Evaluation of Pain Location, Pain Quality and Pain Patterns in Subjects With Chronic Pain
In earlier work, the Sponsor developed a computer image processing system for analysis of pain diagrams from patients with chronic pain. This system was then tested in a study in over 500 chronic pain patients seen by both primary care practitioners and pain specialists. The hypothesis was that pain location would correlate with the pain type and the underlying cause of the pain. In the study, the computer analysis demonstrated clear correlations between pain diagram data and diagnosis/pain type. The present study extends these observations in a web-based setting, with a focus on the value of computer analysis of pain diagrams as diagnostic predictors.
Earlier work performed by the Sponsor (TMT) included development of a MatLab/ImageJ computer image processing system for generation of composite images from pain diagrams drawn by patients with pain, and for calculation of related quantitative variables. The system was tested in a pharmaceutical company-sponsored US study in over 500 chronic pain patients seen by primary care practitioners, and then seen by pain specialists. The hypothesis was that pain location would correlate with the pain type and the underlying cause of the pain. TMT's analysis established correlations between the pain diagram information and the underlying diagnosis and pain type (e.g., nociceptive or neuropathic) reported by the pain specialists. The present study extends these observations in a web-based setting, with particular emphasis on automated computer-generated visual pain patterns as diagnostic predictors.
Observational Model: Defined Population, Primary Purpose: Screening, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional, Time Perspective: Prospective
Taylor MicroTechnology, Inc.
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00284245
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A type of pain that is perceived in an area away from the site where the pain arises, such as facial pain caused by lesion of the VAGUS NERVE, or throat problem generating referred pain in the ear.
Pain in the facial region including orofacial pain and craniofacial pain. Associated conditions include local inflammatory and neoplastic disorders and neuralgic syndromes involving the trigeminal, facial, and glossopharyngeal nerves. Conditions which feature recurrent or persistent facial pain as the primary manifestation of disease are referred to as FACIAL PAIN SYNDROMES.
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
Conditions characterized by pain involving an extremity or other body region, HYPERESTHESIA, and localized autonomic dysfunction following injury to soft tissue or nerve. The pain is usually associated with ERYTHEMA; SKIN TEMPERATURE changes, abnormal sudomotor activity (i.e., changes in sweating due to altered sympathetic innervation) or edema. The degree of pain and other manifestations is out of proportion to that expected from the inciting event. Two subtypes of this condition have been described: type I; (REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY) and type II; (CAUSALGIA). (From Pain 1995 Oct;63(1):127-33)
Discomfort or more intense forms of pain that are localized to the cervical region. This term generally refers to pain in the posterior or lateral regions of the neck.
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