Diagnostic Testing

Bedside Quantitative Sensory Testing May Reliably Assess Sensory Profiles in Neuropathic Pain

Bedside Quantitative Sensory Testing May Reliably Assess Sensory Profiles in Neuropathic Pain

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A bedside quantitative sensory testing using inexpensive handheld devices indicates that this test may reliably be used to assess sensory profiles in patients with neuropathic pain.

Utility of Quantitative Sensory Testing for Predicting Drug Efficacy in Chronic Low Back Pain

Utility of Quantitative Sensory Testing for Predicting Drug Efficacy in Chronic Low Back Pain

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Results from thermal quantitative sensory testing may be associated with the efficacy of imipramine for pain relief in patients with chronic low back pain.

Fibromyalgia Screening in Patients With Chronic Pain: Two Simple Tests

Fibromyalgia Screening in Patients With Chronic Pain: Two Simple Tests

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Achilles tendon pressuring and inquiry about "persistent deep aching pain over most of [the] body" may effectively screen for fibromyalgia in patients with chronic pain.

Diagnostic Tests for Pain: How to Identify Their Clinical Utility

Diagnostic Tests for Pain: How to Identify Their Clinical Utility

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Dr McMaster gave an overview of differential diagnostic studies for pain pathologies, their utility in the clinic, and their limitations.

Minimum Headache Duration Requiring Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Evaluation

Minimum Headache Duration Requiring Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Evaluation

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Patients with acute onset of severe headache should undergo diagnostic testing for subarachnoid hemorrhage, a potentially dangerous cause of headache, if the minimum duration of headache is present.

Finding the Link Between Migraine and Cerebral Blood Flow

Finding the Link Between Migraine and Cerebral Blood Flow

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Overall blood flow velocity remains unchanged during migraine headache, although blood flow velocity may be decreased early on in the attack.

Reducing Overdiagnosis With Multilevel Approach

Reducing Overdiagnosis With Multilevel Approach

The medical establishment needs to take responsibility for the rate of overdiagnoses resulting from screening practices that are sometimes unnecessary.

Is Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia Lessened by Switching to Buprenorphine?

Is Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia Lessened by Switching to Buprenorphine?

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Changes in several measures of pain in patients suspected of opioid-induced hyperalgesia were observed after transitioning from opioids to buprenorphine.

Diagnostic Criteria for Chronic Sickle Cell Disease-Related Pain

Diagnostic Criteria for Chronic Sickle Cell Disease-Related Pain

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A new evidence-based classification system for chronic sickle cell disease pain was recently published.

Differential Diagnosis for TBI, PTSD: a Case for Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography

Differential Diagnosis for TBI, PTSD: a Case for Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography

The opportunity exists to radically change the way medicine approaches TBI.

Human Studies That Are Advancing Pain Management

Human Studies That Are Advancing Pain Management

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Basic research has made vital contributions to all aspects of medical care, including our understanding of pain pathophysiology.

Predicting Placebo Response? It May Now be Possible

Predicting Placebo Response? It May Now be Possible

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Connectivity in the right midfrontal gyrus may help predict placebo response.

The Pros and Cons of 12-Step Groups to Treat Opioid Addiction

The Pros and Cons of 12-Step Groups to Treat Opioid Addiction

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"I believe that the best care is individualized care. And the most effective approach is sometimes whatever the patient will actually do," concluded Melanie Storrusten, LCSW.

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