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Dr Hussain Azhar

A 13 years old girl Tehmina d/o Mehmood, unmarried, resident of Orangi Town, Karachi, with no known co-morbids, presented in ER with the complaints of:

Fever -------------- 1 Month Lower Limb Weakness -- 3 days

According to the patient, she was alright 1 month back, then she developed high-grade, intermittent fever, with rigors and chills. Fever spike occurred almost daily in the evening. There was no associated cough, urinary problem, shortness of breath, rash, sore-throat, change in bowel habits, severe fatigue, yellowish discoloration of sclera.

She took anti-malarials and anti-pyretics from a doctor, and the fever started to resolve. But she noticed mild to moderate pain in her Left Leg on 1st of September, followed by weakness in her Left Leg, which progressed rapidly to complete loss of power in her Left Leg.

Then she developed mild pain in her Right Leg within 12 hours of Left Leg weakness and had complete weakness in her Right Leg too, followed by urinary retention and constipation

On the day of the weakness, she was taken to a local Doctor, who gave her Inj Mecobalamin, Inj Novidat, and Tab Deltacortil 3 OD And then referred to CHK

No h/o any confusion or altered consciousness, limb weakness or numbness, double vision, pain in eye, headache, trauma to head or back, difficult in swallowing or speaking, dizziness, tinnitus, gait or balance problem, vomiting, drooping of eyelid, improvement in weakness after rest No h/o any rash, mouth ulcers, hair loss, arthralgias

Blood Transfusion 2 years back for anemia.

According to the patient, she used to feel weak,

and a local GP advised to transfuse blood. No labs available No h/o jaundice, blood loss, worms infestation, dietary preference or avoidance

No h/o weakness, visual loss, sphincter disturbance, dizziness, gait disturbance in the past

Menarche not achieved yet

Student of class 7th as well as Madrassa student Sleep disturbed ( no obvious cause) Appetite reduced No diet preferences or avoidance Constipated Foleys catheter passed due to retention

No h/o similar weakness in any family member Father died of heart trouble 5 years back Mother and 3 brothers alive and healthy

Next door neighbour had Pulmonary TB and our patient used to visit her frequently

Lower class

Young adolescent girl of average height and lean built, lying comfortably on the bed, conscious and oriented to time, place, and person. BP = 100 / 60 mmHg Pulse = 100 / min Regular RR = 18 / min T = 98.8 degree F

No evidence of anemia, jaundice, cyanosis, clubbing, dehydration, edema Thyroid not palpable Lymph nodes not enlarged JVP not raised

HMF Intact CN Intact ( Fundoscopy Normal ) Motor System in Upper limbs

Bulk , Tone, Power, Reflexes Intact in Upper

limbs Co-ordination (Finger-Nose) Intact

Bulk Normal Tone Reduced in both lower limbs Power 0/5 in both Lower Limbs ( hips, knees, ankles, and toes) Reflexes 0 /4 ( even after reinforcement) Superficial reflexes Plantars and Abdominal reflexes absent Gait CNBA Coordination CNBA

Touch Pain Temperature Pressure Vibration Joint Position Sense Proprioception


No Sensory level on the trunk

Signs of Meningeal Irritation Absent Examination of the Spine :

No swelling, gibbus, deformity, tuft of hair in

lower spine No tenderness Movements normal without any pain or limitation

Chest CVS Abdomen HEENT Skin


A young girl presented with rapid onset of bilateral complete leg weakness with urinary retention and constipation, preceded by 1 month of febrile illness. On examination, she is alert, vitally stable. She has 0/5 power in both lower limbs, with hypotonia and areflexia on DTRs and abdominal reflexes, mute plantars, but with intact sensations including perineal sensations. Rest of the examination is unremarkable

Neuropathy ( Motor and Autonomic) / GBS Cauda Equina/ Conus Medullaris Syndrome Spinal Cord Anterior Horn Cell Disorder Myelitis Multiple Scrleosis ( 1st episode)

Hb 9.8 gm% MCV 93 fl TLC 8600 / cubic mm Platelets 620,000 / cubic mm UCE, LFTs, INR WNL HBsAg , Anti HCV Ab Non-Reactive ESR 44 mm in 1st hour CXR

Asymmetric Sensorimotor Axonal Polyneuropathy more marked on Lower Limbs Sural Nerves - Unrecordable Advised to repeat NCS after one week

Glucose Protein TLC PMNs Lmphos RBC Pus cells Organism

59 mg% 41 mg% 30 / cubic mm 10% 90% 80 / cubic mm Few Nil

Abnormal signal intensity changes seen in the lower dorsal cord parenchyma, with slight dilatation Axial images reveal hyper-intense signals in the cord, with the possibility of septations Thoracic cord meninges are also hyperintense, suggestive of Arachnoiditis

Tuberculous Myelitis
as Acute Flaccid Paralysis and Sphincter disturbance with Axonal Polyneuropathy

Retrospective Localization of the Lesion D/D of Acute Flaccid Paralysis Why not a Simple Polyneuropathy? Cauda Equina vs Conus Medullaris syndromes Transverse Myelitis Diagnostic Criteria Myelitis with Polyneuropathy Neuropathy with TB

Findings are consistent with LMN lesion in Lower limbs with sparing of the Upper limbs So it can by any LMN disorder localized to Lower limbs i.e.
Anterior Horn Cells of the spinal cord Peripheral Neuropathy NMJ disorder Muscle disorder

Brainstem Stroke , Encephalitis Acute Anterior Poliomyelitis Acute Myelopathy ( Cord SOL / TM) Neuropathy ( GBS, Post-Vaccination, Diphtheria, Heavy Metals, Vasculitis, Critical Illness) NMJ disorders ( MG , LES) Muscle Disorders ( Hypokalemia, Hypophosphatemia, Inflammatory myopathy, Rhabdomyolysis, Periodic Paralyses)
Hughes RAC, Comblath DR. GBS. Lancet. 2005: 366: 1653 - 66

According to the standard teaching practices: Following features are NOT a feature of Polyneuropathy:
UMN signs Unilateral face, arm, leg signs Prominent Bowel or Bladder disturbance Sensory level Hyperventilation
( Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine 17th ed: pg 2653: t379-2 )

Although 5 10% of GBS cases have bladder involvement , this is an exception, rather than a rule Prominent bladder involvement is feature of:
Spinal cord problem ( with LMN at the level of

lesion and UMN below the level) Frontal lobe disorder ( with UMN signs in LL and behavioral, speech, gait disturbances)

Sensory Level

----- Spinal Cord Disorder

No sensory level ---- Spinal Cord disorder not excluded

Cauda Equina Vs Conus Medullaris

Conus Medullaris Cauda Equina Syndrome Syndrome Presentation Reflexes

Sudden and bilateral Gradual and unilateral Knee jerks preserved Both ankle and knee but ankle jerks jerks affected affected

Radicular pain
Low back pain

Less severe

More severe

Conus Medullaris Cauda Equina Syndrome Syndrome

Sensory symptoms and signs

Numbness tends to be more localized to perianal area; symmetrical and bilateral; sensory dissociation occurs

Numbness tends to be more localized to saddle area; asymmetrical, may be unilateral; no sensory dissociation; loss of sensation in specific dermatomes in lower extremities with numbness and paresthesia; possible numbness in pubic area, including glans penis or clitoris Asymmetric areflexic paraplegia that is more marked; fasciculations rare; atrophy more common

Motor strength

Typically symmetric, hyperreflexic distal paresis of lower limbs that is less marked; fasciculations may be present

Conus Medullaris Cauda Equina Syndrome Syndrome



Less frequent; erectile dysfunction that includes inability to have erection, inability to maintain erection, lack of sensation in pubic area (including glans penis or clitoris), and inability to ejaculate

Sphincter dysfunction

Urinary retention and Urinary retention; tends atonic anal sphincter to present late in course cause overflow urinary of disease incontinence and fecal incontinence; tend to present early in course of disease

1. Acute transverse myelitis and acute motor axonal neuropathy developed after vaccinations against seasonal and 2009 A/H1N1 influenza.
Sato N, Watanabe K, Ohta K, Tanaka H.

Intern Med. 2011;50(5):503-7. Epub 2011 Mar

2. Simultaneous transverse myelitis and acute motor axonal neuropathy in an adult.

Saidha S, Renganathan R, Spillane J, McNamara B, Fanning N, Ryan AM.

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2008 Nov;79(11):1302-3.

3. Simultaneous central and peripheral nervous system involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus.
Ilniczky S, Kamondi A, Arnyi Z, Vrallyay G, Gaal B, Szirmai I, Nagy G.

Ideggyogy Sz. 2007 Sep 30;60(9-10):398-402.

4. Concomitant transverse myelitis and acute motor axonal neuropathy in an adolescent.

Howell KB, Wanigasinghe J, Leventer RJ, Ryan MM.

Pediatr Neurol. 2007 Nov;37(5):378-81.

Such dual lower motor neuron pathology may be associated with a poorer outcome, and indicates simultaneous central and peripheral immune-mediated injury. There may be a place for combined therapy with immunoglobulin and corticosteroids in patients with transverse myelitis and inflammatory neuropathy.

The causes of peripheral neuropathy associated with tuberculosis may be: 1. Immune-mediated neuropathy 2. Direct invasion of nerves 3. Granulomas in the peripheral nerve 4. Vasculitic neuropathy 5. Compressive neuropathy 6. Meningitic reaction 7. Toxic effects of antituberculous chemotherapy.

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2002;73:769772

Neuropathy occurs as a complication of meningitis, causing spinal nerve root and cranial neuropathies (especially cranial nerves II, III, VI, VII, and VIII).

Cranial nerve involvement may result from longstanding increased intracranial pressure, direct effects of the tuberculous exudates on the nerve, and arteritis of the nerve root, within exudates, has been described.
Isolated tuberculomas in the optic nerve have been reported.

Local pressure in the nasopharynx (cranial nerves IX, X, and XI palsies), in the middle ear and mastoid (cranial nerve VII palsy and hemifacial spasm), and chest (recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy), have all been observed. Carpal tunnel syndrome may result from tuberculous tenosynovitis in the hand. The association of tuberculosis with Guillain-Barre syndrome is uncertain, although patients have been reported with both conditions coexisting. This may be a chance association.

INH induced Polyneuropathy: initially sensory, later motor with features of axonal degeneration.
This should be prevented by coadministration of pyridoxine.

Etahmbutol induced Neuropathy:

retrobulbar toxic neuropathy reversible distal sensory peripheral neuropathy,

with late motor involvement, and axonal features.

Streptomycin is vestibulotoxic, but does not cause peripheral neuropathy.

Patient has been started on

ATT with HRZE Dexamethsone

Repeat CSF after 10 days ( as advised by Prof Dr Yasmeen) Repeat NCS after 1 week (as advised by NCS department)

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