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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145179/phantom-sensations-supernumerary-phantom-limbs-and-apotemnophilia-three-body-representation-disorders
#1
Laurent Tatu, Julien Bogousslavsky
Body representation disorders continue to be mysterious and involve the anatomical substrate that underlies the mental representation of the body. These disorders sit on the boundaries of neurological and psychiatric diseases. We present the main characteristics of 3 examples of body representation disorders: phantom sensations, supernumerary phantom limb, and apotemnophilia. The dysfunction of anatomical circuits that regulate body representation can sometimes have paradoxical features. In the case of phantom sensations, the patient feels the painful subjective sensation of the existence of the lost part of the body after amputation, surgery or trauma...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144105/motor-imagery-ability-of-patients-with-lower-limb-amputation-exploring-the-course-of-rehabilitation-effects
#2
Elodie Saruco, Aymeric Guillot, Arnaud Saimpont, Franck DI Rienzo, Anne Durand, Catherine Mercier, Francine Malouin, Philip Jackson
BACKGROUND: Amputation of a lower-limb results in a severe decrease of functional mobility that deeply alters independent living. Motor imagery (MI) refers to the mental representation of an action without engaging its actual execution. The repetitive use of MI has been shown to contribute to promote motor recovery and phantom-limb pain alleviation. AIM: Given the importance of invoking accurate images to benefit from MI practice, and considering the link between motor capacities and MI, the present study investigated the effect of a rehabilitation program on MI ability in patients with lower-limb amputation...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126783/two-case-reports-using-simulated-reattachment-to-treat-persistent-complex-bereavement-disorder-and-ptsd
#3
Mark Rider
These case reports focus on a rapid treatment for persistent complex bereavement disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which appears to activate the mirror neuron network. Simulated reattachment is a technique which has been found to repair phantom limb pain in just a few sessions. The same neuroplasticity that accomplishes phantom pain relief has been found to occur in the treatment of complicated grief and PTSD using similar methods. The simulated reattachment for the client in Case one was found to significantly reduce the symptoms of both complicated grief and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) within one session...
October 6, 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125416/gamma-oscillations-in-the-somatosensory-thalamus-of-a-patient-with-a-phantom-limb-case-report
#4
Diellor Basha, Jonathan O Dostrovsky, Suneil K Kalia, Mojgan Hodaie, Andres M Lozano, William D Hutchison
The amputation of an extremity is commonly followed by phantom sensations that are perceived to originate from the missing limb. The mechanism underlying the generation of these sensations is still not clear although the development of abnormal oscillatory bursting in thalamic neurons may be involved. The theory of thalamocortical dysrhythmia implicates gamma oscillations in phantom pathophysiology although this rhythm has not been previously observed in the phantom limb thalamus. In this study, the authors report the novel observation of widespread 38-Hz gamma oscillatory activity in spike and local field potential recordings obtained from the ventral caudal somatosensory nucleus of the thalamus (Vc) of a phantom limb patient undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121078/indocyanine-green-fluorescence-in-second-near-infrared-nir-ii-window
#5
Zbigniew Starosolski, Rohan Bhavane, Ketan B Ghaghada, Sanjeev A Vasudevan, Alexander Kaay, Ananth Annapragada
Indocyanine green (ICG), a FDA approved near infrared (NIR) fluorescent agent, is used in the clinic for a variety of applications including lymphangiography, intra-operative lymph node identification, tumor imaging, superficial vascular imaging, and marking ischemic tissues. These applications operate in the so-called "NIR-I" window (700-900 nm). Recently, imaging in the "NIR-II" window (1000-1700 nm) has attracted attention since, at longer wavelengths, photon absorption, and scattering effects by tissue components are reduced, making it possible to image deeper into the underlying tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120935/neuropathic-pain-experiences-of-spinal-cord-injury-patients
#6
Chin-Ching Li, Hung-Ru Lin, Ming-Dar Tsai, Shiow-Luan Tsay
BACKGROUND: Neuropathic pain (NP) is a common, severe problem that affects spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Only SCI patients truly understand the impact and extent of this type of pain. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to understand the NP experienced by SCI patients and the influence of this type of pain on their daily life. METHOD: A qualitative design was used. An interview guide including a semistructured questionnaire and in-depth interviews was conducted with SCI patients with NP in a neurorehabilitation department at a medical center in northern Taiwan...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105971/home-based-tactile-discrimination-training-tdt-reduces-phantom-limb-pain
#7
Robert Wakolbinger, Martin Diers, Laura A Hruby, Agnes Sturma, Oskar C Aszmann
BACKGROUND: Phantom limb pain (PLP) affects a high percentage of amputees. Since treatment options are limited, low quality of life and addiction to pain medication is frequent. New attempts, such as mirror therapy or electrical sensory discrimination training, make use of the brain's plasticity to alleviate this centrally derived pain. AIM: This pilot study assessed the question, whether home-based tactile discrimination training (TDT) leads to a stronger decrease in phantom limb pain levels, compared to a standard massage treatment...
November 6, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046630/agency-over-phantom-limb-enhanced-by-short-term-mirror-therapy
#8
Shu Imaizumi, Tomohisa Asai, Shinichi Koyama
Most amputees experience phantom limb, whereby they feel that the amputated limb is still present. In some cases, these experiences include pain that can be alleviated by "mirror therapy." Mirror therapy consists of superimposing a mirrored image of the moving intact limb onto the phantom limb. This therapy provides a closed loop between the motor command to the amputated limb and its predicted visual feedback. This loop is also involved in the sense of agency, a feeling of controlling one's own body. However, it is unclear how mirror therapy is related to the sense of agency over a phantom limb...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025106/intense-focused-ultrasound-preferentially-stimulates-transected-nerves-within-residual-limbs-pilot-study
#9
Pierre D Mourad, Janna L Friedly, Abbi M McClintic, Tessa A Olmstead, John D Loeser
Objective: Identifying pain generators in tissue deep in the skin can require uncomfortable, complicated, and invasive tests. We describe pilot studies testing the hypothesis that ultrasound image-guided, intense focused ultrasound (ig-iFU) can noninvasively and differentially stimulate the end of transected nerves in the residual limbs of amputee patients. Design: We applied iFU to the transected nerve ending as individual pulses with a length of 0.1 seconds using a carrier frequency of 2...
September 7, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025089/oral-ketamine-for-acute-pain-management-after-amputation-surgery
#10
Asokumar Buvanendran, Jeffrey S Kroin, Arvind Rajagopal, Sherry J Robison, Mario Moric, Kenneth J Tuman
Objective: Intravenous ketamine has been shown to provide postoperative analgesia in many clinical trials, in particular to reduce opioid consumption. The primary objective of this pilot study is to determine if multiple dosing over a three-day perioperative period with oral ketamine is a safe treatment method for acute pain after amputation surgery. Methods: Three consented subjects (age 57-60 years) undergoing elective amputation of the lower extremity were included in the study (Institutional Review Board and Food and Drug Administration Investigational New Drug approved)...
September 14, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024959/limb-laterality-recognition-score-a-reliable-clinical-measure-related-to-phantom-limb-pain
#11
Christopher Kevin Wong, Caitlin Kimberly Wong
Objective: To explore the usefulness of the limb laterality recognition score as a clinical measure of phantom limb pain, regarding test-retest reliability and association of limb laterality recognition scores with phantom limb pain measures. Design: Retrospective cohort. Setting: Community support group. Subjects: Eleven adults who averaged 4.8 years since lower limb amputation due to vascular pathologies (N = 9), trauma (N = 1), and cancer (N = 1)...
August 24, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978899/subarachnoid-block-induced-deafferentation-pain-successfully-treated-with-pentazocine
#12
Hiroaki Kishikawa, Zen'ichiro Wajima, Toshiro Shitara, Toru Shimizu, Hitoshi Adachi, Atsuhiro Sakamoto
Deafferentation pain induced by subarachnoid block (SAB) is rare, but it can appear in the form of recurrent phantom lower limb pain, new acute-onset stump pain in amputees, lower limb pain in patients with tabes dorsalis, and neuropathic pain. We have previously reported that thiopental is an effective treatment for deafferentation pain induced by therapeutic SAB applied to treat neuropathic pain of central origin. Here, we report the case of an amputee who developed new stump pain in his lower limb immediately after subarachnoid tetracaine was administered prior to appendectomy...
2017: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977043/effect-of-sciatic-nerve-transection-on-acetylcholinesterase-activity-in-spinal-cord-and-skeletal-muscles-of-the-bullfrog-lithobates-catesbeianus
#13
A Kroth, V Mackedanz, C Matté, A T S Wyse, M F M Ribeiro, W A Partata
Sciatic nerve transection (SNT), a model for studying neuropathic pain, mimics the clinical symptoms of "phantom limb", a pain condition that arises in humans after amputation or transverse spinal lesions. In some vertebrate tissues, this condition decreases acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity, the enzyme responsible for fast hydrolysis of released acetylcholine in cholinergic synapses. In spinal cord of frog Rana pipiens, this enzyme's activity was not significantly changed in the first days following ventral root transection, another model for studying neuropathic pain...
September 28, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976437/knee-arthroscopy-simulation-a-randomized-controlled-trial-evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-the-imperial-knee-arthroscopy-cognitive-task-analysis-ikacta-tool
#14
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Rahul Bhattacharyya, Donald J Davidson, Kapil Sugand, Matthew J Bartlett, Rajarshi Bhattacharya, Chinmay M Gupte
BACKGROUND: Virtual-reality and cadaveric simulations are expensive and not readily accessible. Innovative and accessible training adjuncts are required to help to meet training needs. Cognitive task analysis has been used extensively to train pilots and in other surgical specialties. However, the use of cognitive task analyses within orthopaedics is in its infancy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel cognitive task analysis tool to train novice surgeons in diagnostic knee arthroscopy in high-fidelity, phantom-limb simulation...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960653/the-efficacy-and-safety-of-dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-as-a-treatment-for-neuropathic-pain-a-literature-review
#15
REVIEW
Conrad Harrison, Sarah Epton, Stana Bojanic, Alexander L Green, James J FitzGerald
OBJECTIVE: Dorsal root ganglion stimulation (DRGS) received its first regulatory approval (CE marking in Europe) in late 2011, and so its use is now almost six years old. Several thousand patients have already been treated, and a landmark trial in lower limb complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and causalgia has recently been published. METHODS: In this review we have summarized the literature to date on the use of DRGS in the treatment of neuropathic pain. RESULTS: The results so far are encouraging, with reports of successful use in treating a wide range of indications including postsurgical pain, CRPS, and phantom pain...
September 28, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955294/real-time-classification-of-non-weight-bearing-lower-limb-movements-using-emg-to-facilitate-phantom-motor-execution-engineering-and-case-study-application-on-phantom-limb-pain
#16
Eva Lendaro, Enzo Mastinu, Bo Håkansson, Max Ortiz-Catalan
Phantom motor execution (PME), facilitated by myoelectric pattern recognition (MPR) and virtual reality (VR), is positioned to be a viable option to treat phantom limb pain (PLP). A recent clinical trial using PME on upper-limb amputees with chronic intractable PLP yielded promising results. However, further work in the area of signal acquisition is needed if such technology is to be used on subjects with lower-limb amputation. We propose two alternative electrode configurations to conventional, bipolar, targeted recordings for acquiring surface electromyography...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946059/pregabalin-as-adjunct-in-a-multimodal-pain-therapy-after-traumatic-foot-amputation-a-case-report-of-a-4-year-old-girl
#17
Stephanie Wössner, Kirsten Weber, Anna C Steinbeck, Markus Oberhauser, Matthias Feuerecker
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this case report is to describe a multimodal pain therapeutic concept including the adjunct use of pregabalin in a 4.5 year-old child after forefoot amputation. Phantom limb pain and sensation is a complex pain syndrome that is difficult to treat and prevent. 70-75% of all children develop such a pain syndrome after amputation. We describe here a paediatric patient who underwent forefoot amputation following traumatic foot injury and received multimodal pain therapy including pregabalin...
September 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921474/origins-of-phantom-limb-pain
#18
Damien P Kuffler
Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a chronic neuropathic pain occurring in 45-85% of patients who undergo major amputations of the upper and lower extremities. Chronic pain is physically and mentally debilitating, affecting an individual's potential for self-care and the performance of daily living activities essential for personal and economic independence. In addition, chronic pain may lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness. A National Center for Biotechnology Information study found that in the USA alone, the annual cost of dealing with neuropathic pain is more than $600 billion, with an estimated 20 million people in the USA suffering this condition...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921418/coping-with-phantom-limb-pain
#19
Damien P Kuffler
Phantom limb pain is a chronic neuropathic pain that develops in 45-85% of patients who undergo major amputations of the upper and lower extremities and appears predominantly during two time frames following an amputation: the first month and later about 1 year. Although in most patients the frequency and intensity of pain diminish over time, severe pain persists in about 5-10%. It has been proposed that factors in both the peripheral and central nervous systems play major roles in triggering the development and maintenance of pain associated with extremity amputations...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893002/interventional-angiography-radiation-protection-for-the-examiner-by-using-lead-free-gloves
#20
Peter Kamusella, Fabian Scheer, Christopher Wilhelm Lüdtke, Philipp Wiggermann, Christian Wissgott, Reimer Andresen
INTRODUCTION: The radiation exposure to unprotected parts of the body requires special attention for the interventional radiologist. During angiographic procedures, hands are exposed to the direct X-ray beam and scattered radiation. AIM: The aim of the study was to evaluate the radiation exposure of examiners hand with the use of lead-free X-ray protective gloves in clinical practice in terms of shielding and sense of touch. The aim of the study was to evaluate the radiation exposure of examiners hand with the use of lead-free X-ray protective gloves in clinical practice in terms of shielding and sense of touch...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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