Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Int Med Res. 2010;38(6):2135-45.

Prevalence of neuropathic pain among patients with chronic low-back pain in the Arabian Gulf Region assessed using the leeds assessment of neuropathic symptoms and signs pain scale.

Author information

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Khalifa bin Zayed Hospital, Ajman, UAE.

Abstract

This prospective, multicentre, epidemiological study was designed to assess the prevalence of neuropathic pain among adults with chronic low-back pain (LBP) in the Arabian Gulf region. A total of 1134 patients recruited from the outpatient medical setting were assessed using the Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs (LANSS) Pain Scale. A LANSS Pain Scale score ≥ 12 was used to differentiate between patients with a neuropathic contribution to their pain and those with nociceptive pain only. Using this criterion, 628 patients (55%) were classified as having neuropathic pain. Factors associated with neuropathic pain included advanced age, female gender and diabetes with or without hypertension. It was concluded that neuropathic pain is a major contributor to chronic LBP in the Gulf region, and that the LANSS Pain Scale is a practical and rapidly administered screening test for distinguishing the relative contributions of neuropathic and nociceptive pain in patients with chronic LBP that resulted in the use of a more appropriate treatment.

PMID:
21227019
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk