Wolfgang C Hamann

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Slowly adapting type I (s.a. I) cutaneous mechanoreceptors were studied in young (3-4 months old) and adult (9-11 months old) rats. Trains of thirty repetitive mechanical stimuli with 0.1 s rise time, 1.9 s plateau phase, and 0.7 s interstimulus interval were applied. A feed-back mechanism maintained the force of stimulation at 20 mN during the plateau(More)
Congenital seminal vesicle cysts represent a rare but illustrative type of embryological malformation. They often are combined with ipsilateral upper urinary tract abnormalities. In most of the cases described in the literature the diagnosis has been made with rather invasive procedures. On the basis of our experience with 3 cases we recommend pelvic(More)
BACKGROUND Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of acute herpes zoster characterized by severe pain and paraesthesia in the skin area affected by the initial infection. There is evidence that the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor is involved in the development of hypersensitivity states and it is known that magnesium blocks the N-methyl-D-aspartate(More)
BACKGROUND This is a "proof of concept study" to test the hypothesis that pulsed radiofrequency, PRF, produces cell stress at the primary afferent level without signs of overt thermal damage. We assumed that cell stress would result in impairment of normal function, and used the expression of activating transcription factor 3, ATF3, as an indicator of(More)
Using a mail-delivered questionnaire, we surveyed 590 veteran amputees concerning phantom pain, phantom sensation and stump pain. They were selected randomly from a population of 2974 veterans with long-standing limb amputation(s) using a computer random number generator. Eighty-nine percent responded and of these, 55% reported phantom limb pain and 56%(More)
1. Micro-electrode recordings were made from axons in the spinocervical tract of decerebrate-spinal cats. 2. The effect of electrical stimulation of afferent fibres in muscle nerves was examined. 3. Stimulation of group III fibres in muscle nerves excited hair only and hair and pressure units in the spinocervical tract. Hair and pressure units also(More)
Lumbar facet disease is sometimes implicated in low back pain. Identification is difficult and this may account for a variable response. Single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) is a scanning technique which enables localization of facet joint pathology. We determined whether recognition of facet disease by this method improved the response to(More)
INTRODUCTION Primary afferent stimulation for the control of chronic pain frequently offers the optimal compromise for the control of intractable pain. We describe a new access route directly to the site of pain (target) in the form of subcutaneous targeted neurostimulation (STN) via a percutaneous permanent neurostimulating implant. CASE REPORT We(More)
A 74-year-old woman with peripheral vascular disease suffered from rest pain in the right big toe and intermittent claudication. Because of concomitant venous congestion, a chemical lumbar sympathectomy was considered to carry an increased risk of leg edema. A continuous lumbar sympathetic block with local anesthetic abolished the pain in the toe without(More)