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Frank Birklein, Seena K Ajit, Andreas Goebel, Roberto S G M Perez, Claudia Sommer
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a pain condition that usually affects a single limb, often following an injury. The underlying pathophysiology seems to be complex and probably varies between patients. Clinical diagnosis is based on internationally agreed-upon criteria, which consider the reported symptoms, presence of signs and exclusion of alternative causes. Research into CRPS biomarkers to support patient stratification and improve diagnostic certainty is an important scientific focus, and recent progress in this area provides an opportunity for an up-to-date topical review of measurable disease-predictive, diagnostic and prognostic parameters...
March 16, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neurology
Mitko Kocarev, Fouzia Khalid, Fatima Khatoon, Roshan Fernando
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuraxial labor analgesia remains the most effective and one of the most commonly utilized methods for pain relief during labor. This narrative review article is a summary of the literature published in 2017 on neuraxial analgesia for labor. RECENT FINDINGS: From a total of 41 identified articles, 13 were included in the review. The topics have been structured into three categories: initiation of neuraxial analgesia, maintenance of neuraxial analgesia, and neuraxial analgesia and obstetric outcomes...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Ines Bojanic, Marinka Mravak Stipetic, Drazen Pulanic, Lana Desnica, Sanja Mazic, Branka Golubic Cepulic, Ranka Serventi Seiwerth, Radovan Vrhovac, Damir Nemet, Steven Z Pavletic
BACKGROUND: Oral chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD) impairs oral function and patients' quality of life. Some lesions are refractory to local and systemic immunosuppressive therapy, and new therapeutic modalities are required. The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy and safety of topical application of autologous platelet gel (PG) in patients with oral cGvHD. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: PG was prepared from autologous blood and applied on ulcerous lesions using an automated system...
March 14, 2018: Transfusion
Alison Holdhus Small, Danila Marini, Maxime le Floch, David Paull, Caroline Lee
Mulesing is a painful husbandry procedure commonly used to reduce the risk of breech strike in sheep. This study assessed the behavioural (over 6 h), cortisol, haptoglobin and haematology responses to surgical mulesing plus tail hot knife docking (mulesing); modulated by a buccal meloxicam formulation (Buccalgesic), a topical local anaesthetic wound dressing (Tri-Solfen) or both agents. 24 lambs were allocated to each of: 1) Placebo and sham handled (Sham); 2) Placebo and mulesing (Mules); 3) Buccalgesic and mulesing (Mules + B); 4) Tri-Solfen and mulesing (Mules + T); 5) Placebo, Tri-Solfen and mulesing (Mules + T + P); 6) Buccalgesic, Tri-Solfen and mulesing (Mules + T + B)...
February 28, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
Sindy Villacres, Corrie E Chumpitazi
Pain is a chief complaint in children seeking medical care, yet it may also be experienced in evaluation and treatment during office visits. Inadequate relief of children's procedural pain and distress not only affects the experience of the children and their parents, but also adversely affects procedural outcomes. Despite increasing awareness and research, management of procedural pain and anxiety in children is often inadequate. In addition, parent and patient satisfaction is often tied to pain management...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Mette Louise Andersen, Christina Anne Vinter, Annemette Wildfang Lykkebo
Clitoral phimosis or preputial fusion may occur as a result of atrophic vaginitis among other conditions. A 72-year-old woman presented with atrophic vaginitis, preputial fusion, and a painful periclitorial pseudocyst. We suggest that a minimal surgery approach in a manual retraction of the synarchies without making an incision is a gentle and effective surgical management of preputial fusion. Suturing the ends from each other combined with continuous topical prophylaxis will minimise the risk of recurrence of pseudo-cyst and prevent worsening scar tissue formation...
March 5, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Jijun Xu, Christopher Herndon, Samantha Anderson, Philip Getson, Victor Foorsov, Peter Moskovitz, R Norm Harden
Objective: To find and reach a consensus on the usage of ketamine in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome and to determine a reference protocol for future studies. Design: Three hundred fifty-one medical professionals participated in our survey on practice procedures, with 104 respondents providing information on their usage of ketamine for treating the pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome. Respondents answered questions about inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, children vs adults, safety, and basic demographic information...
March 9, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Pini Koplovitch, Marshall Devor
Ectopic impulse discharge (ectopia) generated in the soma of afferent neurons in dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) following nerve injury is thought to be a major contributor to neuropathic pain. The DRG is thus a prime interventional target. The process of electrogenesis (impulse generation) in the DRG is far more sensitive to systemically administered Na channel blockers than the process of impulse propagation along sensory axons. It should therefore be possible to selectively suppress DRG ectopia with local application of membrane stabilizing agents without blocking normal impulse traffic...
March 12, 2018: Pain
Mary M Mitchell, Eric D Hansen, Tuo-Yen Tseng, Meng Shen, Cynda Rushton, Tom Smith, Nancy Hutton, Jennifer Wolfe, Lee Bone, Jeanne Keruly, Lawrence Wissow, Amy R Knowlton
CONTEXT & OBJECTIVE: Advance care planning (ACP) rates remain low, especially among people who are HIV positive, disadvantaged, and African American. While ACP can be a sensitive topic for clinicians and patients to discuss, health values clarification can be an important initial step. METHODS: Data were from the first 325 participants in the AFFIRM Care study, which enrolled adults living with HIV/AIDS in Baltimore, MD, who had histories of illicit drug use...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Scott Meester, Sangil Lee
Spontaneous bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture is a rare finding in emergency departments. Thus, the pathophysiology is not well understood. Imaging for improved speed of diagnosis is rarely considered. We present a case of non-traumatic spontaneous bilateral quadriceps tendon rupture and examine current literature on the pathophysiology and imaging guidelines on the topic. The patient is a 49-year-old male that presented to the emergency department with bilateral thigh pain. He had been seen earlier with similar pain, but now presents with increased difficulty ambulating...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Maira Rezende Formenton, Marco Aurélio Amador Pereira, Denise Tabacchi Fantoni
Massage therapy is becoming increasingly popular in human and animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Wider application of the technique led to research efforts aimed at providing scientific support to anecdotal beneficial effects, particularly pain relief. Recent studies have shown that massage therapy alters dopamine and serotonin levels, decreases noradrenaline levels, and modulates the immune system. Psychological effects such as reduction of stress and anxiety, with improvement of depressive patients, have been reported in humans...
December 2017: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
J V Pergolizzi, R Taylor, J-A LeQuang, R B Raffa
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Menthol has been used as a non-opioid pain reliever since ancient times. A modern understanding of its molecular mechanism of action could form the basis for generating targets for discovery of novel non-opioid analgesic drugs. METHODS: The PubMed database was queried using search words related to menthol, pain and analgesia. The results were limited to relevant preclinical studies and clinical trials and reviews published in English during the past 5 years, which yielded 31 reports...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Yvonne Stallard
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Evidence-Based Report Card was to examine current best evidence related to when and how to perform cultures on chronic wounds to guide clinicians in determining the appropriate treatment. QUESTION: (1) When should cultures be performed on chronic wounds? and (2) What is the best method or technique to perform a culture on a chronic wound? SEARCH STRATEGY: A search of the literature was performed, resulting in 45 publications relevant to the topic...
March 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Kwan-Sub Kim, Nam-Kyung Yeo, Seong-Su Kim, Woong-Sub Park, Su-Hyun Kwak, Sang-Hyeon Cho, Gyu-Wan Sung, Hae-Sook Kim, Sang-Wook Yi, Hae Jun Cho
PURPOSE: Nasal packing is an option for bleeding control after endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty. Although new packing materials have been developed, patients still suffer from pain and require additional analgesics treatments. In this study, a prospective, randomized, and double-blind controlled trial was designed to evaluate the effect of fentanyl-soaked packing on pain after endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty. METHODS: One hundred fifty-two patients who underwent nasal surgeries due to chronic rhinosinusitis or nasal septal deviation were enrolled in this study...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
T Nodai, S Hitomi, K Ono, C Masaki, N Harano, A Morii, M Sago-Ito, I Ujihara, T Hibino, K Terawaki, Y Omiya, R Hosokawa, K Inenaga
Oral ulcer is the most common oral disease and leads to pain during meals and speaking, reducing the quality of life of patients. Recent evidence using animal models suggests that oral ulcers induce cyclooxygenase-dependent spontaneous pain and cyclooxygenase-independent mechanical allodynia. Endothelin-1 is upregulated in oral mucosal inflammation, although it has not been shown to induce pain in oral ulcers. In the present study, we investigated the involvement of endothelin-1 signaling with oral ulcer-induced pain using our proprietary assay system in conscious rats...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
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)
Tiancheng Zhao, Zhen Shen, Shihou Sheng
BACKGROUND: Pain control after laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) has become an important topic. We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the efficacy and safety of nefopam for pain management after LC. METHODS: PubMed, Medline, Embase, ScienceDirect, and the Cochrane Library were searched up to November 2017 for comparative articles involving nefopam and placebo for reducing postoperative pain after LC. Primary outcomes were postoperative pain scores and opioid consumption...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Laura Reisfeld, Cássia Yumi Ikuta, Laura Ippolito, Bruna Silvatti, José Soares Ferreira Neto, José Luiz Catão-Dias, Fernando C W Rosas, José Anselmo Neto, Vera M F da Silva
An adult male Amazonian manatee Trichechus inunguis under human care presented with 3 circular cutaneous lesions on the dorsal aspect of the rostrum and between the nostrils (plenum). Initially these lesions were superficial, hypopigmented, without warmth and non-painful. Microbiological cultures of skin swabs isolated Candida sp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and topical treatment with antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medication was instituted. This treatment strategy did not lead to any clinical improvement, and after 6 mo, the lesions progressed to a confluent abscess (5...
March 5, 2018: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Irena Kovačević, Višnja Majerić Kogler, Tihana Magdić Turković, Lidija Fumić Dunkić, Željko Ivanec, Davorina Petek
BACKGROUND: Self-care is often the first choice for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Self-care includes the use of non-prescription medications with no doctor's supervision, as well as the use of other modern and traditional treatment methods with no consultation of the health care provider. Self-care may have positive effects on the successful outcome of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences and attitudes of patients and health care providers to the self-care of chronic musculoskeletal pain...
March 7, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Beth D Darnall, Maisa S Ziadni, Anuradha Roy, Ming-Chih Kao, John A Sturgeon, Karon F Cook, Kate Lorig, John W Burns, Sean C Mackey
BACKGROUND: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that chronic pain affects about 100 million U.S. adults, with chronic low back pain (CLBP) cited as the most prevalent type. Pain catastrophizing is a psychological construct shown to predict the development and trajectory of chronic pain and patient response to pain treatments. While effective treatment for pain catastrophizing typically includes eight-session groups of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a single-session targeted treatment class yielded promising results which, if replicated and extended, could prove to efficiently and cost-effectively reduce pain catastrophizing...
March 6, 2018: Trials
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