Ben J P Crul

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In this study, 54 patients suffering from chronic cervicobrachialgia (mean pain duration 7 years) were treated with radiofrequency lesioning of the cervical spinal dorsal root ganglion (RF-DRG). The aim of the study was to investigate whether psychological variables would be predictive for the changes in pain intensity after medical treatment. The following(More)
It is important to know the factors that will influence animal models of neuropathic pain. A good reproducibility and predictability in different strains of animals for a given test increases the clinical relevance and possible targeting. An obligatory requirement for enabling comparisons of results of different origin is a meticulous definition of the(More)
The efficacy of radiofrequency lesion treatment of the cervical dorsal root ganglion (RF-DRG) in cervicobrachialgia was investigated in 61 patients by a randomized prospective double blinded study. Before lesion treatment the putative pain provoking spinal root was identified by diagnostic blocks with a local anesthetic agent. One group of patients (n = 32,(More)
UNLABELLED Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is an easy to use non-invasive analgesic intervention applied for diverse pain states. However, effects in man are still inconclusive, especially for chronic pain. Therefore, to explore the factors predicting result of TENS treatment in chronic pain we conducted a prospective, randomized,(More)
A retrospective analysis of 51 patients with cancer pain treated with a continuous i.t. morphine infusion through a tunnelled percutaneous catheter was undertaken. Because of insufficient pain relief with morphine only, 17 of these patients received a morphine/bupivacaine mixture. Pain relief subsequently improved significantly in 10 patients and a moderate(More)
OBJECTIVES Multidisciplinary treatment approaches have been found to be effective for chronic pain patients although there are large individual differences in outcomes. To increase overall treatment effects, tools are needed to identify patients most likely to benefit from tailored, comprehensive modular treatment schemes. DESIGN The present study(More)
Adequate pain relief in patients with far advanced cancer sometimes requires intrathecal (IT) administration of a combination of opioids and local anesthetics. Tumor progression as well as the IT administration of local anesthetics can lead to neurologic dysfunction during treatment. Five patients showed symptoms of compression of the cauda equina or spinal(More)
In many healthy subjects, sensory thresholds for touch using Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments appear to be higher than the 2.83 filament, which some authors have suggested as a screening instrument. The currently proposed normal values, the interpretation of results, as well as the calibration of the filaments are questioned. A normative study of 20 normal(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Selective spinal nerve infiltration blocks are used diagnostically in patients with chronic low back pain radiating into the leg. Generally, a segmental nerve block is considered successful if the pain is reduced substantially. Hypesthesia and elicited paresthesias coinciding with the presumed segmental level are used as controls.(More)