Upper Motor Neuron Lesion And Lower Motor Neuron Lesion Pdf
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The strength of 12 muscle groups of the arm was measured to determine the distribution of upper motor neuron weakness in man. On the side contralateral to the causative lesion the pattern of weakness was not the same in all patients.
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- Cerebral palsy
- Upper vs. Lower Motor Neuron Lesions
A quick review of the anatomy, signs, and symptoms of what we may see in practice is a great way to keep our minds sharp and patients safe. Further examination revealed that her weakness did not follow a nerve root pattern, and she had a positive Babinski sign. Needless to say, I was very excited and could not resist testing it over again. It is so rare that we get the opportunity to actually see first hand the signs we learned about in school without having to see them on YouTube.
Ask an Expert: Is it upper or lower motor neuron disease?
The premature neonatal brain is susceptible to two main pathologies: intraventricular hemorrhage IVH and periventricular leukomalacia PVL. IVH describes bleeding from the subependymal matrix the origin of fetal brain cells into the ventricles of the brain.
The blood vessels around the ventricles develop late in the third trimester, thus preterm infants have underdeveloped periventricular blood vessels, predisposing them to increased risk of IVH. Although collateral blood flow from two arterial sources protects the area when one artery is blocked e. Since preterm and even term neonates have low cerebral blood flow, the periventricular white matter is susceptible to ischemic damage. Autoregulation of cerebral blood flow usually protects the fetal brain from hypoperfusion, however, it is limited in preterm infants due to immature vasoregulatory mechanisms and underdevelopment of arteriolar smooth muscles.
Infection and inflammation : This process involves microglial brain macrophage cell activation and cytokine release , which causes damage to a specific cell type in the developing brain called the oligodendrocyte.
The oligodendrocytes are a type of supportive brain cell that wraps around neurons to form the myelin sheath, which is essential for white matter development. Intrauterine infections activate the fetal immune system, which produces cytokines e.
Infections also activate microglial cells, which release free radicals. Premyelinating oligodendrocytes have immature defences against reactive oxygen species e. IVH is hypothesized to cause PVL because iron-rich blood causes iron-mediated conversion of hydrogen peroxide to hydroxyl radical, contributing to oxidative damage.
Excitotoxicity is a process where increased extracellular glutamate levels stimulate oligodendrocytes to increase calcium influx, which stimulates reactive oxidative species release. Glutamate is increased because hypoxia causes white matter cells to reduce reuptake of glutamate due to lack of energy to operate glutamate pumps.
Glutamate is also released from microglial cells during the inflammatory response. The clinical features of neurological disorders depend on the location of damage to the nervous system. The location of damage can be divided into upper motor neuron or lower motor neuron.
The pathology in CP is in the upper motor neurons. Severe muscle atrophy from disuse Common clinical presentations Spastic hemiplegia Affects one side of the body more than the other though both sides may be affected. Upper limb affected more than lower. Delayed walking months with a circumductive gait.
Circumductive gait : one leg is stiff and upon stepping it is rotated away from the body, and then towards it i. The stiffness in the affected leg limits flexion and the patient has to raise the pelvis to swing the leg out to lift the leg enough to clear the ground. On exam: Circumductive gait. On affected side: Growth differences of hand and thumbnail. Tiptoe walking on one side, due to increased tone in the gastrocnemius muscles.
Spasticity has a greater effect on the postural antigravity muscles, e. Unilateral ankle clonus usually. Babinski sign. Brisk deep tendon reflexes. Weakness of hand and foot dorsiflexors. Spastic diplegia Bilateral spasticity of the limbs with legs more affected than arms. First clinical signs appear around the time when the child starts to crawl.
Commando crawl : the child uses arms in a normal reciprocal manner but drags legs behind rather than using legs as well.
On exam: Spasticity of the legs. Brisk reflexes. Ankle clonus. Bilateral Babinski sign. Scissoring posture of legs when held in the air supported by the axillae due to spasticity in the hip adductor muscles. Tiptoe walking. Atrophy and impaired growth of legs in severe cases. Strongly associated with white matter damage in utero between weeks of gestation. Most common neuropathologic feature is PVL. Minimal risk of seizure disorder. Normal intellectual development is common, but many children still have learning disabilities.
Other deficits in sensory areas, like vision, may be present. Motor impairment to all extremities. High association with cognitive deficiencies and seizure disorders. Increased difficulty swallowing due to supranuclear bulbar palsies, which can cause the child to have aspiration pneumonias. Most common neuropathologic lesion is PVL, but may also include basal ganglia damage. On exam: Increased tone and spasticity in all limbs. Decreased spontaneous movements. Brisk reflexes and plantar extension responses.
Flexion contractures of knees and elbows commonly present in late childhood. Delay in speech and the presence of visual abnormalities are common. Athetoid extrapyramidal, dyskinetic Less common than spastic CPs. On exam: Infants are usually hypotonic with poor head control and head lag.
Variably increased tone with rigidity and dystonia with age. Upper extremities more affected than lower extremities. Feeding and speech difficulties due to affected oropharyngeal muscles. Seizure disorders are uncommon. Normal intellectual development in many patients. Most commonly associated with birth asphyxia. Neuropathologic lesions of the basal ganglia and thalamus signals are relayed by the extrapyramidal tracts are most common.
Other causes: kernicterus now rare in the Western world due to maternal blood group screening and immunization against Rh factor , metabolic genetic disorders. Diagnosis Pediatr Neurol.
Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 18E. Rosenbaum P, Rosenbloom L Cerebral Palsy. From Diagnosis to Adult Life. London: Mac Keith Press. CP is essentially a clinical diagnosis — there are no pathognomonic signs or diagnostic tests. The time for reassessment is dependent on the normal achievement of specific developmental milestones. Your feedback has been received. Our editorial team will review your comments in the next few days.
We appreciate your feedback! Thank you, Sultan Chaudhry and Eric Wong. Cerebral palsy CP is a heterogeneous group of movement disorders with various etiologies. The primary functional difficulty is in movement and posture , i. CP is associated with a permanent, non-progressive pathology that formed in utero or early infancy before years of age.
CP excludes transient disease processes. CP is often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, perception, cognition, communication, behaviour, epilepsy, and secondary musculoskeletal problems. Etiology Clin Obstet Gynecol.
Pediatr Neurol. The ratio of affected males to females is 1. There is a U-shaped association between CP and gestational age, where incidence of CP is increased in both preterm and postterm babies. The mechanism may be related to the physiological changes that trigger labour.
Parturition is hypothesized to be partially related to fetal brain maturity, as fetuses with cerebral abnormalities tend to be delivered either preterm or postterm.
Periventricular leukomalacia PVL is a condition of underdeveloped white matter in the brain surrounding the ventricles. It is the leading cause of CP in preterm infants. PVL is discussed in the Pathophysiology section below. See Pathophysiology for details. Infections Fetoplacental and uterine infection or inflammation can cause initiation of preterm labour, which can lead to CNS injury and CP.
Underdeveloped fetal brains are more susceptible to inflammation and inflammatory cytokines. These cytokines are hypothesized to be responsible for the development of PVL. Chorioamnionitis is an infection of the chorion and amnion , the two membranes surrounding the developing fetus. It is the most frequently associated maternal infection in CP. TORCHS is an acronym for perinatal infections: toxoplasmosis , other infections varicella zoster, adenovirus, enterovirus , rubella , cytomegalovirus , herpes simplex virus , syphilis.
Multiple gestation Increases the risk of antenatal complications, such as preterm labour, growth restriction, low birth weight, and death of a co-twin.
Lower motor neurons LMNs are motor neurons located in either the anterior grey column , anterior nerve roots spinal lower motor neurons or the cranial nerve nuclei of the brainstem and cranial nerves with motor function cranial nerve lower motor neurons. Lower motor neurons are classified based on the type of muscle fiber they innervate: . Glutamate released from the upper motor neurons triggers depolarization in the lower motor neurons in the anterior grey column, which in turn causes an action potential to propagate the length of the axon to the neuromuscular junction where acetylcholine is released to carry the signal across the synaptic cleft to the postsynaptic receptors of the muscle cell membrane, signaling the muscle to contract. Damage to lower motor neurons, lower motor neuron lesions LMNL cause muscle wasting atrophy , decreased strength and decreased reflexes in affected areas. These findings are in contrast to findings in upper motor neuron lesions.
Upper motor neurons are motor neurons that originate in the motor region of the cerebral cortex or the brain stem and carry motor information down to the final.
Upper vs. Lower Motor Neuron Lesions
Hypertonia and hyperreflexia are classically described responses to upper motor neuron injury. However, acute hypotonia and areflexia with motor deficit are hallmark findings after many central nervous system insults such as acute stroke and spinal shock. Historic theories to explain these contradictory findings have implicated a number of potential mechanisms mostly relying on the loss of descending corticospinal input as the underlying etiology. Unfortunately, these simple descriptions consistently fail to adequately explain the pathophysiology and connectivity leading to acute hyporeflexia and delayed hyperreflexia that result from such insult.
Join NursingCenter to get uninterrupted access to this Article. A: Upper and lower motor neurons are components of motor pathways-neural pathways that originate in the brain or brainstem and descend down the spinal cord. These pathways control posture, reflexes, muscle tone, and voluntary movements.
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