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Home > Research > Pain

Changes in somatosensory evoked potentials in patients with vertebrogenic pain syndromes treated by electroacupuncture

By Garkavenko VV; Vashchenko EA; Limanskii IuP

From: Fiziol Zh, 35: 3, 1989 May-Jun, 12-6

Application of electroacupuncture (EAP) of the segmental points to patients with vertebrogenic algesic syndromes decreased amplitude of N150 and P240 waves recorded from vertex to painful electrocutaneous stimulation in the region innervated by an affected root.

As distinct from EAP of segmental point auricular EAP not only decreased the amplitude of late components of evoked potentials (EP), but also increased it, direction of EP changes depending on the character of sensitivity disorders.

It is suggested that effect of EAP-evoked EP changes in patients with hypalgesia is determined by two oppositively acting factors: by a decrease of nociceptive afferent impulsation intensity as a result of the antinociceptive system activation and by an increase of the afferent impulsation intensity due to recovery of function of central terminals in primary sensory neurons.

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