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Sensory detection and pain thresholds in spinal cord injury patients with and without dysesthetic pain, and in chronic low back pain patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8725646     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In an effort to understand the mechanisms involved in dysesthetic pain syndrome (DPS) in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients, four groups of 13 subjects each--SCI subjects with DPS, SCI subjects without pain, chronic low back pain subjects, and control subjects--were examined for sensory detection and pain thresholds at forearm, neck, and rostral trunk areas. Results indicated that the SCI pain group had significantly lower pain thresholds at all skin sites, compared to the SCI no-pain and chronic low back pain groups, and at the rostral trunk skin site, compared to the control group. The SCI pain group also showed a lower sensory detection threshold at the rostral trunk skin site than did the SCI no-pain group. Equally important, the SCI no-pain group had detection and pain thresholds significantly higher than those of the control group. The results suggest fundamental differences in somatosensory processing when DPS is or is not a consequence of SCI.
M J Cohen; Z K Song; S L Schandler; W H Ho; M Vulpe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Somatosensory & motor research     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0899-0220     ISO Abbreviation:  Somatosens Mot Res     Publication Date:  1996  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-11-06     Completed Date:  1996-11-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904127     Medline TA:  Somatosens Mot Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  29-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Long Beach, California 90822, USA. Cohen.Michael@Long-Beach. VA.Gov
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MeSH Terms
Afferent Pathways / physiopathology
Electric Stimulation
Low Back Pain / physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Neuronal Plasticity / physiology
Nociceptors / physiopathology
Pain Measurement
Pain Threshold / physiology*
Paresthesia / physiopathology*
Peripheral Nerves / physiopathology
Sensory Thresholds
Skin / innervation*
Spinal Cord Injuries / physiopathology*

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