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Chronic Pain Often Follows Stroke
Date:4/4/2013

than twice as likely to become more dependent. The investigators also found that patients with non-central causes of pain were more likely to suffer declines in mental abilities, according to the study appearing April 4 in the journal Stroke.

"We suspect that some of the association between chronic pain and decline in cognitive [mental] test performance may be related to the use of medications to treat pain, but this was not evaluated in our study," lead author Dr. Martin O'Donnell, a professor of translational medicine at the National University of Ireland and an associate clinical professor at McMaster University in Canada, said in a journal news release.

"Our study emphasizes the importance of evaluating [ways] to prevent post-stroke pain in high-risk individuals," he added.

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The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about stroke.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Stroke, news release, April 4, 2013


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