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The type of sensory disturbance gives a clue to the affected fibers 500mg glycomet otc diabetes symptoms guide. Loss of temperature and pain perception points to small fiber loss discount glycomet 500mg line blood glucose ranges for adults, whereas large fiber loss manifests itself in loss of vibration perception and position sense (Table 1). The distribution of the sensory symptoms can follow a peripheral nerve (mononeuropathy), a single root (radiculopathy) or in most polyneuropathies, a stocking glove distribution. The sensory trigeminal nerve distribution can sug- gest a lesion of a branch (e. Maps of dermatomes and peripheral nerve distributions can be used to distinguish and classify the patterns found (Fig. Transient sensory symptoms can be elicited by local pressure on a nerve, resulting in neurapraxia. In patients who have a history of repeated numbness in a mononeuropathic distribution or permanent symptoms, a hereditary neur- opathy with pressure palsy has to be considered. Some transient sensory changes are characteristic but difficult to assess, such as perioral sensations in hypocalciemia or hyperventilation. A characteristic sign of sensory neuropathy is the Tinel’s sign, which is a distally radiating sensation spreading in the direction of a percussed nerve. It is believed to be a sign of reinnervation by sensory fibers, but may also occur in a normal peripheral nerve when vigorously tapped. Quantitative sensory testing includes sensory NCV, testing of small fibers by cooling, and large fibers by vibration threshold. Burns TM, Taly A, O’Brien PC, et al (2002) Clinical versus quantitative vibration assessment References improving clinical performance. J Peripheral Nervous System 7: 112–117 Dimitrakoudis D, Bril V (2002) Comparison of sensory testing on different toe surfaces; implications for neuropathy screening. Neurology 59: 611–613 Merkies ISJ, Schmitz PIM, van der Meche FGA (2000) Reliability and responsiveness of a graduated tuning fork in immune mediated polyneuropathy. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 68: 669–671 Montagna P, Liguori R (2000) The motor Tinel’s sign: a useful sign in entrapment neurop- athyneuropathy. Muscle Nerve 23: 976–978 Sindrup SH, Gaist D, Johannsen L, et al (2001) Diagnostic yield by testing small fiber function in patients examined for polyneuropathy. Characteristics of dysesthetic and nerve trunk pain Dysesthetic pain Nerve trunk pain Symptoms Burning, raw, crawling, drawing, “electric” Aching, “knife like” Distribution Usually distal, superficial Deep Time perspective Continuous, with waxing and Often intermittent, shooting, lancinating waning Syndromes Small fiber neuropathy, causalgia Root compression, plexopathy Myalgia and pain Myalgia (muscle pain) occurs in neuromuscular diseases in several settings. It can occur at rest (polymyositis), and may be the leading symptom in polymyal- gia rheumatica. Focal muscle pain in association with exercise-induced is- chemia is observed in occlusive vascular disease. Local, often severe, pain is the hallmark of a compartment syndrome occuring after exercise or ischemia. Exercise-induced muscle pain in association with muscle cramps can be seen in metabolic disease. Neuropathic pain Neuropathic pain can result from a damaged peripheral nerve. It can be divided into dysesthetic or nerve trunk pain (Table 2). Trigeminal neuralgia, sometimes overlapping with “atypical facial “ pain are good examples of neuropathic pain. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a burning pain in the extremity associated with autonomic changes, allodynia, and trophic and motor abnor- malities. It is associatied with local osteoporosis (Sudeck’s atrophy), and the pain causes a reduced range of motion and leads to contractures. The definition and characterization of neuropathic pain has several implica- tions. Firstly, a possible cause-effect relationship, or “symptomatic” cause needs to be ruled out. Secondly, neuropathic pain needs particular treatment considerations, which include a number of drugs and different mechanisms usually not considered for nociceptive pain. Reference Chelimsky TC, Mehari E (2002) Neuropathic pain. In: Katirji B, Kaminski HJ, Preston DC, Ruff RL, Shapiro B (eds) Neuromuscular disorders. Butterworth Heinemann, Boston Ox- ford, pp 1353–1368 Autonomic findings Autonomic findings are often neglected and include orthostatic hypotension, tachyarrhythmias, ileus, urinary retention, impotence, incontinence and pupil- lary abnormalities.

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CLINICAL ASPECT The deficit most characteristic of an occlusion of the ACA is selective loss of function of the lower limb purchase 500mg glycomet mastercard diabetes diet espanol. Clinically order 500 mg glycomet visa basal diabetes definition, © 2006 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC Neurological Neuroanatomy 167 Central fissure Cingulate gyrus Corpus callosum P F Lateral ventricle Parieto-occipital fissure Middle cerebral T O Posterior a. F = Frontal lobe Md = Midbrain P = Parietal lobe Po = Pons T = Temporal lobe M = Medulla O = Occipital lobe SC = Spinal cord T = Talamus Areas supplied by: Anterior cerebral a. FIGURE 61: Blood Supply 5 — Cortical Medial Surface (photograph with overlay) © 2006 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC 168 Atlas of Functional Neutoanatomy FIGURE 62 fibrinoid necrosis. Following this there are two possibili- ties: BLOOD SUPPLY 6 • These blood vessels may occlude, causing small infarcts in the region of the internal cap- INTERNAL CAPSULE (PHOTOGRAPHIC sule. As these small infarcts resolve, they leave VIEW WITH OVERLAY) small “holes” called lacunes (lakes), which can be visualized radiographically. Hence, they are One of the most important sets of branches of the middle known as lacunar infarcts, otherwise called a cerebral artery is found within the lateral fissure (this “stroke. These are known as the striate arteries, also called lenticulostriate arteries The extent of the clinical deficit with this type of (see Figure 59B). These branches supply most of the inter- infarct depends upon its location and size in the internal nal structures of the hemispheres, including the internal capsule. A relatively small lesion may cause major motor capsule and the basal ganglia (discussed with Figure 26; and/or sensory deficits on the contralateral side. The artery begins as a branch of the at this time and their course through the internal capsule. Several small branches are given off, which supply the area of the • The other possibility is that these weakened lenticular nucleus and the internal capsule, as well as the blood vessels can rupture, leading to hemor- thalamus. The artery then emerges, after passing through rhage deep in the hemispheres. These small blood vessels are the major source of blood supply to the internal capsule and the adjacent por- Although the blood supply to the white matter of the tions of the basal ganglia (head of caudate nucleus and brain is significantly less (because of the lower metabolic putamen), as well as the thalamus (see Figure 26). Some demand), this nervous tissue is also dependent upon a of these striate arteries enter the brain through the anterior continuous supply of oxygen and glucose. A loss of blood perforated space (area) which is located where the olfac- supply to the white matter will result in the loss of the tory tract divides (see Figure 15B and Figure 79; also axons (and myelin) and, hence, interruption of the trans- shown in Figure 80B). Additional blood supply to these mission of information. This type of stroke may result in structures comes directly from small branches of the circle a more extensive clinical deficit, due to the fact that the of Willis (discussed with Figure 58). These small-caliber arteries are functionally different from the cortical (cerebral) vessels. Firstly, they are end-arter- ADDITIONAL DETAIL ies, and do not anastomose. Secondly, they react to a Choroidal arteries, branches from the circle, supply the chronic increase of blood pressure (hypertension) by a choroid plexus of the lateral venrricles. F = Frontal lobe Areas supplied by: T = Temporal lobe Anterior cerebral a. FIGURE 62: Blood Supply 6 — Internal Capsule (photograph with overlay) © 2006 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC 170 Atlas of Functional Neutoanatomy FIGURE 63 • Motor: • VA and VL, ventral anterior and ventral lat- THALAMUS eral: Fibers to these nuclei originate in the globus pallidus and substantia nigra (pars reticulata) as well as the cerebellum, and are NUCLEI AND CONNECTIONS relayed to the motor and premotor areas of the cerebral cortex, as well as the supple- The Thalamus was introduced previously in Section A (Orientation) with a schematic perspective, as well as an mentary motor cortex (see Figure 53 and Figure 57). At this stage, it is important to integrate knowledge of the thalamic nuclei with the inputs, ASSOCIATION NUCLEI both sensory and motor, and the connections (reciprocal) of these nuclei to the cerebral cortex. The limbic aspects • DM, dorsomedial nucleus: This most important will be discussed in the next section (Section D). The functional the prefrontal cortex (see Figure 77B). SPECIFIC RELAY NUCLEI • LD, lateral dorsal nucleus: The function of this nucleus is not well established. The fibers relay to the appropriate areas of the post-central gyrus, areas 1, 2, and 3, the NONSPECIFIC NUCLEI sensory homunculus. The hand, particularly the thumb, is well represented (see Figure • IL, Mid, Ret, intralaminar, midline, and retic- 33, Figure 34, and Figure 36). The tongue and lips are well • CM, centromedian nucleus: This nucleus is part represented (see Figure 35 and Figure 36). The nonspe- is the relay nucleus for the visual fibers from cific thalamic nuclei are part of the ascending reticular the ganglion cells of the retina to the calcar- activating system (ARAS), which is required for con- ine cortex.

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