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The nationwide multicenter trials of the German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain (DFNS) aim to characterize the somatosensory phenotype of patients with neuropathic pain. For this purpose, we have implemented a standardized quantitative sensory testing (QST) protocol giving a complete profile for one region within 30 min. To judge plus or minus signs in(More)
The International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) is in the process of updating its Recommendations for clinical practice published in 1999. These new recommendations dedicated to somatosensory-evoked potentials (SEPs) update the methodological aspects and general clinical applications of standard SEPs, and introduce new sections dedicated to(More)
We have compiled a comprehensive QST protocol as part of the German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain (DFNS) using well established tests for nearly all aspects of somatosensation. This protocol encompasses thermal as well as mechanical testing procedures. Our rationale was to test for patterns of sensory loss (small and large nerve fiber functions) or(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effects on the laser evoked potential (LEP) of selectively attending to affective (unpleasantness) versus sensory-discriminative (localisation) components of pain. METHODS LEPs, elicited by painful CO2 laser stimulation of two areas of the right forearm, were recorded from 62 electrodes in 21 healthy volunteers, during three(More)
Potassium channels contribute to basic neuronal excitability and modulation. Here, we examined expression patterns of the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.4, the nociceptive transduction channels TRPV1 and TRPV2 as well as the putative anti-nociceptive cannabinoid receptor CB1 by immunofluorescence double-labelings in sections of rat dorsal root ganglia(More)
  • C Maier, R Baron, T R Tölle, A Binder, N Birbaumer, F Birklein +18 others
  • 2010
Neuropathic pain is accompanied by both positive and negative sensory signs. To explore the spectrum of sensory abnormalities, 1236 patients with a clinical diagnosis of neuropathic pain were assessed by quantitative sensory testing (QST) following the protocol of DFNS (German Research Network on Neuropathic Pain), using both thermal and mechanical(More)
Negative and positive laser evoked potential (LEP) peaks (N2*, P2**) were simultaneously recorded from the primary somatosensory (SI), parasylvian, and medial frontal (MF: anterior cingulate and supplementary motor area) cortical surfaces through subdural electrodes implanted for the surgical treatment of intractable epilepsy. Distribution of the LEP N2*(More)
Quantitative sensory testing (QST) is a standardized and formalized set of clinical sensitivity tests based on subjective (psychophysical) methods, which depends on the cooperation of the subject being investigated. Calibrated stimuli are used to measure the perception and pain thresholds, which provide information on the presence of sensory plus or minus(More)
Pain sensitivity was assessed in 11 patients (age 60 +/- 10 years) with 'primary' restless leg syndrome (RLS) (disease duration 18 +/- 15 years) and 11 age- and gender-matched healthy control subjects. Stimulus-response functions for pricking pain were obtained with seven calibrated punctate mechanical stimulators activating Adelta-high threshold(More)