos, Santos; Helenice, Gobbi.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a dor e a sensibilidade cutânea superficial no dermátomo do nervo intercostobraquial (NICB) em pacientes submetidas à dissecção axilar com preservação do NICB para tratamento cirúrgico do câncer de mama. MÉTODOS: realizamos estudo tipo coorte prospectivo de 77 pacientes divididas e [...] m Grupo NP (n=34), sem preservação do NICB, e Grupo ICB (n=43), com preservação do NICB. A sensibilidade cutânea foi avaliada um ano após a cirurgia, empregando-se: 1) questionário modificado de McGill; 2) exame clínico incluindo perimetria braquial, pesquisa de sensibilidade táctil e dolorosa; 3) aplicação dos monofilamentos de Semmes-Weinsten que permitem avaliar de forma objetiva, qualitativa e quantitativamente, lesões de nervo periférico. Para análise estatística, foram usados os testes do chi2, Kruskal-Wallis e exato de Fisher. RESULTADOS: a dor foi relatada com maior freqüência pelas pacientes do Grupo NP (23/33) do que pelas pacientes do Grupo ICB (17/42); p=0,012. A sensibilidade dolorosa estava preservada na maioria das pacientes do Grupo ICB (38/42) e em apenas 11/33 do Grupo NP (p Abstract in english PURPOSE: loss of cutaneous sensitivity has been related to lesions of the intercostobrachial nerve (ICBN) during the axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer treatment. We evaluated pain and cutaneous sensitivity in the ICBN dermatome of patients in which the nerve was preserved during the a [...] xillary dissection. METHODS: we carried out a prospective cohort study of 77 patients divided into: NP group (n=34), patients without ICBN preservation, and ICB group (n=43), patients in which the nerve was preserved. Cutaneous sensitivity was evaluated one year after surgery using 1) a modified McGill Pain Questionnaire; 2) clinical examination including brachial perimetry and evaluation of pain and tactile sensitivity; 3) Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments which allow an objective, qualitative, and quantitative evaluation of peripheral nerve lesions. RESULTS: pain was more frequently reported in the NP group (23/33) than in patients from the ICB group (17/42); p=0,012. Painful sensitivity was preserved in the majority of patients from the ICB group (38/42) but in only 11/33 patients from the NP group (p

  12. Entrapment of the Median Nerves and Brachial Arteries in the Lower Arms Bilaterally and Additional Origin of Biceps brachii Muscle: Case Report Compresión Bilateral del Nervio Mediano y de la Arteria Braquial en la Parte Distal del Brazo y Origen Adicional del Músculo Bíceps Braquial: Reporte de Caso

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    Niladri Kumar Mahato

    2010-01-01

    Neuro-vascular entrapments associated with variations observed in the origins of muscles in the arm are not uncommon. Though additional heads of biceps brachii muscle and extra fibres of brachialis muscles have been demonstrated earlier, bilateral additional heads of the biceps are rarely seen, especially with entrapment of the median nerve and the brachial arteries in both the arms. The present study reports conspicuous heads of the biceps brachii originating extensively from the medial inte...

  13. Potential genotoxic effects of GSM-1800 exposure on human cutaneous and nerve cells

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    Sanchez, S.; Poulletier De Gannes, F.; Haro, E.; Ruffie, G.; Lagroye, I.; Billaudel, B.; Veyret, B. [PIOM laboratory, UMR 5501 CNRS, ENSCPB, 33 -Pessac (France)

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    Introduction The GSM-1800 signal has been in use for several years in Europe and questions raised about its potential biological effects, in view of the fact that, with respect to GSM-900, the increase in the carrier frequency corresponds to a more superficial absorption in the tissues. Consequently, the skin becomes an even more important target for the absorption of the radiofrequency radiation (R.F.R.) emitted by mobile phones. Nevertheless, brain tissues remain a critical target. Cells In order to determine whether R.F.R. at 1800 MHz could behave as a genotoxic agent, skin and brain cells were exposed to a 217-Hz-modulated GSM-1800 signal and assayed using the comet assay: (1) normal human epidermal keratinocytes (N.H.E.K.) and dermal fibroblasts (N.H.D.F.) which are cutaneous cells from epidermis and dermis respectively, and (2) the S.H. -S.Y.5.Y. and C.H.M.E.-5 human cell lines, which are neuroblastoma and micro-glial cells, respectively. Exposure The R.F.R. exposure system that was used in these experiments was manufactured by I.T. I.S. (Zurich, Switzerland). It consists in two shorted waveguides allowing to run exposed and sham conditions at the same time in the same culture incubator, at 37 Celsius degrees, 5% CO{sub 2}. It is controlled by a software, which provides blind conditions until completion of data analysis. The specific absorption rate (S.A.R.) used was 2 W/kg, corresponding to the public exposure limit recommended by I.C.N.I.R.P. and the exposure duration was 48 hours. Comet assay At the end of the exposure, cells were removed from their Petri dish by trypsin/EDTA treatment, counted and 5 x 10{sup 4} cells were used to detect DNA damage including single DNA breaks. Positive controls were performed using hydrogen peroxidase (1%, 1 hour). The genotoxic effects were detected using the alkaline comet assay kit (Trevigen slides) following the supplier procedure. Under these conditions, 6 independent experiments were performed for each cell type (2 Petri dishes by run). The analysis was done on at least 100 images from two comet slides (one per Petri dish) for each cellular model and exposure condition. Results The analysis of the slides is ongoing. Once the data analysis is completed, I.T.I.S. will break the blinding codes, and the results will be presented at the meeting. Acknowledgement: This work was supported by France Telecom R and D, Bouygues Telecom, the Cnrs and the Aquitaine Council for Research. (authors)

  14. Potential genotoxic effects of GSM-1800 exposure on human cutaneous and nerve cells

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    Introduction The GSM-1800 signal has been in use for several years in Europe and questions raised about its potential biological effects, in view of the fact that, with respect to GSM-900, the increase in the carrier frequency corresponds to a more superficial absorption in the tissues. Consequently, the skin becomes an even more important target for the absorption of the radiofrequency radiation (R.F.R.) emitted by mobile phones. Nevertheless, brain tissues remain a critical target. Cells In order to determine whether R.F.R. at 1800 MHz could behave as a genotoxic agent, skin and brain cells were exposed to a 217-Hz-modulated GSM-1800 signal and assayed using the comet assay: (1) normal human epidermal keratinocytes (N.H.E.K.) and dermal fibroblasts (N.H.D.F.) which are cutaneous cells from epidermis and dermis respectively, and (2) the S.H. -S.Y.5.Y. and C.H.M.E.-5 human cell lines, which are neuroblastoma and micro-glial cells, respectively. Exposure The R.F.R. exposure system that was used in these experiments was manufactured by I.T. I.S. (Zurich, Switzerland). It consists in two shorted waveguides allowing to run exposed and sham conditions at the same time in the same culture incubator, at 37 Celsius degrees, 5% CO2. It is controlled by a software, which provides blind conditions until completion of data analysis. The specific absorption rate (S.A.R.) used was 2 W/kg, corresponding to the public exposure limit recommended by I.C.N.I.R.P. and the exposure duration was 48 hours. Comet assay At the end of the exposure, cells were removed from their Petri dish by trypsin/EDTA treatment, counted and 5 x 104 cells were used to detect DNA damage including single DNA breaks. Positive controls were performed using hydrogen peroxidase (1%, 1 hour). The genotoxic effects were detected using the alkaline comet assay kit (Trevigen slides) following the supplier procedure. Under these conditions, 6 independent experiments were performed for each cell type (2 Petri dishes by run). The analysis was done on at least 100 images from two comet slides (one per Petri dish) for each cellular model and exposure condition. Results The analysis of the slides is ongoing. Once the data analysis is completed, I.T.I.S. will break the blinding codes, and the results will be presented at the meeting. Acknowledgement: This work was supported by France Telecom R and D, Bouygues Telecom, the Cnrs and the Aquitaine Council for Research. (authors)

  15. Effect of superficial radial nerve stimulation on the activity of nigro-striatal dopaminergic neurons in the cat: role of cutaneous sensory input

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    The release of 3H-dopamine (DA) continuously synthesized from 3H-thyrosine was measured in the caudate nucleus (CN) and in the substantia nigra (SN) in both sides of the brain during electrical stimulation of the superficial radial nerve in cats lightly anaesthetized with halothane. Use of appropriate electrophysiologically controlled stimulation led to selective activation of low threshold afferent fibers whereas high stimulation activated all cutaneous afferents. Results showed that low threshold fiber activation induced a decreased dopaminergic activity in CN contralateral to nerve stimulation and a concomitant increase in dopaminergic activity on the ipsilateral side. Stimulation of group I and threshold stimulation of group II afferent fibers induced changes in the release of 3H-DA mainly on the contralateral CN and SN and in the ipsilateral CN. High stimulation was followed by a general increase of the neurotransmitter release in the four structures. This shows that the nigro-striatal dopaminergic neurons are mainly-if not exclusively-controlled by cutaneous sensory inputs. This control, non-specific when high threshold cutaneous fibers are also activated. Such activations could contribute to restablish sufficient release of DA when the dopaminergic function is impaired as in Parkinson's disease. (Author)

  16. Recent advances in the management of brachial plexus injuries

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    Full Text Available Management of brachial plexus injury is a demanding field of hand and upper extremity surgery. With currently available microsurgical techniques, functional gains are rewarding in upper plexus injuries. However, treatment options in the management of flail and anaesthetic limb are still evolving. Last three decades have witnessed significant developments in the management of these injuries, which include a better understanding of the anatomy, advances in the diagnostic modalities, incorporation of intra-operative nerve stimulation techniques, more liberal use of nerve grafts in bridging nerve gaps, and the addition of new nerve transfers, which selectively neurotise the target muscles close to the motor end plates. Newer research works on the use of nerve allografts and immune modulators (FK 506 are under evaluation in further improving the results in nerve reconstruction. Direct reimplantation of avulsed spinal nerve roots into the spinal cord is another area of research in brachial plexus reconstruction.

  17. Anatomical and Biometric Aspects of the Cutaneous Distribution of the Superficial Fibular Nerve Aspectos Anatómicos y Biométricos de la Distribución Cutánea del Nervio Fibular Superficial

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    Carla Gabrielli

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    Full Text Available The objective of this research was to study the cutaneous branching of the superficial fibular nerve (SFN, with a topographic and biometric focus, aiming to provide further anatomical details for foot and ankle surgery in general. There were analyzed 30 right and left lower limbs of 15 corpses of male adult Brazilian individuals. The cutaneous branching of the nerve was dissected and measurements taken with a tape measure and digital caliper. The nerve emerged at the surface as a single trunk in 66.7% and divided into two branches in 33.3% of the cases. When a single trunk emerged, it appeared at the level of the third distal of the leg in 75%, at the boundary between the middle and distal thirds in 20%, and, in the middle third in 5%. When divided, in most cases (60%, the two branches had the same topography, in general, in the distal third of the leg. The average width of the nerve, at its emergence, when single, was 3.1 ± 0.8 mm, when divided, one of its branches, the medial dorsal cutaneous nerve (MDCn of the foot, measured 2.4 ± 0.9 mm, and the other, the intermediate dorsal cutaneous nerve (IDCn of the foot 2.1 ± 0.6 mm. The MDCn communicated with the deep fibular nerve in 53.3%, and the IDCn with the sural nerve in 33.3%. In its distribution in the dorsum of the foot, the MDCn was related mainly with the first metatarsal bone and the first and second interosseous spaces, and the IDCn, in general, with the fourth metatarsal bone and the third and fourth interosseous spaces. There are important variations in the emergence and cutaneous branching of the SFN, which must be known in order to avoid iatrogenic injury during surgical procedures on the foot and ankleEl propósito de esta investigación fue estudiar la ramificación cutánea del nervio fibular superficial (NFS, con enfoques topográfico y biométrico, para proveer mayores detalles anatómicos a las cirugías del pie y tobillo. Fueron analizados 30 miembros inferiores, derechos e izquierdos, de 15 cadáveres de individuos brasileños adultos, de sexo masculino. La ramificación cutánea del nervio fue disecada y las medidas fueron tomadas con cinta métrica y paquímetro digital. El nervio se observó en la superficie como tronco único en 66,7% de los casos y dividido en dos ramos en 33,3%. Cuando se presentó como tronco único, emergió a nivel del tercio distal de la pierna en 75%, en el límite entre los tercios medio y distal en 20%, y, en el tercio medio en 5%. Cuando se presentó dividido, los dos ramos tuvieron la misma topografía en 60% de los casos, en general, el tercio distal de la pierna. Al salir a la superficie, el promedio del diámetro externo del nervio, cuando era único, fue de 3,1 ± 0,8 mm, y cuando estaba dividido, uno de sus ramos, el nervio cutáneo dorsal medial (nCDM del pie, midió 2,4 ± 0,9 mm, y el otro, el nervio cutáneo dorsal intermedio (nCDI del pie, 2,1 ± 0,6 mm. El nCDM se comunicó con el nervio fibular profundo en 53,3% y el nCDI con el nervio sural en 33,3%. En su distribución en el dorso del pie, el nCDM estuvo relacionado principalmente con el 1er hueso metatarsiano y los dos primeros espacios interóseos, mientras que el nCDI, se relacionó en general, con el cuarto hueso metatarsiano y el tercero y cuarto espacios interóseos. La emergencia y ramificación cutánea del NFS presentan importantes variaciones que deben ser conocidas para evitar lesiones iatrogénicas durante procedimientos quirúrgicos el en pie y tobillo

  18. Idiopathic brachial neuritis in a child: A case report and review of the literature

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    Shikha Jain

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Brachial neuritis is a rare disease in children, affecting mainly the lower motor neurons of the brachial plexus and/or individual nerves or nerve branches. We report a case of idiopathic brachial plexus neuritis in a 2³-year-old female child admitted with acute respiratory distress and given antibiotic therapy following which she developed weakness of the left hand. She was diagnosed as a case of idiopathic brachial plexus neuritis and was given supportive care. Although, the association with antibiotic therapy in this case could be incidental, indeed it is intriguing and requires further studies.

  19. Idiopathic brachial neuritis in a child: A case report and review of the literature

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    Jain, Shikha; Bhatt, Girish Chandra; Rai, Nirendra; Bhan, Bhavna Dhingra

    2014-01-01

    Brachial neuritis is a rare disease in children, affecting mainly the lower motor neurons of the brachial plexus and/or individual nerves or nerve branches. We report a case of idiopathic brachial plexus neuritis in a 2½-year-old female child admitted with acute respiratory distress and given antibiotic therapy following which she developed weakness of the left hand. She was diagnosed as a case of idiopathic brachial plexus neuritis and was given supportive care. Although, the association with antibiotic therapy in this case could be incidental, indeed it is intriguing and requires further studies. PMID:25624937

  20. Axillary brachial plexus blockade in moyamoya disease?

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    Saban Yalcin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Moyamoya disease is characterized by steno-occlusive changes of the intracranial internal carotid arteries. Cerebral blood flow and metabolism are strictly impaired. The goal in perioperative anaesthetic management is to preserve the stability between oxygen supply and demand in the brain. Peripheral nerve blockade allows excellent neurological status monitoring and maintains haemodynamic stability which is very important in this patient group. Herein, we present an axillary brachial plexus blockade in a moyamoya patient operated for radius fracture.

  1. New approaches in imaging of the brachial plexus

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    Imaging plays an essential role for the detection and analysis of pathologic conditions of the brachial plexus. Currently, several new techniques are used in addition to conventional 2D MR sequences to study the brachial plexus: the 3D STIR SPACE sequence, 3D heavily T2w MR myelography sequences (balanced SSFP = CISS 3D, True FISP 3D, bFFE and FIESTA), and the diffusion-weighted (DW) neurography sequence with fiber tracking reconstruction (tractography). The 3D STIR sequence offers complete anatomical coverage of the brachial plexus and the ability to slice through the volume helps to analyze fiber course modification and structure alteration. It allows precise assessment of distortion, compression and interruption of postganglionic nerve fibers thanks to the capability of performing maximum intensity projections (MIP) and multiplanar reconstructions (MPRs). The CISS 3D, b-SSFP sequences allow good visualization of nerve roots within the spinal canal and may be used for MR myelography in traumatic plexus injuries. The DW neurography sequence with tractography is still a work in progress, able to demonstrate nerves tracts, their structure alteration or deformation due to pathologic processes surrounding or located along the postganglionic brachial plexus. It may become a precious tool for the understanding of the underlying molecular pathophysiologic mechanisms in diseases affecting the brachial plexus and may play a role for surgical planning procedures in the near future.

  2. Study of Sural Nerve Complex in Human Cadavers

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    Seema, S. R.

    2013-01-01

    Aim. The sural nerve complex (SNC) consists of four named components: medial sural cutaneous nerve (MSCN), lateral sural cutaneous nerve (LSCN), peroneal communicating nerve (PCN), and sural nerve (SN). The formation and distribution of the sural nerve vary in different individuals. SN is universally recognized by surgeons as a site for harvesting an autologous nerve graft. The nerve is widely used for electrophysiological studies. Hence the study of sural nerve complex was taken up. Method. ...

  3. Brachial plexopathy: recurrent cancer or radiation

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    We reviewed clinical and electrodiagnostic features of 16 patients with neoplastic brachial plexopathy (NBP) and 17 patients with radiation-induced plexopathy (RBP). The groups were similar in symptom-free interval after cancer diagnosis and location of the plexus lesions. NBP patients had pain and Horner's syndrome; RBP patients had paresthesias, but rarely Horner's. NBP patients presented earlier after symptom onset and had a shorter course. RBP patients more frequently had abnormal sensory and normal motor nerve conduction studies and characteristically had fasciculations or myokymia on EMG

  4. Brachial plexopathy: recurrent cancer or radiation

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    Lederman, R.J.; Wilbourn, A.J.

    1984-10-01

    We reviewed clinical and electrodiagnostic features of 16 patients with neoplastic brachial plexopathy (NBP) and 17 patients with radiation-induced plexopathy (RBP). The groups were similar in symptom-free interval after cancer diagnosis and location of the plexus lesions. NBP patients had pain and Horner's syndrome; RBP patients had paresthesias, but rarely Horner's. NBP patients presented earlier after symptom onset and had a shorter course. RBP patients more frequently had abnormal sensory and normal motor nerve conduction studies and characteristically had fasciculations or myokymia on EMG.

  5. 3 T MR tomography of the brachial plexus: Structural and microstructural evaluation

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    Magnetic resonance (MR) neurography comprises an evolving group of techniques with the potential to allow optimal noninvasive evaluation of many abnormalities of the brachial plexus. MR neurography is clinically useful in the evaluation of suspected brachial plexus traumatic injuries, intrinsic and extrinsic tumors, and post-radiogenic inflammation, and can be particularly beneficial in pediatric patients with obstetric trauma to the brachial plexus. The most common MR neurographic techniques for displaying the brachial plexus can be divided into two categories: structural MR neurography; and microstructural MR neurography. Structural MR neurography uses mainly the STIR sequence to image the nerves of the brachial plexus, can be performed in 2D or 3D mode, and the 2D sequence can be repeated in different planes. Microstructural MR neurography depends on the diffusion tensor imaging that provides quantitative information about the degree and direction of water diffusion within the nerves of the brachial plexus, as well as on tractography to visualize the white matter tracts and to characterize their integrity. The successful evaluation of the brachial plexus requires the implementation of appropriate techniques and familiarity with the pathologies that might involve the brachial plexus

  6. 3 T MR tomography of the brachial plexus: Structural and microstructural evaluation

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    Mallouhi, Ammar, E-mail: Ammar.Mallouhi@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Marik, Wolfgang, E-mail: Wolfgang.Marik@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Prayer, Daniela, E-mail: Daniela.Prayer@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Kainberger, Franz, E-mail: Franz.Kainberger@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Bodner, Gerd, E-mail: Gerd.Bodner@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Kasprian, Gregor, E-mail: Gregor.Kasprian@meduniwien.ac.at [Department of Radiology, Division of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2012-09-15

    Magnetic resonance (MR) neurography comprises an evolving group of techniques with the potential to allow optimal noninvasive evaluation of many abnormalities of the brachial plexus. MR neurography is clinically useful in the evaluation of suspected brachial plexus traumatic injuries, intrinsic and extrinsic tumors, and post-radiogenic inflammation, and can be particularly beneficial in pediatric patients with obstetric trauma to the brachial plexus. The most common MR neurographic techniques for displaying the brachial plexus can be divided into two categories: structural MR neurography; and microstructural MR neurography. Structural MR neurography uses mainly the STIR sequence to image the nerves of the brachial plexus, can be performed in 2D or 3D mode, and the 2D sequence can be repeated in different planes. Microstructural MR neurography depends on the diffusion tensor imaging that provides quantitative information about the degree and direction of water diffusion within the nerves of the brachial plexus, as well as on tractography to visualize the white matter tracts and to characterize their integrity. The successful evaluation of the brachial plexus requires the implementation of appropriate techniques and familiarity with the pathologies that might involve the brachial plexus.

  7. Electrodiagnostic Evaluation and Treatment of Root Avulsion in an Obstetric Brachial Plexus Injury-Case Report

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    Evrim KARADAĞ SAYGI; AĞIRMAN, Mehmet; OFLUOĞLU, Demet; TETİK, Cihangir

    2011-01-01

    Obstetrical brachial plexus palsy is a common peripheral nerve injury in childhood. Root avulsion is one of the poor prognostic factors. The role of nerve conduction study and electroneuromyography (ENMG) is to differentiate root avulsion from plexus lesions. Despite the normal sensory nerve conduction study, the absence of motor nerve conduction is diagnostic of root avulsion. Because of the root avulsion, definitely establish surgical decision and time of surgery, in the presence of doubt e...

  8. Surgical treatment of adult traumatic brachial plexus injuries: an overview

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    Mario G. Siqueira

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Traumatic injuries to the brachial plexus in adults are severely debilitating. They generally affect young individuals. A thorough understanding of the anatomy, clinical evaluation, imaging and electrodiagnostic assessments, treatment options and proper timing of surgical interventions will enable nerve surgeons to offer optimal care to patients. Advances in microsurgical technique have improved the outcome for many of these patients. The treatment options offer patients with brachial plexus injuries the possibility of achieving elbow flexion, shoulder stability with limited abduction and the hope of limited but potentially useful hand function.

  9. Hand Function in Children with an Upper Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: Results of the Nine-Hole Peg Test

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    Immerman, Igor; Alfonso, Daniel T.; Ramos, Lorna E.; Grossman, Leslie A.; Alfonso, Israel; Ditaranto, Patricia; Grossman, John A. I.

    2012-01-01

    Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate hand function in children with Erb upper brachial plexus palsy. Method: Hand function was evaluated in 25 children (eight males; 17 females) with a diagnosed upper (C5/C6) brachial plexus birth injury. Of these children, 22 had undergone primary nerve reconstruction and 13 of the 25 had undergone…

  10. The excimer lamp induces cutaneous nerve degeneration and reduces scratching in a dry-skin mouse model.

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    Kamo, Atsuko; Tominaga, Mitsutoshi; Kamata, Yayoi; Kaneda, Kazuyuki; Ko, Kyi C; Matsuda, Hironori; Kimura, Utako; Ogawa, Hideoki; Takamori, Kenji

    2014-12-01

    Epidermal hyperinnervation, which is thought to underlie intractable pruritus, has been observed in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). The epidermal expression of axonal guidance molecules has been reported to regulate epidermal hyperinnervation. Previously, we showed that the excimer lamp has antihyperinnervative effects in nonpruritic dry-skin model mice, although epidermal expression of axonal guidance molecules was unchanged. Therefore, we investigated the antipruritic effects of excimer lamp irradiation and its mechanism of action. A single irradiation of AD model mice significantly inhibited itch-related behavior 1 day later, following improvement in the dermatitis score. In addition, irradiation of nerve fibers formed by cultured dorsal root ganglion neurons increased bleb formation and decreased nerve fiber expression of nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyl transferase 2, suggesting degenerative changes in these fibers. We also analyzed whether attaching a cutoff excimer filter (COF) to the lamp, thus decreasing cytotoxic wavelengths, altered hyperinnervation and the production of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD), a DNA damage marker, in dry-skin model mice. Irradiation with COF decreased CPD production in keratinocytes, as well as having an antihyperinnervative effect, indicating that the antipruritic effects of excimer lamp irradiation with COF are due to induction of epidermal nerve degeneration and reduced DNA damage. PMID:24940652

  11. Absence of Musculocutaneous Nerve Associated with Variations of Distribution Patterns of the Median Nerve / Ausencia del Nervio Musculocutáneo Asociada con Variaciones de los Patrones de Distribución del Nervio Mediano

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    Yong, Zhang; Shengbo, Yang; Fangjiu, Yang; Peng, Xie.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Las variaciones en el plexo braquial y los patrones de distribución de sus ramos no son infrecuentes. Un ramo comunicante, que es la variante más frecuente, a menudo surge desde el nervio musculocutáneo al nervio mediano. Sin embargo, los ramos que surgen del fascículo lateral del plexo braquial y n [...] ervio mediano en vez de nervio musculocutáneo son muy raros. La descripción detallada de las anomalías es importante para procedimientos quirúrgicos. En nuestro caso el nervio musculocutáneo estaba ausente, un ramo del fascículo medial inervó el músculo coracobraquial y dos ramos del nervio mediano inervaron los músculos bíceps y braquial, respectivamente. Por otra parte, el nervio mediano originó al nervio cutáneo antebraquial lateral. Este informe proporciona evidencia de algunas variaciones anatómicas útiles para cirujanos, anestesistas y neurólogos durante la práctica clínica. Abstract in english Variations in the brachial plexus and the distribution patterns of its branches are not uncommon. A communicating branch, which is the most frequent variation, often arises from musculocutaneous nerve to median nerve. However, the branches arising from lateral cord of the brachial plexus and median [...] nerve instead of musculocutaneous nerve are very rare. Detailed description of the abnormalities is important for surgical procedures. Our case study reports the musculocutaneous nerve was absent, a branch from the medial cord innervated the coracobrachialis muscle and two branches from the median nerve innervated the biceps and brachialis muscles, respectively. Moreover, the median nerve gave off the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve. This report provides evidence of such possible anatomical variations to surgeons, anesthetists and neurologists during clinical practice.

  12. Adult traumatic brachial plexus injury

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    Rankine, J.J. E-mail: james.rankine@leedsth.nhs.uk

    2004-09-01

    Injury to the brachial plexus in the adult is usually a closed injury and the result of considerable traction to the shoulder. Brachial plexus injury in the adult is an increasingly common clinical problem. Recent advances in neurosurgical techniques have improved the outlook for patients with brachial plexus injuries. The choice of surgical procedure depends on the level of the injury and the radiologist has an important role in guiding the surgeon to the site of injury. This article will describe the anatomy and pathophysiology of traction brachial plexus injury in the adult. The neurosurgical options available will be described with emphasis on the information that the surgeon wants from imaging studies of the brachial plexus. The relative merits of MRI and CT myelography are discussed.

  13. Fastklemt nerve som årsag til svære postoperative smerter fra arvæv

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    Møller, Michael; Venzo, Alessandro

    2014-01-01

    Entrapment of a cutaneous nerve in a surgical scar may cause chronic post-operative pain. The condition presents with similar symptoms as a traumatic neuroma or as an anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome, which, however, is often idiopathic. We present a case, where entrapment of a cutaneous nerve in a laparotomy scar caused chronic pain. The symptoms were immediately relieved after selective neurectomy.

  14. Brachial neuropathy 22 years after radiation therapy for fibrosarcoma: a case report

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    Al-Benna, Sammy; Schubert, Cornelius; Steinau, Hans Ulrich; Steinstraesser, Lars

    2009-01-01

    This case report presents a 56-year-old man with right upper limb weakness which arose 22 years after initial local radiation treatment for a grade III fibrosarcoma. Nerve conduction studies revealed impairment of all three major upper limb nerves compared with the left, with particular impairment of the median and ulnar nerves in the most fibrotic area that had been irradiated. In addition, the patient received multiple courses of chemotherapy. The occurrence of radiation-induced brachial pl...

  15. Origins and branchings of the brachial plexus of the gray brocket deer Mazama gouazoubira (Artiodactyla: Cervidae

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    Lucélia Gonçalves Vieira

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The brachial plexus is a set of nerves originated in the cervicothoracic medular region which innervates the thoracic limb and its surroundings. Its study in different species is important not only as a source of morphological knowledge, but also because it facilitates the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders resulting from various pathologies. This study aimed to describe the origins and branchings of the brachial plexus of Mazama gouazoubira. Three specimens were used, belonging to the scientific collection of the Laboratory for Teaching and Research on Wild Animals of Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (UFU; they were fixed in 3.7% formaldehyde and dissected. In M. gouazoubira, the brachial plexus resulted from connections between the branches of the three last cervical spinal nerves, C6, C7, C8, and the first thoracic one, T1, and it had as derivations the nerves suprascapular, cranial and caudal subscapular, axillary, musculocutaneous, median, ulnar, radial, pectoral, thoracodorsal, long thoracic and lateral thoracic. The muscles innervated by the brachial plexus nerves were the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, teres major, teres minor, deltoid, cleidobrachial, coracobrachialis, biceps brachialis, brachial, triceps brachialis, anconeus, flexor digitorum superficialis, flexor digitorum profundus, flexor carpi radialis, flexor carpi ulnaris, extensor carpi radialis, lateral ulnar, extensor carpi obliquus, extensor digitorum, superficial pectoral, deep pectoral, ventral serratus, and external oblique abdominal.

  16. Padrões de condução de impulsos nervosos, determinados eletronicamente, para análise de comportamento de nervos "in vivo" Nerve conduction patterns determined electronically for analysing peripheral nerves behavior in vivo

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    Eros Abrantes Erhart

    1970-06-01

    Full Text Available Padrões de condução de impulsos nervosos foram determinados eletrônicamente, in vivo, nos nervos ulnar (13, hipoglosso (16 e cutâneo medial do braço (7 de cães anestesiados. Os traçados obtidos confirmaram, em linhas gerais, os descritos na literatura. Todavia, demonstraram um fato novo, adicional, isto é, que fibras motoras e sensitivas, integrantes de nervos periféricos, apresentam uma condução específica, unidirecional (centrífuga nas fibras motoras e centrípeta nas sensitivas, desde que mantidas praticamente intactas em seus respectivos leitos conectivos naturais. Embora este tipo de condução específica corresponda ao que se admite e aceita como comportamento normal, biológico, dessas fibras nervosas, e constitua ainda, base do exame neurológico, esta evidência nunca foi demonstrada anteriormente em experiências e preparações neurofisiológicas.Nerve conduction patterns of the ulnar, hypoglossal and medial brachial cutaneous nerves were determined and recorded electronically in vivo on anesthetized dogs. The recorded tracings obtained were generally found to be in accordance with those described in the literature. However, our tracings showed a new additional fact, i.e., that motor and sensory peripheral nerve fibers have a specific unidirectional conduction (centrifugally for motor and centripetally for sensory, as long as these nerves were maintained undisturbed in their natural connective tissue bed. Although these facts correspond to what is considered normal biological behavior of nerve fibers, when in their natural environment, as far as we know, this has not been demonstrated before in neurophysiological experiments.

  17. Padrões de condução de impulsos nervosos, determinados eletronicamente, para análise de comportamento de nervos "in vivo" / Nerve conduction patterns determined electronically for analysing peripheral nerves behavior in vivo

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    Eros Abrantes, Erhart; José, Furlani; Antonio Carlos, Berardi; Fausto, Bérzin; Walter, Biazotto.

    1970-06-01

    Full Text Available Padrões de condução de impulsos nervosos foram determinados eletrônicamente, in vivo, nos nervos ulnar (13), hipoglosso (16) e cutâneo medial do braço (7) de cães anestesiados. Os traçados obtidos confirmaram, em linhas gerais, os descritos na literatura. Todavia, demonstraram um fato novo, adiciona [...] l, isto é, que fibras motoras e sensitivas, integrantes de nervos periféricos, apresentam uma condução específica, unidirecional (centrífuga nas fibras motoras e centrípeta nas sensitivas), desde que mantidas praticamente intactas em seus respectivos leitos conectivos naturais. Embora este tipo de condução específica corresponda ao que se admite e aceita como comportamento normal, biológico, dessas fibras nervosas, e constitua ainda, base do exame neurológico, esta evidência nunca foi demonstrada anteriormente em experiências e preparações neurofisiológicas. Abstract in english Nerve conduction patterns of the ulnar, hypoglossal and medial brachial cutaneous nerves were determined and recorded electronically in vivo on anesthetized dogs. The recorded tracings obtained were generally found to be in accordance with those described in the literature. However, our tracings sho [...] wed a new additional fact, i.e., that motor and sensory peripheral nerve fibers have a specific unidirectional conduction (centrifugally for motor and centripetally for sensory), as long as these nerves were maintained undisturbed in their natural connective tissue bed. Although these facts correspond to what is considered normal biological behavior of nerve fibers, when in their natural environment, as far as we know, this has not been demonstrated before in neurophysiological experiments.

  18. Anatomical characteristics of the brachial plexus of the maned sloth (Bradypus torquatus Illiger, 1811

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    Gessica Ariane de Melo Cruz

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Eight male and female maned sloth (Bradypus torquatus cadavers, previously fixed in formalin, were used to identify the origin of the brachial plexus, nerves and innervation territory in order to determine an anatomical pattern for this species. The plexus of B. torquatus was derived from the C7 to C10 and T1 to T2 spinal nerves, but the participation of T2 was variable. The spinal nerves gave origin to the cranial and caudal trunks, which joined to form a common trunk, from which two fascicles were formed. All the nerves from the brachial plexus were originated from these two fascicles, except the thoracic, long pectoral and suprascapular nerves, which arose before the formation of the common trunk. The organization of the brachial plexus into trunks and fascicles, and subsequent origin of peripheral nerves, demonstrates that most of the spinal nerves contribute to the composition of the peripheral nerves and the possibility that lesions or traumatic injuries would damage most of the thoracic member.

  19. Entrapment of the Median Nerves and Brachial Arteries in the Lower Arms Bilaterally and Additional Origin of Biceps brachii Muscle: Case Report Compresión Bilateral del Nervio Mediano y de la Arteria Braquial en la Parte Distal del Brazo y Origen Adicional del Músculo Bíceps Braquial: Reporte de Caso

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    Niladri Kumar Mahato

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Neuro-vascular entrapments associated with variations observed in the origins of muscles in the arm are not uncommon. Though additional heads of biceps brachii muscle and extra fibres of brachialis muscles have been demonstrated earlier, bilateral additional heads of the biceps are rarely seen, especially with entrapment of the median nerve and the brachial arteries in both the arms. The present study reports conspicuous heads of the biceps brachii originating extensively from the medial inter-muscular septum, sharing its origin with the brachialis muscle. The extra origins of the muscle formed long musculo-aponeurotic tunnels. The tunnels measured eight centimeters in length extending from the lower arm to the cubital-fossa. Both the median nerve and the brachial arteries passed through the tunnel. The lower aspect of the left tunnel exhibited origins of fibres belonging to the superficial flexors of the forearm. The neuro-vascular structures did not give any branches in the tunnel. Awareness of such variations can aid clinicians in diagnosing and treating such neuropathies and vascular compromise.No es infrecuente observar atrapamientos neuro-vasculares asociados con variaciones en el origen de los músculos del brazo. A pesar de haberse observado cabezas adicionales del músculo bíceps braquial y fibras extra del músculo braquial raramente estas cabezas adicionales bilaterales han sido causantes de la compresión del nervio mediano y de la arteria braquial. En este trabajo presentamos las cabezas del músculo bíceps braquial originándose en gran parte en el tabique intermuscular medial compartiendo su origen con el músculo braquial. Los orígenes adicionales del músculo forman largos túneles músculo fasciales. Los túneles miden 8 cm de longitud, y se extienden desde la parte inferior del brazo hasta la fosa cubital. Tanto el nervio mediano como la arteria braquial pasan por el túnel. La parte inferior del túnel izquierdo dio origen a fibras pertenecientes al músculo flexor superficial del antebrazo. Las estructuras neurovasculares no otorgaron colaterales en el túnel. El conocimiento de estas variaciones puede ayudar a los clínicos en el diagnóstico y el tratamiento de neuropatías y compromiso vascular.

  20. Entrapment of the Median Nerves and Brachial Arteries in the Lower Arms Bilaterally and Additional Origin of Biceps brachii Muscle: Case Report / Compresión Bilateral del Nervio Mediano y de la Arteria Braquial en la Parte Distal del Brazo y Origen Adicional del Músculo Bíceps Braquial: Reporte de Caso

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    Niladri Kumar, Mahato.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available No es infrecuente observar atrapamientos neuro-vasculares asociados con variaciones en el origen de los músculos del brazo. A pesar de haberse observado cabezas adicionales del músculo bíceps braquial y fibras extra del músculo braquial raramente estas cabezas adicionales bilaterales han sido causan [...] tes de la compresión del nervio mediano y de la arteria braquial. En este trabajo presentamos las cabezas del músculo bíceps braquial originándose en gran parte en el tabique intermuscular medial compartiendo su origen con el músculo braquial. Los orígenes adicionales del músculo forman largos túneles músculo fasciales. Los túneles miden 8 cm de longitud, y se extienden desde la parte inferior del brazo hasta la fosa cubital. Tanto el nervio mediano como la arteria braquial pasan por el túnel. La parte inferior del túnel izquierdo dio origen a fibras pertenecientes al músculo flexor superficial del antebrazo. Las estructuras neurovasculares no otorgaron colaterales en el túnel. El conocimiento de estas variaciones puede ayudar a los clínicos en el diagnóstico y el tratamiento de neuropatías y compromiso vascular. Abstract in english Neuro-vascular entrapments associated with variations observed in the origins of muscles in the arm are not uncommon. Though additional heads of biceps brachii muscle and extra fibres of brachialis muscles have been demonstrated earlier, bilateral additional heads of the biceps are rarely seen, espe [...] cially with entrapment of the median nerve and the brachial arteries in both the arms. The present study reports conspicuous heads of the biceps brachii originating extensively from the medial inter-muscular septum, sharing its origin with the brachialis muscle. The extra origins of the muscle formed long musculo-aponeurotic tunnels. The tunnels measured eight centimeters in length extending from the lower arm to the cubital-fossa. Both the median nerve and the brachial arteries passed through the tunnel. The lower aspect of the left tunnel exhibited origins of fibres belonging to the superficial flexors of the forearm. The neuro-vascular structures did not give any branches in the tunnel. Awareness of such variations can aid clinicians in diagnosing and treating such neuropathies and vascular compromise.

  1. Clinically significant variations of the cords of the brachial plexus in relation to axillary artery

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    Jamuna M

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Variations in the formation, course and distribution of brachial plexus are common and are well documented, but the variation of the cords of brachial plexus in relation to axillary artery is rarely documented. Here a rare variation of the cords of brachial plexus and the branches of the cords in relation to the axillary artery in the right upper limb of an adult male cadaver is reported. The lateral, medial and posterior cords were present lateral to the axillary artery and all the branches of the cords were also present lateral to the axillary artery. The musculocutaneous nerve was found not piercing the coracobrachialis muscle. The clinical significance and the embryological reasons are discussed. Clinicians and surgeons should be aware of such variations while performing surgical procedure in the axilla as the nerves are more prone for injury.

  2. Technical note: the humeral canal approach to the brachial plexus.

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    Frizelle, H P

    2012-02-03

    Many variations to the axillary approach to the brachial plexus have been described. However, the success rate varies depending on the approach used and on the definition of success. Recent work describes a new approach to regional anaesthesia of the upper limb at the humeral\\/brachial canal using selective stimulation of the major nerves. This report outlines initial experience with this block, describing the technique and results in 50 patients undergoing hand and forearm surgery. All patients were assessed for completeness of motor and sensory block. The overall success rate was 90 percent. Motor block was present in 80 percent of patients. Completion of the block was necessary in 5 patients. Two patients required general anaesthesia. The preponderance of ulnar deficiencies agrees with previously published data on this technique. No complications were described. Initial experience confirms the high success rate described using the Dupre technique. This technically straightforward approach with minimal complications can be recommended for regional anaesthesia of the upper limb.

  3. Magnetic resonance neurography in children with birth-related brachial plexus injury

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    Magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) enables visualization of peripheral nerves. Clinical examination and electrodiagnostic studies have been used in the evaluation of birth-related brachial plexus injury. These are limited in their demonstration of anatomic detail and severity of injury. We investigated the utility of MRN in evaluating birth-related brachial plexus injury in pediatric patients, and assessed the degree of correlation between MRN findings and physical examination and electromyographic (EMG) findings. The MRN findings in 11 infants (age 2 months to 20 months) with birth-related brachial plexus injury were evaluated. A neuroradiologist blinded to the EMG and clinical examination findings reviewed the images. Clinical history, examination, EMG and operative findings were obtained. All infants had abnormal imaging findings on the affected side: seven pseudomeningoceles, six neuromas, seven abnormal nerve T2 signal, four nerve root enlargement, and two denervation changes. There was greater degree of correlation between MRN and physical examination findings (kappa 0.6715, coefficient of correlation 0.7110, P < 0.001) than between EMG and physical examination findings (kappa 0.5748, coefficient of correlation 0.5883, P = 0.0012). MRN in brachial plexus trauma enables localization of injured nerves and characterization of associated pathology. MRN findings demonstrated a statistically significant correlation with physical examination and EMG findings, and might be a useful adjunct in treatment planning. (orig.)

  4. Magnetic resonance neurography in children with birth-related brachial plexus injury

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    Smith, Alice B. [University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neuroradiology, San Francisco, CA (United States); University of California, San Francisco, Department of Radiology, Box 0628, San Francisco, CA (United States); Gupta, Nalin [University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurosurgery, San Francisco, CA (United States); Strober, Jonathan [University of California, San Francisco, Department of Pediatric Neurology, San Francisco, CA (United States); Chin, Cynthia [University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neuroradiology, San Francisco, CA (United States)

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    Magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) enables visualization of peripheral nerves. Clinical examination and electrodiagnostic studies have been used in the evaluation of birth-related brachial plexus injury. These are limited in their demonstration of anatomic detail and severity of injury. We investigated the utility of MRN in evaluating birth-related brachial plexus injury in pediatric patients, and assessed the degree of correlation between MRN findings and physical examination and electromyographic (EMG) findings. The MRN findings in 11 infants (age 2 months to 20 months) with birth-related brachial plexus injury were evaluated. A neuroradiologist blinded to the EMG and clinical examination findings reviewed the images. Clinical history, examination, EMG and operative findings were obtained. All infants had abnormal imaging findings on the affected side: seven pseudomeningoceles, six neuromas, seven abnormal nerve T2 signal, four nerve root enlargement, and two denervation changes. There was greater degree of correlation between MRN and physical examination findings (kappa 0.6715, coefficient of correlation 0.7110, P < 0.001) than between EMG and physical examination findings (kappa 0.5748, coefficient of correlation 0.5883, P = 0.0012). MRN in brachial plexus trauma enables localization of injured nerves and characterization of associated pathology. MRN findings demonstrated a statistically significant correlation with physical examination and EMG findings, and might be a useful adjunct in treatment planning. (orig.)

  5. Significance of magnetic resonance imaging in differential diagnosis of nontraumatic brachial plexopathy

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    Peri? Stojan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Nontraumatic brachial plexopathies may be caused by primary or secondary tumors, radiation or inflammation. The aim of this study was to present the significance of MRI in revealing the cause of nontraumatic brachial plexopathy. Methods. A two-year retrospective study included 22 patients with nontraumatic brachial plexopathy. In all the patients typical clinical findings were confirmed by upper limb neurophysiological studies. In all of them MRI of brachial plexus was performed by 1.5 T scanner in T1 and T1 FS sequence with and without contrast, as well as in T2 and T2 FS sequences. Results. Seven (32% patients had brachial plexopathy with signs of inflammatory process, 5 (23% patients had secondary tumors, in 4 (18% patients multifocal motor neuropathy was established and in the same number (18% of the patients postradiation fibrosis was found. Two patients (9% had primary neurogenic tumors. Conclusion. According to the results of this study MRI is a method which may determine localization and cause of brachial plexopathy. MRI can detect focal nerve lesions when other methods fail to find them. Thus, MRI has a direct impact on further diagnostic and therapeutical procedures.

  6. Cutaneous Sarcoidosis

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    Rupali Bargotra , Jyotsna Suri, Yudhvir Gupta

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of exclusive cutaneous sarcoidosis with no clinical or radiological evidence of diseaseanywhere else in the body.Exclusive cutaneous involvement is rare and is reported in about 4.5%patientsof sarcoidosis.

  7. Cutaneous Sarcoidosis

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    Rupali Bargotra , Jyotsna Suri, Yudhvir Gupta

    2010-01-01

    We present a case of exclusive cutaneous sarcoidosis with no clinical or radiological evidence of diseaseanywhere else in the body.Exclusive cutaneous involvement is rare and is reported in about 4.5%patientsof sarcoidosis.

  8. Cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Reithinger, R.; Dujardin, J. C.; Louzir, H.; C Pirmez; ALEXANDER B.; BROOKER, S

    2007-01-01

    Cutaneous leishmaniasis is endemic in the tropics and neotropics. It is often referred to as a group of diseases because of the varied spectrum of clinical manifestations, which range from small cutaneous nodules to gross mucosal tissue destruction. Cutaneous leishmaniasis can be caused by several Leishmania spp and is transmitted to human beings and animals by sandflies. Despite its increasing worldwide incidence, but because it is rarely fatal, cutaneous leishmaniasis has become one of the ...

  9. Cutaneous mechanisms of isometric ankle force control

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    Choi, Julia T; Jensen, Jesper Lundbye; Leukel, Christian; Nielsen, Jens Bo

    2013-01-01

    The sense of force is critical in the control of movement and posture. Multiple factors influence our perception of exerted force, including inputs from cutaneous afferents, muscle afferents and central commands. Here, we studied the influence of cutaneous feedback on the control of ankle force output. We used repetitive electrical stimulation of the superficial peroneal (foot dorsum) and medial plantar nerves (foot sole) to disrupt cutaneous afferent input in 8 healthy subjects. We measured the...

  10. Cutaneous mechanisms of isometric ankle force control

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    Choi, Julia T.; Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper; Leukel, Christian; Nielsen, Jens Bo

    2013-01-01

    The sense of force is critical in the control of movement and posture. Multiple factors influence our perception of exerted force, including inputs from cutaneous afferents, muscle afferents and central commands. Here, we studied the influence of cutaneous feedback on the control of ankle force output. We used repetitive electrical stimulation of the superficial peroneal (foot dorsum) and medial plantar nerves (foot sole) to disrupt cutaneous afferent input in 8 healthy subjects. We measured ...

  11. Ultrasound-guided brachial plexus block: a study on 30 patients

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    Amiri HR

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: Successful brachial plexus blocks rely on proper techniques of nerve localization, needle placement, and local anesthetic injection. Standard approaches used today (elicitation of paresthesia or nerve-stimulated muscle contraction, unfortunately, are all "blind" techniques resulting in procedure-related pain and complications. Ultrasound guidance for brachial plexus blocks can potentially improve success and complication rates. This study presents the ultrasound-guided brachial plexus blocks for the first time in Iran in adults and pediatrics. "n"n Methods: In this study ultrasound-guided brachial plexus blocks in 30 patients (25 adults & 5 pediatrics scheduled for an elective upper extremity surgery, are introduced. Ultrasound imaging was used to identify the brachial plexus before the block, guide the block needle to reach target nerves, and visualize the pattern of local anesthetic spread. Needle position was further confirmed by nerve stimulation before injection. Besides basic variables, block approach, block time, postoperative analgesia duration (VAS<3 was considered as target pain control opioid consumption during surgery, patient satisfaction and block related complications were reported."n"n Results: Mean adult age was 35.5±15 and in pediatric group was 5.2±4. Frequency of interscalene, supraclavicular, axillary approaches to brachial plexus in adults was 5, 7, 13 respectively. In pediatrics, only supraclavicular approach was accomplished. Mean postoperative analgesia time in adults was 8.5±4 and in pediatrics was 10.8±2. No block related complication were observed and no supplementary, were needed.        "nConclusions: Real-time ultrasound imaging during brachial plexus blocks can facilitate nerve localization and needle placement and examine the pattern and extend of local anesthetic spread.

  12. Radiation-induced brachial plexopathy: Neurological follow-up in 161 recurrence-free breast cancer patients

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    The purpose was to assess the incidence and clinical manifestations of radiation-induced brachial plexopathy in breast cancer patients, treated according to the Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group protocols. One hundred and sixty-one recurrence-free breast cancer patients were examined for radiation-induced brachial plexopathy after a median follow-up period of 50 months (13-99 months). After total mastectomy and axillary node sampling, high-risk patients were randomized to adjuvant therapy. One hundred twenty-eight patients were treated with postoperative radiotherapy with 50 Gy in 25 daily fractions over 5 weeks. In addition, 82 of these patients received cytotoxic therapy (cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and 5-fluorouracil) and 46 received tamoxifen. Five percent and 9% of the patients receiving radiotherapy had disabling and mild radiation-induced brachial plexopathy, respectively. Radiation-induced brachial plexopathy was more frequent in patients receiving cytotoxic therapy (p = 0.04) and in younger patients (p = 0.04). The clinical manifestations were paraesthesia (100%), hypaesthesia (74%), weakness (58%), decreased muscle stretch reflexes (47%), and pain (47%). The brachial plexus is more vulnerable to large fraction size. Fractions of 2 Gy or less are advisable. Cytotoxic therapy adds to the damaging effect of radiotherapy. Peripheral nerves in younger patients seems more vulnerable. Radiation-induced brachial plexopathy occurs mainly as diffuse damage to the brachial plexus. 24 refs., 9 tabs

  13. Dermatoglyphs and Brachial Plexus Palsy

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    POLOVINA, Svetislav; Cvjeti?anin, Miljenko; Mili?i?, Jasna; POLOVINA PROLOŠ?I?, Tajana

    2006-01-01

    Perinatal brachial plexus palsy (PBPP) is a handicap quite commonly encountered in daily routine. Although birth trauma is considered to be the major cause of the defect, it has been observed that PBPP occurs only in some infants born under identical or nearly identical conditions. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis of genetic predisposition for PBPP. It is well known that digito-palmar dermatoglyphs can be used to determine hereditary roots of some diseases. Thus, w...

  14. Recurrent True Brachial Artery Aneurysm

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    Ko, Seongmin; Han, Il-Yong; Cho, Kwang-Hyun; Lee, Yang-Haeng; Park, Kyung-Taek; Kang, Mee-sun

    2011-01-01

    True aneurysm of the brachial artery is a rare disease entity. The mechanism of aneurysm formation is considered to be compression of the arterial wall, producing contusion of the media and subsequent weakness of the wall and fusiform dilatation. It can be caused by arteriosclerotic, congenital, and metabolic disorders, and can be associated with diseases such as Kawasaki's disease. Doppler ultrasonography, computed tomography, arteriography, and selective upper extremity angiography may be p...

  15. Uso de concentrados autólogos de plaquetas como tratamiento de una fractura escapular y una lesión del plexo braquial producidas por un disparo en un caballo / Use of autologous platelet concentrates as treatment for a scapular fracture and brachial plexus nerve injury produced by a gunshot in a horse

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    C, López; JU, Carmona; I, Samudio.

    Full Text Available Las heridas de bala han sido escasamente descritas en caballos. Los disparos a corta distancia suelen producir daños en tejidos blandos y fracturas conminutas. Un caso de una fractura conminuta del cuello de la escápula con lesión aguda del plexo braquial producida por una bala de 9 mm en un sementa [...] l de seis años de edad es descrito. El paciente fue tratado con éxito mediante la combinación de desbridamiento quirúrgico de la región afectada e inyección local de varias dosis de concentrados autólogos de plaquetas (APC) y fisioterapia. A pesar de la fractura de la escápula y del daño en los nervios periféricos que toman al menos 18-24 meses para una recuperación completa, este paciente se recuperó satisfactoriamente en nueve meses. Estos resultados sugieren que las inyecciones de APC en combinación con fisioterapia pueden proporcionar un beneficio terapéutico en el tratamiento de lesiones agudas de tejidos blandos y fracturas óseas en caballos. Abstract in english Gunshot injuries have been scarcely reported in horses. Close-range gunshots usually produce extensive soft tissue damage and comminute fractures. A case of a comminute fracture of the neck of the scapula with acute injury of the brachial plexus produced by a 9 mm gunshot in a six year-old stallion [...] is described. The patient was successfully treated by combining surgical debridement of the affected region and local injection of several doses of autologous platelet concentrates (APCs) and physiotherapy. Although scapular fractures and peripheral nerve damage take at least 18-24 months for full recovery, this patient reached full recuperation of the affected limb in 9 months. These results suggest that injections of APCs in combination with physiotherapy could provide a therapeutic benefit in the treatment of soft tissue acute injuries and bone fractures in horses.

  16. Uso de concentrados autólogos de plaquetas como tratamiento de una fractura escapular y una lesión del plexo braquial producidas por un disparo en un caballo Use of autologous platelet concentrates as treatment for a scapular fracture and brachial plexus nerve injury produced by a gunshot in a horse

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    C López

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Las heridas de bala han sido escasamente descritas en caballos. Los disparos a corta distancia suelen producir daños en tejidos blandos y fracturas conminutas. Un caso de una fractura conminuta del cuello de la escápula con lesión aguda del plexo braquial producida por una bala de 9 mm en un semental de seis años de edad es descrito. El paciente fue tratado con éxito mediante la combinación de desbridamiento quirúrgico de la región afectada e inyección local de varias dosis de concentrados autólogos de plaquetas (APC y fisioterapia. A pesar de la fractura de la escápula y del daño en los nervios periféricos que toman al menos 18-24 meses para una recuperación completa, este paciente se recuperó satisfactoriamente en nueve meses. Estos resultados sugieren que las inyecciones de APC en combinación con fisioterapia pueden proporcionar un beneficio terapéutico en el tratamiento de lesiones agudas de tejidos blandos y fracturas óseas en caballos.Gunshot injuries have been scarcely reported in horses. Close-range gunshots usually produce extensive soft tissue damage and comminute fractures. A case of a comminute fracture of the neck of the scapula with acute injury of the brachial plexus produced by a 9 mm gunshot in a six year-old stallion is described. The patient was successfully treated by combining surgical debridement of the affected region and local injection of several doses of autologous platelet concentrates (APCs and physiotherapy. Although scapular fractures and peripheral nerve damage take at least 18-24 months for full recovery, this patient reached full recuperation of the affected limb in 9 months. These results suggest that injections of APCs in combination with physiotherapy could provide a therapeutic benefit in the treatment of soft tissue acute injuries and bone fractures in horses.

  17. Enhancement of Median Nerve Regeneration by Mesenchymal Stem Cells Engraftment in an Absorbable Conduit: Improvement of Peripheral Nerve Morphology with Enlargement of Somatosensory Cortical Representation.

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    Julia Teixeira Oliveira

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    Full Text Available We studied the morphology and the cortical representation of the median nerve (MN, 10 weeks after a transection immediately followed by treatment with tubulization using a polycaprolactone (PCL conduit with or without bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (MSC transplant. In order to characterize the cutaneous representation of MN inputs in primary somatosensory cortex (S1, electrophysiological cortical mapping of the somatosensory representation of the forepaw and adjacent body parts was performed after acute lesion of all brachial plexus nerves, except for the MN. This was performed in ten adult male Wistar rats randomly assigned in 3 groups: MN Intact (n=4, PCL-Only (n=3 and PCL+MSC (n=3. Ten weeks before mapping procedures in animals from PCL-Only and PCL+MSC groups, animal were subjected to MN transection with removal of a 4-mm-long segment, immediately followed by suturing a PCL conduit to the nerve stumps with (PCL+MSC group or without (PCL-Only group injection of MSC into the conduit. After mapping the representation of the MN in S1, animals had a segment of the regenerated nerve processed for light and transmission electron microscopy. For histomorphometric analysis of the nerve segment, sample size was increased to 5 animals per experimental group. The PCL+MSC group presented a higher number of myelinated fibers and a larger cortical representation of MN inputs in S1 (3,383±390 fibers; 2.3 mm2, respectively than the PCL-Only group (2,226±575 fibers; 1.6 mm2. In conclusion, MSC-based therapy associated with PCL conduits can improve MN regeneration. This treatment seems to rescue the nerve representation in S1, thus minimizing the stabilization of new representations of adjacent body parts in regions previously responsive to the MN.

  18. Cutaneous mechanisms of isometric ankle force control

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    Choi, Julia T; Jensen, Jesper Lundbye; Leukel, Christian; Nielsen, Jens Bo

    2013-01-01

    The sense of force is critical in the control of movement and posture. Multiple factors influence our perception of exerted force, including inputs from cutaneous afferents, muscle afferents and central commands. Here, we studied the influence of cutaneous feedback on the control of ankle force...... output. We used repetitive electrical stimulation of the superficial peroneal (foot dorsum) and medial plantar nerves (foot sole) to disrupt cutaneous afferent input in 8 healthy subjects. We measured the effects of repetitive nerve stimulation on (1) tactile thresholds, (2) performance in an ankle force...

  19. Brachial plexus endoscopic dissection and correlation with open dissection.

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    Lafosse, T; Masmejean, E; Bihel, T; Lafosse, L

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    Shoulder endoscopy is evolving and becoming extra-articular. More and more procedures are taking place in the area of the brachial plexus (BP). We carried out an anatomical study to describe the endoscopic anatomy of the BP and the technique used to dissect and expose the BP endoscopically. Thirteen fresh cadavers were dissected. We first performed an endoscopic dissection of the BP, using classical extra-articular shoulder arthroscopy portals. Through each portal, we dissected as many structures as possible and identified them. We then did an open dissection to corroborate the endoscopic findings and to look for damage to the neighboring structures. In the supraclavicular area, we were able to expose the C5, C6 and C7 roots, and the superior and middle trunks in 11 of 13 specimens through two transtrapezial portals by following the suprascapular nerve. The entire infraclavicular portion of the BP (except the medial cord and its branches) was exposed in 11 of 13 specimens. The approach to the infraclavicular portion of the BP led directly to the lateral and posterior cords, but the axillary artery hid the medial cord. The musculocutaneous nerve was the first nerve encountered when dissecting medially from the anterior aspect of the coracoid process. The axillary nerve was the first nerve encountered when following the anterior border of the subscapularis medially from the posterior aspect of the coracoid process. Knowledge of the endoscopic anatomy of the BP is mandatory to expose and protect this structure while performing advanced arthroscopic shoulder procedures. PMID:26585998

  20. Axillary Nerve Reconstruction: Anterior-Posterior Exposure With Sural Nerve Cable Graft Pull-Through Technique.

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    Baltzer, Heather L; Spinner, Robert J; Bishop, Allen T; Shin, Alexander Y

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    Deltoid paralysis after axillary nerve injury results in limitations in shoulder function and stability. In the setting of an isolated axillary nerve injury with no clinical or electromyographic evidence of recovery that is within 6 to 9 months postinjury, the authors' preferred technique to reinnervate the deltoid is to reconstruct the axillary nerve with sural nerve grafting. Intraoperative neuromuscular electrophysiology is critical to determine the continuity of the axillary nerve before proceeding with reconstruction. The majority of the time, both an anterior and posterior incision and dissection of the axillary nerve is required to adequately delineate the zone of injury. This also ensures that both proximally and distally, uninjured axillary nerve is present before graft inset and also facilitates the ability to perform a meticulous microsurgical inset of the nerve graft posteriorly. The nerve graft must be pulled through from posterior to anterior to span the zone of injury and reconstruct the axillary nerve. Careful infraclavicular brachial plexus dissection is necessary to prevent further injury to components of the brachial plexus in the setting of a scarred bed. Patients will require postoperative therapy to prevent limitations in shoulder range of motion secondary to postoperative stiffness. This paper presents a detailed surgical technique for axillary nerve reconstruction by an anterior-posterior approach with a pull-through technique of a sural nerve cable graft. PMID:26524659

  1. Neuromuscular hamartoma arising in the brachial plexus

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    We report a case brachial plexus neuromuscular hamartoma (choristoma) in a 28-year-old man who complained of numbness of the left hand and forearm for several years. MRI revealed a circumscribed, rounded mass in the left brachial plexus. The patient is well 2 years after surgery, with no neurological deficit. (orig.)

  2. Radiation-induced malignant and atypical peripheral nerve sheath tumors

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    The reported peripheral nerve complications of therapeutic irradiation in humans include brachial and lumbar plexus fibrosis and cranial and peripheral nerve atrophy. We have encountered 9 patients with malignant (7) and atypical (2) peripheral nerve tumors occurring in an irradiated site suggesting that such tumors represent another delayed effect of radiation treatment on peripheral nerve. In all instances the radio-theray was within an acceptable radiation dosage, yet 3 patients developed local radiation-induced skin and bony abnormalities. The malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors developed only in the radiation port. Animal studies support the clinical observation that malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors can occur as a delayed effect of irradiation

  3. Proactive error analysis of ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block performance.

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    Detailed description of the tasks anesthetists undertake during the performance of a complex procedure, such as ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blockade, allows elements that are vulnerable to human error to be identified. We have applied 3 task analysis tools to one such procedure, namely, ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus blockade, with the intention that the results may form a basis to enhance training and performance of the procedure.

  4. Comparison of peripheral nerve stimulator versus ultrasonography guided axillary block using multiple injection technique

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    Alok Kumar1 ,; Sharma, D. K.; E Sibi; Barun Datta; Biraj Gogoi

    2014-01-01

    Background: The established methods of nerve location were based on either proper motor response on nerve stimulation (NS) or ultrasound guidance. In this prospective, randomised, observer-blinded study, we compared ultrasound guidance with NS for axillary brachial plexus block using 0.5% bupivacaine with the multiple injection techniques. Methods : A total of 120 patients receiving axillary brachial plexus block with 0.5% bupivacaine, using a multiple injection technique, were randomly alloc...

  5. Surgical outcomes of the brachial plexus lesions caused by gunshot wounds in adults

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    Duz Bulent

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The management of brachial plexus injuries due to gunshot wounds is a surgical challenge. Better surgical strategies based on clinical and electrophysiological patterns are needed. The aim of this study is to clarify the factors which may influence the surgical technique and outcome of the brachial plexus lesions caused by gunshot injuries. Methods Two hundred and sixty five patients who had brachial plexus lesions caused by gunshot injuries were included in this study. All of them were male with a mean age of 22 years. Twenty-three patients were improved with conservative treatment while the others underwent surgical treatment. The patients were classified and managed according to the locations, clinical and electrophysiological findings, and coexisting lesions. Results The wounding agent was shrapnel in 106 patients and bullet in 159 patients. Surgical procedures were performed from 6 weeks to 10 months after the injury. The majority of the lesions were repaired within 4 months were improved successfully. Good results were obtained in upper trunk and lateral cord lesions. The outcome was satisfactory if the nerve was intact and only compressed by fibrosis or the nerve was in-contunuity with neuroma or fibrosis. Conclusion Appropriate surgical techniques help the recovery from the lesions, especially in patients with complete functional loss. Intraoperative nerve status and the type of surgery significantly affect the final clinical outcome of the patients.

  6. Non-Stimulation Needle with External Indwelling Cannula for Brachial Plexus Block and Pain Management in 62 Patients Undergoing Upper-Limb Surgery

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    Bin Yu, Xiaoqing Zhang, Peili Sun, Shuqi Xie, Qiying Pang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To investigate the feasibility of a non-stimulation needle with an external indwelling cannula for upper-limb surgery and acute postoperative pain management. Methods: 62 patients undergoing either scheduled or emergency upper-limb surgery received brachial plexus block of modified interscalene or axillary brachial and then postoperative patient-controlled analgesia (PCA with local analgesics using a specially designed non-stimulation needle with an external indwelling cannula. The outcome measurements included anesthetic effect, acute or chronic complications, postoperative analgesic effect and patient's satisfaction. Results: The success rate of anesthesia was 96.8%. The single attempt placement with the external indwelling cannula was achieved in 85.2% of patients with axillary brachial plexus block and 78.8% with modified interscalene brachial plexus block. The incidence of severe intoxication was 3.7% with axillary brachial plexus block and 3.0% with modified interscalene brachial plexus block. No hematoma at the injection site, Horner's syndrome, hoarseness or dyspnea was observed. Postoperative analgesic effect was achieved in 100% and activities were slightly lowered in 91.7%. The incidence of nausea and vomit was 8.3%; patient's satisfaction was 9.1 on a 10-point scale system. Infection, nerve injury and respiratory depression were absent during the catheter indwelling. The indwelling time of external indwelling cannula was 30.5 h on average. There was no nerve injury related complication after withdrawing the external indwelling catheter. Conclusions: Brachial plexus block using a non-stimulation needle with an external indwelling cannula has favorable intra-operative anesthetic benefit and provides an excellent postoperative analgesic outcome. The low incidence of complications and favorable patient's satisfaction suggest that non-stimulation needle with an external indwelling cannula is a useful and safe anesthetic tool in brachial nerve block and acute postoperative pain management.

  7. Cutaneous sarcoidosis

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    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Two cases of sarcoidosis with cutaneous lesions as presenting complaints are reported. Clinicians should have a high index of suspicion for sarcoidosis since it mimics other granulomatous skin conditions.

  8. Coexistent Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor and Lateral Spinal Meningoceles

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    Bhoir, Lata; Nichat, Pramod; Chug, Ashish; Verma, Harish

    2012-01-01

    Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST) is a malignant spindle cell tumor of the soft tissue thought to be derived from the components of nerve sheath. MPNSTs are mainly located in the buttocks, thighs, brachial plexus, and paraspinal region. The objective of this article is to describe a case of neurofibromatosis type 1 who developed neurofibrosarcoma of the right lateral thoracic nerve with thoracic meningoceles, a rare coincidental finding which has not yet been reported in the Eng...

  9. Bloqueio do nervo frênico após realização de bloqueio do plexo braquial pela via interescalênica: relato de caso A bloqueo del nervio frénico después de la realización de bloqueo del plexo braquial por la vía interescalénica: relato de caso Phrenic nerve block after interscalene brachial plexus block: case report

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    Luis Henrique Cangiani

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Bloqueio do nervo frênico é um evento adverso do bloqueio do plexo braquial; entretanto, na sua maioria, sem repercussões clínicas importantes. O objetivo deste relato foi apresentar um caso em que ocorreu bloqueio do nervo frênico, com comprometimento ventilatório, em paciente com insuficiência renal crônica submetido a instalação de fístula arteriovenosa extensa, sob bloqueio do plexo braquial pela via perivascular interescalênica. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo masculino, 50 anos, tabagista, portador de insuficiência renal crônica em regime de hemodiálise, hipertensão arterial, hepatite C, diabetes mellitus, doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica, a ser submetido à instalação de fístula arteriovenosa extensa no membro superior direito sob bloqueio de plexo braquial pela via interescalênica. O plexo braquial foi localizado com utilização do estimulador de nervo periférico. Foram injetados 35 mL de uma solução de anestésico local, constituída de uma mistura de lidocaína a 2% com epinefrina a 1:200.000 e ropivacaína a 0,75% em partes iguais. Ao final da injeção o paciente apresentava-se lúcido, porém com dispnéia e predomínio de incursão respiratória intercostal ipsilateral ao bloqueio. Não havia murmúrio vesicular na base do hemitórax direito. A SpO2 manteve-se em 95%, com cateter nasal de oxigênio. Não foi necessária instalação de métodos de auxílio ventilatório invasivo. Radiografia do tórax revelou que o hemidiafragma direito ocupava o 5° espaço intercostal. O quadro clínico foi revertido em três horas. CONCLUSÕES: O caso mostrou que houve paralisia total do nervo frênico com sintomas respiratórios. Apesar de não ter sido necessária terapêutica invasiva para o tratamento, fica o alerta para a restrição da indicação da técnica nesses casos.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El bloqueo del nervio frénico es un evento adverso del bloqueo del plexo braquial, sin embargo, en su mayoría, sin repercusiones clínicas importantes. El objetivo de este relato fue presentar un caso en que ocurrió bloqueo del nervio frénico, con comprometimiento ventilatorio en paciente con insuficiencia renal crónica, sometido a la instalación de fístula arterio-venosa extensa, bajo bloqueo del plexo braquial por la vía perivascular interescalénica. RELATO DEL CASO: Paciente del sexo masculino, 50 años, tabaquista, portador de insuficiencia renal crónica en régimen de hemodiálisis, hipertensión arterial, hepatitis C, diabetes melito, enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica, sometido a la instalación de fístula arterio-venosa extensa en el miembro superior derecho bajo bloqueo de plexo braquial por la vía interescalénica. El plexo braquial fue localizado con la utilización del estimulador de nervio periférico. Se inyectaron 35 mL de una solución de anestésico local constituida de una mezcla de lidocaína a 2% con epinefrina a 1:200.000 y ropivacaína a 0,75% en partes iguales. Al final de la inyección el paciente estaba lúcido, pero sin embargo con disnea y predominio de incursión respiratoria intercostal ipsilateral al bloqueo. No había murmullo vesicular en la base del hemitórax derecho. La SpO2 se mantuvo en un 95%, con catéter nasal de oxígeno. No fue necesaria la instalación de métodos de auxilio ventilatorio invasivo. La radiografía del tórax reveló que el hemidiafragma derecho ocupaba el 5° espacio intercostal. El cuadro clínico se revirtió en tres horas. CONCLUSIONES: El caso mostró que hubo parálisis total del nervio frénico con síntomas respiratorios. A pesar de no haber sido necesaria la terapéutica invasiva para el tratamiento, queda el aviso aquí para la restricción de la indicación de la técnica en esos casos.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Phrenic nerve block is a common adverse event of brachial plexus block. However, in most cases it does not have any important clinical repercussion. The objective of this work was to report a case with phrenic nerve block with respiratory repercus

  10. Cutaneous sarcoidosis.

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    Ghorpade A; Ramanan C

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    Sarcoidosis is a multi-organ granulomatous disorder of unknown cause. Skin sarcoidosis occurs in about 25% of patients with systemic disease and may also arise in isolation. A wide range of clinical presentations of cutaneous sarcoidosis is recognised. The diagnosis rests on the presence of non-caseating granulomas on skin biopsy and the exclusion of other granulomatous skin disease. The treatment and overall prognosis of cutaneous sarcoidosis is primarily dependent on the degree of systemic ...

  11. Qualitative Dermatoglyphic Traits in Brachial Plexus Palsy

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    POLOVINA, Svetislav; Mili?i?, Jasna; Cvjeti?anin, Miljenko; POLOVINA PROLOŠ?I?, Tajana

    2007-01-01

    It has been considered for many years that the cause of perinatal brachial plexus palsy (PBPP) is excessive lateral traction applied to the fetal head at delivery, in association with anterior shoulder dystocia, but this do not explain all cases of brachial plexus palsy. The incidence found in several family members could be suggestive for inheritance with variable expression. The aim of this study was to prove early found confirmations of genetic predisposition for PBPP. In the p...

  12. Acute brachial neuritis following influenza vaccination

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    Shaikh, Maliha Farhana; Baqai, Tanya Jane; Tahir, Hasan

    2012-01-01

    Brachial neuritis following vaccination is an uncommon but clinically important presentation of severe shoulder and arm pain associated with globally reduced range of movement. It may be confused with the more common diagnoses of rotator cuff pathology, adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder), shoulder arthritis or cervical spondylosis. We present a case of acute brachial neuritis, which posed a clinical diagnostic challenge to emergency, acute medical and rheumatology clinicians.

  13. Neonatal brachial plexus palsy: a permanent challenge

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    Carlos Otto Heise

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Neonatal brachial plexus palsy (NBPP has an incidence of 1.5 cases per 1000 live births and it has not declined despite recent advances in obstetrics. Most patients will recover spontaneously, but some will remain severely handicapped. Rehabilitation is important in most cases and brachial plexus surgery can improve the functional outcome of selected patients. This review highlights the current management of infants with NBPP, including conservative and operative approaches.

  14. Comunicación Masiva del Ramo Superficial del Nervio Radial con el Nervio Cutáneo Antebraquial Lateral, Implicancias Anatomo-Clínicas: Reporte de un Caso / Massive Communication Between the Superficial Branch of Radial Nerve and Lateral Cutaneous Nerve of the Forearm, Anatomical and Clinical Implications: A Case Report

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    Martín, Inzunza A; Guillermo, Salgado A; Andrea, González S; Juan Carlos, De la Cuadra F; Oscar, Inzunza H.

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available La distribución de los ramos nerviosos sensitivos en el borde lateral y en el dorso de la mano han sido descritos con mayor exactitud en las últimas décadas, debido al avance de las técnicas de electrodiagnóstico que ofrecen un alto rendimiento, las cuales han permitido detectar que alrededor del 40 [...] % de la población examinada presenta algún grado de variación anatómica en el territorio de distribución de los nervios involucrados. En este caso presentamos una variación anatómica bilateral extremadamente rara, que involucra al ramo superficial del nervio radial (NRS) y al nervio cutáneo antebraquial lateral (CABL); donde NRS se conecta de forma íntegra con el ramo medial de CABL, formándose así un tronco común (TC) que se distribuye por la región dorsal de la mano. Por su parte, el ramo lateral de CABL se distribuye por el borde lateral de la mano, ocupando el territorio cutáneo de NRS; situación que aparece descrita en la literatura especializada sólo una vez. El hallazgo de estas variaciones anatómicas en los cadáveres disecados con fines docentes en nuestro Departamento de Anatomía, tienen un valor formativo indiscutible para nuestros alumnos de pregrado y especialmente para los de postgrado, quienes pueden comprobar de primera mano la enorme variabilidad del ser humano, valorando las implicancias en la clínica diaria de este conocimiento anatómico. Abstract in english The distribution of the sensory nerve branches in the lateral and the back of the hand have been described more accurately in the past decades due to advancement of high performance electro-diagnostic variation techniques, which indicate that approximately 40% of the population examined have some de [...] gree of anatomical variation in the distribution area of the nerves involved. In this case we present an extremely rare, bilaterally detected variation, involving the superficial branch of the radial nerve (SBRN) and lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve of the forearm (LABCN), where the SBRN is connected integrally with the medial branch of LABCN, forming a common trunk (CT) distributed by the dorsal region of the hand. Furthermore, the lateral branch of the LABCN is distributed in the lateral border of the hand, occupying the area of the skin of the SBRN, an event that is described only once in the literature. The discovery of these anatomical variations in dissected cadavers for teaching purposes, in the Department of Anatomy, have an undeniable educational value for our undergraduate students and especially for the graduate who can observe the enormous variability of human beings first hand, and value implications of this anatomical knowledge in daily clinic.

  15. Radiation-induced brachial plexus neuropathy in breast cancer patients

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    The incidence and latency period of radiation-induced brachial plexopathy (RBP) were assessed in 79 breast cancer patients by a neurological follow-up examination at least 60 months (range 67-130 months) after the primary treatment. All patients were treated primarily with simple mastectomy, axillary nodal sampling and radiotherapy (RT). Postoperatively, pre- and postmenopausal patients were randomly allocated chemotherapy for antiestrogen treatment. All patients were recurrence-free at time of examination. Clinically, 35% (25-47%) of the patients had RBP; 19% (11-29%) had definite RBP, i.e. were physically disabled, and 16% (9-26%) had probable RBP. Fifty percent (31-69%) had affection of the entire plexus, 18% (7-35%) of the upper trunk only, and 4% (1-18%) of the lower trunk. In 28% (14-48%) of cases assessment of a definite level was not possible. RBP was more common after radiotherapy and chemotherapy (42%) than after radiotherapy alone (26%) but the difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.10). The incidence of definite RBP was significantly higher in the younger age group (p = 0.02). This could be due to more extensive axillary surgery but also to the fact that chemotherapy was given to most premenopausal patients. In most patients with RBP the symptoms began during or immediately after radiotherapy, and were thus without significant latency. Chemotherapy might enhance the radiation-induced effect on nerve tissue, thus diminishing the latency period. Lymphedema was present in 22% (14-32%), especially in the older patients, and not associated with the development of RBP. In conclusion, the damaging effect of RT on peripheral nerve tissue was documented. Since no successful treatment is available, restricted use of RT to the brachial plexus is warranted, especially when administered concomitantly with cytotoxic therapy. (orig.)

  16. A rare form of Guillain-Barré syndrome: pharyngeal-cervical-brachial variant.

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    Hergüner, M Ozlem; Tepe, Tugay; Altunba?ak, Sakir; Baytok, Vildan

    2008-01-01

    Guillain-Barré syndrome is clinically characterized by acute onset of generalized, symmetrical, and ascending muscle weakness and areflexia from peripheral nerve involvement. In Guillain-Barré syndrome variants, however, some patients have unusual distribution of muscle involvement. Pharyngeal-cervical-brachial variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome is characterized by oropharyngeal, neck, and upper limb muscle involvement. Although Guillain-Barré syndrome is one of several post-infectious diseases that cause limb muscle weakness, the incidence of pharyngeal-cervical-brachial variant is relatively low. Here we report the case of a 16-month-old boy who developed a rare form of Guillain-Barré syndrome, the pharyngeal-cervical-brachial variant of the disease. We concluded that taking all the other etiologic reasons into consideration, pharyngeal-cervical-brachial variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome should be remembered in patients with symptoms of bulbar and upper extremity weakness not only for early diagnosis but also to plan the treatment early and follow up the potential complications. PMID:18365602

  17. Cutaneous protothecosis.

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    Hillesheim, Paul B; Bahrami, Soon

    2011-07-01

    Prototheca species are an achlorophyllic algae that cause infections primarily in immunocompromised individuals. At least one-half of infectious cases are cutaneous. Because protothecosis is seldom suspected clinically, patients may be subjected to various treatment modalities for extended periods without satisfactory results. Cutaneous protothecosis shares similar clinical and pathologic findings with deep tissue fungal mycoses. The typical presentation occurs most commonly on the face and extremities as erythematous plaques, nodules, or superficial ulcers. Prototheca spp are spherical, unicellular, nonbudding organisms that are sometimes noted on routine hematoxylin-eosin staining but are best visualized with periodic acid-Schiff and Gomori methenamine-silver histochemical stains. Although protothecosis can be diagnosed on biopsy, culture of the organism on a medium such as Sabouraud dextrose agar is required for definitive diagnosis. Treatment may require a combination of surgical excision and antifungal agents. Therefore, cutaneous protothecosis should be considered in a lesion that appears suspicious for the more-common fungal infections. PMID:21732787

  18. Cutaneous zygomycosis.

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    Bonifaz, Alexandro; Vázquez-González, Denisse; Tirado-Sánchez, Andrés; Ponce-Olivera, Rosa María

    2012-01-01

    Cutaneous zygomycosis is a fungal infection caused by zygomycetes that affects the skin. It occurs in uncontrolled diabetic patients and immunosuppressed individuals. It has 2 clinical forms: primary cutaneous zygomycosis and secondary cutaneous zygomycosis. The first is characterized by necrotic lesions and the fungus is usually inoculated by trauma. If diagnosed early, it generally has a good prognosis. Secondary zygomycosis is usually a complication and extension of the rhinocerebral variety that starts as a palpebral fistula and progresses to a necrotic lesion with a poor prognosis. The diagnosis is made by identification of the fungus by direct KOH examination, culture, and biopsy. Treatment for the primary disease is surgical debridement plus amphotericin B. The secondary type is treated with amphotericin B and/or posaconazole. PMID:22682190

  19. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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    Mehmet Harman

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    Full Text Available Leishmaniasis is used to describe a spectrum of diseases caused by the parasitic protozoa leishmania spp. and transmitted by infected female sandflies. There are three main forms of the disease; cutaneous, mucocutaneous, and visceral. According to the World Health Organization, almost 12 million people from 98 countries worldwide are currently infected with leishmaniasis, while 350 million people are at risk. It was reported that 2 million new cases are diagnosed every year, with three-fourth are cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL cases. The scientific and medical communities have learnt a lot about CL during the 20th and early 21st centuries. However, the management and control of the disease remains a difficult task. This article was focused on the most common form of the disease, cutaneous leishmaniasis, and especially its epidemiological aspects and treatment.

  20. Bloqueio do nervo frênico após realização de bloqueio do plexo braquial pela via interescalênica: relato de caso / Phrenic nerve block after interscalene brachial plexus block: case report / A bloqueo del nervio frénico después de la realización de bloqueo del plexo braquial por la vía interescalénica: relato de caso

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    Luis Henrique, Cangiani; Luis Augusto Edwards, Rezende; Armando, Giancoli Neto.

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Bloqueio do nervo frênico é um evento adverso do bloqueio do plexo braquial; entretanto, na sua maioria, sem repercussões clínicas importantes. O objetivo deste relato foi apresentar um caso em que ocorreu bloqueio do nervo frênico, com comprometimento ventilatório, em pac [...] iente com insuficiência renal crônica submetido a instalação de fístula arteriovenosa extensa, sob bloqueio do plexo braquial pela via perivascular interescalênica. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo masculino, 50 anos, tabagista, portador de insuficiência renal crônica em regime de hemodiálise, hipertensão arterial, hepatite C, diabetes mellitus, doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica, a ser submetido à instalação de fístula arteriovenosa extensa no membro superior direito sob bloqueio de plexo braquial pela via interescalênica. O plexo braquial foi localizado com utilização do estimulador de nervo periférico. Foram injetados 35 mL de uma solução de anestésico local, constituída de uma mistura de lidocaína a 2% com epinefrina a 1:200.000 e ropivacaína a 0,75% em partes iguais. Ao final da injeção o paciente apresentava-se lúcido, porém com dispnéia e predomínio de incursão respiratória intercostal ipsilateral ao bloqueio. Não havia murmúrio vesicular na base do hemitórax direito. A SpO2 manteve-se em 95%, com cateter nasal de oxigênio. Não foi necessária instalação de métodos de auxílio ventilatório invasivo. Radiografia do tórax revelou que o hemidiafragma direito ocupava o 5° espaço intercostal. O quadro clínico foi revertido em três horas. CONCLUSÕES: O caso mostrou que houve paralisia total do nervo frênico com sintomas respiratórios. Apesar de não ter sido necessária terapêutica invasiva para o tratamento, fica o alerta para a restrição da indicação da técnica nesses casos. Abstract in spanish JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El bloqueo del nervio frénico es un evento adverso del bloqueo del plexo braquial, sin embargo, en su mayoría, sin repercusiones clínicas importantes. El objetivo de este relato fue presentar un caso en que ocurrió bloqueo del nervio frénico, con comprometimiento ventilato [...] rio en paciente con insuficiencia renal crónica, sometido a la instalación de fístula arterio-venosa extensa, bajo bloqueo del plexo braquial por la vía perivascular interescalénica. RELATO DEL CASO: Paciente del sexo masculino, 50 años, tabaquista, portador de insuficiencia renal crónica en régimen de hemodiálisis, hipertensión arterial, hepatitis C, diabetes melito, enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica, sometido a la instalación de fístula arterio-venosa extensa en el miembro superior derecho bajo bloqueo de plexo braquial por la vía interescalénica. El plexo braquial fue localizado con la utilización del estimulador de nervio periférico. Se inyectaron 35 mL de una solución de anestésico local constituida de una mezcla de lidocaína a 2% con epinefrina a 1:200.000 y ropivacaína a 0,75% en partes iguales. Al final de la inyección el paciente estaba lúcido, pero sin embargo con disnea y predominio de incursión respiratoria intercostal ipsilateral al bloqueo. No había murmullo vesicular en la base del hemitórax derecho. La SpO2 se mantuvo en un 95%, con catéter nasal de oxígeno. No fue necesaria la instalación de métodos de auxilio ventilatorio invasivo. La radiografía del tórax reveló que el hemidiafragma derecho ocupaba el 5° espacio intercostal. El cuadro clínico se revirtió en tres horas. CONCLUSIONES: El caso mostró que hubo parálisis total del nervio frénico con síntomas respiratorios. A pesar de no haber sido necesaria la terapéutica invasiva para el tratamiento, queda el aviso aquí para la restricción de la indicación de la técnica en esos casos. Abstract in english BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Phrenic nerve block is a common adverse event of brachial plexus block. However, in most cases it does not have any important clinical repercussion. The objective of this work was to report a case

  1. Magnetic resonance neurography-guided nerve blocks for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

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    Fritz, Jan; Chhabra, Avneesh; Wang, Kenneth C; Carrino, John A

    2014-02-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) neurography - guided nerve blocks and injections describe a techniques for selective percutaneous drug delivery, in which limited MR neurography and interventional MR imaging are used jointly to map and target specific pelvic nerves or muscles, navigate needles to the target, visualize the injected drug and detect spread to confounding structures. The procedures described, specifically include nerve blocks of the obturator nerve, lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, pudendal nerve, posterior femoral cutaneous nerve, sciatic nerve, ganglion impar, sacral spinal nerve, and injection into the piriformis muscle. PMID:24210321

  2. Inhibition of motoneurons during the cutaneous silent period in the spinal cord of the turtle

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    Guzulaitis, Robertas; Hounsgaard, Jørn Dybkjær; Alaburda, Aidas

    2012-01-01

    The transient suppression of motor activity in the spinal cord after a cutaneous stimulus is termed the cutaneous silent period (CSP). It is not known if CSP is due to suppression of the premotor network or direct inhibition of motoneurons. This issue was examined by intracellular recordings from motoneurons in the isolated carapace-spinal cord preparation from adult turtles during rhythmic scratch-like reflex. Electrical stimulation of cutaneous nerves induced CSP-like suppression of motor nerv...

  3. Convulsion due to levobupivacaine in axillary brachial plexus block: Case report

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Axillary brachial plexus block is an effective method of anaesthesia for the surgeries performed on the hand, forearm and distal third of the arm. However it has the risk of serious complications such as cardiovascular and central nervous system toxicity. Levobupivacaine is a long acting amide local anaesthetic used for epidural, caudal, spinal, infiltration and peripheral nerve blocks. Levobupivacaine is the S (- isomer of racemic bupivacaine and has a lower risk of cardiovascular, central nervous system toxicity than bupivacaine. However central system toxicity cases due to absorption of the drug into the systemic circulation has been reported. Here, we report a case having no vascular puncture during axillary brachial plexus block performance but developing convulsion due to levobupivacain after the intervention.

  4. Schwannomatosis of the sciatic nerve

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    Yamamoto, Tetsuji; Maruyama, Shigeki; Mizuno, Kosaku [Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kobe University School of Medicine (Japan)

    2001-02-01

    A 52-year-old woman with schwannomatosis in the left sciatic nerve is presented. The patient had no stigmata of neurofibromatosis (NF) type 1 or 2. Cutaneous or spinal schwannomas were not detected. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the sciatic nerve revealed more than 15 tumors along the course of the nerve. Histological examination revealed schwannomas consisting of Antoni A and B areas. Immunohistochemical study showed most cells reacting intensely for S-100 protein. The patient underwent conservative follow-up treatment due to the minimal symptoms. The relationship of the disease with NF-2 and plexiform schwannoma is discussed. (orig.)

  5. Schwannomatosis of the sciatic nerve

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    A 52-year-old woman with schwannomatosis in the left sciatic nerve is presented. The patient had no stigmata of neurofibromatosis (NF) type 1 or 2. Cutaneous or spinal schwannomas were not detected. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the sciatic nerve revealed more than 15 tumors along the course of the nerve. Histological examination revealed schwannomas consisting of Antoni A and B areas. Immunohistochemical study showed most cells reacting intensely for S-100 protein. The patient underwent conservative follow-up treatment due to the minimal symptoms. The relationship of the disease with NF-2 and plexiform schwannoma is discussed. (orig.)

  6. MORPHOLOGY OF ULNAR NERVE IN AXILLA & ARM & ITS VARIATIONS

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    Full Text Available The ulnar nerve arises from the medial cord (C8, T1; medial cord also receives fibres from the ventral ramus of C7. Lesions of the ulnar nerve occur behind the medial epicondyle & in the cubital tunnel. When muscles are affected due to ulnar nerve dysfunction, there is ulnar neuropathy at the shoulder, arm & elbow. The study was done on 50 embalmed human cadavers (25 right & 25 left of both sexes of South Indian adult population obtained from the Department of Anatomy, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore. Variations in the ulnar nerve in its presence, origin, relations, distribution & communications were observed. Ulnar nerve was present in all 50 upper limb specimens (100%. Ulnar nerve originated from the medial cord of the brachial plexus in 49 cases (98%. In 1 case (2%, the ulnar nerve received C7 fibers from lateral cord i.e. the lateral root of the median nerve and then later fused with the median root of the median nerve. In 49 specimens (98% ulnar nerve took origin from the tip of the acromion processes. In 1 case (2% it took origin from distal to the tip of the acromion process. 49 specimens (98% showed the normal course, i.e. medial to axillary & brachial artery. 1 case (2% showed ulnar nerve present anterior to the third part of the axillary artery and brachial artery. In the midarm it passed medially as a normal course, then runs distally through the cubital tunnel. The awareness of these variations along the normal pattern are helpful for the interventional radiologists, orthopaedicians and neurologists in preventing untoward iatrogenic injury to the ulnar nerve during radiological procedures or operating on fractured patients or diagnostic therapy.

  7. Cutaneous melanoma

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    The study of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) for malignant melanoma was initiated by Y. Mishima and his associates. Following basic research of 13 years, this team started the first clinical trial of cutaneous melanoma BNCT using 10B-para-boronophenylalanine (BPA) in 1985. Since then, 32 patients have been treated. We developed the following regimen for BNCT of malignant melanoma: 1) 170 - 250 mg/kg of BPA-fructose complex is administered by drip infusion over 3-hours. 2) The minimum dose for melanoma control by single irradiation is assumed to be 25 Gy-eq. 3) The maximum tolerable dose to the skin by single irradiation is assumed to be 18 Gy-eq. 4) As the therapeutic dose, the maximum tolerable dose to the skin itself is chosen. We report the clinical results of two patients with cutaneous melanoma treated by BNCT. We believe that cutaneous melanoma are suitable for BNCT and that the excellent results will have a great impact on patients in QOL. (author)

  8. COMPARISON BETWEEN INTERSCALENE AND SUPRACLAVICULAR BRACHIAL PLEXUS BLOCK: A CADAVERIC STUDY

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Without mastery of the anatomy, luck rather than skill becomes the primary determinant of successful neural blockade. In this educational study our intent was to compare the level of nerve roots blocked by these two techniques of peripheral nerve block, widely used in clinical anesthesia practice. AIMS: To have a three dimensional view of nerve plexus involvement in inter scalene and supraclavicular techniques of brachial plexus block and compare in between them. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 6 recently deceased cadavers preserved in formalin were used. In both the techniques the classical methods usually pursued in daily clinical practice were followed. Dyes used were methylene blue and tartrazine of same dilution. RESULTS: Careful dissection showed that in all cases of inter scalene approach the dye was more concentrated in upper and middle trunk than in lower trunk of brachial plexus. In contrast in supraclavicular approach dye concentration was more in lower and middle trunk and less in upper trunk. DISCUSSION: After reviewing the anatomy it can be concluded that injection of local anesthetic at the interscalene level tends to produce a block that is most intense at the C5-C7 distribution and injection at supraclavicular level provide more compact anesthesia in C8-T1 distribution. CONCLUSION: Supraclavicular block is preferable for operations on the elbow, forearm, and hand and inter scalene block for shoulder.

  9. Management of brachial plexus injuries in adults: Clinical evaluation and diagnosis

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Brachial plexus injuries are devastating injuries that usually affect the younger population. The usual modes of injuries are roadside accidents, falls, and assaults. The affected individuals are crippled and may suffer from excruciating peripheral or central deafferentation pain for rest of their lives. The loss of functional capacity accounts for a significant number of man-hours lost at the workplace and consequent financial burden on the family. The results of brachial plexus reconstructive surgery have generally been unsatisfactory in the past. However, in recent decades, the efficacy of surgery has been proven beyond doubt, and there have been various published series in literature that have reported a good outcome after surgical management of these injuries. This has been made possible by the use of operating microscopes, better microsuture techniques for nerve graft and nerve or tendon transfer repair, and advanced perioperative electrophysiological techniques. The key to successful management lies in the proper clinical evaluation, supplemented with electrophysiology, preoperative imaging studies, and planning of surgical strategy. The partial injuries have a better outcome as compared with global palsies, and early referral should be emphasized. Selective combinations of nerve graft and transfers provide a moderate shoulder and elbow control. However, a multispecialty approach involving hand surgeons, plastic surgeons, and physiotherapists is required.

  10. Management of brachial plexus injuries in adults: Clinical evaluation and diagnosis.

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    Sinha, Sumit; Pemmaiah, Devi; Midha, Rajiv

    2015-01-01

    Brachial plexus injuries are devastating injuries that usually affect the younger population. The usual modes of injuries are roadside accidents, falls, and assaults. The affected individuals are crippled and may suffer from excruciating peripheral or central deafferentation pain for rest of their lives. The loss of functional capacity accounts for a significant number of man-hours lost at the workplace and consequent financial burden on the family. The results of brachial plexus reconstructive surgery have generally been unsatisfactory in the past. However, in recent decades, the efficacy of surgery has been proven beyond doubt, and there have been various published series in literature that have reported a good outcome after surgical management of these injuries. This has been made possible by the use of operating microscopes, better microsuture techniques for nerve graft and nerve or tendon transfer repair, and advanced perioperative electrophysiological techniques. The key to successful management lies in the proper clinical evaluation, supplemented with electrophysiology, preoperative imaging studies, and planning of surgical strategy. The partial injuries have a better outcome as compared with global palsies, and early referral should be emphasized. Selective combinations of nerve graft and transfers provide a moderate shoulder and elbow control. However, a multispecialty approach involving hand surgeons, plastic surgeons, and physiotherapists is required. PMID:26588627

  11. Progressive Brachial Plexus Palsy after Osteosynthesis of an Inveterate Clavicular Fracture

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    Marco Rosati

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS is a rare complication of clavicular fracture, occurring in 0.5-9% of cases . In the literature from 1965 – 2010, 425 cases of TOS complicating a claviclular fracture were described. However, only 5 were observed ??after a surgical procedure of reduction and fixation. The causes of this complication were due to the presence of an exuberant callus, to technical surgery errors or to vascular lesions. In this paper we describe a case of brachial plexus plasy after osteosynthesis of clavicle fracture. Case Report: A 48 year old female, presented to us with inveterate middle third clavicle fracture of 2 months duration. She was an alcoholic, smoker with an history of opiate abuse and was HCV positive. At two month the fracture was displaced with no signs of union and open rigid fixation with plate was done. The immediate postoperative patient had signs of neurologic injury. Five days after surgery showed paralysis of the ulnar nerve, at 10 days paralysis of the median nerve, radial and ulnar paresthesias in the territory of the C5-C6-C7-C8 roots. She was treated with rest, steroids and neurotrophic drugs. One month after surgery the patient had signs of complete denervation around the brachial plexus. Implant removal was done and in a month ulnar and median nerve functions recovered. At three months post implant removal the neurological picture returned to normal. Conclusion: We can say that TOS can be seen as arising secondary to an “iatrogenic compartment syndrome” justified by the particular anatomy of the space cost joint. The appropriateness of the intervention for removal of fixation devices is demonstrated by the fact that the patient has returned to her daily activities in the absence of symptoms and good functional recovery in about three months, despite fracture nonunion. Keywords: Brachial plexus palsy, clavicle fractures, outlet thoracic syndrome.

  12. Unilateral hypoglossal nerve atrophy as a late complication of radiation therapy of head and neck carcinoma: a report of four cases and a review of the literature on peripheral and cranial nerve damages after radiation therapy

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    The case histories of four patients who developed hemiatrophy of the tongue from 3 to 9 years after a course of curative radiation therapy for carcinomas of the head and neck are presented. These patients were subsequently followed from 11/2 to 6 years without local recurrence of the tumor, distant metastasis, or involvement of other cranial nerves, indicative of only a unilateral hypoglossal nerve atrophy. A review of the literature showed that peripheral and cranial nerve damages after radiation therapy have been reported for the optic nerve, hypoglossal nerve, oculomotor nerve, abducens nerve, recurrent laryngeal nerve, brachial plexus nerves, and peripheral nerves of the extremities. Review of clinical and experimental data indicated that in most cases, the damages were probably caused by extensive connective tissue fibrosis around and infiltrating the nerve trunks. Three possible types of peripheral and cranial nerve damages after radiation therapy are identified. (U.S.)

  13. Variation in the Formation of Sural Nerve –A Case Report

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    Tanvi Mahajan

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Sural nerve is a sensory nerve, which supplies the skin of the posterolateral aspect of the distal third of leg, lateral malleolus, along the lateral side of foot and little toe. The sural nerve’s anatomy is broadly studied in man, because it is one of the most frequently used sensory nerves in transplantation. The aim of the paper is to present a case of variant formation of the sural nerve and review of literature related to this case. Here is an unusual type of formation of sural nerve is reported. In this case, the medial sural cutaneous nerve and lateral sural cutaneous nerve were noticed to continue their course without any formation of a unique nerve trunk on the posterior side of left leg of 50 year old male cadaver. A transverse communicating branch connecting these two nerves was present. As the sural nerve is of significant diagnostic and therapeutic importance, detailed knowledge of the sural nerve’s anatomy and its contributing nerve is also of great importance

  14. Descrição do plexo braquial do cachorro-do-mato (Cerdocyon thous Linnaeus, 1766) / Description of plexus brachial of crab-eating foxes (Cerdocyon thous Linnaeus, 1766)

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    Luane Lopes, Pinheiro; Érika, Branco; Damazio Campos, Souza; Luiza Helena Corrêa, Pereira; Ana Rita, Lima.

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    Full Text Available O Cerdocyon thous é um canídeo que possui ampla distribuição na América do Sul e, salvo aspectos gerais, têm sua morfologia pouco conhecida na literatura, principalmente no que tange ao sistema nervoso. Com o objetivo de elucidar a composição anatômica do plexo braquial, estudaram-se três exemplares [...] machos provenientes de Paragominas-PA, doados após morte por atropelamento ao Laboratório de Pesquisa Morfológica Animal (LaPMA), da Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (UFRA). Os animais foram fixados em solução aquosa de formol 10% para posterior realização da dissecação bilateral da origem do plexo braquial. O plexo braquial do C. thous é derivado dos três últimos nervos espinhais cervicais e do primeiro nervo torácico (C6-T1). Os principais nervos que o compõem, com suas respectivas origens foram: n. supraescapular, n. subscapular e n. musculocutâneo (C6-C7), n. axilar (C7-C8), n. radial (C7-T1 e C7-C8), n. mediano, n. ulnar, n. toracodorsal e n. torácico lateral (C8-T1). Concluímos que o plexo braquial do C. thous assemelha-se ao descrito para os cães domésticos, apresentando pequenas diferenças quanto à composição de alguns nervos. Abstract in english The Cerdocyon thous is a canid that has a wide distribution in South America and, besides some general aspects, its morphology is little known in the literature, especially regarding the nervous system. With the aim of elucidating the anatomical composition of brachial plexus, we studied three male [...] specimens from Paragominas-PA, donated to the Morphological Laboratory of Animal Research (LaPMA), Federal Rural University of Amazonia (UFRA), after death by trampling. The animals were fixed in an aqueous solution of 10% formaldehyde for bilateral dissection of the origin of the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus of C. thous is derived from the last three cervical nerves and the first thoracic nerve (C6-T1). The main nerves that compose it, with their respective origins were the suprascapular nerve, subscapular nerve and musculocutaneous nerve (C6-C7), axillary nerve (C7-C8), radial nerve (C7-T1 and C7-C8), median nerve, ulnar nerve, thoracodorsal and thoracic lateral nerve (C8-T1). We conclude that the brachial plexus of C. thous is similar to that described for the domestic dogs, showing small differences in the composition of some nerves.

  15. Case report. Bee sting brachial block.

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    1992-01-01

    A case of brachial plexus block is presented, following a bee sting in the posterior triangle of the neck. The onset of neurological symptoms was rapid as was their subsequent resolution. Delayed peripheral neurological symptoms believed to have an immunological basis have been reported in response to stings from bees and other Hymenoptera both in the central and peripheral nervous systems (Goldstein et al., 1960; Means et al., 1973; Bachman et al., 1982; Weatherall et al., 1987; Van Antwerpe...

  16. Brachial plexus block using lidocaine/epinephrine or lidocaine/xylazine in fat-tailed sheep

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    Safoura Ghadirian

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This blinded, randomized experimental study was designed to evaluate the analgesic effects of adding epinephrine or xylazine to lidocaine solution for brachial plexus block (BPB in sheep. Nine healthy, fat-tailed female lambs (26.6 ± 1.5 kg were randomly allocated into three groups: lidocaine 2%, 5 mg kg-1 (LID, n = 6, lidocaine (5 mg kg-1 with epinephrine 5 ?g mL-1 (LIDEP, n = 6 or lidocaine (5 mg kg-1 with xylazine 0.05 mg kg-1 (LIDXY, n = 6. Each animal was tested twice. The sheep received a total volume of 0.25 mL kg-1 for BPB. A nerve stimulator was used to locate the nerves of the brachial plexus. Onset and duration of analgesia of the forelimb were evaluated using superficial and deep pin prick and pinching of skin with a hemostat clamp. Heart and respiratory rates, and rectal temperature were recorded before and at predetermined intervals following the completion of the block. Brachial administration of LID, LIDEP or LIDXY produced forelimb analgesia within 11.3, 11.0 and 7.0 minutes, respectively. The mean duration of analgesia was 100.0 min in LID and 133.2 min in LIDEP group. The mean duration of analgesia in LIDXY group (186.8 min was significantly longer compared with LID group. In LIDEP group a significant increase in heart rate occurred 5 min after drug administration. Heart rate decreased from 35 to 80 min in sheep received LIDXY. In conclusion, the addition of xylazine to lidocaine solution for BBP provided a prolonged duration of action without any adverse effects in fat-tailed sheep.

  17. Minimum effective concentration of bupivacaine for axillary brachial plexus block guided by ultrasound

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    Alexandre Takeda

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The use of ultrasound in regional anesthesia allows reducing the dose of local anesthetic used for peripheral nerve block. The present study was performed to determine the minimum effective concentration (MEC90 of bupivacaine for axillary brachial plexus block. METHODS: Patients undergoing hand surgery were recruited. To estimate the MEC90, a sequential up-down biased coin method of allocation was used. The bupivacaine dose was 5 mL for each nerve (radial, ulnar, median, and musculocutaneous. The initial concentration was 0.35%. This concentration was changed by 0.05% depending on the previous block; a blockade failure resulted in increased concentration for the next patient; in case of success, the next patient could receive or reduction (0.1 probability or the same concentration (0.9 probability. Surgical anesthesia was defined as driving force ≤2 according to the modified Bromage scale, lack of thermal sensitivity and response to pinprick. Postoperative analgesia was assessed in the recovery room with numeric pain scale and the amount of drugs used within 4 h after the blockade. RESULTS: MEC90 was 0.241% [R 2: 0.978, confidence interval: 0.20-0.34%]. No patient, with successful block, reported pain after 4 h. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated that ultrasound guided axillary brachial plexus block can be performed with the use of low concentration of local anesthetics, increasing the safety of the procedure. Further studies should be conducted to assess blockade duration at low concentrations.

  18. Sonoanatomy of the median, ulnar and radial nerves

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    There are 5 nerve roots emerging from the brachial plexus. Three of these are readily seen ultrasonographically and can be followed throughout most of their course. The purpose of this article is twofold - to demonstrate the sonoanatomy of the median, ulnar and radial nerves and to provide background material for understanding the pathologic conditions or abnormalities that may be encountered. Only the most common pathways will be described here; the reader is encouraged to consult anatomy texts for the multitude of variations that can occur. Before delving into the anatomy, the normal ultrasonographic (US) appearance of a nerve will be presented. (author)

  19. Dexmedetomidine Added to Ropivacaine Prolongs Axillary Brachial Plexus Block

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    Feroz Ahmad Dar

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: We evaluated the effect of adding dexmedetomidine to ropivacaine for axillary brachial plexus blockade. The primary endpoints were the onset and duration of sensory and motor block and duration of analgesia.Methods: Eighty patients scheduled for elective forearm and hand surgery were divided into 2 equal groups in a randomized, double-blind fashion. The 4 main nerves in the axilla (musculocutaneus, radial, median, ulnar were identi?ed using neural stimulation. Patients were assigned randomly into 2 groups. In group R (n=40, 40ml (200 mg of 0.5% ropivacaine +1ml saline and in group RD (n=40, 40ml (200 mg of 0.5% ropivacaine +1ml dexmedetomidine (50µg were given. Motor and sensory block onset times, block durations, and duration of analgesia were recorded.Results: Demographic data and surgical characteristics were similar in both groups. Sensory and motor block onset times were shorter in group RD than in group R (P<0.05. Sensory and motor blockade durations were longer in group RD than in group R (P<0.001. Duration of analgesia was longer in group RD than in group R (P<0.001. Systolic arterial blood pressure levels in group RD at 10, 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, and 120 minutes were signi?cantly lower than those in group R (P<0.05. Diastolic arterial blood pressure levels in group RD at 60, 90, and 120 minutes were signi?cantly lower than those in group R (P<0.05. Heart rate levels in group RD, except basal measurements, were signi?cantly lower than those in group R (P<0.05. In group RD, bradycardia was observed in 7 patients, although there was no bradycardia in group R (P<0.05.Conclusions: Dexmedetomidine added to ropivacaine for axillary brachial plexus block shortens the onset time and prolongs the duration of the block and the duration of postoperative analgesia. However, dexmedetomidine also may lead to bradycardia. 

  20. The expression of NGFr and PGP 9.5 in leprosy reactional cutaneous lesions: an assessment of the nerve fiber status using immunostaining Expressão de NGFr e PGP 9.5 nas lesões cutâneas reacionais da hanseníase: uma avaliação do status das fibras nervosas utilizando imunomarcação

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    Sérgio Luiz Gomes Antunes

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of reactional episodes on the cutaneous nerve fibers of leprosy patients was assessed in six patients (three with reversal reactions and three with erythema nodosum leprosum. Cryosections of cutaneous biopsy of reactional lesions taken during the episode and of another sample during the remission period were immunostained with anti-NGFr and anti-PGP 9.5 (indirect immunofluorescence. We found no significant statistical difference in the number of NGFr- and PGP 9.5-positive fibers between the reactional and post-reactional groups. A significant difference was detected between the number of NGFr and PGP 9.5-stained fibers inside of the reactional group of biopsy cryosections but this difference was ascribed to the distinct aspects of the nerve fibers displayed whether stained with anti-NGFr or with anti-PGP 9.5; NGFr-positive branches looked larger and so interpreted as containing more fibers. In addition, a substantial number NGFr-positive fibers were PGP 9.5-negative. No differences in the number of stained fibers among the distinct cutaneous regions examined (epidermis + upper dermis, mid and deep dermis was detected. In conclusion, the number of PGP- and NGFr-positive fibers were not significantly different in the reactional and post-reactional biopsies in the present study. NGFr-staining of the nerve fibers is different from their PGP-imunoreactivity and the evaluation of the nerve fiber status on an innervated target organ should be carried out choosing markers for both components of nerve fibers (Schwann cells and axons.O efeito das reações hansenianas sobre a inervação cutânea de pacientes hansenianos foi avaliado em seis pacientes (três com reação reversa e três com eritema nodoso leprosum. Cortes congelados de biópsias de lesões cutâneas reacionais colhidas na ocasião da reação e de biópsias colhidas após a remissão do quadro reacional na mesma região ocupada previamente pela lesão foram marcados pela técnica de imunofluorescência indireta utilizando os anticorpos anti-NGFr e anti-PGP 9.5. Não foi encontrada diferença significativa na quantificação de fibras positivas para NGFr e para PGP 9.5 entre as biópsias colhidas durante a reação e as biópsias colhidas no período de remissão. Entretanto, no grupo de biópsias da reação houve uma significativa diferença entre a quantidade de fibras NGFr-positivas e as fibras imunomarcadas para PGP 9.5. Essa diferença contudo foi atribuída aos diferentes aspectos que a mesma fibra pode assumir quando marcadas com NGFr ou com PGP 9..5 separadamente. O presente estudo também mostrou que a avaliação das condições das fibras nervosas de um órgão deve ser realizada com marcadores para o axônio e para células de Schwann.

  1. Ectopic pregnancy presenting with obturator nerve pain.

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    Ali, H S

    1998-01-01

    A 27 year old woman had a three day history of pain in the cutaneous distribution of the left obturator nerve before she developed the classical picture of ectopic pregnancy with lower abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. A left tubal pregnancy was subsequently confirmed by laparoscopy. Referred pain along the obturator nerve has been reported in other pelvic conditions, but has not previously been reported as a manifestation of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy may present with a very wid...

  2. Unusual Relationship between the Piriform Muscle and Sciatic, Inferior Gluteal and Posterior Femoral Cutaneous Nerves / Relación Inusual entre el Músculo Piriforme y los Nervios Isquiático, Glúteo Inferior y Cutâneo Femoral Posterior

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    A. L, Jacomo; C. A. R, Martinez; S. O, Saleh; M, Andrade; F. E, Akamatsu.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available El síndrome del músculo piriforme se ha reconocido cada vez más como una causa de dolor en los miembros inferiores. Tensión excesiva o variaciones anatómicas del nervio y del músculo piriforme se cree son las causas subyacentes de pinzamiento del nervio isquiático. Se presenta una variación no descr [...] ita anteriormente. Durante una disección de rutina en un cadáver de sexo masculino, se observó una división más alta del nervio isquiático y la presencia de un músculo piriforme accesorio. El nervio isquiático se dividía bajo el músculo piriforme y el nervio fibular común pasaba sobre el músculo piriforme accesorio. Por otra parte, el nervio tibial cruzaba entre los músculos piriforme accesorio y gemelo superior. Además, ambos nervios se comunicaban con un ramo lateral bajo el margen inferior del músculo piriforme accesorio y el nervio glúteo inferior se originaba desde el nervio fibular. Variaciones anatómicas y relaciones entre el músculo piriforme y nervio isquiático pueden estar presentes hasta en el 17% de la población. Seis variaciones diferentes se han descrito en este artículo y ninguna es similar a nuestra descripción. A pesar del completo entendimiento de la fisiopatología del síndrome del músculo piriforme, aún queda por esclarecer y conocer las posibles variaciones anatómicas que pueden ser útiles tanto para su diagnóstico como para el tratamiento adecuado. Abstract in english Piriformis muscle syndrome has been increasingly recognized as a cause of leg pain. Overuse, strain, or anatomical variations of the relationship between the nerve and the piriformis muscle are thought to be the underlying causes of the entrapment of the sciatic nerve. We report a variation not prev [...] iously described which was found during a routine dissection. During routine dissection of the left gluteal region of an adult male cadaver we observed a high division of the sciatic nerve and the presence of an accessory piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve divided beneath the piriformis muscle and the common fibular nerve passed over the accessory piriformis muscle, whereas the tibial nerve reflected anteriorly to pass between the accessory piriformis and the superior gemellus muscle. Additionally, both nerves communicated with a side branch under the inferior border of the accessory piriformis muscle and the inferior gluteal nerve originated from the fibular nerve. Anatomical variations in the relationship between the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve may be present in up to 17% of the population. Six different variations have been described and none of them is similar to our description. Though complete understanding of the physiopathology of the piriformis muscle syndrome remains to be elucidated, knowledge of the possible anatomical variations may be useful for its adequate diagnosis and treatment.

  3. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF ROPIVACAINE V/S ROPIVACAINE WITH MAGNESIUM SULPHATE FOR BRACHIAL PLUXUS BLOCK

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    Nagarjuna Reddy

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : The prime duty of any anesthesiologist is to relive pain in the perioperative period. Today regional anesthesia is well established as equal to general anesthesia in effectiveness and patient acceptability. Regional anesthesia is blocking of peripheral ner ve conduction in a reversible way using local anesthetic agents. For surgeries on upper extremities, particularly in emergency surgeries, regional anesthesia has many advantages over general anesthesia. The brachial plexus is approached at the level of tru nks and the compact arrangement of trunks at the supraclavicular level gives a high success rate with minimum local anesthetic drug volume and a dense and fast onset of the block. To prolong the duration of analgesia various drugs have been studied as adju vants to the local anesthetics. AIM : To compare the efficacy of Ropivacaine and Ropivacaine with Magnesium Sulphate for Brachial Plexus Block by Supraclavicular technique, for upper limb orthopedic surgeries. DESIGN : A Prospective randomized comparative st udy . METHODS : Sixty adult patients of both sexes in the age group of 20 - 60 years belonging to ASA I/II category posted for various types of upper limb surgeries. The patients were randomly allocated into two groups. Supraclavicular brachial plexus block wa s performed. Group – I (Ropivacaine alone – 30 patients received 29ml of 0.75% Ropiva caine with 1ml of normal saline .Group – II (Ropivacaine+Magnesium – 30 patients received 29ml of 0.75% Ropivacaine with Magnesium Sulphate 250mg (1ml of 500mg drug diluted wi th 1ml of distilled water. The following parameters were observed after performing Supraclavicular Brachial Plexus block in both the groups: 1. Time of onset of block (Sensory and Motor 2. Total Duration of Analgesia 3. Total Duration of Motor Blockade 4 . Dermatomes/Nerves blocked 5. Complications if any. RESULTS : There was no significant difference in onset of sensory blockade between Group I ( 4.92±1.51 and Group II ( 4.86±1.58 ,There was no significant difference in onset of motor blockade between Group I (14.82±2.32 and Group II (13.7±2.82 ,When the duration of analgesia is compared, it is significantly longer in Group II ( 855.8 ± 73.66 than Group I ( 676 ± 89.55 , The changes in pulse rate were not significant between the two groups at various times o f recording., The changes in systolic and diastolic blood pressures are similar in both the groups., No complications were recorded during the procedure and also afterwards. CONCLUSION : Based on the present clinical comparative study addition of Magnesium Sulphate to Ropivacaine is a better choice than plain Ropivacaine for Brachial Plexus Block for upper limb surgeries.

  4. Advanced radiological work-up as an adjunct to decision in early reconstructive surgery in brachial plexus injuries

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    Björkman Anders

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background As neurophysiologic tests may not reveal the extent of brachial plexus injury at the early stage, the role of early radiological work-up has become increasingly important. The aim of the study was to evaluate the concordance between the radiological and clinical findings with the intraoperative findings in adult patients with brachial plexus injuries. Methods Seven consecutive male patients (median age 33; range 15-61 with brachial plexus injuries, caused by motor cycle accidents in 5/7 patients, who underwent extensive radiological work-up with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, computed tomography myelography (CT-M or both were included in this retrospective study. A total of 34 spinal nerve roots were evaluated by neuroradiologists at two different occasions. The degree of agreement between the radiological findings of every individual nerve root and the intraoperative findings was estimated by calculation of kappa coefficient (?-value. Using the operative findings as a gold standard, the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV and negative predictive value (NPV of the clinical findings and the radiological findings were estimated. Results The diagnostic accuracy of radiological findings was 88% compared with 65% for the clinical findings. The concordance between the radiological findings and the intraoperative findings was substantial (? = 0.76 compared with only fair (? = 0.34 for the clinical findings. There were two false positive and two false negative radiological findings (sensitivity and PPV of 0.90; specificity and NPV of 0.87. Conclusions The advanced optimized radiological work-up used showed high reliability and substantial agreement with the intraoperative findings in adult patients with brachial plexus injury.

  5. Absence of the musculocutaneous nerve: a rare anatomical variation with possible clinical-surgical implications / Ausência do nervo musculocutâneo: uma rara variação anatômica com possíveis implicações clínico-cirúrgicas

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    José Humberto Tavares Guerreiro, Fregnani; Maria Inez Marcondes, Macéa; Celina Siqueira Barbosa, Pereira; Mirna Duarte, Barros; José Rafael, Macéa.

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    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: O nervo musculocutâneo é um dos ramos terminais do fascículo lateral do plexo braquial, sendo responsável pela inervação da musculatura flexora do cotovelo e pela sensibilidade cutânea da face lateral do antebraço. Sua ausência já foi descrita previamente, mas a sua real prevalência é desc [...] onhecida. RELATO DE CASO: Este é um relato de caso da ausência do nervo musculocutâneo observada durante a dissecção do membro superior direito de um cadáver do sexo masculino, sendo o seu território de inervação suprido pelo nervo mediano. Deste emergiam três ramos, um para o músculo coracobraquial, outro para o músculo bíceps braquial e o terceiro para o músculo braquial. Este último ramo continuava-se como nervo cutâneo lateral do antebraço. Trata-se de variação anatômica que tem implicações clínico-cirúrgicas, já que a lesão do nervo mediano, neste caso, acarretaria inesperada paralisia da musculatura flexora do cotovelo e hipoestesia da face lateral do antebraço. Abstract in english CONTEXT: The musculocutaneous nerve is one of the terminal branches of the lateral fasciculus of the brachial plexus, and is responsible for innervation of the flexor musculature of the elbow and for skin sensitivity on the lateral surface of the forearm. Its absence has been described previously, b [...] ut its real prevalence is unknown. CASE REPORT: A case of absence of the musculocutaneous nerve that was observed during the dissection of the right arm of a male cadaver is described. The area of innervation was supplied by the median nerve. From this, three branches emerged: one to the coracobrachialis muscle, another to the biceps brachii muscle and the third to the brachialis muscle. This last branch continued as a lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve. This is an anatomical variation that has clinical-surgical implications, considering that injury to the median nerve in this case would have caused unexpected paralysis of the flexor musculature of the elbow and hypoesthesia of the lateral surface of the forearm.

  6. Comparison of two approaches of infraclavicular brachial plexus block for orthopaedic surgery below mid-humerus

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    Vikas Trehan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The brachial plexus in infraclavicular region can be blocked by various approaches. Aim of this study was to compare two approaches (coracoid and clavicular regarding success rate, discomfort during performance of block, tourniquet tolerance and complications. The study was randomised, prospective and observer blinded. Sixty adult patients of both sexes of ASA status 1 and 2 requiring orthopaedic surgery below mid-humerus were randomly assigned to receive nerve stimulator guided infraclavicular brachial plexus block either by lateral coracoid approach (group L, n = 30 or medial clavicular approach (group M, n = 30 with 25-30 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine. Sensory block in the distribution of five main nerves distal to elbow, motor block (Grade 1-4, discomfort during performance of block and tourniquet pain were recorded by a blinded observer. Clinical success of block was defined as the block sufficient to perform the surgery without any supplementation. All the five nerves distal to elbow were blocked in 77 and 67% patients in groups L and M respectively. Successful block was observed in 87 and 73% patients in groups L and M, respectively (P > 0.05. More patients had moderate to severe discomfort during performance of block due to positioning of limb in group M (14 vs. 8 in groups M and L. Tourniquet was well tolerated in most patients with successful block in both groups. No serious complication was observed. Both the approaches were equivalent regarding success rate, tourniquet tolerance and safety. Coracoid approach seemed better as positioning of operative limb was less painful, coracoids process was easy to locate and the technique was easy to learn and master.

  7. The spinal nerves that constitute the lumbosacral plexus and their distribution in the chinchilla

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    M. A. Martinez-Pereira

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the spinal nerves that constitute the lumbosacral plexus (plexus lumbosacrales (LSP and its distribution in Chinchilla lanigera were investigated. Ten chinchillas (6 males and 4 females were used in this research. The spinal nerves that constitute the LSP were dissected and the distribution of pelvic limb nerves originating from the plexus was examined. The iliohypogastric nerve arose from L1 and L2,, giving rise to the cranial and caudal nerves, and the ilioinguinal nerve arose from L3. The other branch of L3 gave rise to the genitofemoral nerve and 1 branch from L4 gave rise to the lateral cutaneous femoral nerve. The trunk formed by the union of L4–5 divided into medial (femoral nerve and lateral branches (obturator nerve. It was found that the LSP was formed by all the ventral branches of L4 at L6 and S1 at S3. At the caudal part of the plexus, a thick branch, the ischiadic plexus, was formed by contributions from L5–6 and S1. This root gave rise to the nerve branches which were disseminated to the posterior limb (cranial and caudal gluteal nerves, caudal cutaneous femoral nerve and ischiadic nerve. The ischiadic nerve divided into the caudal cutaneous surae, lateral cutaneous surae, common fibular and tibial nerve. The pudendal nerve arose from S1–2 and the other branch of S2 and S3 formed the rectal caudal nerve. The results showed that the origins and distribution of spinal nerves that constitute the LSP of chinchillas were similar to those of a few rodents and other mammals.

  8. The spinal nerves that constitute the lumbosacral plexus and their distribution in the chinchilla

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    M A, Martinez-Pereira; E M, Rickes.

    Full Text Available In this study, the spinal nerves that constitute the lumbosacral plexus (plexus lumbosacrales) (LSP) and its distribution in Chinchilla lanigera were investigated. Ten chinchillas (6 males and 4 females) were used in this research. The spinal nerves that constitute the LSP were dissected and the dis [...] tribution of pelvic limb nerves originating from the plexus was examined. The iliohypogastric nerve arose from L1 and L2, giving rise to the cranial and caudal nerves, and the ilioinguinal nerve arose from L3. The other branch of L3 gave rise to the genitofemoral nerve and 1 branch from L4 gave rise to the lateral cutaneous femoral nerve. The trunk formed by the union of L4-5 divided into medial (femoral nerve) and lateral branches (obturator nerve). It was found that the LSP was formed by all the ventral branches of L4 at L6 and S1 at S3. At the caudal part of the plexus, a thick branch, the ischiadic plexus, was formed by contributions from L5-6 and S1. This root gave rise to the nerve branches which were disseminated to the posterior limb (cranial and caudal gluteal nerves, caudal cutaneous femoral nerve and ischiadic nerve). The ischiadic nerve divided into the caudal cutaneous surae, lateral cutaneous surae, common fibular and tibial nerve. The pudendal nerve arose from S1-2 and the other branch of S2 and S3 formed the rectal caudal nerve. The results showed that the origins and distribution of spinal nerves that constitute the LSP of chinchillas were similar to those of a few rodents and other mammals.

  9. Kaplan anastomosis of the ulnar nerve: a case report

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    Paraskevas Georgios; Ch Gekas Christos; Tzaveas Alexandros; Spyridakis Ioannis; Stoltidou Alexandra; Ph Tsitsopoulos Parmenion

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Introduction The sensory innervation of the hand is usually unvarying and anomalies in this area are uncommon. Case presentation We report the case of a rare ulnar nerve branch called a Kaplan anastomosis, which anastomosed the dorsal cutaneous branch with the ulnar nerve prior to its bifurcation into the superficial and deep ramus. Conclusion Many authors have reported unusual ulnar nerve branches and knowledge of these anatomical variations is important for the interpretation of pa...

  10. Modified trapezius transfer technique for restoration of shoulder abduction in brachial plexus injury

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    Singh Arun

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims and Objectives: Shoulder stability and restoration are very important in providing greater range of motion to the arm and forearm. When brachial plexus repair does not have the desired outcome and in patients with long standing denervation, the trapezius muscle is frequently used for transfer to restore the shoulder abduction and external rotation. We propose a modified simple technique for trapezius muscle transfer. Materials and Methods: From February 2004 to February 2006, eight patients with posttraumatic brachial plexus injury with insufficient shoulder abduction were treated by trapezius muscle transfer. All patients with brachial plexus palsy were posttraumatic, often resulted from motor cycle accidents. Before operation a full evaluation of muscle function in the affected arm was carried out. All patients were treated with trapezius muscle transfer performed by the modified technique. S-shaped incision from the anterior border of the trapezius just above the clavicle to the Deltoid up to its insertion was made. The accessory nerve and its branches to the trapezius were secured. The trapezius was dissected and detached from its insertion along with the periosteum and sutured to the insertion of the Deltoid muscle. Results: All patients had improved functions and were satisfied with the outcome. The average increase in active abduction of shoulder was from 13.7 degrees (0 to 35 degrees preoperatively to 116 degrees (45 to 180 degrees postoperatively and of shoulder flexion from 24.3 degrees (15 to 30 degrees to 107 degrees (90 to 180 degrees. Conclusion: The modified technique proposed here for trapezius transfer is safe, convenient, simple and reliable for restoration of shoulder abduction and stability with clear subjective benefits.

  11. Terminal nerve: cranial nerve zero

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    Jorge Eduardo Duque Parra

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available It has been stated, in different types of texts, that there are only twelve pairs of cranial nerves. Such texts exclude the existence of another cranial pair, the terminal nerve or even cranial zero. This paper considers the mentioned nerve like a cranial pair, specifying both its connections and its functional role in the migration of liberating neurons of the gonadotropic hormone (Gn RH. In this paper is also stated the hypothesis of the phylogenetic existence of a cerebral sector and a common nerve that integrates the terminal nerve with the olfactory nerves and the vomeronasals nerves which seem to carry out the odors detection function as well as in the food search, pheromone detection and nasal vascular regulation.

  12. Obstetrical brachial plexus injuries: a MRI diagnostic approach

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    Purpose: To demonstrate the utility of Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging in the evaluation of the obstetric injuries of the brachial plexus. Material and methods: 23 patients with semiology of brachial plexus palsy have been evaluated with high field MR. Patients were evaluated with a brain coil in axial, oblique coronal and sagittal planes with T1, T2 and STIR sequences. Results: In four patients (17%) the study was normal. In 19 patients (83%) we got pathological findings (pseudomeningoceles, neuromas, tumour and arachnoid cyst). Conclusion: The MR is a non-invasive method that permits to determinate the site and range of the brachial plexus damage, allowing to plan therapy. (author)

  13. Non-traumatic brachial plexopathies, clinical, radiological and neurophysiological findings from a tertiary centre.

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    Mullins, G M

    2012-02-03

    OBJECTIVE: To establish the clinical characteristics, aetiology, neuro-physiological characteristics, imaging findings and other investigations in a cohort of patients with non-traumatic brachial plexopathy (BP). METHODS: A 3-year retrospective study of patients with non-traumatic BP identified by electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS). Clinical information was retrieved from patients\\' medical charts. RESULTS: Twenty-five patients were identified. Causes of BP included neuralgic amyotrophy (NA) (48%), neoplastic (16%), radiation (8%), post infectious (12%), obstetric (4%), rucksack injury (4%), thoracic outlet syndrome (4%) and iatrogenic (4%). Patients with NA presented acutely in 50%. The onset was subacute in all others. Outcome was better for patients with NA. All patients with neoplastic disease had a previous history of cancer. MRI was abnormal in 3\\/16 patients (18.8%). PET scanning diagnosed metastatic plexopathy in two cases. CONCLUSIONS: NA was the most common cause of BP in our cohort and was associated with a more favourable outcome. The authors note potentially discriminating clinical characteristics in our population that aid in the assessment of patients with brachial plexopathies. We advise NCS and EMG be performed in all patients with suspected plexopathy. Imaging studies are useful in selected patients.

  14. IA-DSA using brachial artery

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    It is proved to be advantageous that (trans-brachial DSA) TB-DSA can perform in the outpatient cases and further more, an excellent image quality can be obtained even in a small amount of contrast medium use. From a review of 113 TB-DSA studies in 108 cases, 38 cases of which are the out-patients, the distinctive feature is summarized as follows. 1) TB-DSA can demonstrate excellently the posterior fossa lesions by the selective vertebral artery injection if a catheter-tip is placed in the subclavian artery. 2) TB-DSA can also produce excellent demonstration of the vascular disease in the kidneys, the pelvic cavity or the lower legs by the abdominal aorta injection if a catheter is advanced to just above the renal arteries through the thoracic aorta. This procedure should not be indicated in the case of dissecting aortic aneurysm and occlusion or severe stenosis of the bilateral subclavian artery. (author)

  15. Inhibition of motoneurons during the cutaneous silent period in the spinal cord of the turtle

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    Guzulaitis, Robertas; Hounsgaard, Jørn Dybkjær; Alaburda, Aidas

    2012-01-01

    motoneurons in the isolated carapace-spinal cord preparation from adult turtles during rhythmic scratch-like reflex. Electrical stimulation of cutaneous nerves induced CSP-like suppression of motor nerve firing during rhythmic network activity. The stimulus that generated the CSP-like suppression of motor...

  16. Cutaneous Collagenous Vasculopathy

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    Ortleb, Melanie; Boyd, Alan S.; Powers, Jennifer

    2015-01-01

    Cutaneous collagenous vasculopathy is a rare microangiopathy of dermal blood vessels. Clinically indistinguishable from generalized essential telangiectasia, this condition is diagnosed by its unique histological appearance. In contrast to other primary telangiectatic processes, cutaneous collagenous vasculopathy has dilated vascular structures that contain deposits of eosinophilic hyaline material within the vessel walls. To date, cutaneous collagenous vasculopathy has been described in a total of 19 cases in the medical literature. The first several cases were described exclusively in middle-aged to elderly men. Though it has now been described in both men and women, cutaneous collagenous vasculopathy is still most often described in middle-aged to older adults. No particular disease or medication has been linked to the development of cutaneous collagenous vasculopathy, and the etiology remains unknown. In this case series, the authors present three additional patients diagnosed with cutaneous collagenous vasculopathy and discuss their clinical and histopathologic features.

  17. Radiological Imaging Findings of a Case with Vertebral Osteoid Osteoma Leading to Brachial Neuralgia

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    Erkan Gokce

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Osteoid osteoma is a small, benign osteoblastic tumor consisting of a highly vascularized nidus of connective tissue surrounded by sclerotic bone. Three-quarters of osteoid osteomas are located in the long bones, and only 7-12% in the vertebral column. The classical clinical presentation of spinal osteoid osteoma is that of painful scoliosis. Other clinical features include nerve root irritation and night pain. Osteoid osteoma has characteristic computed tomography (CT findings. Because magnetic resonance imaging (MRI findings of the osteoid osteomas causing intense perinidal edema can be confusing, these patients should be evaluated with clinical findings and other imaging techniques. In this study, we present X-ray, CT, and MRI findings of a case with osteoid osteoma located in thoracic 1 vertebra left lamina and transverse process junction leading to brachial neuralgia symptoms.

  18. Electroacupuncture attenuates neuropathic pain after brachial plexus injury

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    Zhang, Shenyu; Tang, Hailiang; Zhou, JunMing; Gu, Yudong

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    Electroacupuncture has traditionally been used to treat pain, but its effect on pain following brachial plexus injury is still unknown. In this study, rat models of an avulsion injury to the left brachial plexus root (associated with upper-limb chronic neuropathic pain) were given electroacupuncture stimulation at bilateral Quchi (LI11), Hegu (LI04), Zusanli (ST36) and Yanglingquan (GB34). After electroacupuncture therapy, chronic neuropathic pain in the rats’ upper limbs was significantly at...

  19. Reabilitação na paralisia parcial do plexo braquial / Rehabilitation after partial brachial plexus palsy

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    Kátia Torres, Batista; Hugo José de, Araújo.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Muitas transferências musculares têm sido defendidas para restaurar os movimentos do membro superior após paralisia grave do plexo braquial. A paralisia dos músculos deltoide e supraespinal pode ser tratada por meio de transferência do músculo trapézio. A paralisia dos músculos extensores de punho, [...] mão e dedos, quando o nervo mediano está preservado, pode ser corrigida com emprego dos músculos pronador redondo, flexor ulnar do carpo e palmar longo. Os autores descrevem um caso de reabilitação de paciente portador de lesão parcial antiga do plexo braquial à direita, de predomínio em tronco superior, principalmente da raiz de C6 e de fascículo posterior. Foi evidenciada fraqueza dos músculos deltoide e extensores do punho e dos dedos, sem antecedentes de reparo microcirúrgico do plexo braquial. Foi realizada, inicialmente, cirurgia de transferência tendínea para ganho de extensão de punho, mão e dedos e, após um ano, transferência do músculo trapézio, para estabilização do ombro. O sucesso na transferência para tratamento de paralisia do plexo braquial requereu especialização do cirurgião, motivação do paciente e programa de reabilitação. Abstract in english A variety of muscle transfer techniques have been proposed to restore motion of the upper extremities following severe brachial plexus palsy. Paralysis of the deltoid and supraspinatus muscles can be treated with transfer of the trapezius muscle. Paralysis of the wrist, hand, and digital extensor mu [...] scles can be corrected using the pronator teres, flexor carpi ulnaris, and palmaris longus muscles if the median nerve is preserved. Here we describe the rehabilitation of a patient with an old partial injury to the right brachial plexus that primarily involved the upper trunk from the C6 root to the posterior cord. Weakness of the deltoid muscle, wrist, and digital extensor muscles was observed. Microsurgical repair of the brachial plexus had not been performed. Tendon transfer surgery was performed to improve wrist, hand, and digital extension. One year later, transfer of the trapezius muscle was performed to stabilize the shoulder. The success of muscle transfer in the treatment of the brachial plexus palsy required the surgeon's specialization, the patient's motivation, and a rehabilitation program.

  20. Brachial and lumbar plexuses in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy: MRI assessment including apparent diffusion coefficient

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    Our purpose was to clarify the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging characteristics of the brachial and lumbar plexuses in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) using various kinds of sequences, including diffusion-weighted images (DWI). We evaluated the MR imaging findings for lumbar and/or brachial nerve plexuses in 13 CIDP patients and 11 normal volunteers. The nerve swelling was evaluated in comparison with normal controls by coronal short tau inversion recovery (STIR), and signal abnormalities were evaluated by coronal STIR, T1-weighted images, and DWIs. The degrees of contrast enhancement and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the plexus were also assessed. In the patient group, diffuse enlargement and abnormally high signals were detected in 16 out of 24 plexuses (66.7%) on STIR, a slightly high signal was detected in 12 of 24 plexuses (50%) on T1-weighted images, and a high-intensity signal was detected in 10 of 18 plexuses (55.6%) on DWIs with high ADC values. Contrast enhancement of the plexuses was revealed in 6 of 19 plexuses (31.6%) and was mild in all cases. There were statistically significant differences between the ADC values of patients with either swelling or abnormal signals and those of both normal volunteers and patients without neither swelling nor abnormal signals. There were no relationships between MR imaging and any clinical findings. STIR is sufficient to assist clinicians in diagnosing CIDP. T1-weighted images and DWIs seemed useful for speculating about the pathological changes in swollen plexuses in CIDP patients. (orig.)

  1. Brachial and lumbar plexuses in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy: MRI assessment including apparent diffusion coefficient

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    Adachi, Yuko; Sato, Noriko; Yamashita, Fumio; Kida, Jiro; Takahashi, Tomoyuki [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Radiology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Okamoto, Tomoko [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Neurology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Sasaki, Masayuki; Komaki, Hirofumi [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Child Neurology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Matsuda, Hiroshi [Saitama Medial University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Iruma-gun, Saitama (Japan)

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    Our purpose was to clarify the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging characteristics of the brachial and lumbar plexuses in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) using various kinds of sequences, including diffusion-weighted images (DWI). We evaluated the MR imaging findings for lumbar and/or brachial nerve plexuses in 13 CIDP patients and 11 normal volunteers. The nerve swelling was evaluated in comparison with normal controls by coronal short tau inversion recovery (STIR), and signal abnormalities were evaluated by coronal STIR, T1-weighted images, and DWIs. The degrees of contrast enhancement and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the plexus were also assessed. In the patient group, diffuse enlargement and abnormally high signals were detected in 16 out of 24 plexuses (66.7%) on STIR, a slightly high signal was detected in 12 of 24 plexuses (50%) on T1-weighted images, and a high-intensity signal was detected in 10 of 18 plexuses (55.6%) on DWIs with high ADC values. Contrast enhancement of the plexuses was revealed in 6 of 19 plexuses (31.6%) and was mild in all cases. There were statistically significant differences between the ADC values of patients with either swelling or abnormal signals and those of both normal volunteers and patients without neither swelling nor abnormal signals. There were no relationships between MR imaging and any clinical findings. STIR is sufficient to assist clinicians in diagnosing CIDP. T1-weighted images and DWIs seemed useful for speculating about the pathological changes in swollen plexuses in CIDP patients. (orig.)

  2. Subtraction of unidirectionally encoded images for suppression of heavily isotropic objects (SUSHI) for selective visualization of peripheral nerves

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    The aim of this study was to introduce and assess a new magnetic resonance (MR) technique for selective peripheral nerve imaging, called ''subtraction of unidirectionally encoded images for suppression of heavily isotropic objects'' (SUSHI). Six volunteers underwent diffusion-weighted MR neurography (DW-MRN) of the brachial plexus, and seven volunteers underwent DW-MRN of the sciatic, common peroneal, and tibial nerves at the level of the knee, at 1.5 T. DW-MRN images with SUSHI (DW-MRNSUSHI) and conventional DW-MRN images (DW-MRNAP) were displayed using a coronal maximum intensity projection and evaluated by two independent observers regarding signal suppression of lymph nodes, bone marrow, veins, and articular fluids and regarding signal intensity of nerves and ganglia, using five-point grading scales. Scores of DW-MRNSUSHI were compared to those of DW-MRNAP using Wilcoxon tests. Suppression of lymph nodes around the brachial plexus and suppression of articular fluids at the level of the knee at DW-MRNSUSHI was significantly better than that at DW-MRNAP (P SUSHI was significantly lower than that at DW-MRNAP (P SUSHI was judged as significantly better than that at DW-MRNAP (P < 0.05). The SUSHI technique allows more selective visualization of the sciatic, common peroneal, and tibial nerves at the level of the knee but is less useful for brachial plexus imaging because signal intensity of the brachial plexus nerves and ganglia can considerably be decreased. (orig.)

  3. Subtraction of unidirectionally encoded images for suppression of heavily isotropic objects (SUSHI) for selective visualization of peripheral nerves

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    Takahara, Taro; Kwee, Thomas C.; Hendrikse, Jeroen; Niwa, Tetsu; Mali, Willem P.T.M.; Luijten, Peter R. [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Van Cauteren, Marc [Philips Healthcare, Asia Pacific, Tokyo (Japan); Koh, Dow-Mu [Royal Marsden Hospital, Department of Radiology, Sutton (United Kingdom)

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    The aim of this study was to introduce and assess a new magnetic resonance (MR) technique for selective peripheral nerve imaging, called ''subtraction of unidirectionally encoded images for suppression of heavily isotropic objects'' (SUSHI). Six volunteers underwent diffusion-weighted MR neurography (DW-MRN) of the brachial plexus, and seven volunteers underwent DW-MRN of the sciatic, common peroneal, and tibial nerves at the level of the knee, at 1.5 T. DW-MRN images with SUSHI (DW-MRN{sub SUSHI}) and conventional DW-MRN images (DW-MRN{sub AP}) were displayed using a coronal maximum intensity projection and evaluated by two independent observers regarding signal suppression of lymph nodes, bone marrow, veins, and articular fluids and regarding signal intensity of nerves and ganglia, using five-point grading scales. Scores of DW-MRN{sub SUSHI} were compared to those of DW-MRN{sub AP} using Wilcoxon tests. Suppression of lymph nodes around the brachial plexus and suppression of articular fluids at the level of the knee at DW-MRN{sub SUSHI} was significantly better than that at DW-MRN{sub AP} (P < 0.05). However, overall signal intensity of brachial plexus nerves and ganglia at DW-MRN{sub SUSHI} was significantly lower than that at DW-MRN{sub AP} (P < 0.05). On the other hand, signal intensity of the sciatic, common peroneal, and tibial nerves at the level of the knee at DW-MRN{sub SUSHI} was judged as significantly better than that at DW-MRN{sub AP} (P < 0.05). The SUSHI technique allows more selective visualization of the sciatic, common peroneal, and tibial nerves at the level of the knee but is less useful for brachial plexus imaging because signal intensity of the brachial plexus nerves and ganglia can considerably be decreased. (orig.)

  4. Sarcomas cutâneos primários Primary cutaneous sarcomas

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    Luiz Fernando Fróes Fleury Jr

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Os sarcomas com apresentação cutânea primária são tumores raros e de grande heterogeneidade histológica. Com a evolução da oncologia cutânea e da cirurgia dermatológica, os dermatologistas têm sido cada vez mais requisitados para o diagnóstico e orientação terapêutica de tumores menos freqüentes. Este artigo de revisão analisa os sarcomas cutâneos primários observando suas características clínicas, etiopatogênicas e histológicas, bem como aspectos do tratamento e evolução. Enfatiza os sarcomas de maior relevância para o dermatologista, como angiossarcoma, dermatofibrossarcoma protuberans, fibroxantoma atípico, leiomiossarcoma, lipossarcoma, tumor maligno de bainha de nervo periférico e sarcoma epitelióide. O sarcoma de Kaposi não é abordado devido a suas características individuais específicas.Soft tissue tumors represent a heterogeneous group of mesenchymal and neural lesions. The cutaneous presentation of these tumours is rare. With the evolution of dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology, dermatologists have emerged as specialists for skin cancer management. This article reviews primary cutaneous sarcomas with particular emphasis on the epidemiologic, clinical, and histological features of diagnosis, as well as treatment modalities and prognosis. The most frequent cutaneous sarcomas were reviewed, including angiosarcoma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, atypical fibroxanthoma, leiomyosarcoma, liposarcoma, malignant nerve sheath tumor, and epithelioid sarcoma. Kaposi's sarcoma, due to specific characteristics, was omitted from this review.

  5. TRPV1, but not TRPA1, in primary sensory neurons contributes to cutaneous incision-mediated hypersensitivity

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    Marie E. Barabas; Stucky, Cheryl L

    2013-01-01

    Background Mechanisms underlying postoperative pain remain poorly understood. In rodents, skin-only incisions induce mechanical and heat hypersensitivity similar to levels observed with skin plus deep incisions. Therefore, cutaneous injury might drive the majority of postoperative pain. TRPA1 and TRPV1 channels are known to mediate inflammatory and nerve injury pain, making them key targets for pain therapeutics. These channels are also expressed extensively in cutaneous nerve fibers. Therefo...

  6. Anatomical aspects of the nerves of the leg and foot of the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Linnaeus, 1758

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    Full Text Available Although distal stifle joint nerve distribution has been well established in domestic animals, this approach is scarcely reported in wild animals. Therefore, the aim of this study was to describe the nerves of the leg and foot of Myrmecophaga tridactyla with emphasis on their ramification, distribution, topography and territory of innervation. For this purpose, six adult cadavers fixed and preserved in 10% formalin solution were used. The nerves of the leg and foot of the M. tridactyla were the saphenous nerve (femoral nerve branch, fibular and tibial nerves and lateral sural cutaneous nerve (branches of the sciatic nerve and caudal sural cutaneous nerve (tibial nerve branch. The saphenous nerve branches to the skin, the craniomedial surface of the leg, the medial surface of the tarsal and metatarsal regions and the dorsomedial surface of the digits I and II (100% of cases, III (50% of cases and IV (25% of cases. The lateral sural cutaneous nerve innervates the skin of the craniolateral region of the knee and leg. The fibular nerve innervates the flexor and extensor muscles of the tarsal region of the digits and skin of the craniolateral surface of the leg and dorsolateral surface of the foot. The tibial nerve innervates the extensor muscles of the tarsal joint and flexor, adductor and abductor muscles of the digits and the skin of the plantar surface. The caudal sural cutaneous nerve innervates the skin of the caudal surface of the leg. The nerves responsible for the leg and foot innervation were the same as reported in domestic and wild animals, but with some differences, such as the more distal division of the common fibular nerve, the absence of dorsal metatarsal branches of the deep fibular nerve and a greater involvement of the saphenous nerve in the digital innervation with branches to the digits III and IV, in addition to digits I and II.

  7. Functioning free gracilis transfer to reconstruct elbow flexion and quality of life in global brachial plexus injured patients.

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    Yang, Yi; Yang, Jian-Tao; Fu, Guo; Li, Xiang-Ming; Qin, Ben-Gang; Hou, Yi; Qi, Jian; Li, Ping; Liu, Xiao-Lin; Gu, Li-Qiang

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    In the study, the functional recovery and relative comprehensive quality of life of cases of global brachial plexus treated with free functioning muscle transfers were investigated. Patients who received functioning gracilis muscle transfer between August 1999 and October 2014 to reconstruct elbow flexion, wrist and fingers extension were recruited. The mean age of the patients was 26.36 (range, 16-42) years. The mean period of time from gracilis transfer to the last follow-up was 54.5 months (range, 12-185 months). Muscle power, active range of motion of the elbow flexion, wrist extension, and total active fingers extension were recorded. SDS, SAS and DASH questionnaires were given to estimate patients' quality of life. 35.71% reported good elbow flexion and 50.00% reported excellent elbow flexion. The average ROM of the elbow flexion was 106.5° (range, 0-142°) and was 17.00° (range, 0-72°) for wrist extension. The average DASH score was 51.14 (range, 17.5-90.8). The prevalence of anxiety and depression were 42.86% and 45.24%. Thrombosis and bowstringing were the most common short and long-term complications. Based on these findings, free gracilis transfer using accessory nerve as donor nerve is a satisfactory treatment to reconstruct the elbow flexion and wrist extension in global-brachial-plexus-injured patients. PMID:26935173

  8. Isolated axillary nerve involvement: a case report

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Isolated axillary neuropathy is a rare condition. Trauma to the shoulder, especially dislocation of the shoulder is the most common cause. The other causes of axillary neuropathy are injection to the shoulder, carrying heavy backpacks and acute idiopathic brachial plexus neropathy. Differential diagnosis should be made especially between cervical 5-6 radiculopathy and upper truncus brachial plexopathy. Case: A 32-year-old man admitted with progressive atrophy and weakness of the right shoulder which developed after deep pain. In his neurological examination, abduction weakness and atrophy of the right shoulder was determined. Magnetic resonance imaging findings of cervical spine and right shoulder were normal. Electrophysiologic examination revealed reduced compound muscle action potential amplitude of the right axillary nerve, recorded from deltoid muscle, compared to the left side. On needle EMG, subacute neurogenic signs in the right deltoid and teres minor muscles which are innervated by the axillary nerve were detected. Etiological evaluation revealed no cause. It has been suggested that isolated axillary neuropathy may be associated with Personage-Turner syndrome. Antiinflammatory medications and physical therapy provided partial improvement. The aim of our presentation was to discuss the differential diagnosis, treatment options and etiologic causes of axillary neuropathy.

  9. Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment with Ankle Brachial Index in Adults

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    ... Force Recommendations Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment with Ankle Brachial Index in Adults ... on Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Assessment with Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) ...

  10. TRPA1 modulates mechanotransduction in cutaneous sensory neurons

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    Kwan, Kelvin Y.; Glazer, Joshua M.; Corey, David P.; Rice, Frank L; Stucky, Cheryl L

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    TRPA1 is expressed by nociceptive neurons of the dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and trigeminal ganglia, but its roles in cold and mechanotransduction are controversial. To determine the contribution of TRPA1 to cold and mechanotransduction in cutaneous primary afferent terminals, we used the ex-vivo skin-nerve preparation from Trpa1+/+, Trpa1+/− or Trpa1−/− adult mouse littermates. Cutaneous fibers from TRPA1-deficient mice showed no deficits in acute cold sensitivity, but they displayed striking ...

  11. Novel Axillary Approach for Brachial Plexus in Robotic Surgery: A Cadaveric Experiment

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    Cihangir Tetik; Metin Uzun

    2014-01-01

    Brachial plexus surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot is a new procedure. Although the supraclavicular approach is a well known described and used procedure for robotic surgery, axillary approach was unknown for brachial plexus surgery. A cadaveric study was planned to evaluate the robotic axillary approach for brachial plexus surgery. Our results showed that robotic surgery is a very useful method and should be used routinely for brachial plexus surgery and particularly for thoracic outl...

  12. Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration in the diagnosis of peripheral nerve sheath tumors in 4 dogs

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    da Costa, Ronaldo C.; Parent, Joane M.; Dobson, Howard; Ruotsalo, Kristiina; Holmberg, David; Duque, M. Carolina; Poma, Roberto

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    Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration was used in establishing the diagnosis in 4 cases of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Sonographic and cytologic characteristics are discussed. Because of its availability and ease of use, axillary ultrasonography with fine needle aspiration can be an initial diagnostic step for suspected brachial plexus tumors.

  13. Reversible brachial plexopathy following primary radiation therapy for breast cancer

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    Reversible brachial plexopathy has occurred in very low incidence in patients with breast carcinoma treated definitively with radiation therapy. Of 565 patients treated between January 1968 and December 1979 with moderate doses of supervoltage radiation therapy (average axillary dose of 5000 rad in 5 weeks), eight patients (1.4%) developed the characteristic symptoms at a median time of 4.5 months after radiation therapy. This syndrome consists of paresthesias in all patients, with weakness and pain less commonly seen. The symptom complex differs from other previously described brachial plexus syndromes, including paralytic brachial neuritis, radiation-induced injury, and carcinoma. A possible relationship to adjuvant chemotherapy exists, though the etiology is not well-understood. The cases described demonstrate temporal clustering. Resolution is always seen

  14. Robotic intercostal nerve harvest: a feasibility study in a pig model.

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    Miyamoto, Hideaki; Serradori, Thomas; Mikami, Yoji; Selber, Jesse; Santelmo, Nicola; Facca, Sybille; Liverneaux, Philippe

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to report the feasibility of robotic intercostal nerve harvest in a pig model. A surgical robot, the da Vinci Model S system, was installed after the creation of 3 ports in the pig's left chest. The posterior edges of the fourth, fifth, and sixth intercostal nerves were isolated at the level of the anterior axillary line. The anterior edges of the nerves were transected at the rib cartilage zone. Three intercostal nerve harvesting procedures, requiring an average of 33 minutes, were successfully performed in 3 pigs without major complications. The advantages of robotic microsurgery for intercostal nerve harvest include elimination of physiological tremor, free movement of joint-equipped robotic arms, and amplification of the surgeon's hand motion by as much as 5 times. Robot-assisted neurolysis may be clinically useful for intercostal nerve harvest for brachial plexus reconstruction. PMID:26207601

  15. Neurinoma del plexo braquial simulando metastasis de adenocarcinoma de mama Schwannoma of the brachial plexus resembling a breast adenocarcinoma metastasis

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    Gregorio Rodríguez Boto

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Los neurinomas del plexo braquial son tumores infrecuentes que pueden confundirse con otras lesiones de índole tumoral. Se presenta el caso de una mujer de 40 años, tratada previamente de un adenocarcinoma de mama derecha en el pasado, que en el estudio de extensión realizado 5 años después se detectó una lesión localizada en el plexo braquial derecho. La paciente se encontraba asintomática. El diagnóstico radiológico de presunción fue metástasis de adenocarcinoma mamario. Se realizó un abordaje axilar derecho descubriendo una lesión bien delimitada en el plexo braquial. Con ayuda de la monitorización neurofisiológica intraoperatoria, se observó que la lesión dependía de la rama cubital y se pudo realizar una resección completa preservando la función de dicho nervio. El estudio anatomopatológico confirmó que se trataba de un neurinoma, descartando así la existencia de metástasis. La evolución postoperatoria fue satisfactoria. Seis años después de la intervención no existe recidiva tumoral. En nuestro conocimiento este es el primer caso publicado en la literatura de un neurinoma del plexo braquial dependiente de la rama cubital. La monitorización neurofisiológica intraoperatoria resulta fundamental para abordar este tipo de lesiones con baja morbilidad.Schwa nomas originating from the brachial plexus, although rare, may be mistaken for another type of tumour. A 40 year-old woman, who had been treated years earlier for a breast adenocarcinoma, showed in the 5-year follow-up magnetic resonance examination a localized lesion in the right brachial plexus. The presumptive radiological diagnosis was a metastasis from the primary adenocarcinoma. Following surgical access via the right axilla, a well-circumscribed mass in the brachial plexus was detected. Under intraoperative electrophysiological guidance, the lesion was observed to depend on the ulnar nerve and its complete resection was possible without compromising nerve function. Histological findings indicated a schwannoma thus ruling out the presence of metastasis. The postoperative development was uneventful and six years after surgery, the patient is to date tumour-free. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a brachial plexus schwannoma arising from the ulnar branch. Intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring is essential for a good surgical outcome.

  16. Neurinoma del plexo braquial simulando metastasis de adenocarcinoma de mama / Schwannoma of the brachial plexus resembling a breast adenocarcinoma metastasis

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    Gregorio, Rodríguez Boto; Angela, Moreno-Gutiérrez; Raquel, Gutiérrez-González; Ángel, Villar-Martín; Luis A., Arraez-Aybar; Javier, Serrano Hernando.

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    Full Text Available Los neurinomas del plexo braquial son tumores infrecuentes que pueden confundirse con otras lesiones de índole tumoral. Se presenta el caso de una mujer de 40 años, tratada previamente de un adenocarcinoma de mama derecha en el pasado, que en el estudio de extensión realizado 5 años después se detec [...] tó una lesión localizada en el plexo braquial derecho. La paciente se encontraba asintomática. El diagnóstico radiológico de presunción fue metástasis de adenocarcinoma mamario. Se realizó un abordaje axilar derecho descubriendo una lesión bien delimitada en el plexo braquial. Con ayuda de la monitorización neurofisiológica intraoperatoria, se observó que la lesión dependía de la rama cubital y se pudo realizar una resección completa preservando la función de dicho nervio. El estudio anatomopatológico confirmó que se trataba de un neurinoma, descartando así la existencia de metástasis. La evolución postoperatoria fue satisfactoria. Seis años después de la intervención no existe recidiva tumoral. En nuestro conocimiento este es el primer caso publicado en la literatura de un neurinoma del plexo braquial dependiente de la rama cubital. La monitorización neurofisiológica intraoperatoria resulta fundamental para abordar este tipo de lesiones con baja morbilidad. Abstract in english Schwa nomas originating from the brachial plexus, although rare, may be mistaken for another type of tumour. A 40 year-old woman, who had been treated years earlier for a breast adenocarcinoma, showed in the 5-year follow-up magnetic resonance examination a localized lesion in the right brachial ple [...] xus. The presumptive radiological diagnosis was a metastasis from the primary adenocarcinoma. Following surgical access via the right axilla, a well-circumscribed mass in the brachial plexus was detected. Under intraoperative electrophysiological guidance, the lesion was observed to depend on the ulnar nerve and its complete resection was possible without compromising nerve function. Histological findings indicated a schwannoma thus ruling out the presence of metastasis. The postoperative development was uneventful and six years after surgery, the patient is to date tumour-free. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a brachial plexus schwannoma arising from the ulnar branch. Intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring is essential for a good surgical outcome.

  17. Cutaneous tuberculosis with leprosy

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    Pinto J; Pal G; Kamath N

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    The association of cutaneous tuberculosis with leprosy has been reported rarely. Though both the diseases are caused by mycobacteriae, no true antagonism exists. This case report confirms the above view.

  18. Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

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    ... T hickened scaly, red skin (or plaques) or psoriasis-like rash FS5 Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Facts ... scaling and severe itching (erythroderma). Symptom Management Supportive therapy may be used to help manage MF and SS ...

  19. Arterial DSA with trans-brachial 4-French-catheter

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    Arterial DSA by the trans-brachial route, using a 4-French-catheter has been performed in 33 patients. In these patients, trans-femoral DSA is contra-indicated because of previous surgery or markedly reduced femoral pulsation. In 20 patients, the abdominal aorta, pelvis and lower limb arteries were examined, in 14 only the leg arteries, in ten patients the arteries in the neck and in three patients the thoracic and abdominal aorta. Trans-brachial DSA provided good demonstration of the vessels in all cases. (orig./GDG)

  20. Cutaneous histoplasmosis in AIDS

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    Chande C; Menon S; Gohil A; Lilani S; Bade J; Mohammad S; Joshi A.

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    A patient with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection presented with multiple cutaneous lesions on upper extremities, trunk, face and with ulcers involving oral mucosa. Histoplasma capsulatum was isolated in culture from scrapings from both cutaneous as well as oral mucosal lesions. The patient responded well initially to the treatment with Amphotericin B followed by itraconazole; however, lesions recurred after three months with the further deterioration of immune status of the patient...

  1. Disseminated cutaneous leishmaniasis.

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    Khalifa E Sharquie; Rafid A. Najim

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    ABSTRACT Disseminated cutaneous leishmaniasis DCL is a condition rarely seen in the Middle East. We report a case of disseminated cutaneous leishmaniasis in a 60-years-old lady. The patient first presented 1996 with an initial lesion, which started on the butterfly area of the face and spread, probably due to immunosuppression, to involve the whole face. The lesions consisted of nodules, which did not ulcerate. The histology showed abundance of macrophages filled with amastigotes L-D bodie...

  2. Recurrent cutaneous leishmaniasis*

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    Gomes, Ciro Martins; Damasco, Fabiana dos Santos; de Morais, Orlando Oliveira; de Paula, Carmen Déa Ribeiro; Sampaio, Raimunda Nonata Ribeiro

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    We present a case of an 18-year-old male patient who, after two years of inappropriate treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis, began to show nodules arising at the edges of the former healing scar. He was immune competent and denied any trauma. The diagnosis of recurrent cutaneous leishmaniasis was made following positive culture of aspirate samples. The patient was treated with N-methylglucamine associated with pentoxifylline for 30 days. Similar cases require special attention mainly because...

  3. Cutaneous lupus erythematosus

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    Biazar, Cyrus; Sigges, Johanna; Patsinakidis, Nikolaos; Ruland, Vincent; Amler, Susanne; Bonsmann, Gisela; Kuhn, Annegret; Bygum, Anette

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    In this prospective, cross-sectional, multicenter study, we assessed clinical and laboratory characteristics from patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) using the Core Set Questionnaire of the European Society of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (EUSCLE). 1002 (768 females, 234 males) patients with different subtypes of CLE, such as acute CLE (ACLE, 304 patients), subacute CLE (SCLE, 236 patients), chronic CLE (CCLE, 397 patients), and intermittent CLE (ICLE, 65 patients), from 13 Europe...

  4. Transfer of the brachialis to the anterior interosseous nerve as a treatment strategy for cervical spinal cord injury: technical note.

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    Hawasli, Ammar H; Chang, Jodie; Reynolds, Matthew R; Ray, Wilson Z

    2015-04-01

    Study Design?Technical report. Objective?To provide a technical description of the transfer of the brachialis to the anterior interosseous nerve (AIN) for the treatment of tetraplegia after a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods?In this technical report, the authors present a case illustration of an ideal surgical candidate for a brachialis-to-AIN transfer: a 21-year-old patient with a complete C7 spinal cord injury and failure of any hand motor recovery. The authors provide detailed description including images and video showing how to perform the brachialis-to-AIN transfer. Results?The brachialis nerve and AIN fascicles can be successfully isolated using visual inspection and motor mapping. Then, careful dissection and microsurgical coaptation can be used for a successful anterior interosseous reinnervation. Conclusion?The nerve transfer techniques for reinnervation have been described predominantly for the treatment of brachial plexus injuries. The majority of the nerve transfer techniques have focused on the upper brachial plexus or distal nerves of the lower brachial plexus. More recently, nerve transfers have reemerged as a potential reinnervation strategy for select patients with cervical SCI. The brachialis-to-AIN transfer technique offers a potential means for restoration of intrinsic hand function in patients with SCI. PMID:25844283

  5. Morphological Assessment of Cadaveric Radial, Brachial and Subclavian Arteries: A Neurointerventional Approach

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    Yilmaz, Ali; Ozkul, Ayca; Shin, Dong Seong; Im, Soo-Bin; Yoon, Seok-Mann

    2015-01-01

    Objective The transradial catheterization (TRC) is becoming widespread, primarily for neurointerventions. Therefore, the evaluation of radial artery puncture in clinical practice and a better understanding of the anatomy are important to improve the safety of neuroendovascular surgery. Methods Ten formalin-fixed adult Korean cadavers were dissected to expose radial artery (RA), brachial artery (BrA) and subclvian artery (ScA), bilaterally. Vessel lengths and diameters were meaured using a caliper and distance between the specific point of vessels and the anatomical landmarks including the radial styloid process, the medial epicondyle of the humerus, the sternoclavicular joint, and the vertebral artery orifice were also measured. Results The average length between the radial (RAPS) and the BrA puncture sites (BrAPS) and between the vertebral artery orifice (VAO) and the BrA bifurcation (BrAB) did not differ between sides (p>0.05). The average length between the radial styloid process (RSP) and the RAPS was 13.41±2.19 mm, and the RSP was 26.85±2.47 mm from the median nerve (MN). The mean length between the medial epicondyle (ME) and the BrAPS as 44.23±5.47 mm, whereas the distance between the ME and the MN was 42.23±4.77 mm. The average VAO-ScA angle was 70.94±6.12°, and the length between the ScA junction (SCJ) and the VAO was 60.30±8.48 mm. Conclusion This study provides basic anatomical information about the radial artery and the brachial route and can help improving new techniques, selection of size and shape of catheters for TRC. This can help neurointerventionists who adopt a transradial neuroendovascular approach and offers comprehensive and safe care to their patients. PMID:26819682

  6. External evaluation of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group brachial plexus contouring protocol: several issues identified

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    The aims of the study were to evaluate interobserver variability in contouring the brachial plexus (BP) using the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)-approved protocol and to analyse BP dosimetries. Seven outliners independently contoured the BPs of 15 consecutive patients. Interobserver variability was reviewed qualitatively (visually by using planning axial computed-tomography images and anteroposterior digitally reconstructed radiographs) and quantitatively (by volumetric and statistical analyses). Dose–volume histograms of BPs were calculated and compared. We found significant interobserver variability among outliners in both qualitative and quantitative analyses. These were most pronounced for the T1 nerve roots on visual inspection and for the BP volume on statistical analysis. The BP volumes were smaller than those described in the RTOG atlas paper, with a mean volume of 20.8cc (range 11–40.7?cc) compared with 33±4cc (25.1–39.4cc). The average values of mean dose, maximum dose, V60Gy, V66Gy and V70Gy for patients treated with conventional radiotherapy and IMRT were 42.2Gy versus 44.8Gy, 64.5Gy versus 68.5Gy, 6.1% versus 7.6%, 2.9% versus 2.4% and 0.6% versus 0.3%, respectively. This is the first independent external evaluation of the published protocol. We have identified several issues, including significant interobserver variation. Although radiation oncologists should contour BPs to avoid dose dumping, especially when using IMRT, the RTOG atlas should be used with caution. Because BPs are largely radiologically occult on CT, we propose the term brachial-plexus regions (BPRs) to represent regions where BPs are likely to be present. Consequently, BPRs should in principle be contoured generously.

  7. Comparison of two techniques for ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus blockade in cats.

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    Ansón, Agustina; Laredo, Francisco G; Gil, Francisco; Soler, Marta; Belda, Eliseo; Ayala, Maria D; Agut, Amalia

    2015-06-01

    Axillary blockade of the brachial plexus (BP) is advocated in humans and dogs for surgical procedures carried out on the foot, carpus and elbow as it provides complete analgesia distally from above the elbow joint. The aim of this study was to develop an ultrasound (US)-guided approach to block the BP in cats. Two groups of 12 feline cadavers each were used to compare two different techniques to block the BP at the axillary level. The reliability of the techniques was assessed by anatomical and computed tomography (CT) studies. Cadavers of the first group were positioned in dorsal recumbency with the forelimb to be blocked adducted (thoracic limbs flexed and orientated caudally) (FAD technique). The second group was positioned in dorsal recumbency with the forelimb abducted 90° (FAB technique). The accuracy of the techniques was determined by US after injecting 1 ml blue ink along the BP nerves, and by CT after injecting 1 ml of an iodinated contrast medium. The anatomical and CT studies confirmed the accuracy of the US location of the BP nerves. Staining of the axillaris, musculocutaneous, radialis, medianus and ulnaris nerves was observed in 100% of cats using the FAB technique and in 66% of the cats using the FAD technique. Rate of complications was higher in the FAD technique. In conclusion, a US-guided axillary approach to the BP by the use of a FAB technique is a safe and feasible procedure to block the BP in the cat. Further studies are needed to ascertain whether the technique can be applied in a clinical setting. PMID:25193280

  8. Magnetic resonance imaging features of subacute idiopathic brachial neuritis

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    A 60-year-old man presented with sudden onset of left shoulder pain followed 2 weeks later by the development of left shoulder girdle weakness. A clinical and electrophysiological diagnosis of subacute idiopathic brachial neuritis was made. The MRI features of subacute muscular denervation in this patient are discussed and the relevant literature reviewed. Copyright (1999) Blackwell Science Pty Ltd

  9. Reconstruction of brachial pressure from finger arterial pressure during orthostasis

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    Bogert, Lysander W J; Harms, Mark P M; Pott, Frank; Secher, Niels H; Wesseling, Karel H; van Lieshout, Johannes J

    2004-01-01

    In patients with recurrent syncope, monitoring of intra-arterial pressure during orthostatic stress testing is recommended because of the potentially sudden and rapid development of hypotension. Replacing brachial arterial pressure (BAP) by the non-invasively obtained finger arterial pressure (Fin...

  10. Brachial versus central blood pressure and vascular stiffness

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    Rasmussen, Susanne; Hansen, Tine; Frimodt-Møller, Marie

    2010-01-01

    Central blood pressure (BP) estimates the true load imposed on the left ventricle to a higher degree than does brachial BP. Increased aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV) and central BP are risk markers for cardiovascular disease. Both can be measured by simple and noninvasive methods. Guidelines...

  11. Brachial versus central blood pressure and vascular stiffness

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    Rasmussen, Susanne; Hansen, Tine; Frimodt-Møller, Marie

    2009-01-01

    Central blood pressure (BP) estimates the true load imposed on the left ventricle to a higher degree than does brachial BP. Increased aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV) and central BP are risk markers for cardiovascular disease. Both can be measured by simple and noninvasive methods. Guidelines...

  12. Genetic determinants of the ankle-brachial index

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    Wassel, Christina L; Lamina, Claudia; Nambi, Vijay; Coassin, Stefan; Mukamal, Kenneth J; Ganesh, Santhi K; Jacobs, David R; Franceschini, Nora; Papanicolaou, George J; Gibson, Quince; Yanek, Lisa R; van der Harst, Pim; Ferguson, Jane F; Crawford, Dana C; Waite, Lindsay L; Allison, Matthew A; Criqui, Michael H; McDermott, Mary M; Mehra, Reena; Cupples, L Adrienne; Hwang, Shih-Jen; Redline, Susan; Kaplan, Robert C; Heiss, Gerardo; Rotter, Jerome I; Boerwinkle, Eric; Taylor, Herman A; Eraso, Luis H; Haun, Margot; Li, Mingyao; Meisinger, Christa; O'Connell, Jeffrey R; Shuldiner, Alan R; Tybjærg-Hansen, Anne; Frikke-Schmidt, Ruth; Kollerits, Barbara; Rantner, Barbara; Dieplinger, Benjamin; Stadler, Marietta; Mueller, Thomas; Haltmayer, Meinhard; Klein-Weigel, Peter; Summerer, Monika; Wichmann, H-Erich; Asselbergs, Folkert W; Navis, Gerjan; Leach, Irene Mateo; Brown-Gentry, Kristin; Goodloe, Robert; Assimes, Themistocles L; Becker, Diane M; Cooke, John P; Absher, Devin M; Olin, Jeffrey W; Mitchell, Braxton D; Reilly, Muredach P; Mohler, Emile R; North, Kari E; Reiner, Alexander P; Kronenberg, Florian; Murabito, Joanne M

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    Candidate gene association studies for peripheral artery disease (PAD), including subclinical disease assessed with the ankle-brachial index (ABI), have been limited by the modest number of genes examined. We conducted a two stage meta-analysis of ?50,000 SNPs across ?2100 candidate genes to identify genetic variants for ABI.

  13. The clinical course of non-operated peripheral nerve tumor

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    Peripheral nerve tumors are routinely removed by operation, however, complete enucleation is not always possible with schwannomas. Even if such tumors were completely enucleated, neurological deficits may still appear. Recently, a few studies have described the clinical course of spinal cord tumors but, there has been no study showing the clinical course of non-operated peripheral nerve tumors. This study reviewed the clinical course of non-operated peripheral nerve tumors. Ten tumors diagnosed as peripheral nerve tumors by clinical findings and MR images (MRI) were studied semiannually. The patients included seven males and three females with a mean age of 59 (range 20 to 89) years at final follow-up. The involved nerves were the radial nerve in four cases, the brachial plexus in three cases, and the median nerve, the femoral nerve, the tibial nerve in one case each. The mean follow-up interval was 43 (range 24-81) months. One patient was followed for four years and three patients were followed over six years. The initial complaint was of a palpable mass in eight cases. The mean time from clinical presentation to the first examination was 16.1 (range 1-48) months. No tumors caused sensory deficit although two tumors caused objective muscle weakness by Medical Research Council (MRC) grading. All ten tumors demonstrated a positive Tinel's sign over the mass. The mean tumor size on MRI was 36.8 (range 20-85) mm. In this study, there was no significant change of the clinical findings and the size on MRI in the peripheral nerve tumors in the follow-up of over two years. All ten tumors were static in size when examined by MRI. Only one of the ten patients experienced slightly increased pain. We conclude that the decision to operate on peripheral nerve tumors should be considered more carefully, since in patients with no or little symptoms, tumor size and symptoms did not increase. (author)

  14. Distribution of Intercostal Nerves in Musculis Rectus Abdominis

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    Full Text Available This study was conducted on 48 specimens of Rectus abdominis muscles for recognition and definition of passage and ramification of lower intercostal nerves. The main results of this study are as follows: 1- The seventh and eight intercostal nerves penetrated to posterior layer of the Rectus sheath while other intercostal nerves perforated to dorsal layer of internal oblique abdominis aponeurosis. 2- Distance between lateral border of the Rectus abdominis muscle till penetrate point for all nerves were 18±1 mm, but the subcostal nerve was 16±1 mm. 3- Each intercostal nerve was ramified in thickness of muscle and formed many branches that maximum of this was middle longitudinal region and minimum of that was lateral longitudinal region. In addition we did not observe the nerve anastomosis between intercostal nerves. 4- The lower primary branch of the intercostal nerve after piercing of anterior layer of the Rectus sheath was named anterior cutaneous branch and terminated to abdominal skin. 5- All of intercostal nerves at first was placed right angle to muscle fibers but immediately decrease its and was placed parallel to muscle fibers. 6- The entrance, passage and ramification of intercostal nerves in both male and female cadavers were similar.

  15. Neurocutaneous disease: Cutaneous neuroanatomy and mechanisms of itch and pain.

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    Chuquilin, Miguel; Alghalith, Yazan; Fernandez, Kristen Heins

    2016-02-01

    Few sources of information exist regarding cutaneous innervation and how to apply this basic neurologic science to the clinical treatment of itch, as often performed on a daily basis by dermatologists. We address the types of nerve fibers that innervate the skin and their different components and discuss the similarities and differences between itch and pain. We hope that increased knowledge of this topic will improve the recognition and treatment of neuropathic itch. PMID:26775771

  16. Brief reports: a clinical evaluation of block characteristics using one milliliter 2% lidocaine in ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block.

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    O'Donnell, Brian

    2010-09-01

    We report onset and duration of ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block using 1 mL of 2% lidocaine with 1:200,000 epinephrine per nerve (total local anesthetic volume 4 mL). Block performance time, block onset time, duration of surgery, and block duration were measured. Seventeen consecutive patients were recruited. The mean (SD) block performance and onset times were 271 (67.9) seconds and 9.7 (3.7) minutes, respectively. Block duration was 160.8 (30.7) minutes. All operations were performed using regional anesthesia alone. The duration of anesthesia obtained is sufficient for most ambulatory hand surgery.

  17. Sporotrichoid pattern of nerve abscesses in borderline tuberculoid leprosy: A Case Report (sporotrichoid like abscesses in leprosy).

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    Garg, G; Thami, G P; Mohan, H

    2014-01-01

    Linear distribution of multiple subcutaneous nodules or ulcers along the course of lymphatics, classically seen in lymphocutaneous sporotrichosis, has been observed in a number of other infections like localized cutaneous leishmaniasis, cutaneous tuberculous and non tuberculous mycobacterial infections, Pasteurella tularensis, Scopulariopsis blochi, Nocardia brasiliensis, yaws and syphilis. A case of borderline tuberculoid leprosy with multiple cutaneous nodules corresponding to resolving nerve abscesses in a sporotrichoid pattern is being reported. PMID:26411249

  18. Ankle Brachial Index, Toe Brachial Index, and Cardiovascular Mortality in Participants With and Without Diabetes Mellitus

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    Hyun, Suzanne; Forbang, Nketi I.; Allison, Matt A.; Denenberg, Julie O.; Criqui, Michael H.; Ix, Joachim H.

    2014-01-01

    Background The prognostic utility of ankle brachial index (ABI) may be hampered in persons with diabetes due to peripheral arterial stiffening in the ankles. Stiffening of toe arteries occurs infrequently in diabetes. Objectives We aim to determine the nature of the relationship of the toe brachial index (TBI) and ABI with cardiovascular (CVD) mortality, and to determine whether the associations are modified in individuals with diabetes. Methods Individuals with clinically suspected atherosclerotic PAD who underwent ABI and TBI measurements in a vascular laboratory were followed longitudinally for CVD mortality. Results Among 469 (89% men) participants, the mean age was 68 ± 9 years and 36% had diabetes. The mean ABI was 0.83 ± 0.28 and the mean TBI was 0.60 ± 0.24. During 7.0 years (median) follow-up, there were 158 CVD deaths. Association of the ABI categories with CVD events differed in diabetic vs. non-diabetic participants (P-interaction = .002). In contrast, association of the TBI categories with CVD events were similar irrespective of diabetes status (P-interaction = .17). Among diabetic patients, a U-shaped relationship was observed between ABI categories and CVD death; both those with low ( 1.30) ABI were at higher risk than those with normal (0.90–1.30) ABI. In non-diabetic patients, association of ABI categories with CVD death was linear, such that those with ABI > 1.30 were at the lowest risk, whereas those with ABI < 0.90 were at higher risk. In contrast, the association of TBI categories with CVD death was linear irrespective of diabetes status. High TBI categories consistently predicted low risk, whereas risk was higher with progressively lower TBI categories. Conclusions Among diabetic individuals with clinically suspected PAD, both those with low and high ABI are at higher risk of CVD death. In contrast, a linear relationship was observed between TBI categories and CVD death irrespective of diabetes status. These findings suggest that stiffened ankle arteries may limit the predictive value of the ABI in individuals with diabetes; a limitation that may be overcome by measurement of the TBI. PMID:24657294

  19. [Cutaneous heterotopic meningeal nodules].

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    Battistella, Maxime; Verola, Olivier; Moulonguet, Isabelle; Janin, Anne

    2009-04-01

    Cutaneous heterotopic meningeal nodules are rare lesions whose pathogenesis remain discussed. They are typically located on the scalp or the rachidian axis. They often are congenital and diagnosed during childhood or young adulthood. There are two admitted theories for pathogenesis of heterotopic meningeal nodules: (1) tumoral proliferation of ectopic arachnoïdal cells (true cutaneous meningioma), (2) meningocele-type developmental defect (rudimentary meningocele). Histological and immunohistochemical aspects are characteristic, showing arachnoidal cells, EMA+ and vimentine+, that infiltrate collagene and whorl around collagene or psammomatous bodies. We report the expression of progesterone receptor (PR) in a cutaneous heterotopic meningeal nodule on the scalp of a 23-year-old man, and propose this PR expression as a new diagnosis tool for such lesions. PMID:19364587

  20. Update on cutaneous calciphylaxis

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    Uwe Wollina

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Calciphylaxis is a devastating disorder with a mortality rate of 80% due to sepsis and organ failure. Hallmarks of this rare disease are arteriolar media calcification, thrombotic cutaneous ischemia, and necrotic ulcerations. Different mechanisms of vascular calcification can lead to calciphylaxis. Early diagnosis by deep cutaneous ulcer biopsy is most important for prognosis. Here, dermatologists play a significant role although treatment usually needs an interdisciplinary approach. Surgical procedures had been the cornerstone of treatment in the past including parathyroidectomy, but recently new medical treatments emerged aiming to normalize disturbances of minerals to reduce the serum concentration of sodium phosphate and to prevent precipitation and calcification. Multimodal therapy is warranted but only aggressive surgical debridement of cutaneous ulcers has shown significant outcome improvement.

  1. Kaplan anastomosis of the ulnar nerve: a case report

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    Paraskevas Georgios

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The sensory innervation of the hand is usually unvarying and anomalies in this area are uncommon. Case presentation We report the case of a rare ulnar nerve branch called a Kaplan anastomosis, which anastomosed the dorsal cutaneous branch with the ulnar nerve prior to its bifurcation into the superficial and deep ramus. Conclusion Many authors have reported unusual ulnar nerve branches and knowledge of these anatomical variations is important for the interpretation of pain and sensory loss in the area sustained during injuries or surgical procedures. Our finding is the fourth case of a Kaplan anastomosis to be described in the literature.

  2. Cutaneous lupus erythematosus

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    Biazar, Cyrus; Sigges, Johanna; Patsinakidis, Nikolaos; Ruland, Vincent; Amler, Susanne; Bonsmann, Gisela; Kuhn, Annegret; Bygum, Anette

    2013-01-01

    In this prospective, cross-sectional, multicenter study, we assessed clinical and laboratory characteristics from patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) using the Core Set Questionnaire of the European Society of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (EUSCLE). 1002 (768 females, 234 males...... included gender, age at onset of disease, LE-specific and LE-nonspecific skin lesions, photosensitivity, laboratory features, and the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) for the classification of systemic lupus erythematosus. The mean age at onset of disease was 43.0±15.7 years and...

  3. Cutaneous histoplasmosis in AIDS.

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    Chande, C; Menon, S; Gohil, A; Lilani, S; Bade, J; Mohammad, S; Joshi, A

    2010-01-01

    A patient with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection presented with multiple cutaneous lesions on upper extremities, trunk, face and with ulcers involving oral mucosa. Histoplasma capsulatum was isolated in culture from scrapings from both cutaneous as well as oral mucosal lesions. The patient responded well initially to the treatment with Amphotericin B followed by itraconazole; however, lesions recurred after three months with the further deterioration of immune status of the patient indicated by decline in CD4 counts. The same treatment was restarted and the patient is still being followed-up. PMID:20966584

  4. Cutaneous histoplasmosis in AIDS

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    Chande C

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A patient with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection presented with multiple cutaneous lesions on upper extremities, trunk, face and with ulcers involving oral mucosa. Histoplasma capsulatum was isolated in culture from scrapings from both cutaneous as well as oral mucosal lesions. The patient responded well initially to the treatment with Amphotericin B followed by itraconazole; however, lesions recurred after three months with the further deterioration of immune status of the patient indicated by decline in CD4 counts. The same treatment was restarted and the patient is still being followed-up.

  5. Cutaneous Hodgkin's disease.

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    Morman, M R; Petrozzi, J W

    1980-11-01

    The case reported herein documents the occurrence of cutaneous involvement in a patient with a long history of Hodgkin's disease. Despite severe pruritus and intermittent exacerbations of a multitude of specific and nonspecific skin lesions, associated with his underlying malignancy, the patient has done remarkably well for more than seven years. This demonstrates quite well that cutaneous involvement in Hodgkin's disease is not necessarily an ominous prognostic indicator. More intensive systemic chemotherapy and/or topical therapy is frequently effective in such patients. PMID:7460617

  6. The amplitude of interlimb cutaneous reflexes in the leg is influenced by fingertip touch and vision during treadmill locomotion.

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    Forero, Juan; Misiaszek, John E

    2015-06-01

    Light touch at the fingertip has been shown to influence postural control during standing and walking. Interlimb cutaneous reflexes have been proposed to provide a neural link between the upper and lower limbs to assist in interlimb coordination during activities such as walking. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that cutaneous sensory pathways linking the arm and leg will be facilitated if subjects use light touch to assist with postural control during treadmill walking. To test this, interlimb cutaneous reflexes from the median nerve, serving the skin contact region, and radial nerve, serving an irrelevant sensory territory, were tested in the legs of subjects walking on treadmill in an unstable environment. Interlimb cutaneous reflexes were tested while subjects (a) touched or (b) did not touch a stable contact with their fingertip, and while the eyes were either (c) open or (d) closed. Reflexes arising from both nerves were facilitated when vision was removed that was then ameliorated when touch was provided. These changes in reflex amplitude during the eyes closed conditions were mirrored by changes in background muscle activity. We suggest that this facilitation of interlimb reflexes from both nerves arises from a generalized increase in excitability related to the postural anxiety of walking on a treadmill with the eyes closed, which is then restored by the provision of light touch. However, the influence of touch when the eyes were open differed depending upon the nerve stimulated. Radial nerve reflexes in the legs were suppressed when touch was provided, mirroring a suppression in the background muscle activity. In contrast, median nerve reflexes in the leg were larger when touch was provided with the eyes open, despite a suppression of background muscle activity. This nerve-specific effect of touch on the amplitude of the interlimb cutaneous reflexes suggests that touch sensory information from the median nerve was facilitated when that input was functionally relevant. PMID:25788011

  7. Surgical anatomy of the retroperitoneal spaces, Part IV: retroperitoneal nerves.

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    Mirilas, Petros; Skandalakis, John E

    2010-03-01

    We present surgicoanatomical topographic relations of nerves and plexuses in the retroperitoneal space: 1) six named parietal nerves, branches of the lumbar plexus: iliohypogastric, ilioinguinal, genitofemoral, lateral femoral cutaneous, obturator, femoral. 2) The sacral plexus is formed by the lumbosacral trunk, ventral rami of S1-S3, and part of S4; the remainder of S4 joining the coccygeal plexus. From this plexus originate the superior gluteal nerve, which passes backward through the greater sciatic foramen above the piriformis muscle; the inferior gluteal nerve also courses through the greater sciatic foramen, but below the piriformis; 3) sympathetic trunks: right and left lumbar sympathetic trunks, which comprise four interconnected ganglia, and the pelvic chains; 4) greater, lesser, and least thoracic splanchnic nerves (sympathetic), which pass the diaphragm and join celiac ganglia; 5) four lumbar splanchnic nerves (sympathetic), which arise from lumbar sympathetic ganglia; 6) pelvic splanchnic nerves (nervi erigentes), providing parasympathetic innervation to the descending colon and pelvic splanchna; and 7) autonomic (prevertebral) plexuses, formed by the vagus nerves, splanchnic nerves, and ganglia (celiac, superior mesenteric, aorticorenal). They include sympathetic, parasympathetic, and sensory (mainly pain) fibers. The autonomic plexuses comprise named parts: aortic, superior mesenteric, inferior mesenteric, superior hypogastric, and inferior hypogastric (hypogastric nerves). PMID:20349652

  8. Effects of Dexmedetomidine Versus Ketorolac as Local Anesthetic Adjuvants on the Onset and Duration of Infraclavicular Brachial Plexus Block

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    Mirkheshti, Alireza; Saadatniaki, Asadollah; Salimi, Alireza; Manafi Rasi, Alireza; Memary, Elham; Yahyaei, Habiballah

    2014-01-01

    Background: Infraclavicular brachial plexus block is an appropriate approach for distal arm and forearm surgeries. Local anesthetic adjuvant agents are used to improve the quality of nerve blocks. Dexmedetomidine and ketorolac are two different types of adjuvants, which have been used in some studies. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of dexmedetomidine and ketorolac as local anesthetic adjuvants on the onset and duration of infraclavicular brachial plexus block under ultrasound guide technique. Patients and Methods: In a clinical trial study, 111 ASA class I and II patients who were candidates for elective distal arm and forearm surgeries under ultrasound guided infraclavicular brachial plexus block divided into three 37 patient groups. In dexmedetomidine group, 25 mL of lidocaine 1.5% plus 4 ml of normal saline and 100 mcg of dexmedetomidine was injected. Ketorolac group received 25 mL of Lidocaine 1.5% plus 5 mL of ketorolac, and placebo group received 25 mL of lidocaine 1.5% plus 5 mL of normal saline as local anesthetic solution. Sensory and motor onset blocks, duration of sensory and motor blocks and first time to analgesic request and hemodynamic parameters were all recorded. Results: There were no significant differences in sensory block onset between three groups (P = 0.177). Motor block onset was statistically less in dexmedetomidine compared to ketorolac and placebo groups (both Ps < 0.001). Sensory block duration in dexmedetomidine group was significantly longer than ketorolac and placebo groups (both Ps < 0.001). Motor block duration in dexmedetomidine group was significantly longer than ketorolac and placebo groups (both Ps < 0.001). Time to first analgesic request after the procedures was longer in ketorolac compared to dexmedetomidine and placebo groups (P = 0.016, P < 0.001 respectively), but it was longer in dexmedetomidine compared to placebo group (P = 0.003). The differences of diastolic blood pressure in-between the 5th to 140th minutes after local anesthetic injection among the 3 groups were statistically significant and dexmedetomidine group shows the most reduction in diastolic blood pressure (P < 0.001). Dexmedetomidine showed the lowest mean arterial pressure (P = 0.016) and heart rate in dexmedetomidine group was significantly lower than ketorolac and placebo groups (P = 0.043). Conclusions: Our study showed that dexmedetomidine had better effects on sensory and motor block duration and motor block onset in comparison with ketorolac, as lidocaine adjuvants in infraclavicular brachial plexus block were present in both protocols. However, the first time to analgesic request by ketorolac was longer than dexmedetomidine. PMID:25237638

  9. Long-term changes in neurotrophic factor expression in distal nerve stump following denervation and reinnervation with motor or sensory nerve.

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    Michalski, B; Bain, J R; Fahnestock, M

    2008-05-01

    Several factors have been proposed to account for poor motor recovery after prolonged denervation, including motor neuron cell death and incomplete or poor regeneration of motor fibers into the muscle. Both may result from failure of the muscle and the distal motor nerve stump to continue expression of neurotrophic factors following delayed muscle reinnervation. This study investigated whether regenerating motor or sensory axons modulate distal nerve neurotrophic factor expression. We found that transected distal tibial nerve up-regulated brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) mRNA, down-regulated neurotrophin-3 and ciliary neurotrophic factor mRNA, and that although these levels returned to normal with regeneration, the chronically denervated distal nerve stump continued to express these neurotrophic factors for at least 6 months following injury. A sensory nerve (the cutaneous saphenous nerve) sutured to distal tibial nerve lowered injury-induced BDNF and GDNF mRNA levels in distal stump, but repair with a mixed nerve (peroneal, containing muscle and cutaneous axons) was more effective. Repair with sensory or mixed nerves did not affect nerve growth factor or neurotrophin-3 expression. Thus, distal nerve contributed to a neurotrophic environment for nerve regeneration for at least 6 months, and sensory nerve repair helped normalize distal nerve neurotrophic factor mRNA expression following denervation. Furthermore, as BDNF and GDNF levels in distal stump increased following denervation and returned to control levels following reinnervation, their levels serve as markers for the status of regeneration by either motor or sensory nerve. PMID:18194437

  10. The Cutaneous Rabbit Revisited

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    Flach, Rudiger; Haggard, Patrick

    2006-01-01

    In the cutaneous rabbit effect (CRE), a tactile event (so-called attractee tap) is mislocalized toward an adjacent attractor tap. The effect depends on the time interval between the taps. The authors delivered sequences of taps to the forearm and asked participants to report the location of one of the taps. The authors replicated the original CRE…

  11. Cutaneous protothecosis - Case report*

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    da Silva, Pâmela Craveiro Gomes; Silva, Sabrina Beirão da Costa e; Lima, Ricardo Barbosa; D'Acri, Antonio Macedo; Lupi, Omar; Martins, Carlos José

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    Cutaneous protothecosis is a rare infection caused by achlorophyllic algae of the genus Prototheca. The lesions usually occur on exposed areas, related with trauma, in immunocompromised patients. The most common clinical presentation is a vesicobullous and ulcerative lesion with pustules and scabs, simulating bacterial, fungal or herpetic infections or eczema. The diagnosis is determined by agent identification through histopathology, culture and the carbohydrates assimilation ...

  12. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Sri Lanka

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    Nawaratna, Sujeevi S. K.; Weilgama, Danister J.; Wijekoon, Chandana J.; Dissanayake, Manel; Rajapaksha, Kosala

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    Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is an emerging disease in Sri Lanka. Of 116 patients with clinical symptoms suggestive of CL, 86 were confirmed positive for Leishmania donovani. Most patients had single dry lesions, usually on the face. Patients were from 5 of the 7 agroclimatic zones in Sri Lanka.

  13. Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Assam

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    Baishya B; Hazarika N

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    A case of cutaneous leishmaniasis is being reported from Assam, a North Eastern state of India. Clinical feature and direct smear examination of the case confirmed the diagnosis. Dramatic resolution of the lesions with sodium antimony gluconate during 10 days of therapy was achieved.

  14. Treatment of Cutaneous Lupus

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    Chang, Aileen Y; Werth, Victoria P.

    2011-01-01

    Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) is an autoimmune, inflammatory skin disease seen in patients with or without systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The management of CLE includes treatment and prevention of lesions, as well as routine assessment for systemic disease. Treatment options include both topical and systemic therapies. Topical therapies include corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors. Systemic therapies generally fall under one of three categories: antimalarials, immunomodulator...

  15. CLINICAL COMPARISON BETWEEN 0.25% BUPIVACAINE AND BUPIVACAINE 0.25% AND TRAMADOL (2MG/KG IN BRACHIAL PHLEXUS BLOCK BY SUPRACLAVICULAR APPROACH

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES : Adjunc ts to local anaesthetics for brachial plexus block may enhance the quality and duration of analgesia. Tramadol a synthetic 4 - phenylpiperidine analog of codeine is known to produce antinociception and enhance the effect of local anaesthetics when given epid urally , intrathecally or in various peripheral nerve blocks. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of Tramadol added to brachial plexus block by supraclavicular approach. METHODS : A prospective , randomized , single blinded study was conducted o n 60 ASA I or II adult patients undergoing upper limb surgeries under supraclavicular brachial plexus block. Patients were randomly divided into two groups. Patients in Group I (n=30 were given 38mL of 0.25% Bupivacaine plus 2ml NS and Group II (n = 30 w ere given 38 mL of 0.25% Bupivacaine plus 2 ml Tramadol (2mg/kg. The onset time and duration of sensory and motor blockade were recorded. Haemodynamic variables (i.e. heart rate , noninvasive blood pressure , oxygen saturation , and rescue analgesic require ments were recorded for 24 hrs postoperatively. RESULTS: the onset of sensory and motor block was significantly faster in Group II compared to Group I (P <0.05. Rescue analgesic requirements were significantly less in Group II compared to Group I (P , 0.05 . Haemodynamic variables did not differ between groups in the post - operative period. CONCLUSION: Tramadol (2mg/kg in combination with 38mL of Bupivacaine (0.25% hastened onset of sensory and motor block , and improved postoperative analgesia when used in brachial plexus block , without producing any adverse events.

  16. SURGICAL ANATOMY OF DORSAL ROOT ENTRY ZONE OF CERVICAL SPINAL NERVES : CADAVERIC STUDY

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    Mr.A.Arun Kumar; Sudha Seshayyan; V.Tamilalagan; Sindou, M

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    Background: The main purpose of this study is to determine the detailed morphometric data of Dorsal Root Entry Zone (DREZ) of cervical spinal nerves. This knowledge is necessary for diagnosis, treatment and surgical management of pain due to many conditions like brachial plexus avulsion injury, post-herpetic neuralgia, phantom pain and cancer pain involved in cervical myelo-radiculopathy. There are fewer studies reported in this field of DREZ. Materials and Methods: Twenty five...

  17. Cutaneous changes in chronic alcoholics

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    Rao Gatha

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption can have a variety of cutaneous manifestations. Awareness of the cutaneous changes of alcohol abuse can allow early detection and intervention in an attempt to limit the adverse medical consequences. Hence a study was planned to determine the cutaneous changes in chronic alcoholics. AIMS: To determine the cutaneous changes in chronic alcoholics. METHODS: All the patients attending alcohol de-addiction camps were examined for cutaneous changes. The results were analyzed using Gausian test and compared with other reports. RESULTS: Out of 200 alcoholics examined for cutaneous changes, 182 (91% had cutaneous, nail, hair or oral cavity changes. Nail changes were found in 51 (25.5% alcoholics, koilonychia being the commonest (16%. Oral changes were present in 107 (53.5% alcoholics and changes due to nutritional deficiency in 20 (10%. Diseases due to poor hygiene were seen in 55 (27.5% alcoholics. Tinea versicolor (14% and seborrheic dermatitis (11.5% were the commonest cutaneous changes noted. CONCLUSION: Even though alcohol abuse has a variety of cutaneous manifestations and perhaps aggravates many diseases, there are no specific cutaneous signs of alcoholism. Knowledge of the spectrum of cutaneous manifestations of alcohol abuse can allow its early detection and treatment in an attempt to minimize the medical consequences.

  18. Lateral Pectoral Nerve Injury Mimicking Cervical Radiculopathy.

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    Aktas, Ilknur; Palamar, Deniz; Akgun, Kenan

    2015-07-01

    The lateral pectoral nerve (LPN) is commonly injured along with the brachial plexus, but its isolated lesions are rare. Here, we present a case of an isolated LPN lesion confused with cervical radiculopathy. A 41-year-old man was admitted to our clinic because of weakness in his right arm. Previous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination revealed right posterolateral protrusion at the C6-7 level. At the initial assessment, atrophy of the right pectoralis major muscle was evident, and mild weakness of the right shoulder adductor, internal rotator, and flexor muscles was observed. Therefore, electrodiagnostic evaluation was performed, and a diagnosis of isolated LPN injury was made. Nerve injury was thought to have been caused by weightlifting exercises and traction injury. Lateral pectoral nerve injury can mimic cervical radiculopathy, and MRI examination alone may lead to misdiagnosis. Repeated physical examinations during the evaluation and treatment phase will identify the muscle atrophy that occurs 1 or more months after the injury. PMID:25290103

  19. Etiology and mechanisms of ulnar and median forearm nerve injuries

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    Puzovi? Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Bacgraund/Aim. Most often injuries of brachial plexus and its branches disable the injured from using their arms and/or hands. The aim of this study was to investigate the etiology and mechanisms of median and ulnar forearm nerves injuries. Methods. This retrospective cohort study included 99 patients surgically treated in the Clinic of Neurosurgery, Clinical Center of Serbia, from January 1st, 2000 to December 31st, 2010. All data are obtained from the patients' histories. Results. The majority of the injured patients were male, 81 (81.8%, while only 18 (18.2% were females, both mainly with nerve injuries of the distal forearm - 75 (75.6%. Two injury mechanisms were present, transection in 85 patients and traction and contusion in 14 of the patients. The most frequent etiological factor of nerve injuries was cutting, in 61 of the patients. Nerve injuries are often associated with other injuries. In the studied patients there were 22 vascular injuries, 33 muscle and tendon injuries and 20 bone fractures. Conclusion. The majority of those patients with peripheral nerve injuries are represented in the working age population, which is a major socioeconomic problem. In our study 66 out of 99 patients were between 17 and 40 years old, in the most productive age. The fact that the majority of patients had nerve injuries of the distal forearm and that they are operated within the first 6 months after injury, promises them good functional prognosis.

  20. Correlation between muscular and nerve signals responsible for hand grasping in non-human primates.

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    Sheshadri, Swathi; Kortelainen, Jukka; Nag, Sudip; Ng, Kian Ann; Bazley, Faith A; Michoud, Frederic; Patil, Anoop; Orellana, Josue; Libedinsky, Camilo; Lahiri, Amitabha; Chan, Louiza; Chng, Keefe; Cutrone, Annarita; Bossi, Silvia; Thakor, Nitish V; Delgado-Martinez, Ignacio; Yen, Shih-Cheng

    2014-01-01

    Neuroprosthetic devices that interface with the nervous system to restore functional motor activity offer a viable alternative to nerve regeneration, especially in proximal nerve injuries like brachial plexus injuries where muscle atrophy may set in before nerve re-innervation occurs. Prior studies have used control signals from muscle or cortical activity. However, nerve signals are preferred in many cases since they permit more natural and precise control when compared to muscle activity, and can be accessed with much lower risk than cortical activity. Identification of nerve signals that control the appropriate muscles is essential for the development of such a `bionic link'. Here we examine the correlation between muscle and nerve signals responsible for hand grasping in the M. fascicularis. Simultaneous recordings were performed using a 4-channel thin-film longitudinal intra-fascicular electrode (tf-LIFE) and 9 bipolar endomysial muscle electrodes while the animal performed grasping movements. We were able to identify a high degree of correlation (r > 0.6) between nerve signals from the median nerve and movement-dependent muscle activity from the flexor muscles of the forearm, with a delay that corresponded to 25 m/s nerve conduction velocity. The phase of the flexion could be identified using a wavelet approximation of the ENG. This result confirms this approach for a future neuroprosthetic device for the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries. PMID:25570451

  1. Delayed presentation of a traumatic brachial artery pseudoaneurysm.

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    Forde, James C

    2009-09-01

    Delayed presentation of a brachial artery pseudoaneurysm following penetrating trauma is infrequently reported. We report the case of a 23-year-old male who presented three months following a penetrating trauma to his antecubital fossa with a sudden exacerbation of swelling and tenderness of his elbow. Doppler ultrasound and computed tomography arteriography confirmed the presence of a large pseudoaneurysm. Surgical reconstruction was performed using the long saphenous vein as an interposition vein graft, restoring normal arterial circulation.

  2. Décompression chirurgicale du syndrome de défilé thoraco-brachial

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    Lukulunga, Loubet Unyendje; Moussa, Abdou Kadri; Mahfoud, Mustapha; Ismael, Farid; Berrada, Mohamed Saleh; el Yaacoubi, Moradh

    2014-01-01

    Le syndrome de défilé thoraco-brachial est une pathologie souvent méconnue à cause de diagnostic difficile par manque des signes pathognomoniques conduisant souvent à des errances. Les manifestations cliniques dépendent selon qu'il s'agit d'une compression nerveuse, vasculaire ou vasculo-nerveuse. Le but de cette étude est de décrire certains aspects cliniques particuliers et évaluer le résultat fonctionnel après la décompression chirurgicale du paquet vasculo-nerveux. Notre étude rétrospecti...

  3. Neurolysis and myocutaneous flap for radiation induced brachial plexus neuropathy

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    Surgical treatment for radiation induced brachial plexus neuropathy is difficult. We followed 9 patients of radiation induced brachial plexus neuropathy who were surgically treated with neurolysis and myocutaneous flap coverage. Their ages ranged from 29 to 72 years old. Their diagnoses were breast cancer in 6 patients, lingual cancer in 1, thyroid cancer in 1 and malignant lymphoma in 1. Total dose of radiation ranged from 44 to 240 Gy. Interval from radiation therapy to our surgery ranged from 1 to 18 years (mean 6.7 years). Chief complaints were dysesthesia in 9 patients, motor weakness in 7 patients and dullach in scar formation of radiated skin in 7 patients. Preoperative neural functions were slight palsy in 1, moderate palsy in 5 and complete palsy in 3. In surgical treatment, neurolysis of the brachial plexus was done and it was covered by latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap. We evaluated about dysesthesia and motor recovery after treatment for neuropathy. Follow up periods ranged from 1 to 11 years (average in 5 years). Dysesthesia improved in 6 patients and got worse in 3 patients. Motor weakness recovered in only 2 patients and got worse in 7 patients. From our results, intolerable dysesthesia which was first complaint of these patients improved. But motor function had not recovered. Our treatment was thought to be effective for extraneural factor like an compression neuropathy by scar formation and poor vascularity. But it was not effective for intraneural damage by radiation therapy. (author)

  4. Décompression chirurgicale du syndrome de défilé thoraco-brachial

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    Lukulunga, Loubet Unyendje; Moussa, Abdou Kadri; Mahfoud, Mustapha; Ismael, Farid; Berrada, Mohamed Saleh; El Yaacoubi, Moradh

    2014-01-01

    Le syndrome de défilé thoraco-brachial est une pathologie souvent méconnue à cause de diagnostic difficile par manque des signes pathognomoniques conduisant souvent à des errances. Les manifestations cliniques dépendent selon qu'il s'agit d'une compression nerveuse, vasculaire ou vasculo-nerveuse. Le but de cette étude est de décrire certains aspects cliniques particuliers et évaluer le résultat fonctionnel après la décompression chirurgicale du paquet vasculo-nerveux. Notre étude rétrospective a porté sur l'analyse des données cliniques, radiologiques, IRM et EMG sur les patients opérés entre janvier 2010 et juillet 2013 du syndrome de défilé thoraco-brachial dans le service de traumatologie orthopédie de l'hôpital Ibn Sina de Rabat. 15 cas ont été colligés: 12 cas post traumatiques (fracture de la clavicule) et 3 cas d'origines congénitales, dont l’âge moyen était 35 ans (20 à 50 ans) avec 9 femmes et 6 hommes. A la fin du traitement, le score de Dash est passé de 109 (46% Normal=0) à 70 (20%), et le stress test de Roos était de 70/100 à 80/100. Le résultat était excellent dans 12 cas soit (80%) et moins bon dans dans 3 cas (20%). En définitive, la résection de malformations osseuses, l'excision des brides et la neurolyse du plexus brachial suivie de la rééducation a donné une bonne évolution fonctionnelle. PMID:25709735

  5. Nerve conduction velocity

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    ... strong the impulse is. You should feel no pain once the test is finished. Often, the nerve ... systemic amyloidosis Sensorimotor polyneuropathy Tibial nerve dysfunction Ulnar nerve dysfunction Any peripheral neuropathy can cause abnormal results. Damage to the ...

  6. Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve)

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    ... by reducing swelling and inflammation around the nerve. • Steroid injection. In this procedure, steroids are injected near the ... nerve injection), or into the facet joint. Although steroid injections do not relieve the pressure on the nerve ...

  7. Clinical and electrodiagnostic findings in breast cancer patients with radiation-induced brachial plexus neuropathy

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    The clinical and neurophysiological characteristics of radiation-induced brachial plexopathy (RBP) were assessed in 79 breast cancer patients without signs of recurrent disease at least 60 months after radiotherapy (RT). Clinically, 35% (95% confidence limits: 25-47%) had RBP. Fifty percent (31-69%) had affection of the entire plexus, 18% (7-36%) of the upper trunk only, and 4% (1-18%) of the lower trunk. In 28% (14-48%), assessment of a definite level was not possible. In most, symptoms began during or immediately after RT, thus being without significant latency. Numbness or paresthesias (71%, 52-86%) and pain (43%, 25-62%) were the most prominent symptoms, while the most prominent objective signs were decreased or absent muscle stretch reflexes (93%, 77-99%) closely followed by sensory loss (82%, 64-93%) and weakness (71%, 52-86%). Neurophysiological investigations were carried out in 46 patients (58%). The most frequent abnormalities in patients with RBP were signs of chronic partial denervation with increased mean duration of individual motor unit potentials, and decreased amplitude of compound muscle and sensory action potentials. Nerve conduction velocities were normal. (author)

  8. Physical activity during daily life and brachial artery flow-mediated dilation in peripheral arterial disease

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    Payvandi, Laila; Dyer, Alan; McPherson, David; Ades, Philip; Stein, James; Liu, Kiang; Ferrucci, Luigi; Criqui, Michael H.; Guralnik, Jack M.; Lloyd-Jones, Donald; Kibbe, Melina R; Liang, Susan T; Kane, Bonnie; Pearce, William H.; Verta, Michael

    2009-01-01

    We determined whether higher levels of physical activity in daily life are associated with better brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) among individuals with lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Participants were 111 men and women with PAD (ankle–brachial index (ABI) ? 0.95) who completed baseline testing in the Study to Improve Leg Circulation (SILC). We evaluated FMD of the brachial artery at baseline and at 60 seconds following 4 minutes of suprasystolic blood pressur...

  9. Une cause rare de plexopathie brachiale: une metastase d'un cancer du sein

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    Maâroufi, Mustapha; Kamaoui, Imane; Boubbou, Meriem; Sqalli, Nadia; Tizniti, Siham

    2014-01-01

    Nous rapportons le cas d'une patiente de 50 ans ayant une histoire de cancer du sein et qui accuse une symptomatologie d'atteinte du plexus brachial. L'IRM montre une masse qui envahie le plexus brachial compatible avec une métastase. L'IRM est très utile pour le diagnostic et l'orientation thérapeutique des plexopathies brachiales chez les femmes présentant un cancer du sein

  10. US imaging of the musculocutaneous nerve

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    To describe the potential value of high-resolution sonography for evaluation of the musculocutaneous nerve (MCN). The normal anatomy of the MCN was evaluated on three cadaveric limbs and correlated with the US images obtained in 15 healthy subjects. Seven consecutive patients with MCN neuropathy were then evaluated with sonography using 17.5 and 12.5-MHz broadband linear array transducers. All patients had abnormal nerve conduction studies and underwent correlative MR imaging on a 1.5-T system. One-to-one comparison between cadaveric specimens and sonographic images showed that the MCN can be reliably identified from the axilla through the elbow, including the lateral antebrachial cutaneous (LAbC) nerve. In the patients group with MCN neuropathy, sonography allowed detection of a wide spectrum of abnormalities. In 5/7 cases, a spindle neuroma was depicted in continuity with the nerve. In one case, US identified focal swelling of the nerve and in another case US was negative. The neuroma was hyperintense on T2-weighted sequences in 75% of cases. In one patient, the nerve showed Gd-enhancement on fat-suppressed T1-weighted sequences. The nerve was never detected on unenhanced T1-scans. Owing to its small-size and out-of-plane course, the MCN may be more reliably depicted with sonography rather than with MR imaging. US is promising for evaluating traumatic injuries of the MCN. By providing unique information on the entire course of the nerve, US can be used as a valuable complement of clinical and electrophysiologic findings. (orig.)

  11. US imaging of the musculocutaneous nerve

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    Tagliafico, Alberto Stefano [National Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Radiology, Genoa (Italy); Michaud, Johan [University of Montreal, Department of Physiatry, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Marchetti, Alessandra; Garello, Isabella; Martinoli, Carlo [Universita di Genova, Radiology Department, Genova (Italy); Padua, Luca [Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore-Rome, Institute of Neurology, Rome (Italy); Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Rome (Italy)

    2011-05-15

    To describe the potential value of high-resolution sonography for evaluation of the musculocutaneous nerve (MCN). The normal anatomy of the MCN was evaluated on three cadaveric limbs and correlated with the US images obtained in 15 healthy subjects. Seven consecutive patients with MCN neuropathy were then evaluated with sonography using 17.5 and 12.5-MHz broadband linear array transducers. All patients had abnormal nerve conduction studies and underwent correlative MR imaging on a 1.5-T system. One-to-one comparison between cadaveric specimens and sonographic images showed that the MCN can be reliably identified from the axilla through the elbow, including the lateral antebrachial cutaneous (LAbC) nerve. In the patients group with MCN neuropathy, sonography allowed detection of a wide spectrum of abnormalities. In 5/7 cases, a spindle neuroma was depicted in continuity with the nerve. In one case, US identified focal swelling of the nerve and in another case US was negative. The neuroma was hyperintense on T2-weighted sequences in 75% of cases. In one patient, the nerve showed Gd-enhancement on fat-suppressed T1-weighted sequences. The nerve was never detected on unenhanced T1-scans. Owing to its small-size and out-of-plane course, the MCN may be more reliably depicted with sonography rather than with MR imaging. US is promising for evaluating traumatic injuries of the MCN. By providing unique information on the entire course of the nerve, US can be used as a valuable complement of clinical and electrophysiologic findings. (orig.)

  12. Anatomia do plexo braquial de macaco-barrigudo (Lagothrix lagothricha) / Anatomy of the brachial plexus of the Woolly-Monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha.)

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    Gessica Ariane M, Cruz; Marta, Adami.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available O macaco-barrigudo (Lagothrix lagothricha) é um antropóide pertencente à Família Atelidae que possui os maiores primatas neotropicais. Um cadáver fêmea de macaco-barrigudo foi fixado com solução de formaldeído a 10%, posteriormente dissecado com o auxílio de lupa estereoscópica e fotodocumentado. O [...] plexo braquial originou-se dos nervos espinhais C5 a C8 e T1, formando os troncos cranial, médio e caudal, dos quais derivaram os nervos periféricos que se assemelharam na origem e no território de inervação com os plexos de outros primatas, com exceção do nervo musculocutâneo que atravessou o músculo coracobraquial. Pesquisas sobre o plexo braquial de primatas fornecem dados que disponibilizam o acesso a informações valiosas sobre a morfologia destes animais e auxiliam no estabelecimento de parâmetros anatômicos entre as espécies, contribuindo também no tratamento de injúrias e procedimentos anestésicos. Abstract in english The woolly-monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha) is an antropoid belonging to the Atelidae Family which includes the largest neotropical primates. A female cadaver woolly-monkey was fixed in a 10% formaldehyde solution and dissected using a stereoscopic magnifying glass and photodocumented. The brachial pl [...] exus originated from the spinal nerves C5 to C8 and T1, forming the cranial, medium, and caudal stems, from which derived the peripheral nerves; those nerves had similar origin and innervation area when compared to plexuses from other primates, with the exception of the musculocutaneous nerve that crossed the coracobraquial muscle. Data from studies with brachial plexus from primates allow the access to valuable information regarding the morphology of those animals, and could also assist in the establishment of anatomical parameters among species, which could then contribute to anesthetic procedures and injury treatments.

  13. Sarcoidosis cutánea / Cutaneous sarcoidosis

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    AP, Galeano; E, Vecchio; V, Calzinari; C, Velázquez; V, Dilzician; A, Guglielmone; G, Pacheco; M, Téllez.

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    Full Text Available Presentamos el caso de una paciente de sexo femenino, de 50 años de edad, quien desarrolló sarcoidosis cutánea pura, sin hallazgos hasta la fecha de compromiso sistémico, demostrando buena respuesta al tratamiento con córticoesteroides sistémicos. [...] Abstract in english We report the case of a female patient, aged 50, who developed cutaneous sarcoidosis pure, without finding so far, systemic involvement, demonstrating good response to treatment with systemic corticosteroids. [...

  14. Cutaneous leishmaniasis: an overview.

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    Hepburn N

    2003-01-01

    Leishmaniasis is a major world health problem, which is increasing in incidence. In Northern Europe it is seen in travellers returning from endemic areas. The protozoa is transmitted by sandflies and may produce a variety of clinical syndromes varying from a simple ulcer to fatal systemic disease. This review considers the management of simple cutaneous leishmaniasis. Patients usually have a single ulcer that may heal spontaneously, requiring only topical, or no treatment at all. Lesions caus...

  15. Chronic zosteriform cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Omidian M; Mapar M

    2006-01-01

    Cutaneous leishmanasis (CL) may present with unusual clinical variants such as acute paronychial, annular, palmoplantar, zosteriform, erysipeloid, and sporotrichoid. The zosteriform variant has rarely been reported. Unusual lesions may be morphologically attributed to an altered host response or owing to an atypical strain of parasites in these lesions. We report a patient with CL in a multidermatomal pattern on the back and buttock of a man in Khozestan province in the south of Iran. To our ...

  16. Chitosan against cutaneous pathogens

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    Champer, Jackson; Patel, Julie; Fernando, Nathalie; Salehi, Elaheh; Wong, Victoria; Kim, Jenny

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    Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus aureus are cutaneous pathogens that have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. We sought to determine if chitosan, a polymer of deacetylated chitin, could be used as a potential treatment against these bacteria. We found that higher molecular weight chitosan had superior antimicrobial properties compared to lower molecular weights, and that this activity occurred in a pH dependent manner. Electron and fluorescence microscopy revealed that chi...

  17. Ruocco's immunocompromised cutaneous district.

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    Piccolo, Vincenzo; Baroni, Adone; Russo, Teresa; Schwartz, Robert A

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    The concept of 'locus minoris resistentiae' (lmr) is an old but still effective way of thinking in Medicine. In Dermatology, there are many reports of privileged localization of cutaneous diseases on injured skin, which therefore represents a typical condition of lmr. Lately the innovative concept of immunocompromised cutaneous district (ICD) has been introduced to explain why a previously injured cutaneous site may become in time a privileged location for the outbreak of opportunistic infections, tumors, and immune reactions. An ample documentation of multifarious disorders (infectious, neoplastic, immune) appearing in ICDs was delineated by Ruocco et al. in 2009. These cases were grouped according to the clinical settings responsible for the local immune imbalance: regional chronic lymphedema; herpes-infected sites, which feature the well-known Wolf's isotopic response; and otherwise damaged areas, comprising sites of vaccination, ionizing or UV radiation, thermal burns, and traumas. In the following five years, what was a "novel" pathogenic concept has been extended to an enlarging variety of clinical conditions. This paper focuses on ICD and the expanding spectrum of this now established pathogenic concept. PMID:26475059

  18. Primary Cutaneous Zygomycosis in India

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    Kaushik, Robin

    2012-01-01

    Cutaneous zygomycosis remains underdiagnosed despite being frequently encountered. Delay in the diagnosis contributes to delay in treatment, and a resultant high morbidity and mortality. A retrospective analysis of the reported cases of cutaneous zygomycosis from India was made using various search engines and cross-referencing from available manuscripts. A total of 42 publications from India on the topic were identified, since the first reported case of primary cutaneous zygomycosis by Velia...

  19. Caseating Granulomas in Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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    Aoun, Jessica; Habib, Robert; Charaffeddine, Khalil; Taraif, Suad; Loya, Asif; Khalifeh, Ibrahim

    2014-01-01

    Cutaneous leishmaniasis displays a wide spectrum of clinical and microscopic findings. The microscopic manifestations have been categorized into five groups. The type of granulomatous response defined in group V is usually tuberculoid in nature with exceedingly rare cases described with necrotizing granulomas in contrast to cutaneous infections with tuberculosis and other mycobacteria that are typically associated with necrotic granulomas. The old world countries endemic for cutaneous leishma...

  20. Normal tissue tolerance to external beam radiation therapy: Peripheral nerves

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    Plexopathies and peripheral neuropathies appear progressively and with several years delay after radiotherapy. These lesions are observed principally after three clinical situations: supraclavicular and axillar irradiations for breast cancer, pelvic irradiations for various pathologies and limb irradiations for soft tissue sarcomas. Peripheral nerves and plexus (brachial and lumbosacral) are described as serial structures and are supposed to receive less than a given maximum dose linked to the occurrence of late injury. Literature data, mostly ancient, define the maximum tolerable dose to a threshold of 60 Gy and highlight also a great influence of fractionation and high fraction doses. For peripheral nerves, most frequent late effects are pain with significant differences of occurrence between 50 and 60 Gy. At last, associated pathologies (diabetes, vascular pathology, neuropathy) and associated treatments have probably to be taken into account as additional factors, which may increase the risk of these late radiation complications. (authors)

  1. A coexisting anatomical variation of median and ulnar nerves in a cadaver palm.

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    Natsis, K; Karanassos, M Th; Papathanasiou, E; Noussios, G

    2012-11-01

    During a routine dissection we observed an anatomical variation of the median nerve and an atypical anastomosis in the palm region of a male cadaver. There were four distinct recurrent motor branches of the left median nerve, and the palmar cutaneous branch of the ulnar nerve communicated directly with the third common palmar digital nerve. The presence of such an anatomical variant in the hand should keep surgeons alert in the management of hand pathology especially in carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a routine operation for many medical centres. PMID:23197148

  2. Peripheral nerve sheath myxoma. Clinicopathological and immunohistochemical study of a morphologically distinctive myxoid peripheral nerve sheath tumor in the forelimb of a cat

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    Anfossi, Antonio; Mura, Antonica; Meloni, Floriana; Pintore, Laura; Bionda, Stefano; Leoni, Antonio; Antuofermo, Elisabetta

    2008-01-01

    Peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNST) are a class of nervous system tumors which arise in both schwann cells and perineural fibroblasts. Benign and malignant PNSTs are reported to occur in all domestic animals. In cats they represent 3% of all cutaneous and subcutaneous neoplasms. Only in dogs mixoid PNST has been observed generally localized in the fingers. In humans, PNSTs are rare neoplasms, and nerve sheath myxomas are a distinct neoplasia most commonly found in limb extremities.

  3. Synovial sarcoma of nerve

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    Scheithauer, BW; Amrami, KK; Folpe, AL; Silva, AI; Edgar, MA; Woodruff, JM; Levi, AD; Spinner, RJ

    2011-01-01

    Tumors of peripheral nerve are largely neuroectodermal in nature and derived from 2 elements of nerve, Schwann or perineurial cells. In contrast, mesenchymal tumors affecting peripheral nerve are rare and are derived mainly from epineurial connective tissue. The spectrum of the latter is broad and includes lipoma, vascular neoplasms, hematopoietic tumors, and even meningioma. Of malignant peripheral nerve neoplasms, the vast majority are primary peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Malignancies of...

  4. Peripheral nerve injuries in athletes. Treatment and prevention.

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    Lorei, M P; Hershman, E B

    1993-08-01

    Peripheral nerve lesions are uncommon but serious injuries which may delay or preclude an athlete's safe return to sports. Early, accurate anatomical diagnosis is essential. Nerve lesions may be due to acute injury (e.g. from a direct blow) or chronic injury secondary to repetitive microtrauma (entrapment). Accurate diagnosis is based upon physical examination and a knowledge of the relative anatomy. Palpation, neurological testing and provocative manoeuvres are mainstays of physical diagnosis. Diagnostic suspicion can be confirmed by electrophysiological testing, including electromyography and nerve conduction studies. Proper equipment, technique and conditioning are the keys to prevention. Rest, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and appropriate splinting are the mainstays of treatment. In the shoulder, spinal accessory nerve injury is caused by a blow to the neck and results in trapezius paralysis with sparing of the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Scapular winging results from paralysis of the serratus anterior because of long thoracic nerve palsy. A lesion of the suprascapular nerve may mimic a rotator cuff tear with pain a weakness of the rotator cuff. Axillary nerve injury often follows anterior shoulder dislocation. In the elbow region, musculocutaneous nerve palsy is seen in weightlifters with weakness of the elbow flexors and dysesthesias of the lateral forearm. Pronator syndrome is a median nerve lesion occurring in the proximal forearm which is diagnosed by several provocative manoeuvres. Posterior interosseous nerve entrapment is common among tennis players and occurs at the Arcade of Froshe--it results in weakness of the wrist and metacarpophalangeal extensors. Ulnar neuritis at the elbow is common amongst baseball pitchers. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common neuropathy seen in sport and is caused by median nerve compression in the carpal tunnel. Paralysis of the ulnar nerve at the wrist is seen among bicyclists resulting in weakness of grip and numbness of the ulnar 1.5 digits. Thigh injuries include lateral femoral cutaneous nerve palsy resulting in loss of sensation over the anterior thigh without power deficit. Femoral nerve injury occurs secondary to an iliopsoas haematoma from high energy sports. A lesion of the sciatic nerve may indicate a concomitant dislocated hip. Common peroneal nerve injury may be due to a direct blow or a traction injury and results in a foot drop and numbness of the dorsum of the foot. Deep and superficial peroneal nerve palsies could be secondary to an exertional compartment syndrome. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compressive lesion of the posterior tibial nerve caused by repetitive dorsiflexion of the ankle--it is common among runners and mountain climbers.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:8378668

  5. Prognostic relevance of risk factors for obstetrical brachial plexopathy

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    Heise Carlos O.; Gherpelli José Luiz D.

    2006-01-01

    We did a case-control study to verify if the birthweight, forceps delivery or perinatal asphyxia have any significant effect on the prognosis of obstetrical brachial plexopathy. Group A was composed of 25 infants who completely recovered at the age of 6 months. Group B was composed of 21 infants who were still not able to remove a blindfold from the face with the affected limb in the sitting position at the age of 12 months. There was no statistical difference of the median birthweight or med...

  6. Obesity in children with brachial plexus birth palsy.

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    Singh, Avreeta K; Mills, Janith; Bauer, Andrea S; Ezaki, Marybeth

    2015-11-01

    Fetal macrosomia is associated with a 14-fold increased risk of brachial plexus birth palsy (BPBP), and is a predictor of childhood obesity. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationships between BPBP, fetal macrosomia, and childhood obesity. We retrospectively reviewed 214 children with BPBP. The average age was 8 years and 53% had a Narakas 1 grade BPBP. Overall, 49% of children were normal weight, 22% overweight, and 29% obese. Of the children with a history of fetal macrosomia, 41% were obese; a statistically significant difference. Overall quality of life scores, however, were not correlated with obesity. PMID:26163865

  7. Karolinska Institutet 200 year anniversary - Symposium on Traumatic Injuries in the Nervous System: Injuries to the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system - Injuries and repair, pain problems, lesions to brachial plexus

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    MattiasK.Sköld

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The Karolinska Institutet 200 year anniversary symposium on injuries to the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system gathered expertise in the spinal cord, spinal nerve and peripheral nerve injury field spanning from molecular prerequisites for nerve regeneration to clinical methods in nerve repair and rehabilitation. The topics presented at the meeting covered findings on adult neural stem cells that when transplanted to the hypoglossal nucleus in the rat could integrate with its host and promote neuron survival. Studies on vascularization after intraspinal replantation of ventral nerve roots and microarray studies in ventral root replantation as a tool for mapping of biological patterns typical for neuronal regeneration were discussed. Different immune molecules in neurons and glia and their very specific roles in synapse plasticity after injury were presented. Novel strategies in repair of injured peripheral nerves with ethyl-cyanoacrylate adhesive showed functional recovery comparable to that of conventional epineural sutures. Various aspects on surgical techniques which are available to improve function of the limb, once the nerve regeneration after brachial plexus lesions and repair has reached its limit were presented. Mo

  8. Cutaneous sarcoidosis without systemic manifestations

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    Mohanty Rajesh

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A 38-year-old lady, housewife by profession presented with mildly pruritic polymorphic lesions on various parts of her body. The lesions appeared as smooth, violaceous and round papules. Histopathological examination showed classical features of cutaneous sarcoidosis. She had no systemic involvement. Cutaneous sarcoidosis has many morphological presentations and often mimics other dermatologic diseases. Treatment options are reviewed.

  9. Large and small nerve fiber function in painful diabetic neuropathy.

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    Heimans, J J; Bertelsmann, F W; Van Rooy, J C

    1986-06-01

    Vibratory perception thresholds (VPTs) and thermal discrimination thresholds (TDTs), reflecting large nerve fiber function and small nerve fiber function, respectively, were determined in 20 diabetics with painful sensory polyneuropathy and in 20 diabetics without neuropathic symptoms. VPTs were elevated in 27 patients and proved to be significantly higher in the group with painful neuropathy (p less than 0.01). Yet in three symptomatic patients, VPTs were normal. TDTs were abnormal in 35 cases and the difference between patients with and patients without symptoms was more pronounced (p less than 0.001). All patients with painful neuropathy had elevated TDTs. These findings confirm the relationship between pain in diabetic neuropathy and the affection of small fiber function. When monitoring of peripheral nerve function in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy is required, quantitation of thermal cutaneous sensation provides useful information on the function of small nerve fibers. PMID:3723133

  10. Chronic zosteriform cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Omidian M

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutaneous leishmanasis (CL may present with unusual clinical variants such as acute paronychial, annular, palmoplantar, zosteriform, erysipeloid, and sporotrichoid. The zosteriform variant has rarely been reported. Unusual lesions may be morphologically attributed to an altered host response or owing to an atypical strain of parasites in these lesions. We report a patient with CL in a multidermatomal pattern on the back and buttock of a man in Khozestan province in the south of Iran. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of multidermatomal zosteriform CL. It was resistant to conventional treatment but responded well to a combination of meglumine antimoniate, allopurinol, and cryotherapy.

  11. COMPARISON BETWEEN 0 . 5% BUPIVACAINE - DEXAMET HASONE COMBINATION & 0 . 5% BUPIVACAINE - CLONIDINE COMBINATION IN BRACHIAL PLEXUS BLOCKS BY SUPRACLAVICULAR APPROACH

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Brachial plexus blocks , alone or in combination with general anesthesia , has become one of the most important anesthesia techniques for surgeries in the upper limb . Prolongation of analgesia using perineural catheters are not yet popular , and we are in need for an adjuvant that can prolong the action of local anesthetics after single injection peripheral nerve blocks . Dexamethasone and clonidine are two commonly used adjuvants . This study was undertaken to compare the analgesic efficacy of dexamethasone and clonidine . MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety adult patients fitting under the inclusion criteria were assigned to three groups of thirty each and received ultrasound guided suprac lavicular brachial plexus block. They received either dexamethasone 8 mg (Group D or clonidine 1mcg/kg (Group C or saline 2 ml (Group S with 15 ml of 0 . 5% bupivacaine . The onset of sensory and motor blocks , duration of analgesia and the duration of motor block were assessed . RESULTS: The onset of sensory and motor block were comparable in all the three groups ( 17 . 50±2 . 86 minutes and 30 . 33±4 . 14 minutes ; 17 . 17±3 . 13 minutes and 31 . 0±4 . 8 minutes ; 18 . 33±3 . 55 minutes and 31 . 0±5 . 48 minutes for groups D , C and S respectively . The duration of analgesia and motor blockade was markedly prolonged in dexamethasone group (19 . 41±2 . 60 hours and 17 . 19±2 . 13 hours and moderately prolonged clonidine group (11 . 49±1 . 66 hours and 10 . 41±1 . 18 hours when compared to saline group (7 . 56±1 . 65 hours and 6 . 22±1 . 43 hours . CONCLUSION: Dexamethasone proves to be a better adjuvant compared to clonidine , as it considerably prolongs analgesia and is devoid of significant side effects . But the prolonged motor block is still a matter of concern and the search for an adjuvant that selectively prolongs analgesia without impairing motor function continues

  12. Steindler flexorplasty to restore elbow flexion in C5-C6-C7 brachial plexus palsy type

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    Monreal Ricardo

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Loss of elbow flexion due to traumatic palsy of the brachial plexus represents a major functional handicap. Then, the first goal in the treatment of the flail arm is to restore the elbow flexion by primary direct nerve surgery or secondary reconstructive surgery. There are various methods to restore elbow flexion which are well documented in the medical literature but the most known and used is Steindler flexorplasty. This review is intended to detail the author's experience with Steindler flexorplasty to restore elbow flexion in patients with brachial plexus palsy C5-C6-C7 where wrist extensors are paralyzed or weakened. Methods We conducted a retrospective follow-up study of 12 patients with absent or extremely weak elbow flexion (motor grade 2 or less, wrist/finger extensor and triceps palsy associated; who had undergone surgical reconstruction of the flail upper limb by tendon transfer (Steindler flexorplasty and wrist arthrodesis to restore elbow flexion. The aetiology of elbow weakness was in all patients brachial plexus palsy (C5-C6-C7 deficit. Data were collected from medical records and from the information obtained during follow-up visits. Age, sex, preoperative strength (rated on a 0 to 5 scale for the flexors of the elbow, wrist flexors, pronator and triceps, previous surgery, length of follow-up, other associated operative procedures, results and complications were recorded. Results The results are the follows: Eleven patients were found to have very good or good function of the transferred muscles. One patient had mild active flexion of the elbow despite the reconstructive procedure. There were no major intraoperative complications. Two patients experienced transient, intermittent nocturnal ulnar paresthesias postoperatively. In both patients these symptoms subsided without further surgery. Conclusion Our study suggests that in patients with C5-C6-C7 palsy where the wrist and finger extensors are paralyzed or weaked, the flexor-pronators muscles of the forearm are strong but the triceps is not available for transfer; Steindler flexorplasty to restore elbow flexion should be complemented with wrist arthrodesis.

  13. Low velocity gun shot wounds of the brachial plexus.

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    Vrettos, B C; Rochkind, S; Boome, R S

    1995-04-01

    28 patients with low velocity gunshot wounds of the brachial plexus were treated at Groote Schuur Hospital from 1980 to 1991. Delayed exploration of the brachial plexus (up to 7 months after injury) was performed in nine (30%) of the patients. The other 19 patients did not have exploration of the plexus; most of these patients showed signs of recovery within 2 to 4 weeks of injury. Injury to the subclavian or axillary artery occurred in nine (30%) of the cases. The average length of follow-up of the patients was 19 months (range 2-90 months). Of the 19 patients treated non-operatively, 15 (79%) had an excellent or good result and four (21%) a fair result. The indications for surgery were the absence of improvement within 3 months of injury or persistent pain. Surgery was indicated for significant pain in five of the nine patients; postoperatively two had complete relief of pain, two improvement in the pain and one no improvement. Of the nine surgically treated patients, three (33%) had a good result, two (22%) a fair result and four (45%) a poor result. The potential for recovery was not dependent on the severity of the injury at presentation or the presence of vascular injury but on the appearance of signs of recovery within 4 weeks of injury. PMID:7797973

  14. USE OF DEXMEDETOMIDINE ALONG WITH BUPIVACAINE FOR BRACHIAL PLEXUS BLOCK

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Supraclavicular brachial plexus block provides safe, effective, low cost anaesthesia with good postoperative analgesia. This study was conducted to compare the postoperative analgesic efficacy and safety of dexmedetomidine for brachial plexus blockade along with bupivacaine. Methodology: This prospective double blind study was conducted on 70 patients of age 18 to 60 years posted for various upper limb surgeries and randomly allocated into two equal groups of 35 each. Control group-C received injection bupivacaine (0.25% 38 milliliter plus 2 milliliter normal saline, dexmedetomidine group-D received injection bupivacaine (0.25% 38 milliliter plus dexmedetomidine 30 microgram (2 milliliter. Assessment of motor and sensory blockade, pulse, systolic blood pressure, respiration and side effects were noted every 5 minutes for first 30 minute and every 10 minute till end of surgery. Duration of analgesia and incidence of various complications following the procedure were observed. Results: It was observed that in control group onset of motor and sensory blockade was faster. Where as, dexmedetomidine group have better hemodynamic stability and greater postoperative analgesia. Only two cases of bradycardia and two cases of hypotension were noticed in dexmedetomidine group-D. [National J of Med Res 2012; 2(1.000: 67-69

  15. Metastatic Brachial Plexopathy in a Case of Recurrent Breast Carcinoma Demonstrated on {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT

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    Tripathi, Madhavi; Das, Chandan J.; Srivastava, Anurag; Bal, ChandraSekhar; Malhotra, Arun [All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (India)

    2014-03-15

    This case highlights the importance of recognition of the pattern of metastatic brachialplexopathy in breast cancer patients undergoing {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose ({sup 18}F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for evaluation of recurrent disease.This pattern can be appreciated on maximum intensity projection (MIP) and coronal {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT images as a linear extension of tracer activity from superomedial aspect(supra/infraclavicular) to lateral aspect of the axilla closely related to the subclavian/axillary vessels). A 35-year-old woman diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the right breast had undergone six cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, followed by wide local incision and radiotherapy. She had local recurrence, for which she was operated upon and given chemotherapy. She presented to her oncologist with pain and swelling in the right breast, nodules in the right axilla and restriction of movement of the right upper limb. The patient was referred for {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT to evaluate the extent of recurrent/metastatic disease. Whole-body PET/CT was acquired 1 h following the intravenous injection of 296 MBq of {sup 18}F-FDG on a Biograph mCT scanner (Siemens). Evaluation of the MIP image revealed abnormal FDG accumulation at multiple sites in the thorax, along with a linear pattern of FDG uptake in the right lateral aspect of the upper chest (Fig. 1a, arrow). The coronal fused PET/CT image revealed a linear pattern of FDG uptake corresponding to an ill-defined mass extending from just behind the right clavicle into the right axilla (arrow). In addition, abnormal FDG accumulation was seen in a soft tissue density mass in the upper outer quadrant of the right breast, skin of the right breast laterally, both pectoral muscles (discrete foci) and in a few subpectoral nodes. Soft tissue nodular opacities in both lungs showed FDG accumulation suggestive of pulmonary metastasis (Fig. 1b, thick arrow). The patient was referred for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to demonstrate the brachial plexus involvement. Coronal diffusion-weighted whole-body imaging with background body signal suppression (DWIBS) revealed a mass in the right axilla, with a b value of 1,000, infiltrating the cord and branches of the right brachial plexus visualised as linear hyperintensities (Fig. 1c, arrow). Brachial plexopathy in breast cancer patients can be metastatic (because major lymph drainage routes for the breast course through the axilla) or radiation induced, the former being the commoner of the two. Differentiation between the two pathologies is important for appropriate treatment planning. {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT is a useful tool in the evaluation of patients with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer. Recognition of the pattern of brachial plexus involvement is thus essential for accurate interpretation of the {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT study. To date, two case reports and one small case series have demonstrated the feasibility of PET for confirming metastatic brachial plexopathy when MRI was suspicious of the same or when the patient was symptomatic for the same. This case highlights the possibility of metastatic brachial plexopathy even when the patient may not be overtly symptomatic for the same. The typical pattern as seen on MIP and coronal images is linear, extending from the superomedial aspect (supra/infraclavicular) to the lateral aspect of axilla closely related to the subclavian/axillary vessels). The commonest finding on computed tomography (CT) is that of an axillary mass, but may range from no remarkable abnormality to minimal thickening. Moreover, CT would not be able to differentiate metastatic from radiation plexopathy. MRI is the first-line imaging modality for evaluating brachial plexopathy and can delineate both normal and abnormal anatomy of the brachial plexus, with the ability to differentiate nerves from the surrounding vessels and soft tissue with greater detail than CT. In this case, DWIBS was used to demonstrate the presence of a right axillary mass (discrete mass in relation

  16. [Pharyngeal-cervical-brachial syndrome: A rare form of Guillain-Barré syndrome with severe acute bulbar palsy].

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    Lametery, E; Dubois-Teklali, F; Millet, A; Manel, V

    2016-02-01

    The pharyngeal-cervical-brachial (PCB) variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome is rare in children. It is characterized by oropharyngeal, neck, and upper limb muscle involvement, without ataxia and disturbed consciousness. Although associated with anti-GT1a antibodies, there is no single clinical or serological marker of PCB syndrome. We report on two cases in a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old females. The first symptom was acute dysphonia followed by severe bulbar palsy with deglutition disorders, associated with involvement of other cranial nerves and arm and leg weakness. One of the girls had normal deep tendon reflexes. Both had normal cerebral imaging and normal cerebrospinal fluid. No sign of neuropathy was found on nerve conduction studies. The diagnosis of PCB syndrome was established based on the presence of antiganglioside antibodies. Both adolescents had IgG anti-GT1a antibodies. Anti-GQ1b and anti-GT1b antibodies were associated in the first case, anti-GM1 and anti-GD1a in the second case. Clinical improvement was fast after treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin therapy. Recovery was complete. Only a few cases of children and adolescents with PCB syndrome have been reported. The main differential diagnoses were excluded with brain MRI. The neurophysiological findings in PCB syndrome are axonal neuropathy rather than demyelinating neuropathy, which might be normal in the early stages of the disease. Positivity of anti-GT1a IgG antibodies is very helpful for the diagnosis of PCB syndrome. In atypical cases of bulbar palsy with other cranial nerve involvement and normal brain MRI, diagnosis of PCB syndrome should be considered. Recognizing the atypical cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome enables anticipatory monitoring for disease complications and identifies therapeutic options. The short- and long-term outcome of the PCB syndrome after intravenous immunoglobulin treatment seems favorable. PMID:26697812

  17. Anomalous Branching Pattern of Lateral Cord of Brachial Plexus Padrón de Ramos Anómalos del Fascículo Lateral del Plexo Braquial

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    Srijit Das

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available During routine dissection, an unusual formation of median nerve was detected in the right upper limb of a 55 year old male cadaver. The median nerve had an additional contribution from lateral cord. The two branches of the lateral cord designated as upper and the lower branches were observed at different levels. The upper branch was in close contact with the third part of the axillary artery and it crossed the vessel anteriorly to unite with a branch of the medial cord to form the median nerve. The median nerve thus formed was related medially to the axillary artery (instead of the normal position of being anterolateral. The median nerve descended below and was joined by an additional lower branch from the lateral cord. Interestingly, the ulnar nerve which arose from the medial cord, descended below and was joined within its fascial sheath by the medial cutaneous nerve of the forearm The presence of such an additional branch from the lateral cord contributing to the formation of median nerve and its unusual relation of being medial to the axillary artery may be of immense clinical interest to neurologists diagnosing nerve lesions and surgeons who are exposed to the topographical anatomy of the neural structures during radical neck dissection. The additional branch of the lateral cord may compress upon the axillary artery to cause vascular insufficiencyDurante una disección de rutina fue encontrada una formación inusual del nervio mediano en el miembro superior derecho, de un inividuo de sexo masculino, de 55 años de edad. El nervio mediano tenía una contribución adicional del facículo lateral. Los dos ramos del fascículo lateral, designados como ramos superior e inferior, fueron observados a diferentes niveles. El ramo superior tuvo un estrecho contacto con la tercera parte de la arteria axilar y cruzaba la vena axilar anteriormente para unirse con un ramo del fascículo medial y formar el nervio mediano. El nervio mediano así formado estaba relacionado medialmente con la arteria axilar (en vez de su posición normal de situación anterolateral. El nervio mediano se dirigía hacia bajo y se unía con un ramo inferior adicional del fascículo lateral. El nervio ulnar, que se originaba del fascículo medial, descendía posterior y se unía en la vaina fascial con el nervio cutáneo medial del antebrazo. La presencia de un ramo adicional del fascículo lateral contribuyendo a la formación del nervio mediano y su inusual relación con la arteria axilar, tiene un interés clínico para los neurólogos, quienes diagnostican lesiones nerviosas, y cirujanos que están expuestos a encontrar variaciones de estructuras nerviosas durante disecciones radicales de cuello. El ramo adicional del fascículo lateral puede comprimir la arteria axilar y causar insuficiencia vascular

  18. Ciguatoxin enhances quantal transmitter release from frog motor nerve terminals.

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    1. Ciguatoxin (CTX), a marine toxin produced by the benthic dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus toxicus, is responsible for a complex endemic disease in man known as ciguatera fish poisoning. In the present study we have investigated the effects of purified CTX extracted for Gymnothorax javanicus moray-eel liver on frog isolated neuromuscular preparations with conventional electrophysiological techniques. 2. CTX (1-2.5 nM) applied to cutaneous pectoris nerve-muscle preparations induced, after a shor...

  19. Interscalene brachial plexus block for outpatient shoulder arthroplasty: Postoperative analgesia, patient satisfaction and complications

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    Shah Anand

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Shoulder arthroplasty procedures are seldom performed on an ambulatory basis. Our objective was to examine postoperative analgesia, nausea and vomiting, patient satisfaction and complications of ambulatory shoulder arthroplasty performed using interscalene brachial plexus block (ISB. Materials and Methods: We prospectively examined 82 consecutive patients undergoing total and hemi-shoulder arthroplasty under ISB. Eighty-nine per cent (n=73 of patients received a continuous ISB; 11% (n=9 received a single-injection ISB. The blocks were performed using a nerve stimulator technique. Thirty to 40 mL of 0.5% ropivacaine with 1:400,000 epinephrine was injected perineurally after appropriate muscle twitches were elicited at a current of less than 0.5% mA. Data were collected in the preoperative holding area, intraoperatively and postoperatively including the postanesthesia care unit (PACU, at 24h and at seven days. Results: Mean postoperative pain scores at rest were 0.8 ± 2.3 in PACU (with movement, 0.9 ± 2.5, 2.5 ± 3.1 at 24h and 2.8 ± 2.1 at seven days. Mean postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV scores were 0.2 ± 1.2 in the PACU and 0.4 ± 1.4 at 24h. Satisfaction scores were 4.8 ± 0.6 and 4.8 ± 0.7, respectively, at 24h and seven days. Minimal complications were noted postoperatively at 30 days. Conclusions: Regional anesthesia offers sufficient analgesia during the hospital stay for shoulder arthroplasty procedures while adhering to high patient comfort and satisfaction, with low complications.

  20. Characterization of a chondroitin sulfate hydrogel for nerve root regeneration

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    Conovaloff, Aaron; Panitch, Alyssa

    2011-10-01

    Brachial plexus injury is a serious medical problem that affects many patients annually, with most cases involving damage to the nerve roots. Therefore, a chondroitin sulfate hydrogel was designed to both serve as a scaffold for regenerating root neurons and deliver neurotrophic signals. Capillary electrophoresis showed that chondroitin sulfate has a dissociation constant in the micromolar range with several common neurotrophins, and this was determined to be approximately tenfold stronger than with heparin. It was also revealed that nerve growth factor exhibits a slightly stronger affinity for hyaluronic acid than for chondroitin sulfate. However, E8 chick dorsal root ganglia cultured in the presence of nerve growth factor revealed that ganglia cultured in chondroitin sulfate scaffolds showed more robust growth than those cultured in control gels of hyaluronic acid. It is hypothesized that, despite the stronger affinity of nerve growth factor for hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate serves as a better scaffold for neurite outgrowth, possibly due to inhibition of growth by hyaluronic acid chains.

  1. Cutaneous protothecosis - Case report*

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    da Silva, Pâmela Craveiro Gomes; Silva, Sabrina Beirão da Costa e; Lima, Ricardo Barbosa; D'Acri, Antonio Macedo; Lupi, Omar; Martins, Carlos José

    2013-01-01

    Cutaneous protothecosis is a rare infection caused by achlorophyllic algae of the genus Prototheca. The lesions usually occur on exposed areas, related with trauma, in immunocompromised patients. The most common clinical presentation is a vesicobullous and ulcerative lesion with pustules and scabs, simulating bacterial, fungal or herpetic infections or eczema. The diagnosis is determined by agent identification through histopathology, culture and the carbohydrates assimilation test. The finding of morula-like spherules is characteristic of Prototheca sp. Its rarity and non-specific clinical aspect may difficult the disease diagnosis. We report a case of a diabetic patient, in chronic use of systemic corticosteroids, that developed a skin lesion after trauma to the right leg. PMID:24346914

  2. Comparison of brachial dilatory responses to hypercapnia and reactive hyperemia.

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    Geijer, Justin R; Hultgren, Neil E; Evanoff, Nicholas G; Kelly, Aaron S; Chernin, Michael A; Stoltman, Matthew G; Dengel, Donald R

    2016-03-01

    Flow-mediated dilation (FMD) relies on reactive hyperemia to stimulate the endothelium to release nitric oxide, causing smooth muscle relaxation. Hypercapnia also produces vasodilation, which is thought to be nitric oxide-independent. The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast the effects of hypercapnia and reactive hyperemia as stimuli for brachial artery dilation. On separate days, twenty-five participants underwent vasodilation studies via reactive hyperemia or hypercapnia (i.e. 10 mmHg increase in end-tidal carbon dioxide [PetCO2)]). During both studies changes in brachial artery diameter were recorded using continuous ultrasound imaging. Heart rate (HR) was measured throughout both tests. Resting HR (63  ±  11 versus 68  ±  14 beats min(-1), p  =  0.0027) and baseline brachial artery diameter measurements (4.57  ±  1.51 versus 5.28  ±  1.86 mm, p  =  0.022) were significantly different between reactive hyperemia and hypercapnia, respectively. HR at peak dilation (65  ±  11 versus 76  ±  14 beats min(-1), p  <  0.0001), peak vessel dilation (8.68  ±  4.50 versus 5.28  ±  1.86%, p  =  0.002), and time to peak dilation (90.8  ±  120.1 versus 658.3  ±  226.6 s, p  <  0.0001) were also significantly different between reactive hyperemia and hypercapnia. The dynamics by which reactive hyperemia and hypercapnia stimulate vasodilation appear to differ. Hypercapnia produces a smaller and slower vasodilatory effect than reactive hyperemia. Further research is necessary to better understand the mechanisms of vasodilation under hypercapnic conditions. PMID:26862786

  3. Miltefosine in cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    To determine the efficacy of oral Miltefosine in patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis and its comparison with the most effective standard treatment, pentavalent antimony compound. Thirty patients, 12 years of age or older clinically and histopathologically diagnosed as cutaneous leishmaniasis were selected. Fifteen patients received orally administered Miltefosine 2.5mg/kg/day for 28 days and remaining 15 received injectable pentavalent antimony 20mg/kg/day for 28 days. Pre-treatment complete physical examination was done along with necessary laboratory investigations in all cases. These were repeated again after 2 weeks and at the end of treatment to note any deviation from the normal limits. Groups were almost matched in terms of age, weight, parasitological score. The efficacy was evaluated by ulcer size, before therapy, at 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Patients were followed-up at 3 and 6 months. Efficacy of two groups was statistically compared by calculating p-value by z-test. All patients completed the study without any serious complication. Lesions improved significantly and only scarring and post-inflammatory pigmentation was left. At 3 months, cure rate was 93% in group A and it was 73.33% in group B while at the end of 6 months, it was 86% and 66.6% respectively. This difference between efficacies of two groups was not found to be statistically significant (p-value >0.5). Miltefosine appears to be a safe and effective alternative to currently used therapies. The striking advantage of Miltefosine is its oral administration and it may also be helpful in regions where parasites are resistant to current agents. (author)

  4. Dose Constraints to Prevent Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy in Patients Treated for Lung Cancer

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    Amini, Arya [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, California (United States); Yang Jinzhong; Williamson, Ryan [Department of Radiation Physics, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); McBurney, Michelle L. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Erasmus, Jeremy [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Allen, Pamela K.; Karhade, Mandar; Komaki, Ritsuko; Liao, Zhongxing; Gomez, Daniel; Cox, James [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Dong, Lei [Department of Radiation Physics, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Welsh, James, E-mail: jwelsh@mdanderson.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)

    2012-03-01

    Purpose: As the recommended radiation dose for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) increases, meeting dose constraints for critical structures like the brachial plexus becomes increasingly challenging, particularly for tumors in the superior sulcus. In this retrospective analysis, we compared dose-volume histogram information with the incidence of plexopathy to establish the maximum dose tolerated by the brachial plexus. Methods and Materials: We identified 90 patients with NSCLC treated with definitive chemoradiation from March 2007 through September 2010, who had received >55 Gy to the brachial plexus. We used a multiatlas segmentation method combined with deformable image registration to delineate the brachial plexus on the original planning CT scans and scored plexopathy according to Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 4.03. Results: Median radiation dose to the brachial plexus was 70 Gy (range, 56-87.5 Gy; 1.5-2.5 Gy/fraction). At a median follow-up time of 14.0 months, 14 patients (16%) had brachial plexopathy (8 patients [9%] had Grade 1, and 6 patients [7%] had Grade {>=}2); median time to symptom onset was 6.5 months (range, 1.4-37.4 months). On multivariate analysis, receipt of a median brachial plexus dose of >69 Gy (odds ratio [OR] 10.091; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.512-67.331; p = 0.005), a maximum dose of >75 Gy to 2 cm{sup 3} of the brachial plexus (OR, 4.909; 95% CI, 0.966-24.952; p = 0.038), and the presence of plexopathy before irradiation (OR, 4.722; 95% CI, 1.267-17.606; p = 0.021) were independent predictors of brachial plexopathy. Conclusions: For lung cancers near the apical region, brachial plexopathy is a major concern for high-dose radiation therapy. We developed a computer-assisted image segmentation method that allows us to rapidly and consistently contour the brachial plexus and establish the dose limits to minimize the risk of brachial plexopathy. Our results could be used as a guideline in future prospective trials with high-dose radiation therapy for unresectable lung cancer.

  5. The Physics of Nerves

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    Heimburg, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    The accepted model for nerve pulse propagation in biological membranes seems insufficient. It is restricted to dissipative electrical phenomena and considers nerve pulses exclusively as a microscopic phenomenon. A simple thermodynamic model that is based on the macroscopic properties of membranes allows explaining more features of nerve pulse propagation including the phenomenon of anesthesia that has so far remained unexplained.

  6. Primary cutaneous zygomycosis in India.

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    Kaushik, Robin

    2012-12-01

    Cutaneous zygomycosis remains underdiagnosed despite being frequently encountered. Delay in the diagnosis contributes to delay in treatment, and a resultant high morbidity and mortality. A retrospective analysis of the reported cases of cutaneous zygomycosis from India was made using various search engines and cross-referencing from available manuscripts. A total of 42 publications from India on the topic were identified, since the first reported case of primary cutaneous zygomycosis by Veliath et al. (1976). There are 130 described cases of cutaneous zygomycosis with an overall mortality of 35 %. The commonest zygomycete identified was Apophysomyces elegans, and the commonest predisposing factor was breach of the skin. Surprisingly, diabetes was reported only in 36 cases (27.69 %). It is important to be aware of this unusual but fatal infection in order to manage it properly and have a good outcome. PMID:24293901

  7. Temporal pattern of pulse wave velocity during brachial hyperemia reactivity

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    Endothelial function can be assessed non-invasively with ultrasound, analyzing the change of brachial diameter in response to transient forearm ischemia. We propose a new technique based in the same principle, but analyzing a continuous recording of carotid-radial pulse wave velocity (PWV) instead of diameter. PWV was measured on 10 healthy subjects of 22±2 years before and after 5 minutes forearm occlusion. After 59 ± 31 seconds of cuff release PWV decreased 21 ± 9% compared to baseline, reestablishing the same after 533 ± 65 seconds. There were no significant changes observed in blood pressure. When repeating the study one hour later in 5 subjects, we obtained a coefficient of repeatability of 4.8%. In conclusion, through analysis of beat to beat carotid-radial PWV it was possible to characterize the temporal profiles and analyze the acute changes in response to a reactive hyperemia. The results show that the technique has a high sensitivity and repeatability.

  8. Co-infusion of autologous adipose tissue derived neuronal differentiated mesenchymal stem cells and bone marrow derived hematopoietic stem cells, a viable therapy for post-traumatic brachial plexus injury: A case report

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    Umang G Thakkar

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Stem cell therapy is emerging as a viable approach in regenerative medicine. A 31-year-old male with brachial plexus injury had complete sensory-motor loss since 16 years with right pseudo-meningocele at C5-D1 levels and extra-spinal extension up to C7-D1, with avulsion on magnetic resonance imaging and irreversible damage. We generated adipose tissue derived neuronal differentiated mesenchymal stem cells (N-AD-MSC and bone marrow derived hematopoietic stem cells (HSC-BM. Neuronal stem cells expressed β-3 tubulin and glial fibrillary acid protein which was confirmed on immunofluorescence. On day 14, 2.8 ml stem cell inoculum was infused under local anesthesia in right brachial plexus sheath by brachial block technique under ultrasonography guidance with a 1.5-inch-long 23 gauge needle. Nucleated cell count was 2 × 10 4 /μl, CD34+ was 0.06%, and CD45-/90+ and CD45-/73+ were 41.63% and 20.36%, respectively. No untoward effects were noted. He has sustained recovery with re-innervation over a follow-up of 4 years documented on electromyography-nerve conduction velocity study.

  9. Co-infusion of autologous adipose tissue derived neuronal differentiated mesenchymal stem cells and bone marrow derived hematopoietic stem cells, a viable therapy for post-traumatic brachial plexus injury: a case report.

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    Thakkar, Umang G; Vanikar, Aruna V; Trivedi, Hargovind L

    2014-01-01

    Stem cell therapy is emerging as a viable approach in regenerative medicine. A 31-year-old male with brachial plexus injury had complete sensory-motor loss since 16 years with right pseudo-meningocele at C5-D1 levels and extra-spinal extension up to C7-D1, with avulsion on magnetic resonance imaging and irreversible damage. We generated adipose tissue derived neuronal differentiated mesenchymal stem cells (N-AD-MSC) and bone marrow derived hematopoietic stem cells (HSC-BM). Neuronal stem cells expressed β-3 tubulin and glial fibrillary acid protein which was confirmed on immunofluorescence. On day 14, 2.8 ml stem cell inoculum was infused under local anesthesia in right brachial plexus sheath by brachial block technique under ultrasonography guidance with a 1.5-inch-long 23 gauge needle. Nucleated cell count was 2 × 10 4 /μl, CD34+ was 0.06%, and CD45-/90+ and CD45-/73+ were 41.63% and 20.36%, respectively. No untoward effects were noted. He has sustained recovery with re-innervation over a follow-up of 4 years documented on electromyography-nerve conduction velocity study. PMID:25116721

  10. Cutaneous Lymphangioma circumscriptum - dermoscopic features*

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    António Fernandes, Massa; Nuno, Menezes; Armando, Baptista; Ana Isabel, Moreira; Eduarda Osório, Ferreira.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Lymphangiomas are congenital lymphatic malformations and cutaneous lymphangioma circumscriptum is the most common type. It is clinically characterized by clusters of translucent vesicles and the presence of dermoscopically yellow lacunae surrounded by pale septa, as well as reddish to bluish lacunae [...] . In our case, the recently described hypopyon-like feature manifested, aiding in the sometimes difficult differential diagnosis of cutaneous lymphangioma circumscriptum with vascular lesions, further highlighting the importance of dermoscopy in what can be a diagnostic challenge.

  11. Cutaneous leishmaniasis with unusual presentation

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    Khatri M; Shafi M; Banghazil M

    1999-01-01

    Three cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis with unusual presentation seen at Central Hospital Tripoli, Libya are described. Case No. 1 and 2 had 102 and 109 noduloulcerative lesions with generalized almost bilaterally symmetrical distribution, suggestive of dissemination. Case No. 3 had large verrucous carcinoma but histopathology suggested lupoid (chronic cutaneous) leishmaniasis. Patient No. 2 developed hypersensitivity reaction to sodium stibogluconate after 10 days but responded well to the t...

  12. Cerebral metastases of cutaneous melanoma.

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    Gupta, G; Robertson, A. G.; Mackie, R.M.

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    Cerebral metastases of cutaneous melanoma carry a very poor prognosis. We report our experience of 31 patients who presented with cerebral metastasis of cutaneous melanoma in a 5-year period between mid-1991 and mid-1996. Cerebral metastases were diagnosed on computerized tomography (CT) scan after patients became symptomatic. The overall median survival in our series was 4 months. Seventeen patients (55%) received treatment with radiotherapy and dexamethasone with resolution of their symptom...

  13. Morphometric Atlas Selection for Automatic Brachial Plexus Segmentation

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of atlas selection based on different morphometric parameters, on the accuracy of automatic brachial plexus (BP) segmentation for radiation therapy planning. The segmentation accuracy was measured by comparing all of the generated automatic segmentations with anatomically validated gold standard atlases developed using cadavers. Methods and Materials: Twelve cadaver computed tomography (CT) atlases (3 males, 9 females; mean age: 73 years) were included in the study. One atlas was selected to serve as a patient, and the other 11 atlases were registered separately onto this “patient” using deformable image registration. This procedure was repeated for every atlas as a patient. Next, the Dice and Jaccard similarity indices and inclusion index were calculated for every registered BP with the original gold standard BP. In parallel, differences in several morphometric parameters that may influence the BP segmentation accuracy were measured for the different atlases. Specific brachial plexus-related CT-visible bony points were used to define the morphometric parameters. Subsequently, correlations between the similarity indices and morphometric parameters were calculated. Results: A clear negative correlation between difference in protraction-retraction distance and the similarity indices was observed (mean Pearson correlation coefficient = −0.546). All of the other investigated Pearson correlation coefficients were weak. Conclusions: Differences in the shoulder protraction-retraction position between the atlas and the patient during planning CT influence the BP autosegmentation accuracy. A greater difference in the protraction-retraction distance between the atlas and the patient reduces the accuracy of the BP automatic segmentation result

  14. Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy: Electrodiagnostical Study and Functional Outcome

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    B. Eftekharsadat

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy (OBPP is a complication of difficult delivery and resulted from excessive traction on the brachial plexus during delivery. Erb palsy, klumpke paralysis and panplexus palsy reported in 46, 0.6 and 20% of patients, respectively. Unilateral injury is more common than bilateral injury. Risk factors include macrosomia, multiparity, prior delivery of a child with OBPP, breech delivery shoulder dystocia, vacium and forceps assisted delivery and excessive maternal weight gain. The recovery rate is usually reported to be between 80 and 90%. We evaluated 42 children with OBPP. Out of them, we could follow only 28 cases during two years. Poor to moderate recovery occurred in 13 cases. Good to complete (expected recovery occurred in 15 cases. Most of the patients were females. Right side palsy was more prevalent than left side palsy. Vaginal delivery without forceps was the most mode of delivery. Vertex was the most common presentation. Most of the patients were term. The mean weight of the birth was 3.8 kg. Erb palsy and pan-plexus palsy consisted of 71.4 and 28.6% of lesions. In patients with Erb palsy, there were preganglionic palsy in 3 (15.8% and postganglionic palsy in 16 (84.2% cases, while all the patients with panplexus palsy had postganglionic palsy. All patients with complete recovery (9 of 15 had Erb palsy and postganglionic lesion. Erb palsy was present in 71.4% and panplexus palsy was present in 28.6% of cases. Also, 23.8% of cases had preganglionic and 76.2% of cases had postganglionic injures.

  15. Arterial function of carotid and brachial arteries in postmenopausal vegetarians

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    Jeng JS

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    Full Text Available Ta-Chen Su1, Pao-Ling Torng2, Jiann-Shing Jeng3, Ming-Fong Chen1, Chiau-Suong Liau1,41Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3Department of Neurology, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, 4Cardiovascular Center, Taipei Buddist Tzu-Chi Hospital, Hsin-Dian, Taipei, TaiwanBackground: Vegetarianism is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. However, studies of arterial function in vegetarians are limited.Methods: This study investigated arterial function in vegetarianism by comparing 49 healthy postmenopausal vegetarians with 41 age-matched omnivores. The arterial function of the common carotid artery was assessed by carotid duplex, while the pulse dynamics method was used to measure brachial artery distensibility (BAD, compliance (BAC, and resistance (BAR. Fasting blood levels of glucose, lipids, lipoprotein (a, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and vitamin B12 were also measured.Results: Vegetarians had significantly lower serum cholesterol, high-density and low-density lipoprotein, and glucose compared with omnivores. They also had lower vitamin B12 but higher homocysteine levels. Serum levels of lipoprotein (a and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein were no different between the two groups. There were no significant differences in carotid beta stiffness index, BAC, and BAD between the two groups even after adjustment for associated covariates. However, BAR was significantly lower in vegetarians than in omnivores. Multiple linear regression analysis revealed that age and pulse pressure were two important determinants of carotid beta stiffness index and BAD. Vegetarianism is not associated with better arterial elasticity.Conclusion: Apparently healthy postmenopausal vegetarians are not significantly better in terms of carotid beta stiffness index, BAC, and BAD, but have significantly decreased BAR than omnivores. Prevention of vitamin B12 deficiency might be beneficial for cardiovascular health in vegetarians.Keywords: postmenopausal women, vegetarians, carotid stiffness, brachial arterial distensibility

  16. A randomised comparison between ultrasound and nerve stimulation for infraclavicular catheter placement.

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    Dhir, S; Armstrong, K; Armstrong, P; Bouzari, A; Mall, J; Yu, J; Ganapathy, S; King, G

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    We conducted this study to determine if placement of infraclavicular catheters guided by ultrasound is quicker than placement guided by nerve stimulation. Infraclavicular brachial plexus catheters were inserted in 210 randomly allocated patients who were scheduled for elective hand or elbow surgery. Needle and catheter placement was guided by ultrasound (n = 105) or by nerve stimulation (n = 105). The primary outcome was time to sensory block success. Success rate was similar between the two techniques (83.2% vs 81.4%, p = 0.738). However, placement of ultrasound-guided catheters took less time (7.2 [2.5] vs 9.6 [3.6] min, p satisfaction scores, and incidence of nerve deficit, were also similar with both techniques. PMID:26566960

  17. Role of magnetic resonance imaging in entrapment and compressive neuropathy - what, where, and how to see the peripheral nerves on the musculoskeletal magnetic resonance image: Part 2. Upper extremity

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    Kim, Sungjun [Yonsei University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea); Hanyang University, Kuri Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, College of Medicine, Kuri City, Kyunggi-do (Korea); Choi, Jin-Young; Huh, Yong-Min; Song, Ho-Taek; Lee, Sung-Ah [Yonsei University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea); Kim, Seung Min [Yonsei University, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea); Suh, Jin-Suck [Yonsei University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea); Yonsei University, Research Institute of Radiological Science, College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea)

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    The diagnosis of nerve entrapment and compressive neuropathy has been traditionally based on the clinical and electrodiagnostic examinations. As a result of improvements in the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging modality, it plays not only a fundamental role in the detection of space-occupying lesions, but also a compensatory role in clinically and electrodiagnostically inconclusive cases. Although ultrasound has undergone further development in the past decades and shows high resolution capabilities, it has inherent limitations due to its operator dependency. We review the course of normal peripheral nerves, as well as various clinical demonstrations and pathological features of compressed and entrapped nerves in the upper extremities on MR imaging, according to the nerves involved. The common sites of nerve entrapment of the upper extremity are as follows: the brachial plexus of the thoracic outlet; axillary nerve of the quadrilateral space; radial nerve of the radial tunnel; ulnar nerve of the cubital tunnel and Guyon's canal; median nerve of the pronator syndrome, anterior interosseous nerve syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Although MR imaging can depict the peripheral nerves in the extremities effectively, radiologists should be familiar with nerve pathways, common sites of nerve compression, and common space-occupying lesions resulting in nerve compression in MR imaging. (orig.)

  18. Nerve sheath tumors of the head and neck - a radiological review

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    Peripheral nerve sheath tumors of the head and neck - a review. Peripheral nerve sheath tumors are derived from neural crest and rare classified as neuroectodermal in origin. They can be divided into neurofibroma, schwannoma and neurogenic sarcoma. Neurofifromas are benign well circumscribed, nonencapsulated tumors which involve all elements of normal peripheral nerves. Schwannomas are beginning encapsulated tumors composed fundamentally by Schwann cells. Neurogenic sarcomas are malignant tumors which can be de novo or arise from preexisting neurofibroma or schwannoma. Peripheral nerve sheath tumors can arise from any nerve that contain myelin sheath, but are more frequent in extremities and trunk, being rare on cervical region. neurogenic tumors of head and neck can arise from cranial nerves, especially vagus nerve, brachial plexus and other small nervous plexus. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are the methods of choice in the evaluation of those tumors and can demonstrate lesions with several patterns. Areas of cystic degeneration are frequent in schwannomas, while neurofibromas are usually homogeneous. About 1/3 of those tumors are hyper vascularized and those who arise nervous spinal; roots can have an aspect of dumbbell which contain cervical and intravertebral components. (author)

  19. Effect of skilled and unskilled training on nerve regeneration and functional recovery

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    A.S. Pagnussat

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The most disabling aspect of human peripheral nerve injuries, the majority of which affect the upper limbs, is the loss of skilled hand movements. Activity-induced morphological and electrophysiological remodeling of the neuromuscular junction has been shown to influence nerve repair and functional recovery. In the current study, we determined the effects of two different treatments on the functional and morphological recovery after median and ulnar nerve injury. Adult Wistar male rats weighing 280 to 330 g at the time of surgery (N = 8-10 animals/group were submitted to nerve crush and 1 week later began a 3-week course of motor rehabilitation involving either "skilled" (reaching for small food pellets or "unskilled" (walking on a motorized treadmill training. During this period, functional recovery was monitored weekly using staircase and cylinder tests. Histological and morphometric nerve analyses were used to assess nerve regeneration at the end of treatment. The functional evaluation demonstrated benefits of both tasks, but found no difference between them (P > 0.05. The unskilled training, however, induced a greater degree of nerve regeneration as evidenced by histological measurement (P < 0.05. These data provide evidence that both of the forelimb training tasks used in this study can accelerate functional recovery following brachial plexus injury.

  20. Optic nerve oxygenation

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    Stefánsson, Einar; Pedersen, Daniella Bach; Jensen, Peter Koch; la Cour, Morten; Kiilgaard, Jens Folke; Bang, Kurt; Eysteinsson, Thor

    2005-01-01

    glaucoma patients is six times higher at a perfusion pressure of 30 mmHg, which corresponds to a level where the optic nerve is hypoxic in experimental animals, as compared to perfusion pressure levels above 50 mmHg where the optic nerve is normoxic. Medical intervention can affect optic nerve oxygen......The oxygen tension of the optic nerve is regulated by the intraocular pressure and systemic blood pressure, the resistance in the blood vessels and oxygen consumption of the tissue. The oxygen tension is autoregulated and moderate changes in intraocular pressure or blood pressure do not affect the...... optic nerve oxygen tension. If the intraocular pressure is increased above 40 mmHg or the ocular perfusion pressure decreased below 50 mmHg the autoregulation is overwhelmed and the optic nerve becomes hypoxic. A disturbance in oxidative metabolism in the cytochromes of the optic nerve can be seen at...

  1. Brachial Plexus Injury from CT-Guided RF Ablation Under General Anesthesia

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    Brachial plexus injury in a patient under general anesthesia (GA) is not uncommon, despite careful positioning and, particularly, awareness of the possibility. The mechanism of injury is stretching and compression of the brachial plexus over a prolonged period. Positioning the patient within the computed tomography (CT) gantry for abdominal or chest procedures can simulate a surgical procedure, particularly when GA is used. The potential for brachial plexus injury is increased if the case is prolonged and the patient's arms are raised above the head to avoid CT image degradation from streak artifacts. We report a case of profound brachial plexus palsy following a CT-guided radiofrequency ablation procedure under GA. Fortunately, the patient recovered completely. We emphasize the mechanism of injury and detail measures to combat this problem, such that radiologists are aware of this potentially serious complication

  2. Brachial artery vasomotion and transducer pressure effect on measurements by active contour segmentation on ultrasound

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    Cary, Theodore W.; Reamer, Courtney B.; Sultan, Laith R.; Mohler, Emile R; Sehgal, Chandra M

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To use feed-forward active contours (snakes) to track and measure brachial artery vasomotion on ultrasound images recorded in both transverse and longitudinal views; and to compare the algorithm's performance in each view.

  3. Neonatal brachial plexus injury: comparison of incidence and antecedents between 2 decades.

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    Walsh, Jennifer M

    2011-04-01

    We sought to compare the incidence and antecedents of neonatal brachial plexus injury (BPI) in 2 different 5-year epochs a decade apart following the introduction of specific staff training in the management of shoulder dystocia.

  4. Brain imaging signatures of the relationship between epidermal nerve fibers and heat pain perception.

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    Tseng, Ming-Tsung; Kong, Yazhuo; Chiang, Ming-Chang; Chao, Chi-Chao; Tseng, Wen-Yih I; Hsieh, Sung-Tsang

    2015-11-15

    Although the small-diameter primary afferent fibers in the skin promptly respond to nociceptive stimuli and convey sensory inputs to the central nervous system, the neural signatures that underpin the relationship between cutaneous afferent fibers and pain perception remain elusive. We combined skin biopsy at the lateral aspect of the distal leg, which is used to quantify cutaneous afferent fibers, with fMRI, which is used to assess brain responses and functional connectivity, to investigate the relationship between cutaneous sensory nerves and the corresponding pain perception in the brain after applying heat pain stimulation to the dorsum of the right foot in healthy subjects. During painful stimulation, the degree of cutaneous innervation, as measured by epidermal nerve fiber density, was correlated with individual blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signals of the posterior insular cortex and of the thalamus, periaqueductal gray, and rostral ventromedial medulla. Pain perception was associated with the activation of the anterior insular cortex and with the functional connectivity from the anterior insular cortex to the primary somatosensory cortex during painful stimulation. Most importantly, both epidermal nerve fiber density and activity in the posterior insular cortex showed a positive correlation with the strength of coupling under pain between the anterior insular cortex and the primary somatosensory cortex. Thus, our findings support the notion that the neural circuitry subserving pain perception interacts with the cerebral correlates of peripheral nociceptive fibers, which implicates an indirect role for skin nerves in human pain perception. PMID:26279210

  5. Nerve conduction and excitability studies in peripheral nerve disorders

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    Krarup, Christian; Moldovan, Mihai

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review is aimed at providing information about the role of nerve excitability studies in peripheral nerve disorders. It has been known for many years that the insight into peripheral nerve pathophysiology provided by conventional nerve conduction studies is limited. Nerve excitability studies are relatively novel but are acquiring an increasingly important role in the study of peripheral nerves. RECENT FINDINGS: By measuring responses in nerve that are related to nodal fun...

  6. Additional Nerve Supply of Gluteus Maximus by Common Peroneal Nerve

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    Khayati Sant Ram,; Anjali Aggarwal,; Tulika Gupta; Richa Gupta,; Daisy Sahini

    2015-01-01

    During routine dissection, variation of sciatic nerve was discovered bilaterally. Sciatic nerve emerged from the pelvis through greater sciatic foramen. On both sides, it divided into common peroneal nerve and tibial nerve. Common peroneal nerve pierced the piriformis muscle with resultant splitting of the muscle into two parts. Tibial nerve emerged at the lower border of muscle, thus two divisions of sciatic nerve were separated by the inferior belly of the piriformis muscle. On the left sid...

  7. Clonal analysis reveals nerve-dependent and independent roles on mammalian hind limb tissue maintenance and regeneration.

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    Rinkevich, Yuval; Montoro, Daniel T; Muhonen, Ethan; Walmsley, Graham G; Lo, David; Hasegawa, Masakazu; Januszyk, Michael; Connolly, Andrew J; Weissman, Irving L; Longaker, Michael T

    2014-07-01

    The requirement and influence of the peripheral nervous system on tissue replacement in mammalian appendages remain largely undefined. To explore this question, we have performed genetic lineage tracing and clonal analysis of individual cells of mouse hind limb tissues devoid of nerve supply during regeneration of the digit tip, normal maintenance, and cutaneous wound healing. We show that cellular turnover, replacement, and cellular differentiation from presumed tissue stem/progenitor cells within hind limb tissues remain largely intact independent of nerve and nerve-derived factors. However, regenerated digit tips in the absence of nerves displayed patterning defects in bone and nail matrix. These nerve-dependent phenotypes mimic clinical observations of patients with nerve damage resulting from spinal cord injury and are of significant interest for translational medicine aimed at understanding the effects of nerves on etiologies of human injury. PMID:24958860

  8. Hereditary Neuropathy with Liability to Pressure Palsy Presenting as an Acute Brachial Plexopathy: A Lover's Palsy

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    Wedderburn, Sarah; Pateria, Puraskar; Peter K Panegyres

    2014-01-01

    It is generally regarded that patients with hereditary neuropathy to pressure palsies, due to a deletion in the PMP22 gene, show recurrent pressure palsy and generalised peripheral neuropathy (pes cavus and hammer toes sometimes develop). Brachial plexopathy is rarely identified as a first presentation of hereditary neuropathy to pressure palsies. We describe a young man who developed a painless flail upper limb with a clinical diagnosis of a brachial plexopathy after his partner slept on his...

  9. Karakteristik dan Faktor Risiko Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy pada Bayi Baru Lahir

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    Andreas Vincent Handoyo; Yoyos Dias Ismiarto

    2010-01-01

    Obstetrical brachial plexus palsy (OBPP) is an injury of entire or part of brachial plexus correlated with delivery process. Incidence in developing countries is around 0.15%. Risk factors include intrapartum and intrauterine. Three types of OBPP are Duchenne Erb, Klumpke, and whole arm palsy. This was a retrospective study of characteristic and risk factors of OBPP in Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Bandung, period January 2002-April 2007. Data were collected from perinatology ward medical records, ...

  10. Coexistence of Brachial Plexus and Cervical Spine Metastases in a Patient With Breast Cancer: Case Report

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    Ece Ünlü; Sevgi Polat; Ebru Umay; Aytül Çakc?

    2012-01-01

    Metastatic involvement of the brachial plexus is a rare condition and is most commonly associated with breast cancer. In patients with breast cancer, brachial plexus metastases should be taken into account in case of severe pain spreading to the shoulder and arm followed by sensory and motor symptoms. Metastatic spinal tumors are the most common type of tumors of the spine. Breast cancer accounts for 21% of all vertebral metastases. Therefore, metastatic spinal tumors should principally be co...

  11. The reliability of toe systolic pressure and the toe brachial index in patients with diabetes

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    Perrin Byron M

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Ankle Brachial Index is a useful clinical test for establishing blood supply to the foot. However, there are limitations to this method when conducted on people with diabetes. As an alternative to the Ankle Brachial Index, measuring Toe Systolic Pressures and the Toe Brachial Index have been recommended to assess the arterial blood supply to the foot. This study aimed to determine the intra and inter-rater reliability of the measurement of Toe Systolic Pressure and the Toe Brachial Index in patients with diabetes using a manual measurement system. Methods This was a repeated measures, reliability study. Three raters measured Toe Systolic Pressure and the Toe Brachial Index in thirty participants with diabetes. Measurement sessions occurred on two occasions, one week apart, using a manual photoplethysmography unit (Hadeco Smartdop 45 and a standardised measurement protocol. Results The mean intra-class correlation for intra-rater reliability for toe systolic pressures was 0.87 (95% LOA: -25.97 to 26.06 mmHg and the mean intra-class correlation for Toe Brachial Indices was 0.75 (95% LOA: -0.22 to 0.28. The intra-class correlation for inter-rater reliability was 0.88 for toe systolic pressures (95% LOA: -22.91 to 29.17.mmHg and 0.77 for Toe Brachial Indices (95% LOA: -0.21 to 0.22. Conclusion Despite the reasonable intra-class correlation results, the range of error (95% LOA was broad. This raises questions regarding the reliability of using a manual sphygmomanometer and PPG for the Toe Systolic Pressure and Toe Brachial Indice.

  12. Brachial Artery-Brachial Vein Fistula for Hemodialysis: One- or Two-Stage Procedure-A Review.

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    Kotsis, T; Moulakakis, K G; Mylonas, S N; Kalogeropoulos, P; Dellis, A; Vasdekis, S

    2016-03-01

    Purpose?The purpose of the study was to investigate the patency rate of the brachial vein transposition-arteriovenous fistula [BVT-AVF] and to review the available literature regarding the comparison of the one-stage with the two-stage procedure. Methods?A multiple electronic health database search was performed, aiming to identify studies on brachial vein superficialization. Case reports and series with five or less patients were excluded from the study. End points of the study were the patency rates at 12, 24, and 36 months of follow-up. The patency of the one- or two-stage BVT-AVF procedure was investigated. Results?Overall, 380 BVT-AVFs were analyzed. The primary patency rate at 12 months ranged between 24 and 77%. Rate of early fistula malfunction or failure of maturation of the fistula resulting in loss of functionality ranged from 0 to 53%. Forearm edema, hematomas, wound infection, and early thrombosis were among the most common complications. Limited data were available for the comparison of patency rates between the one- and the two-stage procedure because of the absence of sufficient comparative studies. However, series with one-stage procedure presented a lower patency rate at 12 months compared to series with two stages. Conclusion?Patency rates after BVT-AVF, although not excellent, has encouraging results taking into account that patients undergoing these procedures do not have an accessible superficial vein network; failure of maturation and the increased rate of early postoperative complications remain a concern. The BVT-AVF is a valuable option for creating an autologous vascular access in patients lacking adequate superficial veins. PMID:26900307

  13. Diagnostic value of ankle-brachial index and toe-brachial index in arterial disease of lower extremity

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    Lan LI

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective ?To investigate the clinical application and its influencing factors of ankle-brachial index (ABI and toe-brachial index (TBI in the diagnosis of arterial disease of lower extremity. Methods ?ABI and TBI were measured in 800 limbs of 402 patients with diabetes and/or hypertension hospitalized from July 2010 to February 2011. The patients were divided into narrow group (ABI < 0.9, normal group (0.9?ABI < 1.3, and calcification group (ABI?1.3 according to the value of ABI, and also into narrow group (TBI < 0.7 and normal group (TBI?0.7 according to the value of TBI. The correlation of ABI with TBI was analyzed, and the differences in age, obesity parameters, biochemical indicators and other factors were compared between the groups. Influence of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP on ABI and TBI was further analyzed. Results ?Only when ABI < 0.9, ABI and TBI have significant correlation (r=0.826, P < 0.01. W hen the group comparison based on ABI values, it was shown that the age and hs-CRP were significantly higher in the narrow group than in the normal group and calcification group (P < 0.01. The comparison between groups based on TBI values indicated that the age, systolic blood pressure and hs-CRP in the narrow group were significantly higher than those in the normal group (P < 0.01 or P < 0.05. ABI and TBI in the normal hs-CRP group were significantly higher than those in high hs-CRP group (P < 0.05. Conclusion ?Hs-CRP may play an important role in the development and progression in peripheral arterial atherosclerosis. Therefore, ABI and TBI measurements in combination with hs-CRP level can improve early diagnosis of arterial disease of lower extremity.

  14. A STUDY ON THE RISK FACTORS FOR OBSTETRICAL BRACHIAL PLEXUS PALSY

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    Farah ASHRAFZADEH

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveConsiderable medical and legal debates have surrounded the prognosis and outcome of obstetrical brachial plexus injuries and obstetricians are oftenconsidered responsible for the injury. In this study, we assessed the factors related to the outcome of brachial plexus palsy.Material & MethodsDuring 24 months, 21 neonates with obstetrical brachial plexus injuries were enrolled.Electrophysiology studies were done at the age of three weeks. They received physiotherapy and occupational therapy. They were examined every 3 monthsfor one year and limbs function was assessed according to Mallet scores; also, maternal and neonatal factors were collected by a questionnaire.Results There were 10 boys and 11 girls.Of all, 76.2% had Erb's palsy, 19% had total brachial palsy and 4.8% hadklumpke paralysis.Risk factors including primiparity, high birth weight, shoulder dystocia, andprolonged second stage of labor were assessed.Electrophysiology studies showed neuropraxia in 52.4% and axonal injuries in42.9% of the patients.At the end of the first year, 81% of the patients had functioned recovery aroundgrade III or IV of Mallet scores.There were only significant relationships between functional improvement andneurophysiologic findings.ConclusionOutcome of obstetrical brachial injuries has a close relationship toneurophysiologic study results than other risk factors.Keyword: Obstetrical brachial injuries, Neonate, Neurophysiologic study

  15. Leishmaniasis cutánea Cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Osvaldo Miranda Gómez

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available La leishmaniasis es una enfermedad de la piel y las membranas mucosas causada por protozoos pertenecientes al género Leishmania. Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud, la enfermedad adquirió proporciones de epidemia en Afganistán y en los campamentos para refugiados de este país en Pakistán, después de la agresión de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte encabezada por los Estados Unidos a Afganistán en su cruzada contra el terrorismo, por lo que se decide presentar un caso con diagnóstico presuntivo de leishmaniasis cutánea, proveniente de una aldea donde se observó un incremento de casos confirmados con esta afección.Leishmaniasis is a disease of the skin and the mucous membranes caused by protozoa corresponding to the genus Leishmania. According to the World Health Organization, the disease acquired epidemic proportions in Afganistan and in the refugee camps of this country in Pakistan, after the aggression of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headed by the United States to Afghanistan in its war against terrorism. That's why, it was decided to present a case with presumptive diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis from a village, where it was observed an increase of cases confirmed with this affection.

  16. Leishmaniasis cutánea / Cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Osvaldo, Miranda Gómez; Iván, González Barea.

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available La leishmaniasis es una enfermedad de la piel y las membranas mucosas causada por protozoos pertenecientes al género Leishmania. Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud, la enfermedad adquirió proporciones de epidemia en Afganistán y en los campamentos para refugiados de este país en Pakistán, des [...] pués de la agresión de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte encabezada por los Estados Unidos a Afganistán en su cruzada contra el terrorismo, por lo que se decide presentar un caso con diagnóstico presuntivo de leishmaniasis cutánea, proveniente de una aldea donde se observó un incremento de casos confirmados con esta afección. Abstract in english Leishmaniasis is a disease of the skin and the mucous membranes caused by protozoa corresponding to the genus Leishmania. According to the World Health Organization, the disease acquired epidemic proportions in Afganistan and in the refugee camps of this country in Pakistan, after the aggression of [...] the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headed by the United States to Afghanistan in its war against terrorism. That's why, it was decided to present a case with presumptive diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis from a village, where it was observed an increase of cases confirmed with this affection.

  17. Imaging the trigeminal nerve

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    Borges, Alexandra [Radiology Department, Instituto Portugues de Oncologia Francisco Gentil, Centro de Lisboa, Rua Prof. Lima Basto, 1093, Lisboa (Portugal)], E-mail: borgalexandra@gmail.com; Casselman, Jan [Department of Radiology, A. Z. St Jan Brugge and A. Z. St Augustinus Antwerpen Hospitals (Belgium)

    2010-05-15

    Of all cranial nerves, the trigeminal nerve is the largest and the most widely distributed in the supra-hyoid neck. It provides sensory input from the face and motor innervation to the muscles of mastication. In order to adequately image the full course of the trigeminal nerve and its main branches a detailed knowledge of neuroanatomy and imaging technique is required. Although the main trunk of the trigeminal nerve is consistently seen on conventional brain studies, high-resolution tailored imaging is mandatory to depict smaller nerve branches and subtle pathologic processes. Increasing developments in imaging technique made possible isotropic sub-milimetric images and curved reconstructions of cranial nerves and their branches and led to an increasing recognition of symptomatic trigeminal neuropathies. Whereas MRI has a higher diagnostic yield in patients with trigeminal neuropathy, CT is still required to demonstrate the bony anatomy of the skull base and is the modality of choice in the context of traumatic injury to the nerve. Imaging of the trigeminal nerve is particularly cumbersome as its long course from the brainstem nuclei to the peripheral branches and its rich anastomotic network impede, in most cases, a topographic approach. Therefore, except in cases of classic trigeminal neuralgia, in which imaging studies can be tailored to the root entry zone, the full course of the trigeminal nerve has to be imaged. This article provides an update in the most recent advances on MR imaging technique and a segmental imaging approach to the most common pathologic processes affecting the trigeminal nerve.

  18. Imaging the trigeminal nerve

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    Of all cranial nerves, the trigeminal nerve is the largest and the most widely distributed in the supra-hyoid neck. It provides sensory input from the face and motor innervation to the muscles of mastication. In order to adequately image the full course of the trigeminal nerve and its main branches a detailed knowledge of neuroanatomy and imaging technique is required. Although the main trunk of the trigeminal nerve is consistently seen on conventional brain studies, high-resolution tailored imaging is mandatory to depict smaller nerve branches and subtle pathologic processes. Increasing developments in imaging technique made possible isotropic sub-milimetric images and curved reconstructions of cranial nerves and their branches and led to an increasing recognition of symptomatic trigeminal neuropathies. Whereas MRI has a higher diagnostic yield in patients with trigeminal neuropathy, CT is still required to demonstrate the bony anatomy of the skull base and is the modality of choice in the context of traumatic injury to the nerve. Imaging of the trigeminal nerve is particularly cumbersome as its long course from the brainstem nuclei to the peripheral branches and its rich anastomotic network impede, in most cases, a topographic approach. Therefore, except in cases of classic trigeminal neuralgia, in which imaging studies can be tailored to the root entry zone, the full course of the trigeminal nerve has to be imaged. This article provides an update in the most recent advances on MR imaging technique and a segmental imaging approach to the most common pathologic processes affecting the trigeminal nerve.

  19. Comparison of peripheral nerve stimulator versus ultrasonography guided axillary block using multiple injection technique

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    Alok Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The established methods of nerve location were based on either proper motor response on nerve stimulation (NS or ultrasound guidance. In this prospective, randomised, observer-blinded study, we compared ultrasound guidance with NS for axillary brachial plexus block using 0.5% bupivacaine with the multiple injection techniques. Methods : A total of 120 patients receiving axillary brachial plexus block with 0.5% bupivacaine, using a multiple injection technique, were randomly allocated to receive either NS (group NS, n = 60, or ultrasound guidance (group US, n = 60 for nerve location. A blinded observer recorded the onset of sensory and motor blocks, skin punctures, needle redirections, procedure-related pain and patient satisfaction. Results: The median (range number of skin punctures were 2 (2-4 in group US and 3 (2-5 in group NS (P =0.27. Insufficient block was observed in three patient (5% of group US and four patients (6.67% of group NS (P > =0.35. Patient acceptance was similarly good in the two groups. Conclusion: Multiple injection axillary blocks with ultrasound guidance provided similar success rates and comparable incidence of complications as compared with NS guidance with 20 ml 0.5% bupivacaine.

  20. Cutaneous nociception and neurogenic inflammation evoked by PACAP38 and VIP

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    Schytz, Henrik Winther; Holst, Helle; Arendt-Nielsen, Lars; Olesen, Jes; Ashina, Messoud

    2010-01-01

    Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide-38 (PACAP38) and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) belong to the same secretin-glucagon superfamily and are present in nerve fibers in dura and skin. Using a model of acute cutaneous pain we explored differences in pain perception and vasomotor responses between PACAP38 and VIP in 16 healthy volunteers in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. All participants received intradermal injections of 200 pmol PACAP38, 200 pmol VIP and plac...

  1. Global epidemiology of cutaneous zygomycosis.

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    Skiada, Anna; Rigopoulos, Dimitris; Larios, George; Petrikkos, George; Katsambas, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    The large majority of cases reported worldwide as zygomycosis are infections caused by fungi belonging to the order Mucorales. These infections are invasive, often lethal, and they primarily affect immunocompromised patients. Cutaneous zygomycosis is the third most common clinical presentation, after sinusitis and pulmonary disease. Most patients with cutaneous zygomycosis have underlying diseases, such as hematological malignancies and diabetes mellitus, or have received solid organ transplantation, but a large proportion of these patients are immunocompetent. Trauma is an important mode of acquiring the disease. The disease can be very invasive locally and penetrate from the cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues into the adjacent fat, muscle, fascia, and bone. The diagnosis of cutaneous zygomycosis is often difficult because of the nonspecific findings of the infection. The clinician must have a high degree of suspicion and use all available diagnostic tools, because early diagnosis leads to an improved outcome. The treatment of zygomycosis is multimodal and consists of surgical debridement, use of antifungal drugs, and reversal of underlying risk factors, when possible. The main antifungal drug used in the treatment of zygomycosis is amphotericin B. Posaconazole is sometimes used for salvage treatment, as continuation of treatment after initial administration of amphotericin B, or in combination. The mortality of cutaneous zygomycosis is lower in comparison with other forms of the disease, but it is still significant. When the disease is localized, mortality still ranges from 4% to 10%. PMID:23068150

  2. Comparison of the inhibitory response to tendon and cutaneous afferent stimulation in the human lower limb.

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    Rogasch, Nigel C; Burne, John A; Türker, Kemal S

    2012-01-01

    A powerful early inhibition is seen in triceps surae after transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the Achilles tendon [tendon electrical stimulation (TES)]. The aim of the present study was to confirm results from surface electromyogram (SEMG) recordings that the inhibition is not wholly or partly due to stimulation of cutaneous afferents that may lie within range of the tendon electrodes. Because of methodological limitations, SEMG does not reliably identify the time course of inhibitory and excitatory reflex components. This issue was revisited here with an analysis of changes in single motor unit (SMU) firing rate [peristimulus frequencygram (PSF)] and probability [peristimulus time histogram (PSTH)] to reexamine the time course of inhibitory SMU events that follow purely cutaneous (superficial sural) nerve stimulation. Results were then compared with similar data from TES. When compared with the reflex response to TES, sural nerve stimulation resulted in a longer onset latency of the primary inhibition and a weaker effect on SMU firing probability and rate. PSF also revealed that decreased SMU firing rates persisted during the excitation phase in SEMG, suggesting that the initial inhibition was more prolonged than previously reported. In a further study, the transcutaneous SEMG Achilles tendon response was compared with that from direct intratendon stimulation with insulated needle electrodes. This method should attenuate the SEMG response if it is wholly or partly dependent on cutaneous afferents. However, subcutaneous stimulation of the tendon produced similar components in the SEMG, confirming that cutaneous afferents made little or no contribution to the initial inhibition following TES. PMID:22031770

  3. Successful Outcome of Triangle Tilt as Revision Surgery in a Pediatric Obstetric Brachial Plexus Patient with Multiple Previous Operations

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    Rahul K. Nath; Halthore, Vishnu; Somasundaram, Chandra

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. Obstetric brachial plexus injury (OBPI) occurs during the process of labor and childbirth. OBPI has been reported to be associated with shoulder dystocia, macrosomia, and breech delivery. Its occurrence in uncomplicated delivery is possible as well. Case Presentation. The patient in the present report is a 6.5-year-old girl, who suffered a severe brachial plexus injury at birth and had many reconstructive surgical procedures at an outside brachial plexus center before presenting...

  4. The furcal nerve revisited

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    Nanjundappa S. Harshavardhana

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Atypical sciatica and discrepancy between clinical presentation and imaging findings is a dilemma for treating surgeon in management of lumbar disc herniation. It also constitutes ground for failed back surgery and potential litigations thereof. Furcal nerve (Furcal = forked is an independent nerve with its own ventral and dorsal branches (rootlets and forms a link nerve that connects lumbar and sacral plexus. Its fibers branch out to be part of femoral and obturator nerves in-addition to the lumbosacral trunk. It is most commonly found at L4 level and is the most common cause of atypical presentation of radiculopathy/sciatica. Very little is published about the furcal nerve and many are unaware of its existence. This article summarizes all the existing evidence about furcal nerve in English literature in an attempt to create awareness and offer insight about this unique entity to fellow colleagues/ professionals involved in spine care.

  5. Parálisis obstétrica del plexo braquial. Revisión del estado actual de la enfermedad / Current concepts concerning obstetric brachial plexus palsy

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    Enrique Manuel, Vergara-Amador.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available El presente documento hace una revisión actual de la parálisis obstétrica del plexo braquial; se observan la etiología, aspectos demográficos, diagnóstico, cuándo deben ser observada sin cirugía y cuándo es el momento de operar. La clave de indicación de cirugía está dada cuando no ha habido recuper [...] ación del bíceps contra gravedad entre los tres y seis meses de edad. La cirugía está dirigida a la resección del neuroma y la utilización de injertos nerviosos. También tiene cabida en el tratamiento quirúrgico el uso de las transferencias nerviosas o neurotizaciones. La recuperación es lenta y se observaran resultados hasta los dos o tres años después de la cirugía. En los niños mayores de 18 meses, el tratamiento se enfoca, no en la microcirugía, sino en la reconstrucción mediante liberaciones, transferencias tendinosas y osteotomías. Abstract in english This article presents a review of current concepts in obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP) looking at its aetiology, demographic aspects, diagnosis and when patients should be observed without surgery and when it is time to operate. Surgery is indicated when there has been no recovery of biceps ag [...] ainst gravity (active elbow flexion) against gravity between 3 to 6 months of age. Surgery is focused on neuroma resection and the use of nerve grafts. Nerve transfer or neurotisation also has a place in surgical treatment. Recovery is slow and results are usually observed 2 to 3 years after surgery. Treatment in children aged over 18 months will not consist of microsurgery reconstruction but rather tendon transfer, release and osteotomy.

  6. Cutaneous zygomycosis in immunocompetent patients in Mexico.

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    Ayala-Gaytán, Juan Jacobo; Petersen-Morfín, Santiago; Guajardo-Lara, Claudia Elena; Barbosa-Quintana, Alvaro; Morfín-Otero, Rayo; Rodriguez-Noriega, Eduardo

    2010-11-01

    We report three cases of traumatic cutaneous zygomycosis related to soil-contaminated skin lesions occurring after automobile accidents in individuals with no underlying disorders, which showed delayed development and diagnosis in comparison with typical zygomycosis cutaneous lesions. PMID:19735441

  7. Facial Nerve Neuroma Management

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    Weber, Peter C.; Osguthorpe, J. David

    1998-01-01

    Three facial nerve neuromas were identified in the academic year 1994-1995. Each case illustrates different management dilemmas. One patient with a grade III facial nerve palsy had a small geniculate ganglion neuroma with the dilemma of decompression versus resection clear nerve section margins. The second patient underwent facial neuroma resection with cable graft reconstruction, but the permanent sections were positive. The last patient had a massive neuroma in which grafting versus other f...

  8. Vagus Nerve Stimulation

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    Howland, Robert H.

    2014-01-01

    The vagus nerve is a major component of the autonomic nervous system, has an important role in the regulation of metabolic homeostasis, and plays a key role in the neuroendocrine-immune axis to maintain homeostasis through its afferent and efferent pathways. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) refers to any technique that stimulates the vagus nerve, including manual or electrical stimulation. Left cervical VNS is an approved therapy for refractory epilepsy and for treatment resistant depression. Ri...

  9. Ectopic cutaneous schistosomiasis - Case report

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    Lívia de Souza, Mota; Samuel Freire de, Silva; Fabiana Carvalho de, Almeida; Ludmila de Sousa Ursino, Mesquita; Renata Dórea Leal, Teixeira; Aline Miranda, Soares.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Schistosomiasis is best known in its visceral form but it can attack the skin, its ectopic cutaneous manifestation being rare and clinically difficult to diagnose. It is characterized by isolated or coalescent papules, erythematous, pruritic or asymptomatic, with zosteriform distribution, often loca [...] ted on the trunk. The authors report a case of a 28-year-old female patient with lesions on the abdomen, with positive stool results for Schistosoma and absence of active symptoms of visceral disease. The case reveals rare exuberant cutaneous manifestation and the importance of the diagnosis of this entity in patients from endemic regions.

  10. Visceral and Subcutaneous Adiposity and Brachial Artery Vasodilator Function

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    Parikh, Nisha I.; Keyes, Michelle J.; Larson, Martin G.; Pou, Karla M.; Hamburg, Naomi M.; Vita, Joseph A.; O'Donnell, Christopher J.; Vasan, Ramachandran S.; Mitchell, Gary F.; Hoffmann, Udo; Fox, Caroline S.; Benjamin, Emelia J.

    2011-01-01

    Endothelial dysfunction may link obesity to cardiovascular disease (CVD). We tested the hypothesis that visceral abdominal tissue (VAT) as compared with subcutaneous abdominal tissue (SAT) is more related to endothelium-dependent vasodilation. Among Framingham Offspring and Third Generation cohorts (n=3020, mean age 50 years, 47% women) We used multivariable linear regression adjusted for CVD and its risk factors to relate computed tomography-assessed VAT and SAT, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC), with brachial artery measures. In multivariable-adjusted models, BMI, WC, VAT and SAT were positively related to baseline artery diameter and baseline mean flow velocity (all p<0.001), but not hyperemic mean flow velocity. In multivariable-adjusted models, BMI (p=0.002), WC (p=0.001) and VAT (p=0.01), but not SAT (p=0.24) were inversely associated with FMD%. However there was little incremental increase in the proportion of variability explained by VAT (R2=0.266) as compared to SAT (R2=0.265), above and beyond traditional risk factors. VAT, but not SAT was associated with FMD% after adjusting for clinical covariates. Nevertheless, the differential association with VAT as compared to SAT was minimal. PMID:19282819

  11. Cutaneous cancer and xeroderma pigmentosum; Cancer cutane et xeroderma pigmentosum

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    Ben Salah, H.; Bahri, M.; Mnejja, W.; Siala, W.; Daoud, J. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Habib-Bourguiba, Service de Radiotherapie Carcinologique, Sfax (Tunisia); Sallemi, T. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Habib-Bourguiba, Service d' Anatomie Pathologique, Sfax (Tunisia); Turki, H. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Habib-Bourguiba, Service de Dermatologie, Sfax (Tunisia)

    2007-11-15

    The cutaneous cancer at the patients affected by xeroderma pigmentosum is characterized by its multifocal character and its strong radiosensitivity. A premature care and a regular follow-up for life of these patients is indispensable for the detection and the treatment of new hurts. The precautionary measures are also important by the school eviction. (N.C.)

  12. Obstetric brachial plexus palsy: 20 years’ experience at a tertiary center in Turkey

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    Gönu?l Acar

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study was to examine cases of obstetric brachial plexus palsy (OBPP treated over 20 years at a single tertiary center.Material and Method: We retrospectively reviewed 777 cases of OBPP who were observed at the Pediatric Neurology Department at Istanbul Medical Faculty between March 1989 and December 2010. The patients were evaluated in terms of demographic characteristics, treatment methods, surgical approaches, complications and functional levels according to Narakas Clasification Scale. Results: Out of a total of 777 OBPP patients, 393 were female and 384 were male. The mean birth weight was 3968.9 g. Three of the patients were siblings. OBPP was bilateral in 3 patients; right sided in 463 patients and left sided in 311 patients. In terms of concomitant conditions, 82 patients had torticollis, 62 had Horner’s syndrome, 47 had broken clavicle, 3 had broken humerus, 3 had cerebral palsy and 1 had facial paralysis. According to the Narakas classification, 430 patients (55% were evaluated as stage 1 OBPP, 219 (28.5% were evaluated as stage 2, 66 (8.5% were evaluated as stage 3 and 62 (8% were evaluated as stage 4. One third of the patients (%33 underwent Vojta and neurodevelopmental therapy in addition to routine physiotherapy. Complete recovery was observed in 439 (%56 of all patients, in 66% of the patients with stage 1 OBPP, in 56% of the patients with stage 2 OBPP, in 35% of the patients with stage 3 OBPP and in 18% of the patients with stage 4 OBPP. Botulinum Toxin Type A was applied in 97 cases; 30 patients underwent primary nerve surgery and 94 underwent multiple surgical procedures (25 of them required a second surgery and 15 required a third surgery. Various joint contractures were seen in 200 patients.Conclusions: Despite physiotherapy, Botulinum Toxin Type A application and surgical intervention, one out of three patients had difficulty using their arm and developed contractures and disabilities that affected their every day life. In conclusion, OBPP continues to be a severe problem leading to functional impairment and disability. (Turk Arch Ped 2013; 48: 13-6

  13. [Sciatic nerve intraneural perineurioma].

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    Bonhomme, Benjamin; Poussange, Nicolas; Le Collen, Philippe; Fabre, Thierry; Vital, Anne; Lepreux, Sébastien

    2015-12-01

    Intraneural perineurioma is a benign tumor developed from the perineurium and responsible for localized nerve hypertrophy. This uncommon tumor is characterized by a proliferation of perineural cells with a "pseudo-onion bulb" pattern. We report a sciatic nerve intraneural perineurioma in a 39-year-old patient. PMID:26586011

  14. Cutaneous pseudolymphomas: classification and differential diagnosis.

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    Rijlaarsdam, J U; Willemze, R

    1994-09-01

    Cutaneous pseudolymphomas are benign hyperplastic lymphoproliferative reactions that simulate cutaneous malignant lymphomas clinically and/or histologically. The differentiation between cutaneous pseudolymphomas and primary cutaneous lymphomas is often very difficult, but is important because it has therapeutic consequences. The term pseudolymphoma does not refer to a specific disease, but to a heterogeneous group of pseudo-B-cell lymphomas and pseudo-T-cell lymphomas. In this article clinical and histological features of this group of disorders will be discussed and the differential diagnostic criteria, that have been used in the past decades to differentiate between cutaneous lymphomas and pseudolymphomas will be critically evaluated. PMID:7986687

  15. Brachial plexopathy : a case-control study of the relation to physical exposures at work

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    Jepsen, JØrgen Riis

    2015-01-01

    Background Work-related upper limb disorders constitute a diagnostic challenge. However, patterns of neurological abnormalities that reflect brachial plexus dysfunction are frequent in limbs with pain, weakness and/or numbness/tingling. There is limited evidence about the association between occupational physical exposures and brachial plexopathy. Methods 80 patients with brachial plexopathy according to defined criteria and 65 controls of similar age and sex without upper limb complaints were recruited by general practitioners. Patients and controls completed a questionnaire on physical and psychosocial work-exposures and provided psychophysical ratings of their perceived exposures. The exposures of cases and controls were compared by a Wilcoxon rank sum test. Odds ratios and dose–response relationships were studied by logistic regression. Results Whether assessed as the extent during the workday or days/week, most physical exposures, in particular upper limb posture and repetition, were significant risk indicators with clear dose–response relationships. These findings were supported by psychophysical responses that also identified perceived work pace and the use of force as risk indicators. The identified psychosocial relations were limited to measures reflecting physical exposures. Conclusions While the identified risk indicators have previously been associated to upper limb symptoms as well as to diagnosed disorders other than brachial plexopathy, this study indicates an association between physical and work-exposures and brachial plexopathy. Longitudinal studies should be conducted in order to exclude bias from information and selection, both of which may occur with the applied case–control design.

  16. MR imaging of brachial plexopathy in breast cancer patients without palpable recurrence

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    Objective. To investigate the role of MR imaging in detecting brachial plexus (BP) abnormalities in breast cancer patients with plexopathy but without palpable masses.Design. MR imaging of the BP was performed on 26 breast cancer patients with brachial plexopathy without palpable regional masses, using 0.5 T and 1.5 T imaging systems. Findings were correlated with the clinical diagnoses.Patients. Twenty-six patients with brachial plexopathy and history of breast cancer were enrolled in the study. All patients presented with plexopathy symptoms. Fourteen patients were positive and 12 patients were indeterminate for BP metastasis according to clinical criteria.Results and conclusion. MR imaging demonstrated masses involving the BP representing metastases in two patients. Nine patients had other regional abnormalities with a normal brachial plexus. It is concluded that MR imaging is useful in the assessment and direction of therapy of brachial plexopathy in breast cancer patients by detecting both metastases to the BP as well as other abnormalities, unrelated to the BP, which may explain the patient's symptoms. (orig.)

  17. Use of a Collagen-Based Device for Closure of Low Brachial Artery Punctures

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    Purpose. To report our experience with the Angioseal vascular closure device for hemostasis of distal brachial artery puncture. Methods. Between September 2003 and August 2005, 64 Angioseal vascular closure devices were inserted in 64 patients (40 men, 24 women; mean age 65 years) immediately after diagnostic or therapeutic arterial angiographies performed through a 5 Fr to 7 Fr sheath via the distal brachial artery. Ultrasound examination of the brachial artery preceded the angiography in all cases and only arteries wider than 4 mm were closed by the Angioseal. In cases of a sonographically evident thin subcutaneous space of the cubital fossa, tissue tumescence, using 1% Lidocaine, was performed prior to the arterial closure. Results. The deployment success rate was 100%. No major complications were encountered; only 2 patients developed puncture site hematoma, and these were followed conservatively. Conclusions. Closure of low brachial artery punctures with the Angioseal is simple and safe. No additional manual compression is required. We recommend its use after brachial artery access interventions, through appropriately wide arteries, to improve early patient ambulation and potentially reduce possible puncture site complications

  18. Vitiligo associated with cutaneous amyloidosis

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    Rajkumar V; Okade R; Chakrabarty N; Yellappa K

    2001-01-01

    Vitiligo is known to be associated with a variety of dermatoses and systemic diseases. We describe a case of vitiligo developing in a patient having cutaneous amyloidosis. To our knowledge this is the first report of its kind in the literature.

  19. Cutaneous cancer and xeroderma pigmentosum

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    The cutaneous cancer at the patients affected by xeroderma pigmentosum is characterized by its multifocal character and its strong radiosensitivity. A premature care and a regular follow-up for life of these patients is indispensable for the detection and the treatment of new hurts. The precautionary measures are also important by the school eviction. (N.C.)

  20. Sporotrichoid pattern of cutaneous nocardiosis

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    Inamadar A; Palit A

    2003-01-01

    A young male patient, having linearly arranged nodular lesions on lower extremity was diagnosed to have lymphocutaneous variety of cutaneous nocardiosis. This is a rare entity and has to be differentiated form other causes of nodular lymphangitis. The patient responded dramatically to Cotrimoxazole therapy.

  1. Unusual presentation of cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Lahiry Anup Kumar

    2002-01-01

    Cutaneous leis hmaniasis is endemic in some regions of Saudi Arabia. A case with uncommon hyperkeratotic type of lesion was seen. Being an endemic zone, a slit- skin smear was done and stained with Giemsa?s stain. Smears howed Leishman Donovan bodies within and outside the macrophages. Significant improvement, followed by complete resolution of the lesion was seen with ketoconazole treatment.

  2. Unusual Presentation of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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    Sindhu, P S; Ramesh, V.

    2012-01-01

    Two patients with mini-volcano type of skin lesions which showed histopathologic features of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) have been described. It was localised and linear in one case while widespread in the other. Both responded to sodium stibogluconate. The importance of recognising new emerging foci of CL is emphasised.

  3. Cutaneous metastases from esophageal adenocarcinoma.

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    Triantafyllou, Stamatina; Georgia, Doulami; Gavriella-Zoi, Vrakopoulou; Dimitrios, Mpistarakis; Stulianos, Katsaragakis; Theodoros, Liakakos; Georgios, Zografos; Dimitrios, Theodorou

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study is to present 2 rare cases of cutaneous metastases originated from adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction, thus, underline the need for early diagnosis and possible treatment of suspicious skin lesions among patients with esophageal malignancy. Metastatic cancer to the skin originated from internal malignancies, mostly lung cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer, constitute 0.5 to 9% of all metastatic cancers. (5 , 8 , 15) Skin metastases, mainly from squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus, are rarely reported. Cutaneous metastasis is a finding indicating progressiveness of the disease. (17) More precisely, median survival is estimated approximately 4.7 months. (2 , 14) This study is a retrospective review of 2 cases of patients with adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and a review of the literature. Two patients aged 60 and 32 years old, respectively, underwent esophagectomy. Both pathologic reports disclosed adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction staged T3 N2 M0 (stage IIIB). During follow-up time, the 2 patients were diagnosed with cutaneous metastases originated from the primary esophageal tumor 11 and 4 months after surgery, respectively. The first patient is alive 37 months after diagnosis, while the second one died 16 months after surgery. Cutaneous metastasis caused by esophageal adenocarcinoma is possible. Therefore, follow-up of patients who were diagnosed with esophageal malignancy and underwent esophagectomy is mandatory in order to reveal early surgical stages. PMID:25785344

  4. Vacuum Enhanced Cutaneous Biopsy Instrument

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    Collins, Joseph

    1999-06-25

    A syringe-like disposable cutaneous biopsy instrument equipped with a tubular blade at its lower end, and designed so that a vacuum is created during use, said vacuum serving to retain undeformed a plug of tissue cut from a patient's skin.

  5. Use of the sensory nerve stimulator to accelerate healing of a venous leg ulcer with sensory nerve dysfunction: a case study.

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    Ogrin, Rajna; Darzins, Peteris; Khalil, Zeinab

    2005-09-01

    A new therapy using sensory nerve stimulation [International Patent Application Number PCT/AU2004/001079: "nerve function and tissue healing" (Khalil, Z)] has been developed in our vascular physiology laboratory. This treatment has been found to improve the deficient sensory nerve function and associated deficient wound healing of older persons to levels seen in young people. An 82-year-old man with a small but persistent venous leg ulcer for 18 months, despite apparently appropriate wound dressings and compression therapy, was seen in a specialist wound management service. The patient's sensory and microvascular function was assessed in great detail using the vascular physiology laboratory techniques, and he was provided the sensory nerve stimulation therapy in addition to conventional therapy. His wound healed after 4 weeks. We report the case here. Prior to nerve stimulation therapy, cutaneous sensation, microvascular blood flow and oxygen tension were found to be reduced near the ulcer when compared with the opposite, non ulcerated leg. After therapy, oxygen tension and microvascular blood flow had improved. This case provides further evidence that sensory nerve stimulation therapy at the stipulated parameters improves wound healing. The observation that sensory nerve function improved provides support for the notion that improvement in healing is mediated by improved nerve function. PMID:16618329

  6. Cutaneous nociceptors lack sensitisation, but reveal ?-opioid receptor-mediated reduction in excitability to mechanical stimulation in neuropathy

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    Schmidt Yvonne

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Peripheral nerve injuries often trigger a hypersensitivity to tactile stimulation. Behavioural studies demonstrated efficient and side effect-free analgesia mediated by opioid receptors on peripheral sensory neurons. However, mechanistic approaches addressing such opioid properties in painful neuropathies are lacking. Here we investigated whether opioids can directly inhibit primary afferent neuron transmission of mechanical stimuli in neuropathy. We analysed the mechanical thresholds, the firing rates and response latencies of sensory fibres to mechanical stimulation of their cutaneous receptive fields. Results Two weeks following a chronic constriction injury of the saphenous nerve, mice developed a profound mechanical hypersensitivity in the paw innervated by the damaged nerve. Using an in vitro skin-nerve preparation we found no changes in the mechanical thresholds and latencies of sensory fibres from injured nerves. The firing rates to mechanical stimulation were unchanged or reduced following injury. Importantly, ?-opioid receptor agonist [D-Ala2,N-Me-Phe4,Gly5]-ol-enkephalin (DAMGO significantly elevated the mechanical thresholds of nociceptive A? and C fibres. Furthermore, DAMGO substantially diminished the mechanically evoked discharges of C nociceptors in injured nerves. These effects were blocked by DAMGO washout and pre-treatment with the selective ?-opioid receptor antagonist Cys2-Tyr3-Orn5-Pen7-amide. DAMGO did not alter the responses of sensory fibres in uninjured nerves. Conclusions Our findings suggest that behaviourally manifested neuropathy-induced mechanosensitivity does not require a sensitised state of cutaneous nociceptors in damaged nerves. Yet, nerve injury renders nociceptors sensitive to opioids. Prevention of action potential generation or propagation in nociceptors might represent a cellular mechanism underlying peripheral opioid-mediated alleviation of mechanical hypersensitivity in neuropathy.

  7. Reducing the risk of nerve injury during Bernese periacetabular osteotomy: a cadaveric study.

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    Kalhor, M; Gharehdaghi, J; Schoeniger, R; Ganz, R

    2015-05-01

    The modified Smith-Petersen and Kocher-Langenbeck approaches were used to expose the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh and the femoral, obturator and sciatic nerves in order to study the risk of injury to these structures during the dissection, osteotomy, and acetabular reorientation stages of a Bernese peri-acetabular osteotomy. Injury of the lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh was less likely to occur if an osteotomy of the anterior superior iliac spine had been carried out before exposing the hip. The obturator nerve was likely to be injured during unprotected osteotomy of the pubis if the far cortex was penetrated by > 5 mm. This could be avoided by inclining the osteotome 45° medially and performing the osteotomy at least 2 cm medial to the iliopectineal eminence. The sciatic nerve could be injured during the first and last stages of the osteotomy if the osteotome perforated the lateral cortex of ischium and the ilio-ischial junction by > 10 mm. The femoral nerve could be stretched or entrapped during osteotomy of the pubis if there was significant rotational or linear displacement of the acetabulum. Anterior or medial displacement of Bernese peri-acetabular osteotomy. PMID:25922457

  8. Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Children with Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy: Two Single-Case Series

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    Buesch, Francisca Eugster

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this pilot study was to investigate the feasibility of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) in children with obstetric brachial plexus palsy and receive preliminary information about functional improvements. Two patients (age 12 years) with obstetric brachial plexus palsy were included for a 126-h home-based CIMT…

  9. The involvement of cutaneous receptors in the biological effects of electromagnetic millimeter waves

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    Anton Emil

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The involvement of peripheral nerve terminations in the mechanisms of action of electromagnetic millimeter waves (mmW was assessed. It is currently thought that mmW could be used in noninvasive complementary therapy because of their analgesic effect. However, the mechanisms of their antinociceptive effect and non-ionizing radiation are the subjects of controversy. The mechanisms of interaction of mmW and the cutaneous tissue have not been elucidated. We observed mast cell degranulation at the place of mmW action, a decrease of chronaxie and Turck reflex time, an increase in the number of afferent impulses after sciatic nerve at stimulation, as well as an increase electrocardiogram R-R interval of isolated frog heart after application of mmW. Based on these investigations, we propose that electromagnetic waves of millimeter length modify, through indirect mechanisms, the excitability and reactivity of peripheral nerve terminations.

  10. Stenting-plasty with brachial puncture in the treatment of subclavian steal syndrome

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    Objective: To study the clinical effect of stenting-plasty with retrograde brachial puncture for subclavian steal syndrome patients. Methods: To analyze the clinical results of stenting-plasty with retrograde brachial puncture in 15 patients with subclavian steal syndrome. Results: MRA or DSA showed the subclavian arteries with different degrees of stenosis (80%-100%) in all patients. Stenting-plasty with retrograde brachia] puncture was used in all patients. After placement of wall or polmaz stent, the pulse recovered and the syndrome disappeared. Postoperative angiography showed patency of the artery and stent. The patients were followed up for 3-30 months without recurrence of symptoms. Conclusions: Stenting-plasty with retrograde brachial puncture is a rather proper method to treat subclavian steal syndrome with more coincidence to the vascular anatomy, decrease the maneuver trouble and increase the successful rate. (authors)

  11. A True Distal Brachial Artery Aneurysm Treated with a Bifurcated Saphenous Vein Graft.

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    Ben Mrad, Melek; Neifer, Chaouki; Ghedira, Faker; Ghorbel, Nesrine; Denguir, Raouf; Khayati, Adel

    2016-02-01

    Brachial artery aneurysms are rare, mostly consisting of false ones secondary to infectious, traumatic, or iatrogenic arterial lesions. True aneurysms of the brachial artery are even more uncommon. Here, we report a case of a 40-year-old fisherman, without any pathological antecedent, who presented with a painful pulsatile mass of the left anterior arm. There was a slight edema with no ischemic signs. The computed tomographic angiography revealed a true 3.7 × 4.2 × 6 cm aneurysm of the distal brachial artery, partially thrombosed, which extended to the bifurcation. A surgical repair was indicated. Intervention consisted of an aneurysmectomy with interposition of an autologous reversed bifurcated saphenous vein graft. Early outcome was good and a 1-year follow-up showed a patent graft with no aneurysmal recurrence. A review of the literature on this rare location of true artery aneurysm and treatment options is outlined in this work. PMID:26597242

  12. Optic nerve sheath meningocele

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    Juan Carlos Mesa-Gutiérrez

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Juan Carlos Mesa-Gutiérrez, Silvia Muñoz Quiñones, Jorge Arruga GinebredaDepartment of Ophthalmology, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, SpainAbstract: A 53-year-old man presented with a 5-month history of visual loss in his left eye. Visual acuity could be corrected to 20/20 with an increased hyperopic correction. Dilated funduscopy showed faint choroidal folds and elevation of the left optic disc. The coronal view of T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a fluid-filled dilated sheath surrounding normal optic nerves. General physical examination and cerebrospinal fluid analysis were normal. The subject was diagnosed as having dural ectasia of the optic nerve sheath and followed a course of acetazolamide 250 mg twice daily for three months, and displayed good anatomical and functional results during a 2-year follow-up period. Despite the fact that several authors have recommended an optic nerve decompression, most of the patients follow a benign clinical course. The role of corticosteroids is not described in the literature. Raised levels of proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid in the perioptic subarachnoidal space could be a determining factor. On the basis of an osmotic gradient between the cerebral subarachnoid space and perioptic subarachnoid space, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors could be beneficial. In contrast to other reports, we believe that surgical intervention could be reserved for patients with rapid or progressive optic nerve dysfunction.Keywords: optic nerve, perineural subaracnoid space, optic nerve meningocoele, optic nerve tumors

  13. Ontology-based image navigation: exploring 3.0-T MR neurography of the brachial plexus using AIM and RadLex.

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    Wang, Kenneth C; Salunkhe, Aditya R; Morrison, James J; Lee, Pearlene P; Mejino, José L V; Detwiler, Landon T; Brinkley, James F; Siegel, Eliot L; Rubin, Daniel L; Carrino, John A

    2015-01-01

    Disorders of the peripheral nervous system have traditionally been evaluated using clinical history, physical examination, and electrodiagnostic testing. In selected cases, imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance (MR) neurography may help further localize or characterize abnormalities associated with peripheral neuropathies, and the clinical importance of such techniques is increasing. However, MR image interpretation with respect to peripheral nerve anatomy and disease often presents a diagnostic challenge because the relevant knowledge base remains relatively specialized. Using the radiology knowledge resource RadLex®, a series of RadLex queries, the Annotation and Image Markup standard for image annotation, and a Web services-based software architecture, the authors developed an application that allows ontology-assisted image navigation. The application provides an image browsing interface, allowing users to visually inspect the imaging appearance of anatomic structures. By interacting directly with the images, users can access additional structure-related information that is derived from RadLex (eg, muscle innervation, muscle attachment sites). These data also serve as conceptual links to navigate from one portion of the imaging atlas to another. With 3.0-T MR neurography of the brachial plexus as the initial area of interest, the resulting application provides support to radiologists in the image interpretation process by allowing efficient exploration of the MR imaging appearance of relevant nerve segments, muscles, bone structures, vascular landmarks, anatomic spaces, and entrapment sites, and the investigation of neuromuscular relationships. PMID:25590394

  14. Suprascapular nerve entrapment.

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    Corò, L; Azuelos, A; Alexandre, A

    2005-01-01

    It is important to be aware of neuropathy involving the suprascapular nerve. While direct trauma to the suprascapular nerve is the usual cause (direct blow to the base of the neck or posterior shoulder, shoulder dislocation or fracture), the problem may result from overuse injuries (such as repetitive tennis serving or spiking of a volley ball), excessive horizontal adduction, weight lifting, backpacking or no apparent reason. These last three years we have operated 8 cases of suprascapular nerve neurolysis at the level of suprascapular incision, and section of the transverse scapular ligament through the back supraspinal approach. PMID:15830964

  15. Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy in the Context of Early Physical Rehabilitation

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    Vivian Lucía Yanes Sierra

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Cuban health system currently promotes prenatal testing and monitoring of pregnancy; nevertheless obstetric brachial plexus palsy remains an unfortunate consequence of a difficult delivery and is one of the most common birth trauma. Traditionally, its treatment has been conservative, based on multidisciplinary monitoring and consultations with various specialists to deal with the consequences. After conducting an extensive literature review, we discussed in this paper the etiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, types of injuries, prognosis and outcome, consequences, assessment tools, existing treatments and series of exercises for obstetric brachial plexus palsy.

  16. Hereditary Neuropathy with Liability to Pressure Palsy Presenting as an Acute Brachial Plexopathy: A Lover's Palsy.

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    Wedderburn, Sarah; Pateria, Puraskar; Panegyres, Peter K

    2014-01-01

    It is generally regarded that patients with hereditary neuropathy to pressure palsies, due to a deletion in the PMP22 gene, show recurrent pressure palsy and generalised peripheral neuropathy (pes cavus and hammer toes sometimes develop). Brachial plexopathy is rarely identified as a first presentation of hereditary neuropathy to pressure palsies. We describe a young man who developed a painless flail upper limb with a clinical diagnosis of a brachial plexopathy after his partner slept on his arm - a PMP22 deletion was found. His father, who had a symmetrical polyneuropathy without recurrent mononeuropathies, shared the PMP22 deletion. PMID:25685136

  17. Cystic schwannoma of the right brachial plexus causing thoracic outlet syndrome

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    SÖNMEZ, Osman Fikret; TÜMKAYA, Levent; Kanat, Ayhan; DEM?R, Zafer; BA?, Orhan

    2012-01-01

    A rare case of a schwannoma of the right brachial plexus presenting with a cystic lesion is presented here. A 36-year-old man was admitted to our department with numbness, pain and progressive, lingering paralysis in the right arm. The MRI showed a cystic lesion with a diameter of 4 cm, in the right brachial plexus. In the ensuing electromyographic studies, the lesion was determined to cause thoracic outlet syndrome. The patient was prepared for surgery and the lesion was totally removed. Aft...

  18. A novel chondroitin sulfate hydrogel for nerve repair

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    Conovaloff, Aaron William

    Brachial plexus injuries affect numerous patients every year, with very debilitating results. The majority of these cases are very severe, and involve damage to the nerve roots. To date, repair strategies for these injuries address only gross tissue damage, but do not supply cells with adequate regeneration signals. As a result, functional recovery is often severely lacking. Therefore, a chondroitin sulfate hydrogel that delivers neurotrophic signals to damaged neurons is proposed as a scaffold to support nerve root regeneration. Capillary electrophoresis studies revealed that chondroitin sulfate can physically bind with a variety of neurotrophic factors, and cultures of chick dorsal root ganglia demonstrated robust neurite outgrowth in chondroitin sulfate hydrogels. Outgrowth in chondroitin sulfate gels was greater than that observed in control gels of hyaluronic acid. Furthermore, the chondroitin sulfate hydrogel's binding activity with nerve growth factor could be enhanced by incorporation of a synthetic bioactive peptide, as revealed by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching. This enhanced binding was observed only in chondroitin sulfate gels, and not in hyaluronic acid control gels. This enhanced binding activity resulted in enhanced dorsal root ganglion neurite outgrowth in chondroitin sulfate gels. Finally, the growth of regenerating dorsal root ganglia in these gels was imaged using label-free coherent anti-Stokes scattering microscopy. This technique generated detailed, high-quality images of live dorsal root ganglion neurites, which were comparable to fixed, F-actin-stained samples. Taken together, these results demonstrate the viability of this chondroitin sulfate hydrogel to serve as an effective implantable scaffold to aid in nerve root regeneration.

  19. Peripheral Nerve Dysfunction Secondary to Lymphomatous Infiltration of the Nervous System by Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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    Grimm S

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Lymphomatous meningitis (metastasis of lymphoma cells into the cerebrospinal-fluid spaces [CSF] and neurolymphomatosis (lymphomatous infiltration of a peripheral nerve or root are neurologic complications of non-Hodgkin?s lymphoma (NHL that frequently result in significant neurologic dysfunction. Leptomeningeal metastases most commonly present as cerebral dysfunction (hydrocephalus causing headache or apraxia of gait, encephalopathy, or seizures, cranial neuropathy (diplospia, facial weakness, vertigo, hearing loss, and tongue weakness, and spinal-nerve root dysfunction (incomplete cauda equina syndrome ? asymmetric lower- extremity weakness, sensory loss, or incontinence. Diagnosis is made by finding leptomeningeal enhancement on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI of the brain or spine or demonstration of lymphomatous cells by CSF cytology or flow cytometry. Treatment consists of focal radiotherapy for areas of bulky disease followed by intra-CSF chemotherapy or systemic chemotherapy. Neurolymphomatosis typically presents as a painful, sensorimotor peripheral neuropathy affecting multiple limbs in an asymmetric fashion with rapid evolution although variability in presentation can occur. Diagnosis is made by demonstration of enhancement of nerve roots on MRI of the brachial or lumbosacral plexus or peripheral nerves or by increased hyper-metabolic activity following the course of affected nerves on fluordeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET. Treatment of neurolymphomatosis consists of focal radiotherapy (if significant neurologic dysfunction is present and high-dose intravenous methotrexate therapy. Standard systemic chemotherapy agents are not effective since they do not penetrate the physiologic ?nerve-blood barrier?. Other disorders that must be differentiated from these entities include peripheral-nerve or nerve root compression and paraneoplastic neuropathy.

  20. Peripheral Nerve Disorders

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    ... after an injury. Some people are born with peripheral nerve disorders. Symptoms often start gradually, and then get worse. They include Numbness Pain Burning or tingling Muscle weakness Sensitivity to touch ...

  1. Facial nerve pathology

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    This paper reports MR imaging and CT used in 13 cases of facial neuromas and eight simulating lesions. On MR imaging, facial neuromas has long T1 and long T2 characteristics. In a 4-year-old girl with congenital facial palsy, CT and MR imaging demonstrated a facial neuroma involving the entire intratemporal segment of the facial nerve, including massive involvement of the greater superficial petrosal nerve extending into the vidian canal. A primary chemodectoma of the facial nerve (enhanced after administration of gadolinium) was identical to the facial neuroma on CT scans and MR images. Perineural metastatic lesions could not be differentiated from facial neuromas. Isolated granulomas of the facial nerve had CT findings similar to those of a facial neuroma

  2. Lymphoma Nerve Infiltration

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    Baehring JM

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Neurolymphomatosis (NL denotes the invasion of cranial nerves, nerve roots, plexus, or nerves by Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL or leukaemia. This occurs in the absence (primary NL or presence (primary NL of systemic NHL. Clinical patterns include a painful polyneuropathy or polyradiculopathy, cranial neuropathy, painless polyneuropathy, and peripheral mononeuropathy. Integration of clinical information, imaging findings, as well as histopathologic examination of involved nerves or non-neural tissue, and cerebrospinal fluid analysis are needed to establish the diagnosis. Timely recognition of the disease and its exact neuroanatomical extent is the basis for successful therapy using systemic chemotherapy and localized irradiation of bulky disease sites. More complex regimens are required when cerebrospinal fluid and systemic disease sites are affected.

  3. Diabetic Nerve Problems

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    ... at the wrong times. This damage is called diabetic neuropathy. Over half of people with diabetes get ... you change positions quickly Your doctor will diagnose diabetic neuropathy with a physical exam and nerve tests. ...

  4. Degenerative Nerve Diseases

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    ... such as alcoholism, a tumor, or a stroke. Other causes may include toxins, chemicals, and viruses. Sometimes the cause is not known. Degenerative nerve diseases include Alzheimer's disease Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Friedreich's ataxia Huntington's disease ...

  5. Origen y Trayecto Anómalos del Nervio Musculocutáneo Anomalus Origin and Traject of Musculocutaneous Nerve

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    Jorge Roberto Marcante Carlotto

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available El nervio musculocutáneo se origina del fascículo lateral en el plexo braquial y sus fibras emergen principalmente de las raíces nerviosas anteriores de C5 y C6. Durante la disección de rutina del plexo braquial en un cadáver formolizado, fue encontrada una variación del origen y trayecto de este nervio. El nervio musculocutáneo se originaba de la cara lateral del nervio mediano y después del origen, cruzaba anteriormente al músculo coracobraquial, sin perforarlo, de medial hacia lateral y de proximal hacia distal, para después ramificarse. Las variaciones anatómicas encontradas contribuyen para el estudio de la anatomía y sirven para el cirujano en intervenciones en la fosa axilar y en la parte anterior del brazo, previniendo, así, complicaciones operatorias.The musculocutaneous is originated from the lateral fascicle in the brachial plexus and its fibers emerge mainly from the anterior nervous roots C5 and C6. During the routine dissection of the brachial plexus in a formolized corpse, its origin variation and passage was found. The nerve was originated on the lateral face of the median nerve and after its origin, crossed anteriorly to the coracobrachial muscle, without perforating it, from medial to lateral, proximal to distal, after to branch off. The anatomical variations found contribute to the anatomy study and they serve as alert for the surgeon in interventions in the axillary's cavity and in the previous store of the arm, preventing, thus, operational complications.

  6. Optic nerve oxygen tension

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    la Cour, M; Kiilgaard, Jens Folke; Eysteinsson, T; Wiencke, A K; Bang, K; Dollerup, J; Jensen, P K; Stefánsson, E

    2000-01-01

    To investigate the influence of acute changes in intraocular pressure on the oxygen tension in the vicinity of the optic nerve head under control conditions and after intravenous administration of 500 mg of the carbonic anhydrase inhibitor dorzolamide.......To investigate the influence of acute changes in intraocular pressure on the oxygen tension in the vicinity of the optic nerve head under control conditions and after intravenous administration of 500 mg of the carbonic anhydrase inhibitor dorzolamide....

  7. Arteria Braquial Superficial Bilateral: Una Variación Anatómica Infrecuente con Implicancias Clínicas y Quirúrgicas / Bilateral Superficial Brachial Artery: A Rare Anatomical Variation with Clinical and Surgical Implications

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    Guillermo, Salgado; Oscar, Inzunza; Javier, Rodríguez; Romina, Soza; Mario, Cantín.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Las variaciones del sistema arterial en el miembro superior son relevantes debido a la gran cantidad de procedimientos diagnósticos, invasivos y terapéuticos realizados en la actualidad. Reportamos una variante poco frecuente de la arteria braquial superficial (ABS) encontrada bilateralmente en los [...] miembros superiores. En ambos miembros la ABS descendió superficial y lateral al nervio mediano y medial a la cabeza corta del músculo bíceps braquial. La ABS derecha terminó en la fosa cubital se unió a la arteria braquial en un tronco común, una variación anatómica rara de tipo isla, mientras que la ABS izquierda terminó en el antebrazo como arteria radial. La presencia unilateral de la ABS se ha informado con una frecuencia relativa, pero una variación bilateral es extremadamente rara. La relevancia de la embriología, incidencia y clínica de esta variación anatómica se discuten. Abstract in english Variations of the upper limb arterial system are an important consideration due to the large number of invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures performed in this region. We report a rare variant of the superficial brachial artery (SBA) found bilaterally in the upper limbs. In both limbs the S [...] BA desending superficial and lateral of median nerve, and medial to the short head of bicep brachii muscle. Right SBA finished in the cubital fossa joined the deep brachial artery in a common trunk, a rare anatomical variation of island type, while the left SBA finished in the forearm and radial artery. The unilateral presence of the SBA reported with relative frequency, but a bilateral variation is extremely rare. The relevance of embryology, and clinical incidence of this anatomical variation are discussed.

  8. Multiple isolated cutaneous plexiform schwannomas

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    Enas A. S. Attia

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Plexiform schwannoma is a rare neurogenic tumor, arising from skin and subcutaneous tissue. The presence of multiple schwannomas suggests a possible association with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2. A 50-year old male patient presented with multiple papulo-nodular cutaneous lesions on both arms and forearms. Histopathological examination revealed a dermal multinodular pattern of well-circumscribed masses of closely packed cells, with peripheral myxoid tissue, well-encapsulated in a thin collagenous capsule. S-100 immunohistochemical staining was diffusely and strongly positive. Neuron-specific enolase was positive, confirming a neural tissue tumor. An audiogram and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI of cerebro-pontine angle showed no detected abnormality, excluding acoustic neuroma. Thus, we present a case of multiple bilateral isolated cutaneous plexiform schwannomas, not associated with NF2. Multiple plexiform schwannomas is a very rare entity, distinct from neurofibromatosis (NF, and being confined to the dermis is even more rarely reported.

  9. Cerebral metastases of cutaneous melanoma.

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    Gupta, G; Robertson, A G; MacKie, R M

    1997-01-01

    Cerebral metastases of cutaneous melanoma carry a very poor prognosis. We report our experience of 31 patients who presented with cerebral metastasis of cutaneous melanoma in a 5-year period between mid-1991 and mid-1996. Cerebral metastases were diagnosed on computerized tomography (CT) scan after patients became symptomatic. The overall median survival in our series was 4 months. Seventeen patients (55%) received treatment with radiotherapy and dexamethasone with resolution of their symptoms, although median survival remained at 4 months. Six patients (19%) had surgery followed by whole brain radiotherapy, with median survival of 5 months. The remaining eight patients received dexamethasone alone. Data from patients surviving less than 2 months and over 6 months suggest that the poor prognostic factors are the presence of more than one cerebral metastasis and additional extracranial metastases. PMID:9231928

  10. Herpes Zoster ophthalmicus with occulomotor nerve palsy

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    Hayati Kandi?

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Dear Editor;A 79-year-old male patient was admitted to our emergency department with a complaining of eruption over his face for 10 days and inability to open his eyes for a few days. The patient had hypertension and diabetes mellitus. He had no history of smoking, alcohol. On examination, there was vesicular cutaneous eruption, erosions and crusts, as well as ptosis, in some areas in the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve on the left side of his face (Figure 1. The patient did not have extraocular muscle palsy. Patient was cachectic and dehydrated appearance. Other systemic examinations were unremarkable. Laboratory investigations showed total white cell count of 16500 (neutrophil: 15000, N: 5200–12400, and CRP: 15 mg/dL (N: 0.1–0.5. A clinical diagnosis of ophthalmic zoster with occulomotor nerve palsy was made and the valasiclovir 3g/d was given to patient, wet dressing with an aluminum acetate solution 0,5%. The patient’s lesions had markedly improved within 10 days.

  11. Optic nerve aspergillosis.

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    Yuan, Lisi; Prayson, Richard A

    2015-07-01

    We report a 55-year-old woman with optic nerve Aspergillosis. Aspergillus is an ubiquitous airborne saprophytic fungus. Inhaled Aspergillus conidia are normally eliminated in the immunocompetent host by innate immune mechanisms; however, in immunosuppressed patients, they can cause disease. The woman had a past medical history of hypertension and migraines. She presented 1 year prior to death with a new onset headache behind the left eye and later developed blurred vision and scotoma. A left temporal artery biopsy was negative for giant cell arteritis. One month prior to the current admission, she had an MRI showing optic nerve thickening with no other findings. Because of the visual loss and a positive antinuclear antibody test, she was given a trial of high dose steroids and while it significantly improved her headache, her vision did not improve. At autopsy, the left optic nerve at the level of the cavernous sinus and extending into the optic chiasm was enlarged in diameter and there was a 1.3 cm firm nodule surrounding the left optic nerve. Histologically, an abscess surrounded and involved the left optic nerve. Acute angle branching, angioinvasive fungal hyphae were identified on Grocott's methenamine silver stained sections, consistent with Aspergillus spp. No gross or microscopic evidence of systemic vasculitis or infection was identified in the body. The literature on optic nerve Aspergillosis is reviewed. PMID:25861888

  12. Cutaneous and mucosal pain syndromes

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    Siddappa K

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The cutaneous and mucosal pain syndromes are characterized by pain, burning sensation, numbness or paraesthesia of a particular part of the skin or mucosal surface without any visible signs. They are usually sensory disorders, sometimes with a great deal of psychologic overlay. In this article various conditions have been listed and are described. The possible causative mechanisms are discussed when they are applicable and the outline of their management is described.

  13. Ectopic cutaneous schistosomiasis - Case report*

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    Nunes, Kathia Monielly Tenorio; Cardoso, Alberto Eduardo Cox; Pereira, Fabio de Souza Guedes; Batista, Luiz Henrique Carvalho; Houly, Ricardo Luiz Simoes

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    Schistosomiasis mansoni is a systemic disease caused by a helminth of the schistosoma genus. The disease is generally asymptomatic or gastrointestinal symptoms may predominate. Skin lesions related to the disease are rarely diagnosed, even in endemic areas. The authors report the case of a young girl diagnosed with cutaneous schistosomiasis with involvement of the abdomen, back and scapular region. Schistosoma eggs were found in the lesions by histopathologic exam. There was no...

  14. Cutaneous metastasis in anorectal adenocarcinoma

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    Krishnendra Varma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutaneous metastasis in anorectal adenocarcinoma is a rare entity. Here, we report the case of a 40-year-old female who presented with yellowish-brown, irregular, solid, elevated rashes over the pubis with a recent history off palliative colostomy for anorectal adenocarcinoma. Clinically, we suspected metastasis that was proved on biopsy. We report this case due to the rare presenting site (i.e., perineum of a metastatic adenocarcinoma.

  15. Cutaneous mycobacterial spindle cell pseudotumour

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    Tan, Geok Chin; Yap, Yen Piow; Shiran, Mohd Sidik; Sabariah, Abdul Rahman; PATHMANATHAN, RAJADURAI

    2009-01-01

    Mycobacterial spindle cell pseudotumour (MSCP) has been reported in various sites, including skin, lymph nodes, bone marrow, lung and spleen. Cutaneous lesions are extremely rare and the differential diagnoses include various spindle cell lesions. Literature review shows that this lesion has preponderance for upper limb involvement and occurs largely in immunosuppressed individuals. We report a case of MSCP of the skin due to atypical mycobacterium and discuss the risk of misdiagnosis as a sa...

  16. Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Jodhpur district

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    Kalla Gyaneshwar

    1996-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disease with a wide geographical distribution in a range of climate and with different epidemiological patterns. In Rajasthan a new endemic zone of the disease has been found at Jodhpur district. The clincial features of 21 smear positive cases of oriental sore from Jodhpur district studied during a period of 1 year have been described. Also the importance of intralesional berberine sulphate in the treatment of oriental sore has been highlighted.

  17. Cutaneous Hemangiosarcoma in a Dog

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    Tsuji, Naho; FURUKAWA, Satoshi; OZAKI, Kiyokazu

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    A male golden retriever of unknown age presented with multiple cutaneous and subcutaneous masses from the left elbow to the digits. Histopathologically, multiple tumor foci had formed from the dermis to the subcutaneous tissue. Tumor foci consisted of a vascular structure, alveolar structure and solid proliferative area. The borders among these areas were not clear. Some neoplastic cells resembled a mature endothelium, while others were large pleomorphic cells. Immunohistochemically, the tumo...

  18. Caseous necrosis in cutaneous leishmaniasis.

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    Peltier, E; Wolkenstein, P.; Deniau, M; Zafrani, E S; Wechsler, J.

    1996-01-01

    A case of late stage cutaneous leishmaniasis with focal caseous necrosis is reported. The patient, a 30 year old Tunisian man, presented with idiopathic bone marrow aplasia. Microscopically, minimal changes were observed in the epidermis: slight hyperkeratosis and moderate acanthosis. Lesions predominated in the dermis. Epithelioid granulomas were found in the lower dermis. Some of these lesions were clearly surrounded by a ring of lymphocytes and were rarely confluent. A peculiar histologica...

  19. Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Jodhpur district

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    Kalla Gyaneshwar; Singhi M

    1996-01-01

    Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disease with a wide geographical distribution in a range of climate and with different epidemiological patterns. In Rajasthan a new endemic zone of the disease has been found at Jodhpur district. The clincial features of 21 smear positive cases of oriental sore from Jodhpur district studied during a period of 1 year have been described. Also the importance of intralesional berberine sulphate in the treatment of oriental sore has been highlighted.

  20. Occupationally Acquired American Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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    Maria Edileuza Felinto Brito; Maria Sandra Andrade; Éricka Lima de Almeida; Ângela Cristina Rapela Medeiros; Roberto Pereira Werkhäuser; Ana Isabele Freitas de Araújo; Sinval Pinto Brandão-Filho; Alzira Maria Paiva Almeida; Eduardo Henrique Gomes Rodrigues

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    We report two occupationally acquired cases of American cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL): one accidental laboratory autoinoculation by contaminated needlestick while handling an ACL lesion sample, and one acquired during field studies on bird biology. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays of patient lesions were positive for Leishmania, subgenus Viannia. One isolate was obtained by culture (from patient 2 biopsy samples) and characterized as Leishmania (Viannia) naiffi through an indirect immun...

  1. Many faces of cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Bari Arfan Ul; Rahman Simeen

    2008-01-01

    Background: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is known for its clinical diversity and increasing numbers of new and rare variants of the disease are being reported these days. Aim: The aim of this descriptive study was to look for and report the atypical presentations of this common disease occurring in Pakistan. Methods: The study was carried out in three hospitals (MH, Rawalpindi; PAF Hospital, Sargodha; and CMH, Muzaffarabad) from 2002 to 2006. Military and civilian patients of all ages, b...

  2. Cutaneous malignant melanoma in Scotland.

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    Mackie, R.M.; Hunter, J A

    1982-01-01

    In view of the concern over the rising incidence of malignant melanoma in many parts of the world, and the suggestion that emigrants of Scottish and Irish descent have a higher incidence of melanoma in North America and Australia, a Scottish Melanoma Group has been formed to study epidemiological, pathological and therapeutic aspects of the tumour. In 1979, 260 histologically proven primary cutaneous malignant melanomas of the skin presented. This represents an incidence of 5.1/10(5) for Scot...

  3. Cutaneous manifestations of internal malignancy

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    A Ayyamperumal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Many malignancies affecting the internal organs display cutaneous manifestations which may be either specific (tumor metastases or nonspecific lesions. Aims: The study is aimed at determining the frequency and significance of cutaneous manifestations among patients with internal malignancy. Materials and Methods: 750 cases of proven internal malignancy, who attended a cancer chemotherapy center in South India, were studied. Specific infiltrates were confirmed by histopathology, fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC and marker studies. Results: Out of the 750 patients with internal malignancy, skin changes were seen in a total of 52 (6.93% patients. Conclusion: Cutaneous metastases (specific lesions were seen in 20 patients (2.66%: contiguous in 6 (0.8%, and non-contiguous in 14 (1.86%. Nonspecific skin changes were seen in 32 patients (4.26%. None of our patients presented with more than one type of skin lesions. Herpes zoster was the most common nonspecific lesion noticed in our patients, followed by generalized pruritus, multiple eruptive seborrheic keratoses, bullous disorder, erythroderma, flushing, purpura, pyoderma gangrenosum, insect bite allergy and lichenoid dermatitis.

  4. Cutaneous manifestations of inflammatory bowel disease

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    Al Roujayee Abdulaziz

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD has many extraintestinal manifestations, and skin lesions are one of the most frequently described extraintestinal findings. Reports indicate an incidence of cutaneous manifestations ranging from 2 to 34%, Cutaneous manifestations are usually related to the activity of the bowel disease but may have an independent course. In this review we aim to address the various cutaneous manifestations associated with IBD, their impact on the disease course, and the treatment options available.

  5. Remote Cutaneous Breast Carcinoma Metastasis Mimicking Dermatitis

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    Annakan V Navaratnam

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutaneous metastases from primary internal malignancies are an uncommon presentation. Cutaneous metastases are more frequently seen in breast cancer than in any other visceral malignancy in women. Medical practitioners should be vigilant of the possibility of unusual presentations of metastatic disease in breast cancer patients with lobular carcinoma presenting as cutaneous lesions mimicking benign dermatological conditions. Herein, we present a case of a 75-year-old woman presenting with cutaneous lobular breast carcinoma metastases on her anterior right leg, which had previously been misdiagnosed as dermatitis for 9 years.

  6. Remote cutaneous breast carcinoma metastasis mimicking dermatitis.

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    Navaratnam, Annakan V; Chandrasekharan, Sankaran

    2015-01-01

    Cutaneous metastases from primary internal malignancies are an uncommon presentation. Cutaneous metastases are more frequently seen in breast cancer than in any other visceral malignancy in women. Medical practitioners should be vigilant of the possibility of unusual presentations of metastatic disease in breast cancer patients with lobular carcinoma presenting as cutaneous lesions mimicking benign dermatological conditions. Herein, we present a case of a 75-year-old woman presenting with cutaneous lobular breast carcinoma metastases on her anterior right leg, which had previously been misdiagnosed as dermatitis for 9 years. PMID:25657439

  7. Sensory neuronopathy involves the spinal cord and brachial plexus: a quantitative study employing multiple-echo data image combination (MEDIC) and turbo inversion recovery magnitude (TIRM)

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    Bao, Yi-Fang; Tang, Wei-Jun; Li, Yu-Xin; Geng, Dao-Ying [Fudan University, Department of Radiology, Huashan Hospital, Shanghai (China); Zhu, Dong-Qing; Chen, Xiang-Jun [Fudan University, Department of Neurology, Huashan Hospital, Shanghai (China); Zee, Chi-Shing [University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

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    Sensory neuronopathy (SNN) is a distinctive subtype of peripheral neuropathies, specifically targeting dorsal root ganglion (DRG). We utilized MRI to demonstrate the imaging characteristics of DRG, spinal cord (SC), and brachial plexus at C7 level in SNN. We attempted multiple-echo data image combination (MEDIC) and turbo inversion recovery magnitude (TIRM) methods in nine patients with sensory neuronopathy and compared with those in 16 disease controls and 20 healthy volunteers. All participants underwent MRI for the measurement of DRG, posterior column (PC), lateral column, and spinal cord area (SCA) at C7 level. DRG diameters were obtained through its largest cross section, standardized by dividing sagittal diameter of mid-C7 vertebral canal. We also made comparisons of standardized anteroposterior diameter (APD) and left-right diameters of SC and PC in these groups. Signal intensity and diameter of C7 spinal nerve were assessed on TIRM. Compared to control groups, signal intensities of DRG and PC were higher in SNN patients when using MEDIC, but the standardized diameters were shorter in either DRG or PC. Abnormal PC signal intensities were identified in eight out of nine SNN patients (89 %) with MEDIC and five out of nine (56 %) with T2-weighted images. SCA, assessed with MEDIC, was smaller in SNN patients than in the other groups, with significant reduction of its standardized APD. C7 nerve root diameters, assessed with TIRM, were decreased in SNN patients. MEDIC and TIRM sequences demonstrate increased signal intensities and decreased area of DRG and PC, and decreased diameter of nerve roots in patients with SNN, which can play a significant role in early diagnosis. (orig.)

  8. Contralateral brachial plexus palsy and Horner syndrome following vestibular schwannoma resection: A complication of patient positioning

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    Matthew R. Fusco, MD

    2014-09-01

    Conclusions: We present the first known cases of submandibular gland inflammation and hemorrhage resulting in brachial plexopathy and Horner syndrome opposite the site of tumor resection. This case underscores the importance of adequate and safe patient positioning in skull based neurosurgical procedures.

  9. Brachial artery flow velocity variation: another victory for hand-carried ultrasound?

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    Schmidt, Gregory A.

    2009-01-01

    Dynamic predictors are clearly superior to static pressures in predicting whether a patient will respond to a fluid bolus. Hand-carried ultrasound (HCUS) can measure changes in blood flow velocity in the brachial artery that parallel arterial pulse pressure variation. The potential for HCUS to guide fluid therapy non-invasively must overcome problems of sensitivity and applicability.

  10. Robot-Assisted Surgery of the Shoulder Girdle and Brachial Plexus

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    Facca, Sybille; Hendriks, Sarah; Mantovani, Gustavo; Selber, Jesse C; Liverneaux, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    New developments in the surgery of the brachial plexus include the use of less invasive surgical approaches and more precise techniques. The theoretical advantages of the use of robotics versus endoscopy are the disappearance of physiological tremor, three-dimensional vision, high definition, magnification, and superior ergonomics.

  11. A clinical assessment tool for ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block.

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    Sultan, S F

    2012-05-01

    Competency in anesthesia traditionally has been determined subjectively in practice. Optimal training in procedural skills requires valid and reliable forms of assessment. The objective was to examine a procedure-specific clinical assessment tool for ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block for inter-rater reliability and construct validity in a clinical setting.

  12. Medico-legal aspects of brachial plexus injury: the obstetrician's point of view.

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    Jakobovits, A

    1996-01-01

    The author reviews the obstetric literature with regard to factors predisposing to or predicting the occurrence of brachial plexus injury in the newborn. Based on the evaluated data, it is concluded that, whereas there are identifiable predisposing factors for shoulder dystocia, to which the occurrence of brachial plexus injury is widely attributed, the predictive power of the various identifiable factors is generally low. The writer also quotes literary data which suggest that injury to the brachial plexus may occur in utero before labor and, thus, unrelated to arrest of the shoulders during the process of delivery. The contemporary literature contains diverse and often contradictory opinions which do not provide clear-cut guidelines for the practicing obstetrician for the prevention of brachial plexus injury. In some parts of the world a disproportionately large number of malpractice claims against obstetricians derive from such injuries. Therefore, the formulation of a consensus concerning the definition of shoulder dystocia, the identification of preventive measures to be utilized to avoid its occurrence and the required clinical management in case of arrest of the shoulders are unresolved problems that the medical profession needs to address. PMID:8691999

  13. Transcutaneous oximetry compared to ankle-brachial-index measurement in the evaluation of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty

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    Objective: To investigate transcutaneous oximetry as parameter of the microcirculation is correlated to ankle-brachial-index as parameter of the macrocirculation after peripheral angioplasty procedures. Design: Prospective study. Materials and methods: 60 patients suffering from intermittent claudication were scheduled for angioplasty treatment. 45 patients were considered as eligible for angioplasty after angiographic evaluation, 15 patients underwent angiography only. Transcutaneous oximetry measurements were performed before the procedure, at the end of intervention, 24 h as well as 2 and 4 weeks after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Ankle-brachial-indices were obtained before intervention, 24 h as well as 2 and 4 weeks later. Results: Ankle-brachial-indices increased significantly at 24 h after angioplasty in patients being treated with angioplasty. Transcutaneous oximetry values dropped significantly at the end of the procedure and returned close to the baseline levels at 2 and 4 weeks after angioplasty. Ankle-brachial-indices and transcutaneous oximetry were positively correlated before (r = 0.3833, p = 0.009) as well as 4 weeks after angioplasty (r = 0.4596, p = 0.001). Immediately after radiological interventions, ankle-brachial-indices and transcutaneous oximetry are not positively correlated. In patients undergoing angiography only, transcutaneous oximetry levels drop significantly immediately after angiography and remain at decreased levels even at 4 weeks after intervention. Conclusion: Transcutaneous oximetry as parameter of the microcirculation is positively correlated with ankle-brachial-index as parameter of the macrocirculation before and at 4 weeks after angioplasty. Intraarterial angiography leads to a sudden decrease in skin microcirculation without affecting macrocirculation. As indicated by a lack of recovery in transcutaneous oximetry levels after 4 weeks, angiography alone results in a prolonged impaired microcirculation which may reflect endothelial dysfunction caused by contrast material. The recovery of transcutaneous oximetry levels following angioplasty is counterbalanced by the adverse effects of the contrast material. Ankle-brachial-indices remains the most favourable parameter in evaluating the success of angioplasty procedures while transcutaneous oximetry serves as an indirect method in assessing endothelial dysfunction caused by contrast material

  14. Transcutaneous oximetry compared to ankle-brachial-index measurement in the evaluation of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty

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    Wildgruber, Moritz [Department of Vascular Surgery, Technical University of Munich, Ismaninger Strasse 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany)], E-mail: moritzwildgruber@web.de; Wolf, Oliver [Department of Vascular Surgery, Technical University of Munich, Ismaninger Strasse 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany); Weiss, Wolfgang; Berger, Hermann [Department of Interventional Radiology, Technical University of Munich, Ismaninger Strasse 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany); Lutzenberger, Werner [MEG-Center, Medical School, University of Tuebingen, Otfried-Mueller Strasse 47, D-72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Eckstein, Hans-Henning [Department of Vascular Surgery, Technical University of Munich, Ismaninger Strasse 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany); Heider, Peter [Department of Vascular Surgery, Technical University of Munich, Ismaninger Strasse 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany)], E-mail: heiderpeter@t-online.de

    2007-11-15

    Objective: To investigate transcutaneous oximetry as parameter of the microcirculation is correlated to ankle-brachial-index as parameter of the macrocirculation after peripheral angioplasty procedures. Design: Prospective study. Materials and methods: 60 patients suffering from intermittent claudication were scheduled for angioplasty treatment. 45 patients were considered as eligible for angioplasty after angiographic evaluation, 15 patients underwent angiography only. Transcutaneous oximetry measurements were performed before the procedure, at the end of intervention, 24 h as well as 2 and 4 weeks after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. Ankle-brachial-indices were obtained before intervention, 24 h as well as 2 and 4 weeks later. Results: Ankle-brachial-indices increased significantly at 24 h after angioplasty in patients being treated with angioplasty. Transcutaneous oximetry values dropped significantly at the end of the procedure and returned close to the baseline levels at 2 and 4 weeks after angioplasty. Ankle-brachial-indices and transcutaneous oximetry were positively correlated before (r = 0.3833, p = 0.009) as well as 4 weeks after angioplasty (r = 0.4596, p = 0.001). Immediately after radiological interventions, ankle-brachial-indices and transcutaneous oximetry are not positively correlated. In patients undergoing angiography only, transcutaneous oximetry levels drop significantly immediately after angiography and remain at decreased levels even at 4 weeks after intervention. Conclusion: Transcutaneous oximetry as parameter of the microcirculation is positively correlated with ankle-brachial-index as parameter of the macrocirculation before and at 4 weeks after angioplasty. Intraarterial angiography leads to a sudden decrease in skin microcirculation without affecting macrocirculation. As indicated by a lack of recovery in transcutaneous oximetry levels after 4 weeks, angiography alone results in a prolonged impaired microcirculation which may reflect endothelial dysfunction caused by contrast material. The recovery of transcutaneous oximetry levels following angioplasty is counterbalanced by the adverse effects of the contrast material. Ankle-brachial-indices remains the most favourable parameter in evaluating the success of angioplasty procedures while transcutaneous oximetry serves as an indirect method in assessing endothelial dysfunction caused by contrast material.

  15. Facial nerve paralysis and partial brachial plexopathy after epidural blood patch: a case report and review of the literature

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    Radi Shahien, Abdalla BowirratDepartment of Neurology, Ziv Medical Center, Zfat, IsraelAbstract: We report a complication related to epidural analgesia for delivery in a 24-year-old woman who was admitted with mild pre-eclampsia and for induction of labor. At the first postpartum day she developed a postdural puncture headache, which was unresponsive to conservative measures. On the fifth day an epidural blood patch was done, and her headache subsided. Sixteen hours later she developed paraly...

  16. Brachial plexopathy from stereotactic body radiotherapy in early-stage NSCLC: Dose-limiting toxicity in apical tumor sites

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    Background and purpose: We report frequency of brachial plexopathy in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer treated with stereotactic body radiotherapy. Materials and methods: 276 T1-T2, N0 or peripheral T3, N0 lesions were treated in 253 patients with stereotactic radiotherapy at Indiana University and Richard L. Roudebush VAMC from 1998 to 2007. Thirty-seven lesions in 36 patients were identified as apical lesions, defined as epicenter of lesion superior to aortic arch. Brachial plexus toxicity was scored for these apical lesions according to CTCAE v. 3.0 for ipsilateral shoulder/arm neuropathic pain, motor weakness, or sensory alteration. Results: The 37 apical lesions (19 Stage IA, 16 IB, and 2 IIB) were treated with stereotactic body radiotherapy to a median total dose of 57 Gy (30-72). The associated brachial plexus of 7/37 apical lesions developed grade 2-4 plexopathy (4 pts - grade 2, 2 pts - grade 3, 1 pt - grade 4). Five patients had ipsilateral shoulder/arm neuropathic pain alone, one had pain and upper extremity weakness, and one had pain progressing to numbness of the upper extremity and paralysis of hand and wrist. The median of the maximum brachial plexus doses of patients developing brachial plexopathy was 30 Gy (18-82). Two-year Kaplan-Meier risk of brachial plexopathy for maximum brachial plexus dose >26 Gy was 46% vs 8% for doses ?26 Gy (p = 0.04 for likelihood ratio test). Conclusions: Stereotactic body radiotherapy for apical lesions carries a risk of brachial plexopathy. Brachial plexus maximum dose should be kept <26 Gy in 3 or 4 fractions.

  17. Cutaneous Sensory Block Area, Muscle-Relaxing Effect, and Block Duration of the Transversus Abdominis Plane Block

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    Støving, Kion; Rothe, Christian; Rosenstock, Charlotte V; Aasvang, Eske K; Lundstrøm, Lars H; Lange, Kai H W

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    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block is a widely used nerve block. However, basic block characteristics are poorly described. The purpose of this study was to assess the cutaneous sensory block area, muscle-relaxing effect, and block duration. METHODS: Sixteen healthy volunteers were randomized to receive an ultrasound-guided unilateral TAP block with 20 mL 7.5 mg/mL ropivacaine and placebo on the contralateral side. Measurements were performed at baseline and 9...

  18. COMPARISON OF THE EFFECTS OF FENTANYL AND DEXMEDETOMIDINE IN SUPRACLAVICULAR BRACHIAL PLEXUS BLOCK ACHIEVED WITH ROPIVACAINE

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Supraclavicular block of brachial plexus provides complete and reliable anaesthesia for upper limb surgeries. Ropivacaine, is an affective local anaesthetic in for brachial plexus anaesthesia. It is a potent blocker of A? and C fibres, rendering good sensory effect but le ss motor blockade. We evaluated the anaesthetic quality and length of analgesia with the addition of either fentanyl or dexmedetomidine to ropivacaine for Supraclavicular brachial plexus block. METHODS: In a prospective clinical trial, 90 patients were ran domly allocated to either receive 30 ml ropivacaine 0.5% (Group R, 30 ml ropivacaine 0.5% with fentanyl 50 mcg (Group RF or 30 ml ropivacaine 0.5% with dexmedetomedine 50 mcg (Group RD in Supraclavicular brachial plexus. The characteristics for anaesthe sia and analgesia were assessed for the three groups. OBSERVATIONS: Demographic profile was comparable in the groups. The onset of analgesia and time to complete analgesia was enhanced in Group RD and Group RF compared to Group R. Prolongation of sensory b lockade and motor blockade with extended duration of postoperative analgesia was observed in Group RD and Group RF compared to Group R. There were minimum haemodynamic disturbances and side - effects in any group except f or Grade 3 sedation score which was f requently noted in patients receiving dexmedetomidine as adjunct. RESULTS: Compared to the use of ropivacaine 0.5%, 30 ml alone for supraclavicular brachial plexus block, the addition of 50 mcg fentanyl or 50 mcg dexmedetomidine to ropivacaine enhanced onset of block and also increased duration of surgical anaesthesia with prolongation of post - operative analgesia. Furthermore blockade characteristics improved better with addition of dexmedetomodine than fentanyl without increasing incidence of unwanted s ide - effects.

  19. An epidemiological study of traumatic brachial plexus injury patients treated at an Indian centre

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    Full Text Available Background: Epidemiological studies on traumatic brachial plexus injuries are few and these studies help us to improve the treatment, rehabilitation of these patients and to allocate the resources required in their management. Epidemiological factors can vary in different countries. We wanted to know the situation in an Indian centre. Materials and Methods: Data regarding age, sex, affected side, mode of injury, distribution of paralysis, associated injuries, pain at the time of presentation and the index procedure they underwent were collected from 304 patients. Additional data like the vehicle associated during the accident, speed of the vehicle during the accident, employment status and integration into the family were collected in 144 patients out of the 304 patients. Results: Road traffic accidents accounted for 94% of patients and of the road traffic accidents 90% involved two wheelers. Brachial plexus injury formed a part of multitrauma in 54% of this study group and 46% had isolated brachial plexus injury. Associated injuries like fractures, vascular injuries and head injuries are much less probably due to the lower velocity of the vehicles compared to the western world. The average time interval from the date of injury to exploration of the brachial plexus was 127 days and 124 (40.78% patients presented to us within this duration. Fifty-seven per cent had joined back to work by an average of 8.6 months. It took an average of 6.8 months for the global brachial plexus-injured patients to write in their non-dominant hand.

  20. Peripheral nerve function in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy treated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion.

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    Bertelsmann, F W; Heimans, J J; Van Rooy, J C; Dankmeijer, H F; Visser, S L; Van der Veen, E A

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    In order to study the effects of improved metabolic control on painful diabetic polyneuropathy, 15 patients were treated with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion over a 12 month period. Polyneuropathy was assessed by pain score, neurological examinations, nerve conduction studies and determination of sensory thresholds and cardiovascular reflexes. Improved metabolic control was confirmed by significantly improved levels of glycosylated haemoglobin (11.7 +/- 0.3% at entry to the study, to 8.7 +/- 0.3% after 12 months; mean +/- SEM). Symptomatic relief was confirmed by significantly improved pain scores. Thresholds for thermal cutaneous sensation improved significantly from 6.0 +/- 0.8 degrees C at entry to the study to 2.7 +/- 0.7 degrees C after 12 months (mean +/- SEM). These findings suggest a selective improvement of peripheral small nerve fibre function after continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion. The importance of quantitating thermal cutaneous sensation in longitudinal studies of patients with diabetic neuropathy was confirmed. PMID:3681313

  1. Successful use of the Cardiva Boomerang™ vascular closure device to close a brachial artery puncture site after emergency PTCA.

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    Cirillo, Plinio; Petrillo, Gianluca; D'Ascoli, Greta Luana; Piscione, Federico; Chiariello, Massimo

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    Brachial artery access is a good alternative for performing percutaneous transluminal angioplasty when femoral access is contraindicated or not feasible. Although several closure devices are available for femoral access, haemostasis for brachial artery access is still achieved by manual compression with several potential complications, such as bleeding, pseudo-aneurysm formation, especially in patients in which heparin is administered, or thrombotic vessel occlusion. This first-in-human report describes the off-label brachial use of the Cardiva Boomerang™, a novel vascular closure device, which provides haemostasis using a temporary intravascular tampon, thus permitting the easier physiological closure of the puncture site without any important complications. PMID:20878167

  2. Feasibility and safety of ultrasound-guided nerve block for management of limb injuries by emergency care physicians

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Patients require procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA for the treatment of acute traumatic injuries. PSA has complications. Ultrasound (US guided peripheral nerve block is a safe alternative. Aim: Ultrasound guided nerve blocks for management of traumatic limb emergencies in Emergency Department (ED. Setting and Design: Prospective observational study conducted in ED. Materials and Methods: Patients above five years requiring analgesia for management of limb emergencies were recruited. Emergency Physicians trained in US guided nerve blocks performed the procedure. Statistical analysis: Effectiveness of pain control, using visual analogue scale was assessed at baseline and at 15 and 60 minutes after the procedure. Paired t test was used for comparison. Results: Fifty US guided nerve blocks were sciatic- 4 (8%, femoral-7 (14%, brachial- 29 (58%, median -6 (12%, and radial 2 (4% nerves. No patients required rescue PSA. Initial median VAS score was 9 (Inter Quartile Range [IQR] 7-10 and at 1 hour was 2(IQR 0-4. Median reduction in VAS score was 7.44 (IQR 8-10(75%, 1-2(25% (P=0.0001. Median procedure time was 9 minutes (IQR 3, 12 minutes and median time to reduction of pain was 5 minutes (IQR 1,15 minutes. No immediate or late complications noticed at 3 months. Conclusion: Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks can be safely and effectively performed for upper and lower limb emergencies by emergency physicians with adequate training.

  3. Tumefactive appearance of peripheral nerve involvement in hematologic malignancies: a new imaging association

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    Capek, Stepan [Mayo Clinic, Department of Neurosurgery, Rochester, Minnesota (United States); St. Anne' s University Hospital Brno, International Clinical Research Center, Brno (Czech Republic); Hebert-Blouin, Marie-Noelle [McGill University, Department of Neurologic Surgery, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Puffer, Ross C.; Spinner, Robert J. [Mayo Clinic, Department of Neurosurgery, Rochester, Minnesota (United States); Martinoli, Carlo [Universita degli Studi di Genova, Department of Radiology, Genova (Italy); Frick, Matthew A.; Amrami, Kimberly K. [Mayo Clinic, Department of Radiology, Rochester, MN (United States)

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    In neurolymphomatosis (NL), the affected nerves are typically described to be enlarged and hyperintense on T2W MR sequences and to avidly enhance on gadolinium-enhanced T1WI. This pattern is highly non-specific. We recently became aware of a ''tumefactive pattern'' of NL, neuroleukemiosis (NLK) and neuroplasmacytoma (NPLC), which we believe is exclusive to hematologic diseases affecting peripheral nerves. We defined a ''tumefactive'' appearance as complex, fusiform, hyperintense on T2WI, circumferential tumor masses encasing the involved peripheral nerves. The nerves appear to be infiltrated by the tumor. Both structures show varying levels of homogenous enhancement. We reviewed our series of 52 cases of NL in search of this pattern; two extra outside cases of NL, three cases of NLK, and one case of NPLC were added to the series. We identified 20 tumefactive lesions in 18 patients (14 NL, three NLK, one NPLC). The brachial plexus (n = 7) was most commonly affected, followed by the sciatic nerve (n = 6) and lumbosacral plexus (n = 3). Four patients had involvement of other nerves. All were proven by biopsy: the diagnosis was high-grade lymphoma (n = 12), low-grade lymphoma (n = 3), acute leukemia (n = 2), and plasmacytoma (n = 1). We present a new imaging pattern of ''tumefactive'' neurolymphomatosis, neuroleukemiosis, or neuroplasmacytoma in a series of 18 cases. We believe this pattern is associated with hematologic diseases directly involving the peripheral nerves. Knowledge of this association can provide a clue to clinicians in establishing the correct diagnosis. Bearing in mind that tumefactive NL, NLK, and NPLC is a newly introduced imaging pattern, we still recommend to biopsy patients with suspicion of a malignancy. (orig.)

  4. Tumefactive appearance of peripheral nerve involvement in hematologic malignancies: a new imaging association

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    In neurolymphomatosis (NL), the affected nerves are typically described to be enlarged and hyperintense on T2W MR sequences and to avidly enhance on gadolinium-enhanced T1WI. This pattern is highly non-specific. We recently became aware of a ''tumefactive pattern'' of NL, neuroleukemiosis (NLK) and neuroplasmacytoma (NPLC), which we believe is exclusive to hematologic diseases affecting peripheral nerves. We defined a ''tumefactive'' appearance as complex, fusiform, hyperintense on T2WI, circumferential tumor masses encasing the involved peripheral nerves. The nerves appear to be infiltrated by the tumor. Both structures show varying levels of homogenous enhancement. We reviewed our series of 52 cases of NL in search of this pattern; two extra outside cases of NL, three cases of NLK, and one case of NPLC were added to the series. We identified 20 tumefactive lesions in 18 patients (14 NL, three NLK, one NPLC). The brachial plexus (n = 7) was most commonly affected, followed by the sciatic nerve (n = 6) and lumbosacral plexus (n = 3). Four patients had involvement of other nerves. All were proven by biopsy: the diagnosis was high-grade lymphoma (n = 12), low-grade lymphoma (n = 3), acute leukemia (n = 2), and plasmacytoma (n = 1). We present a new imaging pattern of ''tumefactive'' neurolymphomatosis, neuroleukemiosis, or neuroplasmacytoma in a series of 18 cases. We believe this pattern is associated with hematologic diseases directly involving the peripheral nerves. Knowledge of this association can provide a clue to clinicians in establishing the correct diagnosis. Bearing in mind that tumefactive NL, NLK, and NPLC is a newly introduced imaging pattern, we still recommend to biopsy patients with suspicion of a malignancy. (orig.)

  5. Inputs from low threshold muscle and cutaneous afferents of hand and forearm to areas 3a and 3b of baboon's cerebral cortex.

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    Heath, C J; Hore, J; Phillips, C G

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    The posterior wall of the central sulcus in forelimb area of SI has been expolred with extracellular micro-electrodes in baboons lightyl anaesthetized with nitrous oxide and sodium thiopentone. 2. The excitatory responses of 130 single units to low intensity electrical stimulation of the deep radial (muscle) and the superficial radial (cutaneous) nerves have been investigated. 3. Units that responded only to muscle nerve stimulation were located in area 3a but overlapped into area 3b. Units that responded only to cutaneous nerve stimulation were found mainly in area 3b but a number occurred in area 3a. Units that responded to both muscle and nerve stimuli (convergent units) were found throughout area 3a and the rostral part of area 3b. 4. Latency analyses of all three response groups revealed a single population of units responding to low threshold muscle nerve stimulation (mean latency 8.5 msec), and both early and late populations responding to low threshold cutaneous nerve stimulation (mean latencies 9.5 and 13.6 msec respectively). A number of the convergent units had very similar latencies for both inputs. 5. Electrical stimulation within area 3a deminstrated a projection from areas 1 and 3b to area 3a; such a pathway may provide a route for excitation of the late skin population which was found mainly in area 3a. 6. In area 3a units commonly responded to light touch, local pressure or deep pressure but only rarely to movement of hairs. A number of the convergent units responded to natural stimulation of cutaneous receptors. PMID:820853

  6. Identification of CNS neural circuitry involved in the innervation of C7 spinal nerve: a viral transsynaptic tracing study

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    WEI Hai-feng

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available ?Abstract? Objective: Contralateral C7 spinal nerve transfer is a useful operation for the treatment of brachial plexus root avulsion. The recovery of the independent function at the ipsilateral side, however, depends on neural circuitry reorganization in the central nervous system (CNS. This study tried to locate the CNS neuronal elements involved in the innervation of C7 spinal nerve. Method: Pseudorabies virus (PRV, TK/gG-, 2 ?, which expressed green fluorescent protein (GFP, was injected into the left C7 spinal nerve in 20 adult Sprague Dawley rats. After rats survived for 6 h, 12 h, 24 h and 36 h, the C1-C7 segments of the spinal cord and brain were processed using a polyclonal immunohistochemical antibody against PRV. Results: PRV-labeled neurons were found mainly in gray matter of the C1-C7 segments of the spinal cord and at the following structures of the brain: lateral vestibular nucleus, lateral paragigantocellular nucleus, A5 cells, red nucleus, primary and secondary motor cortexes, primary and secondary somatosensory cortexes. Although located bilaterally, the PRV-labeled neurons existed predominantly in the ipsilateral side of the spinal cord and the contralateral side of the brain at 6-12 h after injection (p.i.. The number of PRV-labeled neurons in the CNS was increasing with rat? survival time and the distribution of these neurons turned bilateral with no obvious dominance to either side at 24 h and 36 h (p.i.. Conclusion: By use of transsynaptic tracing technique with PRV, the anatomically connected set of neurons, which modulates the activity of C7 spinal nerve, is located successfully in the CNS. Key words: Brachial plexus; Innervation; Spinal nerves; Central nervous system

  7. Many faces of cutaneous leishmaniasis

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    Bari Arfan Ul

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL is known for its clinical diversity and increasing numbers of new and rare variants of the disease are being reported these days. Aim: The aim of this descriptive study was to look for and report the atypical presentations of this common disease occurring in Pakistan. Methods: The study was carried out in three hospitals (MH, Rawalpindi; PAF Hospital, Sargodha; and CMH, Muzaffarabad from 2002 to 2006. Military and civilian patients of all ages, both males and females, belonging to central and north Punjab province and Kashmir were included in the study. Clinical as well as parasitological features of cutaneous leishmaniasis were studied. The unusual lesions were photographed and categorized accordingly using simple descriptive statistics. Results: Out of 718 patients of cutaneous leishmaniasis, 41 (5.7% had unusual presentations. The commonest among unusual morphologies was lupoid leishmaniasis 14 (34.1%, followed by sporotrichoid 5 (12.1%, paronychial 3 (7.3%, lid leishmaniasis 2 (4.9%, psoriasiform 2 (4.9%, mycetoma-like 2 (4.9%, erysipeloid 2 (4.9%, chancriform 2 (4.9%, whitlow 1 (2.4%, scar leishmaniasis 1 (2.4%, DLE-like 1 (2.4%, ?squamous cell carcinoma?-like 1 (2.4%, zosteriform 1 (2.4%, eczematous 1 (2.4%, verrucous 1 (2.4%, palmar/plantar 1 (2.4% and mucocutaneous 1 (2.4%. Conclusion: In Pakistan, an endemic country for CL, the possibility of CL should be kept in mind while diagnosing common dermatological diseases like erysipelas, chronic eczema, herpes zoster, paronychia; and uncommon disorders like lupus vulgaris, squamous cell carcinoma, sporotrichosis, mycetoma and other deep mycoses.

  8. Disseminated cutaneous histoplasmosis in newly diagnosed HIV

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    Soza, Gabriela M.; Patel, Mahir; Readinger, Allison; Ryan, Caitriona

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    We present a woman with a widespread severe papulopustular eruption, fever, and fatigue of 5 weeks' duration. HIV infection was diagnosed, with an absolute CD4+ count of 3 cells/µL. The eruption was consistent with disseminated cutaneous histoplasmosis. The clinical manifestations and management of cutaneous histoplasmosis are reviewed.

  9. Coinfection of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis and HIV Infection

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    Lartey, Margaret; Adusei, L; Hanson-Nortey, L; Addy, JH

    2006-01-01

    Cutaneous leishmaniasis has recently been discovered in some parts of Ghana. The case of an HIV infected patient presenting with cutaneous leishmaniasis at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is discussed. The diagnosis of leishmaniasis was confirmed by histology. Also highlighted is the fact that this is the first reported case of dual infection of HIV and Leishmaniasis in Ghana.

  10. Leishmania donovani and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Sri Lanka

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    Siriwardana, H. V. Yamuna D.; Noyes, Harry A.; Beeching, Nicholas J; Chance, Michael L.; Karunaweera, Nadira D; Bates, Paul A.

    2007-01-01

    To investigate the relationship of cutaneous leishmaniasis isolates from Sri Lanka to known species, we performed DNA sequencing and microsatellite analyses. We identified Leishmania donovani as the agent of Sri Lanka cutaneous leishmaniasis and showed that these parasites are closely related to those causing visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent.

  11. New Clinicoepidemiologic Profile of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Morocco

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    Rhajaoui, Mohamed; Nasereddin, Abedelmajeed; Fellah, Hajiba; Azmi, Kifaya; Amarir, Fatima; Al-Jawabreh, Amer; Ereqat, Suheir; Planer, Joseph; Abdeen, Ziad

    2007-01-01

    During the past 20 years, cutaneous leishmaniasis has emerged as a major public health threat in Morocco. We describe distribution of Leishmania major and L. tropica in Morocco and a new focus of cutaneous leishmaniasis due to L. infantum. We recommend using molecular techniques to diagnose suspected leishmaniasis cases.

  12. Widespread Cutaneous Reactions: A spectrum of disease

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    Bendl, Bernard J.; Bendl, Christopher F.

    1992-01-01

    The three cutaneous reaction patterns of erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis share many clinical features. Each is multifactorial in etiology; together they account for most severe cutaneous drug eruptions. In some respects, they can represent a progression in the severity of drug eruptions. Controversy continues to cloud the clinical delineation, etiology, and treatment.

  13. Cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis associated with letrozole.

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    Digklia, Antonia; Tzika, Evangelia; Voutsadakis, Ioannis A

    2014-04-01

    Aromatase inhibitors are increasingly used in the treatment of early and metastatic breast cancer. They can produce various skin adverse effects but are only rarely associated with cutaneous vasculitis. We report the first case of cutaneous vasculitis clearly associated with the use of aromatase inhibitor letrozole. PMID:23676512

  14. [Platelet satellitism during cutaneous leishmaniasis].

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    Chouchene, Saoussen; Braham, Nejia; Hizem, Sondos; Bouatay, Amina; Abidi, Basma; Dakhli, Maha; Denguezli, Mohamed; Mahjoub, Touhami; Kortas, Mondher

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    Platelet satellitism is considered an uncommon phenomenon with an estimated frequency at 0.008%. About 100 cases have been published. If not recognized, this artifact can lead to an erroneous diagnosis of thrombocytopenia. We report the case of a patient, with cutaneous leishmaniasis, who developed an isolated thrombocytopenia. The blood smear prepared from peripheral blood sample collected with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid showed platelets rosetting around polymorphonuclear. This phenomenon disappeared after treatment with Glucantime® for fifteen days and improvement of the lesions. We discuss also possible mechanisms to better understand this phenomenon. PMID:25486672

  15. Cutaneous manifestations in antiphospholipid syndrome.

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    Caporuscio, S; Sorgi, M L; Nisticò, S; Pranteda, G; Bottoni, U; Carboni, I; Del Duca, E; Pranteda, G

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    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a hypercoagulable state that leads to thrombosis and recurrent pregnancy loss related to the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (LAC, anticardiolipin, antiA2-glycoprotein). Among cutaneous manifestations, livedo reticularis is the most frequent form of APS. In the literature, there are rare cases associated with diffuse skin necrosis (widespread skin necrosis) and intravascular thrombosis in the small vessels of the dermis. We describe the case of a 44-year-old man with positive anticardiolipin antibodies and protein S deficiency that developed scattered, bullous skin lesions, haemorrhagic in appearance with signs of necrosis as first clinical manifestation of antiphospholipid syndrome. PMID:25875603

  16. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis with Unusual Presentation

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    Full Text Available "nThis case report states a 25-year-old woman, residing in the city of Dezfool, Khuzestan Province, south of Iran with the diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis in June 2008. Her skin lesion had de­veloped from 8 months earlier as a nodule on her left arm, 1×3 cm in diameter. Because of sever­ity of the lesion, we prescribed meglumine antimoniate intralesionally with giving up her breast feeding. After 6 months follow-up, no recurrence was seen.

  17. Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS Therapy)

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    Full Text Available ... in the United States have some form of epilepsy. You are about to see a vagus nerve ... the implantation of a vagus nerve stimulator for epilepsy. My name is Dr. Stephanie Einhaus and I ...

  18. Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS Therapy)

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    Full Text Available ... emailed in previously was do small electrical appliances, cellular phones, or metal detectors affect vagus nerve stimulation? The ... been asked does vagus nerve stimulator therapy cause sleep disturbances? The answer to that question is no, ...

  19. Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS Therapy)

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    Full Text Available ... dissect down to the vagus nerve and wrap these electrodes around the nerve and then connect them ... the trachea and we’re dissecting down between these two to what’s called the carotid sheath. The ...

  20. High division of sciatic nerve

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    Results: In all except two cadavers, the nerve divided at the apex of the popliteal fossa. In two cadavers the sciatic nerve divided bilaterally in the upper part of thigh. Conclusion: The high division presented in this study can make popliteal nerve blocks partially ineffective. The high division of sciatic nerve must always be borne in mind as they have important clinical implications. [Int J Res Med Sci 2014; 2(2.000: 686-688

  1. High division of sciatic nerve

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    Tripti Shrivastava; Lalit Garg; Mishra, B. K.; Neeta Chhabra

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    Background: The Sciatic nerve is the largest and thickest nerve in the human body with a long course in the inferior extremity. It divides into tibial and common peroneal nerves which can occur at any level from the sacral plexus to the inferior part of the popliteal space. Sciatic nerve variations are relatively common. These variations may contribute to clinical conditions ex sciatica, coccygodynia and piriformis syndrome and have important clinical implications in anaesthesiology, neurolog...

  2. Ankle brachial index, C-reactive protein, and central augmentation index to identify individuals with severe atherosclerosis

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    Eldrup, Nikolaj; Sillesen, Henrik; Prescott, Eva; Nordestgaard, Børge G

    2006-01-01

    We examined the ability of ankle brachial index, C-reactive protein and central augmentation index to identify individuals in the general population with severe atherosclerosis, diagnosed as those with ischaemic cardiovascular disease.

  3. The effect of reactive artery hyperaemia on the radial strain of the brachial artery: Definition of optimum cuff position

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    Rafati Rafati

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Instruction: Measurement of brachial artery diameter variation by ultrasound methods has commonly been used to test the endothelial function. It is known that the artery diameter is increased by flow stimulation. Therefore in the present study, the effect of external obstruction, as flow stimulation, on the radial strain of the brachial artery was assessed. Also the biomechanical behavior of the artery due to the changes in obstruction cuff position was evaluated. Methods: Firstly, for evaluating the effect of flow stimulation on healthy men's brachial artery, 200 mmHg pressure and 5 minutes of obstruction was applied. Then, without flow stimulation, it was evaluated by ultrasonic method. In order to evaluate the optimum cuff position with maximum biomechanical variation of the brachial artery, arteries of two regions including the proximal brachial (upper arm and middle forearm of 10 healthy men were obstructed by 200 mmHg of stress. By acquiring artery diameter variation and estimation of radial strain, multiple frames of the B-mode ultrasonic images were saved on personal computer and maximum artery diameter in the systolic phase, artery diameter in the end of the diastolic phase and the shape of offline were measured. According to relative diameter variations, radial strain percentages were estimated. The effects of external obstruction and the position of this obstruction on the radial strain of the brachial artery were analyzed by t-test. Results: In the first stage, the results of ultrasonic evaluation of the left brachial artery showed that the radial strain induced by stress (200 mmHg was significantly increased 3.5 times compared to the normal condition without stress. Evaluation of the obstruction's location and its effect on the relative brachial artery diameter showed that with the application of 200 mmHg obstruction in 1/3 of the superior arm and the middle forearm, the radial strain of the artery were 10.44 ± 2.63 % and 4.97 ± 3.61 %, respectively. The statistical analysis of the brachial artery radial strain showed a significant difference between the two obstruction's locations and 33% increase of the obstructed brachial artery's diameter variation in 1/3 of the superior arm. Conclusion: The brachial artery's radial strain is increased by the external obstruction of the artery. This increase seems to be larger in the upper arm region of the artery compared to the middle forearm region.

  4. Nerve conduction and excitability studies in peripheral nerve disorders

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    Krarup, Christian; Moldovan, Mihai

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review is aimed at providing information about the role of nerve excitability studies in peripheral nerve disorders. It has been known for many years that the insight into peripheral nerve pathophysiology provided by conventional nerve conduction studies is limited. Nerve....... Studies of different metabolic neuropathies have assessed the influence of uremia, diabetes and ischemia, and the use of these methods in toxic neuropathies has allowed pinpointing damaging factors. Various mutations in ion channels associated with central nervous system disorders have been shown to have...

  5. Optic nerve oxygen tension

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    Kiilgaard, Jens Folke; Pedersen, D B; Eysteinsson, T; la Cour, M; Bang, K; Jensen, P K; Stefánsson, E

    2004-01-01

    The authors have previously reported that carbonic anhydrase inhibitors such as acetazolamide and dorzolamide raise optic nerve oxygen tension (ONPO(2)) in pigs. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether timolol, which belongs to another group of glaucoma drugs called beta blockers, has a similar effect. In addition, the effect of dorzolamide and timolol in combination was studied.

  6. Successful Outcome of Modified Quad Surgical Procedure in Preteen and Teen Patients with Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy

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    Rahul K Nath; Somasundaram, Chandra

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the outcome of modified Quad procedure in preteen and teen patients with brachial plexus birth palsy. Background: We have previously demonstrated a significant improvement in shoulder abduction, resulting from the modified Quad procedure in children (mean age 2.5 years; range, 0.5–9 years) with obstetric brachial plexus injury. Methods: We describe in this report the outcome of 16 patients (6 girls and 10 boys; 7 preteen and 9 teen) who have undergone the modified Quad ...

  7. Correlation of Arterial Stiffness and Bone Mineral Density by Measuring Brachial-Ankle Pulse Wave Velocity in Healthy Korean Women

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    Kim, Nam-Lee; Suh, Heuy-Sun

    2015-01-01

    Background An association between arterial stiffness and osteoporosis has previously been reported. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between arterial stiffness, measured by brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity, and bone mineral density in a sample of healthy women undergoing routine medical checkup. Methods We retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of 135 women who had visited the Health Promotion Center (between May 2009 and December 2012). Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity wa...

  8. An estimation of the minimum effective anesthetic volume of 2% lidocaine in ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block.

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    O'Donnell, Brian D

    2009-07-01

    Ultrasound guidance facilitates precise needle and injectate placement, increasing axillary block success rates, reducing onset times, and permitting local anesthetic dose reduction. The minimum effective volume of local anesthetic in ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block is unknown. The authors performed a study to estimate the minimum effective anesthetic volume of 2% lidocaine with 1:200,000 epinephrine (2% LidoEpi) in ultrasound-guided axillary brachial plexus block.

  9. COMPATATIVE CLINICAL STUDY OF 0.5% ROPIVACAINE VERSUS 0.5% ROPIVACAINE WITH DEXAMETHASONE FOR INTERSCELENE BRACHIAL PLEXUS BLOCK IN PATIENTS UNDERGOING ELECTIVE UPEER LIMB ORTHOPEDIC SURGERIES: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED STUDY

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Regional anaesthesia in the form of interscalene brachial plexus block is often used for upper limb orthopedic surgeries. Bupivacaine is commonly used drug for brachial plexus block. Its cardiac and central nervous system toxic effects prompted the researc hers to develop new drugs. Ropivacaine, a local anesthetic with similar and better safety profile, is newly introduced into the clinical practice. In an attempt to increase the duration of post - operative analgesia various adjuvant drugs are used along with local anesthetic agents with limited success. However, the glucocorticoid, Dexamethasone appears to be effective in prolonging the duration of analgesia using ropivacaine with the effect being stronger than ropivacaine alone. Hence the present study is un dertaken to study the effect of adding Dexamethasone to Ropivacaine. METHODS: Sixty patients aged between 18 - 60 yrs. belonging to ASA 1/11 undergoing upper limb orthopedic surgeries under interscalene brachial plexus block using nerve stimulator, were rand omly allocated to one of two groups. Group R received 2 8 ml of 0.5% Ropivacaine plus 2 ml of normal saline and Group RD received 28 ml of 0.5% Ropivacaine plus 2 ml of 8mg Dexamethasone. The onset and duration of sensory and motor blockade, quality of block, h emodynamic changes and side effects if any, were compared in both the groups. The results were analyzed for statistical significance (P using student t test and ANOVA. RESULTS: There were no statistically significant differences with respect to onset of s ensory and motor blockade and quality of motor block (P<0.05. The duration of sensory and motor blockade and duration of analgesia was statistically highly significant in both the groups. The duration of sensory blockade was 587.51±75.07 min. in R group a nd 755.14±89.15 min in RD group (P=0.00. The duration of motor blockade was 558.81±62.60 min in R group and 735.89±67.50 min in RD group (P=0.00. The duration of analgesia was 638.37±61.81 min in R group and 813.07±67.50 min in RD group (P=0.00. No adve rse events/hemodynamic instability noted in either group. CONCLUSION: Addition of 8 mg of Dexamethasone to 0.5% Ropivacaine prolongs the duration of sensory, motor and duration of analgesia when compared with 0.5% Ropivacaine alone, for classical interscal ene brachial plexus block in patient undergoing elective upper limb orthopedic surgeries.

  10. Pathology of the vestibulocochlear nerve

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    There is a large scala of pathology affecting the vestibulocochlear nerve. Magnetic resonance imaging is the method of choice for the investigation of pathology of the vestibulocochlear nerve. Congenital pathology mainly consists of agenesis or hypoplasia of the vestibulocochlear nerve. Tumoral pathology affecting the vestibulocochlear nerve is most frequently located in the internal auditory canal or cerebellopontine angle. Schwannoma of the vestibulocochlear nerve is the most frequently found tumoral lesion followed by meningeoma, arachnoid cyst and epidermoid cyst. The most frequently encountered pathologies as well as some more rare entities are discussed in this chapter.

  11. Pathology of the vestibulocochlear nerve

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    De Foer, Bert [Department of Radiology, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Oosterveldlaan 24, 2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)], E-mail: bert.defoer@GZA.be; Kenis, Christoph [Department of Radiology, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Oosterveldlaan 24, 2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)], E-mail: christophkenis@hotmail.com; Van Melkebeke, Deborah [Department of Neurology, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Oosterveldlaan 24, 2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)], E-mail: Deborah.vanmelkebeke@Ugent.be; Vercruysse, Jean-Philippe [University Department of ENT, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Oosterveldlaan 24, 2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)], E-mail: jphver@yahoo.com; Somers, Thomas [University Department of ENT, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Oosterveldlaan 24, 2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)], E-mail: Thomas.somers@GZA.be; Pouillon, Marc [Department of Radiology, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Oosterveldlaan 24, 2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)], E-mail: marc.pouillon@GZA.be; Offeciers, Erwin [University Department of ENT, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Oosterveldlaan 24, 2610 Wilrijk (Belgium)], E-mail: Erwin.offeciers@GZA.be; Casselman, Jan W. [Department of Radiology, AZ Sint-Jan AV Hospital, Ruddershove 10, Bruges (Belgium); Consultant Radiologist, Sint-Augustinus Hospital, Oosterveldlaan 24, 2610 Wilrijk (Belgium); Academic Consultent, University of Ghent (Belgium)], E-mail: jan.casselman@azbrugge.be

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    There is a large scala of pathology affecting the vestibulocochlear nerve. Magnetic resonance imaging is the method of choice for the investigation of pathology of the vestibulocochlear nerve. Congenital pathology mainly consists of agenesis or hypoplasia of the vestibulocochlear nerve. Tumoral pathology affecting the vestibulocochlear nerve is most frequently located in the internal auditory canal or cerebellopontine angle. Schwannoma of the vestibulocochlear nerve is the most frequently found tumoral lesion followed by meningeoma, arachnoid cyst and epidermoid cyst. The most frequently encountered pathologies as well as some more rare entities are discussed in this chapter.

  12. Nerve sheath tumors of the head and neck - a radiological review; Tumores da bainha nervosa em cabeca e pescoco - estudo revisional

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    Souza, Ricardo Pires de; Carramao, Cintia Fernandes; Soares, Aldemir Humberto [Hospital Heliopolis, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Servico de Diagnostico por Imagem; Chacra Junior, Jose; Rapoport, Abrao [Hospital Heliopolis, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Servico de Cirurgia de Cabeca e Pescoco

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    Peripheral nerve sheath tumors of the head and neck - a review. Peripheral nerve sheath tumors are derived from neural crest and rare classified as neuroectodermal in origin. They can be divided into neurofibroma, schwannoma and neurogenic sarcoma. Neurofifromas are benign well circumscribed, nonencapsulated tumors which involve all elements of normal peripheral nerves. Schwannomas are beginning encapsulated tumors composed fundamentally by Schwann cells. Neurogenic sarcomas are malignant tumors which can be de novo or arise from preexisting neurofibroma or schwannoma. Peripheral nerve sheath tumors can arise from any nerve that contain myelin sheath, but are more frequent in extremities and trunk, being rare on cervical region. neurogenic tumors of head and neck can arise from cranial nerves, especially vagus nerve, brachial plexus and other small nervous plexus. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are the methods of choice in the evaluation of those tumors and can demonstrate lesions with several patterns. Areas of cystic degeneration are frequent in schwannomas, while neurofibromas are usually homogeneous. About 1/3 of those tumors are hyper vascularized and those who arise nervous spinal; roots can have an aspect of dumbbell which contain cervical and intravertebral components. (author) 51 refs., 5 figs.

  13. Referred pain and cutaneous responses from deep tissue electrical pain stimulation in the groin

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    Aasvang, E K; Werner, M U

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Persistent postherniotomy pain is located around the scar and external inguinal ring and is often described as deep rather than cutaneous, with frequent complaints of pain in adjacent areas. Whether this pain is due to local pathology or referred/projected pain is unknown, hindering mechanism-based treatment. METHODS: Deep tissue electrical pain stimulation by needle electrodes in the right groin (rectus muscle, ilioinguinal/iliohypogastric nerve and perispermatic cord) was combined with assessment of referred/projected pain and the cutaneous heat pain threshold (HPT) at three prespecified areas (both groins and the lower right arm) in 19 healthy subjects. The assessment was repeated 10 days later to assess the reproducibility of individual responses. RESULTS: Deep electrical stimulation elicited pain at the stimulation site in all subjects, and in 15 subjects, pain from areas outside the stimulation area was reported, with 90-100% having the same response on both days, depending on the location. Deep pain stimulation significantly increased the cutaneous HPT (P0.474, P?0.040) at the two test days for the majority of test areas. CONCLUSION: Our results corroborate a systematic relationship between deep pain and changes in cutaneous nociception. The individual referred/projected pain patterns and cutaneous responses are variable, but reproducible, supporting individual differences in anatomy and sensory processing. Future studies investigating the responses to deep tissue electrical stimulation in persistent postherniotomy pain patients may advance our understanding of underlying pathophysiological mechanisms and strategies for treatment and prevention. TRIAL REGISTRY NUMBERS: ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT01701427).

  14. Severe aortic coarctation in an adult patient with normal brachial blood pressure

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    Leetmaa, Tina H; NØrgaard, Bjarne L

    2014-01-01

    The present case shows that a normal brachial blood pressure (BP) does not exclude severe coarctation and should be considered in normotensive patients presenting with a systolic murmur and/or unexplained severe left ventricular hypertrophy. Congenital coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the descending aorta, usually located distal to the origin of the subclavian artery, causing hypertension in the upper part of the body. This condition may be undiagnosed until adult life where the clinical presentation most often is high BP in the upper extremities. A 57-year-old patient with severe aortic coarctation and left ventricular hypertrophy presented with normal brachial BP. However, standard suprasternal view by echocardiography indicated coarctation. Multislice computed tomographic (CT) angiography revealed an uncommon location of the aortic narrowing with the right and left subclavian arteries originating below the area of coarctation, explaining the equally low BP in both upper extremities.

  15. Magnetic resonance imaging of the shoulder in children with brachial plexus birth palsy

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    Five patients suffering from Erb-Duchenne brachial plexus birth palsy were prospectively studied with MRI. A group of 11 healthy children was used as a control to understand the MRI anatomy of the normal growing glenohumeral joint. A hypoplastic and flattened posterior part of the glenoid fossa and a blunt posterior labrum were found in all patients. Four patients had a blunt anterior labrum and a flattened humeral head. Three patients presented with a posterior subluxation of the humeral head. These results suggest that MRI provides a non-ionising and non-invasive method of demonstrating the early abnormalities of the shoulder associated with obstetrical brachial plexus paralysis, which may prompt orthopaedic correction. (orig.)

  16. Magnetic resonance imaging of the shoulder in children with brachial plexus birth palsy

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    Gudinchet, F. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne (Switzerland); Maeder, P. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne (Switzerland); Oberson, J.C. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne (Switzerland); Schnyder, P. [Dept. of Radiology, Univ. Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne (Switzerland)

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    Five patients suffering from Erb-Duchenne brachial plexus birth palsy were prospectively studied with MRI. A group of 11 healthy children was used as a control to understand the MRI anatomy of the normal growing glenohumeral joint. A hypoplastic and flattened posterior part of the glenoid fossa and a blunt posterior labrum were found in all patients. Four patients had a blunt anterior labrum and a flattened humeral head. Three patients presented with a posterior subluxation of the humeral head. These results suggest that MRI provides a non-ionising and non-invasive method of demonstrating the early abnormalities of the shoulder associated with obstetrical brachial plexus paralysis, which may prompt orthopaedic correction. (orig.)

  17. Casein improves brachial and central aortic diastolic blood pressure in overweight adolescents: a randomised, controlled trial

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    Arnberg, Karina; Larnkjær, Anni; Michaelsen, Kim F.; Jensen, Signe Marie; Hoppe, Camilla; Mølgaard, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Arterial stiffness, blood pressure (BP) and blood lipids may be improved by milk in adults and the effects may be mediated via proteins. However, limited is known about the effects of milk proteins on central aortic BP and no studies have examined the effects in children. Therefore, the present...... water, skimmed milk, whey or casein for 12 weeks. The milk-based test drinks contained 35 g protein/l. The effects were compared with the water group and a pretest control group consisting of thirty-two of the adolescents followed 12 weeks before the start of the intervention. Outcomes were brachial and...... central aortic BP, pulse wave velocity and augmentation index, serum C-reactive protein and blood lipids. Brachial and central aortic diastolic BP (DBP) decreased by 2·7% (P= 0·036) and 2·6% (P = 0·048), respectively, within the casein group and the changes were significantly different from those of the...

  18. Active skin perfusion and thermoregulatory response in the hand following nerve injury and repair in human upper extremities.

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    Deng, Aidong; Liu, Dan; Gu, Chen; Gu, Xiaosong; Gu, Jianhui; Hu, Wen

    2016-01-01

    Cutaneous vasoconstriction/vasodilatation occurs in response to whole body and local cooling/heating, and the vasomotor activities play a pivotal role in thermal control of the human body. The mechanisms underlying regulation of skin blood flow involve both neurogenic and humeral/local chemical influence, contributing to the initial response to thermal stimuli and the prolonged phase of response, respectively. Previous studies have suggested the impairment of cutaneous thermal regulation after nerve injury. However, the evidence regarding how the skin perfusion and thermoregulatory response evolve after nerve injury and repair remains limited. Here we observed, by utilizing laser-Doppler perfusion imaging, baseline skin perfusion and perfusion change in response to thermal stimuli after median and ulnar nerve injury, and the results showed that baseline perfusion in autonomous skin area profoundly decreased and active rewarming after clod stress dramatically diminished before sensory recovery of the skin became detectable. In addition, baseline cutaneous perfusion was recovered as the skin regained touch sensation, and exhibited positive correlation to touch sensibility of the skin. These data indicate that both active perfusion and thermoregulatory response of the skin are markedly compromised during skin denervation and can be recovered by re-innervation. This suggests the importance of timely repair of injured nerve, especially in the practice of replantation. PMID:26529641

  19. Assessment of endothelial function by brachial artery flow mediated dilatation in microvascular disease

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    Naidu Otikunta; Rajasekhar Durgaprasad; Latheef SAA

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Cardiac syndrome X is an important therapeutic and diagnostic challenge to physician. Study of Csx patients may help to understand the pathophysiology of coronary microcirculation and to gain an insight on the management of these group patients. Methods We measured the flow mediated dilation of the brachial artery both endothelium dependent and independent vasodilatation by high resolution ultrasound in 30 cardiac syndrome X patients and matched with 30 healthy control sub...

  20. Sensory Evaluation of the Hands in Children with Brachial Plexus Birth Injury

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    Palmgren, Tove; Peltonen, Jari; Linder, Tove; Rautakorpi, Sanna; Nietosvaara, Yrjana

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine sensory changes of the hand in brachial plexus birth injury (BPBI). Ninety-five patients (43 females, 52 males) comprising two age groups, 6 to 8 years (mean age 7y 6mo) and 12 to 14 years (mean age 13y 2mo), were included. Sixty-four had upper (cervical [C] 5-6), 19 upper and middle (C5-7), and 12 had total…

  1. Severe aortic coarctation in an adult patient with normal brachial blood pressure

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    Leetmaa, Tina H; Nørgaard, Bjarne L; Mølgaard, Henning; Jensen, Jesper M

    2014-01-01

    The present case shows that a normal brachial blood pressure (BP) does not exclude severe coarctation and should be considered in normotensive patients presenting with a systolic murmur and/or unexplained severe left ventricular hypertrophy. Congenital coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the descending aorta, usually located distal to the origin of the subclavian artery, causing hypertension in the upper part of the body. This condition may be undiagnosed until adult life where the clinic...

  2. Casein improves brachial and central aortic diastolic blood pressure in overweight adolescents

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    Arnberg, Karina; Larnkjær, Anni; Michaelsen, Kim F.; Jensen, Signe Marie; Hoppe, Camilla; Mølgaard, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Arterial stiffness, blood pressure (BP) and blood lipids may be improved by milk in adults and the effects may be mediated via proteins. However, limited is known about the effects of milk proteins on central aortic BP and no studies have examined the effects in children. Therefore, the present trial examined the effect of milk and milk proteins on brachial and central aortic BP, blood lipids, inflammation and arterial stiffness in overweight adolescents. A randomised controlled trial was conduc...

  3. Does retraction of the sternum during median sternotomy result in brachial plexus injuries?

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    Healey, Scott; O'Neill, Bridie; Bilal, Haris; Waterworth, Paul

    2013-01-01

    A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was ‘does retraction of the sternum during median sternotomy result in brachial plexus injuries or peripheral neuropathies?’ Altogether 58 papers were found using the reported search, of which 12 represented the best evidence to answer the question. The authors, date, journal and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes and results of these papers...

  4. Degeneration of primary afferent terminals following brachial plexus extensive avulsion injury in rats

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    Muñetón-Gómez, Vilma; Taylor, J.S.; Averill, Sharon; Priestley, John V.; Nieto-Sampedro, Manuel

    2004-01-01

    Important breakthroughs in the understanding regeneration failure in an injured CNS have been made by studies of primary afferent neurons. Dorsal rhizotomy has provided an experimental model of brachial plexus (BP) avulsion. This is an injury in which the central branches of primary afferents are disrupted at their point of entry into the spinal cord, bringing motor and sensory dysfunction to the upper limbs. In the present work, the central axonal organization of primary afferents was examin...

  5. Endothelial function in a cardiovascular risk population with borderline ankle–brachial index

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    Kari Syvänen; Päivi Korhonen; Auli Partanen; et al

    2011-01-01

    Kari Syvänen1, Päivi Korhonen2, Auli Partanen3, Pertti Aarnio11Department of Surgery, Satakunta Hospital District, Pori, Finland; 2Central Satakunta Health Federation of Municipalities, Harjavalta, Finland; 3Department of Biostatistics, University of Turku, Turku, FinlandIntroduction: The diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can be made by measuring the ankle–brachial index (ABI). Traditionally ABI values > 1.00–1.40 have been considered ...

  6. Casein improves brachial and central aortic diastolic blood pressure in overweight adolescents : A randomised, controlled trial

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    Arnberg, Karina; Larnkjær, Anni

    2013-01-01

    Arterial stiffness, blood pressure (BP) and blood lipids may be improved by milk in adults and the effects may be mediated via proteins. However, limited is known about the effects of milk proteins on central aortic BP and no studies have examined the effects in children. Therefore, the present trial examined the effect of milk and milk proteins on brachial and central aortic BP, blood lipids, inflammation and arterial stiffness in overweight adolescents. A randomised controlled trial was conducted in 193 overweight adolescents aged 12–15 years. They were randomly assigned to drink 1 litre of water, skimmed milk, whey or casein for 12 weeks. The milk-based test drinks contained 35 g protein/l. The effects were compared with the water group and a pretest control group consisting of thirty-two of the adolescents followed 12 weeks before the start of the intervention. Outcomes were brachial and central aortic BP, pulse wave velocity and augmentation index, serum C-reactive protein and blood lipids. Brachial and central aortic diastolic BP (DBP) decreased by 2·7% (P = 0·036) and 2·6%(P = 0·048), respectively, within the casein group and the changes were significantly different from those of the pretest control group (P = 0·040 and P = 0·034, respectively). There was a significant increase in central aortic DBP, and in brachial and central systolic BP in the whey group compared with the water group (P = 0·003, P = 0·009 and P = 0·002, respectively). There were no changes in measures of arterial stiffness or blood lipid concentrations. A high intake of casein improves DBP in overweight adolescents. Thus, casein may be beneficial for younger overweight subjects in terms of reducing the longterm risk of CVD. In contrast, whey protein seems to increase BP compared with drinking water; however, water may be considered an active control group.

  7. Casein improves brachial and central aortic diastolic blood pressure in overweight adolescents: a randomised, controlled trial

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    Arnberg, Karina; Larnkjær, Anni

    2013-01-01

    Arterial stiffness, blood pressure (BP) and blood lipids may be improved by milk in adults and the effects may be mediated via proteins. However, limited is known about the effects of milk proteins on central aortic BP and no studies have examined the effects in children. Therefore, the present trial examined the effect of milk and milk proteins on brachial and central aortic BP, blood lipids, inflammation and arterial stiffness in overweight adolescents. A randomised controlled trial was conducted in 193 overweight adolescents aged 12–15 years. They were randomly assigned to drink 1 litre of water, skimmed milk, whey or casein for 12 weeks. The milk-based test drinks contained 35 g protein/l. The effects were compared with the water group and a pretest control group consisting of thirty-two of the adolescents followed 12 weeks before the start of the intervention. Outcomes were brachial and central aortic BP, pulse wave velocity and augmentation index, serum C-reactive protein and blood lipids. Brachial and central aortic diastolic BP (DBP) decreased by 2·7% (P= 0·036) and 2·6% (P = 0·048), respectively, within the casein group and the changes were significantly different from those of the pretest control group (P = 0·040 and P = 0·034, respectively). There was a significant increase in central aortic DBP, and in brachial and central systolic BP in the whey group compared with the water group (P = 0·003, P= 0·009 and P = 0·002, respectively). There were no changes in measures of arterial stiffness or blood lipid concentrations. A high intake of casein improves DBP in overweight adolescents. Thus, casein may be beneficial for younger overweight subjects in terms of reducing the longterm risk of CVD. In contrast, whey protein seems to increase BP compared with drinking water; however, water may be considered an active control group.

  8. Cutaneous findings in five cases of malaria

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    Jignesh B Vaishnani

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Malaria is an infectious disease caused by protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. Cutaneous lesions in malaria are rarely reported and include urticaria, angioedema, petechiae, purpura, and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC. Here, five malaria cases associated with cutaneous lesions have been described. Out of the five cases of malaria, two were associated with urticaria and angioedema, one case was associated with urticaria, and other two were associated with reticulated blotchy erythema with petechiae. Most of the cutaneous lesions in malaria were nonspecific and reflected the different immunopathological mechanism in malarial infection.

  9. Secondary prevention of cutaneous malignant melanoma.

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    MacKie, R M

    1997-08-01

    The incidence of cutaneous malignant melanoma continues to increase in most parts of the world. Survival rates for melanoma patients show a striking difference between those diagnosed with thin primary tumours, and those whose tumours are only 2 mm thicker at the time of excision. This fact together with the poor response rates to current non-surgical therapies makes a clear case for earlier diagnosis and prompt surgical treatment of primary cutaneous malignant melanoma. Campaigns aimed at both early diagnosis (secondary prevention) and also at primary prevention of cutaneous malignant melanoma are discussed and methods of their evaluation considered. PMID:9578431

  10. Cutaneous plasmacytosis: a case report and review of pulmonary findings

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    Weeranut Chantachaeng; Leena Chularojanamontri

    2011-01-01

    Primary cutaneous plasmacytosis is an uncommon cutaneous disorder with multiple cutaneous nodules and plaques mainly on face and trunk. This entity is thought to be a reactive process with unknown etiology. Pulmonary involvement could be found as a part of systemic plasmacytosis whereas cutaneous plasmacytosis was also reported with other pulmonary disorders. This report presents the case of cutaneous plasmacytosis and the review of pulmonary findings reported in plasmacytosis.

  11. [Niacin deficiency and cutaneous immunity].

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    Ikenouchi-Sugita, Atsuko; Sugita, Kazunari

    2015-01-01

    Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is required for the synthesis of coenzymes, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP). Niacin binds with G protein-coupled receptor (GPR) 109A on cutaneous Langerhans cells and causes vasodilation with flushing in head and neck area. Niacin deficiency due to excessive alcohol consumption, certain drugs or inadequate uptake in diet causes pellagra, a photosensitivity dermatitis. Recently several studies have revealed the mechanism of photosensitivity in niacin deficiency, which may pave a way for new therapeutic approaches. The expression level of prostaglandin E synthase (PTGES) is up-regulated in the skin of both pellagra patients and niacin deficient pellagra mouse models. In addition, pellagra is mediated through prostaglandin E₂-EP4 (PGE₂-EP4) signaling via reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in keratinocytes. In this article, we have reviewed the role of niacin in immunity and the mechanism of niacin deficiency-induced photosensitivity. PMID:25765687

  12. Cutaneous protothecosis--case report.

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    Silva, Pâmela Craveiro Gomes da; Costa e Silva, Sabrina Beirão da; Lima, Ricardo Barbosa; D'Acri, Antonio Macedo; Lupi, Omar; Martins, Carlos José

    2013-01-01

    Cutaneous protothecosis is a rare infection caused by achlorophyllic algae of the genus Prototheca. The lesions usually occur on exposed areas, related with trauma, in immunocompromised patients. The most common clinical presentation is a vesicobullous and ulcerative lesion with pustules and scabs, simulating bacterial, fungal or herpetic infections or eczema. The diagnosis is determined by agent identification through histopathology, culture and the carbohydrates assimilation test. The finding of morula-like spherules is characteristic of Prototheca sp. Its rarity and non-specific clinical aspect may difficult the disease diagnosis. We report a case of a diabetic patient, in chronic use of systemic corticosteroids, that developed a skin lesion after trauma to the right leg. PMID:24346914

  13. Paronychia-like cutaneous leishmaniasis.

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    Chiheb, S; El Machbouh, L; Marnissi, F

    2015-01-01

    Chronic paronychia is an inflammatory recalcitrant disorder affecting the nail folds. We report one patient with paronychia  revealing ungueal leishmaniasis. A 34-year-old man, resident in the north of Morocco, presented with a 6-month history of an inflamed proximal nail fold of  the left thumb, resistant to antibiotics and anti-fungal treatments. En bloc excision of the proximal nail fold was done. The histopathological exam showed epithelioid  granulomas  with giant  cells and the presence of  leshmania  amastigotes, leading to the diagnosis of ungueal leishmaniasis. Clinical aspects of cutaneous leishmaniasis can be very misleading. The paronychial form is rarely described. In endemic areas  it is necessary for the physician to be aware of atypical skin presentations of  leishmaniasis. PMID:26632940

  14. Coexistence of Brachial Plexus and Cervical Spine Metastases in a Patient With Breast Cancer: Case Report

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    Ece Ünlü

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Metastatic involvement of the brachial plexus is a rare condition and is most commonly associated with breast cancer. In patients with breast cancer, brachial plexus metastases should be taken into account in case of severe pain spreading to the shoulder and arm followed by sensory and motor symptoms. Metastatic spinal tumors are the most common type of tumors of the spine. Breast cancer accounts for 21% of all vertebral metastases. Therefore, metastatic spinal tumors should principally be considered in patients with history of malignancy. Coexistence of two metastatic involvements in same patient is the rarest condition. In this case report, we present a patient with a history of breast cancer who was admitted with complaints of severe pain and weakness in the left shoulder, and in whom we detected metastases in both the brachial plexus and the cervical spine. In addition, within the framework of this case report, we aimed to emphasize the importance of electrophysiological studies in detecting two metastatic lesions. Turk J Phys Med Re­hab 2012;58:63-5.

  15. Does retraction of the sternum during median sternotomy result in brachial plexus injuries?

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    Healey, Scott; O'Neill, Bridie; Bilal, Haris; Waterworth, Paul

    2013-07-01

    A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was 'does retraction of the sternum during median sternotomy result in brachial plexus injuries or peripheral neuropathies?' Altogether 58 papers were found using the reported search, of which 12 represented the best evidence to answer the question. The authors, date, journal and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes and results of these papers were tabulated. Caudal placement of the retractor or relieving the pressure superiorly by removing the upper blades of a retractor (P = 0.02) and use of a caudally placed symmetrical retractor has been shown to reduce neuropathy. Positioning of the patient with 'hands up' positioning showed significant reduction in the incidence of brachial plexus injuries. Furthermore, how wide the retractor is opened and use of an asymmetrical retractor for internal mammary artery (IMA) harvesting are also important factors in quantifying risk of postoperative neuropathy. Wider sternal retraction and longer bypass time did increase the risk of developing postoperative neuropathy. Three asymmetrical retractors were looked at that demonstrates the Delacroix-Chevalier to be the safest (P < 0.05). We conclude that median sternotomy risks brachial plexus injury and where possible the sternum should be opened as small a distance as possible with symmetrical retractor and using a caudally placed retractor. PMID:23513004

  16. Application of a functional hand orthosis in individuals with brachial plexus injuries

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    Kátia Vanessa Pinto de Meneses

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available One of the diseases that cause severe disability and that directly affect the individual’ssocial participation and quality of life is the brachial plexus injury. One of the interventions widelyused in the rehabilitation program of the individual who suffered brachial plexus injury is themanufacture and prescription of orthoses. However the majority of currently available orthosis forbrachial plexus injuries, are used in order to positioning the upper limb and to relieve pain, withoutoffering the functionality to injured limb. The aim of this study was to describe the fi rst tests of aprototype orthosis for hand function, known as Functional Glove in adult patients with paralysis inthe hand and wrist due to brachial plexus. This research consisted of experimental studie, attendedby three patients. Three instruments were used: Unimanual Function Test, Bimanual Function Testand Satisfaction Questionnaire. The results showed that the patients managed control the openingand closing of the orthosis by means of myoelectric signals picked up by surface electrodes placedover the selected muscles, allowing manipulation of objects in unimanual and bimanual activities.The patients reported high index of satisfaction with the use of Functional Glove.

  17. Maladaptive enlargement of the brachial artery in severe obesity is reversed with weight loss

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    Hamburg, Naomi M; Mott, Melanie M; Bigornia, Sherman J; Duess, Mai-Ann; Kluge, Matthew A; Hess, Donald T; Apovian, Caroline M; Vita, Joseph A; Gokce, Noyan

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    Maladaptive peripheral arterial remodeling, which leads to large arteries with low shear stress, may be associated with increased cardiovascular risk. We tested the hypothesis that arterial enlargement in severe obesity represents maladaptive remodeling and that weight reduction would reverse this process. We evaluated brachial arterial diameter and flow using ultrasound in 244 severely obese patients (age 44 ± 11 years, 80% female, body mass index (BMI) 46 ± 9 kg/m) at baseline and in a group of 67 subjects who experienced weight loss at 1 year. Higher BMI was associated with larger brachial artery diameter (p = 0.01) and lower shear stress (p = 0.008), indicating maladaptive remodeling. Significant (? 10%) weight reduction was associated with a decrease in resting arterial diameter (?0.19 ± 0.47 mm, p = 0.02) along with a trend toward increased shear stress. Decreased systemic inflammation was associated with weight loss-induced reverse remodeling of the brachial artery. Our findings demonstrate the presence of maladaptive arterial remodeling in advanced obesity that was ameliorated by significant weight loss. PMID:20375126

  18. Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity and symptomatic cerebral infarction in patients with type 2 diabetes: a cross-sectional study

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    Muramatsu Chie; Mitsuhashi Naomi; Kubo Sayaka; Onuma Tomio; Ogawa Osamu; Kawamori Ryuzo

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    Abstract Background Recently a new automatic device that measures brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity using an oscillometric method has been developed. However, the practical significance of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity measurement remains uncertain. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity and symptomatic cerebral infarction in patients with type 2 diabetes. Methods One thousand sixty six patients with type 2 diabetes were studi...

  19. Traumatic third nerve palsy.

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    Elston, J S

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    Twenty patients with a traumatic third nerve palsy had sustained a closed head injury with prolonged loss of consciousness in a high-speed deceleration accident. Sixteen were male, and the average age was 25 years. Seven had skull or facial fractures, 15 damage to the anterior visual pathways, and 16 other permanent neurological damage. Nineteen developed the misdirection/regeneration syndrome. Thirteen had strabismus surgery, and an area of binocular single vision was enlarged or achieved in...

  20. [Suprascapular nerve entrapment].

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    Fansa, H; Schneider, W

    2003-03-01

    Isolated compression of the suprascapular nerve is a rare entity, that is seldom considered in differential diagnosis of shoulder pain. Usually atrophy of supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles is present, resulting in weakened abduction and external rotation of the shoulder. Mostly the patients do not note the paresis, but complain about a dull and burning pain over the dorsal shoulder region. In a proximal lesion (at level of the superior transverse scapular ligament) electromyography reveals changes in both muscles, while in a distal lesion (spinoglenoidal notch) only the infraspinatus shows a pathology. From 1996 to 2001 we diagnosed an isolated suprascapular entrapment in nine patients. Seven patients were operated: The ligament was removed and the nerve was neurolysed. The average age was 36 years. All patients showed pathological findings in electrophysiological and clinical examination. Five patients had an atrophy of both scapula muscles, two showed only infraspinatus muscle atrophy (one with a ganglion in the distal course of the nerve). Six patients were followed up. All showed an improvement. Pain disappeared and all patients were able to return to work and sport activities. Electrophysiological examination one year after operation revealed normal nerve conduction velocity. The number of motor units, however, showed a reduction by half compared to the healthy side. Lesions without history of trauma are usually caused by repetitive motion or posture. Weight lifting, volley ball and tennis promote the entrapment. Rarely a lesion (either idiopathic or due to external compression) is described for patients who underwent surgery. Patients with a ganglion or a defined cause of compression should be operated, patients who present without a distinct reason for compression should firstly be treated conservatively. Physiotherapy, antiphlogistic medication and avoiding of the pain triggering motion can improve the symptoms. However, if muscle atrophy is evident, an operation is indicated from our experience. PMID:12874724

  1. Optic nerve hypoplasia

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    Kaur, Savleen; Jain, Sparshi; Sodhi, Harsimrat B. S.; Rastogi, Anju; Kamlesh,

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    Optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) is a congenital anomaly of the optic disc that might result in moderate to severe vision loss in children. With a vast number of cases now being reported, the rarity of ONH is obviously now refuted. The major aspects of ophthalmic evaluation of an infant with possible ONH are visual assessment, fundus examination, and visual electrophysiology. Characteristically, the disc is small, there is a peripapillary double-ring sign, vascular tortuosity, and thinning of the...

  2. Cranial Nerve II: Vision

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    Gillig, Paulette Marie; Sanders, Richard D

    2009-01-01

    This article contains a brief review of the anatomy of the visual system, a survey of diseases of the retina, optic nerve and lesions of the optic chiasm, and other visual field defects of special interest to the psychiatrist. It also includes a presentation of the corticothalamic mechanisms, differential diagnosis, and various manifestations of visual illusions, and simple and complex visual hallucinations, as well as the differential diagnoses of these various visual phenomena.

  3. Bilateral brachial pull-through technique for stenting in a patient with stenosis of the vertebral artery origin: technical case report

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    Kusaka, N.; Nishiguchi, M.; Takayama, K.; Nishiura, T. [National Hospital Organization Iwakuni Clinical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, Iwakuni, Yamaguchi (Japan); Tamiya, T. [Kagawa University of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery, Kida-gun, Kagawa (Japan)

    2007-10-15

    Stenting for stenosis of the proximal vertebral artery (VA) is commonly performed via a femoral approach. However, iliofemoral occlusive disease such as arteriosclerosis obliterans sometimes prevents safe transfemoral access. In certain situations where both femoral access and ipsilateral brachial access are difficult because of a concomitant vascular diseases or particular anatomic setting, a contralateral brachial approach using the brachiobrachial pull-through technique may allow efficient and accurate stenting. A case of VA origin symptomatic stenosis successfully treated with stenting using the new pull-through technique from the contralateral brachial artery to the brachial artery on the affected side is described. (orig.)

  4. Optic nerve hypoplasia

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    Savleen Kaur

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH is a congenital anomaly of the optic disc that might result in moderate to severe vision loss in children. With a vast number of cases now being reported, the rarity of ONH is obviously now refuted. The major aspects of ophthalmic evaluation of an infant with possible ONH are visual assessment, fundus examination, and visual electrophysiology. Characteristically, the disc is small, there is a peripapillary double-ring sign, vascular tortuosity, and thinning of the nerve fiber layer. A patient with ONH should be assessed for presence of neurologic, radiologic, and endocrine associations. There may be maternal associations like premature births, fetal alcohol syndrome, maternal diabetes. Systemic associations in the child include endocrine abnormalities, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and seizures. Besides the hypoplastic optic nerve and chiasm, neuroimaging shows abnormalities in ventricles or white- or gray-matter development, septo-optic dysplasia, hydrocephalus, and corpus callosum abnormalities. There is a greater incidence of clinical neurologic abnormalities in patients with bilateral ONH (65% than patients with unilateral ONH. We present a review on the available literature on the same to urge caution in our clinical practice when dealing with patients with ONH. Fundus photography, ocular coherence tomography, visual field testing, color vision evaluation, neuroimaging, endocrinology consultation with or without genetic testing are helpful in the diagnosis and management of ONH. (Method of search: MEDLINE, PUBMED.

  5. Peripheral nerve hyperexcitability syndromes.

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    Küçükali, Cem Ismail; Kürtüncü, Murat; Akçay, Halil ?brahim; Tüzün, Erdem; Öge, Ali Emre

    2015-01-01

    Peripheral nerve hyperexcitability (PNH) syndromes can be subclassified as primary and secondary. The main primary PNH syndromes are neuromyotonia, cramp-fasciculation syndrome (CFS), and Morvan's syndrome, which cause widespread symptoms and signs without the association of an evident peripheral nerve disease. Their major symptoms are muscle twitching and stiffness, which differ only in severity between neuromyotonia and CFS. Cramps, pseudomyotonia, hyperhidrosis, and some other autonomic abnormalities, as well as mild positive sensory phenomena, can be seen in several patients. Symptoms reflecting the involvement of the central nervous system occur in Morvan's syndrome. Secondary PNH syndromes are generally seen in patients with focal or diffuse diseases affecting the peripheral nervous system. The PNH-related symptoms and signs are generally found incidentally during clinical or electrodiagnostic examinations. The electrophysiological findings that are very useful in the diagnosis of PNH are myokymic and neuromyotonic discharges in needle electromyography along with some additional indicators of increased nerve fiber excitability. Based on clinicopathological and etiological associations, PNH syndromes can also be classified as immune mediated, genetic, and those caused by other miscellaneous factors. There has been an increasing awareness on the role of voltage-gated potassium channel complex autoimmunity in primary PNH pathogenesis. Then again, a long list of toxic compounds and genetic factors has also been implicated in development of PNH. The management of primary PNH syndromes comprises symptomatic treatment with anticonvulsant drugs, immune modulation if necessary, and treatment of possible associated dysimmune and/or malignant conditions. PMID:25719304

  6. Optic nerve hypoplasia.

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    Kaur, Savleen; Jain, Sparshi; Sodhi, Harsimrat B S; Rastogi, Anju; Kamlesh

    2013-05-01

    Optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) is a congenital anomaly of the optic disc that might result in moderate to severe vision loss in children. With a vast number of cases now being reported, the rarity of ONH is obviously now refuted. The major aspects of ophthalmic evaluation of an infant with possible ONH are visual assessment, fundus examination, and visual electrophysiology. Characteristically, the disc is small, there is a peripapillary double-ring sign, vascular tortuosity, and thinning of the nerve fiber layer. A patient with ONH should be assessed for presence of neurologic, radiologic, and endocrine associations. There may be maternal associations like premature births, fetal alcohol syndrome, maternal diabetes. Systemic associations in the child include endocrine abnormalities, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and seizures. Besides the hypoplastic optic nerve and chiasm, neuroimaging shows abnormalities in ventricles or white- or gray-matter development, septo-optic dysplasia, hydrocephalus, and corpus callosum abnormalities. There is a greater incidence of clinical neurologic abnormalities in patients with bilateral ONH (65%) than patients with unilateral ONH. We present a review on the available literature on the same to urge caution in our clinical practice when dealing with patients with ONH. Fundus photography, ocular coherence tomography, visual field testing, color vision evaluation, neuroimaging, endocrinology consultation with or without genetic testing are helpful in the diagnosis and management of ONH. (Method of search: MEDLINE, PUBMED). PMID:24082663

  7. Limitations of Conduits in Peripheral Nerve Repairs

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    Moore, Amy M.; Kasukurthi, Rahul; Magill, Christina K.; Farhadi, H. Francis; Borschel, Gregory H; Mackinnon, Susan E.

    2009-01-01

    Nerve conduits have emerged as alternatives to autologous nerve grafts, but their use in large-diameter nerve deficits remains untested. We report four patients who underwent repair of large-diameter nerves using absorbable nerve conduits and discuss the failed clinical outcomes. The reported cases demonstrate the importance of evaluating the length, diameter, and function of nerves undergoing conduit repair. In large-diameter nerves, the use of conduits should be carefully considered.

  8. Cutaneous anthrax cases leading compartment syndrome

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    Emine Parlak

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Bacillus anthracis is the causative agent of anthrax. Anthrax is a zoonotic disease with three clinical forms. Clinical forms are skin, gastrointestinal and inhalational anthrax. Cutaneous anthrax is 95% of the cases. Cutaneous anthrax frequently defines itself. Clinical presentation of anthrax may be severe and complicated in some cases. There may seem complications like meningitis, septic shock and compartment syndrome. Compartment Syndrome is a rare complication of cutaneous anthrax and it is life threatening. Physicians working in the endemic area should be aware of this form. In this study, three cases were shown which developed compartment syndrome following cutaneous anthrax. J Microbiol Infect Dis 2013;3(4: 214-217

  9. Cutaneous myiasis in an elderly debilitated patient.

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    Roche, S.; Cross, S; Burgess, I.; Pines, C.; Cayley, A. C.

    1990-01-01

    A 77 year old woman, with chronic immobility, developed bed sores which became infested with maggots. This progressed to cutaneous myiasis which is an uncommon complication of this particular phenomenon.

  10. Cutaneous vasculitis presenting on the penis.

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    Burrows, N P; Sonnex, C.; Roberts, S O; Carne, C A

    1993-01-01

    Cutaneous vasculitis is frequently located on the lower limbs. We describe a patient who developed palpable purpura affecting the penis as the presenting sign of more widespread lesions of Henoch-Schönlein purpura.

  11. Follicular infundibulum tumour presenting as cutaneous horn

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    Jayaraman M

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    Full Text Available Tumour of follicular infundibulum is an organoid tumour with a plate like growth attached to the epidermis with connection from the follicular epithelium. We are reporting such a case unusually presenting as cutaneous horn.

  12. Neuronal changes resulting in up-regulation of alpha-1 adrenoceptors after peripheral nerve injury.

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    Drummond, Peter D

    2014-07-15

    Under normal conditions, the sympathetic neurotransmitter noradrenaline inhibits the production and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. However, after peripheral nerve and tissue injury, pro-inflammatory cytokines appear to induce the expression of the alpha1A-adrenoceptor subtype on immune cells and perhaps also on other cells in the injured tissue. In turn, noradrenaline may act on up-regulated alpha1-adrenoceptors to increase the production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6. In addition, the release of inflammatory mediators and nerve growth factor from keratinocytes and other cells may augment the expression of alpha1-adrenoceptors on peripheral nerve fibers. Consequently, nociceptive afferents acquire an abnormal excitability to adrenergic agents, and inflammatory processes build. These mechanisms could contribute to the development of sympathetically maintained pain in conditions such as post-herpetic neuralgia, cutaneous neuromas, amputation stump pain and complex regional pain syndrome. PMID:25221588

  13. Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment of Cutaneous Neurofibromas

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    Chiang, Yi Zhen; Al-Niaimi, Firas; Ferguson, Janice; August, Paul Jeffrey; Madan, Vishal

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is an autosomal dominant disorder, with multisystem involvement, including cutaneous manifestations of hyperpigmentation and neurofibromas. Multiple cutaneous lesions are often disfiguring and lead to emotional distress and social isolation. Treatment of NF1 is predominantly surgical but alternative treatments should be considered for patients with large numbers of lesions as cold steel excision of multiple lesions can be cumbersome and may not be p...

  14. Atypical Presentation of Cutaneous Lupus Mucinosis

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    Goerig, Ryan; Vogeler, Chad; Keller, Matthew

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    Objective: To describe the epidemiological, clinical, and serological features of cutaneous lupus mucinosis and its relationship to systemic lupus erythematosus as well as elucidate the histopathological features of cutaneous lupus mucinosis and describe how these features differ from tumid lupus erythematosus. Design: Case review and assessment of the literature. Setting: University academic setting. Participant: One patient. Results: The authors report a case of antinuclear antibody negativ...

  15. Primary-localized-cutaneous-amyloidosis: Lichen amyloidosus

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    Miki? Dragan

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    Full Text Available This case report presented a female patient with primary-localized-cutaneous--amyloidosis in the form of lichen amyloidosus. Primary-localized-cutaneous--amyloidosis is a rare idiopathic dermatosis caused by abnormal deposition of amyloid composed primarily of degenerated keratin filaments. In order to establish the final diagnosis, detailed clinical and laboratory investigations were performed, with a particular emphasis on pathohistological analysis of skin specimens, special stains, and electron microscopy.

  16. Management of cutaneous metastases using electrochemotherapy

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    Matthiessen, Louise Wichmann; Chalmers, Richard Ling; Sainsbury, David Christopher George; Veeramani, Sivakumar; Kessell, Gareth; Humphreys, Alison Claire; Bond, Jane Elisabeth; Muir, Tobian; Gehl, Julie

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    Cutaneous metastases may cause considerable discomfort as a consequence of ulceration, oozing, bleeding and pain. Electrochemotherapy has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of cutaneous metastases. Electrochemotherapy utilises pulses of electricity to increase the permeability of the...... cell membrane and thereby augment the effect of chemotherapy. For the drug bleomycin, the effect is enhanced several hundred-fold, enabling once-only treatment. The primary endpoint of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of electrochemotherapy as a palliative treatment....

  17. Cutaneous pseudovasculitis, antiphospholipid syndrome and obstetric misadventure.

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    Thayaparan, A S; Lowe, S A

    2015-09-01

    We present two women with severe obstetric complications from antiphospholipid (aPL) syndrome associated with a rare dermatological manifestation, cutaneous pseudovasculitis. Both of these women developed a rash on the palmar aspect of the hands during the post partum period, with histology consistent with microthrombotic disease, despite anticoagulation. Cutaneous pseudovasculitis appears to be a maternal manifestation of aPL coagulopathy, possibly reflecting the severity of the underlying pregnancy pathology. PMID:25748061

  18. A Case Report of Cutaneous Larva Migrans

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    Yavuzer, Kemal; Ak, Muharrem; Karadag, Ayse Serap

    2010-01-01

    Cutaneous larva migrans (CLM) is a helminthic infection most commonly found in tropical and subtropical geographic areas. However, with the ease and increase of foreign travel by many around the world, CLM is no longer confined to these areas. CLM is an erythematous, serpiginous, cutaneous eruption caused by accidental percutaneous penetration and subsequent migration of larvae. Here, we present a case diagnosed as CLM and treated with Albendazole.

  19. Drug Discovery Algorithm for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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    Grogl, Max; Hickman, Mark; ELLIS, WILLIAM; Hudson, Thomas; John S. Lazo; Sharlow, Elizabeth R.; Johnson, Jacob; Berman, Jonathan; Sciotti, Richard J.

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    Cutaneous leishmaniasis is clinically widespread but lacks treatments that are effective and well tolerated. Because all present drugs have been grandfathered into clinical use, there are no examples of a pre-clinical product evaluation scheme that lead to new candidates for formal development. To provide oral agents for development targeting cutaneous leishmaniasis, we have implemented a discovery scheme that incorporates in vitro and in vivo testing of efficacy, toxicity, and pharmacokineti...

  20. Cutaneous leishmaniasis: diagnostic pitfall. Case report

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    Asmae EL Hatimi; Salim Guellouj; Sanae Chehbouni; Kawtar Inani; Hanane Baybay; Fatima Zahra Mernissi

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    Introduction: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis is a parasitic infection encountered in our daily dermatologic practice. Case report: We present a case of 57 year-old man of Moroccan origin, with erythematous squamous and indurated plaque on the abdomen, treated as sarcoidosis with corticosteroids with no improvement. Discussion: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis is endemic in 88 countries. Aside from its classical presentation it can manifest in multiple different ways. In our case, the diagnostic of ...

  1. Recurrent cutaneous leishmaniasis Leishmaniose recidiva cútis

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    Ciro Martins Gomes; Fabiana dos Santos Damasco; Orlando Oliveira de Morais; Carmen Déa Ribeiro de Paula; Raimunda Nonata Ribeiro Sampaio

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    We present a case of an 18-year-old male patient who, after two years of inappropriate treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis, began to show nodules arising at the edges of the former healing scar. He was immune competent and denied any trauma. The diagnosis of recurrent cutaneous leishmaniasis was made following positive culture of aspirate samples. The patient was treated with N-methylglucamine associated with pentoxifylline for 30 days. Similar cases require special attention mainly because...

  2. Management of cutaneous metastases using electrochemotherapy

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    Matthiessen, Louise Wichmann; Chalmers, Richard Ling; Sainsbury, David Christopher George; Veeramani, Sivakumar; Kessell, Gareth; Humphreys, Alison Claire; Bond, Jane Elisabeth; Muir, Tobian; Gehl, Julie

    2011-01-01

    Background. Cutaneous metastases may cause considerable discomfort as a consequence of ulceration, oozing, bleeding and pain. Electrochemotherapy has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of cutaneous metastases. Electrochemotherapy utilises pulses of electricity to increase the permeability of the cell membrane and thereby augment the effect of chemotherapy. For the drug bleomycin, the effect is enhanced several hundred-fold, enabling once-only treatment. The primary endpoint of thi...

  3. Management of cutaneous metastases using electrochemotherapy

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    Matthiessen, Louise Wichmann; Chalmers, Richard Ling

    2011-01-01

    Cutaneous metastases may cause considerable discomfort as a consequence of ulceration, oozing, bleeding and pain. Electrochemotherapy has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of cutaneous metastases. Electrochemotherapy utilises pulses of electricity to increase the permeability of the cell membrane and thereby augment the effect of chemotherapy. For the drug bleomycin, the effect is enhanced several hundred-fold, enabling once-only treatment. The primary endpoint of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of electrochemotherapy as a palliative treatment.

  4. Cutaneous infectionbydifferent Alternaria species inalivertransplant recipient

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    Brás, S.; Sabino, R.; Laureano, A.; Simões, H; C. Fernandes; Marques-Pinto, G; Cardoso, J.; Veríssimo, C

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    Fungal invasive infections are rare in general population but are an emergent cause of infection in the immunocompromized population, especially in the solid organ transplant recipients. Herein the authors report a clinical case of a liver transplanted patient suffering a cutaneous co-existent infection with A. alternata as well as A. infectoria. To our knowledge this is the first case of cutaneous concomitant infection due to those two species reported not only in Portugal but also world...

  5. Cutaneous alternariosis in a cardiac transplant recipient.

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    Gilmour, T K; Rytina, E; O'Connell, P B; Sterling, J C

    2001-02-01

    A 55-year-old male cardiac transplant recipient presented with cutaneous nodules on the limbs caused by Alternaria alternata. Oral fluconazole 200 mg daily for 3 weeks was ineffective. Itraconazole 100 mg oral daily was ceased when hyperglycaemia developed. Individual lesions were successfully treated with either curettage and cautery or double freeze-thaw cryotherapy. Alternaria spp. are ubiquitous fungal saprophytes which may cause cutaneous infections particularly in immunocompromised patients. PMID:11233722

  6. Assessment of cutaneous drug delivery using microdialysis

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    Kreilgaard, Mads

    2002-01-01

    During the last decade microdialysis has been successfully applied to assess cutaneous drug delivery of numerous substances, indicating the large potential for bioequivalence/bioavailability evaluation of topical formulations. The technique has been shown to be minimally invasive and supply pharmacokinetic information directly in the target organ for cutaneous drug delivery with high temporal resolution without further intervention with the tissue after implantation. However, there are a few cha...

  7. Repair of sciatic nerve defects using tissue engineered nerves

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    Zhang, Caishun; Lv, Gang

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we constructed tissue-engineered nerves with acellular nerve allografts in Sprague-Dawley rats, which were prepared using chemical detergents-enzymatic digestion and mechanical methods, in combination with bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells of Wistar rats cultured in vitro, to repair 15 mm sciatic bone defects in Wistar rats. At postoperative 12 weeks, electrophysiological detection results showed that the conduction velocity of regenerated nerve after repair with tissue-engine...

  8. Four-headed biceps brachii muscle with variant course of musculocutaneous nerve: anatomical and clinical insight

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    Aggarwal A

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available A rare case of four-headed biceps brachii muscle with variation in the course of musculocutaneous nerve was observed in left arm of a 48-year-old embalmed male cadaver. One of the extra head (third was fleshy throughout, originated from anteromedial surface of shaft of humerus and merged with the deep surface of short head. Fourth thin tendinous head originated just below lesser tuberosity of humerus and joined with the third head. Both accessory heads were lying under cover of short head of biceps. Musculocutaneous nerve was coursing between two supernumerary heads and subsequently between third head and short head of biceps brachii muscle. Origin of third head from shaft of humerus led to passage of nerve between this head and short head, before acquiring normal position between biceps brachii and brachialis muscles, and emerging out as lateral cutaneous nerve of forearm. Intramuscular course of nerve may be a potential site for nerve compression by hypertrophied biceps associated with strenuous regular physical activity of biceps or weight lifting.

  9. Hand function after nerve repair.

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    Lundborg, Göran; Rosén, Birgitta

    2007-01-01

    Treatment of injuries to major nerve trunks in the hand and upper extremity remains a major and challenging reconstructive problem. Such injuries may cause long-lasting disabilities in terms of lost fine sensory and motor functions. Nowadays there is no surgical repair technique that can ensure recovery of tactile discrimination in the hand of an adult patient following nerve repair while very young individuals usually regain a complete recovery of functional sensibility. Post-traumatic nerve...

  10. Nodular cutaneous amyloidosis and carpal tunnel syndrome due to the amyloidogenic transthyretin His 114 variant.

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    Mochizuki, H; Kamakura, K; Masaki, T; Hirata, A; Tokuda, T; Yazaki, M; Motoyoshi, K; Ikeda, S

    2001-06-01

    This is the second report of transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis in a patient who had ATTR Tyr114His diagnosed by mass spectrometry and gene analysis. This case had some clinical features that differed from those of the first reported cases. The patient, 73-year-old man, complained of generalized cutaneous tubercula that had started at age 68. These tubercula gradually increased in size and became generalized. He felt a slight numbness in his extremities. Clinical and electrophysiological examinations revealed that he had bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), whereas there was no clear evidence of sensory and/or motor polyneuropathy. Autonomic symptoms were not present. Biopsy studies revealed that both his tuberculum and his sural nerve contained TTR-related amyloid. In his sural nerve, amyloid deposits were observed mainly in the perineurium, not in the endoneurium, and there was no significant depletion of myelinated fibers. The features of this patient were clinically characterized by generalized cutaneous amyloid deposits and late-onset CTS with a lack of overt polyneuropathy and autonomic dysfunction. The unique clinical features in this case seemed to be consistent with the distribution of amyloid deposits. PMID:11409031

  11. Cold and warm cutaneous sensation in diabetic patients.

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    Ijff, G A; Bertelsmann, F W; Nauta, J J; Heimans, J J

    1991-01-01

    The assessment of cutaneous thresholds for thermal sensation is now recognized as a valuable method to detect small nerve fibre function in diabetes. Methods commonly used do not allow separate measurements of warm and cold perception. However, there is evidence that the fibre subtypes which signal cold and warm sensation are different (A-delta-fibres and C-fibres, respectively). To investigate if diabetes affects cold and warm sensation equally, thresholds were assessed separately in 30 diabetic patients (age 47.9 +/- 15.1 (+/- SD) years; duration of diabetes, 19.1 +/- 13.3 years). Comparisons were made with 71 non-diabetic control subjects (age 59.7 +/- 22.1 years). Thermal discrimination thresholds for cold and warm sensation were determined for the left foot with a two-alternative forced choice method. In both diabetic patients and in the control group cooling thresholds were smaller than warming thresholds. In diabetic patients log thermal discrimination thresholds for warmth increased 0.1 per decade (p less than 0.001), a relationship comparable to that seen in non-diabetic patients. There was no relationship between cooling thresholds and age in diabetic patients despite a significant (p less than 0.001) deterioration with age in control subjects. This difference in the influence of age on cold sensitivity was significant (p less than 0.03). Both warm and cold sensation were not related to the duration of diabetes. We conclude that assessment of warm threshold is preferred for the detection of minor disturbances of small nerve fibre function in diabetes. PMID:1825963

  12. Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Block with Botulinum Toxin Type A for Intractable Neuropathic Pain.

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    Moon, Young Eun; Choi, Jung Hyun; Park, Hue Jung; Park, Ji Hye; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2016-01-01

    Neuropathic pain includes postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN), and trigeminal neuralgia, and so on. Although various drugs have been tried to treat neuropathic pain, the effectiveness of the drugs sometimes may be limited for chronic intractable neuropathic pain, especially when they cannot be used at an adequate dose, due to undesirable severe side effects and the underlying disease itself. Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) has been known for its analgesic effect in various pain conditions. Nevertheless, there are no data of nerve block in PHN and PDN. Here, we report two patients successfully treated with ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block using BoNT-A for intractable PHN and PDN. One patient had PHN on the left upper extremity and the other patient had PDN on a lower extremity. Due to side effects of drugs, escalation of the drug dose could not be made. We injected 50 Botox units (BOTOX(®), Allergan Inc., Irvine, CA, USA) into brachial plexus and lumbar plexus, respectively, under ultrasound. Their pain was significantly decreased for about 4-5 months. Ultrasound-guided nerve block with BoNT-A may be an effective analgesic modality in a chronic intractable neuropathic pain especially when conventional treatment failed to achieve adequate pain relief. PMID:26761032

  13. Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Block with Botulinum Toxin Type A for Intractable Neuropathic Pain

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    Young Eun Moon

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Neuropathic pain includes postherpetic neuralgia (PHN, painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN, and trigeminal neuralgia, and so on. Although various drugs have been tried to treat neuropathic pain, the effectiveness of the drugs sometimes may be limited for chronic intractable neuropathic pain, especially when they cannot be used at an adequate dose, due to undesirable severe side effects and the underlying disease itself. Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A has been known for its analgesic effect in various pain conditions. Nevertheless, there are no data of nerve block in PHN and PDN. Here, we report two patients successfully treated with ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block using BoNT-A for intractable PHN and PDN. One patient had PHN on the left upper extremity and the other patient had PDN on a lower extremity. Due to side effects of drugs, escalation of the drug dose could not be made. We injected 50 Botox units (BOTOX®, Allergan Inc., Irvine, CA, USA into brachial plexus and lumbar plexus, respectively, under ultrasound. Their pain was significantly decreased for about 4–5 months. Ultrasound-guided nerve block with BoNT-A may be an effective analgesic modality in a chronic intractable neuropathic pain especially when conventional treatment failed to achieve adequate pain relief.

  14. Cutaneous blood flow in psoriasis

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    The disappearance rate of 133Xe was studied in 20 patients with psoriasis vulgaris, using an epicutaneous labeling technique in involved skin lesions or normal-appearing skin of the proximal extensor site of the forearm. Control experiments were performed in 10 normal subjects. Calculations of the cutaneous blood flow (CBF) in psoriatic skin lesions were performed using a tissue-to-blood partition coefficient for 133Xe, lambda c,pso, of 1.2 ml/100 g/min. lambda c,pso was estimated after the relative content of water, lipids, and proteins had been analyzed in psoriatic skin biopsies of 6 patients with untreated psoriasis. The mean relative content of water was markedly reduced to 23.5 +/- 1.5% (SEM), and lipids and proteins were markedly increased to 2.5 +/- 0.7% and 74.0 +/- 2.2, respectively, compared to previously published data for normal skin (water 72.5%, lipids 1%, proteins 26.5%). Mean CBF in untreated psoriatic skin was 63.5 +/- 9.0 ml/100 g/min. This was significantly higher than the mean CBF in 10 normal subjects, 6.3 +/- 0.5 ml/100 g/min (p much less than 0.0001). Mean CBF in normal-appearing skin in patients with psoriasis was 11.0 +/- 1.3 ml/100 g/min. This was significantly higher than CBF in normal subjects (p less than 0.0002)

  15. Índice tornozelo-braço em pacientes hemodialíticos Ankle-brachial index in hemodialysis patients

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    Mariane Torres Uchôa

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Apesar da elevada mortalidade dos pacientes em hemodiálise devido às doenças cardiovasculares, é incomum a realização de exames diagnósticos para doença arterial obstrutiva periférica e artérias pouco compressíveis. OBJETIVOS: Analisar a prevalência de doença arterial obstrutiva periférica e artérias pouco compressíveis em hemodialisados, comparando-os com o Grupo Controle. MÉTODOS: Tratou-se de um estudo transversal, com 78 hemodialisados e 88 pacientes que não faziam hemodiálise com, pelo menos, dois fatores de risco para doença arterial obstrutiva periférica (Grupo Controle. Para aferição da pressão arterial sistólica, utilizou-se Doppler vascular portátil e esfigmomanômetro. Esta foi aferida somente nos membros que não possuíam fístula arteriovenosa. O índice tornozelo-braço foi calculado utilizando cada artéria do membro inferior. Foram considerados normais os valores de 0,9 a 1,3. RESULTADOS: Diagnosticou-se doença arterial obstrutiva periférica e artérias pouco compressíveis em 26,9 e 30,8%, dos hemodialisados, e em 33 e 22,7%, do Grupo Controle. Nos hemodialisados, verificou-se o índice tornozelo-braço alterado em 75% dos sintomáticos (p=0,005, em 67,3% dos homens e 31% das mulheres (pINTRODUCTION: Despite the high mortality in hemodialysis patients due to cardiovascular diseases, it is unusual performing diagnostic tests for peripheral arterial disease and poorly compressible arteries. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the prevalence of peripheral arterial disease and poorly compressible arteries in hemodialysis patients, by comparing them to the Control Group. METHODS: It was a cross-sectional study with 78 hemodialysis patients and 88 non-hemodialysis patients with at least two risk factors for peripheral arterial disease (Control Group. To evaluate blood pressure, portable vascular Doppler and sphygmomanometer were used. The pressure was measured from the limb without arteriovenous fistula. The ankle-brachial index was calculated for each artery of the lower limb. It was considered normal ankle-brachial index from 0.9 to 1.3. RESULTS: We diagnosed peripheral arterial disease and poorly compressible arteries in 26.9 and 30.8% of hemodialysis patients and in 33 and 22.7% of the Control Group. In hemodialysis patients, we found abnormal ankle-brachial index in 75% of symptomatic patients (p=0.005, in 67.3% of men and 31% of women (p<0.005, in 78.6% of the elderly, 34.8% of young adults (p<0.01, and 76.9% of diabetics (p<0.005 versus nondiabetic. These patients had a higher prevalence of severe peripheral arterial disease than the Control Group. CONCLUSIONS: Abnormal ankle-brachial index was very prevalent in the groups studied; however, hemodialysis patients had more severe changes, when compared to the Control Group. Diabetes mellitus, male gender, and advanced age were important risk factors for abnormal ankle-brachial index in hemodialysis patients. The ankle-brachial index was a good method of screening for the studied changes; therefore, we suggest the routine use in the management of hemodialysis patients.

  16. Use of the novel contact heat evoked potential stimulator (CHEPS) for the assessment of small fibre neuropathy: correlations with skin flare responses and intra-epidermal nerve fibre counts

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    Chizh Boris A; Misra V Peter; Roberts Katherine M; Facer Paul; Atherton Duncan D; Bountra Chas; Anand Praveen

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Background The Contact Heat Evoked Potential Stimulator (CHEPS) rapidly stimulates cutaneous small nerve fibres, and resulting evoked potentials can be recorded from the scalp. We have studied patients with symptoms of sensory neuropathy and controls using CHEPS, and validated the findings using other objective measures of small nerve fibres i.e. the histamine-induced skin flare response and intra-epidermal fibres (IEF), and also quantitative sensory testing (QST), a subjective measu...

  17. Somatic neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) inactivation events in cutaneous neurofibromas of a single NF1 patient.

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    Emmerich, Denise; Zemojtel, Tomasz; Hecht, Jochen; Krawitz, Peter; Spielmann, Malte; Kühnisch, Jirko; Kobus, Karolina; Osswald, Monika; Heinrich, Verena; Berlien, Peter; Müller, Ute; Mautner, Victor-F; Wimmer, Katharina; Robinson, Peter N; Vingron, Martin; Tinschert, Sigrid; Mundlos, Stefan; Kolanczyk, Mateusz

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    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) (MIM#162200) is a relatively frequent genetic condition that predisposes to tumor formation. The main types of tumors occurring in NF1 patients are cutaneous and subcutaneous neurofibromas, plexiform neurofibromas, optic pathway gliomas, and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. To search for somatic mutations in cutaneous (dermal) neurofibromas, whole-exome sequencing (WES) was performed on seven spatially separated tumors and two reference tissues (blood and unaffected skin) from a single NF1 patient. Validation of WES findings was done using routine Sanger sequencing or Sequenom IPlex SNP genotyping. Exome sequencing confirmed the existence of a known familial splice-site mutation NM_000267.3:c.3113+1G>A in exon 23 of NF1 gene (HGMD ID CS951480) in blood, unaffected skin, and all tumor samples. In five out of seven analyzed tumors, we additionally detected second-hit mutations in the NF1 gene. Four of them were novel and one was previously observed. Each mutation was distinct, demonstrating the independent origin of each tumor. Only in two of seven tumors we detected an additional somatic mutation that was not associated with NF1. Our study demonstrated that somatic mutations of NF1 are likely the main drivers of cutaneous tumor formation. The study provides evidence for the rareness of single base pair level alterations in the exomes of benign NF1 cutaneous tumors. PMID:25293717

  18. Relation of brachial and digital measures of vascular function in the community: the Framingham heart study.

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    Hamburg, Naomi M; Palmisano, Joseph; Larson, Martin G; Sullivan, Lisa M; Lehman, Birgitta T; Vasan, Ramachandran S; Levy, Daniel; Mitchell, Gary F; Vita, Joseph A; Benjamin, Emelia J

    2011-03-01

    Impaired vascular function contributes to the development of clinical cardiovascular disease. The relation between vasodilator function assessed noninvasively in the brachial and digital arteries remains incompletely defined. In the Framingham Offspring, Third Generation and Omni Cohorts, we measured flow-mediated dilation (FMD; n = 7031; age 48 ± 13 years; age range, 19 to 88 years; 54% women) and peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) ratio (n = 4352; 55 ± 16 years; age range, 19 to 90 years; 51% women). Abnormal vascular function for each measure was defined by the sex-specific fifth percentile in a reference group free of conventional cardiovascular risk factors. The prevalence of abnormal FMD but not abnormal PAT ratio was higher with advancing age. In multivariable models, higher body mass index was associated with a higher prevalence of both abnormal FMD and PAT ratio. Additional correlates of abnormal FMD included increasing age and higher systolic blood pressure. In contrast, correlates of abnormal PAT ratio included lower systolic blood pressure, increasing total/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio, diabetes, smoking, and lipid-lowering medication. Whereas women had higher FMD and PAT ratios compared with men, using sex-specific reference values, women had a higher prevalence of abnormal brachial and digital vascular function. In participants who had concurrent testing (n = 1843), PAT ratio was not significantly associated with FMD in multivariable models. In this large, community-based cohort, brachial and digital measures of vascular function had differing relations with cardiovascular risk factors and were nearly uncorrelated with each other. These results suggest that FMD and PAT provide distinct information regarding vascular function in conduit versus smaller digital vessels. PMID:21263120

  19. Neurological Improvement of Injured Sciatic Nerve Following Omental Transplantation

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    Hernando RAFAEL

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available I read the article by Ozkan and colleagues(7 with interest. The authors administered intraperitoneally in rats, erythropoietin (EPO following transect and repair the sciatic nerve and observed that EPO treatment increased axonal regeneration.The functional recovery of the sciatic nerve was better during the third and fourth months after the operation than in the first weeks. Moreover,they observed that repeated EPO administration was not found more effective than single dose therapy. It seems that these results were due to a Schwann cell proliferation(2,6,10 in the transected scitatic nerve.Likewise, previous studies in rats have reported that the histological and functional recovery of the injured sciatic nerve can also be feasible after transplantation blood-derived CD 133 cells embedded in atelocollagen gel into a silicone tube(4 or following to inject nerve growth factor into the silica gel conduit(10. These above-mentioned studies were performed into rats and in sciatic nerves with acute injury. On the contrary, since December 2007,we have observed that placing omental tissue round the injured sciatic nerve, we can improve the function of the foot and leg (unpublished observation.My colleagues and I treated to a 26-year-old woman who there was underwent right sciatic nerve injury during a prosthesis at the hip, in June 13,2007.Immediately after the operation,she presented motor and sensory loss in her right lower limb, and later on, she received only rehabilitation. Personal history: At the age of 2.8 years, she suffered tonsillitis, septicemia and shortly after, arthritis in interphalangeal, knee and hip joints. She received treatment with antibiotics. Two months later, she presented pain located in both of them hips, and subsequently, difficulty to walk. During her childhood and adolescence she was attended in the Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación, in Mexico city.The axamination showed to a patient in wheelchair and in a good state of nutrition. She presented shortening of the right pelvic limb on 3 cm, and flatfoot. Hypotrophy, hypotonia and hpothermia in her leg and foot. Her motor evaluation was as follows: Toes (grade 0, foot (grade 0,leg (grade 0-1,thigh (grade 1-3 and hip (grade 4.Anesthesia in the leg and foot,and moderate hypesthesia on the cutaneous zone of the minor sciatic nerve. Indifferent plantar response Two electrodiagnostic test revealed absence of motor and sensory neuroconduction in the tibial, peroneal and major sciatic nerves. Before surgery, the patient´s status was recorded on videotape.In December 12, 2007, an omental transplantation (free omental graft with vascular microanastomosis was performed without complications.The major sciatic nerve was located through a vertical incision on the posterior surface of the right thigh, at the level its apparent origin. During the surgery we found(9 :1 fibrous tissue round the major sciatic nerve and its collateral branches; 2 several venous vessels with thrombosis, and 3 paleness and moderate hypotrophy (reduced to 75 per cent and 5 cm length at the proximal portion of the major sciatic nerve. The distal segment of the omentum was wrapped round the injured sciatic nerve. Basically we used the same surgical technique, that in patients with an ischemic leg due to complete obstruction of the femoral artery above the knee(1,5,6.Objective neurological improvement occurred beginning the second day after surgery. The temperature in the right lower limb increased, and the voluntary movement of the thigh and leg improved. Likewise during the first days the right flatfoot was corrected to its normality. During whole postoperative evolution she has received rehabilitation. Presently after 29 months of follow-up, the motor evaluation is: toes (grade 0-1, foot (grade 1-3, leg (grade 2-4,and thigh and hip (grade 5. Moreover, she present moderate hypesthesia in the leg and foot, and normal sensory in the thigh. She can walk with help of orthopedic devices on the right leg and foot.Unlike the experimental observations in rats(2,4,7,10, we believe that our results were due to three factors. First, surgical liberation of the sciatic nerve; Second, functional recovery of axons in the residual sciatic nerve ,and Third, because of axonal regeneration(2-4,9.Neurological improvement of their thermoregulatory, sensory and motor mechanisms was better during the first days or weeks after surgery than in the following months or years. A result similar to previous observations into patients with chronic injury in the spinal cord(8 and optic chiasma(9.So therefore, our results indicate that axons in ischemia and ischemic penumbra in the residual sciatic nerve can improve if circulation is restituted through the omentum, and later on, because of oxonal regeneration(2,3,7,8. Because the omentum promotes the neoformation of blood vessels (angiogenesis since the 6 hours after the surgery and, through omental penetrating neovessels in the injured sciatic nerve, it receive an increase in blood flow, oxygen, neurotrophic factors, neurotransmitters, adipocytokines and omental stem cells(3,8-10.Thus, we believe that our neurosurgical technique provided from the first, a revascularization to the ischemic sciatic nerve and later on, adult mesenchymal stem cells for differentiating into multiple cell types including Schwann cell proliferation. These results , as well as the functional recovery of the ischemic optic chiasma(9 confirms that placing omentum directly on or round the injured nervous tissue can lead to neurological improvement. Likewise, based in these observations, I think that an omental transplantation on the anterior and lateral surface of the medulla oblongata, it could improve the function of the ischemic pyramids due to atherosclerosis in the V4 segments of the vertebral arteries.In conclusion, these experimental and clinical observations indicate that is feasible improve the function of axons into the injured nervous trunks such as sciatic nerves and braquial plexus after an omental transplantation. Moreover, the amount of adherent scar in the omental-nervous tissue interface is minimal or absent.Received by: 29 April 2010Accepted: 07 June 2010

  20. A Soldier with Lateral Antebrachial Cutaneous Neuropathy: Malingering or Fact?

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    Necmettin Y?ld?z

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Compression of the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve (LACN is a rarely recognized but clearly definable syndrome. It should be taken into account in the differential diagnosis in the context of soldiers who are suspected of avoiding military duties by assuming the sick role. In this report, we describe a 23-year-old soldier who presented with avoidance of elbow extension due to a burning pain in the right forearm induced by extension. LACN neuropathy, which occurred after physical training including palm-away pull ups in the military camp and was initially suspected to be malingering, was later diagnosed according to the clinical and electrodiagnostic findings. People who are accused of malingering in military settings should be examined carefully also concerning the training-related injuries of the peripheral nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Especially for patients complaining of forearm pain that leads to inability to extend the elbow, LACN neuropathy should be considered in the differential diagnosis and confirmed by electrophysiological examination.Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2010;56:145-7.