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Botox analgesia for neuropathic pain 

Botox analgesia for neuropathic pain
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Botox analgesia for neuropathic pain
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Abdelghani Mowafak

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198834359.003.0072
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date: 26 February 2020

The landmark paper discussed in this chapter is ‘Botulinum toxin type A induces direct analgesic effects in chronic neuropathic pain’, published by Ranoux et al. in 2008. The muscle-relaxant properties of botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) have long been known and used therapeutically. However, BTX-A actions independent of those affecting neuromuscular function had previously only been alluded to, via the observation that BTX-A injections alleviated pain more than would have been expected through the treatment of muscle spasm alone. This paper was one of the first to specifically examine the efficacy of BTX-A in neuropathic pain and was a catalyst for further investigation into BTX-A as a novel analgesic.

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