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Pain is an unpleasant sensation, and at the same time, it is always subjective and affective. Ten healthy subjects viewed 3 counterbalanced blocks of images from the International Affective Picture System: images showing painful events and those evoking emotions of fear and rest. They were instructed to imagine pain in their own body while viewing each(More)
BACKGROUND Compared with somatotopical organization (somatotopy) in the postcentral gyrus in the tactile system, somatotopy in the pain system is not well understood. The aim of this study is to elucidate whether there is somatotopy in the human pain system. METHODS To elucidate the somatotopy of nociceptive neurons in the postcentral gyrus, the authors(More)
PURPOSE To develop a new rat model of postthoracotomy pain for investigating its mechanisms and clarifying neurochemical changes. METHODS Male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to three groups that underwent either fourth and fifth intercostal nerve ligation, cutting of the fourth and fifth ribs, or a sham operation in which only pleura was cut. For(More)
BACKGROUND Local anesthetics have direct neurotoxicity on neurons. However, precise morphologic changes induced by the direct application of local anesthetics to neurons have not yet been fully understood. Also, despite the fact that local anesthetics are sometimes applied to the sites where peripheral nerves may be regenerating after injury, the effects of(More)
PURPOSE Propofol neurotoxicity has been demonstrated in several cell culture systems. This study was undertaken to determine whether propofol has neurotoxic effects on peripheral, retinal, and autonomic neurons, and which neurons are particularly liable to injury by propofol. METHOD Dorsal root ganglia, retinal ganglion cell layers, and sympathetic(More)
We examined the antiallodynic effect of intrathecally administered serotonin receptor agonists including 5-HT(1A), 5-HT(1B), 5-HT(2) and 5-HT(3) receptor subtypes in a rat model using spinal nerve ligation at L5 and L6. Administration of the 5-HT(2) receptor agonist, alpha-methyl-5-hydroxytryptamine maleate (alpha-m-5-HT; 3-100 microg) or(More)
BACKGROUND The cellular mechanisms of anesthetic-induced amnesia are still poorly understood. The current study examined sevoflurane at various concentrations in the CA1 region of rat hippocampal slices for effects on excitatory synaptic transmission and on long-term potentiation (LTP), as a possible mechanism contributing to anesthetic-induced loss of(More)
UNLABELLED Local anesthetics can be neurotoxic. To test the hypothesis that exposure to local anesthetics produces morphological changes in growing neurons and to compare this neurotoxic potential between different local anesthetics, we performed in vitro cell biological experiments with isolated dorsal root ganglion neurons from chick embryos. The effects(More)
UNLABELLED Type 2 serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT](2)) receptors in the spinal cord have been reported to mediate antinociception using pain threshold tests, but little is known about the actions of spinal 5-HT(2) receptors in sustained pain. In rats, we examined antinociceptive effects of the intrathecal administration of a 5-HT(2A/2C) receptor(More)
To better understand the antinociceptive effect of fluvoxamine, we measured regional cerebral blood flow during laser-evoked pain and hot sensations using H(2)15O positron emission tomography and also subjective pain and hot sensations before and after fluvoxamine or placebo administration for 7 days to 12 healthy volunteers. The subjectively rated pain(More)