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G Legendre, L Delbos, E Hudon, N Chabbert-Buffet, S Geoffron, M Sauvan, H Fernandez, P-E Bouet, P Descamps
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this work is to evaluate the place of new treatments in the management of endometriosis outside the context of infertility. METHODS: A review of the literature was conducted by consulting Medline data until July 2017. RESULTS: Dienogest is effective compared to placebo in short term (NP2) and long term (NP4) for the treatment of painful endometriosis. In comparison with GnRH agonists, dienogest is also effective in terms of decreased pain and improved quality of life in non-operated patients (NP2) as well as for recurrence of lesions and symptomatology postoperatively (NP2)...
March 9, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Ruijun He, Min Cui, Hui Lin, Lei Zhao, Jiayu Wang, Songfeng Chen, Zengwu Shao
AIMS: Intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD) is thought to be the major cause of low back pain (LBP), which is still in lack of effective etiological treatment. Oxidative stress has been demonstrated to participate in the impairment of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs). As the most important neuroendocrine hormone in biological clock regulation, melatonin (MLT) is also featured by good antioxidant effect. In this study, we investigated the effect and mechanisms of melatonin on oxidative stress-induced damage in rat NPCs...
March 8, 2018: Life Sciences
Okihiro Onishi, Kazuya Ikoma, Ryo Oda, Tetsuro Yamazaki, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Shunji Yamada, Masaki Tanaka, Toshikazu Kubo
Although treatment protocols are available, patients experience both acute neuropathic pain and chronic neuropathic pain, hyperalgesia, and allodynia after peripheral nerve injury. The purpose of this study was to identify the brain regions activated after peripheral nerve injury using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) sequentially and assess the relevance of the imaging results using histological findings. To model peripheral nerve injury in male Sprague-Dawley rats, the right sciatic nerve was crushed using an aneurysm clip, under general anesthesia...
March 7, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Sagar Singh, Sonia Kartha, Ben A Bulka, Nicholas S Stiansen, Beth A Winkelstein
BACKGROUND: Neck pain from cervical facet loading is common and induces inflammation and upregulation of nerve growth factor (NGF) that can sensitize the joint afferents. Yet, the mechanisms by which these occur and whether afferents can be pre-conditioned by certain nonpainful stimuli are unknown. This study tested the hypothesis that a nonpainful mechanical or chemical insult predisposes a facet joint to generate pain after a later exposure to typically nonpainful distraction. METHODS: Rats were exposed to either a nonpainful distraction or an intra-articular subthreshold dose of NGF followed by a nonpainful distraction two days later...
January 31, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Markus Schlee, Florian Rathe, Claudine Bommer, Frank Bröseler, Lucy Kind
BACKGROUND: Patient reported dentin hypersensitivity [DHS] pain is a common finding linked with periodontal disease. This pilot clinical study investigates a novel therapeutic regimen using self-assembling peptide matrix [SAPM] gel (test) and compare it to the use of an 8% arginine and calcium carbonate [ACC] toothpaste (control) for treatment of DHS. METHODS: 50 patients with history of Supportive Periodontal Therapy [SPT] were enrolled in the prospective, randomized monocentric clinical study, of which 45 (test: N = 22; control: N = 23) fulfilled all the study visits...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Shigeyuki Kan, Satoru Miyauchi
Emerging evidence indicates that cortical midline structures (CMS) (which consist of the orbitomedial prefrontal cortex (OMPFC), dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (DMPFC), anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), and precuneus/posterior cingulate cortex (pC/PCC)) have a critical role in generating a model of the self. These regions also serve as hub regions for the default mode network (DMN) or salience network (SN). Furthermore, regions of the CMS overlap with pain-related regions such as the so-called "pain matrix," suggesting that pain has unique attributes compared to other sensations like vision...
March 2018: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Ji Tu, Wentian Li, Shuai Li, Wei Liu, Yukun Zhang, Xinghuo Wu, Rongjin Luo, Wenbin Hua, Kun Wang, Yu Song, Liang Kang, Wen Yang, Shuhua Yang, Cao Yang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is a pathological process that is the primary cause of low back pain and is potentially mediated by compromised stress defense. Sestrins (Sesn) promote cell survival under stress conditions and regulate AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling. Here, we investigated the expression of Sesn in normal and degraded nucleus pulposus (NP) cells and its potential roles during IDD pathogenesis...
March 2, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Franck Fajnkuchen, Denis Barritault, Audrey Giocanti-Aurégan
RATIONALE: Sjögren syndrome (SS) is frequently associated with ulcerative keratitis, which is difficult to treat due to lacrimal tear deficiency and inflammation of the ocular surface. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report the successful additive effect of a matrix regenerating agent (RGTA, Cacicol) in SS patients with severe superficial ulcerative keratitis resistant to conventional therapy. DIAGNOSES: Retrospective, noncomparative case series of patients with primary or secondary SS associated with chronic diffuse keratitis...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Chencheng Feng, Minghui Yang, Yang Zhang, Minghong Lan, Bo Huang, Huan Liu, Yue Zhou
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (IDD) is a widely recognized contributor to low back pain. Mechanical stress is a crucial etiological factor of IDD. During the process of IDD, a vicious circle is formed between abnormal mechanical stress and the damage of disc structure and function. Notably, the pathological process of IDD is mediated by the phenotypic shift of IVD cells from an extracellular matrix anabolic phenotype to a catabolic and pro-inflammatory phenotype. Therefore, the effects of mechanical stress on the initiation and progression of IDD depend on the mechanobiology of IVD cells...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Nan Xie, Nicholas Matigian, Tharindu D Vithanage, Kye Gregory, Zeyad D Nassar, Peter J Cabot, Paul Nicholas Shaw, Carl Mj Kirkpatrick, Kim-Anh Lê Cao, David Sturgess, Marie-Odile Parat
PURPOSE: To investigate the potential interplay between opioid analgesia and tumour metastasis through modulation of μ opioid receptor (MOR), Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) activation, and matrix degradation potential. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Plasma samples were collected from 60 patients undergoing elective lower limb joint replacement pre-operatively and at 3, 6 and 24 h after surgery; pain scores were documented at the same time points. Opioid administration was recorded and converted into morphine IV equivalents...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Yangyang Li, Teng Ye, Qianru Gu, Lei Dong, Guorong Chen, Shanshan Lu
RATIONALE: Primary cardiac osteosarcoma is a rare tumor. To our knowledge, only 15 cases have been reported in the literature in the past 10 years. We describe a case of primary, cardiac, fibroblastic osteosarcoma in a 42-year-old woman. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 42-year-old woman with a 10-day history of chest pain. Intraoperatively, a mass was found originating from the ostium of the left inferior pulmonary vein in the left atrium, extending to the mitral orifice. Histologically, the tumor contained variable amounts of spindle cells and osseous differentiation in different areas...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Min Ho Hwang, Hyeong Guk Son, Jae Won Lee, Chang Min Yoo, Jae Hee Shin, Hyo Geun Nam, Hyun Jung Lim, Seung Min Baek, Jeong Hun Park, Joo Han Kim, Hyuk Choi
The etiology of intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration accompanied by low back pain (LBP) is largely unknown, and there are no curative therapies. Painful IVD degeneration is associated with infiltrated macrophage-mediated inflammatory response of human nucleus pulposus (NP) cells. The present study aimed to address the hypothesis that pro-inflammatory cytokines derived from macrophages lead to the altered molecular phenotype of human NP cells and to investigate the effects of phototherapy (630, 525, 465 nm with 16, 32, 64 J/cm2 ) on pain-related cytokine interleukin (IL)-6 and chemokine IL-8 under inflammatory conditions in human NP cells...
March 3, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Elizabeth S Silagi, Irving M Shapiro, Makarand V Risbud
Few human tissues have functions as closely linked to the composition of their extracellular matrices as the intervertebral disc. In fact, the hallmark of intervertebral disc degeneration, commonly accompanying low back and neck pain, is the progressive loss of extracellular matrix molecules - specifically the GAG-substituted proteoglycans. While this loss is often associated with increased extracellular catabolism via metalloproteinases and pro-inflammatory cytokines, there is strong evidence that disc degeneration is related to dysregulation of the enzymes involved in GAG biosynthesis...
March 1, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Athena K Petrides, Stacy E F Melanson, Michalis Kantartjis, Rachel D Le, Christiana A Demetriou, James G Flood
BACKGROUND: Oral fluid (OF) has become an increasingly popular matrix to assess compliance in pain management and addiction settings as it reduces the likelihood of adulteration. However, drug concentrations and windows of detection are not as well studied in OF as in urine (UR). We compared the clinical utility and analytical performance of OF and UR as matrices for detecting common benzodiazepines and opioids. METHODS: OF and UR concentrations of 5 benzodiazepines and 7 opioids were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) in 263 paired OF and UR specimens...
February 27, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Yalda A Kharaz, Elizabeth G Canty-Laird, Simon R Tew, Eithne J Comerford
Tendons and ligaments play key roles in the musculoskeletal system in both man and animals. Both tissues can undergo traumatic injury, age-related degeneration and chronic disease, causing discomfort, pain and increased susceptibility to wider degenerative joint disease. To date, tendon and ligament ultrastructural biology is relatively under-studied in healthy, non-diseased tissues. This information is essential to understand the pathology of these tissues with regard to function-related injury and to assist with the future development of tissue-engineered tendon and ligament structures...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Anatomy
Yohei Tatematsu, Haruhi Fujita, Hiroki Hayashi, Atsushi Yamamoto, Atsushi Tabata, Hideaki Nagamune, Kazuto Ohkura
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used to treat inflammation and pain. In the present study, we examined the effects of celecoxib, a cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)-selective NSAID, on rat liver mitochondrial function. Celecoxib dose-dependently induced mitochondria swelling, which was not suppressed by cyclosporine A (CsA). The oxygen consumption rate in mitochondria-suspended solution was facilitated by the addition of celecoxib, and its uncoupling activity was observed. Celecoxib also suppressed SF6847-induced uncoupling, and appeared to exert inhibitory effects on the electron transport chain...
2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Angelo Karunaratne, Simin Li, Anthony M J Bull
Ligament failure is a major societal burden causing disability and pain. Failure is caused by trauma at high loading rates. At the macroscopic level increasing strain rates cause an increase in failure stress and modulus, but the mechanism for this strain rate dependency is not known. Here we investigate the nano scale mechanical property changes of human ligament using mechanical testing combined with synchrotron X-ray diffraction. With increasing strain rate, we observe a significant increase in fibril modulus and a reduction of fibril to tissue strain ratio, revealing that tissue-level stiffening is mainly due to the stiffening of collagen fibrils...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hassan Alyami, Emad Al-Osail, Shawgi Harbi, Mohammed Bu Bshait
INTRODUCTION: Benign Osseous metaplasia of the breast is rare, with only a few cases reported in the literature. Here we present a case of benign osseous metaplasia of the breast presenting as a breast lump. CASE PRESENTATION: 38-year-old previously well woman presented with a one-year history of bilateral breast pain and a left-sided breast lump. Ultrasound and mammography suggested calcified fibroadenoma. An ultrasound-guided true cut biopsy revealed fibrous tissue containing foci of adenosis in the presence of a myoepithelial cell layer...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Alexander J Kim, Sankha Basu, Carolyn Glass, Edgar L Ross, Nathalie Agar, Qing He, David Calligaris
Opioids are often used for analgesia via continuous intrathecal delivery by implantable devices. Higher concentration and daily dose of opioid have been postulated as risk factors for intrathecal granuloma formation. We present a 42-year-old female patient with chronic abdominal pain from refractory pancreatitis, with an intrathecal drug delivery device implanted 21 years prior, delivering continuous intrathecal morphine. After many years without concerning physical signs or complaint, with gradual increases in daily morphine dose, she presented with rapidly progressive neurologic deficits, including lower extremity, bladder, and bowel symptoms...
February 26, 2018: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Ehab Shiban, Moritz Nies, Johann Kogler, Lorenz Kogler, Pedro Ribeiro da Cunha, Bernhard Meyer, Jens Lehmberg
AIM: To correlate clinical and radiological outcome following one- and two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with stand-alone polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cages filled with demineralized bone matrix (DBM). METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of a consecutive patient cohort with degenerative disc disease that underwent ACDF with stand-alone PEEK cages filled with demineralized bone matrix (DBM) between 2010 and 2013 with a minimum follow-up of 12 months...
February 26, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
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