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  • Peripheral neuropathy  (9)
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    Virchows Archiv 432 (1998), S. 199-205 
    ISSN: 1432-2307
    Keywords: Key words Nerve biopsy ; Sural nerve ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Skin biopsy ; Fixation
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract  Peripheral nerve biopsy is now an established, valuable investigative procedure, but as it can give rise to significant residual symptoms it should only be undertaken after careful consideration of the indications and with informed consent from the patient. Nerve biopsies should only be processed and evaluated in a laboratory with the relevant particular expertise. It is generally recommended that a sural nerve biopsy be performed in combination with a muscle biopsy but not vice versa (muscle biopsies together with a nerve biopsy). Nerve biopsy is not the only means of sampling peripheral nerve tissue to study the peripheral nervous system. Examination of the innervation of the skin may be informative. The same is likely to be true for motor point muscle biopsy. Nerve biopsy is mainly used for morphology although molecular genetic techniques using fresh or archival nerve biopsies are increasingly available. Chemical analysis is undertaken mainly for research purposes.
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  • 2
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    Acta neuropathologica 83 (1992), S. 120-133 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Sural nerve ; Schmidt-Lanterman incisures ; Myelinated nerve fibers ; Peripheral neuropathy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Fine structural alterations of Schmidt-Lanterman incisures (SLI) were investigated in a series of 242 unselected sural nerve biopsies that had been examined for diagnostic purposes. The series included cases with Friedreich's ataxia, HSAN I, HMSN I-III, HMSN VI, tomaculous neuropathy, metachromatic leukodystrophy, ceroidlipofuscinosis, dysproteinemic neuropathies, and myotonic dystrophy, in addition to several neuropathies less-specifically classified as either of a predominantly demyelinating, axonal, or neuronal type. The following classification of SLI alterations is proposed: (A) abnormal inclusions: (B) changes in shape and dimension; and (C) modes of disintegration. Abnormal inclusions comprised membranous whorls, uniform and pleomorphous lysosome-like bodies, and accumulation of granular substances at the site of the major dense line, or granular deposits at the site of the intraperiod line of the myelin sheath. Variations of incisural shape and dimension included folding, dilatation, and pocket formation (compartmentalization). Disintegration at incisures comprised a fine, vesicular and a gross, vacuolar type. Various combinations of these changes were observed. The most frequent change consisted of membranous whorls, detected in SLI of 89 biopsies. They were most prominent in chloroquine neuropathy where they occurred in SLI as well as in the adaxonal and abaxonal cytoplasm of Schwann cells. Compartmentalization of the myelin sheath at incisures associated with formation of myelin loops was a frequent feature in myotonic dystrophy. It is concluded, that changes of incisural ultrastructure are sensitive indicators of human neuropathies offering clues to the type of the underlying pathomechanism.
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    Acta neuropathologica 78 (1989), S. 649-661 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Pyloric stenosis ; Myenteric plexus ; Smooth muscle ; Neuropathy ; Myopathic changes
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary The myenteric plexus and intramuscular nerve bundles in the circular muscle layer of the pylorus from 37 children with infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) obtained at pyloromyotomy were studied by light and electron microscopy and compared to six control cases without clinical evidence of IHPS. In certain IHPS cases degenerative alterations of the axons predominated. The axonal changes consisted of (1) severely increased variability of diameters with evidence of degeneration and regeneration of some axons, (2) accumulation of electron-dense bodies, lysosomes and pleomorphic membranous cytoplasmic bodies, (3) increase in the number of maloriented neurofilaments, and (4) aggregation of glycogen granules. Degenerative changes or immaturity of perikarya of neurons and glial cells in the myenteric plexus were not a significant feature. While axonal changes predominated in some IHPS cases there were severe changes of smooth muscle cells in others suggesting that a primarily neurogenic type of IHPS can be distinguished from a predominantly myogenic type. Although the etiology of the axonal changes in IHPS is not clear, it is suggested that they play an important role in the pathogenesis of pyloric stenosis and hypertrophy.
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    Acta neuropathologica 80 (1990), S. 295-306 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Pyloric stenosis ; Smooth muscle ; Myenteric plexus ; Visceral myopathy ; Neuropathy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Smooth muscle cell biopsies obtained at pyloromyotomy from 37 children with infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (IHPS) were studied by light and electron microscopy and compared with 6 autopsy control cases without any clinical evidence of this disorder. In cases with IHPS an apparently irregular increase in the number of smooth muscle cells by mitosis was accompanied by an increase of the endoplasmic reticulum, proliferation of mitochondria and regressive changes, such as shrinkage, swelling, necrosis and apoptosis of smooth muscle cells. Other alterations, seen in some but not all cases consisted of large numbers of unusual dense granules some of which were clearly associated with actin filaments and, therefore, regarded as derivatives of the normally occurring dense bodies. Furthermore, intermyofibrillar and subsarcolemmal glycogen accumulations, various nuclear abnormalities and pleomorphic membranous cytoplasmic or nuclear bodies occurred. While smooth muscle cell abnormalities predominated in some cases of IHPS, in others there were more severe axonal changes in the myenteric plexus. It is suggested, therefore, that a primarily myogenic type of IHPS can be distinguished from a predominantly neurogenic type.
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    Acta neuropathologica 81 (1991), S. 680-685 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Endoneurial fibroblasts ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Connective tissue disease ; Vasculitis ; Cell necrosis
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary In 42 human sural nerve biopsies degeneration of endoneurial cells was evaluated semiquantitatively at the electronmicroscopic level. These cells were of non-Schwannian origin since they were not surrounded by a basement membrane. Most of the degenerating cells resembled endoneurial fibroblasts: their remaining cytoplasmic processes were quite extensive, not finger-like as in macrophages, and their cytoplasm did not contain conspicuous lysosomes or phagolysosomes that would identify them as degenerating macrophages. Criteria for regarding these cells as degenerating were defects of the cytoplasmic surface membrane with extracellularly situated organelles. The ratio between normal and degenerating endoneurial cells in five different groups of peripheral neuropathies was compared to a group of normal controls. No degenerating endoncurial cells were found in the latter. The largest proportion of degenerating endoneurial cells was noted in patients with panarteritis nodosa (30% of the endoneurial cells evaluated). Between 9% and 18% of the evaluated endoneurial cells were seen degenerating in hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies, in neuropathies associated with IgG or IgM gammopathy, and in chronic demyelinating inflammatory polyradiculoneuropathy. These findings suggest that degeneration of endoneurial cells is a nonspecific sign of peripheral neuropathy occurring in various types of neuropathy, although vasculitis represents the most frequent cause. Thus, degeneration of endoneurial cells can be added to the growing list of changes that possibly indicate an inflammatory disorder, even during the intervening stage when apparent inflammatory cell infiltrates are lacking.
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    Acta neuropathologica 79 (1989), S. 190-199 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Amyloidosis ; Neuropathy ; Immuno-electron microscopy ; Immunoglobulin light chains ; Perpheral nerve
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Sural nerve specimens from ten patients with amyloidosis (hereditary, associated with lymphoproliferative disorders, or of unknown origin) and peripheral neuropathy were investigated by immunohistochemistry at the light and electron microscopic level. Peroxidase-antiperoxidase and immunogold techniques were applied to glutaraldehyde-fixed, osmicated and epoxy-embedded tissue. In five cases, four of which associated with lymphoproliferative disorders, amyloid deposits strongly and exclusively reacted with antibodies to kappa or lambda light chains, respectively. By electron microscopy, bundles of immunogold-labelled amyloid fibrils could be identified in coated and uncoated single membrane-bound vesicles of endoneurial macrophages. Schwann cells did not contain intracellular amyloid but their processes were entangled in amyloid fibrils and their basement membranes were sometimes fused with the fibrillar masses. It is concluded that immunoglobulin light chains in AL (amyloid of immunoglobulin light chain origin) amyloidosis precipitate, forming amyloid fibrils, in the presence of, and presumably with the assistence of, endoneurial cells. Inefficiency of phagocytosis appears to be one of the major causes for the deleterious effects of amyloid.
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  • 7
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Mitochondrial myopathies ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy ; Schwann cells ; Arterioles
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Fifteen cases of mitochondrial myopathy, three cases of hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN) VI, and 280 cases of neuropathies of different etiologies were examined by electron microscopy for the presence of mitochondrial abnormalities in the sural nerve. Altered mitochondria were found in most cases of mitochondrial myopathy, in all cases of HMSN VI, and in 25 cases out of the series of unselected neuropathies. The mitochondrial changes comprised enlargement with an amorphous matrix and distorted cristae, with hexagonal paracrystalline inclusions, and with prominent cristae containing oblique striations, and a variety of rare changes. Most mitochondrial abnormalities were found in Schwann cells. An increase of the number of mitochondria was noted in smooth muscle and endothelial cells of epineurial arterioles of two cases with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy. Neuropathy was present in all cases of mitochondrial myopathy according to morphometrical analysis. Whether neuropathy is caused directly by mitochondrial dysfunction or by other pathogenetic mechanisms remains to be determined.
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  • 8
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy ; Immunoglobulin deposits ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Sural ; nerve biopsy ; Small vessel disease
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy' (CADASIL) has recently been identified as a hereditary disorder with characteristic fine structural changes of small intracerebral arteries and arterioles. Electron microscopically there are characteristic perivascular deposits of granular electron-dense material resembling immunoglobulin deposits. The present case from a family with four affected members in three successive generations shows that similar vascular changes as described in the central nervous system are present in blood vessels of the sural nerve, although less pronounced and, therefore, affording electron microscopy for their unequivocal detection. Nevertheless it has been shown for the first time that the diagnosis of CADASIL can be verified by a sural nerve biopsy. Occasional focal accumulation of pinocytotic vesicles opposite the granular deposits suggests exocytosis as one of the possible pathomechanisms for their production.
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  • 9
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy Immunoglobulin deposits ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Sural nerve biopsy ; Small vessel disease
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy' (CADASIL) has recently been identified as a hereditary disorder with characteristic fine structural changes of small intracerebral arteries and arterioles. Electron microscopically there are characteristic perivascular deposits of granular electron-dense material resembling immunoglobulin deposits. The present case from a family with four affected members in three successive generations shows that similar vascular changes as described in the central nervous system are present in blood vessels of the sural nerve, although less pronounced and, therefore, affording electron microscopy for their unequivocal detection. Nevertheless it has been shown for the first time that the diagnosis of CADASIL can be verified by a sural nerve biopsy. Occasional focal accumulation of pinocytotic vesicles opposite the granular deposits suggests exocytosis as one of the possible pathomechanisms for their production.
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    Acta neuropathologica 72 (1986), S. 29-37 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Peripheral neuropathy ; Angiopathic neuropathy ; Vasculitis ; Smooth muscle cells ; Blood vessels
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Proliferation of epineurial capillaries and smooth muscle cells in human sural nerves has been documented. These are basically independant changes, although both can occur in the same nerve. Proliferated epineurial capillaries were seen in association with arterial stenosis or occlusion with or without granulating or granulomatous inflammatory reactions. Although non-specific they appear to be of considerable diagnostic value indicating compensatory hypervascularisation subsequent to peripheral focal ischemia. Separation and numerical increase of epineurial smooth muscle cells, on the other hand, was also recognised as a significant though non-specific alteration occurring in various inflammatory, immunogenetic, or other, non-inflammatory angiopathies. The youngest (1.3 years) and the oldest individual (104 years) studied, as well as many other documented and non-documented cases, did not show this type of change. Smooth muscle cells may survive isolated or focally separated from adjacent vessel walls in the epineurium.
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