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Intractable pain

Steven M Falowski, Ashwini Sharan, James McInerney, Darren Jacobs, Lalit Venkatesan, Filippo Agnesi
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a common intervention for managing intractable pain. Generally, leads are implanted in a minimally invasive procedure with verbal feedback regarding the location and nature of generated paresthesias by active stimulation; in this way their optimal location can be confirmed. However, lead placement under general anesthesia can have additional benefits. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the outcomes of awake vs asleep lead placement procedures...
March 14, 2018: Neurosurgery
Yimin Wang, Fang Ye, Chanyan Huang, Faling Xue, Yingyuan Li, Shaowei Gao, Zeting Qiu, Si Li, Qinchang Chen, Huaqiang Zhou, Yiyan Song, Wenqi Huang, Wulin Tan, Zhongxing Wang
BACKGROUND: Neuropathic pain is one of the common complications after spinal cord injury (SCI), affecting patients' life quality. The molecular mechanism for neuropathic pain after SCI is still unclear. We aimed to discover potential genes and MicroRNAs(miRNAs) related to neuropathic pain by bioinformatics method. METHODS: Microarray data of GSE69901 were obtained from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database. Peripheral blood samples from patients with or without neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) were collected...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Brianna Marie Lutz, Shaogen Wu, Xiyao Gu, Fidelis E Atianjoh, Zhen Li, Brandon M Fox, David M Pollock, Yuan-Xiang Tao
Sickle cell disease is associated with acute painful episodes and chronic intractable pain. Endothelin-1, a known pain inducer, is elevated in the blood plasma of both sickle cell patients and mouse models of sickle cell disease. We show here that the levels of endothelin-1 and its endothelin type A receptor are increased in the dorsal root ganglia of a mouse model of sickle cell disease. Pharmacologic inhibition or neuron-specific knockdown of endothelin type A receptors in primary sensory neurons of dorsal root ganglion alleviated basal and post-hypoxia evoked pain hypersensitivities in sickle cell mice...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Hiroshi Tamura, Tatsuo Kanda, Tadasu Chida, Hitoshi Kameyama, Ukihide Tateishi, Toshifumi Wakai, Makoto Naito
BACKGROUND: Pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis (PCI) is a rare disease characterized by multiple gas-filled cysts in the intestinal wall and is associated with various comorbidities. We report herein a case of intractable paralytic ileus caused by primary PCI. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old man visited out hospital complaining of abdominal pain and vomiting. He had been hospitalized twice for intestinal obstruction in the past 2 months. Based on his history of appendectomy, mechanical bowel obstruction caused by adhesion was diagnosed, and the patient underwent surgery...
March 14, 2018: Surgical Case Reports
Yu-Chen Lu, Yu-Jun Wang, Bin Lu, Ming Chen, Ping Zheng, Jing-Gen Liu
Itch is an unpleasant sensation that initiates scratching behavior. Itch-scratch reaction is a complex phenomenon whose occurrence implicates supraspinal structures required for regulation of sensory, emotional, cognitive, and motivational aspects. However, the central mechanisms underlying the processing of itch and the interplay of the supraspinal regions and spinal cord in regulating itch-scratch processes are poorly understood. Here, we have identified that the neural projections from anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) to dorsal medial striatum (DMS) constitute a critical circuit element for regulating itch-related behaviors in the brain of male C57BL/6J mice...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Tanziyah Muqeem, Biswarup Ghosh, Vitor Pinto, Angelo C Lepore, Manuel Covarrubias
Presynaptic voltage-gated K+ (Kv) channels in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons are thought to regulate nociceptive synaptic transmission in the spinal dorsal horn. However, the Kv channel subtypes responsible for this critical role have not been identified. The Kv3.4 channel is particularly important because it is robustly expressed in DRG nociceptors, where it regulates action potential (AP) duration. Furthermore, Kv3.4 dysfunction is implicated in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain in multiple pain models...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Nirupa D Jayaraj, Bula J Bhattacharyya, Abdelhak A Belmadani, Dongjun Ren, Craig A Rathwell, Sandra Hackelberg, Brittany E Hopkins, Herschel R Gupta, Richard J Miller, Daniela M Menichella
Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) is an intractable complication of diabetes that affects 25% of patients. PDN is characterized by neuropathic pain and small-fiber degeneration, accompanied by dorsal root ganglion (DRG) nociceptor hyperexcitability and loss of their axons within the skin. The molecular mechanisms underlying DRG nociceptor hyperexcitability and small-fiber degeneration in PDN are unknown. We hypothesize that chemokine CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling is central to this mechanism, as we have shown that CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling is necessary for the development of mechanical allodynia, a pain hypersensitivity behavior common in PDN...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Justin Ralph Abbatemarco, Mary Alissa Willis, Robert G Wilson, Sean J Nagel, Andre G Machado, Francois A Bethoux
OBJECTIVES: Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is associated with axial rigidity superimposed on sustained muscle spasms. These symptoms commonly interfere with the performance of activities of daily living including ambulation. This retrospective case series evaluates the outcomes of screening tests and chronic infusion of intrathecal baclofen (ITB) in patients diagnosed with SPS treated in our spasticity clinic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were identified from an institutional review board-approved clinical registry of ITB therapy...
March 13, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
Salman Khan, Imran Khan, Matthew Novak, Asish Regmi, William Difilippo
A 65-year-old man, with a history of hypertension and hyperlipidemia, presented with intractable lower back pain, shortness of breath, and decreasing urine output at the emergency room and was admitted after he was found to have elevated creatinine kinase levels of greater than 160,000 U/L. We discontinued all his home medications, which included atorvastatin and amlodipine. We trended his creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level daily and noticed it decreasing significantly off these meds. We hydrated him with normal saline and monitored his kidney functions...
January 3, 2018: Curēus
Cyril Rivat, Chamroeun Sar, Ilana Mechaly, Jean-Philippe Leyris, Lucie Diouloufet, Corinne Sonrier, Yann Philipson, Olivier Lucas, Sylvie Mallié, Antoine Jouvenel, Adrien Tassou, Henri Haton, Stéphanie Venteo, Jean-Philippe Pin, Eric Trinquet, Fabienne Charrier-Savournin, Alexandre Mezghrani, Willy Joly, Julie Mion, Martine Schmitt, Alexandre Pattyn, Frédéric Marmigère, Pierre Sokoloff, Patrick Carroll, Didier Rognan, Jean Valmier
Peripheral neuropathic pain (PNP) is a debilitating and intractable chronic disease, for which sensitization of somatosensory neurons present in dorsal root ganglia that project to the dorsal spinal cord is a key physiopathological process. Here, we show that hematopoietic cells present at the nerve injury site express the cytokine FL, the ligand of fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 receptor (FLT3). FLT3 activation by intra-sciatic nerve injection of FL is sufficient to produce pain hypersensitivity, activate PNP-associated gene expression and generate short-term and long-term sensitization of sensory neurons...
March 12, 2018: Nature Communications
Yong-Peng Lin, Yong-Jin Li, Bo-Lai Chen, Yu-Hai Guo
RATIONALE: Adult spinal epidermoid cyst (SEC) is a rare tumor. Lumbar laminectomy and tumor removal was a routine surgical procedure for adult spinal epidermoid cyst according to the literature, but postoperative lumbar instability and intractable low back pain may occur. In this study, we presented a brief report of an adult lumbar epidermoid cyst and introduced another surgical approach. PATIENT CONCERNS: This 28-year-old woman has been complaining of the severe right buttock pain and right thigh radiating pain for half a year...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sascha R A Alles, Peter A Smith
Injury to or disease of the nervous system can invoke chronic and sometimes intractable neuropathic pain. Many parallel, interdependent, and time-dependent processes, including neuroimmune interactions at the peripheral, supraspinal, and spinal levels, contribute to the etiology of this "disease of pain." Recent work emphasizes the roles of colony-stimulating factor 1, ATP, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Excitatory processes are enhanced, and inhibitory processes are attenuated in the spinal dorsal horn and throughout the somatosensory system...
April 2018: Pharmacological Reviews
Scott Falci, Charlotte Indeck, Dave Barnkow
OBJECTIVE Surgically created lesions of the spinal cord dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) to relieve central pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) have historically been performed at and cephalad to, but not below, the level of SCI. This study was initiated to investigate the validity of 3 proposed concepts regarding the DREZ in SCI central pain: 1) The spinal cord DREZ caudal to the level of SCI can be a primary generator of SCI below-level central pain. 2) Neuronal transmission from a DREZ that generates SCI below-level central pain to brain pain centers can be primarily through sympathetic nervous system (SNS) pathways...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Assaf Berger, Rotem Tellem, Michal Arad, Uri Hochberg, Tal Gonen, Ido Strauss
Pain is one of the most common symptoms among cancer patients, and particularly in those who suffer from metastatic or terminal disease. There is great importance in delivering good pain management to these patients in order to alleviate their suffering, improve their functional status and their overall quality of life. In most cases, pain management is based on pharmacotherapy with opioids and other medications. However, there are selected patients for whom pharmacotherapy does not achieve acceptable pain relief or is associated with marked side effects...
February 2018: Harefuah
Anil Kumar, Harshpreet Kaur, Arti Singh
Neuropathic Pain (NP) is a painful condition which is a direct consequence of a lesion or disease affecting the somatosensory system with symptoms like allodynia, hyperalgesia. It has complex pathogenesis as it involves several molecular signaling pathways, thus numerous reliable animal models are crucial to understand the underlying mechanism of NP and formulate effective management therapy. Some models like spinal cord injury, chronic constriction injury, spinal nerve ligation, chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy, diabetes-induced NP and many more are discussed...
October 2, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Friedemann Paul, Olwen Murphy, Santiago Pardo, Michael Levy
In the short time since 2014, three pivotal, worldwide studies in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders have been launched: eculizumab, SA237 and inebelizumab, each based on a unique mechanism. Areas covered: In this review, we provide a discussion on the trial data available for each drug, a brief description of the trial design, and our expert opinion on the potential benefits and risks. Expert opinion: Eculizumab, a C5 complement inhibitor, may prove useful in the treatment of intractable cases of NMOSD, but physicians must be aware of the known risk of meningococcal infection...
March 2018: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
Rebecca A LaFleur, Ronald P Wilson, Daniel J Morgan, Angela N Henderson-Redmond
Cannabinoids have shown promise for the treatment of intractable pain states and may represent an alternative pharmacotherapy for pain management. A growing body of clinical evidence suggests a role for sex in pain perception and in cannabinoid response. We examined cannabinoid sensitivity and tolerance in male and female mice expressing a desensitization-resistant form (S426A/S430A) of the cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1R). Mice were assessed for acute and inflammatory nociceptive behaviors in the formalin test following pretreatment with either vehicle or mixed CB1R/CB2R agonists, Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol ([INCREMENT]-THC) (1-6 mg/kg) or CP 55,940 (0...
February 15, 2018: Neuroreport
Guihong Li, Chaochao Zhang, Yuxue Sun, Qingchun Mu, Haiyan Huang
Xanthogranuloma, also referred to as cholesterol granuloma or xanthogranulomatous reaction, is a granulomatous lesion that is infrequently found in the sellar and parasellar regions. Xanthogranulomatous pituitary adenoma is relatively rare and, thus, the etiology, diagnosis, management and prognosis of this condition remain incompletely understood. We herein report the case of a 56-year-old female patient who presented to our institution with intermittent headache, vomiting and distending pain in the bilateral orbital regions...
March 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Akinori Maeda, Isaku Saku, Shotaro Kanda, Kazuo Saita, Toru Akiyama
INTRODUCTION: Obturator internus muscle (OIM) abscess is a rare condition, usually affecting children after trauma or muscular effort. Blood cultures always yield positive findings, with Staphylococcus aureus being the most common culprit. There are few reports in adults. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of OIM abscess in an adult. A 24-year-old male was admitted to our hospital because of right hip pain and fever. He was diagnosed with OIM abscess, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was detected on bacterial examination...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Takashi Suzuki, Ryota Inokuchi, Kazuo Hanaoka, Machi Suka, Hiroyuki Yanagisawa
Objectives: Minimally invasive epiduroscopy has recently been reported as an effective treatment procedure for chronic and intractable low back pain. However, no study has determined safe anesthetics for monitored anesthesia care during epiduroscopy. We aimed to compare and evaluate conventional monitored anesthesia care drugs with dexmedetomidine. Methods: A retrospective study including all patients who underwent epiduroscopy at the JR Tokyo General Hospital from April 2011 to March 2016 was designed...
2018: SAGE Open Medicine
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