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Sitting and lying How you sit or lie down can also help with managing spasms and stiffness and with preventing muscles from getting locked in a shortened position in the long term. Some people fnd that specially designed beds and chairs help them fnd a suitable posture. Correct positioning and support for the body when sitting or lying down can also help you avoid your skin rubbing and causing sores, and prevent aches and pains that can come from poor posture. Staying mobile Some drug treatments for spasms and stiffness can cause muscle weakness, so you may fnd that certain aids, such as sticks and walking frames, can help you stay mobile. If you and your health care team think you might beneft from these aids, it’s important to keep them informed of how you get on with it. Different aids suit different people, so if something is uncomfortable, or not quite right, there might be a more suitable alternative, or an adjustment that can be made. These treatments are known as ‘neuromuscular blocks’ (sometimes also called ‘neurolytic blocks’). The drug is injected directly into the chosen muscle, leaving it in a relaxed, lengthened position. An effective neuromuscular block will stop the muscle being stiff and prevent spasms, but it will also make the muscle unable to contract and work and as a result cause weakness. For this reason, these treatments may not be suitable for everyone, but can be helpful if spasms or stiffness are making daily activities or mobility very diffcult. Neuromuscular blocks need to be combined with physiotherapy to give the maximum relief. Side effects and precautions You should expect to notice weakness in the treated muscle. But some nerves partially re-grow, so the effects may wear off after several weeks or months. With these drugs, it can take some time to fnd the best choice for you – one that is effective without causing intolerable side effects. A combination of drugs may work, but it is always best to start with a single drug to see how that works frst. The dose you take might then be increased over time, or combined with others, if the expected results are not seen at frst. It is important to remember that when taking any of these drugs you may notice weakness. This could be a side effect or might be because reducing stiffness has left muscles less able to support you. These drugs should not be seen as an answer in themselves, but in combination with movement and physiotherapy they can be benefcial. Drug treatments for generalised spasms and stiffness Baclofen (Lioresal) 3 How is it taken? Side effects and precautions It may cause drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth and dizziness 14 Muscle Spasms and Stiffness Drug treatments for generalised spasms and stiffness Tizanidine (Zanafex) 3 How is it taken? It can reduce stiffness and spasms and may be particularly useful to treat painful night-time spasms. Because its effects last for only 3-6 hours, it can be best used around specifc times when relief from symptoms is most important, for example at bedtime. Side effects and precautions It may cause drowsiness, fatigue, dry mouth and dizziness. An anticonvulsant drug that calms overactive messages in the central nervous system that might cause spasms. They include drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, speech diffculty and lack of coordination. You should be carefully monitored for any effects on your liver, as it can cause problems for some. Side effects and precautions They may cause drowsiness and weakness but if taken at bedtime to reduce night spasms this is not usually a problem. Diazepam and clonazepam are ‘benzodiazepines’ – a type of drug that can be addictive with long-term use, so should not be taken for too long. For those with more severe spasms or stiffness, who do not gain adequate beneft from tablet medications, this can be helpful. By delivering the drug directly to the area in which it works, it can be more effective. Fitting the pump, adjusting the doses and reflling it should always be done by fully trained professionals. Potential risks include infection, movement of the device and the wrong dose being given (overdose or underdose). Phenol is injected directly into the fuid around the spinal cord (‘intrathecally’). It can be helpful for some people, to treat very severe spasms that do not respond to physiotherapy and other drug treatments. Phenol destroys the nerves that control sensation and movement, so by injecting it at a certain point around the spinal cord, it can stop spasms in the lower parts of the body. The effects of an injection can last several months and injections can be repeated if necessary. Side effects and precautions Phenol can affect any nerve in the lower spinal cord, so it can cause the legs, bladder and bowel to become very weak. It is only used where a person already has limited control of these parts of their body. While Sativex does not have an Irish licence, it is one drug containing a cannabis extract that has been researched to see if it can help with spasms, stiffness and pain. Side effects can include dizziness, sleepiness and feelings of intoxication, and the long-term safety of the drug is not yet known. Seeking it from alternative sources, where its safety is not known, is not recommended. These therapies use electrical impulses to stimulate the muscles and the nerve fbres affected by spasticity. However, like all approaches to managing spasms and stiffness, they don’t work for everyone. It can help combat ‘drop foot’ – where the muscles cannot smoothly control the foot’s actions during walking. It may be particularly useful for managing the pain of spasms at night, especially if these spasms disrupt sleep. Before beginning any complementary therapy, it is sensible to consult your doctor. Some therapies may interact with medications, or might even do more harm than good. If you do decide to use a complementary therapy, wherever possible use practitioners who are registered with a nationally recognised body. Surgery for severe spasms Occasionally, surgery can help restore movement and posture, or can be used to relieve severe, ongoing spasms. This kind of surgery can sometimes restore the position of feet, ankles and hips if severe muscle stiffness has caused joints to become locked. For those spending a lot of time sitting or lying down, it can help prevent further complications, such as pressure sores. Orthopaedic surgery is more likely to bring benefts if stiffness is managed – with physiotherapy or drug treatments, for example – to guard against similar problems coming back in the future. This book includes exercises and information about positioning that might be helpful in managing spasms. 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In line with the intended research in children with growth failure, we will try to answer the question whether an additional diagnostic workup for Marfan and Klinefelter syndrome would be indicated in a large cohort of children with suspected overgrowth disorders without any clues for a specifc diagnosis, compared to only assessing the child’s bone age, in addition to a proper medical history and physical examination. Recently, a working group, consisting of paediatricians and paediatric endocrinolo gists, researchers, public health care workers and representatives of patient associa tions, has been composed, which submitted a grant proposal to carry out the above mentioned research in children with suspected growth disorders in the near future. In four patients we found a genetic abnormality that is likely to contribute to their restricted growth. In most of the remaining patients, abnor malities were found that could potentially infuence fetal growth, including sequence variants and methylation disturbances, but its causality remains to be investigated further. Our results confrm that intrauterine growth is infuenced by the function of a large number of genes and different genetic mechanisms [10, 11]. Furthermore, it shows the absence of a unifying theme explaining the dysregulation of fetal growth. For other indications, like intellectual disability, chromosomal microarrays are the frst line diagnostic tool [12]. Furthermore, a thorough analysis of the patients’ family and their genetic variants and phenotypes as well as follow-up data could give more direction towards the possible underlying condition and could narrow down the diagnostic workup. Another, more complex issue is the implementation of epigenetic diagnostic strategies, for example with genome-wide methylation arrays. At this stage, our opinion is that its analysis and interpretation is too complex for clinical applications. Furthermore, we would need expression data to interpret the meaning of epigenetic alterations at gene expression level. It will remain a challenge in the future to functionally study all these genetic and 8 epigenetic fndings and to study their interactions. For now, diagnostic testing in a clinical setting for epigenetic disorders should be limited to known disorders with a characteristic phenotype, such as Silver-Russel syndrome. Furthermore, we had no access to clinical follow-up data and were unable to evaluate the patients and their parents at a later age to confrm the phenotype. Based on our results and previous research, it is known that regulation of fetal growth is polygenic in most patients and can be explained by an interaction between the various genetic abnormalities. Such pathogenic mechanisms are extremely complex [13, 14] and separate studies in each patient to evaluate this in detail should be part future research. Additionally, functional analyses are required and will be conducted to prove the role of the observed variants in fetal growth. In one patient in which treatment was started at an early age, also a decrease in weight and improved body composition was found. Furthermore, both treated girls experienced improved muscle strength, and no side-effects were reported. In the patient that could not be treated, growth remained far below average with an expected adult height of 135 cm, while weight continuously increased. We would like to prospectively document the effects of growth hormone treatment in such larger cohort and evaluate treatment in patients that are currently treated or have been treated previously. By performing a larger, international study we will be able to determine detailed effectivity, the optimal age to start treatment, most appropriate dos 8 age and possible side-effects. Quality of Life Being short can cause psychosocial problems, and previous research has shown that these problems occur more frequently in medically referred short children [20]. Little is known about self-perceived psychosocial functioning of short children and few in Summary and General Discussion 149 struments are available assessing perceptions of being short according to children and their parents [20]. Therefore, a valid tool to evaluate the quality of life (QoL) of short children, from both the child’s and parents’ perspectives is needed. It focuses of the following items: physical, emotional, coping, treatment, beliefs, future and the effects on the parents. Our results show a good reliability based on its internal consistency, consistency between the initial test and re-test and the congruency between children and parents. Previous studies regarding QoL in short stature recommended to use a disorder-specifc questionnaire to measure QoL in short children treated with growth hormone [23, 24] instead of general QoL measures. To our knowledge, experience with this questionnaire is limited and the questionnaire was only translated into three languages, making cross-cultural comparisons diffcult [26]. First, it is an accessible tool for children and their parents to express thoughts and feelings regarding being short. Additionally, it will inform the doctor about how short children experience their height and possible as sociated problems, enabling him or her to offer appropriate counselling. Furthermore, it is interesting that some children with short stature develop psychosocial problems while others don’t, possibly depending on factors like the severity of short stature and coping strategies [29]. We would be interested in performing a QoL study in short children treated with growth hormone, compared to children receiving psychological interventions aimed at accepting and coping with their stature. General Conclusion In this thesis we have discussed various aspects of human growth, including its aetiol ogy, growth monitoring, diagnostic workup, treatment and quality of life. We have taken a step further in expanding the knowledge of growth disorders and treatment strategies and provide suggestions for future research. We acknowledge and underline the importance of growth monitoring in public and paediatric healthcare and would recommend to focus on each of the three main growth indicators (height, distance to target height and height velocity) using current evidence-based guidelines such as the Finnish and Dutch as a guide, in combi nation with a proper medical history and physical examination. The medical profession needs guidelines that are based on thorough and reliable research, but the clinician Summary and General Discussion 151 must never stop thinking for him or herself: guidelines are made to guide, but the most valuable guide for an individual medical assessment is the child itself. Future research should, according to us, therefore focus less on establishing optimal criteria and more on the utility of performing additional investigations in children referred because of a suspected growth disorder and without clues for a specifc diagnosis. Given the generally limited knowledge of genetic disorders by primary health physicians and paediatricians, and the minor role of the clinical geneticist in this workup, we want to emphasize the importance of genetic diagnostics and its rapid developments. Maybe one day, the clinician may be able to offer every child with a dis turbed growth pattern a whole genome sequence, as well as a genome-wide epigenetic assay. However, one should always have a keen eye for the ethical issues that always will go along with this. To conclude, in this entire diagnostic process, one has to make sure that severe dis orders and disorders that require treatment are uncovered, but at the same time one should attempt to prevent medicalisation or stigmatisation of every short or tall child. What would our world look like if everybody had the same height, the same eye colour, or the same face shape? We believe that this variation, within certain limits, is what makes every human being unique and interesting. By accepting and valuing this and by passing this belief on to the next generation, quality of life of children with non pathogenic short and tall stature could be increased without the interference of growth hormone treatment or height reduction surgery. Methylation quantitative Developing evidence-based guidelines for referral for trait locus analysis of osteoarthritis links epigenetics short stature. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 2011;1:77 manifestations in Marfan syndrome. Accuracy of fnal height prediction and effect of for recombinant human growth hormone therapy growth-reductive therapy in 362 constitutionally tall in Prader-Willi syndrome. Justino A, Dias P, Joao Pina M, Sousa S, Cirnes L, up with idiopathic short stature: psychosocial Berta Sousa A, et al. Am J Hum of life in short children born small for gestational Genet 2010;86(5):749-64. Quality of life in adolescents born small for gestational age: does growth hormone make a difference? Assess ment of health-related quality of life and patient satisfaction in children and adolescents with growth hormone defciency or idiopathic short stature part 1: a critical evaluation of available tools. Quality of life in children and adolescents with growth hormone defciency: association with growth hormone treatment. Coming Up Short: Risks of Bias in Assessing Psychological Outcomes in Growth Hormone Therapy for Short Stature. Why do some children of short stature develop psychologically well while others have problems? Groeimonitoring Het eerste deel van dit proefschrift richt zich op richtlijnen voor verwijzing en diag nostisch onderzoek van kinderen met groeistoornissen, voor zowel kinderen met een kleine als een grote lengte.

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For example, if a Macrophage-mediated stripping of myelin also occurs, patient has motor and sensory features in four extrem mediated by antibody and complement deposition on 3,94 ities, imaging of the cervical cord may be appropriate. Demyelination a patient only has clinical features in the lower extrem may occur throughout the length of the nerve, especially ities, imaging more caudally may be indicated. Imaging of spine or cauda cord compression, infarct) equina is often indicated to exclude spinal cord or cauda equina structural lesion. Nausea, vomiting, constipation, diplopia, ophthalmoplegia, ptosis, blurring of vision, dysphagia, dysarthria, urinary retention. Rapidly progressive lower extremity weakness and pain (sparing upper extremities). Myopathic and/or axonal neuropathic and polyneuropathy features on electrodiagnostic testing. The extent of macrophage-mediated axonal 250 mL/kg were exchanged over 7 to 10 days. Citrate infused product as a replacement fluid, thereby reducing risk of 129–131 for anticoagulation or as part of fresh-frozen plasma may infection or allergic reaction. Symptoms of therapy removes Ig from the circulation without need for hypocalcemia include paresthesias, muscle cramps, and, replacement with albumin or fresh-frozen plasma be 121 in severe cases, cardiac arrhythmias. There was also no difference ob 7,8,107 myocardial infarction, vomiting, and meningismus. However, this on ongoing demyelination caused by an active auto 134 is a rare complication occurring most frequently in immune process. Intravenous methylprednisolone alone tions have been published, and it is unknown does not produce significant benefit or harm. A Diligent supportive care is essential to minimizing risk of summated pulmonary function ratio (day 12 score divided 21,23 mortality. Supportive care consensus guidelines have by score day before intubation) greater than 1. 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Subcuta tension may be followed by hypotension or even sudden neous fractionated or unfractionated heparin and sup 32 death. These recommendations are based on the evi blood pressures with hypotension following hyperten dence that subcutaneous heparin (5000 U every 12 34 sion. If the hypertension is severe and sustained, hours) or enoxaparin (40 mg every day) reduces the specific therapy may be necessary. Maintenance of intravascular volume and avoidance of diuretics and other drugs that lower blood pressure, whenever possible, are important measures to minimize Pain Management 4,17,19,20,23 hypotension. Urinary retention is likely sec tensity correlated poorly with degree of disability. Upper gastro tention so clinicians should carefully monitor for these 23,36 156 intestinal ileus may manifest as abdominal distention, side effects. Other acute phase of worsening motor strength or later during adjuvant therapy. Acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflamma hypertension), and is presumed to occur on the basis of tory agents can also be tried as first-line treatment but are 19 autoimmune damage of the parasympathetic vagal nerve often not very effective. Of patients who that they were not yet back to baseline and were still 163 need inpatient rehabilitation, prior requirement for me improving. Many of the same issues that arise during the during the 3 to 6-year follow-up period, almost half the hospital stay remain during the inpatient rehabilitation patients from this cohort reported an inability to function stay. One fifth of patients still noticed 162 for complications secondary to weakness and immobili improvement occurring 2. The majority of compression neuropathy), and psychosocial concerns adult patients resume work but approximately one third. Muscle weakness may be associated of patients either take a less demanding job or ultimately 162,163,166,171 with muscle shortening and joint contractures, compli don’t return to work. In addition to electro cations that may be prevented by daily range-of-motion physiological characteristics, age, rapid progression, and 158 exercises. Appropriate exercise regimens are used disability at nadir are associated with long-term prog during rehabilitation to improve strength. Orthotics should be prescribed ability score (Table 2) at 2 weeks after admission, to maximize motor function. Patients and others can chance the patient won’t be walking independently at find information online using various search engines. Recovery is usually slow 5¼requiring assisted ventilation for at least part of the day and can take years. Patients and families need to be 6¼dead informed about the pace and extent of recovery to limit. 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