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Mikkel Thøgersen, John Hansen, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Herta Flor, Laura Petrini
The purpose of the present study was to assess changes in body perception when visual feedback was removed from the hand and arm with the purpose of resembling the visual deprivation arising from amputation. The illusion was created by removing the visual feedback from the participants' own left forearm using a mixed reality (MR) and green screen environment. Thirty healthy persons (15 female) participated in the study. Each subject experienced two MR conditions, one with and one without visual feedback from the left hand, and a baseline condition with normal vision of the limb (no MR)...
March 15, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Julia P Slopsema, John M Boss, Lane A Heyboer, Carson M Tobias, Brooke P Draggoo, Kathleen E Finn, Payton J Hoff, Katharine H Polasek
Background: Electrical stimulation is increasingly relevant in a variety of medical treatments. In this study, surface electrical stimulation was evaluated as a method to non-invasively target a neural function, specifically natural sensation in the distal limbs. Method: Electrodes were placed over the median and ulnar nerves at the elbow and the common peroneal and lateral sural cutaneous nerves at the knee. Strength-duration curves for sensation were compared between nerves...
2018: Open Biomedical Engineering Journal
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
B González-García, S García-Isidoro, J Contreras-Alcántara, J A Martínez-Gil, M A Díaz Y Orea, V O Castellanos-Sánchez
The most frequent diabetes-related complications are diabetic foot and glaucoma, which lead to amputation and loss of vision, respectively. Current scientific and technologic developments have permitted the design and implementation of prosthetic systems that are optimal for these patients, as the latter adapt themselves to them and can resume activities of daily living. The lack of economic resources compromises the quality of the prostheses patients can afford, as they resort to «artisanal» or «rustic» systems that hamper their adaptation process...
September 2017: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
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
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
Francesca Garbarini, Ambra Bisio, Monica Biggio, Lorenzo Pia, Marco Bove
Amputees with phantom limb sometimes report vivid experiences of moving their phantom. Is phantom movement only "imaginary", or, instead, it has physiological properties comparable to those pertaining to real movements? To answer this question, we took advantage of the intermanual transfer of sequence learning, occurring when one hand motor skills improve after training with the other hand. Ten healthy controls and two upper-limb amputees (with and without phantom-movement) were recruited. They were asked to perform with the right (intact) hand a fingers-thumb opposition sequence either in Naïve condition or after an active (Real condition) or a mental (Imagery condition) training with the left (phantom) hand...
February 6, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
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
Sebastian Dieguez, Mélanie Kaeser, Camille Roux, Jérôme Cottet, Jean-Marie Annoni, Eric Schmidlin
Patients with supernumerary phantom limb report experiencing an additional limb duplicating its physical counterpart, usually following a stroke with sensorimotor disturbances. Here, we report a short-lasting case of a right upper supernumerary phantom limb with unusual visuomotor features in a healthy participant during a pure Jacksonian motor seizure unexpectedly induced by continuous Theta-Burst Stimulation over the left primary motor cortex. Electromyographic correlates of the event followed the phenomenological pattern of sudden appearance and brutal dissolution of the phantom, adding credit to the hypothesis that supernumerary phantom limb results from a dynamic resolution of conflictual multimodal information...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
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
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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