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As has been noted (see Figure 42A and Figure 42B) zovirax 200 mg line, the reticular formation is a collection of nuclei that partici- pates in a number of functions generic zovirax 800mg otc, some quite general (e generic 800 mg zovirax with visa. These nuclei of the reticular formation are also part This tract originates in the pontine reticular formation of the indirect voluntary motor pathway order 200mg zovirax free shipping, as well as non- from two nuclei: the upper one is called the oral portion voluntary motor regulation (see Section B, Part III, Intro- duction). The tract descends to the spinal cord spinal pathway, is thought to be an older pathway for the and is located in the medial region of the white matter control of movements, particularly of proximal joints and the axial musculature. Therefore, some voluntary move- (see Figure 68 and Figure 69); this pathway therefore is ments can still be performed after destruction of the cor- called the medial reticulo-spinal tract. Functionally, this pathway exerts its action on the tico-spinal pathway (discussed with Figure 45). The area in tone and reflex responsiveness are greatly influenced by the pons is known as the reticular extensor facilitatory activity in the reticular formation as part of the nonvolun- tary motor system; it is important to note that cortical area. The fibers terminate on the anterior horn cells con- input to the reticular formation is part of this regulation. This system is complementary to that from sources, including most sensory pathways (anterolateral, the lateral vestibular nucleus (see Figure 50). At this point, the focus is on the input from the cerebral cortex, from both hemi- NEUROLOGICAL NEUROANATOMY spheres. These axons form part of the “cortico-bulbar sys- The location of the tract in the brainstem is shown at cross- tem of fibers” (discussed with Figure 46). The of the various parts of the motor system and the role of tract is intermingled with others in the white matter of the the reticular formation in particular is not easy. In addition, there is the role of the reticular Lesions involving the cortico-bulbar fibers including the formation and other motor brainstem nuclei in the non- cortico-reticular fibers will be discussed with the medul- voluntary response of the organism to gravitational lary reticular formation (next illustration). In this case, the sprouting is thought to the pontine pathway, and is thus named the lateral reticulo- be of the incoming muscle afferents (called 1A spinal tract (see Figure 68 and Figure 69); some of the afferents, from the muscle spindles). The tract lies beside the lateral vestib- ulo-spinal pathway. There is experimental evidence (in animals) for both The pathway also has its greatest influence on axial mechanisms. Spasticity and hyperreflexia usually occur in musculature. This part of the reticular formation is func- the same patient. Another feature accompanying hyperre- tionally the reticular extensor inhibitory area, opposite to flexia is clonus. This can be elicited by grasping the foot that of the pontine reticular formation. This area depends and jerking the ankle upward; in a person with hyperre- for its normal activity on influences coming from the flexia, the response is a short burst of flexion-extension cerebral cortex. NEUROLOGICAL NEUROANATOMY Lesions involving parts of the motor areas of the cere- bral cortex, large lesions of the white matter of the hemi- The location of the tract in the brainstem is shown at the spheres or of the posterior limb of the internal capsule, cross-sectional levels of the mid-pons, the lower pons, the and certain lesions of the upper brainstem all may lead to mid-medulla, and cervical and lumbar spinal cord levels, a similar clinical state in which a patient is paralyzed or intermingled with other tracts in the white matter of the has marked weakness, with spasticity and hyperreflexia spinal cord (see Figure 68 and Figure 69). The cortico-spinal tract CLINICAL ASPECT: SPASTICITY would also be involved in most of these lesions, with loss of voluntary motor control, and with the appearance of A lesion destroying the cortico-bulbar fibers, an upper the Babinski sign in most cases immediately after the motor neuron lesion, results in an increase in the tone of lesion (see Introduction to this section). This increase in tone, called spasticity, the spinal cord in which all the descending motor path- tested by passive flexion and extension of a limb, is veloc- ways are disrupted, both voluntary and nonvoluntary. It is the anti-gravity muscles that are below the level of the lesion (paraplegia), bilateral spas- affected in spasticity; in humans, for reasons that are dif- ticity, and hyperreflexia (usually with clonus), a severely ficult to explain, these muscles are the flexors of the upper debilitating state. There is also an It is most important to distinguish this state from that increase in responsiveness of the stretch reflex, called seen in a Parkinsonian patient who has a change of muscle hyperreflexia, as tested using the deep tendon reflex, DTR tone called rigidity (discussed with Figure 24), with no (discussed with Figure 44), which also develops over a change in reflex responsiveness and a normal plantar period of several days. There are two hypotheses for the increase in the stretch This state should be contrasted with a lower motor (monosynaptic) reflex responsiveness: neuron lesion of the anterior horn cell, with hypotonia and hyporeflexia as well as weakness (e. The ves- TRACT tibular nuclei are found at the lower pontine level and are seen through the mid-medulla; the tract descends through- out the spinal cord, as seen at cervical and lumbar levels.

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