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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
Zachary L McCormick, Andrew Hendrix, David Dayanim, Bryan Clay, Amy Kirsling, Norman Harden
Objective: We present a technical protocol for rigorous assessment of patient-reported outcomes and psychophysical testing relevant to lumbar sympathetic blocks for the treatment of postamputation pain (PAP). This description is intended to inform future prospective investigation. Design: Series of four participants from a blinded randomized sham-controlled trial. Setting: Tertiary, urban, academic pain medicine center. Subjects: Four participants with a single lower limb amputation and associated chronic PAP...
March 8, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Elisabetta Ambron, Alexander Miller, Katherine J Kuchenbecker, Laurel J Buxbaum, H Branch Coslett
Up to 90% of amputees experience sensations in their phantom limb, often including strong, persistent phantom limb pain (PLP). Standard treatments do not provide relief for the majority of people who experience PLP, but virtual reality (VR) has shown promise. This study provides additional evidence that game-like training with low-cost immersive VR activities can reduce PLP in lower-limb amputees. The user of our system views a real-time rendering of two intact legs in a head-mounted display while playing a set of custom games...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Kamiar Ghoseiri, Mostafa Allami, Mohammad Reza Soroush, Mohammad Yusuf Rastkhadiv
The prevalence of limb amputation is increasing globally as a devastating experience that can physically and psychologically affect the lifestyle of a person. The residual limb pain and phantom limb pain are common disabling sequelae after amputation surgery. Assistive devices/technologies can be used to relieve pain in people with amputation. The existing assistive devices/technologies for pain management in people with amputation include electrical nerve block devices/technologies, TENS units, elastomeric pumps and catheters, residual limb covers, laser systems, myoelectric prostheses and virtual reality systems, etc...
January 23, 2018: Military Medical Research
Alexander C Rokohl, Konrad R Koch, Werner Adler, Marc Trester, Wolfgang Trester, Nicola S Pine, Keith R Pine, Ludwig M Heindl
PURPOSE: To compare the concerns of experienced cryolite glass and (poly)methyl methacrylate (PMMA) prosthetic eye wearers. METHODS: One hundred six experienced cryolite glass and 63 experienced PMMA prosthetic eye wearers completed an anonymous questionnaire regarding general and specific prosthetic eye concerns at least 2 years after natural eye loss. From these independent anophthalmic populations, we identified 34 case-control pairs matched for the known influencing demographic variables of gender, occupation, age, and time since natural eye loss...
March 3, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Shashikumar Ramadugu, Satish C Nagabushnam, Nagendra Katuwal, Kaushik Chatterjee
Introduction: Mirror therapy suggested to help relieve phantom limb pain (PLP) by resolving the visual- proprioceptive dissociation in the brain, but studies so far either had shorter follow-up or smaller sample size. Materials and Methods: In this randomized single crossover trial, 64 amputees with PLP in the age group of 15-75 years of age were distributed into test and control groups by simple randomization method. Of these 28 in control and 32 in test groups, respectively, completed the 4 weeks of mirror therapy and 12 weeks of follow-up assessments...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Psychiatry
Anna Stępniak, Piotr Czuczwar
Uterine fibroids are considered to be the most frequent female benign tumours. The most common reported symptoms of fibroids are heavy menstrual bleeding and painful menstruation, pelvic pain, urinary problems, constipation, as well as infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. The mainstay of fibroid treatment is surgery, but nowadays minimally-invasive techniques are growing in popularity. Vascularity of fibroids may play a role in the outcome of these techniques, which is why it is important to find an objective, reproducible technique to measure the vascularization before and after the procedure...
December 2017: Przeglad Menopauzalny, Menopause Review
Priscilla G Wittkopf, Mark I Johnson
The consequences of chronic pain and associated disabilities to the patient and to the health care system are well known. Medication is often the first treatment of choice for chronic pain, although side effects and high costs restrict long-term use. Inexpensive, safe and easy to self-administer non-pharmacological therapies, such as mirror therapy, are recommended as adjuncts to pain treatment. The purpose of this review is to describe the principles of use of mirror therapy so it can be incorporated into a health care delivery...
November 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Céline Borg, Isabelle Faillenot, Roland Peyron, Bernard Laurent
We report the case of a patient who had an important experience with painful events, allowing the investigation of brain concomitants to painful (P) memories in fMRI. The patient had to recall P events that were contrasted with non-painful (NP) memories. Painful memories of the right lower limb activated the left paracentral lobule,fronto-insular operculum and superior parietal cortex. Additionally, whilst the recall of non-painful events activated the hippocampus, the recall of painful events did not enhance the hippocampal signal to significant levels...
February 1, 2018: Neurocase
Antonino Scibilia, Alfredo Conti, Giovanni Raffa, Francesca Granata, Rosaria Viola Abbritti, Stefano Maria Priola, Carmela Sindorio, Salvatore Cardali, Antonino Germanò
Objectives Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a promising tool for treatment of chronic pain. We describe the use of navigated rTMS to treat a patient affected by phantom limb pain (PLP) and to modulate brain functional connectivity. We reviewed the literature on the use of rTMS as a tool for relieving central pain by promoting brain plasticity. Methods A 69-year-old patient came to our observation blaming severe pain (Visual Analog scale, VAS, score 9) to a phantom right lower limb. We mapped left primary motor area (PMA) by navigated TMS and assessed connectivity with resting-state functional MR (rsfMR)...
January 30, 2018: Neurological Research
Akhila Reddy, Amy Ng, Tarun Mallipeddi, Eduardo Bruera
Neuropathic pain in cancer patients is often difficult to treat, requiring a combination of several different pharmacological therapies. We describe two patients with complex neuropathic pain syndromes in the form of phantom limb pain and Brown-Sequard syndrome who did not respond to conventional treatments but responded dramatically to the addition of levorphanol. Levorphanol is a synthetic strong opioid that is a potent N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonist, mu, kappa, and delta opioid receptor agonist, and reuptake inhibitor of serotonin and norepinephrine...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Meena M Makary, Jeungchan Lee, Eunyoung Lee, Seulgi Eun, Jieun Kim, Geon-Ho Jahng, Kiok Kim, You-Suk Youn, Jun-Hwan Lee, Kyungmo Park
Although acupuncture is an effective therapeutic intervention for pain reduction, the exact difference between real and sham acupuncture has not been clearly understood because a somatosensory tactile component is commonly included in the existing sham acupuncture protocols. In an event-related fMRI experiment, we implemented a novel form of sham acupuncture, phantom acupuncture, that reproduces the acupuncture needling procedure without somatosensory tactile stimulation while maintaining the credibility of the acupuncture treatment context...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Laura Fabbri, Sara P Pirotti, Marta Rosati, Nicola Ruffilli, Marco Maltoni, Marianna Ricci
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Minerva Anestesiologica
Irene E Harmsen, Nathan C Rowland, Richard A Wennberg, Andres M Lozano
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an important form of neuromodulation that is being applied to patients with motor, mood, or cognitive circuit disorders. Despite the efficacy and widespread use of DBS, the precise mechanisms by which it works remain unknown. Over the last decade, magnetoencephalography (MEG) has become an important functional neuroimaging technique used to study DBS. OBJECTIVE: This review summarizes the literature related to the use of MEG to characterize the effects of DBS...
January 4, 2018: Brain Stimulation
David C Bosanquet, Graeme K Ambler, Cherry-Ann Waldron, Emma Thomas-Jones, Lucy Brookes-Howell, Mark Kelson, Tim Pickles, Debbie Harris, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Neeraj Saxena, Christopher P Twine
BACKGROUND: Pain after major lower limb amputation for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a significant problem. A perineural catheter (PNC) can be placed adjacent to the major nerve at the time of amputation with a continuous local anaesthetic infusion given postoperatively to try and reduce pain. Although low-quality observational data suggest that PNC usage reduces postoperative opioid requirements, there are limited data regarding its effect on pain. The aim of PLACEMENT is to explore the feasibility of running an effectiveness trial to assess the impact of a PNC with continuous local anaesthetic infusion, inserted at the time of amputation, on short and medium-term postoperative outcomes...
December 28, 2017: Trials
Xiandi Wang, Ying Yi, Dingbo Tang, Yi Chen, Yanhua Jiang, Jun Peng, Jiwei Xiao
CONTEXT: Gabapentin is reported to have an analgesic effect of reducing phantom-limb pain (PLP) in adult patients. There is no study on preoperative use of gabapentin in pediatric population in terms of PLP prevention. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether gabapentin could be used as an adjuvant agent of opioid-based pain control to lower the rate of PLP in pediatric patients undergoing amputation for malignant bone tumors in observation period of 60 days postoperatively...
March 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Andrew J B Pisansky, Ethan Y Brovman, Christine Kuo, Alan D Kaye, Richard D Urman
BACKGROUND: Nontraumatic lower extremity amputation (LEA) remains a common procedure among patients who frequently have significant comorbidities. Patients undergoing above knee amputation (AKA) have the highest rates of mortality in this cohort, yet there is little evidence to support selection between peripheral nerve block or neuraxial regional anesthesia (RA) versus general anesthesia (GA) techniques. The objective of this study was to determine whether RA (neuraxial or peripheral nerve block) techniques were associated with more favorable outcomes versus general anesthesia among patients undergoing AKA...
December 5, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Tuyen Duong Thanh Nguyen, Arunkumar Pitchaimani, Colin Ferrel, Ravindra Thakkar, Santosh Aryal
Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) are highly biocompatible and have a versatile synthetic technique based on coprecipitation, reduction-precipitation, and hydrothermal methods, where Fe3+ and Fe2+ react in aqueous solutions; both these ions are present in our body and have clear metabolic pathways; therefore, they have attracted extensive research interest and development in the field of diagnostic imaging and therapy. However, most SPION-based clinical diagnostic contrast agents are discontinued due to severe pain, low transverse magnetic relaxivity range of 80-180 mM-1 s-1 , shorter circulation half-life, and lack of disease specificity...
December 21, 2017: Nanoscale
J Solomina, J Gołębiewska, M R Kijek, A Kotukhov, P J Bachul, L Basto, K Gołąb, E Konsur, K Cieply, N Fillman, L-J Wang, C C Thomas, L H Philipson, M Tibudan, A Dębska-Ślizień, J Fung, A Gelrud, J B Matthews, P Witkowski
BACKGROUND: Total pancreatectomy (TP) is offered as a last treatment option for pain relief in patients with chronic pancreatitis. Concurrent islets autotransplantation (TP-IAT) may improve glucose control. METHODS: We analyzed results in 20 recent patients who underwent TP-IAT at The University of Chicago. The median observation period was 28 months (2-38). Data were collected prospectively then analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: The number of patients requiring opioids daily for pain control decreased from 16 (80%) prior to surgery to 2 (13%) 1 year after, with only 1 (6...
December 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
Sandra Preißler, Caroline Dietrich, Sandra Seifert, Gunther O Hofmann, Wolfgang H R Miltner, Thomas Weiss
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 23, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
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