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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345130/antiallodynic-activity-of-ceftriaxone-and-clavulanic-acid-in-acute-administration-is-associated-with-serum-tnf-%C3%AE-modulation-and-activation-of-dopaminergic-and-opioidergic-systems
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A Ochoa-Aguilar, M A Sotomayor-Sobrino, R Jaimez, R Rodríguez, R Plancarte-Sánchez, R Ventura-Martinez
Preclinical Research The aim of this study was to determine the antiallodynic effect of acute administration of the β-lactam antimicrobials, ceftriaxone (CFX) and clavulanic acid (CLAV), for the control of established pain on a model of neuropathic pain (NP). We also investigated the involvement of dopaminergic and opioidergic pathways as well as alterations in serum concentrations of TNF-α in the antiallodynic actions of these drugs. CFX, CLAV, or gabapentin (GAP), a reference drug, were administered i.p...
March 26, 2017: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344537/intravenous-glomus-tumor-masquerading-as-lateral-antebrachial-cutaneous-neuroma
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Harvey Chim, Husain Al-Qattan, Herbert Valencia, Carole Brathwaite, Andrew Price, John A I Grossman
Background: Intravenous glomus tumors are extremely rare. Methods: We report a patient with an intravenous glomus tumor within a venous aneurysm misdiagnosed as a neuroma of the lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve, based on clinical exam, electrodiagnostic studies, and findings on a magnetic resonance imaging neurogram. Results: After surgical resection, the patient's symptoms, including pain and localized hypersensitivity, totally resolved. Conclusions: This case illustrates 2 important points. First, unlike extradigital glomus tumors, magnetic resonance imaging is not reliable in diagnosing intravenous glomus tumors...
March 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344051/massive-biliary-dilation-after-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-is-it-ampullary-achalasia
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Jeffrey L Ponsky, Noble Jones, John H Rodriguez, Matthew D Kroh, Andrew T Strong
BACKGROUND: This series of patients with a history of roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and cholecystectomy presented with symptoms consistent with obstructive biliary disease and massive biliary dilation of 15 mm or greater, suggesting a structural etiology. Findings from laparoscopic assisted transgastric endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (TGERCP) were a normal appearing ampulla without structural lesions or stones, suggesting a functional etiology, instead. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who underwent TGERCP from January 2008 to October 2016 and had a previous surgical history of RYGB and cholecystectomy were identified from an institutional database...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343663/development-of-a-novel-technique-for-bilateral-rectus-sheath-nerve-blocks-under-laparoscopic-guidance
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Alessandra Landmann, Mihaela Visoiu, Marcus M Malek
BACKGROUND: Bilateral rectus sheath blocks have proven to be superior to local anesthetic infiltration for umbilical incisions and have been gaining popularity for the treatment of perioperative pain in children. We aim to develop a technique of surgeon performed rectus sheath blocks under laparoscopic-guidance alone. METHODS: In phase I, we observed the laparoscopic appearance of a rectus sheath block. The pain management team performed an ultrasound-guided rectus sheath nerve block as we visualized the posterior rectus sheath with the laparoscope...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342818/intraneural-microcystic-lymphatic-malformation-of-the-ulnar-nerve-at-the-guyon-canal-unusual-cause-of-ulnar-pain-in-a-child
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I González Pérez, F Corella Montoya, I Casado Fariñas
We present a case of an unusual cause of ulnar pain on a 9 years old patient. The patient had pain on the ulnar side of the wrist after a fall. MRI showed a poorly defined lesion on the ulnar nerve at Guyońs canal. The initial diagnosis was traumatic neuropathy. Following conservative treatment of symptoms for one year, the pain started again. Therefore, a new MRI was performed were progression of the lesion was observed. Excision of the lesion was performed and the specimen sent for pathologic analysis. The diagnosis was of microcystic lymphatic malformation...
March 22, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342526/use-of-the-cumulative-sum-method-cusum-to-assess-the-learning-curves-of-ultrasound-guided-continuous-femoral-nerve-block
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A Kollmann-Camaiora, N Brogly, E Alsina, F Gilsanz
BACKGROUND: Although ultrasound is a basic competence for anaesthesia residents (AR) there is few data available on the learning process. This prospective observational study aims to assess the learning process of ultrasound-guided continuous femoral nerve block and to determine the number of procedures that a resident would need to perform in order to reach proficiency using the cumulative sum (CUSUM) method. METHODS: We recruited 19 AR without previous experience...
March 22, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341636/relief-from-neuropathic-pain-by-blocking-of-the-platelet-activating-factor-pain-loop
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Hideo Shindou, Seiji Shiraishi, Suzumi M Tokuoka, Yoshikazu Takahashi, Takeshi Harayama, Takaya Abe, Kana Bando, Kanako Miyano, Yoshihiro Kita, Yasuhito Uezono, Takao Shimizu
Neuropathic pain resulting from peripheral neuronal damage is largely resistant to treatment with currently available analgesic drugs. Recently, ATP, lysophosphatidic acid, and platelet-activating factor (PAF) have been reported to play important inductive roles in neuropathic pain. In the present study, we found that pain-like behaviors resulting from partial sciatic nerve ligation (PSL) were largely attenuated by deficiency of lysophosphatidylcholine acyltransferase (LPCAT)2, which is one of the PAF biosynthetic enzymes...
March 24, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341230/intraoperative-cryoanalgesia-for-managing-pain-after-the-nuss-procedure
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Claire Graves, Olajire Idowu, Sang Lee, Benjamin Padilla, Sunghoon Kim
BACKGROUND: Cryoanalgesia prevents pain by freezing the affected peripheral nerve. We report the use of intraoperative cryoanalgesia during the Nuss procedure for pectus excavatum and describe our initial experience, modifications of technique, and lessons learned. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients who received cryoanalgesia during the Nuss procedure between June 1, 2015, and April 30, 2016, at our institutions and analyzed modifications in surgical technique during this early adoption period...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341069/open-surgery-versus-ultrasound-guided-corticosteroid-injection-for-trigger-finger-a-randomized-controlled-trial-with-1-year-follow-up
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Rehne L Hansen, Morten Søndergaard, Jeppe Lange
PURPOSE: Trigger finger is a common condition with a lifetime prevalence of 2%. Corticosteroid injection is a treatment often considered as a first-line intervention with reported cure rates between 60% and 90% in observational cohorts. Nevertheless, open surgery remains the most effective treatment with reported cure rates near 100%. Head-to-head trials on these treatments are limited. We investigated the efficacy of open surgery compared with ultrasound-guided corticosteroid injections...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340495/residents-learning-curve-of-lumbar-transforaminal-epidural-steroid-injections
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Holger Joswig, Sarah Roberta Haile, Gerhard Hildebrandt, Martin Nikolaus Stienen
Background and Study Aims There is a paucity of literature on beginners' training and on its connection with patient safety for transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFESIs). This study retrospectively assessed the learning curves and associated complications of neurosurgery residents never previously exposed to TFESI and compared them with experienced board-certified faculty neurosurgeons (BCFNs). Material and Methods Procedure time in minutes, dose-area product (DAP) in cGy*cm(2), periprocedural observations, and complications in 354 TFESIs for radicular pain secondary to lumbar disk herniation or lumbar spinal stenosis were extracted from operative notes and the electronic infiltration logbook in the per-injection format...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340289/remote-ischaemic-conditioning-decreases-blood-flow-and-improves-oxygen-extraction-in-patients-with-early-complex-regional-pain-syndrome
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T Hegelmaier, N Kumowski, T Mainka, J Vollert, O Goertz, M Lehnhardt, P K Zahn, C Maier, J Kolbenschlag
BACKGROUND: Remote ischaemic conditioning (RIC) is the cyclic application of non-damaging ischaemia leading to an increased tissue perfusion, among others triggered by NO (monoxide). Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is known to have vascular alterations such as increased blood shunting and decreased NO blood-levels, which in turn lead to decreased tissue perfusion. We therefore hypothesized that RIC could improve tissue perfusion in CRPS. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept study, RIC was applied in the following groups: in 21 patients with early CRPS with a clinical history less than a year, in 20 age/sex-matched controls and in 12 patients with unilateral nerve lesions via a tourniquet on the unaffected/non-dominant upper limb...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340085/prevalence-of-neuropathic-pain-in-patients-with-traumatic-brachial-plexus-injury-a-multicenter-prospective-hospital-based-study
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Palma Ciaramitaro, Luca Padua, Grazia Devigili, Eugenia Rota, Stefano Tamburin, Roberto Eleopra, Giorgio Cruccu, Andrea Truini
Objective. : Prevalence and clinical characteristics of neuropathic pain due to traumatic brachial plexus injury. Design. : Observational epidemiological study. Setting. : Hospital-based multicenter study. Subjects. : One hundred seven prospectively enrolled patients with brachial plexus injury. Methods. : All the patients underwent clinical examination and neurophysiological testing for a definitive diagnosis of the brachial plexus lesion...
March 3, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339630/mr-tractography-in-short-lasting-unilateral-neuralgiform-headache-attacks-with-conjunctival-injection-and-tearing-sunct-patients-case-reports
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Ozlem Coskun, Murat Ucar, Doga Vuralli, Funuzar Yildirim, Rumeysa Cetinkaya, Suna Akin Takmaz, Serap Ucler
Background. : Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attack with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) is one of the trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias where neurovascular compression was detected in neuroimaging in recent years. Case. : We report two cases, a 52-year-old adult and a 69-year-old elderly patient with short-lasting and recurrent headache combined with cranial autonomic features. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetic resonance (MR) tractography of both patients outlined structural changes of the trigeminal nerve revealing neurovascular compression...
February 11, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339448/efficacious-dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-for-painful-small-fiber-neuropathy-a-case-report
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Paolo Maino, Eva Koetsier, Alain Kaelin-Lang, Claudio Gobbi, Roberto Perez
Small fiber neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves with typical symptoms of burning, sharp, and shooting pain and sensory disturbances in the feet. Pain treatment depends principally on the underlying etiology with concurrent administration of antidepressants, anticonvulsants, opioids, and topical treatments like capsaicin and local anesthetics. However, treatments for pain relief in these patients frequently fail. We describe the first case of intractable painful small fiber neuropathy of the foot successfully treated with spinal cord stimulation of the left L5 dorsal root ganglion...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339447/chronic-localized-back-pain-due-to-posterior-cutaneous-nerve-entrapment-syndrome-pocnes-a-new-diagnosis
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Oliver B Boelens, Robert C Maatman, Marc R Scheltinga, Kees van Laarhoven, Rudi M Roumen
Most patients with chronic back pain suffer from degenerative thoracolumbovertebral disease. However, the following case illustrates that a localized peripheral nerve entrapment must be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic back pain. We report the case of a 26-year-old woman with continuous excruciating pain in the lower back area. Previous treatment for nephroptosis was to no avail. On physical examination the pain was present in a 2 x 2 cm area overlying the twelfth rib some 4 cm lateral to the spinal process...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339446/pulsed-radiofrequency-ablation-of-pudendal-nerve-for-treatment-of-a-case-of-refractory-pelvic-pain
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Vadim Petrov-Kondratov, Avneesh Chhabra, Stephanie Jones
Pudendal neuralgia (PN) is a result of pudendal nerve entrapment or injury, also called "Alcock syndrome." Pain that develops is often chronic, and at times debilitating. If conservative measures fail, invasive treatment modalities can be considered. The goal of this case report is to add to a small body of literature that a pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) ablation can be effectively used to treat PN and to show that high resolution MR neurography imaging can be used to detect pudendal neuropathy. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a 51-year-old woman with 5 years of worsening right groin and vulva pain...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339445/transforaminal-endoscopic-decompression-for-a-giant-epidural-gas-containing-pseudocyst-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Bin Zhu, Liang Jiang, Xiao Guang Liu
The isolated epidural gas-containing pseudocyst is an uncommon pathogenic factor for severe pain of the lower limb as a result of nerve root compression. After reviewing these rare cases reported in the literature, we found that the name, pathogenesis, and treatment strategy of this pathology remained controversial. The most common treatment is conservative treatment or percutaneous aspiration which might result inpoor pain relief and high recurrence rates. Moreover, the patient who received open surgery had good clinical outcome; however, he or she might experience a significant soft tissue injury...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339444/a-review-of-long-term-pain-relief-after-genicular-nerve-radiofrequency-ablation-in-chronic-knee-osteoarthritis
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Ferdinand Iannaccone, Samuel Dixon, Andrew Kaufman
BACKGROUND: Studies of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of genicular nerves have reportedly significantly decreased pain up to 3 months post ablation, but no longer term effects have been reported. We performed an analysis of long-term pain relief of 31 RFA procedures of the genicular nerves to analyze the degree of pain relief past 3 months, culminating at 6 months. STUDY DESIGN: Chart review and study design was approved by Newark Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB)...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339430/comparative-effectiveness-review-of-cooled-versus-pulsed-radiofrequency-ablation-for-the-treatment-of-knee-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review
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Anita Gupta, Daniel P Huettner, Matthew Dukewich
BACKGROUND: Patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and patients post total knee arthroplasty often develop refractory, disabling chronic knee pain. Radiofrequency ablation, including conventional, pulsed, and cooled, has recently become more accepted as an interventional technique to manage chronic knee pain in patients who have failed conservative treatment or who are not suitable candidates for surgical treatment. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review aimed to analyze published studies on radiofrequency ablation to provide an overview of the current knowledge regarding variations in procedures, nerve targets, adverse events, and temporal extent of clinical benefit...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339077/paeoniflorin-attenuates-the-neuroinflammatory-response-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-constriction-injury
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Jianyu Zhou, Jingxia Wang, Wei Li, Chenglong Wang, Li Wu, Jianjun Zhang
Neuropathic pain remains the most frequent cause of suffering and disability worldwide. Paeoniflorin (PF), a water‑soluble monoterpene glycoside extracted from the roots of Paeonia lactiflora Pall, has a wide range of pharmacological functions. Although the neuroprotective effect of PF has been reported in animal models of neuropathology, no systematic investigation has reported on the analgesic properties of PF in neuropathic pain. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether PF can alleviate neuropathic pain and to examine its possible mechanism...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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