Occurrence and characterization of Pain in immune-mediated neuropathies: a multicentre prospective study

Luca Padua, Costanza Pazzaglia, Pietro Caliandro, Giuseppe Granata, Pietro Attilio Tonali, C. Briani, E. N. Orazio

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Abstract

Background:  Pain is a common symptom of peripheral neuropathies that may severely affect patients’ Quality of Life. Pain questionnaires, based on verbal descriptors, are a useful way to investigate it. Methods:  We performed a multicentre study through validated measures to characterize pain in a sample of consecutive patients affected by immune-mediated neuropathies. Results:  Ninety-three patients were enrolled in 16 Italian centres. Based on the numeric rating scale, almost half of the patients complained of moderate pain and one-third of the patients severe pain. Overall, up to 50% of our patients with immune-mediated neuropathies complained of neuropathic pain. The most common neuropathic symptoms were paraesthesia/dysesthesia and superficial spontaneous pain. Surprisingly, also patients with neuropathies commonly thought to be painless (such as multifocal motor neuropathy) reported discomfort and painful symptoms. Conclusions:  Pain questionnaires should be considered in the clinical evaluation of immune-mediated neuropathies, also when evaluating therapy efficacy, because they may provide clinicians with useful information on painful symptoms and patients’ quality of life.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)177-183
Numero di pagine7
RivistaEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY
Volume18
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011

Keywords

  • immune-mediated neuropathies
  • neuropathic pain
  • pain questionnaire
  • peripheral nervous system

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