Transfer of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to Mice via Human Autoantibodies is Mediated by Interleukin-1–Induced Mechanisms.

 Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a poorly understood painful condition, which typically arises after distal limb trauma; 20% of patients may develop lifelong severe incessant pain with few therapeutic options. In this study, we show that immunoglobulin G autoantibodies from patients with severe, persistent CRPS, on transfer to hind paw-injured mice, elicit important features of the clinical condition and profound glial activation in pain-related brain regions. Blockade of the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) both prevents and reverses these changes. Our findings suggest that antibody-mediated autoimmunity contributes to the development of severe CRPS after injury and that blockade of IL-1 actions may be an attractive therapeutic prospect. Investigation of autoantibody contribution to other unexplained chronic pain syndromes seems warranted.
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Trialing of ISS in Patients With CRPS

Brief Summary: This is a multi-center, prospective, open-label, single-arm, observational, feasibility study. The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility of intra-spinal stimulation with optimal paresthesia coverage therapy for chronic pain relief in patients with complex regional pain syndrome type I or causalgia. Up to 20 patients with intractable chronic severe limb pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) will be included in the study. A standard of care trial phase to test a subjects' response to Intraspinal-Optimal Stim therapy will be conducted during a 3 to 10-day period. Patients that obtain 50% or greater pain relief during the trial period will undergo permanent implantation of the device. Primary outcome will evaluate pain response at 3 months of therapy, based on NPRS pain score relative to baseline. Patients will be followed up for 6 months after the start of therapy.

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2019 AAPM Meeting Highlights from Practical Pain Management

Read articles about the latest pain research present at AAPM35 in Denver, March 6-10, 2019. 

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