Jan 15, 2010 Issue
Peripheral Nerve Entrapment and Injury in the Upper Extremity [Article]

Peripheral nerve injury of the upper extremity commonly occurs in patients who participate in recreational (e.g., sports) and occupational activities. Nerve injury should be considered when a patient experiences pain, weakness, or paresthesias in the absence of a known bone, soft tissue, or vascular...

Jun 1, 2009 Issue
AAN and EFNS Guideline on Diagnosing and Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia [Practice Guidelines]

Experts from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) reviewed the literature on the diagnosis and treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is defined as sudden, usually unilateral, severe, brief, stabbing, recurrent episodes...

May 1, 2008 Issue
Trigeminal Neuralgia [Article]

Trigeminal neuralgia is an uncommon disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of lancinating pain in the trigeminal nerve distribution. Typically, brief attacks are triggered by talking, chewing, teeth brushing, shaving, a light touch, or even a cool breeze. The pain is nearly always unilateral, a...

Oct 1, 2007 Issue
Bell's Palsy: Diagnosis and Management [Article]

Bell's palsy is a peripheral palsy of the facial nerve that results in muscle weakness on one side of the face. Affected patients develop unilateral facial paralysis over one to three days with forehead involvement and no other neurologic abnormalities. Symptoms typically peak in the first week and ...

May 1, 2007 Issue
Tramadol Relieves Neuropathic Pain [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Tramadol is an effective treatment for neuropathic pain. One out of four patients who take the medication achieves at least 50 percent pain relief.

Apr 1, 2007 Issue
Are Opioids Effective in the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain? [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Eight to 60 days of opioid therapy for the treatment of neuropathic pain effectively reduces pain scores as measured by a visual analog scale. A lack of response to opioids in the first 24 hours should not be used to predict whether longer-term opioid therapy might be beneficial. There are no contro...

Jul 1, 2006 Issue
Systemic Lidocaine or Mexiletine for Neuropathic Pain [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Intravenous lidocaine and oral mexiletine provide a modest reduction in neuropathic pain with no indication of serious adverse effects. However, safety data are limited because most studies were of relatively short duration and fewer than 400 patients have been studied in total for each drug. Intrav...

Jun 1, 2006 Issue
Antidepressants for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Tricyclic antidepressants, particularly amitriptyline, are effective for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy and post herpetic neuralgia, and may be beneficial in other neuropathic pain syndromes, but they should be used with caution in patients at increased risk of adverse events.

Feb 1, 2006 Issue
Gabapentin for Pain: Balancing Benefit and Harm [Cochrane for Clinicians]

At high dosages, gabapentin is moderately effective for neuropathic pain, although adverse effects are experienced as often as benefit.

Jun 1, 2005 Issue
Evaluation and Prevention of Diabetic Neuropathy [Article]

Diabetic neuropathy is a debilitating disorder that occurs in nearly 50 percent of patients with diabetes. It is a late finding in type 1 diabetes but can be an early finding in type 2 diabetes. The primary types of diabetic neuropathy are sensorimotor and autonomic. Patients may present with only o...

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