MR images of extremities confirmed severe muscle wasting, increased oedema and the absence of an ongoing active inflammatory response in proximal and distal lower extremity muscles. EMG and ENeG findings were complex showing combined myogenic and neurogenic changes. Only mild changes were observed in the arms, such as F-latencies
at or slightly above the upper normal limit, mild decrease in compound muscle action potential (CMAP) amplitudes, and sensory nerve conduction velocities at or slightly below the normal limit in the median and ulnar nerves bilaterally. There were no signs of neuromuscular transmission failure upon repetitive 3 and 20 Hz supramaximal ulnar nerve stimulation and abductor digiti Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical minimi muscle CMAP recordings. More severe neuropathic changes were observed in the motor Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical nerves, but not in sensory nerves, in the lower compared to upper extremities, i.e., very low CMAP amplitudes (0.2-0.4 mV) upon supramaximal stimulation of the tibial nerve bilaterally and absent CMAPs upon peroneal nerve stimulation Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical bilaterally. EMG recordings from proximal and distal arm muscles showed normal interference pattern and motor unit potential analyses, but a slight to moderate increase in spontaneous activity (fibrillation potentials and positive sharp
waves in m. biceps brachii and m. extensor digitorum communis). In the leg muscles, interference pattern analyses Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical (turns per amplitude) displayed a myopathic pattern, a significant increase in spontaneous EMG activity and pathological motor unit potentials. A combination of both myopathic (low amplitude, short and polyphasic) and neuropathic (high amplitude, long duration, polyphasic and unstable)
motor unit potentials were recorded in both distal and proximal leg muscles bilaterally (Fig. (Fig.1).1). Thus, the electrophysiological findings indicated Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical a carcinomatous neuromyopathy in proximal and distal lower extremity muscles. A muscle biopsy was taken from an affected leg muscle (m. tibialis anterior). Figure 1 Motor unit potentials recorded with concentric Cilengitide needle electrodes from an affected lower extremity muscle (m. tibialis anterior A) and an unaffected upper extremity muscle (m. biceps brachi B). Horizontal and vertical calibration bars denote 10 ms and … Controls For selleck inhibitor comparison, tibialis anterior muscle biopsy samples have been analysed from two (42 and 56 years) healthy men, a 61 year-old woman with cachexia related to malnutrition, an intensive care unit (ICU) patient with muscle wasting and a preferential myosin loss associated with acute quadriplegic myopathy (AQM) and from two though female patients with tibial anterior muscle wasting due to hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy of demyelinating (HMSN type 1; 30 years) or axonal type (HMSN type 2; 74 years).