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Ultra Pro Hernia System for Repair of Primary Complex Inguinal Hernia: Should It Be the Technique of Choice?

Ultra Pro Hernia System for Repair of Primary Complex Inguinal Hernia: Should It Be the Technique of Choice?

A second generation of the bilayer mesh is the Ultra-Pro Hernia System (UHS) (Johnson & Johnson, USA) which is a partially absorbable bilayer mesh that is made of onlay and inlay patches connected by a cylindrical connector placed by the same technique described by Gilbert but it is a light-weight mesh partially made of absorbable material to reduce the post-operative chronic pain and discomfort occurring with the classic heavy weight prolene mesh [5] [6]. This study is aiming to evaluate the short-term outcomes of the open repair of complex primary inguinal hernia using UHS mesh.
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Catastrophizing Pain; A more feminine characteristics of pain & discomfort

Catastrophizing Pain; A more feminine characteristics of pain & discomfort

Catastrophizing is associated to occurrence and maintenance of magnified pain threshold, pain is related to worry and fear which leads to inability in diverting attention away from pain due to which psychological distress are supposed to be high irrespective to any type of discomfort. Fear of pain is a characteristic feature which describes a maladaptive cognitive expression by sufferers with anxiety and depressive symptoms. Catastrophizing pain has been interpreted as an emotional variable as fear of pain and has been defined as highly negative expressive reaction to pain eliciting stimuli involving a high degree of mobilization for avoidance behavior which inversely reduces the quality of life. The Aim of the present study was to evaluate susceptibility of catastrophizing pain among male and female sufferers. Moreover, this paper discriminates between those who authentically perceive pain to that who catastrophize. Moreover, find out reasons behind that catastrophizes suffer heightened pain experiences and increased emotional distress and how do we conclude whether pain in the absence of peripheral pathology is ‘real’ or not. In a cross sectional study, 140 individuals have been enrolled from general population who have been suffering from any type of chronic pain with exception of Menopausal women, Cardiovascular diseases, Nephropathy and cancer, and acceptance of age between 18 to 50 years. For evaluation multistage random selection procedure have been performed by governing questionnaire to examine their pain duration, intensity, frequency, and degree of multi psychological feeling using pain catastrophizing scale of Michael JL Sullivan. The results indicated a manipulative behavior in expression of pain or discomfort more common among females than males. This might be due to many psychosocial constraints that in turn exaggerate the catastrophizing of pain reporting and emotional instability in females. By discriminating between true and fake point of view in pain it was concluded that Pain catastrophizing in most of the individual found to be pre-existing trait of mindset due to their daily practices on the other hand it was observed that small ratio of females who reported low worst pain intensity with less catastrophized comparatively some of the proportion of females reported high degree of worst pain with high catastrophizing the inverse factors between them was emotional frustration, which was low in fake pain preceptors this is because people may not undergo emotional frustration after exploring exaggerated pain behavior to seek attention.
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Discomfort and Pain in Newborns With Myelomeningocele: A Prospective Evaluation

Discomfort and Pain in Newborns With Myelomeningocele: A Prospective Evaluation

In this representative cohort of new- borns with MMC, we detected low levels of discomfort and pain in newborns independent of disease severity and time frame. Any discomfort and pain could be routinely treated by using a validated analgesic algorithm. This study naturally suggests future research. As the degree of discomfort and pain in these 28 newborns with MMC is now clearly described, the quality of life of these patients in childhood, adoles- cence, and adulthood should be fur- ther investigated. Factors in addition to discomfort and pain that could be ex- plored include: cognitive development, motor problems, bladder dysfunctions, shunt de fi ciencies, total number of oper- ations, chronic pain, and dependency on medical and/or supportive care.
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The impact of adding an extra dimension to a preference-based measure

The impact of adding an extra dimension to a preference-based measure

The ability to compare incremental changes in Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) generated by different condition-speci fi c preference-based measures (CSPBMs), or indeed between generic measures, is often criticised even where the valuation methods and source of values are the same. A key concern is the impact of excluding key dimensions from a descriptive system. This study examines the impact of adding a generic pain/discomfort dimension to a CSPBM, the AQL-5D (an asthma-speci fi c CSPBM), by valuing samples of states from the AQL-5D with and without the new dimension using an interviewer admin- istered time trade-off with a sample of the UK general public. 180 respondents provided 720 valuations for states with and without pain/discomfort. As expected the additional pain/discomfort dimension was found to have a significant and relatively large coefficient. More importantly for comparing changes in QALYs across populations the addition of pain/discomfort significantly impacts on the coefficients of the other dimensions and the degree of impact differs by dimension and severity level. The net effect on the utility value depends on the severity of their state: the addition of pain/discomfort at level 1 (no pain/ discomfort) or 2 (moderate pain/discomfort) significantly increased the mean health state values in an asthma patient population; whereas level 3 pain/discomfort (extreme) reduced values. Comparability between measures requires that the impact of different dimensions on preferences is additive, whether or not they are included in the classification system. Our results cast doubt on this assumption, implying that the chosen measure must contain all important and relevant dimensions in its classification system. Ó 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients.

The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients.

Reviews of the literature carried out by Girouard et al., 2008, and Pieper et al. 2009 described how PU pain had been measured in a number of studies [9,10]. They also synthesised research on the prevalence of PU pain. The two reviews identify 8 studies reporting the prevalence of pain associated with pressure ulcers in samples ran- ging from 20 to 186 participants in diverse populations including hospital, community and palliative care. In the two largest studies (>100 participants), pressure ulcer pain prevalence estimates were 37% and 66%. Data qual- ity is an issue as only 5 studies, however, used validated and reliable measures to assess pain. Furthermore, the methods of pain assessment differed, for example, some studies described nurse reported pain where nurses are asked to judge how much pain a patient is experiencing as opposed to direct patient reported outcomes. The former has been shown to result in under-reporting of patients’ pain in other situations [11].
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Pain Reduction on Insertion of a Feeding Tube in Preterm Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Pain Reduction on Insertion of a Feeding Tube in Preterm Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial

and that the observations were done over a limited interval of PMAs. Neo- nates who were in need of CPAP or ven- tilator support were excluded, be- cause such interventions make the observation of facial expression more difficult to perform, possibly leading to incorrect pain assessment. Infants re- ceiving sedation were also excluded because it was assumed that this group has different pain signals. The inclusion criteria were chosen to avoid such difficulties.

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The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients

The prevalence of pain at pressure areas and pressure ulcers in hospitalised patients

Point prevalence rates provide evidence of the scale of a clinical problem and the general limitations of cross- sectional studies are acknowledged [4,20-22]. Other limi- tations of this study are that skin assessment data was recorded by clinical staff which has inherent limitations [8,23,24] which may have resulted in over or under- reporting of PUs or misclassification of Grade or extent of tissue damage, particularly at Grade 1, which is prone to misclassification. The pain was recorded at the patient level and not by skin site and so it was not possible to assess the level of PU pain. We were not able to record pain treatment and therefore the quality of pain manage- ment may differ between wards and could be an add- itional factor to consider Furthermore, the methodology used meant that a significant proportion of hospital pa- tients (40.8%) were not able to participate in the pain prevalence study due to illness (too unwell, end of life, unconscious), difficulty in assessing (confused or com- munication difficulty) or patient unavailable (off the ward or in isolation). The overall PU prevalence in the
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Ethnocultural Differences in Chronic Pain Outcomes and Factors Related to Chronic Pain in Individuals Referred for Neuropsychological Assessment Following Closed Head Injury

Ethnocultural Differences in Chronic Pain Outcomes and Factors Related to Chronic Pain in Individuals Referred for Neuropsychological Assessment Following Closed Head Injury

In their 2003 review of inequalities in pain treatment across ethnic groups, Green and colleagues noted that health care disparities are not attributable to any one factor: patient attitudes play a role, as noted above, as do the attitudes of health care providers. Health care providers are not free of culture themselves – they approach treatment and patient interactions with their own attitudes and biases, which are shaped partly through life experiences but also through their training. Given that the North American medical system is primarily focused on physical and biomedical aspects of health problems, it is perhaps not surprising that health care professionals can be insensitive to cultural differences in symptom presentation (Bonham, 2001). Lasch (2000) points out that medical personnel are generally not trained regarding cultural differences and their impact on treatment, and that attitudes toward health services vary depending on cultural perspectives. Minorities may view health care professionals as enforcers of majority beliefs and practices, and this can be viewed as oppressive by patients from minority groups (Sue & Sue, 2007). Feelings of being oppressed can result in distress on the part of the minority patient, who may be more likely to discontinue treatment (Goldberg & Remy-St. Louis, 1998). Unfortunately, beyond lack of training regarding the role of culture in symptom presentation, many studies also suggest that health care providers may treat ethnic minority patients differently due to racial prejudice or reduced sensitivity to the problems of individuals of different cultural backgrounds.
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Experiencing Pain during Scaling and Root Planing: A Clinical Study Using Visual Analogue Scale

Experiencing Pain during Scaling and Root Planing: A Clinical Study Using Visual Analogue Scale

Pain is perceived when a nociceptive (injurious) stimulus is received. The stimulus either causes actual damage or is a potentially damaging agent for tissues. It is usually an unpleasant sensation, but on the whole it is beneficial as it makes the individual conscious of presence of the injurious agent, making him react in an appropriate manner so as to get rid of the injurious agent. Pain assessment during oral prophylaxis is of great importance, as it determines the patient compliance as well as helps in modification of the treatment procedures as per the patients needs.

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An acceptance-based intervention for children and adolescents with cancer experiencing acute pain – a single-subject study

An acceptance-based intervention for children and adolescents with cancer experiencing acute pain – a single-subject study

One child declined participation in the study. Two children did not want to carry out the assessments. Seven out of ten children thus accepted to participate (two of whom were not able to participate due to practical reasons). Before the start of the intervention, all participants reported examples of avoidant coping strategies exclusively, such as watch- ing TV, playing computer games and trying to think about something else. All the participants in the study completed the intervention. After the intervention, all the participants reported that it had helped them to cope with the pain in the moment. They further expressed that they intended to use the exercise again to cope with pain.
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The efficacy of pregabalin for the management of acute and chronic postoperative pain in thoracotomy: a meta-analysis with trial sequential analysis of randomized-controlled trials

The efficacy of pregabalin for the management of acute and chronic postoperative pain in thoracotomy: a meta-analysis with trial sequential analysis of randomized-controlled trials

In addition, we found the morphine consumption was lower in the pregabalin group, although there were only two studies included. In a recent meta-analysis, it is shown that pregabalin may be a beneficial but small effect in postopera- tive pain management with minimal clinical relevant effect of morphine 5 mg in 24 hours of opioid consumption, this result

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Prevalence Of Wrist, Neck And Shoulder Pain Symptoms Among Ironing Workers In Occupational Laundry Shop

Prevalence Of Wrist, Neck And Shoulder Pain Symptoms Among Ironing Workers In Occupational Laundry Shop

pain and shoulder pain.[13] These symptoms of pain is due to improper table height, weight and height of the person, iron box weight and working hours and quantity of the clothes as shown in Table 3. These symptoms are predominant among constructional workers, plantation workers, hospital staffs, sports players and much more.[14-16] the prevalence of the symptoms shows a pronounced effect for female compared to male worker, as the latter are stronger. Improper postures lead to neck pain, had/wrist pain and shoulder pain, this pain is due to improper design of work table, weight of the iron box. Occurrence of neck back pain is due to the over bending and stretching.[17, 18, 19] In order to avoid shoulder and hand/wrist pain the table height is placed appropriate to the height of the person, which in turn minimizes over stretching and bending. It is advised that the workers should take appropriate rest breaks in between their process of ironing. At least 5-10 minutes of rest after each 45min. should be taken by the workers who perform continuous and repetitive work which is recommended by the Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.
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Health-related Quality of Life in Vacuum-Assisted Breast Biopsy: short-term effects, long-term effects and predictors

Health-related Quality of Life in Vacuum-Assisted Breast Biopsy: short-term effects, long-term effects and predictors

HRQoL was measured with the EQ-5D [9] and SF-36® [10] questionnaires. EQ-5D encompasses five dimen- sions (mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discom- fort and anxiety/depression), each one with three levels (no problems, some problems, extreme problems/ unable). EQ-5D also contains a visual analogue scale on which patients rate their own health between 0 and 100 (designated as EQ-5D VAS “thermometer” ) [9]. Based on patients ’ responses two indices were calculated: EQ- TTO (Time Trade-Off values) [11] and EQ-VAS [12]; the norms of the Spanish population were adopted under the light of geographical and social proximity. Importantly no Greek norms have been published to our knowledge.
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Content validity of a novel patient-reported and observer-reported outcomes assessment to evaluate ocular symptoms associated with infectious conjunctivitis in both adult and pediatric populations

Content validity of a novel patient-reported and observer-reported outcomes assessment to evaluate ocular symptoms associated with infectious conjunctivitis in both adult and pediatric populations

The final instrument was intended to assess ocular pain and discomfort during periodic study visits in clin- ical trials of adenoviral and bacterial conjunctivitis. The initial draft instrument utilized an 11-point numeric rat- ing scale, a commonly used scale to capture pain, and was developed as a current assessment rather than incorporating a recall period. An adaptation of the in- strument was developed for use by parents and/or other caregivers (henceforth referred to as “caregivers”) in pa- tients aged < 8 years (ObsRO). For the PRO, multiple draft items were developed for exploration during patient interviews to evaluate different options for cap- turing symptoms, such as whether pain and discomfort should be combined into one item or separated into dif- ferent items. For the ObsRO, one item was drafted to capture eye pain or discomfort based on observable be- haviors. These candidate items were tested during the combined concept elicitation and cognitive interviews.
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The implementation of the serial trial intervention for pain and challenging behaviour in advanced dementia patients (STA OP!): a clustered randomized controlled trial

The implementation of the serial trial intervention for pain and challenging behaviour in advanced dementia patients (STA OP!): a clustered randomized controlled trial

Studies consistently show that patients with dementia are undertreated for pain [3,12-15]. Research indicates that both pharmacological interventions (analgesic medi- cation) and non-pharmacological comfort measures are underutilized [16-18]. There are many reasons for the undertreatment of pain in this population. First, there are difficulties in the assessment of pain and challenging behaviour; the verbal communication of patients with severe dementia is often limited or completely lacking, and behavioural symptoms may provide the only indica- tions for pain, affective discomfort or unmet needs. Sec- ond, agitated behaviour in dementia patients may point to pain [19], but it can also be related to affective dis- comfort. This agitated behaviour is often treated with psychotropic drugs (antipsychotic or anxiolytic medica- tion) with several adverse effects, like drowsiness, depressed mood and falls [20].
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Reduction in postoperative pain level and discomfort after adopting bloodless atraumatic tictechnique (bat): experience of 405 breast augmentations over 5 years

Reduction in postoperative pain level and discomfort after adopting bloodless atraumatic tictechnique (bat): experience of 405 breast augmentations over 5 years

Local anesthetic injection with percutaneous blunt cannulae is likely one of the most important development in local anesthesia injection technique. Fine 22 gauge cannulae (lenght 10 cm) introduced through skin perforation created by 21 gauge special needles (Softfil - France) allow to infiltrate the entire area of the breast through three needle holes in the inframammary crease with the greatly added benefits of minimal pain and more important less bruising. The negligible downsides of blunt cannulae are the higher cost of cannulae versus sharp needles and the technical maneuver of getting the cannula in a needle hole 15-16-17 .
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Assessment and Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome in Children: A Review

Assessment and Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome in Children: A Review

normally non-noxious stimuli), hyperalgesia (exaggerated pain reactivity to noxious stimuli), swelling of distal extremities, and indicators of autonomic dysfunction (i.e., cyanosis, mottling, and hyperhidrosis). The usual age of onset is between 9 and 15 year and the girls : boys ratio is 6:1. Childhood CRPS differs from the adult form in that lower extremities rather than upper extremities is most commonly affected. The incidence of CRPS in children is unknown, largely because it is often undiagnosed or diagnosed late, with the diagnosis frequently delayed by nearly a year. 11

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A study of efficacy of intramuscular injection tramadol as labour analgesic and labour accelerator in 400 primigravida patients in latent phase of first stage of labour

A study of efficacy of intramuscular injection tramadol as labour analgesic and labour accelerator in 400 primigravida patients in latent phase of first stage of labour

In chronic pain, sympathetic nervous system will have adaptation to persistent pain impulses 7 . Hence there will not be any fight or flight reaction. There is evidence indicates that depression and chronic pain shares the same physiological pathway 8 . Hence Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors and Tri Cyclic Antidepressants have been used for chronic pain syndromes like neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and low back pain 9, 10 .

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Effects of the carrier frequency of interferential current on pain modulation in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a protocol of a randomised controlled trial

Effects of the carrier frequency of interferential current on pain modulation in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain: a protocol of a randomised controlled trial

A cold pressor test will be used to assess the activation of the conditioned pain modulation (CPM) [30]. The conditioned stimulus will involve the immersion of the lower limb on the ipsilateral side of the more painful lumbar region. In cases of bilateral pain, the subject will be instructed to report the most painful side [31]. If no consensus can be reached regarding the most painful side, the right leg will be used. The limb will be immersed in a bucket containing water and ice at 4°C, 3 cm above the lateral malleolus of the ankle. The low back pain intensity will be assessed after 20 seconds of immersion using the NRS. The PPT at the low-back algometry points will be recorded 30 seconds after immersion. After removing the limb from the water, the participants will be questioned regarding their foot pain according to the NRS. A CPM activation test will be performed on the first day of treatment prior to initiat- ing the stimulation and on the last day of the session prior to applying the current so that no interference occurs in the CPM assessment immediately after stimulation.
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A study to compare the pain, discomfort and tiredness between straight stick and single-incision laparoscopic surgery: an in vitro study

A study to compare the pain, discomfort and tiredness between straight stick and single-incision laparoscopic surgery: an in vitro study

Abstract This study compares pain and tiredness experi- enced by a student and gynaecological surgeons of varying experience between straight sticks (SS) and single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) in vitro. Data was collected pro- spectively with randomization of the mode sequence. Participants from two hospitals performed identical exercise of cutting circles using SS and SILS in vitro. Questionnaires (Borg CR10 scale scores) were completed at 0, 30 and 60 min, respectively. Wilcoxon’s signed ranked tests were performed on matched pairs of SS and SILS on the number of circles cut and the mistakes between 0–30 and 30–60 min, respectively. There were significant differences between the two groups at 30 min in arm discomfort, hand and finger discomfort, shoul- der girdle tiredness, arm tiredness and most significantly in wrist discomfort with a matched median difference of 1.83, confidence interval (CI) 1.00 to 2.67 and P=0.003. At 60 min, the significant differences between the two groups were in shoulder girdle pain, arm discomfort, hand and finger discom- fort, neck tiredness, wrist tiredness, and hand and finger tired- ness and the most significant was wrist discomfort with a matched median difference of 1.75, CI 0.50 to 3.25 and P= 0.011. SS causes less tiredness and discomfort in an in vitro setting than with SILS.
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