Radicular Syndrome Darwin Amir Bgn Ilmu Penyakit Saraf Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Andalas.

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  • Radicular Syndrome Darwin Amir Bgn Ilmu Penyakit Saraf Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Andalas
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  • Peripheral Nerves and Nerve Plexuses Cervical plexus Brachial plexus C1C1 C2C2 C3C3 C4C4 C4C4 C4C4 C4C4 C4C4 T1T1 T2T2 T3T3 T4T4 T5T5 T6T6 T7T7 T8T8 T9T9 T 10 T 11 T 12 Lumbar plexus Sacral plexus L1L1 L2L2 L3L3 L4L4 L5L5 S1S1 S2S2 S3S3 S4S4 S5S5 Co 1 Phrenic nerve Axillary nerve Musculocutaneous nerve Thoracic nerves Radial nerve Ulnar nerve Median nerve Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve Genitofemoral nerve Femoral nerve Pudendal nerve Sciatic nerve
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  • See ANS lecture
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  • Radicular Syndrome Definition: a combination of changes usually seen with compromise of a spinal root within the intraspinal canal; these include neck or back pain and, in the affected root distribution dermatomal pain, parasthesia or both decreased deep tendon reflex, occasionally myotomal weakness
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  • Radicular Syndrome Arises due to compression or herniation of the nerve roots are branching of the spinal cord that transmits signals throughout the body at every level along the spine Radicular Syndrome Symptome Leads to pain and other signs like lack of sensation, tingling and a sense of weakness felt in the upper or lower regions of the body like the arms or legs
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  • Sensory-related symptomes are more prevalens as compared to motor-related symptomes, and muscular weakness is generally as indicator of the increased severity of nerve compression The nature and kind of pain could differ ranging from dulling, throbbing pain and complex to localize, and even sharp-shooting and burning sensation could be felt Radicular Syndrome Symptomes
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  • Radicular pain: Less common than somatic pain The hallmark of radiculopathy, any pathologic condition affecting the nerve roots Arises from the nerve roots or dorsal root ganglia Herniated disk is by far the most common cause
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  • Radicular pain: Lancinating or electric quality Moves in bands and usually radiates down the limbs Associated symptoms of paresthesias are very helpful determining the identity of the involved nerve root better than site of pain Symptoms of weakness and objective findings of sensory loss, weakness and reflex loss may occur
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  • Radicular pain: Inflammation is important as a pain mechanism: Phospholipase A and E, NO, TNF , other pro- inflammatory mediators are released by a herniated disk The dura surrounding the ventral and dorsal nerve root is bathed in this exudate Inflammation or prior injury to nerve root is necessary to cause compression to generate continued pain
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  • Types of peripheral nerve injury: Neurapraxia: Segmental loss of myelin coating on nerve root/nerve Weakness, but no atrophy Axonotmesis: Loss of axons and myelin but at least some supporting structures are preserved Weakness and muscle atrophy if severe Neurotmesis: Loss of axons, myelin, and complete disruption of supporting structures (transection) weakness and atrophy
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  • Dermatome Each nerve root supplies cutaneous sensation to a specific area of skin, known as a dermatome Overlaps somewhat, so wont lose All sensation, but will feel paresthesia
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  • Myotome If radicular pain sever could affect myotome Each nerve root supplies motor innervation to certain muscles, known as a myotome
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  • In the cervical spine: Nerve roots exit above their named vertebral body I.e., C7 exits below C6 and above C7-so lateral disk herniation here gets C7 In the lumbar spine: Spinal cord ends at L1 or L2 Nerve roots travel long distances then exit below their named vertebral body The lumbosacral nerve roots are susceptible to injury at multiple locations T11-L1anterior horn
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  • 1. Cervical Radiculopathy C7 most common
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  • Cervical HNP Classic presentation is to wake up with it. Usually no identifiable factor. Causes painful limitation of neck motion and symptoms corresponding to the affected nerve root(s) The majority of cervical herniated discs will catch the nerve root corresponding to the lower vertebral level. Ex: A C6/7 disc herniation will impinge upon the C7 root.
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  • Cervical HNP Just as is the case with Lumbar HNP, conservative therapy is the mainstay of treatment. Surgery indicated for those that dont improve with conservative management, or with new/progressive neurologic deficit.
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  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis (CSS) Stenosis a constriction or narrowing of a duct or passage. Cervical spinal stenosis, thus, is narrowing of the spinal canal (within which lies the cervical spinal cord). This narrowing can be from any of a multitude of causes. Usually, though, this is referring to more chronic types of processes, rather than acute or sudden ones.
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  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis (CSS) More than half of adults older than 50 yrs. Will show significant degenerative cervical spine disease on radiography (CT/MRI) (i.e., Everybody has degenerative disc disease. And probably their dogs and cats too. however, only a fraction of these patients will actually experience any type of significant neurological symptoms.
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  • CSS when it causes problems Radiculopathy from nerve root compression. The term radiculopathy refers to disease of the nerve roots; LMN signs, pain/parasethesias. Myelopathy from spinal cord compression. The term myelopathy refers to pathological changes of the spinal cord itself. Pain and sensory changes in the back of the head, neck, and shoulders.
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  • 20 2. HNP Lumbalis Clinical: Clinical: Low back pain wit associated leg symptoms Positions can induce radicular symptoms Posterolateral disc pathology most common: Area where anular fibers least protected by PLL Greatest shear forces occur with forward or lateral bend Central disc pathology: Usually with LBP only without radicular symptoms, unless a large defect is present
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  • low back pain world wide Common complaint among adults Lifetime prevalence in working population up to 80% 60% experience functional limitation or disability Second most common reason for work disability Despite advances in imaging and surgical techniques LBP prevalence and its cost are relatively unchanged
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  • intervertebral disc
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  • Internal disruption
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  • 3. Cauda Equina Syndrome Historically Bilateral sciatica Expanded to include unilateral sciatica Sudden, partial or complete loss of voluntary bladder function due to massive disc impingement on spinal nerves The frequency of daily urination is much greater than bowel evacuation, so Presently Bladder dysfunction with a decrease in perianal sensation
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  • 3. Cauda Equina Syndrome Symptoms Back pain Radicular pain Bilateral Unilateral Motor loss Sensory loss Urinary dysfunction Overflow incontinence Inability to void Inability to evacuate the bladder completely Decrease in perianal sensation
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  • 27 3. Cauda Equina Syndrome Treatment: Urgent decompression is mandatory for prevention of irreparable / irreversible bladder damage 12 hours is the maximum time prior to irreversible changes
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  • 28 4. Spondylosis Clinical: Clinical: Up to 75 % of involvement of the spine occurs at 2 levels: L5-S1 and L4-L5 Possible factors that contribute to development: Changes with maturation in: Nutrition Disc chemistry Hormones Occupational forces Progression of disc narrowing leads to degenerative changes of bony structures, especially posterior components, leading to spondylosis
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  • 29 Clinical: Progression of spondylolysis with separation Grades assigned I-IV for level of translation Most common levels are L5-S1 (70 %) and L4-L5 (25 %) May be asymptomatic, but can result in Spondylosis DDD Radiculopathy Treatment: Medication Physical Therapy Injections Surgery 5. Spondylolisthesis
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  • 30 6. Spinal Stenosis Clinical: Results from narrowing of spinal canal and / or neural foramina (CONGENITAL OR DEGENERATIVE) Most common complaint is leg pain limiting walking Neurogenic / Pseudoclaudication = pain in lower extremities with gait Relief can occur with: stopping activity sitting, stooping or bending forward Common are complaints of weakness and numbness of extremities Usually becomes symptomatic in 6th decade
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  • Back Pain Causes de-conditioning sprain/strain spondylolithesis spondylosis facet syndrome disc herniation disc bulge spinal stenosis biomechanical inflammatory infection cancer
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  • CSS - Myelopathy The goal here is to avoid missing patients who are myelopathic, because once stenosis has evolved to the point that it is compressing (and causing damage to) the spinal cord, the progression of symptoms may be variablebut it is going to progress.

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