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Parkinson disease is a brain nerve disease accutane 5mg visa, which IAlzheimer disease causes abnormalities in movement and functioning accutane 30mg with mastercard. Dementia is the loss accutane 5mg without a prescription, usu- Alcoholism can also lead to dementia because ally progressive discount accutane 40 mg visa, of cognitive and intellectual functions effective accutane 30 mg. These vitamins are essential for proper func- neuroimaging studies that show gross cerebral cortex tion of the body and brain. Continued use of certain drugs atrophy (changes in the structure of the brain, usually in or medications such as tranquilizers, sedatives, and pain the form of shrinkage). It is important to note positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic reso- that alcoholism and over use of medications are poten- nance imaging (MRI), or computed topography (CT) tially reversible causes of dementia. These are special types of pictures that allow the The less common causes of dementia that must be brain or other internal body structures to be visualized. The thy- roid gland produces hormones that are essential for the basic functions of the body such as growth and metabo- Description lism. Sporadic Alzheimer patients brain, tumors of the brain, psychiatric abnormalities such do not have a family history of Alzheimer disease and as depression, and degenerative disorders should also be may develop the disease at any time during their adult ruled out as causes of dementia. Patients are diagnosed with sporadic Alzheimer dis- Familial Alzheimer disease accounts for approxi- ease after all other causes of dementia are excluded. Deposits of this protein in the brain are thought to interfere with another protein, which maintains nerve cell shape. Identification of several genetic mutations has led to the further subdivision of early onset disease into three categories. AD3 refers to a genetic defect in the presenilin 1 (PSEN1) gene located on chromosome 14. AD1 is a genetic defect in the Amyloid precursor protein (APP) gene located on chro- mosome 21. AD4 is a genetic defect in the presenilin 2 Diseased brain tissue from a patient with Alzheimer disease (PSEN2) gene located on chromosome 1. Late onset is two to four either affected parent has a 50% chance of transmitting times more prevalent than early onset. Alzheimer disease associated with Down syn- The gene for familial late onset Alzheimer disease drome accounts for the remaining less than one percent (AD2) has not been identified. Down syn- Because the function of the brain is already impaired in a Down syndrome patient it is difficult to determine if drome patients have three copies of chromosome number changes in outward actions are related to Down syn- 21. Brain changes that are similar to those that occur in drome or to the progression of Alzheimer disease. Alzheimer disease is the most common form of Both twins develop Alzheimer disease only one third of dementia in North America and Europe. This supports the view that something besides ease occurs most often in people over age 60 and affects genetic predisposition has an affect on whether sporadic 5% of individuals over the age of 70. Females who have the Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene on chromosome 19 have four million people in the United States are afflicted with been shown in certain cases to have an increased risk for Alzheimer disease and this number is expected to developing sporadic Alzheimer disease. A mutation in increase as the estimated life expectancy of Americans the ApoE gene has been shown to cause an increase in the increases. Due to degeneration and death of nerve cells, the affected brain is considerably smaller. Because there is indi- Signs and symptoms vidual variation in the progression of the disease, some Patients with Alzheimer disease progress at different patients may still be able to continue routine behavior rates. Progression of memory loss will vary from person and engage in a generalized type of conversation during to person. Changes in vision are fre- that they are experiencing failure in memory, a condition quently denied and only confirmed by autopsy results referred to as agnosognosia. Other patients are keenly after death that indicate destruction in the areas of the aware of their memory loss and may become anxious and brain, which process visual images. The patient can patients experience stiffening of muscles that causes their become easily confused and lost. Rationalizing with patients ence problems with comprehension and remembering the becomes very difficult at this time because they experi- names of things in their environment. They are often unable to rea- not flow smoothly when they talk and they may experi- son or demonstrate appropriate judgment.

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The mycobacteria are slow- include HIV-infected persons, immigrants from coun- growing intracellular organisms that require the admin- tries with high rates of tuberculosis, the homeless, health istration of a combination of drugs for extended periods care professionals, intravenous drug users, persons tak- to achieve effective therapy and to prevent the emer- ing immunosuppressive agents, and those in institu- gence of resistance. The risk of adverse reactions there- tional settings, such as nursing homes and correctional fore must be a major consideration in drug selection. Along with the recent increase in cases of tu- The three basic concepts in tuberculosis treatment berculosis, there is a progressive increase in multidrug- are as follows: (1) Regimens must contain multiple resistant (MDR) tuberculosis. Traditionally, antituberculosis An active tuberculosis cavity may contain as many drugs that are classified as first-line drugs are superior in as 107 to 1010 microorganisms. Most patients with tu- is readily selected out if isoniazid is given as the sole berculosis can be treated successfully with these drugs. If a second drug having a similar drug resistance Second-line drugs are more toxic and less effective, (1in 106) is combined with isoniazid, the odds that a and they are indicated only when the M. Therapy Therefore, it is vital to combine at least two antitubercu- with second-line agents may have to be prolonged be- lar agents to which the organism is susceptible. The second-line agents include cycloserine, Isoniazid is water soluble and is well absorbed when ethionamide, aminosalicylic acid, rifabutin, quinolones, administered either orally or parenterally. Isoniazid does not bind to serum proteins; it diffuses FIRST-LINE ANTITUBERCULOSIS readily into all body fluids and cells, including the DRUGS caseous tuberculous lesions. The drug is detectable in significant quantities in pleural and ascitic fluids, as well Isoniazid as in saliva and skin. The concentrations in the central nervous system (CNS) and cerebrospinal fluid are gen- Isoniazid (isonicotinic acid hydrazide, or INH) is the erally about 20% of plasma levels but may reach close most active drug for the treatment of tuberculosis to 100% in the presence of meningeal inflammation. It is a synthetic agent with Isoniazid is acetylated to acetyl isoniazid by N-acetyl- a structural similarity to that of pyridoxine. Individuals who are genetically rapid acetylators will have Mechanism of Action a higher ratio of acetyl isoniazid to isoniazid than will slow Isoniazid is active against susceptible bacteria only when acetylators. The may continue to undergo one or two divisions before slow or rapid acetylation of isoniazid is rarely important multiplication is arrested. Isoniazid can inhibit the syn- clinically, although slow inactivators tend to develop pe- thesis of mycolic acids, which are essential components of ripheral neuropathy more readily. The mycobacterial enzyme cata- azid and small amounts of unaltered drug are excreted in lase–peroxidase KatG activates the administered isoni- the urine within 24 hours of administration. The target sites for the Clinical Uses activated isoniazid action are acyl carrier protein AcpM and Kas A, a -ketoaceyl carrier protein synthetase that Isoniazid is among the safest and most active mycobac- blocks mycolic acid synthesis. It is also included in the Antimicrobial Activity first-line drug combinations for use in all types of tu- berculous infections. The minimal tuberculostatic inhibitory concen- action with no radiological or other clinical evidence of tration (MIC) of isoniazid is 0. Mycobacterium kansasii is usually suscep- tible to isoniazid, and it is included in the standard mul- Resistance tidrug treatment regimen. Risk factors for hepatitis include underlying liver therapeutic levels are achieved in all body fluids, in- disease, advanced age, pregnancy, and combination cluding cerebrospinal fluid. Early recognition and ducing its own metabolism, so its half-life can be re- prompt discontinuation of the drug is recommended to duced to 2 hours within a week of continued therapy. The deacetylated form of rifampin is active and under- Peripheral neuropathy is observed in 10 to 20% of goes biliary excretion and enterohepatic recirculation. Most of the drug is excreted into the GI tract and a Patients with underlying chronic disorders such as alco- small amount in the urine. Moderate dose adjustment is holism, malnutrition, diabetes, and AIDS are at particu- required in patients with underlying liver disease. Isoniazid promotes renal excretion of pyridoxine, treatment of all forms of pulmonary and extrapul- resulting in a relative deficiency and neuropathy. Rifampin is an alternative to iso- toxicity may range from excitability and seizures to psy- niazid in the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection. The neurotoxic effects are reversed without al- Rifampin also may be combined with an antileprosy tering the antimycobacterial action by the administra- agent for the treatment of leprosy and to protect those tion of 10 to 50 mg/day of pyridoxine.

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Genetic testing of ask the patient about family members when one of these the RET gene may also assist with diagnosis order accutane 5 mg amex. Genetic testing of the MEN1 gene and of the RET MEN1 is typically diagnosed from clinical features gene allows individuals to be diagnosed prior to the onset and from testing for parathyroid hormone (PTH) 5mg accutane with visa. An ele- of symptoms; this is often called predictive genetic test- vated PTH indicates that hyperparathyroidism is present buy generic accutane 40mg on line. It is important to note that individuals should not When an individual develops a MEN1 related symptom undergo predictive genetic testing prior to the identifica- or tumor discount 20 mg accutane amex, a complete family history should also be taken proven 30 mg accutane. Genetic testing of a If no family history of MEN1 or related problems such as family member clinically affected by the condition needs kidney stones and pepic ulcers exists and close family to be done first in order to identify the familial mutation. However, if the individual is found to have a sec- Prenatal diagnosis of unborn babies is now techni- ond symptom or tumor characteristic of MEN1, the fam- cally possible via amniocentesis or chorionic villus ily history is suggestive of MEN1, and/or close family sampling (CVS). However, prior to undergoing these members have increased serum calcium levels, then procedures, the familial mutation needs to have been MEN1 may be the correct diagnosis. An additional issue in prenatal diagnosis is As of 1998, genetic testing for the MEN1 gene has how the test result will be used with regard to continua- helped with evaluating individuals and families for tion of the pregnancy. If an individual apparently affected by MEN1 is diagnosis of MEN1 or MEN2 should confirm its avail- found to have a mutation in the MEN1 gene, then this ability prior to conception. However, as of Genetic testing is best done in consultation with a 2001, genetic testing of the MEN1 gene does not identify geneticist (a doctor specializing in genetics) and/or all mutations causing MEN1; consequently, a negative genetic counselor. Treatment and management MEN2A is typically diagnosed from clinical features and from laboratory testing of calcitonin levels. Elevated No cure or comprehensive treatment is available for calcitonin levels indicate C-cell hyperplasia and/or MTC the MEN syndromes. When an individual develops a MEN2A quences of the MEN syndromes can be symptomatically related symptom or tumor, a complete family history treated and complications may be lessened or avoided by should be taken. If they are entirely found to have a second symptom or tumor characteristic removed, the individual will need to take calcium and of MEN2A, the family history is suggestive of MEN2A, vitamin D supplements. The pancreatic tumors that and/or close family members have increased calcitonin develop may also be removed surgically or pharmacolog- levels, then MEN2A may be the correct diagnosis. As of 2001, the treatment of pan- helped with evaluating an individual and/or family for creatic tumors remains controversial as the most effective MEN2A. If an individual apparently affected by MEN2A is treatment has not been identified. Pituitary tumors that 766 GALE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GENETIC DISORDERS develop may not require treatment, but if so, medication as opposed to tumor), when replacement therapy is diffi- has often been effective. Surgery and radiation are used cult (pituitary or adrenal), or when the gland makes mul- in rare cases. Children of a parent affected by MEN1 should begin regular medical screening in childhood. It has been sug- gested that children beginning at five to 10 years of age Prognosis begin having annual measurements of serum calcium, Diagnosed early, the prognosis for the MEN condi- serum prolactin, and of the pancreatic, pituitary, and tions is reasonably good, even for MEN2B, the most dan- parathyroid hormones. Medullary thyroid cancer can radiographic imaging (ultrasound, MRI examination) of be cured when identified early. If the family history includes testing to identify family members at risk for developing family members developing symptoms of MEN1 at the conditions will hopefully lead to earlier treatment and younger than usual ages, then the children will need to improved outcomes. Resources For the three types of MEN2, the greatest concern is the development of medullary thyroid carcinoma. Treatment of MTC is by surgical removal of the thyroid and the neighboring lymph nodes, although doc- PERIODICALS tors may disagree at what stage to remove the thyroid. Annual Review of Physiology 62 After thyroidectomy, the patient will receive normal lev- (2000): 377–422. Even when surgery is performed early, metastatic spread of ORGANIZATIONS the cancer may have already occurred. University of Washing- In general, each tumor may be approached surgi- ton, Seattle. However, problems occur when the tumors are multiple, when the whole gland is involved (hyperplasia Cindy L. Hunter, MS, CGC GALE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GENETIC DISORDERS 767 dominant means that only one parent has to pass on the IMultiple lentigenes syndrome gene mutation in order for the child to be affected with the syndrome. Definition As of 2001, the specific gene mutation responsible Multiple lentigenes syndrome is a rare genetic con- for multiple lentigenes syndrome had not been identified.

To evaluate the medial meniscus discount accutane 5mg without prescription, the examiner Buckup generic 20 mg accutane fast delivery, Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System © 2004 Thieme All rights reserved 40mg accutane overnight delivery. Assessment: The test is positive when the patient reports pain with the circular motion buy discount accutane 30mg on-line. It is considered strongly positive when pain can be elicited by the circular motion alone in either the medial joint cavity (suspected lateral meniscus lesion) or the lateral joint cavity (suspected medial meniscus lesion) buy generic accutane 5 mg online. Buckup, Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System © 2004 Thieme All rights reserved. Atrophy of the vastus medialis in medial meniscus lesions is often associated with compensatory increase in muscle tone in the sartorius, which is known as the Tschaklin sign. Assessment: In osteochondritis dissecans, compression due to joint motion and the palpating finger will produce symptoms between 20° and 30° of flexion. These symptoms can then typically be reduced by externally rotating the lower leg. Note: Osteochondritis dissecans is an aseptic necrosis that arises in the subchondral bone of the articular surfaces and disrupts the overlying cartilage. In its advanced stages, separation of part of the articular cartilage and underlying bone can occur, creating an intraarticular loose body. Osteochondritis dissecans should always be considered in ado- lescents presenting with joint effusion and knee pain. Buckup, Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System © 2004 Thieme All rights reserved. Knee Ligament Stability Tests The knee is stabilized by the ligaments, menisci, the shape and congru- ency of the articular surfaces, and the musculature. The ligaments ensure functional congruency by guiding the femur and tibia and limit- ing the space between them. Knee ligament stability tests can help to identify and differentiate these instabilities. Combined rotational instability Clinical instability is divided into three degrees. Estimated joint opening or drawer of up to 5 mm is defined as 1+ (or +), 5–10 mm as 2+ (++), and over 10 mm as 3+ (or +++). Abduction and Adduction Test (Valgus and Varus Stress Test) Assesses medial and lateral knee stability. Assessment: Lateral stability is assessed in 20° of flexion and in full extension. Full extension prevents lateral opening as long as the poste- rior capsule and posterior cruciate ligament are intact, even if the medial collateral ligament is torn. Applying a valgus stress in this position evaluates the medial collateral ligament alone as the primary stabilizer. This allows the examiner to identify the nature of damage to the posteromedial capsu- lar ligaments. In 20° of flexion, the primary lateral stabilizer is the lateral collateral ligament. When testing lateral stability, the examiner assessed the degree of joint opening and the quality of the endpoint. Buckup, Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System © 2004 Thieme All rights reserved. Function Tests to Assess the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Lachman Test Procedure: The patient is supine with the knee flexed 15°–30°. The examiner holds the femur with one hand while pulling the tibia ante- riorly with the other. Assessment: The anterior cruciate ligament is damaged when mobility of the tibia with respect to the femur can be demonstrated. The end- Buckup, Clinical Tests for the Musculoskeletal System © 2004 Thieme All rights reserved. A hard endpoint within 3 mm suggests complete stability of the anterior cru- ciate, whereas one after 5 mm or more suggests relative stability of the anterior cruciate ligament, such as may be present following an earlier sprain.

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