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Early on, there is decreased recruitment and interference, with decreased motor unit action potential amplitudes. In 2-4 weeks, fibrillations will develop, with possible fasciculations. Over time, reinnervation will lead to polyphasic motor units.

Nerve conduction velocities and sensory studies are normal. Imaging:

Inflammation of the anterior spinal cord may be detected with MRI. Post-polio syndrome:

The diagnosis of PPS is by exclusion of other conditions and demonstration of progressive weakness over time.

Encephalitis caused by echovirus or coxsackie virus Meningitis

Guillain-Barre syndrome Motor polyneuropathies Acute transverse myelitis

Differential diagnosis




Vaccination programs have tremendously decreased the incidence of poliomyelitis in developed countries. However, rare cases are still reported in countries with good vaccine programs, frequently in isolated cultures that reject modern medical care. In countries without adequate vaccination, poliomyelitis is still common.

Once a patient has poliomyelitis, the only treatment is supportive therapy. This includes physical therapy to prevent contractures and joint ankylosis, prosthetic devices, and respiratory/swallowing therapy to minimize pulmonary complications like aspiration and atelectasis. Some clinicians recommend that patients with PPS minimize their activity, but studies suggest that exercise is beneficial for PPS, too.

Respiratory failure can be caused by central depression, weakness of the respiratory muscles, or other complications (pneumonia, edema, etc.) associated with airway obstruction. Cardiovascular collapse may also occur from infection of the brainstem. These situations require intensive care with artificial ventilation.

During the acute phase of polio paralysis, the mortality rate is fairly low (5-10%). Patients requiring ventilation during this period usually recover over a period of several months, during which the respiratory muscles become reinnervated and hypertrophic. Continued dependence on artificial ventilation is uncommon. In general, the prognosis for polio patients is good. Patients that later develop PPS will experience slowly worsening weakness. This does not usually cause increased disability or mortality, although deterioration of respiratory function is a rare possibility.

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Bulbospinal muscular atrophy (Kennedy's syndrome)

Bsma Kennedy

Bulbospinal muscular atrophy (BSMA), or Kennedy's syndrome, affects the Anatomy lower (alpha) motor neurons found in the brainstem cranial nerve motor nuclei and the anterior horns of the spinal cord. On autopsy, patients with BSMA show mild atrophy of the brainstem and spinal cord. Muscle atrophy is also present, with signs of denervation and reinnervation.

The mean onset for BSMA is 30 years (range, 15-60 years). Patients exhibit Symptoms symmetrical weakness that progresses slowly over many years, and typically do not need canes or walkers until they are in their fifties or sixties. Facial, tongue, and proximal weakness are typical at presentation. Dysphagia, dysarthria, and masseter weakness are commonly observed.

As BSMA only affects lower motor neurons, there are no upper motor neuron Signs signs. Tendon reflexes are reduced or absent. Fasciculations are common in the face (Fig. 5B). Vibratory sensation may be reduced, and patients often show a mild postural tremor. Gynecomastia occurs in 50% of patients (Fig. 5A).

BSMA is an X-l inked recessive disorder, caused by a tri-nucleotide repeat Pathogenesis expansion in the first exon of the androgen receptor gene on chromosome Xq11-12. It is unknown how disruption of the androgen receptor in this way leads to specific loss of lower motor neurons, as there are other mutations in this gene that cause testicular feminization but have no affects on motor neurons.

Diagnosis Genetic: Patients with appropriate signs and symptoms are diagnosed by positive genetic testing.

Laboratory: As muscles are chronically denervated, creatine kinase levels are elevated (up to 10-fold). A muscle biopsy is frequently performed and shows evidence of denervation.

EMG: Chronic denervation is also demonstrated by EMG.

Differential diagnosis Therapy

ALS: BSMA has no upper motor neuron signs, distinguishing it from ALS.

Currently, the only treatment is supportive care when the muscle weakness becomes problematic.



The number of CAG repeats present in the gene directly correlates with the age of onset and severity of the disease (i.e., more repeats means an earlier onset and greater severity.)

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General disease finder

This overview will help to find neuromuscular disease patterns in the different sections

Cushing's disease: steroid myopathy Adrenal dysfunction

Addison's disease: general muscle weakness

Periodic paralysis Aldosteronism

Tetanic muscles


Polyneuropathies: inflammatory, immune mediated, treatment related Myopathies: inflammatory, treatment related Neoplastic: Lymphoma (direct invasion)

Opportunistic infections: CMV, Toxoplasmosis, Cryptococcus, HSV, Candida, Varicella, Histoplasma, TBC, Aspergillus CMV polyradiculomyelopathy Herpes zoster radiculitis Syphilitic radiculopathy

Treatment related: polyneuropathy/myopathy Ddl, ddC, Foscarnet, Isoniazid Zidovudine

Polyneuropathy (distal, rarely proximal, rare ulcers) Alcoholism

Mononeuropathy-radial nerve (compression)


Acute necrotizing myopathy and myoglobinuria Chronic proximal weakness Hypokalemic paralysis Myoglobinuria

Compartment syndromes (prolonged compression)

Familial amyloid polyneuropathies Amyloid


Sensorimotor neuropathy Autonomic involvement

Apolipoprotein A-1

Polyneuropathy, painful, hearing loss

Gelsolin type V, VII and other CN Mild polyneuropathy Primary amyloidosis (AL)

Deposition of immunoglobulin light chains in tissue

Painful neuropathy Autonomic involvement Carpal tunnel syndrome Muscle amyloid Amyloidoma (trigeminal root)

Secondary or reactive amyloidosis (AA)

Chronic inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid diseases, osteomyelitis Deposition of acute phase plasma protein, serum amyloid A: polyneuropathy not significant

Anemia Cobalamin deficiency, vitamin B12 polyneuropathy

Lead poisoning polyneuropathy Thalassemia: muscle cramps, myalgia, muscle atrophy Pure red cell anemia: autoimmune disease associated with myasthenia gravis

Anesthesia Regional: Epidural or spinal anesthesia may cause cauda equina lesions


Upper extremity (70%): Mononeuropathies of brachial, radial, ulnar, or median nerves

Lower extremity (30%): Mononeuropathies of peroneal, sciatic, or femoral nerves

Cardiac bypass operations: nerve stretch, hypothermia, phrenic nerve lesions Tourniquet palsy

Neuromuscular transmission disorders induced by muscle relaxants



Axillary or femoral artery puncture (brachial plexus and femoral nerve) Brachial artery: median nerve

Cerebral angiography: femoral nerve lesions

Anorexia nervosa

Myopathy Polyneuropahty


Acute ICU steroid myopathy (status asthmaticus) Steroid myopathy

Entrapment neuropathies and compression (ulnar, peroneal nerves) Churg Strauss syndrome

Auditory nerve

Hearing loss: Refsum's disease, Cockayne Syndrome, mitochondrial disorders, vasculitis, some types of amyloidosis and hereditary neuropathies

Bone marrow transplantation


Inflammatory myopathies MG


Facial nerve lower branch Carotid surgery

Hypoglossal nerve Vagal recurrent nerve

Cranial nerves (meningeal carcinomatosis, base of the skull metastasis) Cancer

Mononeuropathies (pressure, toxic, following operations)

Radiculopathies (meningeal carcinomatosis, compression or infiltration of roots, multiple spinal metastasis), cauda equina syndrome

Polyneuropathies (treatment related and paraneoplastic, rarely infiltrative)

Myopathies: cachexia, dermatomyositis/polymyositis, necrotizing, neuromyo-


Neuromuscular transmission: MG and thymoma, LEMS and (lung) cancer

Antineoplastic treatment associated polyneuropathy:

Cisplatinum (Carboplatin, Oxaliplatin)

Podophyllin derivatives




Vinca alkaloids


Plexopathies (brachial, lumbar, sacral)

Paraneoplastic disease Cranial nerve: Optic nerve Polyneuropathies (all types) LEMS

Muscle: inflammatory and necrotizing myopathies

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