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The main purpose of this study was to characterise neuromuscular fatigue induced by 30 contractions of the knee extensor muscles evoked by electromyostimulation (EMS). Twelve healthy subjects were tested before and after a typical EMS session (frequency: 75 Hz, on-off ratio: 6.25 s on-20 s off) used for quadriceps femoris muscle strengthening. Surface(More)
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) infusions may provide clinical benefits in multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). The short delay in the clinical response to IVIg therapy is not consistent with a process of remyelination or axonal regeneration. We assessed whether or not the efficacy of IVIg(More)
Non-invasive excitability studies of motor axons in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have revealed a changing pattern of abnormal membrane properties with disease progression, but the heterogeneity of the changes has made it difficult to relate them to pathophysiology. The SOD1(G93A) mouse model of ALS displays more synchronous motoneuron(More)
Non-invasive excitability tests have been developed to appraise axonal membrane properties in peripheral nerves and are contributing to our understanding of neuropathies and neuronopathies. These techniques have been adapted to in vivo and in vitro rat models, but little data are available on mice, although mice provide more transgenic models of(More)
We used a global positioning satellite technology odometer to determine the maximum objective walking distance capacity (MOWD) of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The MOWD correlated with Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score (r(2) =0.41; P <0.0001), the MSWS-12 scale (r(2) =0.46; P <0.0001), time to walk 10 m (r(2) =0.51; P <0.02) and walking(More)
OBJECTIVE To study peripheral motor nerve excitability in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS Twenty MS patients with normal nerve conduction parameters and no predisposing factors for peripheral neuropathy were included. Compound muscle action potentials were recorded from the abductor digiti minimi muscle to paired-pulse stimulation of the(More)
Immediately after action potential occurrence, owing to transient sodium channel inactivation, axon excitability is reduced for a short period of time, including the absolute refractory period, a first period of total inexcitability, followed by the relative refractory period. There are basically two different stimulation protocols to estimate axonal(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare various techniques of stimulation and methods of analysis to estimate absolute (ARP) and relative (RRP) refractory periods in motor nerve trunks of humans. METHODS Double collision (DC) technique and two types of paired pulse (PP) technique, with test stimulation of supramaximal (PP(supra)) or submaximal (PP(sub)) intensity, were(More)
Patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) frequently complain of fatigue (53 to 92 percent depending on studies). Fatigue can be one of the most disabling symptoms of MS and presents as physical or mental fatigue in daily living activities. Besides this permanent feeling of exhaustion, MS patients can suffer from an abnormal tiredness and lack of(More)
Congenital peripheral nerve hyperexcitability (PNH) is usually associated with impaired function of voltage-gated K(+) channels (VGKCs) in neuromyotonia and demyelination in peripheral neuropathies. Schwartz-Jampel syndrome (SJS) is a form of PNH that is due to hypomorphic mutations of perlecan, the major proteoglycan of basement membranes. Schwann cell(More)