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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221302/diagnostic-criteria-for-small-fiber-neuropathy
#1
Derrick Blackmore, Zaeem A Siddiqi
OBJECTIVES: Despite its relative common occurrence, definitive diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy (SFN) remains problematic. In practice, patients with pain, numbness, and/or paresthesias in their lower limbs are diagnosed with SFN if found to have dissociated sensory loss in their feet, that is, impaired pinprick perception (PP) but relatively preserved vibration. We sought to assess the sensitivity and specificity of clinical examination and various diagnostic tools available for screening SFN...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195718/improvement-of-methane-framework-interaction-by-controlling-pore-size-and-functionality-of-pillared-mofs
#2
Sayed Ali Akbar Razavi, Mohammad Yaser Masoomi, Timur Islamoglu, Ali Morsali, Yan Xu, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K Farha, Jun Wang, Peter C Junk
The rational design of functionalized porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for gas adsorption applications has been applied using three spacer ligands H2DPT (3,6-di(pyridin-4-yl)-1,4-dihydro-1,2,4,5-tetrazine), DPT (3,6-di(pyridin-4-yl)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine), and BPDH (2,5-bis(4-pyridyl)-3,4-diaza-2,4-hexadiene) to synthesize TMU-34, [Zn(OBA)(H2DPT)0.5]n·DMF, TMU-34(-2H), [Zn(OBA)(DPT)0.5]n·DMF, and TMU-5, [Zn(OBA)(BPDH)0.5]n·1.5DMF, respectively. By controlling the pore size and chemical functionality of these three MOFs, we can improve the interactions between CO2 and especially CH4 with the frameworks...
February 14, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160223/quantitative-sensory-testing-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
#3
Odette Fründt, Wiebke Grashorn, Daniel Schöttle, Ina Peiker, Nicole David, Andreas K Engel, Katarina Forkmann, Nathalie Wrobel, Alexander Münchau, Ulrike Bingel
Altered sensory perception has been found in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and might be related to aberrant sensory perception thresholds. We used the well-established, standardized Quantitative sensory testing (QST) protocol of the German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain to investigate 13 somatosensory parameters including thermal and tactile detection and pain thresholds in 13 ASD adults and 13 matched healthy controls with normal IQ values. There were no group differences between somatosensory detection and pain thresholds...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157282/chalcogenide-aerogels-as-sorbents-for-noble-gases-xe-kr
#4
Kota S Subrahmanyam, Ioannis Spanopoulos, Jaehun Chun, Brian J Riley, Praveen K Thallapally, Pantelis N Trikalitis, Mercouri G Kanatzidis
High-surface-area molybdenum sulfide (MoSx) and antimony sulfide (SbSx) chalcogels were studied for Xe/Kr gas separation. The intrinsic soft Lewis basic character of the chalcogel framework is a unique property among the large family of porous materials and lends itself to a potential new approach toward the selective separation of Xe over Kr. Among these chalcogels, MoSx shows the highest Xe and Kr uptake, reaching 0.69 mmol g(-1) (1.05 mmol cm(-3)) and 0.28 mmol g(-1) (0.42 mmol cm(-3)) respectively, at 273 K and 1 bar...
February 3, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146319/unimpaired-endogenous-pain-inhibition-in-the-early-phase-of-complex-regional-pain-syndrome
#5
N Kumowski, T Hegelmaier, J Kolbenschlag, C Maier, T Mainka, J Vollert, E Enax-Krumova
BACKGROUND: The complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is characterized by distal generalisation of pain beyond the initial trauma. This might be the result of impaired endogenous pain inhibition. METHOD: We compared Conditioned Pain Modulation (CPM) between patients with CRPS (n = 24; pain: 4.5 ± 2.2, NRS 0-10; disease duration <1 year), neuralgia (n = 17; pain: 5.5 ± 1.1) and healthy subjects (n = 23) and its correlation with loss and gain of function as assessed by Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST)...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131214/quantitative-sensory-testing-and-structural-assessment-of-sensory-nerve-fibres-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#6
Baris Isak, Kirsten Pugdahl, Páll Karlsson, Hatice Tankisi, Nanna Brix Finnerup, Jasna Furtula, Birger Johnsen, Niels Sunde, Johannes Jakobsen, Anders Fuglsang-Frederiksen
OBJECTIVE: In this prospective study, involvement of sensory nerve fibres in ALS patients was assessed using functional and structural measures in the form of quantitative sensory testing (QST) and skin and nerve biopsies. METHODS: Thirty-two ALS patients and 32 healthy subjects were evaluated with a QST battery comprising thresholds of mechanical detection, mechanical pain, vibration detection, cold detection, warm detection, heat pain, and pinprick sensation. Skin biopsies were evaluated in 31 ALS patients by intraepidermal nerve fibre density (IENFD) and axonal swelling ratios, and growth-associated protein 43 (GAP-43) antibody staining...
February 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118423/effect-of-experimental-periodontal-ligament-pain-on-gingival-somatosensory-sensitivity
#7
Shengyi Lu, Peter Svensson, Zhenting Zhang, Thomas List, Lene Baad-Hansen
AIMS: To use a randomized, blinded, crossover design to evaluate the possible heterotopic effects of experimental periodontal ligament pain on adjacent gingival somatosensory sensitivity. METHODS: A total of 12 healthy volunteers (8 female, 4 male; mean age ± standard error in means (SEM): 28 ± 1 years) participated in two randomized experimental quantitative sensory testing (QST) sessions, one in which capsaicin (experimental) was injected into the periodontal ligament and one in which isotonic saline (control) was injected...
January 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118417/pain-from-dental-implant-placement-inflammatory-pulpitis-pain-and-neuropathic-pain-present-different-somatosensory-profiles
#8
André Luís Porporatti, Leonardo Rigoldi Bonjardim, Juliana Stuginski-Barbosa, Estevam Augusto Bonfante, Yuri Martins Costa, Paulo César Rodrigues Conti
AIMS: To address the two following questions: (1) What kind of somatosensory abnormalities may be characterized in patients receiving dental implants (IMP), in ongoing inflammatory dental pulpitis (IP) patients, and in neuropathic pain (atypical odontalgia [AO]) patients? and (2) What sort of sensory and neural changes may result from dental implant placement surgery and pulpectomy? METHODS: A total of 60 subjects were divided into three groups: the IMP (n = 20), IP (n = 20), and AO groups (n = 20)...
January 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117333/usefulness-of-laser-evoked-potentials-and-quantitative-sensory-testing-in-the-diagnosis-of-neuropathic-spinal-cord-injury-pain-a-multiple-case-study
#9
G Landmann, M F Berger, L Stockinger, E Opsommer
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the contribution of laser-evoked potentials (LEPs) and quantitative sensory testing (QST) to the diagnosis of neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and inconclusive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings. SETTING: A multidisciplinary pain center. METHODS: QST (DFNS protocol) and Tm-YAG-laser stimulation of the skin were applied within the pain site corresponding with dermatomes of altered sensation...
January 24, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106324/verbal-instructions-influence-pain-thresholds-assessment-a-study-using-manual-and-electronic-mechanical-stimulators
#10
K Suzuki, L Baad-Hansen, P Svensson
BACKGROUND: Quantitative sensory testing (QST) relies on psychophysical techniques and instructions to test subjects. This study examined the effect of different verbal instructions for mechanical pain thresholds (MPTs) using two different stimulation techniques; weighted pinprick stimulators and an electronic von Frey device (EvF). The test-retest reliability and within session variability in the MPTs for each verbal instruction were compared in addition. METHODS: Sixteen healthy volunteers participated...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091815/quantitative-validation-of-sensory-mapping-in-persistent-postherniorrhaphy-inguinal-pain-patients-undergoing-triple-neurectomy
#11
M F Bjurström, R Álvarez, A L Nicol, R Olmstead, P K Amid, D C Chen
PURPOSE: Neurectomy of the inguinal nerves may be considered for selected refractory cases of chronic postherniorrhaphy inguinal pain (CPIP). There is to date a paucity of easily applicable clinical tools to identify neuropathic pain and examine the neurosensory effects of remedial surgery. The present quantitative sensory testing (QST) pilot study evaluates a sensory mapping technique. METHODS: Longitudinal (preoperative, immediate postoperative, and late postoperative) dermatomal sensory mapping and a comprehensive QST protocol were conducted in CPIP patients with unilateral, predominantly neuropathic inguinodynia presenting for triple neurectomy (n = 13)...
January 13, 2017: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067993/on-the-structure-property-relationships-of-cation-exchanged-zk-5-zeolites-for-co2-adsorption
#12
Trong Pham, Raul Lobo, Matthew Hudson, Craig Brown
The CO2 adsorption properties of cation-exchanged Li-, Na-, K-, and Mg-ZK-5 zeolites are correlated to the molecular structures determined by Rietveld refinements of synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction patterns. Li-, K-, and Na-ZK-5 all exhibit high isosteric heats of adsorption (Qst) at low CO2 coverage, with Na-ZK-5 having the highest Qst (≈49 kJ/mol). Mg2+ is located at the center of the zeolite hexagonal prism, with the cation inaccessible to CO2, leading to a much lower Qst (≈30 kJ/mol) and lower overall uptake capacity...
January 9, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025370/prognosis-after-surgical-treatment-of-trigeminal-neuropathy-with-a-pga-c-tube-report-of-10-cases
#13
Kenji Seo, Makoto Terumitsu, Yuji Inada, Tatsuo Nakamura, Keiji Shigeno, Yutaka Tanaka
OBJECTIVE: Although surgery using a polyglycolic acid-collagen (PGA-c) tube is effective for peripheral nerve injury-induced chronic hand pain, it has not been applied to trigeminal nerve lesions because of the difficult approach. We used a PGA-c tube during surgery for trigeminal neuropathy and evaluated its prognosis based on the outcomes. DESIGN: Case report. SETTING AND PATIENTS: In the dental anesthesia division of a university hospital, 11 patients with severe dysesthesia underwent surgical repair of a damaged lingual nerve (LN) or inferior alveolar nerve (IAN)...
December 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004244/gender-differences-after-lumbar-sequestrectomy-a-prospective-clinical-trial-using-quantitative-sensory-testing
#14
Anja Tschugg, Wolfgang N Löscher, Sara Lener, Matthias Wildauer, Sebastian Hartmann, Sabrina Neururer, Claudius Thomé
BACKGROUND: Quantitative sensory testing (QST) gained popularity to evaluate the time course of recovery in sensory dysfunction and the results of different treatment options. Concerning sex differences in lumbar spine surgery, female gender seems to play a major role as a negative prognostic factor in different spinal disorders. For this purpose, we hypothesised that there are also comparable differences in pain patterns in men and women after lumbar sequestrectomy using QST. METHODS: We applied the QST protocol of the German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain in 53 patients (21 women and 32 men) with a single lumbar disc herniation confirmed on MRI treated by a lumbar sequestrectomy...
December 21, 2016: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001155/microporous-rod-metal-organic-frameworks-with-diverse-zn-cd-triazolate-ribbons-as-secondary-building-units-for-co2-uptake-and-selective-adsorption-of-hydrocarbons
#15
Jian-Wei Zhang, Man-Cheng Hu, Shu-Ni Li, Yu-Cheng Jiang, Quan-Guo Zhai
The synthetic design of new porous open-framework materials with pre-designed pore properties for desired applications such as gas adsorption and separation remains challenging. We proposed one such class of materials, rod metal-organic frameworks (rod MOFs), which can be tuned by using rod secondary building units (rod SBUs) with different geometrical and chemical features. Our approach takes advantage of the readily accessible metal-triazolate 1-D motifs as rod SBUs to combine with dicarboxylate ligands to prepare target rod MOFs...
December 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922760/nervecheck-for-the-detection-of-sensory-loss-and-neuropathic-pain-in-diabetes
#16
Georgios Ponirakis, Maria N Odriozola, Samantha Odriozola, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Shazli Azmi, Maryam Ferdousi, Hassan Fadavi, Uazman Alam, Andrew Marshall, Maria Jeziorska, Anthony Miro, Ahmad Kheyami, Mitra Tavakoli, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Maria B Odriozola, Ariel Odriozola, Rayaz A Malik
BACKGROUND: Accurate and economic detection of nerve damage in diabetes is key to more widespread diagnosis of patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and painful diabetic neuropathy. This study examined the diagnostic performance of NerveCheck, an inexpensive ($500) quantitative sensory testing (QST) device. METHODS: One hundred forty-four subjects (74 with and 70 without diabetes) underwent assessment with NerveCheck, neuropathy disability score (NDS), nerve conduction studies (NCS), intraepidermal and corneal nerve fiber density (IENFD and CNFD), and McGill questionnaire for neuropathic pain...
December 2016: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911283/association-between-physical-activity-and-pain-processing-in-adults-with-chronic-low-back-pain-compared-to-pain-free-controls
#17
Lindsay C Orr, Steven Z George, Corey B Simon
BACKGROUND: Pain sensitivity has been negatively associated with physical activity levels. Few studies have examined associations between experimentally induced pain sensitivity and physical activity in adults with chronic low back pain and pain-free controls. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine associations between physical activity levels and how an individual processes pain using experimentally induced pain stimuli. METHODS: Seventy subjects (CLBP = 49; mean age = 46...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904643/effects-of-nesting-and-swaddling-on-the-sleep-duration-of-premature-infants-hospitalized-in-neonatal-intensive-care-units
#18
Zahra Abdeyazdan, Maryam Mohammadian-Ghahfarokhi, Zohreh Ghazavi, Majid Mohammadizadeh
BACKGROUND: In neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), neonatal sleep is disrupted due to different factors. Due to the critical role of sleep in premature infants' brain development, this study aimed to investigate the effect of nesting and swaddling on the sleep duration of premature infants hospitalized in NICUs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a crossover clinical trial, 42 preterm infants who met the inclusion criteria were enrolled. They were randomly assigned to two groups of nest-swaddle and swaddle-nest...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896457/the-value-of-quantitative-sensory-testing-in-spine-research
#19
Anja Tschugg, Wolfgang N Löscher, Sara Lener, Sebastian Hartmann, Matthias Wildauer, Sabrina Neururer, Claudius Thomé
The improvement of pain and functionality is the major goal of a surgical intervention. Thus, the purpose of the present prospective study was to evaluate whether subjective sensory deficits in patients with lumbar radiculopathy caused by a lumbar disc herniation are related to clinical status, using several outcome scores and the quantitative sensory testing (QST) pre- and 12 months postoperatively. We applied the QST in 52 patients with a single lumbar disc herniation treated by lumbar sequestrectomy pre- and 12 months postoperatively...
November 28, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893485/peripheral-neuropathic-pain-a-mechanism-related-organizing-principle-based-on-sensory-profiles
#20
Ralf Baron, Christoph Maier, Nadine Attal, Andreas Binder, Didier Bouhassira, Giorgio Cruccu, Nanna B Finnerup, Maija Haanpää, Per Hansson, Philipp Hüllemann, Troels S Jensen, Rainer Freynhagen, Jeffrey D Kennedy, Walter Magerl, Tina Mainka, Maren Reimer, Andrew S C Rice, Märta Segerdahl, Jordi Serra, Sören Sindrup, Claudia Sommer, Thomas Tölle, Jan Vollert, Rolf-Detlef Treede
Patients with neuropathic pain are heterogeneous in etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical appearance. They exhibit a variety of pain-related sensory symptoms and signs (sensory profile). Different sensory profiles might indicate different classes of neurobiological mechanisms, and hence subgroups with different sensory profiles might respond differently to treatment. The aim of the investigation was to identify subgroups in a large sample of patients with neuropathic pain using hypothesis-free statistical methods on the database of 3 large multinational research networks (German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain (DFNS), IMI-Europain, and Neuropain)...
February 2017: Pain
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