Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients

01/16/2015

 

Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients

Imaging study finds first evidence of neuroinflammation in brains of chronic pain patients

A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has found, for the first time, evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brains of patients with chronic pain. By showing that levels of an inflammation-linked protein are elevated in regions known to be involved in the transmission of pain, the study published online in the journal Brain paves the way for the exploration of potential new treatment strategies and identifies a possible way around one of the most frustrating limitations in the study and treatment of chronic pain – the lack of an objective way to measure the presence or intensity of pain.

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