Functional and structural imaging of pain-induced neuroplasticity

  title={Functional and structural imaging of pain-induced neuroplasticity},
  author={Frank Seifert and Christian Maih{\"o}fner},
  journal={Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology},
Purpose of review The understanding of the mechanisms underlying chronic pain is of major scientific and clinical interest. This review focuses on neuroimaging studies of pain-induced neuroplastic changes in the human brain and discusses five major categories of pain-induced neuroplastic changes. Recent findings First, peripheral or central sensitization may result in increased nociceptive input to the brain and also changes the processing of nociceptive information within the brain. Second… 

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    The Neuroscientist : a review journal bringing neurobiology, neurology and psychiatry
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