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neuropathic itch

So Young Joo, June-Bum Kim, Yoon Soo Cho, Yong Suk Cho, Cheong Hoon Seo
PURPOSE: Pruritus, a common, chronically disabling condition is often refractory to treatment. The pruritus sensation is mediated in the spinal cord and post-burn pruritus is considered a form of neuropathic pain. We investigated cold pack therapy as a treatment modality for post-burn pruritus. METHODS: We studied 23 patients with severe pruritus scoring at least 5 on the visual analogue scale (VAS) and refractory to antihistamine and gabapentin administration. Each cold pack therapy lasted more than 20min...
February 5, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Ethan Lerner
Everyone has experienced itch. It might simply be the nuisance of a mosquito bite or a transient itch on the scalp that is relieved by a simple scratch. For wounds such as venous ulcers, itch may be present but is usually mild. For some of the 40% of people with neuropathic itch or pain that can develop and persist following mastectomy, itch can be overwhelming, intractable, not widely appreciated by the medical community, and poorly responsive to current treatment regimens. Why are some wounds in some patients itchy whereas seemingly equivalent ones in the same or other patients not? Why is the sensation of itch present in the wound itself in some cases while in the surrounding skin in others? Why are burns so frequently associated with itch? How commonly do wounds itch? Detailed answers to these questions are lacking, but this area is beginning to be explored...
January 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Anat Galor, Leslie Small, William Feuer, Roy C Levitt, Konstantinos D Sarantopoulos, Gil Yosipovitch
Purpose: To evaluate associations between sensations of ocular itch and dry eye (DE) symptoms, including ocular pain, and DE signs. Methods: A cross-sectional study of 324 patients seen in the Miami Veterans Affairs eye clinic was performed. The evaluation consisted of questionnaires regarding ocular itch, DE symptoms, descriptors of neuropathic-like ocular pain (NOP), and evoked pain sensitivity testing on the forehead and forearm, followed by a comprehensive ocular surface examination including corneal mechanical sensitivity testing...
August 2017: Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society
Junichi Hachisuka, Michael C Chiang, Sarah E Ross
Neuropathic itch is a pathological condition that is due to damage within the nervous system. This type of itch can be severe and unrelenting, which has a very negative impact on quality of life. Neuropathic itch is more common than generally appreciated because most types of neuropathic pain have a neuropathic itch counterpart. Unfortunately, much like neuropathic pain, there is a lack of effective treatments for neuropathic itch. Here, we consider the neural basis of itch and then describe how injuries within these neural circuits can lead to neuropathic itch in both animal models and human disease states...
March 2018: Pain
Sangsu Bang, Jiho Yoo, Xingrui Gong, Di Liu, Qingjian Han, Xin Luo, Wonseok Chang, Gang Chen, Sang-Taek Im, Yong Ho Kim, Judith A Strong, Ma-Zhong Zhang, Jun-Ming Zhang, Seok-Yong Lee, Ru-Rong Ji
The voltage-gated Na+ channel subtype Nav1.7 is important for pain and itch in rodents and humans. We previously showed that a Nav1.7-targeting monoclonal antibody (SVmab) reduces Na+ currents and pain and itch responses in mice. Here, we investigated whether recombinant SVmab (rSVmab) binds to and blocks Nav1.7 similar to SVmab. ELISA tests revealed that SVmab was capable of binding to Nav1.7-expressing HEK293 cells, mouse DRG neurons, human nerve tissue, and the voltage-sensor domain II of Nav1.7. In contrast, rSVmab showed no or weak binding to Nav1...
January 15, 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
Paras P Vakharia, Rishi Chopra, Ryan Sacotte, Kevin R Patel, Vivek Singam, Neha Patel, Supriya Immaneni, Takeshia White, Robert Kantor, Derek Y Hsu, Jonathan I Silverberg
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with itch, skin inflammation and barrier disruption, and scratching, all of which may be associated with skin pain. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the patient burden of skin pain in AD. METHODS: We performed a prospective dermatology practice-based study using questionnaires and evaluation by a dermatologist. RESULTS: Overall, 305 patients (age range, 13-97 years) were included in the study, with 564 encounters...
December 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Pompy Patowary, Manash Pratim Pathak, Kamaruz Zaman, P S Raju, Pronobesh Chattopadhyay
Capsaicin, a well known vanilloid, has shown evidence of an ample variety of biological effects which make it the target of extensive research ever since its identification. In spite of the fact that capsaicin causes health hazards in quite a few ways, yet, the verity cannot be ignored that capsaicin has several therapeutic implications. In patients with hypersensitive bladders, vesical instillation of 1 mM capsaicin markedly improved urinary frequency and urge incontinence. Again, administration of capsaicin favors an augmentation in lipid mobilization and a decrease in adipose tissue mass...
December 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Yaroslava Chtompel, Marzieh Eghtesadi, Grisell Vargas-Schaffer
BACKGROUND Notalgia paresthetica is a neuropathic condition that manifests as a chronic itch in the thoraco-dorsal region. It is often resistant to treatment, and specific guidelines for its management are lacking. As such, we present a treatment approach with intravenous lidocaine infusions. CASE REPORT The case involves a 50-year-old woman with spinal cord injury caused by an epidural abscess. The patient developed notalgia paresthetica and sublesional neuropathic pain following its drainage. In the course of her pain management, she was treated with intravenous lidocaine which resulted in profound relief of notalgia paresthetica...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
Ida J Llewellyn-Smith, Allan I Basbaum, João M Bráz
Transplanting embryonic precursors of GABAergic neurons from the medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) into adult mouse spinal cord ameliorates mechanical and thermal hypersensitivity in peripheral nerve injury models of neuropathic pain. Although Fos and transneuronal tracing studies strongly suggest that integration of MGE-derived neurons into host spinal cord circuits underlies recovery of function, the extent to which there is synaptic integration of the transplanted cells has not been established. Here, we used electron microscopic immunocytochemistry to assess directly integration of GFP-expressing MGE-derived neuronal precursors into dorsal horn circuitry in intact, adult mice with short- (5-6 weeks) or long-term (4-6 months) transplants...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Manuel P Pereira, Hannah Lüling, Annette Dieckhöfer, Sabine Steinke, Claudia Zeidler, Sonja Ständer
Brachioradial pruritus (BRP) and notalgia paraesthetica (NP) represent 2 of the most common neuropathic itch syndromes. A total of 58 consecutive patients presenting at the Center for Chronic Pruritus, University Hospital Münster, were analysed with regard to clinical presentation, anatomical and morphological pathologies, impairment in quality of life, and response to treatment with topical capsaicin. Patients with BRP reported stinging and burning more often than those with NP. In the BRP group structural magnetic resonance imaging abnormalities more frequently correlated with localization of the symptoms compared with in patients with NP...
January 12, 2018: Acta Dermato-venereologica
Hjalte H Andersen, Gil Yosipovitch, Anat Galor
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review aims to describe the recent findings on epidemiology, pathophysiology, and management of neuropathic symptoms of the ocular surface, with a focus on potential similarities between sensations of dry eye, pain and itch. RECENT FINDINGS: A narrative review of the literature was undertaken. Key references from research in dry eye, neuropathic symptoms of the ocular surface, ocular pain and itch, as well as general references on itch and pain neurobiology were included...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
John R Richards, Jeff M Lapoint, Guillermo Burillo-Putze
INTRODUCTION: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a clinical disorder that has become more prevalent with increasing use of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids, and which is difficult to treat. Standard antiemetics commonly fail to alleviate the severe nausea and vomiting characteristic of the syndrome. Curiously, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome patients often report dramatic relief of symptoms with hot showers and baths, and topical capsaicin. OBJECTIVES: In this review, we detail the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of capsaicin and explore possible mechanisms for its beneficial effect, including activation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 and neurohumoral regulation...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
Chengcheng Huang, Fumin Lu, Ping Li, Cheng Cao, Zijing Liu
Itch, a sensation eliciting a desire to scratch, is distinct from but not completely independent of pain. Inspiring achievements have been made in the characterization of itch-related receptors and neurotransmitters, but the molecular mechanisms controlling the development of pruriceptors remain poorly understood. Here, our RNAseq and in situ hybridization data show that the transcription factor Tlx3 is required for the expression of a majority of itch-related molecules in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG). As a result, Tlx3(F/F);Nav1...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Ivica Matak, Valéria Tékus, Kata Bölcskei, Zdravko Lacković, Zsuzsanna Helyes
The antinociceptive action of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT/A) has been demonstrated in behavioral animal studies and clinical settings. It was shown that this effect is associated with toxin activity in CNS, however, the mechanism is not fully understood. Substance P (SP) is one of the dominant neurotransmitters in primary afferent neurons transmitting pain and itch. Thus, here we examined association of SP-mediated transmission and BoNT/A antinociceptive action by employing gene knockouts. Antinociceptive activity of intraplantarly (i...
September 1, 2017: Neuroscience
Daniele Cazzato, Giuseppe Lauria
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide a review on the state-of-art of clinical features, diagnostics, genetics and treatments of small fibre neuropathy (SFN). RECENT FINDINGS: The spectrum of clinical features has been widened from the classical presentation of burning feet as length-dependent SFN to that of small fibre dysfunction and/or degeneration associated with focal, diffuse and episodic neuropathic pain syndromes. The involvement of small nerve fibres in neurodegenerative diseases has been further defined, challenging the relationship between neuropathic pain symptoms and small fibre loss...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
H H Andersen, L Arendt-Nielsen, J Elberling
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July 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Joao M Braz, Alex Etlin, Dina Juarez-Salinas, Ida J Llewellyn-Smith, Allan I Basbaum
Cell transplantation offers an attractive alternative to pharmacotherapy for the management of a host of clinical conditions. Most importantly, the transplanted cells provide a continuous, local delivery of therapeutic compounds, which avoids many of the adverse side effects associated with systemically administered drugs. Here, we describe the broad therapeutic utility of transplanting precursors of cortical inhibitory interneurons derived from the embryonic medial ganglionic eminence (MGE), in a variety of chronic pain and itch models in the mouse...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
Peng-Bo Jing, De-Li Cao, Si-Si Li, Meixuan Zhu, Xue-Qiang Bai, Xiao-Bo Wu, Yong-Jing Gao
Recent studies have shown that the chemokine receptor CXCR3 and its ligand CXCL10 in the dorsal root ganglion mediate itch in experimental allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). CXCR3 in the spinal cord also contributes to the maintenance of neuropathic pain. However, whether spinal CXCR3 is involved in acute or chronic itch remains unclear. Here, we report that Cxcr3 (-/-) mice showed normal scratching in acute itch models but reduced scratching in chronic itch models of dry skin and ACD. In contrast, both formalin-induced acute pain and complete Freund's adjuvant-induced chronic inflammatory pain were reduced in Cxcr3 (-/-) mice...
April 11, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
Gong Shuhui, Liu Jiagang, Huang Siqing, Chen Haifeng, Tang Qingrong, Zhao Bohao
INTRODUCTION: Intramedullary cavernous angioma (ICA) is a rare lesion of the spinal cord, representing only 3% - 5% of central nervous system lesions. The coexistence of trigeminal neuralgia and refractory itch is very rarely encountered in clinical practice. To our knowledge, a report of an ICA with trigeminal neuralgia and local neuropathic itch has never been published to date. Thus, we present a very interesting case of a C2 ICA. CASE PRESENTATION: A 61-year-old female presented with right facial pain for three years, which was exacerbated by accompanying cervical pain and itch for one month...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
Filippo Martinelli-Boneschi, Marina Colombi, Marco Castori, Grazia Devigili, Roberto Eleopra, Rayaz A Malik, Marco Ritelli, Nicoletta Zoppi, Chiara Dordoni, Melissa Sorosina, Paola Grammatico, Hassan Fadavi, Monique M Gerrits, Rowida Almomani, Catharina G Faber, Ingemar S J Merkies, Daniela Toniolo, Massimiliano Cocca, Claudio Doglioni, Stephen G Waxman, Sulayman D Dib-Hajj, Michela M Taiana, Jenny Sassone, Raffaella Lombardi, Daniele Cazzato, Andrea Zauli, Silvia Santoro, Margherita Marchi, Giuseppe Lauria
Itch is thought to represent the peculiar response to stimuli conveyed by somatosensory pathways shared with pain through the activation of specific neurons and receptors. It can occur in association with dermatological, systemic and neurological diseases, or be the side effect of certain drugs. However, some patients suffer from chronic idiopathic itch that is frequently ascribed to psychological distress and for which no biomarker is available to date. We investigated three multigenerational families, one of which diagnosed with joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type (JHS/EDS-HT), characterized by idiopathic chronic itch with predominantly proximal distribution...
March 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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