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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659469/alloknesis-and-hyperknesis-mechanisms-assessment-methodology-and-clinical-implications-of-itch-sensitization
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Hjalte Holm Andersen, Tasuku Akiyama, Leigh Ann Nattkemper, Antoinette van Laarhoven, Jesper Elberling, Gil Yosipovitch, Lars Arendt-Nielsen
Itch and pain share numerous mechanistic similarities. Patients with chronic itch conditions (for instance atopic dermatitis or neuropathic itch), often experience symptoms such as mechanical alloknesis and hyperknesis. These dysesthesias are analoguous to the pain-associated phenomena allodynia and hyperalgesia, which are often observed, e.g., in neuropathic pain conditions. Mechanical itch dysesthesias represent abnormal sensory states (caused by neuroplastic changes) wherein considerable itch is evoked, for instance by light cutaneous stimuli such as from clothing (alloknesis), or where increased itch is perceived in response to normally itch-evoking stimuli (hyperknesis)...
April 11, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29566918/causes-pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-pruritus-in-the-mature-patient
#2
Alina Shevchenko, Rodrigo Valdes-Rodriguez, Gil Yosipovitch
Chronic itch is a common and debilitating health condition in the elderly. There are several common causes of itch in the mature population, such as skin xerosis, immunosenescence, and neuropathic changes. In addition, skin diseases, such as seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis, systemic conditions (end-stage renal disease and diabetes), or psychogenic derailments, such as depression, anxiety, and dementia, can all serve as triggers of pruritus. Polypharmacy, a common occurrence among the elderly population, may also serve as a cause of itch that may or may not be accompanied by dermatitis...
March 2018: Clinics in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422437/effect-of-cold-pack-therapy-for-management-of-burn-scar-pruritus-a-pilot-study
#3
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406291/why-do-wounds-itch
#4
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29391860/the-relationship-between-ocular-itch-ocular-pain-and-dry-eye-symptoms-an-american-ophthalmological-society-thesis
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29389746/itch-and-neuropathic-itch
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333591/differential-inhibition-of-nav1-7-and-neuropathic-pain-by-hybridoma-produced-and-recombinant-monoclonal-antibodies-that-target-nav1-7-differential-activities-of-nav1-7-targeting-monoclonal-antibodies
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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...
February 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223299/burden-of-skin-pain-in-atopic-dermatitis
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198921/research-progress-of-capsaicin-responses-to-various-pharmacological-challenges
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REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151570/a-case-report-of-refractory-notalgia-paresthetica-treated-with-lidocaine-infusions
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134656/long-term-dynamic-synaptic-reorganization-after-gabaergic-precursor-cell-transplantation-into-adult-mouse-spinal-cord
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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...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902951/brachioradial-pruritus-and-notalgia-paraesthetica-a-comparative-observational-study-of-clinical-presentation-and-morphological-pathologies
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858914/neuropathic-symptoms-of-the-ocular-surface-dryness-pain-and-itch
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730896/cannabinoid-hyperemesis-syndrome-potential-mechanisms-for-the-benefit-of-capsaicin-and-hot-water-hydrotherapy-in-treatment
#14
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...
January 2018: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701920/tlx3-function-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-is-pivotal-to-itch-and-pain-sensations
#15
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673722/involvement-of-substance-p-in-the-antinociceptive-effect-of-botulinum-toxin-type-a-evidence-from-knockout-mice
#16
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665811/small-fibre-neuropathy
#17
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556308/topical-capsaicin-8-for-the-treatment-of-neuropathic-itch-conditions
#18
H H Andersen, L Arendt-Nielsen, J Elberling
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July 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554402/rebuilding-cns-inhibitory-circuits-to-control-chronic-neuropathic-pain-and-itch
#19
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401489/chemokine-receptor-cxcr3-in-the-spinal-cord-contributes-to-chronic-itch-in-mice
#20
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...
February 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
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