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Chronic pain in patients with the hypermobility type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

evidence for generalized hyperalgesia

Chronic pain in patients with the hypermobility type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

evidence for generalized hyperalgesia

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Chronic widespread pain is highly present in patients with the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type (EDS-HT), but up to now, evidence for generalized hyperalgesia is lacking. The aim of this study is to investigate whether pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) at both symptomatic and asymptomatic body areas differ in EDS-HT patients compared to healthy subjects. Twenty-three women with EDS-HT and 23 gender- and age-matched healthy controls participated. All subjects marked on Margolis Pain Diagram where they felt pain lasting longer than 24 h in the past 4 weeks. Then, they completed several questionnaires assessing pain cognitions, fatigue, disability, and general health status, in order to take the possible influence of these factors on PPTs into account. Patients also completed a form concerning the type of pain they experienced. Thereupon, a blinded researcher assessed PPTs at 14 body locations on the trunk and extremities. PPTs were compared for the two complete groups. In addition, PPTs of patients and controls who did not report pain in a respective zone were compared. PPTs of the patients were significantly lower compared to those of the control group, also when pain-free samples per zone were compared. The mean (SD) PPT was 2.9 (1.62) kg/cm(2) in the EDS-HT patients and 5.2 (1.88) kg/cm(2) in the controls (P 

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
AfdelingKenniscentrum ACHIEVE
Gepubliceerd inClinical Rheumatology Springer London, Vol. 34, Uitgave: 6, Pagina's: 1121-1129
Datum2015-06
TypeArtikel
ISSN0770-3198
DOI10.1007/s10067-014-2499-0
TaalEngels

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