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Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 15, 2019

[Neuropathic pain: spotligth on amitriptyline]

FEHÉR Gergely, POHL Marietta, KAPUS Krisztián, GOMBOS Katalin, PUSCH Gabriella, MÁK Kornél, KOLTAI Katalin, BANK Gyula, KÓSA Gábor, VARJASI Gábor, TIBOLD Antal

[The management of neuropathic pain is a challenge both for patients and medical professioners. A novel approach is recommended for its management based on the novel neurobiological results of pain research. Multidisciplinary teams and medical consensus are required due to the variety of symptoms and concomittant psychopathology. This approach allows us to avoid extensive diagnostic and trerapeutic workups and appropiate treatment for our patients. Most extensive evidence is available for pharmacological treatment, and currently recommended first-line treatments include antidepressants (tricyclic agents and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) and anticonvulsants (gabapentin and pregabalin). The aim of our review was to collect articles focusing on the efficacy of the most widely available and cheapest tricyclic agent, amitriptyline in different neuropathic pain conditions. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 30, 2019

A clinical study of an online educational programme for chronic pain patients

GALAMBOS Wellingerné Krisztina, SZOK Délia, CSABAI Márta

Background - The research of alexithymia - the inability to express or understand emotions - has recently become of great importance in clinical practice, mainly in the field of doctor-patient and psychologist patient communication. Many studies have proven the correlation between alexithymia and the development of functional somatic symptoms, i.e. somatization. Purpose - The aim of this clinical study was to examine the emotion-recognition and emotion communication patterns of patients suffering from chronic pain (e.g., headache, low back pain, arthralgia, neuropathy). Moreover, the participants received access to the Hungarian adaptation of a new international online educational site (www.retrainpain.org) dealing with pain management. Methods - Data were collected from the Headache and Chronic Pain Outpatient Clinic, Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Hungary (tertiary care - Group 1) and from a general practice in district 2, Budapest, Hungary (primary care - Group 2) from March, 2017 to April, 2018. Patients received a test package containing a pain-specific questionnaire, then the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS), the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), and the shortened Hungarian version of the WHO-Well-being (WBI-5) had to be completed. After filling out the questionnaires, all patients got access to the Hungarian adaptation of the www.retrainpain.org website. Results - Altogether 92 patients participated in the study (Group 1 n=50; Group 2 n=42). Based on the TAS-20 re­sults, 35 patients reached a pathological score (≥60 points), which indicates the diagnosis of alexithymia. The mean TAS-score was lower in Group 2 (primary care) than in Group 1 (tertiary care) (p=0.003). The DERS disclosed pathological results in 19 cases (p=0.009). As regards the www.retrainpain.org chapters, we received feedback only from 25 out of 92 patients (27%) (Group 1 n=20; Group 2 n=5). Conclusions - Although the examined patients have been suffering from different chronic pain syndromes for years and 50% of them confirmed that symptoms placed at least moderate or heavy burden on their everyday life, the available educational programme was studied only by a smaller proportion of patients than expected. Additionally, those who surveyed the Hungarian adaptation of the www.retrainpain.org website were mainly patients from primary care (Group 2), in spite of the fact that patients from specialized medical care (Group 1) had worse subjective conditions. Our future objective is to extend our database with follow-up results and to improve patients’ response willingness.

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

[What may hurt the patient’s leg? Lower extremity ischaemia]

FENDRIK Krisztina, BIRÓ Katalin, KOLTAI Katalin, ENDREI Dóra, TÓTH Kálmán, KÉSMÁRKY Gábor

[Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is of high prevalence, and one of the most common clinical manifestations of the atherosclerosis beside ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease. PAD should be considered as a systemic disease, PAD patients have two times higher ten-year cardiovascular mortality than the normal population. For these reasons, the early recognition of the disease, the appropriate secondary preventive medical and non-medical therapy are of great importance. Risk stratification, proper physical examination, ankle pressure, ankle-brachial index, toe pressure, transcutaneous partial tissue oxygen pressure measurement and duplex ultrasound are the cornerstones to an early diagnosis. This summary aims at calling attention to the fact that lower extremity pain can not only be caused by musculo­sceletal diseases but limb and/or life-threatening limb ischaemia can be revealed in the background. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

[Treatment of painful diabetic polyneuropathy ]

KIS János Tibor

[Diabetic polyneuropathy can be present in up to 20-60% of diabetics, making it the most common complication of diabetes, but it is often undiagnosed. The diagnosis is mainly based on symptoms, but also several test options are available. For the prevention of neuropathy, long-term control of glycemic parameters is the most important. The pain caused by diabetic polyneuropathy affects 13-26% of diabetics. After the diagnosis, there are a number of treatment options that can be divided into causal and symptomatic therapy. The author summarizes therapeutic options from a practical point of view. ]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

FEBRUARY 28, 2019

[Focus on quality of life: Reconstruction in Vascular Surgery ]

AGÓCS Gábor, VÁRADYNÉ HORVÁTH Ágnes, SZEBENI-KOVÁCS Gyula, ROZMANN Nóra, PAKAI Annamária

[The aims of the study: The aim of our research was to gain deeper insight into the quality of life of patients after reconstructive vascular surgery of the lower limb. Material and method: The Vascuqol questionnaire survey was performed at the PTE KK Vascular Surgery Clinic on the day before the surgery and 3-6 weeks after surgery (N=54). Statistical analysis was carried out with Microsoft Office Excel 2013. Results: In summary it can be stated that following surgical intervention the quality of life of patients significantly improved, this finding ephasises the importance of invasise therapy. As the extent of pain decreased after surgery, patients’ ability to walk started to improve, as well as their overall physical state and ability to carry out certain household activities. There was also an improvement in their social life, more time was spent with family and friends. Conclusions: Although the VascuQoL-25 questionaire is senstivie device to measure quality of life, it is difficult to apply in clinical practice beacause of its length.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2019

[Treatment of complex regional pain syndrome with amitriptyline]

KOMOLY Sámuel

[Introduction - Complex regional pain syndrome is a di­stressing neuropathic pain condition without known etiology and evidence based treatment. Case presentation - Here a posttraumatic severe case of complex regional pain syndrome is presented, successfully treated by amitriptyline monotherapy. Amitriptyline is one of the most effective evidence based treatments of peri­pheral diabetic neuropathic pain and other neuropathic pain syndromes. Discussion - Amitriptyline seems to be effective to decrease pain, autonomic and motor symptoms in chronic regional pain syndrome. Conclusion - Controlled trials may be warranted to test the effectiveness of amitriptyline in complex regional pain syndrome.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

OCTOBER 30, 2018

[Postoperative Pain Management Today in Hungary Part 1 ]

LOVASI Orsolya, LÁM Judit

[According to the results of relevant publications the practice for providing effective postoperative pain relief needs to be improved in Hungary. The inadequate pain management can occur several complications resulting prolonged recovery and increased cost of care. Providing adequate analgesia is not only a regulated activity, but a professional, ethical and moral obligation to diminish patients’ suffering. The current practice of pain management was evaluated in several Hungarian hospitals with questionnaires and interviews, analyzing the local pain protocols, and identifying the deeper causes of problems founded. After the comparison of our findings with the suggestions founded in the literature we identified numerous issues to be enhanced. The suggestions based on the results of our study are worth to be reconsidered to improve the current pain management practice of the health care providers performing surgical procedures. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

MARCH 30, 2019

[Symptomatic trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia without headache]

RÓZSA Anikó, KOVÁCS Krisztina, GUBA Katalin, GÁCS Gyula

[We report the case of a 60-year-old man who exhibited trigeminal autonomic symptoms on his right side (numbness of the face, reddening of the eye, nasal congestion) occurring several times a day, for a maximum of 60 se­conds, without any pain. The complaints were similar to trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia, just without any headache. Our 60-year-old male patient underwent a craniocervical MRI as part of his neurological workup, which revealed lesions indicative of demyelination. Further testing was guided (ophthalmological examination, VEP, CSF test) by the presumptive diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. It is likely that in his case the cause of these trigeminal and autonomic paroxysms is MS. Here we present an overview of the few cases we found in the literature, although we did not find any similar case reports. Perhaps the most interesting among these is one in which the author describes a family: a 54-year-old female exhibiting the autonomic characteristics of an episodic cluster headache, only without actual headache, her son, who had typical episodic cluster headaches with autonomic symptoms, and the woman’s father, whose short-term periorbital headaches were present without autonomic symptoms. We had not previously encountered a case of trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia without headache in our practice, nor have we had an MS patient exhibiting similar neurologic symptoms. The significance of our case lies in its uniqueness. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

JANUARY 30, 2019

[Tension type headache and its treatment possibilities]

ERTSEY Csaba, MAGYAR Máté, GYÜRE Tamás, BALOGH Eszter, BOZSIK György

[Tension type headache, the most common type of primary headaches, affects approximately 80% of the population. Mainly because of its high prevalence, the socio-economic consequences of tension type headache are significant. The pain in tension type headache is usually bilateral, mild to moderate, is of a pressing or tightening quality, and is not accompanied by other symptoms. Patients with frequent or daily occurrence of tension type headache may experience significant distress because of the condition. The two main therapeutic avenues of tension type headache are acute and prophylactic treatment. Simple or combined analgesics are the mainstay of acute treatment. Prophylactic treatment is needed in case of attacks that are frequent and/or difficult to treat. The first drugs of choice as preventatives of tension type headache are tricyclic antidepressants, with a special focus on amitriptyline, the efficacy of which having been documented in multiple double-blind, placebo-controlled studies. Among other antidepressants, the efficacy of mirtazapine and venlafaxine has been documented. There is weaker evidence about the efficacy of gabapentine, topiramate, and tizanidin. Non-pharmacological prophylactic methods of tension type headache with a documented efficacy include certain types of psychotherapy and acupuncture. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

JANUARY 30, 2019

[The effect of palliative neural therapy on the improvement of chronic pain]

MOLNÁR István, HEGYI Gabriella, KOVÁCS Zoltán, KAPÓCS Gábor, SZŐKE Henrik

[Objective - To assess the extent to which pain therapy can improve chronic pain in a heterogeneous group of patients, its impact on their quality of life and the correlation of the changes with their age and the underlying disease. The investigation has its actuality by its impact on public health. Methods - a prospective, non-randomized, interventional, clinical cohort study was conducted under real-life conditions in a general pain clinic, which lasted for 6 months. Changes in pain intensity (VAS) and related quality of life changes (SF-36 HRQoL) were measured using validated internationally accepted questionnaires. The questionnaires were filled out by all patients on their own, so they provided information of self-esteem on their own. All patient post-treatment results were compared to pre-treatment results. The general quality of life changes found in our patients were compared to the representative norms of healthy population in Hungary. Subjects - patients participated voluntarily at their own decision in the survey. The underlying disease of chronic pain, age and gender of the patients did not limit the inclusion into the study. Results - Data of 231 patients were evaluated. After pain therapy, the decrease in intensity of pain was confirmed by VAS at p=0.002. This was linked to a quality of life change that has been shown to be p=0.003 for men, with p=0.002 in women with SF-36 HRQoL. Based on the correlation coefficients, the changes in quality of life improved regardless of the age of the patients and the nature of the underlying conditions causing the pain. Conclusions - Although analgesia is basicly a symptomatic therapy, our findings suggest that the reduction of pain improves the quality of life of patients independently from their, and the curability of the underlying and accompanying diseases. ]