Monday, February 08, 2010

Promising new treatment for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - Science Daily

ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2010) reports — "Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that treating the immune system of patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS) leads to a significant reduction in pain."

"The results of this study may change the future treatment of patients with CRPS, and have an impact on research in other severe chronic pain areas."

Acording to Wikipedia Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) is used as treatment for immune deficiencies, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The precise mechanism by which IVIG suppresses harmful inflammation has not been definitively established but is believed to involve the inhibitory Fc receptor

Professor Paul Zollinger's Netherlands research showed that you can prevent the development of CRPS post colles wrist fracture by taking vitamin c after injury. It is thought that inflammation plays a part in CRPS. I wonder if it is the ability of this treatment to suppress inflammation that makes it so effective. 

Andreas Goebel, Andrew Baranowski, Konrad Maurer, Artemis Ghiai, Candy Mccabe, and Gareth Ambler. Intravenous Immunoglobulin Treatment of the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2010; 152: 152-158 DOI: 10.1059/0003-4819-152-3-201002020-00006 

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