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We have investigated a possible role for vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1), a transducer of noxious stimuli, in the development of neuropathic pain following injury to a peripheral branch of the trigeminal nerve. In nine adult ferrets the left lingual nerve was sectioned and recovery permitted for 3 days, 3 weeks or 3 months (3 ferrets per group). A retrograde(More)
Injury to a branch of the trigeminal nerve may lead to the development of chronic pain in the affected area. The etiology of this condition is not clear, but there is strong evidence to suggest that spontaneous and mechanically induced neural discharge from the injury site plays a crucial role. In laboratory studies, we have characterized this discharge(More)
Nitroimidazole markers of tumour hypoxia bind to normoxic liver and the question has been raised whether this is due to low oxygen concentration or microregional activity of specialised nitroreductases. To answer this question, the binding patterns of the 2-nitroimidazole, pimonidazole, were compared following perfusion of surgically isolated rat livers in(More)
Corpus callosum haematoma is a rare feature in subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), which may result from aneurysms of the anterior communicating artery (ACoA) or pericallosal artery (PCA). In 348 patients with aneurysmal SAH, bleeding from ACoA aneurysms in 88 cases produced no abnormality on CT in 7. Blood in the cistern of the lamina terminalis was the most(More)
Investigations into the aetiology of nerve injury-induced dysaesthesia have revealed the development of spontaneous and mechanically-induced activity from damaged axons. Pharmacological manipulation of this activity could provide a method of treatment for this intractable condition. This study has investigated the effect of a corticosteroid applied to the(More)
Abnormal neural activity generated at a site of nerve injury is thought to contribute to the development of dysaesthesia. Vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1), a transducer of noxious stimuli, may be involved in the initiation of this abnormal activity and could provide a useful therapeutic target. We investigated the effect of a specific TRPV1 antagonist(More)
Sensory disturbances following nerve injury may result from abnormal neural activity initiated at the injury site. We have studied the activity generated in the lingual nerve after three types of injury which may have variable potentials for the initiation of sensory disturbances. We have also compared the results with those found after damage to the(More)
Previous studies have shown that the development of ectopic activity from damaged axons following nerve injury may contribute to the aetiology of sensory disturbances, including dysaesthesia. Pharmacological manipulation of this activity could provide a method of treatment for this intractable condition. In this study we have investigated the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a powerful pro-inflammatory mediator thought to play a significant role in the development of inflammation and pain. We investigated the role of CGRP in trigeminal inflammatory pain by determining the ability of a monoclonal antibody to CGRP to modify central Fos expression in response to stimulation of(More)