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Kumar Rajnish, Sathasivam Sureshkumar, Manwar S Ali, Chellappa Vijayakumar, Sundaramurthi Sudharsanan, Chinnakali Palanivel
Introduction Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is the most commonly done, minimally invasive surgical procedure. Routinely used electrocautery produces more smoke, which masks the operating field, thereby prolongs the surgery and posing an increased risk of gallbladder (GB) perforation. The titanium clips used for clipping the cystic artery and cystic duct have a risk of slippage, which may lead to bleeding, and an increased risk for bile leakage. In addition, it may act as a nidus for stone formation. Advanced energy sources, such as the harmonic scalpel, though expensive, may provide the advantage of shorter operating time by reducing smoke, bloodless dissection in the GB bed, lower risk of bleeding from the cystic artery due to secure vessel sealing, and avoiding the use of a larger number of titanium clips...
January 18, 2018: Curēus
Albert Dahan, Rutger van der Schrier, Terry Smith, Leon Aarts, Monique van Velzen, Marieke Niesters
The ventilatory control system is highly vulnerable to exogenous administered opioid analgesics. Particularly respiratory depression is a potentially lethal complication that may occur when opioids are overdosed or consumed in combination with other depressants such as sleep medication or alcohol. Fatalities occur in acute and chronic pain patients on opioid therapy and individuals that abuse prescription or illicit opioids for their hedonistic pleasure. One important strategy to mitigate opioid-induced respiratory depression is cotreatment with nonopioid respiratory stimulants...
March 19, 2018: Anesthesiology
Alain Bruno Tagne Nouemssi
Tuberculosis (TB) continues to represent an important public health challenge in the world and the USA, especially given its association with HIV infection and population migration. Cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis represents the most common extrapulmonary presentation of TB in the USA. Considerations for other causes of neck mass often contribute to delay in diagnosis. In this report, we describe the case of a 41-year-old man who presented with painful swelling of the neck and was diagnosed with tuberculous lymphadenitis, complicated by HIV therapy-associated immune reconstitution syndrome...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Paul C Briggs, Sage Hayes, Michael Changaris
Background: Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) is a resiliency-based treatment for autonomic nervous systems dysregulation syndromes, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and physical syndromes like chronic pain, migraines, and fibromyalgia. "Transgender/gender non-conforming/gender variant" describes people whose gender identity/expression is different, at least part of the time, from the sex assigned at birth. Research indicates transgender individuals have a higher incidence of depression, anxiety, victimization, and discrimination...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Graziano Onder, Davide L Vetrano, Alessandra Marengoni, J Simon Bell, Kristina Johnell, Katie Palmer
Chronic diseases are considered to be major determinants of frailty and it could be hypothesized that their treatment may counteract the development of frailty. However, the hypothesis that intensive treatment of chronic diseases might reduce the progression of frailty is poorly supported by existing studies. In contrast, some evidence suggests that intensive treatment of chronic diseases may increase negative health outcomes in frail older adults. In particular, if treatment of symptoms related to chronic diseases (i...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Meritxell Llorca-Torralba, Juan A Mico, Esther Berrocoso
The persistent activation of N-methyl-d-aspartate acid receptors (NMDARs) seems to be responsible for a series of changes in neurons associated with neuropathic pain, including the failure of opioids that act through mu-opioid receptors (MORs) to provide efficacious pain relief. As the noradrenergic locus coeruleus (LC) forms part of the endogenous analgesic system, we explored how intra-LC administration of morphine, a MORs agonist, alone or in combination with MK-801, a NMDARs antagonist, affects the sensorial and affective dimension of pain in a rat model of neuropathic pain; chronic constriction injury (CCI)...
March 7, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Sarah Falk
Pain is a major complication for cancer patients significantly compromising their quality of life. Current treatment is far from optimal and particularly bone-related cancer pain poses an increasing clinical and socio-economical problem. Connexins, key proteins in cell-cell communication, have the potential to affect cancer-induced bone pain at multiple levels, including nociceptive signaling and bone degradation. This study tested the analgesic potential of carbenoxolone, a broad-acting connexin blocker, in a mouse model of cancer-induced bone pain...
March 6, 2018: Pain
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
Janneke de Winter, Manouk de Hooge, Marleen van de Sande, Henriëtte de Jong, Lonneke van Hoeven, Anoek de Koning, Inger Jorid Berg, Roberta Ramonda, Dominique Baeten, Désirée van der Heijde, Angelique Weel, Robert Landewé
OBJECTIVE: To compare MRI of the sacroiliac joints (MRI-SI) of healthy, symptomless individuals and those with known mechanical strain acting upon SI joints to axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and chronic back pain (CBP) patients. METHODS: Three trained, calibrated and blinded readers randomly scored MRI-SI of 172 subjects: 47 healthy individuals without current/past back pain; 47 axSpA patients from the SPondyloArthritis Caught Early (SPACE) cohort (with a previously confirmed positive MRI-SI); 47 CBP controls (irrespective of MRI-SI results) from the SPACE cohort; 7 women with postpartum back pain; and 24 frequent runners...
March 7, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Dustin Anderson, Nabeela Nathoo, Jian-Qiang Lu, Kinga T Kowalewska-Grochowska, Christopher Power
Sarcocystosis is a zoonotic infection that causes intestinal and muscular illnesses in humans. Sarcocystosis was until recently considered rare in humans. To complete their life cycle, Sarcocystis species require both a definitive and an intermediate host. Humans are the definitive host when infected by one of two species: Sarcocystis hominis (from eating undercooked beef) or Sarcocystis suihominis (from eating uncooked pork). Infection with either of these species results in intestinal sarcocystosis, causing a self-limited disease characterized by nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
Nathan R Blue, Cristina Murray-Krezan, Shana Drake-Lavelle, Daniel Weinberg, Bradley D Holbrook, Vivek R Katukuri, Lawrence Leeman, Ellen L Mozurkewich
BACKGROUND: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use has been shown to increase blood pressure in non-pregnant adults. Because of this, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests avoiding their use in women with postpartum hypertension; however, evidence to support this recommendation is lacking. OBJECTIVES: Our goal was to test the hypothesis that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, adversely affect postpartum blood pressure control in women with preeclampsia with severe features...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
William B White, Peter Kowey, Ulysses Diva, Mark Sostek, Raj Tummala
BACKGROUND: Naloxegol is a novel selective, peripherally acting μ-opioid receptor antagonist for treating opioid-induced constipation (OIC) in patients with chronic pain syndromes. We analyzed the cardiovascular (CV) safety of naloxegol based on data from its development program prior to approval by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2015. METHODS: Comprehensive CV safety analyses were performed in 4 clinical studies of naloxegol (12.5 and/or 25 mg) in patients with noncancer pain and OIC: two 12-week, double-blind, randomized studies; a 12-week, double-blind, extension study; and a 52-week, randomized, open-label study versus usual care...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Bruno K Rodiño-Janeiro, María Vicario, Carmen Alonso-Cotoner, Roberto Pascua-García, Javier Santos
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), one of the most frequent digestive disorders, is characterized by chronic and recurrent abdominal pain and altered bowel habit. The origin seems to be multifactorial and is still not well defined for the different subtypes. Genetic, epigenetic and sex-related modifications of the functioning of the nervous and immune-endocrine supersystems and regulation of brain-gut physiology and bile acid production and absorption are certainly involved. Acquired predisposition may act in conjunction with infectious, toxic, dietary and life event-related factors to enhance epithelial permeability and elicit mucosal microinflammation, immune activation and dysbiosis...
March 1, 2018: Advances in Therapy
Denys Fontaine, Serena Santucci, Michel Lanteri-Minet
Cluster headache (CH) is a primary headache and considered as one of the worst pains known to man. The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) plays a pivotal role in cranial autonomic symptoms associated with pain. Lesioning procedures involving the SPG and experimental acute SPG stimulation have shown some degree of efficacy with regard to CH. A neuromodulation device, chronically implanted in the pterygopalatine fossa, has been specifically designed for acute on-demand SPG stimulation. In a pilot placebo-controlled study in 28 patients suffering from refractory chronic CH, alleviation of pain was achieved in 67...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
Matthew Scott Herbert, Niloofar Afari, J B Robinson, Andrew Listvinsky, Mark W Bondi, Julie Loebach Wetherell
Neuropsychological (NP) performance has been associated with psychosocial treatment outcomes in non-pain conditions, but has never been investigated in chronic pain. We performed a secondary analysis on the association of baseline NP performance with treatment outcomes among veterans with chronic pain (N = 117) undergoing an 8-week Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention. Participants completed measures of pain interference, pain severity, quality of life, activity levels, depression, and pain-related anxiety at baseline, mid-treatment, and post-treatment...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
Baihui Li, Fengjuan Wang, Nicolas Schall, Sylviane Muller
Sjögren's syndrome is a multifactorial systemic autoimmune disorder characterized by lymphocytic infiltrates in exocrine organs. Patients present with sicca symptoms, such as extensive dry eyes and dry mouth, and parotid enlargement. Other serious complications include profound fatigue, chronic pain, major organ involvement, neuropathies and lymphomas. Current treatments only focus on relieving symptoms and do not target the origin of the disease, which is largely unknown. The question we addressed here was whether some defects exist in autophagy processes in Sjögren's syndrome and if they can be corrected or minimized using an appropriate mechanism-driven treatment targeting this central survival pathway...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Heather D Simister, Gregg A Tkachuk, Barbara L Shay, Norah Vincent, Joseph J Pear, Ryan Q Skrabek
In this study, 67 participants (95% female) with fibromyalgia (FM) were randomly assigned to an online acceptance and commitment therapy (online ACT) + treatment as usual (TAU) protocol or a TAU control condition. Online ACT + TAU participants were asked to complete seven modules over an 8-week period. Assessments were completed at pre-treatment, post-treatment, and three-month follow-up periods and included measures of FM impact (primary outcome), depression, pain, sleep, 6-minute walk, sit-to-stand, pain acceptance (primary process variable), mindfulness, cognitive fusion, valued living, kinesiophobia, and pain catastrophizing...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
Maria Domenica Sanna, Nicoletta Galeotti
Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACIs) interfere with the epigenetic process of histone acetylation and are known to have analgesic properties in models of chronic inflammatory pain. Administration of a selective HDAC1 inhibitor (LG325) in SNI-subjected mice significantly attenuated behavior related to injury-induced pain. Understanding the HDAC1 pathway in epigenetic regulation of pathological pain is of great medical relevance. Spared nerve injury (SNI) mice showed a significant increase in the HDAC1 protein levels within spinal cord in coincidence with the nociceptive phenotype at 1 and 3 weeks after nerve injury...
February 27, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
T Heinosalo, M Gabriel, L Kallio, P Adhikari, K Huhtinen, T D Laajala, E Kaikkonen, A Mehmood, P Suvitie, H Kujari, T Aittokallio, A Perheentupa, M Poutanen
STUDY QUESTION: What is the role of SFRP2 in endometriosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: SFRP2 acts as a canonical WNT/CTNNB1 signaling agonist in endometriosis, regulating endometriosis lesion growth and indicating endometriosis lesion borders together with CTNNB1 (also known as beta catenin). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Endometriosis is a common, chronic disease that affects women of reproductive age, causing pain and infertility, and has significant economic impact on national health systems...
February 15, 2018: Human Reproduction
S K Totsch, R Y Meir, T L Quinn, S A Lopez, B A Gower, R E Sorge
SIGNIFICANCE: Obesity may increase susceptibility to chronic pain often due to poor diet. Diet has potential to be used as treatment for pain. The current study investigates the use of a novel translatable diet to act as a preventative (i.e., prior to surgery) or an intervention (i.e., following an injury). BACKGROUND: Obesity and chronic pain are prevalent concerns. Pain is frequently experienced in weight bearing joints, but is common in other areas of the body as well, suggesting other factors...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
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