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What does a lesion in a UMN cause?

weakness, increased tone (spasticity), hyperreflexia


What does a lesion in a LMN cause?

weakness, hypotonia, hyporeflexia, atrophy, fasciculations


What general characteristics characterize myopathies?

symmetric proximal weakness with normal sensory fxn
reflexes normal or decreased in proportion to weakness


What tests can be used to evaluate the NM system?

electrodiagnostic testing can determine which part of unit is damaged
test blood for Abs or genetic abnormalities
muscle or nerve biopsy


Injuries to the corticospinal tracts have effects where?

if above medullary pyramids - contralateral side
below - ipsilateral side


What diagnostic tests might be necessary with myopathies?

EMG, CK, aldolase, Ab with connective tissue disorders, muscle biopsy


What are general features of inflammatory myopathies?

slowly progressive symmetric proximal weakness
ocular muscles spared, but dysphagia common
may have pain or tenderness


What are distinctive features that can differentiate dermatomyositis from polymyositis?

dermato - skin rash (over eyelids, knuckles)
poly - associated w other connective tissue disorders


What are features common to dermatomyositis and polymyositis?

increased risk of cancer (dermato more)
high CK levels (>1000)
EMG w short small motor units w early recruitment


What is Gowers' manuever?

children get on hands and knees, elevate posterior,then walk hands up to legs to raise upper body
seen in Duchenne


What is myotonic dystrophy?

AD, CTG repeat on ch 19 - shows anticipation, inherited from mom = imprinting
most common in adults
facial, neck and distal extremity weakness (hatchet face = ptosis, long thin, temporal wasting)
inability to relax muscles after sustained contraction or percussion


What is facioscapulohumeral dystrophy?

can be mild and progress slowly, may develop foot drops and leg weakness, CK normal or slightly elevated, EMG shows myopathic features


What is oculopharyngeal dystrophy?

onset after 50, ptosis and dysphagia
AD, defective PABPN1 gene causes protein to clump together in muscle cell nuclei, interferes w fxn


What does the evaluation of metabolic myopathies include?

ischemic forearm exercise testing - doesn't show increase in lactate in pts w glycogen disorders


What is an example of a metabolic myopathy?

McArdle's = disorder of glycogen


What symptoms can accompany mitochondrial myopathies?

retinitis pigmentosa, cardiac conduction defects, short stature, seizures or strokes
serum and CSF lactic acid levels elevated
muscle biopsy shows ragged red fibers


What is Kearns-Sayre syndrome?

mitochondrial dz associated w progressive external opthalmoplegia, retinitis pigmentosa and heart block
unilateral ptosis becomes bilateral
lactate and pyruvate elevated


What are MELAS and MERRF?

mitochondrial ecephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, stroke
myoclonic epilepsy and ragged red fibers
mitochondrial dizs associated w myopathy


What is myasthenia gravis?

immune mediated - Abs against postsynaptic Ach receptor, usually progressive


What are conditions associated w myasthenia gravis?

thymoma, thymic hyperplasia
other autoimmune conditions


What are signs and symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

fatigue fluctuating throughout day
symptoms progress as day goes on
prolonged use of muscles worsens, rest improves
proximal muscle weakness, ocular symptoms, dysphagia
no sensory involvement


What can help diagnose myasthenia gravis?

CMAP declines in amplitude in MG w/i first 4-5 stimuli, single fiber jitter on EMG, Ab, tensilon test results in temporarily restored muscle fxn


What is Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome?

weakness due to Abs blocking voltage gated Ca channels on presynaptic side of NMJ
DTR diminished or absent, but may be elicited after brief exercise
*postexercise or postactivation facilitation of CMAPs
paraneoplastic and autoimmune forms seen


How is LEMS different than MG?

never starts w ocular involvement, MG can
LEMS more common in men, MG presents earlier in women


What other conditions are associated w LEMS?

small cell lung cancer


How do pts w peripheral neuropathy present?

distal symmetric sensory complaints first
feet first, then hands and knees
sensory and motor findings on exam
ankle reflexes absent first


What diagnostic tests should be done with peripheral neuropathies?

EMG/NCV to see if axonal or demyelinating features present
based on findings, lab tests


What is Guillain-Barre syndrome?

acute immune demyelinating polyneuropathy that causes ascending weakness over days to weeks - postinfectious targeting gangliosides
may also have back pain and paresthesias
variants have opthalmoplagia and ataxia or pure motor nerve damage
decreased DTR


peripheral neuropathies are commonly ________



What are pts with Guillain-Barre at risk for?

respiratory failure and dysautonomia as weakness ascends


What does testing in pts with Guillain-Barre show?

albuminocytological dissociation = normal WBC w elevated total protein in CSF
nerve conduction velocities slowed early on and only after >7 days do changes reflect demyelination


What is chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP)?

chronic form of Guillain-Barre - consider when pt w GBS relapses


What endocrine disorders are associated w neuropathies?

diabetes, thyroid dz


What connective tissue dzs are associated w neuropathies?



What malnutrition syndromes are associated w neuropathies?

alcoholic neuropathy, vit B12 def


What are some drugs that can cause neuropathy?

antineoplastic agents: cisplatin, vincristine
Antimicrobials: isoniazid
Antivirals: anything ending in -dine


What are examples of motor neuron dzs where there is UMN signs alone or LMN signs alone?

UMN: primary lateral sclerosis (PLS)
LMN: progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), polio (ant horn cells)


Where is there degeneration and loss of motor neuron cells in ALS?

cerebral cortex, brainstem motor nuclei, ant horn cells


What bulbar symptoms can be seen in ALS?

bulbar symptoms (LMN) due to facial, palatal or tongue weakness: slurred speech, hoarseness, dysphonia, dysphagia
psuedobulbar palsy (UMN): emotional lability


What causes ALS?

cause unknown
might be SOD1 (super oxide dismutase) or mutation on ch 9