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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103165/burn-wound-healing-present-concepts-treatment-strategies-and-future-directions
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A Oryan, E Alemzadeh, A Moshiri
Burns are the most extensive forms of soft tissue injuries occasionally resulting in extensive and deep wounds and death. Burns can lead to severe mental and emotional distress, because of excessive scarring and skin contractures. Treatment of burns has always been a difficult medical problem and many different methods have been used to treat such injuries, locally. Biofilms are a collection of microorganisms that delay wound healing. One of the new methods of prevention and treatment of burn wound infections is application of antimicrobials, which act on biofilms and prevent the wound infection...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096225/not-so-patchy-story-of-attempted-suicide%C3%A2-leading-to-24%C3%A2-hours-of-deep-sleep-and-survival
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Adam Joseph Trist, Hardeep Sahota, Lucy Williams
Here, we present a somewhat unusual suicide attempt where, despite an unbelievable overdose with transdermal fentanyl patches, the patient survived. The patient-a woman aged 70 years, who has suffered from chronic back pain despite starting transdermal fentanyl patches in 2007. The unconventional method of attempted suicide was based on online research into deaths from fentanyl patch toxicity. She had gradually accumulated 100 µg fentanyl patches from repeat prescriptions, applying 14 patches with fatal intent, alongside 2 45 mg mirtazapine tablets, and concurrent therapeutic doses of tramadol and morphine sulfate oral solution...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088218/spinal-versus-general-anaesthesia-in-surgery-for-inguinodynia-spinasia-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Willem A R Zwaans, Léon H P M le Mair, Marc R M Scheltinga, Rudi M H Roumen
BACKGROUND: Chronic inguinodynia (groin pain) is a common complication following open inguinal hernia repair or a Pfannenstiel incision but may also be experienced after other types of (groin) surgery. If conservative treatments are to no avail, tailored remedial surgery, including a neurectomy and/or a (partial) meshectomy, may be considered. Retrospective studies in patients with chronic inguinodynia suggested that spinal anaesthesia is superior compared to general anaesthesia in terms of pain relief following remedial operations...
January 14, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073787/col6a5-variants-in-familial-neuropathic-chronic-itch
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Filippo Martinelli-Boneschi, Marina Colombi, Marco Castori, Grazia Devigili, Roberto Eleopra, Rayaz A Malik, Marco Ritelli, Nicoletta Zoppi, Chiara Dordoni, Melissa Sorosina, Paola Grammatico, Hassan Fadavi, Monique M Gerrits, Rowida Almomani, Catharina G Faber, Ingemar S J Merkies, Daniela Toniolo, Massimiliano Cocca, Claudio Doglioni, Stephen G Waxman, Sulayman D Dib-Hajj, Michela M Taiana, Jenny Sassone, Raffaella Lombardi, Daniele Cazzato, Andrea Zauli, Silvia Santoro, Margherita Marchi, Giuseppe Lauria
Itch is thought to represent the peculiar response to stimuli conveyed by somatosensory pathways shared with pain through the activation of specific neurons and receptors. It can occur in association with dermatological, systemic and neurological diseases, or be the side effect of certain drugs. However, some patients suffer from chronic idiopathic itch that is frequently ascribed to psychological distress and for which no biomarker is available to date. We investigated three multigenerational families, one of which diagnosed with joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type (JHS/EDS-HT), characterized by idiopathic chronic itch with predominantly proximal distribution...
January 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072810/high-frequency-spinal-cord-stimulation-for-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-a-case-report
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Joseph T Crapanzano, Lisa M Harrison-Bernard, Mark R Jones, Alan D Kaye, Erich O Richter, Mordeci N Potash
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic, debilitating, neuropathic pain condition which is often misdiagnosed, difficult to manage, and lacks proven methods for remission. Most available methods provide some relief to a small percentage of patients. Recent FDA approval and superiority of the Nevro Senza 10-kHz high frequency (HF10) spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy over traditional low-frequency spinal cord stimulation for treatment of chronic back and leg pain may provide a new interventional therapeutic option for patients suffering from CRPS...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072466/chronic-pain-and-impaired-glial-glutamate-transporter-function-in-lupus-prone-mice-are-ameliorated-by-blocking-csf-1-receptors
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Xisheng Yan, Dylan W Maixner, Fen Li, Han-Rong Weng
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi-organ disease of unknown etiology in which the normal immune responses are directed against the body's own healthy tissues. Patients with SLE often suffer from chronic pain. Currently, no animal studies have been reported about the mechanisms underlying pain in SLE. In this study, the development of chronic pain in MRL lupus-prone (MRL/lpr) mice, a well-established lupus mouse model, was characterized for the first time. We found that female MRL/lpr mice developed thermal hyperalgesia at the age of 13 weeks, and mechanical allodynia at the age of 16 weeks...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067939/care-strategies-and-therapeutic-pathways-for-chronic-pain-patients-in-abruzzo-region-italy
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C Leuter, A Piroli, A Paladini, M Tudini, G Varrassi
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is considered to be among the most disabling and costly diseases in North America, Europe and Australia. A large survey was conducted on chronic pain in Europe, called Pain in Europe. Italy ranks third in Europe in terms of prevalence, with 26% of the population suffering from chronic pain at some point. In 2010 Italy passed Law 38/2010, to ensure treatment for pain control in patients with oncological diseases as well as in patients with chronic non-cancer pain through a network of care services...
January 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065875/comparing-quality-of-life-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-with-other-chronic-debilitating-diseases-using-the-sf-36-survey
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Taemin Oh, Renaud Lafage, Virginie Lafage, Themistocles Protopsaltis, Vincent Challier, Christopher Shaffrey, Han Jo Kim, Paul Arnold, Jens Chapman, Frank Schwab, Eric Massicotte, Tim Yoon, Shay Bess, Michael Fehlings, Justin Smith, Christopher Ames
BACKGROUND: Although cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) can be devastating, its relative impact on general health remains unclear. Patient responses to the SF-36 PCS/MCS were compared between CSM and other diseases to evaluate their respective impacts on quality of life. OBJECTIVE: Compare SF-36 PCS/MCS scores in CSM to population and disease-specific norms. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of a prospective, multi-center AOSpine North American CSM Study database...
January 5, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063649/biologic-drugs-as-analgesics-for-the-management-of-osteoarthritis
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Theodoros Dimitroulas, Tosin Lambe, Rainer Klocke, George D Kitas, Rui V Duarte
BACKGROUND: Biologic drugs are novel therapeutic agents with demonstrated effectiveness in the management of a variety of chronic inflammatory disorders. Unmet needs in the treatment of chronic pain have led physicians to utilize a similar approach to patients suffering from conditions not characterized by systemic inflammation such as osteoarthritis (OA). The aim of this review is to discuss the current knowledge on the use of commonly used biologic agents [i.e., anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNF alpha) and anti-nerve growth factor (anti-NGF)] for the management of OA...
December 5, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062862/efficacy-of-selected-electrical-therapies-on-chronic-low-back-pain-a-comparative-clinical-pilot-study
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Joanna Rajfur, Małgorzata Pasternok, Katarzyna Rajfur, Karolina Walewicz, Beata Fras, Bartosz Bolach, Robert Dymarek, Joanna Rosinczuk, Tomasz Halski, Jakub Taradaj
BACKGROUND In the currently available research publications on electrical therapy of low back pain, generally no control groups or detailed randomization were used, and such studies were often conducted with relatively small groups of patients, based solely on subjective questionnaires and pain assessment scales (lacking measurement methods to objectify the therapeutic progress). The available literature also lacks a comprehensive and large-scale clinical study. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of treating low back pain using selected electrotherapy methods...
January 7, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059937/laparoscopic-adhesiolysis-in-chronic-abdominal-pain-15-year-follow-up-study
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Paavo Paajanen, Anne Fagerström, Hannu Paajanen
BACKGROUND/GOAL: Intra-abdominal adhesions are probably underdiagnosed cause for chronic abdominal pain. Our aim was to evaluate late (>10 y) effect of laparoscopic adhesiolysis on chronic abdominal pain. STUDY: This was a nonrandomized follow-up study of 68 patients (9 males, 59 females) who suffered chronic abdominal pain. The index operation (laparoscopy and adhesiolysis; n=72 patients) was performed during 1997 to 2001. A quality-of-life questionnaire was asked after the mean follow-up time of 15 years...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059430/attitudes-toward-the-canadian-guideline-for-safe-and-effective-use-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-a-qualitative-study
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Yaping Chang, Kan Lun Zhu, Ivan D Florez, Sung Min Cho, Nasim Zamir, Augustin Toma, Reza Donald Mirza, Gordon H Guyatt, Norman Buckley, Jason W Busse
BACKGROUND: Chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) refers to all pain disorders, not due to cancer, that persist for ≥3 months. The point prevalence of CNCP in the general population of Western countries is between 19 and 33 percent. Opioids are commonly prescribed for CNCP and are associated with both benefits and harms. The Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for CNCP was published in 2010 to provide guidance for optimal opioid prescribing in patients with CNCP. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the attitudes toward, and use of, the Canadian Opioids Guideline among pain physicians...
November 2016: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058032/understanding-patient-perspectives-on-management-of-their-chronic-pain-online-survey-protocol
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Manasi Gaikwad, Simon Vanlint, G Lorimer Moseley, Murthy N Mittinty, Nigel Stocks
BACKGROUND: It is widely recognized that both doctors and patients report discontent regarding pain management provided and received. The impact of chronic pain on an individual's life resonates beyond physical and mental suffering; equal or at times even greater impact is observed on an individual's personal relationships, ability to work, and social interactions. The degree of these effects in each individual varies, mainly because of differences in biological factors, social environment, past experiences, support, and belief systems...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057546/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-a-hydrogel-based-microneedle-device-for-transdermal-electro-modulated-analgesia
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Sunaina Indermun, Yahya E Choonara, Pradeep Kumar, Lisa C du Toit, Girish Modi, Regina Luttge, Mershen Govender, Viness Pillay
With a significant portion of the world suffering from chronic pain, the management and treatment of this condition still requires extensive research to successfully mobilize and functionalize its sufferers. This paper details the in vitro and in vivo evaluation of a transdermal Electro-Modulated Hydrogel- Microneedle array (EMHM) device for the treatment of chronic pain. In vitro characterization of the Electro-Modulated Hydrogel was undertaken prior to the determination of the in vivo release, histopathological and pharmacokinetic profiles of the EMHM in a Sprague Dawley rat model...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053926/the-efficacy-of-internet-based-intervention-on-quality-of-life-for-patients-with-chronic-post-surgical-pain
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Min Li, Miao Zhang, Heng Wang, Xuefeng Pan, Wenbin Wu, Qi Zhang, Yun Liu, Hui Zhang
BACKGROUND: The objective of the present study was to explore the efficacy of internet-based intervention on quality of life of patients with chronic post-surgical pain (CPSP). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on 81 patients diagnosed with CPSP after radical resection for lung cancer between January 2013 and July 2014. They were enrolled either as part of the conventional care group which included 40 cases or the internet-based pain intervention group which included 41 cases...
December 2016: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052444/cortical-thickness-and-functional-connectivity-abnormality-in-chronic-headache-and-low-back-pain-patients
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Qing Yang, Zewei Wang, Lixia Yang, Yonghua Xu, Li Min Chen
This study aims to characterize the psychological wellbeing of chronic headache (CH) patients, to identify cortical structural abnormalities and any associations of those abnormalities with resting state functional connectivity (rsFC), and to determine whether such rsFC abnormality is specific to CH patients. Compared with healthy controls (CONCH ), CH patients suffered from mild depression, sleep disturbances, and relatively poor quality of life. CH patients also exhibited widespread cortical thickness (CT) abnormalities in left premotor (BA6), right primary somatosensory (S1) and right prefrontal (BA10) cortices, as well as in regions of default mode and executive control networks...
January 4, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025371/prevalence-of-myofascial-pain-syndrome-in-chronic-non-specific-neck-pain-a-population-based-cross-sectional-descriptive-study
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Ester Cerezo-Téllez, María Torres-Lacomba, Orlando Mayoral-Del Moral, Beatriz Sánchez-Sánchez, Jan Dommerholt, Carlos Gutiérrez-Ortega
BACKGROUND: Chronic non-specific neck pain is a frequent complaint. It is a recognized medical and socioeconomic problem and a frequent cause of job absenteeism. In recent years, case reports about myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) are emerging among patients suffering from pain. MPS is a regional pain syndrome characterized by myofascial trigger points (MTrP) in palpable taut bands of skeletal muscle that refer pain to a distance, and that can cause distant motor and autonomic effects. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of active and latent MTrPs in subjects suffering from chronic non-specific neck pain...
December 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011806/nationwide-cross-sectional-study-of-the-impact-of-chronic-pain-on-an-individual-s-employment-relationship-with-the-family-and-the-social-support
#18
Helena de Sola, Alejandro Salazar, María Dueñas, Begoña Ojeda, Inmaculada Failde
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and the factors related to sick leave and job loss among individuals suffering from chronic pain (CP), and to analyse specifically the effect of family and social support on the individual's employment. DESIGN: Observational cross-sectional study. SETTING: Data were collected using structured computer-assisted telephone interviews between February and June 2011. PARTICIPANTS: A nationwide study of 1543 Spanish adults of working age (<65), 213 of whom suffered from CP (pain suffered at least 4 or 5 days a week during the past 3 months, according to the criteria of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP))...
December 23, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007591/the-effectiveness-of-treatments-for-patients-with-medication-overuse-headache-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
Maaike J de Goffau, Andre R E Klaver, Marjolein G Willemsen, Patrick J E Bindels, Arianne P Verhagen
Worldwide, about 1-2% of the adult population suffers from chronic headache due to overuse of pain medication. Guidelines recommend acute withdrawal of medication, but the optimal treatment remains unknown. We aim to evaluate the benefit of treatments for patients with medication overuse headache (MOH). We performed an extensive literature search until November 2015, selecting randomized controlled trials that evaluated interventions for adults with MOH. Two authors assessed the eligible trials and extracted data...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005251/investigating-trust-expertise-and-epistemic-injustice-in-chronic-pain
#20
Daniel Z Buchman, Anita Ho, Daniel S Goldberg
Trust is central to the therapeutic relationship, but the epistemic asymmetries between the expert healthcare provider and the patient make the patient, the trustor, vulnerable to the provider, the trustee. The narratives of pain sufferers provide helpful insights into the experience of pain at the juncture of trust, expert knowledge, and the therapeutic relationship. While stories of pain sufferers having their testimonies dismissed are well documented, pain sufferers continue to experience their testimonies as being epistemically downgraded...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
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