Central post-stroke pain
Other Names for this Disease
- Thalamic syndrome
- Dejerine Roussy syndrome
- Central pain syndrome
- Posterior thalamic syndrome
- Retrolenticular syndrome
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thalamus, a part of the brain that affects sensation. Primary symptoms are pain and loss of sensation, usually in the face, arms, and/or legs. Pain or discomfort may be felt after being mildly touched or even in the absence of a stimulus; the pain may worsen by exposure to heat or cold and by emotional distress. It is caused by damage to, or dysfunction of, the central nervous system (CNS), which may be due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, tumors, epilepsy, brain or spinal cord trauma, or Parkinson's disease. Treatment typically includes pain medications to provide some reduction of pain, but complete relief of pain may not be possible. Tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants can sometimes be useful. Lowering stress levels appears to reduce pain.Central post-stroke pain (CPSP) is a rare neurological disorder in which the body becomes hypersensitive to pain as a result of damage to the
Last updated: 1/24/2011
- Thalamic Syndrome (Dejerine Roussy). National Organization for Rare Disorders. December 31, 2010; http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Thalamic%20Syndrome%20%28Dejerine%20Roussy%29. Accessed 1/23/2011.
- NINDS Central Pain Syndrome Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). January 13, 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/central_pain/central_pain.htm. Accessed 1/23/2011.
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