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Sixteen of nineteen patients completed a randomised double-blind crossover trial to assess the effect of oral mexiletine (10 mg/kg bodyweight daily) on the symptoms and signs of chronic painful diabetic neuropathy. The median age of the sixteen patients was 50 years (range 30-64). Assessment with a five-item clinical symptom scale showed significant(More)
In a randomized double-blind, cross-over study the effect of intravenous lidocaine (5 mg/kg body weight) on the symptoms and signs of painful diabetic neuropathy of more than 6 months duration has been evaluated. Using a clinical symptom scale, there was significant beneficial effect 1 and 8 days after lidocaine infusion compared to after saline infusion (P(More)
In a double-blind controlled design, 7 patients with painful diabetic neuropathy received lidocaine 5 mg/kg or saline intravenously over a period of 30 min. Thermal sensibility quantified by thermotest was not affected by lidocaine. In 3 of the patients nociceptive flexion reflex thresholds could be determined. The threshold was increased by lidocaine and(More)
Some alcoholics have a regular daily alcohol consumption of more than 100 g. In preliminary observations we had the impression that the claimed alcohol intake in such 'heavy drinkers' was higher than could be accounted for by the ethanol elimination rate as measured routinely at 10 mmol/l (0.5 g/l). We therefore measured the ethanol elimination rate at very(More)
Intravenous infusion of lidocaine has a pain-relieving effect in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy. We measured plasma beta-endorphin (beta-EP), dynorphin immunoreactivity (DYN), and met-enkephalin (MET) before and after lidocaine infusion in 8 patients with painful diabetic neuropathy and in 10 controls. The pretreatment level of beta-EP and DYN(More)
One hundred consecutive out-patients with duodenal ulceration from a hospital and a gastroenterological clinic were tested with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). This was carried out in order to investigate whether neuroticism or other personality disorders were characteristics of duodenal ulcer patients, and whether the presence of(More)
Orthostatic hypotension is one of the most troublesome symptoms in diabetic autonomic neuropathy. Some reports have suggested Pindolol — a beta-adrenoceptor antagonist with intrinsic sympathomimetic activity — to be effective in the treatment of this condition. In order to elucidate the value of this therapy we performed a double-blind placebo controlled(More)
Lidocaine infusions are used for treatment of ventricular arrhythmias and painful diabetic neuropathy. In animals high doses of lidocaine reduces cerebral blood flow (CBF). The effect of lidocaine on CBF in humans is unknown. Cerebrovascular reactivity may be impaired in long-term diabetic patients. The effect of intravenous lidocaine (5 mg/kg body weight)(More)