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Features of Central Pain in Patients with Hemiplegia

Author(s): Nilay Şahin | Hatice Uğurlu

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 56;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 52;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Central pain | hemiplegia | functional status | rehabilitation

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate intensity of the central pain after a cerebrovascular episode and its effect on functional status. Materials and Methods: Forty-five patients complaining of pain, numbness, and tingling in the hemiplegic side were admitted to our stroke clinic and the functional status and intensity of pain were evaluated. The pain in the hemiplegic side was assessed by: patient history, visual analogue scale (VAS), physical examination, and activities of daily living using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). Results: The mean age of the patients was 59.98±15.19 years-24 females and 21 males. Intensity of pain by VAS is 6.75±1.22. Significant relationship was found between central pain and some subitems of the FIM i.e.self-care, transfers, social cognitions and total FIM (p
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