A. Truini1, M. Gerardi2, G. Di Stefano3, S. La Cesa4, C. Iannuccelli5, A. Pepe6, P. Sarzi-Puttini7, G. Cruccu8, M. Di Franco9
Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Vol.33, N°1 ,Suppl.88 - PI 0068, PF 0072
Emerging evidence associates fibromyalgia (FM) with pain system dysfunction. In this study, using laser evoked potentials (LEPs) and paired laser stimuli, we tested excitability in the pain matrices and sought possible changes in patients with FM.
In 20 patients with FM and 15 healthy subjects, after recording control nociceptive system-mediated Aδ- and C-fibre-related LEPs, we measured excitability in the pain matrices by testing the Aδ-LEP conditioned by a preceding C-LEP.
No difference was found in control LEP amplitudes for Aδ- or C-fibres between patients and healthy subjects. Conversely, the Aδ-LEP amplitude, conditioned by a preceding C-LEP, was significantly higher in patients than in healthy subjects (p<0.001).
Objective evidence from increased conditioned Aδ-LEP amplitudes reflecting hyperexcitability in the pain matrices in FM, provides diagnostically useful information and might help in developing new therapeutic approaches.
PMID: 25786046 [PubMed]
Received: 12/12/2014 - Accepted : 10/02/2015 - In Press: 18/03/2015 - Published: 18/03/2015