Occurrence and characterization of Pain in immune-mediated neuropathies: a multicentre prospective study
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010
© 2010 The Author(s). European Journal of Neurology © 2010 EFNS
European Journal of Neurology
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 177–183, January 2011
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Pazzaglia, C., Briani, C., Orazio, E. N., Caliandro, P., Granata, G., Tonali, P. A. and Padua, L. (2011), Occurrence and characterization of Pain in immune-mediated neuropathies: a multicentre prospective study. European Journal of Neurology, 18: 177–183. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2010.03108.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010
- Received 3 September 2009 Accepted 12 April 2010
Vol. 18, Issue 3, 541, Article first published online: 17 FEB 2011
- immune-mediated neuropathies;
- neuropathic pain;
- pain questionnaires;
- peripheral nervous system
Background: Pain is a common symptom of peripheral neuropathies that may severely affect patients’ Quality of Life. Pain questionnaires, based on verbal descriptors, are a useful way to investigate it.
Methods: We performed a multicentre study through validated measures to characterize pain in a sample of consecutive patients affected by immune-mediated neuropathies.
Results: Ninety-three patients were enrolled in 16 Italian centres. Based on the numeric rating scale, almost half of the patients complained of moderate pain and one-third of the patients severe pain. Overall, up to 50% of our patients with immune-mediated neuropathies complained of neuropathic pain. The most common neuropathic symptoms were paraesthesia/dysesthesia and superficial spontaneous pain. Surprisingly, also patients with neuropathies commonly thought to be painless (such as multifocal motor neuropathy) reported discomfort and painful symptoms.
Conclusions: Pain questionnaires should be considered in the clinical evaluation of immune-mediated neuropathies, also when evaluating therapy efficacy, because they may provide clinicians with useful information on painful symptoms and patients’ quality of life.